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THE 54th Edition of America's Classic Race:
June 26-28, 2015

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Leominster Crit

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  Leominster Crit
Worcester Crit

Twilight Criterium

  Worcester Crit
Fitchburg Crit

Classic Criterium

  Fitchburg Crit

A time-honored, classic American cycling event, the Longsjo is a community celebration of cycling, fitness, and health. Established in 1960 in memory of 2-time Olympian Art Longsjo, the event commemorates the life and achievements of a remarkable athlete and person who left his mark on the Fitchburg community and generations of cycling fans. More than 700 racers are expected to compete on the roads and streets that are icon of American cycling. Thousands of spectators and race fans are once again expected to line the courses and attend the race expo each day. Racers, families, and spectators will throng to the place where racers have gone on to Olympian, World Championship and Tour de France fame. Come join us!

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A New England Classic that features two twilight criteriums, one classic downtown criterium, thrilling sprint finishes and a history that includes domestic and international stars, local racers and amateurs.

APRIL 5 2014 | WORCESTER TELEGRAM

Worcester Twilight Criterium a perfect fit for Longsjo Classic

By Mark Conti
The course is set and sponsors are stepping up for the Worcester Twilight Criterium that will be debut as part of the 53rd Longsjo Classic this year.

"We couldn't be more excited. It's Worcester, the second largest city in New England and we are hoping to see a huge turnout," said Alan Cote, race director of the Longsjo Classic.

Thousands are expected to line the downtown course as competitors race through the streets at 30 mph. Cote said a cycling festival will be held on Worcester Common, and announcers will be describing the race while music bounces off the buildings in the downtown area. Read more

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LOCAL RACER SPOTLIGHT

JEROME TOWNSEND | TEAM BIKEREG.COM | PRINCETON, MA

By Bob Olson Longsjo Classic Webmaster


Jerome’s racing career began at 13, for Worcester’s Team Bicycle Alley, competing in both road and cross country races. With talent, dedicated training and determination, Jerome achieved results early in his racing career.


Between June ’03 and May ’04 he placed first 3 times, winning Winsted Woods, Winding Trails, and Meadow Muffin Madness races. In ’05 while still a junior, Jerome landed nine more podium finishes, including 2nd place finishes at the Mt. Snow-Shimano NMBS Finals Channel 3 Short Track and Snowshow NMBS NORBA National. Also included were 1st place finishes at both the Belltown Classic and Coyote Hill Classic.


During the ’06 season, still racing as a junior for Team Bicycle Alley, Jerome placed 6th in the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Criterium and 3rd in the Concord Criterium. Later that year he finished on the podium three times in cyclocross races: 1st and 3rd at the Downeast Cyclocross Weekend and 1st at Baystate Cyclocross.


In June of ’12 Jerome contracted a season-ending illness, but as fate would have it, didn’t realize he had been stricken until August. Because he'd continued to race while ill, results were diminished. He was then forced off the bike for 16 weeks to recover from the illness. Unfortunately these factors resulted in the loss of his pro contract. Since regaining his health, Jerome's been racing with his current amateur team, the BikeReg.com Elite Cycling Team.


This year he’s excited about the Longsjo's expansion to a series of 3 crits, including the Worcester Twilight Crit. Although the Longsjo was previously a 4-day stage race, he prefers the race’s current format, as it is a perfect fit for his strengths.

 

Jerome Townsend

Q. How does your roadmap for the 2014 season look?

A. I'm taking a much different approach to my ’14 season, with a view to the cyclocross season. My form is just starting to come around now and I believe that I'll be hitting my stride at the end of June. From then on I will try to garner some decent road results while also doing some specific work for the ’cross season.


Q. What is critical to your road racing success?

A. Keeping my endurance in the 4-5 hour range through the end of the September is very important for me. It really helps with quick recovery needed during the heavy training/racing load that comes with the ’cross season, especially with the very intense race-heavy beginning of the season.


Q. Do you typically approach each season this way?

A. I've never approached my year as a whole this way before. I'm anxious to see how it plays out for the later half of the road season and into the ’cross season.


Q. With your emphasis on targeting the cyclocross season, why do you also focus on road racing?

A. Only racing cyclocross would never be an option for me, as I'm unable to mimic the super intense moments of a race with training alone and have always needed to race myself into shape.


Q. Are you limiting your preparation for the ’cross season to road racing?

A. This year I'll also be doing a mountain bike race for the first time since I was 18, at Hodges Village Dam on June 22.


Q. When did your interest in bike racing begin?

A. I started racing way back in ’02 with Team Bicycle Alley. I still enjoy going for group rides with them and am looking forward to their mountain bike race. I may try to fit some more mountain biking in in the later part of the summer, but as of right now my calendar looks pretty full with road commitments.


