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Wissahickon Cross - C2
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, October 24, 2004
Howe Repeats and Jacques-Maynes scores big
By Tammy Ebersole
The 2004 Verge Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series wrapped up a UCI double weekend yesterday with a stop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for Wissahickon Cross. The Belmont Plateau in the city's Fairmount Park section is a perfect location for a cross race and always draws large crowds of riders and spectators. This year's edition of Wissahickon Cross proved no exception as 253 riders came to do battle. Not only were they drawn by the promise of a good course, they were also drawn by the fact that Club Wissahickon had put up a prize list worth over $2800 dollars. The fact that it was widely distributed across all categories gave everyone a little extra incentive.
The first long and seemingly never-ending climb of the course took an early toll in the Elite Women's race. By the top of the climb a select group had formed that contained Christine Vardaros (Velo Bella), teammate and winner of the previous day's Granogue race, Barbara Howe, Sinead Fitzgibbon (Aquafina/CRCA), Anna Milkowski (Rona) and Mackenzie Dickey (Team Bicycle Alley). Behind them the majority of the field had already fragmented into pieces. Howe took early command of the lead group and immediately ramped up the pace. Milkowski and Dickey matched her acceleration and three pulled away from Fitzgibbon and Vardaros. Vardaros then suffered a mechanical that ended Team Velo Bella's attempt at capturing the top two podium spots as they had done the day before. With Howe driving the pace, lap after lap, Milkowski started to struggle and eventually lost contact with Howe and Dickey. Dickey hung tough but she too popped off Howe's wheel after another lap at blistering speed. Behind the battle for the top three spots, a rider was methodically working her way up through the field. Tara Parsons (Aquafina/CRCA) must have turned on the jets for the second half of the race because she came from nowhere up to fourth position behind Milkowski. While she was moving up through the field, Parsons passed by two riders now waging a vicious battle for fifth. Cross neophyte, Melissa Maurer (Evolution Racing) and Betsy Schauer (Fort/GPOA) were in a close fight for fifth that they would take all the way to the line.
With Howe clear and charging for home to wrap up her second win in two days, Milkowski turned her focus to Dickey and started to slowly close the gap. Milkowski managed to make contact with one lap to go but she spent too much energy in the effort as Dickey managed to outsprint her to the line to claim second place behind Howe. Milkowski picked up her second third place finish in two days. Parsons put in impressive ride to solo in for fourth. Maurer held off a hard-charging Schauer for fifth. Maurer's fifth place also gave her the win in the Womens 35+ category.
The climb that decimated the women's field also thinned out the Elite Men's field. Leading the field up the climb on lap one was Ryan Trebon (Kona), followed closely by Mark McCormack (Clif Bar/Colavita Olive Oil); the winner of Saturday's Granogue race, Barry Wicks (Kona), and Ben Jacques-Maynes (Sierra Nevada Cycling). Behind the group, Jesse Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) was trying to hold position and he was being marked by Matt White (NCC/Bikereg.com). As the group started pulling away from the rest of the field, Trebon suddenly looked to be struggling then lost contact completely. Trebon, apparently a little under the weather, started fading badly and eventually withdrew from the race. With the lead group established, McCormack, Wicks and Jacques-Maynes were glued to each other for the first half of the race. White caught Anthony and the two U-23 riders started an intense battle for fourth.
With five to go, Wicks was setting the pace for the front three and the duo of White and Anthony was being reeled in by Jackson Stewart (Clif Bar Cyclocross). With four to go the front three were still intact but there was now a second group of three as Stewart had joined the two U-23 riders. All through lap four, Jacques-Maynes appeared to be testing McCormack and Wicks by throwing in attack after attack. Over the barriers he got a small gap and hit the fast downhill section a second or two ahead of McCormack and Wicks. Jacques-Maynes held the small gap all the way to the road, still held it at the top of the climb and then launched another attack in the section headed towards the slight uphill to the start/finish line. Wicks couldn't respond and when McCormack realized the move was going to stick, he immediately jumped across to Jacques- Maynes' wheel, leaving Wicks in his wake. McCormack went to the front and took over pace-setting duties from Jacques-Maynes. The gap between the leaders and Wicks quickly opened up to ten seconds.
