Raleigh-Clement Attacks Gran Prix of Gloucester

Posted on September 30, 2013 by Clement

The Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team headed to the legendary seaport of Gloucester, Massachusetts for this weekend’s Gran Prix of Gloucester. Dubbed the “New England Worlds” because of its long history in the region, the Gloucester event is a major highlight of the opening month of cyclocross.

The course was bone dry this year, creating a very fast and tactical race. Caroline Mani, who had a pair of 3rd places last week in Waterloo, Wisconsin, gritted out a well-earned 6th place on Day 1, just 49 seconds behind winner Elle Anderson. Mani, who was fighting a cold, would be forced to sit out the race on Day 2 to recover and prepare for next weekend.

Jamey Driscoll, the newest member of the team, threw himself into the Day 1 race, attacking multiple times and working with teammate Ben Berden to break the race apart. Driscoll rode clear for several laps, but was eventually dragged back into the fold. He hung on to finish a fantastic 3rd for the day, one place ahead of Berden, who has been consistently strong all season. The Driscoll-Berden pair were clearly the most aggressive riders on course, but in the end victory went to strongman Jeremy Powers with Tim Johnson in second.

After the race, Driscoll was interviewed by Cyclocross Magazine: “The boss told me to go hard so I went hard. I was excited… It’s a first for this ’cross season and it seems like I’m ramping up. I was happy to be out there and throw the first punches even if I didn’t throw the last!”

On Day 2, conditions remained dry and fast, and racers churned up a thick dust dramatically different from the mud of last year. With Mani sitting out, the men’s team set about  demonstrating why Raleigh-Clement is one of the most animated squads. Again Ben Berden and Jamey Driscoll rode strongly in the lead group, but Driscoll didn’t have the speedy legs from Day 1. He would eventually slip behind the leaders but still finish an impressive 7th. Berden powered on in typical fashion and again finished 4th, a very successful day at the office for the Belgian. Allen Krughoff improved to 12th place, battling huge clouds of dust.

Now in its second season, the Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team rides the Raleigh RXC Pro, an innovative full carbon frame featuring disc brakes. They roll on innovative tires from Clement, drivetrains by Shimano, brakes by TRP, and FSA provides components. Wheels are by Vision, clothing by Castelli, helmets by Giro, and K-edge provides its essential chain watchers.