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Microsoft Emerald City Cyclocross Series #2
South SeaTac Park, September 28, 2003
Report by Craig Undem
Spend one day watching cross racing in Seattle this fall and you will see that cyclocross does not need its characteristically wet, muddy, and cold conditions to provide pain and suffering. It felt more like the middle of summer as opposed to the beginning of fall as dry conditions and above 85* temperatures welcomed over 270 riders to the second race in the 2003 Microsoft Emerald City Cyclocross Series, and the first race in the Seattle vs. Portland Grail de la Grunge competition - welcome Portland!
The newly designed north SeaTac course would present every rider with challenging single-track, deep and thick sand pits, heavy clouds of dust, and scorching temperatures. Today's race continued to deliver excitement and entertainment, complete with drama in the intense battle for first place in the free kids 12 and under race at noon, and raffle prizes provided by race day sponsor, Starbucks doubleshot.
Competition is always intense in the beginning categories, and the beginning women are no exception. Elizabeth Salvo threw down the hammer and the sparks flew as she danced through the sand to finish above Amara Boursaw (Gregg's Cycles), and Lisa Miller in the women's C category. All three of these rides moved up form their mid-pack finishes from the week before at North SeaTac.
The beginning men saw new faces on the podium as these guys continue to get faster and faster. James Johnson plowed through the pack to finish first, and Chris "Dobie" Dobrick answered back with a close second, saying, "you just wait until next week!" Bryce Given finished third in his series debut.
The Jr. A field saw some hard racing as riders refused to sacrifice their overall positions. Collin Carbaush, Devin Anderson, and Severin Skolrud provided an instant replay as they once again placed 1 - 2 - 3 across the line.
Two riders - Joey Rogerson and Nathan Bannerman - met face to face for a back-and-forth battle for points in the Jr. B competition. In the end, it would be Joey across the line in 1st place.
In the Jr. C category, Grady Weiler held onto his first place position with a repeat first place finish over Noah Buckley and Benny Swendberg
JD Fette, Ethan Mair, Paul Sales placed themselves 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, continuing their domination of the age 9 - 12 Jr. D category.
Jadine Riley and Denielle Crandel maintained their positions at the top of the Women's B field, while new comer Lisa Given finished third. Lisa upgraded after proving her speed and power with a strong finish in last weeks women's C race.
Dan Neyens of EA cross could not be touched as he once again made a seemingly effortless launch of the front of the killer B's group. Dan continued to ride smooth to roll across the line for 1st. Matt Hayes and Mark Young would work hard to close down the gap, but would instead have to settle for 2nd and 3rd.
The master B men saw another huge field of 54 riders come to the line. Joe Sales would be the first to emerge from the dust to finish first, with Glen Conley in a close second, and David Sullivan in third.
Adam Van Dyke spun his way into the first place position of the single speed category. Adrian Hegyvary also moved up, finishing second. Ed Husted finished in third for his first race of the season.
The super fast women never cease to be amazing! After having put on an incredible show at the Star Crossed event the night before, these women came out strong, less than 24 hours later, for an encore presentation. Josie Beggs of Redline raced as hard as she could to shut down Kona's Anne Knapp - as if seeking revenge for their intense battle the night before. Rhonda Mazza of Sellwood Cycles rode hard to hold onto the train and complete the trio by finishing third.
The Masters Women field continues to be dominated by Ti Cycles' Nicola Marr and Kathy Smith, who placed first and second respectively. Kim Lucas survived the punishing conditions and landed a third place finish for the day.
Every week these guys prove that 'masters' does not mean old and slow. In the Master A field, we saw a runaway win by Rich Maile of Clif Bar. Randy Daniels pulled off another top finish for the Ti Cycles team by finishing 2nd, and Tim Ellis finished with a very respectable third place
This week's races produced mixed results at the top of each category as several riders upgraded and changed categories. Perhaps the biggest change in the A Men was the absence of Dale Knapp of Kona, K2s Johnny Sundt, and Russell Stevenson. Without this locomotive engine at the front of the 'A' train, many new faces made their way to the podium. As the elite men blasted off the line and disappeared in a cloud of dust, it would be Amoy Jacques-Maynes of Clif Bar who would dominate the grueling sand pits and dusty single track to battle his way to the top over Kona's Eric Tonkin, and Adam Craig of Giant, who finished in third place.
