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Lower Allen Classic/Verge NECCCS #4 - C2
Lower Allen Township Park, PA, USA, November 6, 2004
Howe and Wells win at Westra/Lower Allen Classic
By Tammy Ebersole
The third edition of the Westra/Lower Allen Classic took place in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania at Lower Allen Park. The weather was wonderful, the spectating was great and the course was a perfect mix of high speed areas and technical areas that required a great deal of concentration. As he has done each year, promoter Mike Hebe again raised the bar in terms of course design, and rider after rider could be heard commenting on how much they loved the course.
One person that loved the course was Barbara Howe (Velo Bella). Howe continued her tear through the Mid-Atlantic region, scoring her third straight win in the Verge Mid-Atlantic series. The West Coast rider scored back to back wins at Granogue and Wissahickon and has now added the Westra Classic to her list. Howe took command of the race from the start and the only rider able to match her speed was Anna Milkowski (Rona). Milkowski has been one of the few riders able to challenge Howe in the past several weeks.
As Howe and Milkowski started to open up on the field, current Verge Mid-Atlantic series leader, Betsy Schauer (Fort/GPAO) experienced several problems including a dropped chain and a bobble that took her out of contention for the top spots. While Schauer was having a spell of bad luck, another Velo Bella rider was having a great ride. Sami Fournier methodically moved up through the field and eventually settled into third place. After starting the season with lingering illness, Fournier has come into form the past three weeks and has put in several good rides including a top ten finish at Wissahickon Cross. While Fournier was moving up, Howe rode Milkowski off her wheel and started to open up her lead. Howe would hold that lead until the end, soloing in for the win. Milkowski held on for second and Fournier finished up in third. Fourth place came down to a sprint between Amber Itle (Yellow Breeches Racing) and Georgia Gould (Jensenstern.com) with Gould nipping Itle at the line.
In the Men’s Elite race, Todd Wells (Kona/CCA/Easton) started fast and never looked back. By the end of the first lap he had a five second lead over his brother Troy Wells (Kona/CCA/Easton) and Jed Schneider (Alan Factory) who were in a close battle for second place. The first lap of the technical course took its toll on several riders including Fort/GPOA rider, Ryan Leech. Leech took a spill on one of the off-camber sections, dropped a chain in the process and spent the rest of the day trying to make up time. By the end of lap three, Wells’ lead over Schneider and brother Wells was continuing to grow but Joshua Snead (Rock Lobster/Jeff Traugott Guitars) was close to joining the duo. As the riders came into sight at the start of the next lap, Wells had opened his lead up to twenty seconds and Schneider had decided it was time to make a move. Schneider had attacked hard, dropping Wells and Snead who had also been joined by Jeff Weinert (Cane Creek/Saturn of Toledo).
With two laps to go, Wells had extended his lead to fifty seconds over Schneider and the group of Wells, Snead and Weinert was still intact. With one to go, Wells and Schneider were still sitting first and second and Troy Wells led Weinert across the line. Snead had fallen off the pace and was now sitting alone in fifth. As Troy Wells and Weinert descended to the barriers for the last time, Wells attacked, got a small gap, bunny hopped the barriers, rode the run-up, and opened the gap a little more. Weinert was not willing to give up and clawed his way back onto Wells’ wheel. As the riders hit the back stretch for the last time, Weinert then threw his own attack which gave him a slight advantage going into the final portion of road before the finish. At the finish, it was Todd Wells rolling in alone for the win and Schneider forty six seconds back, claiming second. Weinert attacked all the way until the end, staying clear of Troy Wells and earning a hard fought third place. Wells claimed fourth place and was the top U23 rider of the day. Snead held onto fifth.
Other winners of the day included Chris Ruhl (Team Rio Grande) in the Juniors17-18 race, Nick Bax (Artemis) in the Juniors 10-16 event , Ransom Weaver (Guys Bicycles) in the 35+ Masters race, Chris Long (Independent Fabrications) in the Masters 45+ race, Wes Schempf (Fort/GPOA) in the Men’s B race, Lynda Maldonado (Amorosos/Victory Brewing) in Women’s B, Nina Santiago (Liberty Cycle) in the Junior Women’s race and Mark Fucciani (Independent) in the Men’s C race.
Racing continues on November 20 and 21st as the Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross comes to the Mid-Atlantic region. The Gran Prix series wraps up with action in Bridgeton, NJ on Saturday and then the finale in Highland Park, NJ on Sunday.
