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The Central Mass. Cyclo-Cross to End Homelessness (C2)
Burncoat Park, Worcester, MA, October 12, 2002
National Champion Takes Win
By John Verheul
US National Cyclo-cross Champion Todd Wells of Mongoose/Hyundai flew the colors of the stars and stripes jersey he won last December in the first Central Massachusetts Cyclo-Cross To End Homelessness. Last year's revelation picked up where he left off last year, breaking away early with his teammate Marc Gullickson, and taking his first UCI 'cross win of 2002.
A steady rain on race day turned the course into a slick, muddy quagmire by the time the elite men took the line at 3:00pm for the last race of the day. Wells and Gullickson both had good starts, but the real rocket on lap one was Clif Bar rider Andy Jaques-Maynes. Jacques-Maynes led the entire first lap as Wells dutifully followed, waiting no doubt for his teammate who had become ensnared in traffic. Gullickson soon left the rest of the field in his wake as he bridged the small gap to the leading duo, and went straight to the front as soon as he got there. Wells followed, and in less than a lap the fast-starting Clif Bar rider was left behind. Gullickson and Wells essentially held a clinic on how to ride together in mud, as the two friends exchanged the lead smoothly all the way to the finish. Wells took the victory in style with a comfortable two-hand salute, as his teammate smiled behind.
Behind the Mongoose pair, Jaques-Maynes began a gradual slide back through the field to eventually finish sixth. The first rider to go by him was Jon Page (Richard Sachs), who went straight past in lone pursuit of the two leaders. In what will likely be his penultimate U.S. appearance before heading to Switzerland again this year, Page stayed alone in third for the rest of the day. Native New Englander Mark McCormack followed Page up to Jaques-Mayne, but was unable to follow when Page went away near the halfway point. The Saturn rider, with his older brother Frank deftly handling two bike changes per lap for him, became locked in a three-way battle for fourth with Jaques-Maynes, and US U23 National Champion Adam Craig (Giant). A late surge allowed Craig to take the spot, with McCormack a close fifth place. Craig was also the first U23 finisher, ahead of Alan Obye (Devo) and Jackson Stewart (Clif Bar).
On the women's side, last week's DownEast Cyclo-Cross winner Mary McConnelough (Seven Cycles) got another fine start. She was sandwiched between Clif Bar riders Gina Hall and Carmen D'Alusio. Hall led the first lap, with D'Alusio trailing a few meters behind McConnelough. It didn't take long for McConnelough to take the lead though, and simply ride her challengers off her wheel. D'Alusio made a great charge in the final three laps to come within ten seconds of the leader, but that was as close as she would come. D'Alusio and Hall took second and third respectively, in what turned into a three woman pursuit.
Canadian National Champion Shauna Gillies-Smith (Gearworks/SRP) rode alone for most of the race in fourth, while Kathryn Roszko (NCC/Bikereg.com) held off late charging Anna Milkowski for fifth.
With Saturn Development team rider and U.S. junior national champion Jesse Anthony trying his hand in the elite race, CCB's Konrad Lebas made an early attack and soloed away from the rest of the junior field for an excellent win. Chasing Lebas was the talented Devo rider up from Pennsylvania, Joey Thompson. Todd Well's younger brother Troy Wells (Kingston Cyclery) took 3rd.
Other winners on the day were Mike Bernard in Men's 35+, Paul Curley in Men's 45+, and in Noah Taylor the Men's B race. The Men's C race winner was Tom Hopper, while Darcy Cornell of the host Bicycle Alley team won the Women's B race and Alyssa Crowther took the Beginner Junior race over first-time racer Ben Grenier.
The Central Massachusetts Cyclo-Cross To End Homelessness was held in part to raise awareness and funds for the Worcester People In Peril (PIP) Shelter. The Worcester PIP Shelter helps people in peril - the homeless, the working poor, indigent alcoholics, drug addicts and the de-institutionalized mentally ill - by providing opportunities for training, rehabilitation, education, care, treatment, housing, food and shelter, regardless of gender, race, color, creed or sexual orientation, with the goal of putting an end to homelessness. More information on the PIP Shelter can be found at www.pipshelter.org.
The event was presented by Cycle-Smart coaching, promotions & management, in cooperation with Team Bicycle Alley, and the Major Taylor Association. Race supporters included Time Sport USA, designer and manufacturer of cycling pedals, shoes and forks; Honey Stinger, convenient honey-based energy foods; and Litmus Designs.
