BEVERLY— Gabby Day was stuck in traffic last night and barely made it to the start line of last night’s fifth annual Fidelity Investments Gran Prix of Beverly. Lucky for Day, she checked in and made her way to the front of the pack just in time for the start of the women’s elite race.
As she battled with Beverly’s Crystal Anthony in the final half dozen laps around Cabot Street in the Garden City’s downtown area, Day crossed the finish line just in front of Anthony to emerge as the women’s champion in a time of 39:09.
“Crystal and I actually worked really well all race together,” explained Day. “We were both taking turns to try to keep the gap between the rest of the pack. I knew that coming into the last corner I needed to be in first, because it’s really tight. If you’re in second at that corner it’s a lot harder to win, so I was advised by some of the guys that I needed to be first and it worked.”
Day, a native of England, has been in the U.S. for five days now and has already established herself as a premiere rider. A pro racer back home, Day decided to enter the race along with her fiance, Jeremy Durrin (Easthampton, Mass.), who raced in the men’s elite class. Day came to the U.S. to be with Durrin for the next three months and train for cyclocross, which starts in September.
After a two-year hiatus, the women’s race returned to the Gran Prix, along with the men’s elite, amateur men’s and masters 40-plus men’s race.
“Instead of the three races we normally do in the four hour window, we wanted to fit in four races,” said race director Paul Boudreau. “We tightened up the schedule and that allowed us to have that women’s field along with the three men’s races.