Images by Don Kessel
Elite Men 1 Todd Wells (Kona/CCA/Easton) 58.54 2 Jed Schneider (Alan Factory) 0.46 3 Jeff Weinert (Cane Creek/Saturn Of Toledo) 1.06 4 Troy Wells (Kona/CCA/Easton) 1.15 5 Joshua Snead (Rock Lobster / Jeff Traugott Guitars) 1.56 6 Jon Hamblen (Fior di Frutta) 2.29 7 Charlie Storm (Fuji/Btd Racing) 2.46 8 Andrew Wulfkuhle (Alan Mid Atlantic) 2.59 9 Greg Marini (Bike Doctor) 3.01 10 Ryan Leech (Fort-Gpoa!) 3.20 11 Greg Wittwer (Cyclocrossworld.Com) 3.30 12 Greg Ferguson (Fort/Gpoa) 3.38 13 Jonathan Card (Cane Creek/Tailwind.Net) 4.05 14 Gunnar Shogren (Fort-Gpoa!) 4.22 15 Nathan Deibert (Evolution Racing) 16 Ryan Brooks 17 John Hanson (Ncc / Bikereg.Com) 5.00 18 Kyle Wamsley (Team Fuji) 5.16 19 Jacob Stechmann (Subway-Express) 5.34 20 Jon Hansen (Embestida!) 5.42 21 Dan Snoop (Verge Sport.Com/Test Pilot) 5.50 22 Jeremy Walker (Cane Creek) 6.18 23 Joseph Piccillo (Evolution Racing) 7.11 24 Chris Samuel (Pro Pedals) 7.36 1 lap behind 25 Joe Reynolds (Wissahickon) DNS Kristopher Auer (Alan Mid Atlantic) dns Bobby Lea (Team Fuji) dns Les Leach (Wissahickon) Elite Women 1 Barbara Howe (Velo Bella) 37.32 2 Anna Milkowski (Rona) 1.15 3 Sami Fournier (Velo Bella) 2.07 4 Georgia Gould (Jensenstern.Com) 2.20 5 Amber Itle (Yellow Breeches Racing) 6 Mandy Lozano (Easton/Kona/CCA) 2.55 7 Alicia Genest (Richard Sachs) 8 Betsy Schauer (Fort/Gpoa!) 3.00 9 Sarah Uhl (Quark) 3.04 10 Melanie Swartz (Squadra Coppi/Im Saab) 3.27 11 Lisa Most (Wissahickon) 3.57 12 Kami Tremblay (Lsv/Kelly) 4.29 13 Megan Clark (Cycle-Smart) 5.09 14 Melissa Maurer (Evolution Racing) 5.30 15 Lisa Vible (First State Velo Sport) 5.45 16 Tammy Ebersole (Evolution Racing) 7.57 17 Tina Kunstbeck (Aquafina) 8.23 1 lap behind 18 Donna Anderson (Evolution Racing) Masters 1 Ransom Weaver (Guys Bicycles) 43.51 2 Eric Schlauch (Somerset Wheelmen) 0.10 3 Christopher Long (Independent Fabrication/Gotham) 0.27 4 Richard Mihills (First State Velo Spots) 0.51 5 Ej Sigety (Speedgoat) 0.56 6 Blair Saunders 7 Gerry Pflug (Scifit/Dirty Harry's/Gorocket) 1.02 8 Randall Root (Team Snow Valley) 1.03 9 Martin Jones (Somerset Wheelmen) 1.37 10 John Lux (First Capital Velo) 1.52 11 William Alcorn (Speedgoat) 2.00 12 Roger Carter (Legg Mason) 2.13 13 Fred Wittwer (Charlottesville Racing Club) 2.21 14 Erik Scott (Nvc) 2.24 15 Kirk Reisinger (Club Wissahickon) 2.57 16 Kelly Cline (Wissahickon) 3.09 17 Douglass Gray (First State Velo Sport) 3.34 18 N. Johan Anestad (Evolution Racing) 3.50 19 Mark Laser (Yellow Breeches Racing) 3.53 20 Roger Masse (All American Bicycle Club) 4.23 21 Kevin Breckenmaker (Team Harrisburg) 4.33 22 Marc Gwadz (City Bikes) 4.39 23 Rob Frederick (Evolution Racing) 4.46 24 Fred Handel (Nittany Velo) 5.07 25 Mark Featherman (Breakaway Endurance Sports Club) 5.19 26 Stephen Caffrey (First State Velo Sport) 5.49 27 Mark Dontigny (Nvc) 6.24 28 David Stauffer (Cycleworks) 6.28 29 Bob Piacine (Guys Bicycles) 6.32 30 Frank Hersh (Aca/Abc) 7.12 31 James Perren (Wissahickon) 7.29 32 Mike Connair (First State Velo Sport) 7.35 33 Karl Kensinger (Alan Mid-Atlantic) 8.01 34 Donald Morrison (Wissahickon) 8.20 35 Kevin Kuzas (Squadra Coppi) 8.30 1 lap behind 36 Ad Bax (Artemis) 37 Joseph Kenas (Guy's Racing) 38 Malcolm Toynbee (Evolution Racing) 39 Garvin Louie (Union Velo) 40 Paul Incognito (First State Velo Sport) 41 Micael Doolan (Vcb - Legg Mason Race Pace) 42 Richard Bauch (Colavita-Bolla Racing) 43 Gary Dugovich (Snitgers/Aca) 44 Ronne Irvine (Fuji Racing) 45 Christopher Houston (Yellow Breeches Racing) 46 Tom Ekberg (Liberty Cycle) 47 Nunzio Dibiasi (Team Harrisburg) 48 Chuck Wahl (Evolution Racing) 49 Steve Heede (First Capital Velo) DNF Rob Lyon (First Capital Velo) DNS Andrew Albright (Aquafina) DNS Thor Engblom (Unaffiliated) DNS Mark Podgurski DNS Jay Downs (Folt Gpoa) DNS Mike Hebe (Fort) Junior Men UCI 17/18 1 Chris Ruhl (Team Rio Grande) 40.38 2 Patrick Ryland (Rad Racing Northwest) 6.28 Junior Men 10-16 1 Nick Bax (Artemis) 34.48 2 Michael Garretson (Yellow Breeches Racing) 0.46 3 Morgan Gerlak (Lsv/Kelly) 0.51 4 Robby Mcelfresh (Yellow Breeches Racing) 1.37 5 Zach Adams (Yellow Breeches Racing) 2.15 6 Zac Felpel (Redrose) 3.01 1 lap behind 7 Justin Mauch DNF Jesse Saldana (Evolution Cycling Club) B Men 74 (Starters) 1 Weston Schempf (Fort-Gpoa) 43.00 2 Sean Galegher (First Capital Velo) 0.39 3 Eric Kriberni (Speedgoat.Com) 0.44 4 Patrick Cusack (Rockville Harley-Davidson/Bicycle Pro Shop) 5 Eric Roman (Independent Fabricated Factory Team) 1.15 6 Ray Adams (Maxxis-Spokepost.Com) 1.56 7 Chris Mayhew (Fort-Gpoa!) 2.05 8 Brent Biddle (Fsvs) 2.15 9 Alvaro Arnal (Ardmore Bike Line) 2.21 10 Ray Ignosh (Gotham Cyclists) 2.29 11 Michael Babcock (Yellow Breeches Racing) 2.44 12 Brad Kriley (Speedgoat.Com) 2.56 13 Adam Sazczepanski (Yellow Breeches Racing) 3.01 14 Tom Mains (Velocity Sports/Cce) 3.16 15 Todd Pittman (Unattached) 3.25 16 Jonathan Gibbs (Bicycle Therapy) 3.33 17 Dan Wilson (First State Velo Sports/Cycleops) 3.40 18 Joel Nace (First Capital Velo) 4.10 19 Andres Wright (All American Bike Club) 20 Mark Podgurski 21 John Bernardi (Action Wheels) 4.38 22 Wade Hess (Team Beacon) 23 Jeff Gray (Fort/Gpoa) 24 Christopher Johnson (Nittany Velo Club) 25 Benjamin Pate (Fort/Gpoa) 4.47 26 David Lowe (Ardmore Bike Line) 27 Luke Sauder (First Capital Velo) 28 Christopher Consorto (Penn State) 4.54 29 Sean Pfaff (Lsv/Kelly) 5.11 30 Marc Vettori (Spot Brand) 5.20 31 Wayne Scott (First State Velo Sport) 5.39 32 Chris Nystrom (Lsv/Kelly) 5.53 33 Chip Hoover (Ncvc/Edge Technologies) 6.02 34 Alec Riendeau (Highland Park Hermes) 35 Elliot Mcallister (Ardmore Cycling) 36 Alessandro Desouza (Rutgers University/All Brunswick Cyclery) 6.17 37 Matt Bergenson (Rei) 6.18 38 Dusty Labarr (The Elephants Perch, Hammer Gel) 6.20 39 Daniel Brill (Team Beacon) 6.27 40 John Hostetter Iii (Alan Mid-Atlantic) 6.31 41 Jaimie Welch (Western Maryland Wheelman) 6.54 42 Eric Morgan (Wissahickon) 7.01 43 Montana Norvell (Wissahickon Cycles) 7.24 44 Henry Tiemper (Fsvs) 7.37 45 Brian Burgess (Team Beacon) 46 Craig Callan (Highland Park Hermes) 7.59 47 Chris Evans (Wissahickon) 