Tuesday, September 29, 2009

NACT heads for Massachusetts this weekend

PHOTO: Helen Wyman (Kona), Sue Butler (MonaVie/Cannondale) and Wendy Williams (Hudz-Subaru) wait for the start at Star Crossed Sept. 19 in Redmond, Wash. Wyman's return to Europe should help shake up the NACT standings.

The North American Cyclocross Trophy cowbell train makes its first East Coast stop at the Great Brewers Gran Prix in Gloucester, Mass., this Saturday and Sunday.

British national champ Helen Wyman and Swiss national champ Christian Heule walked away with the series-leader jerseys after the first weekend of racing in Washington at Star Crossed and the Rad Racing GP Sept. 19 and 20, and then the big show at Cross Vegas Sept. 23.

But with Wyman and Heule headed back to Europe, leading U.S. riders Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com), Andy Jacques-Maynes (Bissell) and Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) will be looking to take advantage of the empty top spot and move up.

Likewise Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com), Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing/Seven Cycles) and Lyne Bessette (October Factory Racing) will try to leave their first impression on the series and earn some points. Both Johnson and Bessette have won at Gloucester in the past. Look for the married couple to try and make it a family affair atop the podium once again.

There are some dark horses, however, after Chris Jones’ (Champion System) strong showing in Washington State last weekend followed by second place at Cross Vegas, the road rider turned ‘cross racer shouldn’t be a surprise to his competitors. Bruno Roy took fifth and seventh at the Gran Prix in 2008 and will be looking to improve on her past results in front of the partisan New England crowd.

(Submitted by the North American Cyclocross Trophy series).