A Men 1 Amoy Jacques-Maynes (Clif Bar) 2 Erik Tonkin 3 Adam Craig (Giant Pearlizumi) 4 Mark Hanson 5 Shannon Skerritt 6 Andrew Kyle (Sugoi) 7 Ryan Trebon (Easton/Kona) 8 John-Christian Flack 9 Troy Heithecker (Recycled Cycles) 10 Loren Hanson 11 Matt Hill 12 Mike Schindler (Sunnyside Sports) 13 Steven Williams 14 Ben Thompson 15 Tim Erickson 16 Shawn McDonald (Sunnyside Sports) 17 Rob Campbell 18 David Fleischhauer 19 Richard McClung (Broadmark) 20 Don Wesley 21 Jeff Bannink 22 Pete Groblewski (EA Cross) 23 Greg Ulrich (Crow Cycles) 24 Matt Mahoney (Bike Gallery/Trek/VW) 25 Jackson Stewart (Clif Bar) 26 Nick Adsero 27 Patrick Love 28 Mikkel Bossem (Bike Gallery/Trek/VW) 29 Jimmy Lingwood (Recycled Cycles) 30 Ben Smith 31 Seth Davis DNF Eric Atwood DNF Christian Young DNF Will Freeman DNF Dale Plant DNF Ian Mackie DNF Matt Slaven (Spot Brand) A Women 1 Josie Beggs 2 Anne Grande 3 Rhonda Mazza 4 Ingrid Spies 5 Kristi Berg 6 Kelly Jones 7 Maribeth Evezich 8 Shannon Whitlach C Jr 1 Grady Weiler 2 Noah Buckley 3 Benny Swedberg 4 Grant Boursaw 5 Lugiano Worl 6 Johnathon Skeehan 7 Fletcher Farrar 8 Spencer Mattan 9 Wes Furlong C Men 1 James Johnson 2 Chris Dobrick 3 Bryce Given (Starbucks) 4 David Schmidt 5 Greg Valentin 6 Chris Kutach 7 David Wilton 8 Eric Layland 9 Doug Bernard (Aurora CC) 10 Peter Vincent 11 David Shoultz 12 Dan Warren 13 Joel Liefke 14 John Randolps 15 Ed Murray (Pazzo Velo) 16 David Garccione 17 LeRoi Smith 19 Brian Hogan 22 Shawn Pedersen 23 Brian Drye 24 Paul Scanlon 26 Phillip Meyer (Team Tailwind) 28 Steve Prager 29 Nicholas MacDonald 30 Dan Davidson 31 Don Perry 33 Alan Adams 34 Carl Moczydlowsky 35 Greg Hyra (BI Cycle) 37 Bernie Hayden 38 David Scott 40 Roy Tongue 41 George Weiss DNF Dee Rasabout (ASC Racing) DNF Steven Skeehan, Sr (ASC Racing) C Master Men 1 Tom Sowards 2 Dave Prenslow 3 Mike Hayes 4 Bob Wilson (Olympic Bike) 5 Douglas Carter 6 Steven Basden (Half Fast Velo) 7 Brian Volkert 8 Craig Smith 9 Steve Fall DNF ER Brown C Women 1 Elizabeth Salvo 2 Amara Boursaw 3 Lisa Miller 4 MJ Redman 5 Ann Scanlon 6 Lindsey Lawrence (Dirtworld) 7 Lesley Augustine 8 Alison Mack 9 Alina Boursaw 10 Lesley Trivett (Atomic) D Jr 1 JD Fette 2 Ethan Mair 3 Paul Sales 4 Samuel Walters 5 Austin Clevenger 6 Casey McBreen 7 Brittany Wentz 8 Nolan Hayden 9 Avi Mahan A Jr 1 Collin Carbaush 2 Devin Anderson 3 Severin Skolrud 4 Tristan Skolrud 5 Mike Wentz 6 Tyler Given 7 Luke Brechward 8 Walker Owcel B Jr 1 Joey Rogerson 2 Nathan Bannerman B Men 1 Dan Neyens 2 Matt Hayes 3 Mark Young 4 Troy White 5 Eric Noll 6 Cameron Charles 7 Kyle Felmley 8 Keith Robinson 9 David Henson (Spoke & Sprocket) 10 David Volkert 