With one lap to go, Jacques-Maynes attacked again, hit the barriers first and got another gap on McCormack as McCormack was forced to deal with the traffic of a few lapped riders over the barriers. As Jacques-Maynes blasted down the descent to the road, he appeared to have a lead of twenty yards. He continued to give it all he had down the descent, determined to hit the road section before McCormack. McCormack was hot on his trail and the crowd was getting set for a classic battle to the finish line. Suddenly shouts rang out that McCormack had crashed and indeed he had. Coming over the final drop off to the road, his front tire rolled and he went down hard. With McCormack on the ground, Jacques-Maynes took off and had victory in his sight. McCormack was able to get back up and continue but the damage was done. Jacques-Maynes soloed across the line to claim a well earned victory. McCormack crossed the line thirty -two seconds back and Wicks crossed another seven seconds back to wrap up third. Anthony, who had been relentlessly throwing attack after attack, broke free of White to score fourth place. White finished fifth and Stewart picked up sixth.
Other winners of the day include Charles Marzot (Corner Cycle Cycling Club) in the Juniors 17-18 class, Michael Garretson (Yellow Breeches Racing) in the Juniors 10-16 class, Eric Schlauch (Somerset Wheelmen) in the Masters 35+ category, Chris Long (Independent Fabrications) in the Mens 45+ category , Joseph Ruggery (Freddie Fu) in the B Mens category, Lynda Moldanaldo (Amoroso's/Victory Brewing/Tri State Velo) in the B Womens field, Nina Santiago (Liberty Cycle) in the Juniors Womens race and Tunner Johnson (Fort/GPOA) in the Men's C Class.
Racing action continues for the Verge Mid-Atlantic Series on November 6, 2004 with the Westra/Lower Allen Classic (UCI C.2) in Camp Hill, PA.
Images by Dennis L. Smith
Elite Men 1 Ben Jacques-Maynes (USA) Sierra Nevada Cycling 57.32 2 Mark Mccormack (USA) Clif Bar/Colavita Olive Oil 0.32 3 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 0.39 4 Jesse Anthony (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com 1.02 5 Matt White (USA) NCC / BikeReg.com 1.11 6 Jackson Stewart (USA) Clif Bar Cyclocross 1.25 7 Jed Schneider (USA) Alan Factory Team 2.47 8 Ben Turner (USA) TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar 2.58 9 Jonathan Baker (USA) Pro Peloton Racing 3.01 10 Jon Hamblin (USA) FiordiFrutta Elite Cycling Team 3.04 11 Joshua Snead (USA) Village Peddler p/b Buycell.com 4.28 12 Nathan Chown (USA) Saint Cathariness C.C./Fuji Canada 4.44 13 Mike Yozell (USA) FORT-GPOA ! 4.46 14 Johannes Huseby (USA) FiordiFrutta Elite Cycling Team 4.48 15 Jeff Weinert (USA) Cane Creek/Saturn of Toledo 4.49 16 Matt Kraus (USA) Alan Factory Team 4.58 17 Zak Grabowski (USA) TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar 5.07 18 Gunnar Shogren (USA) FORT-GPOA ! 5.13 19 Andy Wulfkuhle (USA) Alan Mid Atlantic 5.15 20 Ryan Leech (USA) FORT-GPOA ! 