Road Results:

2014  5th - 2014 Killington Stage Race, Stage 1

2013  7th - 2013 Tour of Quebec, Stage 2

2013  7th - 14th - Chris Thater Memorial NCC criterium

2013  7th - 1st Team overall - Tour of the Catskills

2012  12th - Sandy Springs NCC Criterium

2007  2nd - Jiminy Peak Road Race

2007  6th - USA Cycling Elite Masters U23 Road Nationals

2008  2nd - Tour of Somerville

2008  2nd - 4th - Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Criterium

2009  5th - Tour of the Battenkill

2009  5th - 3rd - Witches Cup Criterium

2009  5th - 7th - Green Mountain Stage Race Road Race

2009  5th - 8th - Saco Bay Criterium

2010  5th - Lake Auburn Road Race

2010  9th - The Whaling City Cyclone Criterium

2011  7th - Michael Schott Memorial Circuit Race

2011  2nd - Beanpot 2.0 Campus Criterium

2011  2nd - Salisbury Criterium-Crossroads Classic

2011  1st - City Park Criterium-Crossroads Classic

2011  6th - Wilkes-Barre Twilight Criterium


Top 5 Cyclocross & CC Finishes

2014  4th - Nor Cal vs So Cal State Cyclocross Championships

2013  1st Team overall - Tour of the Catskills

2013  2nd - HPCX UCI Cat 2 cyclocross Race

2013  3rd - Quadcross 2013

2013  2nd - Sucker Brook ’Cross

2013  2nd - Midnight Ride of Cyclocross

2013  2nd - HPCX Cyclocross

2007  1st - Hodges Village Dam Race

2007  5th - USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals

2009  3rd - Witches Cup Criterium

2009  4th - Providence Festival of Cyclocross

2010  5th - Lake Auburn Road Race

2010  3rd - USA Cycling Cyclocross Nationals

2011  2nd - Beanpot 2.0 Campus Criterium

2011  2nd - Salisbury Criterium-Crossroads Classic

2011  1st - City Park Criterium-Crossroads Classic

2011  3rd - Midnight Ride of Cyclocross

2011  5th - Granogue Cross, Day 1

2011  5th - Granogue Cross, Day 2

2011  5th - Cycle-Smart International, Day 1

2011  3rd - Cycle-Smart International, Day 2

2011  1st - New England Regional Cyclocross Championships

LONGSJO NEWS

JUNE 21, 2014

WORCESTER TELEGRAM

Hopedale's Peter Goguen wants to defend Longsjo Classic title

By Mark Conti
If the old saying is true and one must learn to walk before running, last year the Longsjo Classic took baby steps. Now the cycling event is taking full strides toward returning to its former prominence.

Seventeen-year-old Peter Goguen of Hopedale went across the gap and chased down the leading breakaway with six laps to go in the Fitchburg criterium of the revived Longsjo Classic last year. Then, with two laps left, he attacked the leading group and rode away from the top pros. The strong solo effort earned the young rider a solid victory in a race won by many cycling legends since it began in 1960. “I was just really overwhelmed. It was the biggest win of my life, or the most exciting win of my life,” said Goguen, a member of Race CF cycling team.

Though only a junior racer, Goguen is no stranger to big events. He won the cyclo-cross junior men national championships in January, has competed in Europe and has stood on the podium at many major road races. The young cyclist's win was emblematic of the new energy behind the Longsjo's effort to re-establish itself as one of the biggest races in the country. “It was a great way for the Longsjo to be reborn last year, with a new generation winning the race,” said race director Alan Cote.

APRIL 7, 2014

SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE

Full-steam ahead for Longsjo Classic

By Nick Mallard
If the old saying is true and one must learn to walk before running, last year the Longsjo Classic took baby steps.

Now the cycling event is taking full strides toward returning to its former prominence.

Donn Ingemie, Vice President of the Arthur Longsjo Foundation, says the race -- now in its 53rd edition -- has gotten a positive response from cyclists and sponsors well in advance of the three-day June event.

"We're getting excited about the excitement we see in the communities," Ingemie said. "I think the success of the race last year showed that we're here to stay. It's exciting again and I think people are beginning to realize this isn't going to fall on its face."

This year's event will again feature stages in Leominster and Fitchburg, with an additional twilight criterium in Worcester. The early turnout for registration has given organizers a reason to be excited.

"We'll have well over the 500 or so cyclists we had last year," Ingemie said. "We've already gotten responses from all over the country. We've had riders from New Mexico, Arizona and California already registering."

In addition to drawing those who would usually attend the Longsjo Classic, the event is now part of the Verge New England Criterium Week, which packages five stage races beginning June 22.

The race course for the Worcester Twilight Criterium will pass the Major Taylor monument on Salem Street.