11 Jose Ramirez 12 Matt Cary 13 Pat Tongue 14 Paul De Jong 15 Glenn Soja 16 Isaas Gmazel 17 Matt Gossage 18 Rory Cameron 19 Jay Murray (Trek/VW) 20 Aaron Lee 21 Brian Spears (Half Fast) 22 JJ Ecker 23 Chris Johns 24 Lance Simanek 25 Jim Tyree 26 Marco Desimone 27 Sean Conto (JF2 Racing) DNF Paul Anderson DNF Peter Vincent DNF Robert Velez (Ashmead/King) DNF Mike Wellborn (Valley/CBC) DNF Lance McClure DNF Jason Dallas B Women 1 Jadine Riley 2 Denielle Crandall 3 Lisa Given 4 Holly Walker 5 Tela Crane 6 Kristin Smith 7 Robyn Embrey 8 Kim Pitkanen 9 Robyn Angliss 10 Kathy Carver 11 Paula Schmitz 12 Melodie Ross DNF Maria Arcorace DNF Leana Farrard Single Spd 1 Adam Van Dyke 2 Adrian Hegyvary 3 Ed Husted 4 Kevin Beshlian 5 Dennis Rose 6 Tim Otway B Master M 1 Joe Sales 2 Glen Conley 3 David Sullivan 4 Kevin Reinkensmeyer 5 Nathan Kiger 6 Bradley Marquardt 7 Brad Collins 8 Jeff Spence (Soliton) 9 Mark Reudink (Byrne Spec. Gas) 10 Tom Homes 11 Pete Brunner 12 Brian Wentz 13 Kent Johnston 14 Tero Pitkanen 15 Mike Jancola 16 Don Tyler 17 Mike Albright 18 Cris Bevens (Ragnarok) 19 Bernie Miller (Valley) 20 Greg Goad 21 Hahn Rossman (Alki/Rubicon) 22 Brad Oppedal 23 James Wagner 24 Rick Heckenlialle 25 Ken Embrey 26 Andrew Malakoff 27 David Graves (Byrne Spec. Gas) 28 Andrew Novikoff 29 Rick Knowles 30 Justin Harman 31 Dave Reed 32 John Herzog 33 Bob Acteson 34 Jeff Evans 35 Fabien Pichard (Seattle Velo) 36 John Drenning 37 Rex Caldwell (Gregg's) 38 Mark Lambie 39 Dave Renslow 40 Jim Clevenger (Running Shoes.com) 41 Reeve Geary 42 Mark Kunnecke 43 David McCormick (Vegas Velo Racing) DNF Andrew Greene DNF Brett Larson DNF Brian Volkert DNF Andrew Ferguson (Soliton) DNF Darren Jeung DNF Dean Burton (Ragnarok) DNF Ed Rickert DNF John McClure (Spoon) DNF Reese Lindblad (Wheelsport) DNF Stephen Cork (Ashmead/King TV) Master W 1 Nicola Marr 2 Kathy Smith 3 Kim Lucas (Clif Bar) Master A 1 Rich Maile (Clif Bar) 2 Randy Daniels 3 Tim Ellis (Recycled Cycles) 4 Jim Brown 5 Dan Norton 6 Andy Dahlstrom 7 Mike Rolcik 8 Derek Shiers 9 John Weller 10 Alex Andel (Broadmark) 11 Tom Phillips 12 Randy Iddings 13 Dave Pearson 14 David Stonich 15 Chad Berg 16 Brad Lewis 17 Phil Oppenheimer 18 Robert Ballinger 19 Jeffrey McConaughy 20 Todd Bandy 21 Ed Arthur 22 Michael Murdin (Seattle Velo) 23 Pat Weiler (REI Novara) 24 Doug Carlton 25 Anthony Dickson 26 Greg Carmichael 27 Steven Henderson 28 Chris Torgerson 29 Brad Ross (Bike n Hike) 30 Dana Parnello 31 Robert Huff (Half Fast Velo) 32 Sean Wittmer 33 Daniel Wynn 34 David Neubeck 35 Carl Roberts (Clif Bar) DNF Troy Coleman DNF Dave Hull (Second Ascent) DNF Kent Johnston DNF Pablo Espinosa