Images by Jeff Feddersen/Cyclocrossworld.com
Images by Jonathan S. McElvery
Elite men 1 Todd Wells (USA) Mongoose/Hyundai 1.01.26 2 Marc Gullickson (USA) Mongoose/Hyundai 3 Jonathan Page (USA) Richard Sachs 0.10 4 Adam Craig (USA) Giant 0.38 5 Mark McCormack (USA) Saturn 1.08 6 Andy Jacques-Maynes (USA) Clif Bar 1.21 7 David Wyandt (USA) Clif Bar 1.25 8 Michael Broderick (USA) Seven Cycles 1.55 9 Alan Obye (USA) Devo/Balance Bar 2.10 10 Jackson Stewart (USA) Clif Bar 2.35 11 Michael Muller (USA) Cannondale/Wheelworks 4.04 12 Brandon Dwight (USA) Excel Sports/Ritchey 4.46 13 Matt Svatek (USA) Cannondale/Wheelworks) 14 Jesse Anthony (USA) Saturn Dev 5.05 15 Jonny Sundt (USA) K2 Bike 5.21 16 Chris Peck (USA) Wheelworks/Cannondale 17 Rob Hult (USA) O'Neils 5.33 18 Christophe Cheseaux (USA) Espoir De Laval 5.34 19 Michael Yozell (USA) Guys Bicycle Club 5.41 20 Jeremy Powers (USA) Team Devo 6.10 21 Andy Applegate (USA) CCA / Trek 6.20 22 Jacob Stechmann (USA) Team Flanders 6.48 23 Kris Auer (USA) LSV/Trek/VW 7.36 One lap behind 24 Jon Hamblen (USA) Wheelworks/Cannondale 25 Jeff Leake (USA) NCC / Bikereg.Com 26 John Bruno (USA) Quad Cycles 27 Johs Huseby (USA) Independent Fabrication Elite women 1 Mary McConneloug (Seven Cycles) 45.15 2 Carmen D'Aluisio (Luna) 0.30 3 Gina Hall (Luna) 0.51 4 Shauna Gillies-Smith (Gearworks/SRP) 3.02 5 Kathryn Roszko (NCC / Bikereg.Com) 5.10 6 Anna Milkowski (Gearworks/SRP) 6.00 7 Shiela Vibert (Redhook) 6.34 8 Cori Page (Richard Sachs) 7.05 9 Kathy Sarvary (Cyclonauts) 7.37 10 Marianne Stover (Gearworks/SRP) 8.27 11 Susan Maclean (BOB) 8.54 One lap behind 12 Alicia Genest (Richard Sachs) 13 Kerry Litka (Wheelworks) 14 Sara Cushman (Gearworks/SRP) 15 Rebecca Sax (Dansko/Wheelworks) 16 Melanie Swartz (Team Potomac VC) 17 Margaret Thompson (Mohawk Valley Bicycling Club) 18 Regina Hammond (CRCA/Miya Shoji) B Men 1 Noah Taylor (Unattached) 39.17 2 Matt Hersey (Liquid Motion) 0.05 3 Conor Coffey (CCB International) 0.29 4 Byron Holt (Boston Cross) 1.12 5 Peter Rubijono (Boston Bicycle Club) 1.23 6 Alan Starrett (Bikeman/Bath Cycle) 1.50 7 Robert Campos (So Ho Capital) 2.00 8 Joel Danke 2.13 9 Samuel Wheeler-Martenis (CCB International) 2.19 10 Brendan Sullivan (Boston Cross) 2.24 11 Greg Montello (ECV) 12 Sam Talbot (TBA) 2.45 13 Steve Lombardo (CVC) 2.59 14 Matthew White (Pigiron Bicycle) 3.08 15 Zachary Daab (Unattached) 3.13 16 Justin Manville (CS Ardana) 3.22 17 Brant Hornberger (NCC / Bikereg.Com) 3.24 18 Scott Staubach (BRC/ATA Cycles) 3.30 19 Matthew Manna (ECV) 4.00 20 Mark Donahue (Southern Me. Cycling Club) 21 Robert Frechette (Crun) 4.18 22 Lee Moser (CRCA/Soho Capital) 5.03 23 Mickey Denoncourt (NCC / Bikereg.Com) 24 Daniel Abbe (Team Mountain City) 5.15 25 Ian Everhard (Velocity Racing) 5.36 26 William Turne (Landreys) 27 Paul Everhard (B2C/Community) 5.44 28 John Poland (GVCC) 29 Matt Montross (Kingston Cyclery) 5.50 30 Richard Battaglia (Southern Maine Cc) 5.56 31 Todd Cassan (Epic) 6.25 32 Andrew Parsons (BRC/Vintage) 6.34 33 Craig Kennedy (Benidorm) 6.51 34 Sam Stevens (Berlin Bike, East Berlin CT) 35 Randall Descarreaux (CS Ardana) 7.04 36 Euclides Amado (Cox Communications) 7.18 37 Marvin Wang (BRC) 7.30 38 David Connery (Boston Bicycle Club) 39 John Mosher (Cycloft) 7.46 40 Robert Jeffery (TBA) 7.55 41 Mark Robson (TBA) 8.39 One lap behind 42 Brian Dahlmann (B2C/Community) 43 Darren Crupi (Heart