5.26 21 Jonathan Bruno (USA) Independent Fabrication 5.43 22 Greg Marini (USA) Bike Doctor 5.52 23 Joey Thompson (USA) Balance Bar Devo 6.32 24 Jacob Stechmann (USA) Subway-Express 6.37 25 Greg Wittwer (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com 6.59 26 Joseph Reynolds (USA) Wissahickon 7.05 27 Chris Samuel (USA) Pro Pedals 7.22 28 Kyle Wamsley (USA) Team Fuji 7.45 29 Adam Hodges Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart 7.47 30 Nathan Deibert (USA) G.D. Campos Lorca 7.49 31 Jamey Driscoll (USA) Richard Sachs/CYBC 8.05 One lap behind 32 Jeremy Walker (USA) Cane Creek 33 John Hanson (USA) ncc/bikereg.com 34 Joe Piccillo (USA) Evolution Racing 35 Jon Hansen (USA) Team Embestida 36 Nicholas Shaffer (USA) Evolution Racing 37 Jeff Herring (USA) Celo Pacific DNF Kristopher Auer (USA) Alan Mid Atlantic DNF Les Leach (USA) Wissahickon DNF Myron Baker (USA) Verge Sport DNF Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona DNF Greg Ferguson (USA) FORT-GPOA ! Elite Women 1 Barbara Howe (USA) Velo Bella 44.33 2 Mackenzie Dickey (USA) Team Bicycle Alley 1.36 3 Anna Milkowski (USA) RONA 1.38 4 Tara Parsons (USA) CRCA / Aquafina 2.04 5 Melissa Maurer (USA) Evolution Racing 2.26 6 Betsy Schauer (USA) FORT-GPOA! 7 Sami Fournier (USA) Velo Bella 2.51 8 Marianne Stover (USA) Independent Fabrication/SMRT Inc. 3.04 9 Celeste Drumm (USA) HUP United 3.14 10 Pauline Franscone (USA) Mystick Velo 3.30 11 Caroline Hacker (USA) Evolution Racing 3.33 12 Amber Itle (USA) Yellow Breeches Racing 3.49 13 sinead Fitzgibbon (USA) Aquafina / CRCA 4.00 14 Kami Tremblay (USA) LSV / Kelly 4.12 15 maryann Martinez (USA) CCB/Volkswagen 4.27 16 Dorothy Wong (USA) Kelly Bike Company 4.47 17 Megan Clark (USA) Cycle-Smart 5.13 18 Sarah Uhl (USA) Quark 5.25 19 Susan Maclean (USA) Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team 5.31 20 Melanie Swartz (USA) Squadra Coppi/IM Saab 5.45 21 Jennifer Maxwell (USA) National Capital Velo Club 7.11 22 Lisa Most (USA) Wissahickon 7.36 23 lesley Honsberger (USA) St.Catharines C.C. 8.06 24 Alicia Genest (USA) Richard Sachs 8.36 25 Lisa Vible (USA) First State Velo Sport 8.51 26 Tammy Ebersole (USA) Evolution Racing 9.35 27 Michelle Suplick (USA) Wissahickon 9.47 One lap behind 28 Katherine Farago (USA) NEBC/Cycleloft 29 Donna Anderson (USA) Evolution Racing 30 Bonnie Stoeckle (USA) Evolution Racing 31 Jill Neumann (USA) Evolution Racing DNF Christine Vardaros (USA) Velo Bella Junior Men 1 Charles Marzot (USA) Corner Cycle Cycling Club 41.44 2 Morgan Macleod (USA) Portland Velo/Jamis 0.28 3 Noah Harwood (USA) People Cycle/Stelvio Teamwear 0.59 4 Colt McElwaine (USA) Northeast Bicycle Club-Cycle Loft 3.20 5 Patrick Ryland (USA) Rad Racing NW 4.03 Masters 35+ 1 Eric Schlauch (Somerset Wheelmen) 41.03 2 Ransom Weaver (Guys Bicycles) 0.09 3 John Verheul (Ideal Tile/Brielle Cyclery) 0.49 4 Kirk Reisinger (Club Wissahickon) 5 Christopher Long (Independent Fabrication/Gotham) 1.26 6 Robert Campos (HVC/Jessies) 7 Randall Root (Team Snow Valley) 2.11 8 Bradley Patches 2.17 9 Mark Gunsalus (Bike Barn Racing) 2.34 10 Richard Mihills (First State Velo Sport) 2.44 11 john lux (First Capital velo) 3.19 12 Paul Nyberg (Benidorm/Createx Colors) 3.23 13 Rob Frederick (Evolution Racing) 3.33 14 Fred Wittwer (Charlottesville racing club) 3.51 15 