Stevens riders battle for win in Massachusetts

Stevens-sponsored riders Natasha Elliott and Derrick St. John continued their string of solid performances at the international Bay State Cyclocross races in Sterling, Massachusetts, over the weekend.

In cold, fast conditions Elliott (The Cyclery) had a great start in the women’s race on Saturday despite lining up on the third row, briefly taking over the lead on her way to sixth place, 31 seconds behind Crystal Anthony.

In the men’s event, St. John (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery) made the front group and was battling for the win until the final lap.

“I was in it from the gun and shredded the group with a hard few laps and then I attacked on the penultimate lap only to get reeled back,” said St. John, who was happy with his race despite some costly errors on the last half lap that dropped him to sixth, 18″ behind winner Jeremy Durrin. “It’s the first time in a long time I have led a UCI race and attacked off the front instead of coming from the back.”

(Click here for results and photos from Saturday’s race.)

On Sunday, Elliott again rode solidly but her start position left her struggling with traffic. She wound up in seventh, 1:14 behind Elle Anderson.

With Jeremy Powers and Tim Johnson on the line, the men’s race Sunday was even faster than the day before, and the tricky chutes on the technical course caught many riders out.

“I just made the tail of the front group and three crashes in front of me in the second lap caused me to dangle and just pick guys off for the rest of the race,” said St. John, who battled with VERGE series winner Justin Lindine to finish seventh, 56″ behind Powers.

(Click here for full results and photos from Sunday’s race.)

Elliott and St. John, who are both based in Ottawa, will be wrapping up their season at the NEPCX NBX Gran Prix of Cross in Rhode Island next weekend.