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NBX Grand Prix of Cross #1 - C2
Warwick, Rhode Island, USA, December 6, 2008
Race 2 - December 6: Elite men
Driscoll makes it look easy
By Dave McElwaine in Warwick, Rhode Island
Despite another poor start, Jamey Driscoll (Cyclocrossworld.com/Cannondale) made amends early in the race and won by a huge margin. Behind him the race for the remaining podium places was hotly contested, but 19-year old Nick Keough (Jittery Joe's) outmaneouvred more experienced riders to take second place.
Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) who has appeared to be on form the past few weeks finished third. A surprisingly aggressive race by Derick St. John earned him fourth place, while a solid race by Matt White (Bikereg.com/Joe's garage) gave him fifth.
The fast course at Goddard State Park favored racers comfortable racing in pacelines. The long pavement sections of the course allowed the road pros to close down any gaps that had opened in the woods. While there is a considerable section of beach sand, very few position changes took place there.
Derrick St. John made the best of his front row start by taking the hole shot. Driscoll found himself several positions behind just seconds into the race. "I should really work on that (the start) for Nationals. I can get away with it in New England but at Nationals I am going to pay a lot more dearly for sure."
How it Unfolded
Within half a lap Driscoll had opened a gap and was chased by Justin Spinelli (Richard Sachs/RGM), Keough, St. John, Josh Dillon (Fiordifrutta), and Myerson. By lap three Driscoll's lead had increased to 12 seconds, while the six chasers were led by Spinelli.
Dillon attacked the other chasers and opened a gap briefly on the fifth circuit, and with 28 minutes left to race, Driscoll's lead had increased to 30 seconds. With 20 minutes to go, three chasers - St. John, Spinelli, and Keough - seemed to make their way off the front of the group but they were joined by the other three, and parity was restored until Dillon was dropped from the group with 10 minutes to race.
As the minutes ticked by it appeared more likely that proceedings for second place would be decided by a sprint. With half a lap to go, Keough attacked hard, with only Adam Myerson having the legs to respond. Keough took the lead into the final S-turns and onto the pavement. Even the more experienced Myerson did not have enough pavement to prevent Keough from grabbing second place.
"My race went well. Six guys, and everyone kept the pace going," said Keough after the race. "Eventually a couple had trouble and it was down to four. I just punched it on the last lap and led into the finish."
Keough has been suffering from a neck injury that had caused him a great deal of pain in last week's race in Sterling, MA. Today he explained he felt much better and did not suffer any of the same problems. Very few 19-year-old racers, if any, have looked as strong as Keough over the past several years.
Jamey Driscoll's win today makes it six series wins for the season. He easily has enough points now to clinch the NBX/Verge New England Championship. When asked how he might race tomorrow he said "I am going to wait and see how I feel... maybe I will work for someone else."
The series finale takes place on Sunday at Goddard State Park. The weather forecast is calling for an inch or two of snow which could make things quite interesting.
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1 Jamey Driscoll (Cyclocrossworld.Com/Cannondale) 1.00.46 2 Nicholas Keough (Sonic/ Louis Garneau) 0.22 3 Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart/Van Dessel) 4 Derrick St John (Stevens Cross) 5 Matt White (Bikereg.Com / Joe's Garage) 6 Justin Spinelli (Rgm Watches-Richard Sachs-Boathouse Inc) 0.40 7 Josh Dillon (Fiordifrutta / Cannondale) 1.40 8 Steve Tilford (Trek Stores) 2.19 9 Alec Donahue (Bikereg.Com / Joe's Garage) 10 Justin Lindine (Targetraining) 2.38 11 Rickey Visinski (Exodus Road Racing) 2.47 12 Nathaniel Ward (Bikereg.Com / Joe's Garage) 13 Matt Kraus (RGM Watches - Richard Sachs - Boathouse Inc) 2.52 14 Peter Rubijono (Embrocation/Igleheart/Cambridge/Mad Alchemy) 3.51 15 Peter Bradshaw (Embrocation/Igleheart/Cambridge/Mad Alchemy) 16 Pete Smith (Embrocation/Cambridge P/B Mad Alchemy.Com) 4.22 17 J Gabriel Lloyd (Targetraining) 4.32 18 John Burns (Bikeman.Com) 4.46 19 Mukunda Feldman (Spooky) 4.59 20 Todd Wheelden (Portland Velo Club/Kona/661) 5.12 21 Patrick Bradley (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 6.37 22 Dan Langlois (Embrocation/ Circle A Cycles) 6.54 One lap behind 23 Jonathan Bruno (FT / IF Powered By Lionette's) Three laps behind 24 Michael Rea (Nor East)