Of New England Cycling Club) 44 Michael Wonderly 45 Judd Milne (PVC) 46 Mark Wysocki (Pedros) Masters 1 Michael Bernard (Arc-En-Ciel) 43.40 2 John Verheul (Team Ideal Tile) 3 Sam Morse (Mass Bay Road Club) 0.19 4 Scott Wade (Gear Works/SRP) 0.42 5 Paul Curley (Team Gearworks) 6 Mark Stotz (NCC/Bikereg.Com) 7 Tim Groesbeck (CCB/VW) 8 Mike Umbrell (Minuteman Road Club) 0.57 9 Tim Haitz (Team Dupont /Ritchey) 10 Mike Ward (Berkshire) 1.36 11 Robert Bisson (Unattached) 2.07 12 Eric Marro (BOB) 13 Paul Lynch (Missing Link Bicycle Club) 2.57 14 Doug Aspinwall (NCC / Bikereg.Com) 3.20 15 Nathan McHugh 16 Dave Schachte (PVC) 17 William Casazza (BOB) 18 William Sawyer (Midstate) 19 Steven Abbott 20 Robert Kramer (Mass Bay Road Club) 21 Tim Crowley (Minuteman Road Club) 22 Gene Garneau (Mercy Cycling) 23 Christopher Smith (Rage/Harpoon/Int.Bike) 24 Michael Samblad 25 Scott Collins (Squadra Casterama) 26 Dave Leedberg (Gear Works/SRP) 27 Wayne Cunningham (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 5.09 28 Matt Domnarski (Cyclonauts) 5.19 29 Donald Vescio (Arc-En-Ciel) 5.57 30 David Genest (Richard Sachs) 31 Michael Oster (Swamp Yankee) 6.22 One lap behind 32 Sean Lebas (Laurel Bicycle Club) 33 Thomas Shuford 34 Vincent Donohue (Worcester Cycling Club) 35 Phil Brubaker (Putney/West Hill) 36 George Hebner (Chesapeake Wheelman) 37 Peter Wilson (Cyclonauts) 39 Theo Kindermans (Cyclocrossworld.Com) 40 Thomas Downey (MBRC) 41 John Jansen (Unattached) 42 Kenneth Hamel (AFD/OSVC) 43 Richard Sachs (Richard Sachs) 44 Brian Geddes (NCC / Bikereg.Com) 45 Garabed Minasian (Unattached) 46 Curtiss Burwell (Laurel Bicycle Club) Juniors 15-18 1 Konrad Lebas (CCB International) 42.58 2 Joey Thompson (Balance) 0.39 3 Troy Wells (Kingston) 2.20 4 Geoffrey Johnson (PVC) 2.51 5 Kevin Wolfson (NEBC / Cycleloft) 3.33 6 Charles Marzot (Corner Cycle Cycling Club) 4.42 7 Tucker Olander (Peerless/Hnecc) 8 Ethan Tieger (Essex County Velo) 6.40 9 Mark Intelisano (BCA/Tosk) Beginner Men 1 Tom Hopper (Boston Cross) 33.16 2 Brad Sheehan (Unattached) 0.11 3 Brian Bigelow (B.O.B) 0.47 4 Peter Hutchins (NCC/Bikereg.Com) 1.29 5 Matthew Odachowksi (Boston Bicycle Club/Community) 6 Bruce Pierce (Boston Bicycle Club/Community) 1.48 7 Mark West (NCC / Bikereg.Com) 2.07 8 Richard Sello (Boston Cross) 2.35 9 Kenneth Hamel (AFD/OSVC) 10 Matthew Beriau (Bike Alley) 3.00 11 Bruce Thompson (Minuteman Road Club) 3.15 12 Jon Fielding (Team Bicycle Alley) 3.25 14 Robert Bauer (Minuteman Road Club) 4.01 15 Edward Dishong (Nhcc) 4.06 16 Michael Nilsson (Union Velo) 4.39 17 Michael Van Randwyck (Bike Alley) 4.48 18 Jason Arcelay (NEBC/Cycleloft/EMC) 4.54 19 Bill Noonan (Bike Alley) 5.50 20 Christopher Kadlick (Minuteman Road Club) 5.54 21 Andrew Curry (Squadra Coppi) 6.01 22 Kenneth Scott (Union Velo) 6.20 23 Richard Morin (Union Velo) 24 James Nuzzo (Bicycle Link RT/Missing Link BC) 25 Mako Saito (Unattached) 6.40 26 Christopher Rehm (Team Bicycle Alley) 6.56 27 Lawrence King (PVC) 8.02 One lap behind 28 Patrick Goguen (NEBC) 29 Jose Monterroso (Union Velo) Beginner Women 1 Darcy Cornell (Bike Alley) 35.21 2 Kristen Osborn (NEBC) 1.33 3 Erica Miller 1.56 4 Stefanie White (NHJCA) 3.53 5 Michelle Kersbergen (NCC/Bikereg) One lap behind 6 Amy Burrer (Bike Alley) 7 Colleen Flaherty 8 Jean Cunningham (NBC/Cycle Loft) Juniors 10-14 1 Alyssa Crowther (NCC/Bikereg.Com) 2 Ben Grenier (Cycling)