48 Chris Baker (Wmw/Thomas Racing) 8.07 49 Joel Hoerni (Cycle Works) 8.22 50 Eric Lowenstein (Highland Park Hermes) 51 Werner Freymann (Shirks) 8.36 52 Jd Bilodeau (Ncc - Bikereg.Com) 9.05 1 lap behind 53 Kevin Mccarthy 54 Zombor Zoltani (Alan Mid-Atlantic) 55 Mike Hoffman (Cycle Works) 56 Mark Kilgore (First Capital Velo) 56 Mark Kilgore (First Capital Velo) 57 J Linvill (Main Line Cc) 58 Adam Switzer (Yellow Breeches Racing) 59 Joe Mulligan (Peninsula Velp/Kondra) 60 Dan Grenier 61 James Ambagis (Wooden Wheels) 62 Ben Bardo DNF Colin Sandberg (Fort/Gpoa!) DNF Rob Lyon (First Capital Velo) DNF Trevor Williams (Guy's Bicycle Racing) DNF Matt Thompson (Wooden Wheels) DNF Greg Black (Verge Sport.Com/Test Pilot) DNF Fj Hughes (Bike Doctor/Cannondale) DNF Jay Downs (Folt Gpoa) DNF Mike Kuhn (Yellow Breeches Racing) DNS Chad Totaro (Breakaway Endurance Sports Club) DNS Rolf Windh (Guy's Racing) DNS James Am DNS Turner Johnson (Fort/Gpoa) C Men 45 (Starters) 1 Mark Fucciani (Independent) 31.54 2 Don Kessel (Holmes Cycling) 0.34 3 Rolf Windh (Guy's Racing) 1.27 4 Bernard Mcdonald (Lsv/Kelly) 2.04 5 Christopher Salice (Team Bbc) 2.21 6 Ron Hermann (Lateral Stress Velo) 2.40 7 James Ambagis (Wooden Wheels) 2.54 8 Eric Krause (All American) 2.55 9 Jamie Debuque (Evolution Racing) 3.14 10 Christopher Barnes 3.40 11 Larry Von Moss 12 Mark Vareschi (Rutgers University) 3.55 13 Ben Sandberg (William And Mary) 4.15 14 Kevin Deemer 4.41 15 Rob Lea (Team Fuji) 4.46 16 Nicolas Nudy (Beans) 5.00 17 Gary Kelley (Yellow Breeches Racing) 5.03 18 Todd Chewning (Lsv) 5.09 19 William Mcnally (Independent) 5.22 20 Joseph Manning 21 Thor Engblom (Unaffiliated) 5.28 22 Emerson Loustau (Westra) 23 Syd Lea (Team Fuji) 5.35 24 Robert Sands (Evolution Racing) 5.49 25 Richard Deboot (Mlc Bikyle) 6.09 26 Bren Moran 6.22 27 Bob Perna (Beans) 6.27 28 Richard Jager 6.56 29 Brian Rife (Faulkner Honda) 7.17 30 John Nusbaum 7.24 31 Larry Mauch 7.31 32 Jason Yeager (Cycleworks) 7.55 33 Joseph Orsini (Cycleworks) 8.25 34 Craig Hise (Yellow Breeches Racing) 35 Esteban Velasquez 10.26 1 lap behind 36 Robert Costello 37 Leo Kolshorn (3D Racing Team) 38 Albert Ruigrok 39 Bob Piscotty 40 Len Depue 41 Paul Ricci (Fort) DNF Richard Bilson DNF Ed Moran (Secf) DNF Scott Mcdowell DNS Bill Laudien (Green Mt) B Women 1 Lynda Maldonado (Amoroso's/Victory Brewing/Tri State Velo) 37.05 2 Marilyn Galegher (First State Velo Sport) 0.49 3 Laura Hanlon (Team Fuji) 1.05 4 Janet Olney (Team Bbc) 1.31 5 Karen Tourian (Club Wissahickon) 1.35 6 Hollie Kennay (First State Velo Sport) 2.40 7 Pamela Wahl (Evolution Racing) 3.14 8 Nikki Thiemann 9 Tracy Lea (Team Fuji) 10 Andrea Brunhofer 1 lap behind 11 Nina Santiago (Liberty Cycle) 12 Christina Lindsey (Yellow Breeches Racing) 13 Susan Miltenberger (Team Bbc) 14 Vanessa Cooney 15 Laney Siegrist (Ardmore Bike Line) 16 Lauri Jenkins (First State Velo Sport) 17 Krista Schultz (First State Velo Sport) DNF Peg Fontello (First State Velo Sport)
2003 Men: Ryan Trebon (USA) Eastern Kona Women: Marianne Stover (USA) Gearworks/Spinarts