The traditional Witches Cup race around the Salem, MA green was back for 2016. For elite women, Leslie Timm smashed her way through the evening criterium, dominating the numerous prime sprints before comfortably taking the race win for her Sunapee/Continental Paving/Buchikas team. With Emma Collins and Danielle Ruane also in the top 20, the team scored enough points to hold off second place Green Line Velo / Zipcar in the overall team standing for the summer-long series.
The series title for elite men was done and dusted before Salem, with the men of Green Line Velo holding an insurmountable lead. To ice the cake, Green Line’s Sam Rosenholz scored the win at Salem, with teammate John Harris scoring third place just behind Ansel Dickey from Astellas.
Each team claimed $500 in winnings for overall title in the the six criterium race series, which began with the Longsjo Classic race June 24-26.
Sam Rosenholtz takes the win for Green Line Velo, looking to give his team a virtual lock on the top spot at 601 pts with only the Salem Witch’s Cup remaining. Second place Rally Pro Cycling with 516 pts isn’t racing the post-Longsjo events, while third place BikeReg Elite Cycling is at a distant 264 pts.
Ellen Noble does it again for Aspire Racing, scoring her 3rd win and 4th podium in New England Criterium Summer. Noble is a one-woman team, and by herself is third in the standings with 432 pts. Rounding out the Beverly podium were Danielle Ruane and Leslie Timm, both from Sunapee/Continental Paving/Buchikas, putting their team atop the standings with 496 pts. Green Line Velo is sandwiched between in second place with 464 pts.
Full results to follow
Stop 5 in New England Criterium Summer is the Gran Prix of Beverly. Register today!
Race 4 in New England Criterium Summer, at the classic Walnut Hill Park course in New Britain, CT. Get registered now! $500 to the best teams for elite men & women at the end of the series.
The bike racing calendar has been shuffled a bit, so New England Criterium Week is now New England Criterium Summer. More details to come, but here’s the line-up:
- Longsjo Classic, June 24-26. Leominster, Worcester, and Fitchburg MA
- Keith Berger Memorial, July 2. New Britain, CT
- Gran Prix of Beverly, July 27 (Wed). Beverly MA
- Salem Witches Cup, August 10 (Wed). Salem MA
$500 awarded to the best men’s and women’s elite teams