Kevin Saint Clair (QCW) 4.08 16 Mark Featherman (Breakaway) 4.32 17 Douglass Gray (First State Velo Sport) 4.36 18 N. Johan Anestad (Evolution Racing) 19 Kevin Breckenmaker (Team Harrisburg) 4.42 20 Tom McNiven (Hamptom Velo) 4.55 21 Fred Handel (Nittany Velo) 5.01 22 Rob Lyon (First Capital Velo) 5.32 23 Stephen Caffrey (First State Velo Sport) 24 James Perren (Wissahickon) 5.36 25 Mark Wilson (Ocean Front) 6.14 26 David Jablonski (Husker Road Club) 6.20 27 Scott Reynolds (Tailwind) 6.25 28 Chris Stutz (Susquehanna Valley Velo Club) 6.45 29 Bob Piacine (Guys Bicycles) 7.07 30 Jeffrey Appeltans (TimeCycle) 7.12 31 David Stokes (Kissena ) 7.22 32 Leo Pizzini (FSVS) 8.04 33 Jay Downs (Fort GPOA) 8.18 34 Greg Gorel (Somerset Wheelmen) 8.24 35 Joseph Kenas (Guy's Racing) 8.33 36 Paul Incognit (FSVS) 8.46 One lap behind 37 Gary Dugovich (Snitgers/ACA) 38 Donald Morrison (Wissahickon) 39 Richard Bauch (Colavita-Bolla Racing) 40 Fafar Bayat (Strictly Bicycles) 41 Nunzio DiBiasi (Team Harrisburg) 42 Gustavo Sanchez (Evolution Racing) 43 Mark Zach (Evolution Racing) 44 Brad Lang (Team Cobblestone) 45 Mark McCabe (Evolution Racing) 46 Steve Heede (FIRST CAPITAL VELO) 47 Chuck Wahl (Evolution Racing) 48 Malcolm Toynbee (Evolution Racing) DNF Scott Wilson (Evolution Racing) DNF Tom Macniven (Hamptom Velo) Masters 45+ 1 Christopher Long (Independent Fabrication/Gotham) 42.29 2 Randall Root (Team Snow Valley) 0.45 3 rob frederick (Evolution Racing) 2.07 4 Fred Wittwer (Charlottesville racing club) 2.25 5 Kevin Saint Clair (QCW) 2.42 6 Douglass Gray (First State Velo Sport) 3.10 7 Kevin Breckenmaker (Team Harrisburg) 3.16 8 Tom McNiven (Hamptom Velo) 3.29 9 Scott Reynolds (Tailwind) 4.59 10 David Stokes (Kissena ) 5.56 11 Leo Pizzini (FSVS) 6.38 12 Joseph Kenas (Guy's Racing) 7.07 One lap behind 13 Gary Dugovich (Snitgers/ACA) 14 Donald Morrison (Wissahickon) 15 Richard Bauch (Colavita-Bolla Racing) 16 Fafar Bayat (Strictly Bicycles) 17 Nunzio DiBiasi (Team Harrisburg) 18 Brad Lang (Team Cobblestone) 19 Steve Heede (First Capital Velo) B Men 1 Joseph Ruggery (Freddie FU) 42.05 2 Logan Hodson (Alan Factory Team) 0.20 3 Weston Schempf (FORT-GPOA) 0.21 4 Michael Sherry (Merril Lynch / Stelvio Team Wear) 5 Alvaro Arnal (Ardmore Cycling) 0.31 6 Patrick Cusack (Rockville Harley-Davidson/Bicycle Pro Shop) 7 Dan Wilson (First State Velo Sports/Cycleops) 8 Colin Sandberg (FORT/GPOA!) 1.12 9 Eric Roman (Independent Fabrication) 1.15 10 chris mayhew (FORT/GPOA) 1.27 11 Andrew Crooks (Gotham Cyclists) 1.40 12 Mike Magur (Verge Sport) 1.52 13 Eric Ragot (Kissena Cycling Club) 1.57 14 Peter Schildt (Wissahickon) 2.10 15 Daniel Brill (Team Beacon) 2.11 16 Jonathan Gibbs (Bike Therapy) 2.24 17 Tom Mains (Velocity Sports/CCE) 2.46 18 FJ Hibbs (Bike Doctor / Cannondale) 19 Ray Ignosh (Gotham Cyclists) 20 Ben Harpwe (Verge Sport) 2.52 21 Trevor Williams (Guy's Bicycle Racing) 22 Adam Szczepanski (Yellow Breeches Racing) 2.59 23 Wayne Scott (First State Velo Sport) 3.26 24 Douglas Dicks (CRCA/BENNETTS BICYCLES) 3.33 25 Jeffrey R. Guy (FORT-GPOA!) 3.47 26 Chad Totaro (Breakaway Endurance Sports Club) 27 Bruce Freehoff (Beacon) 3.55 28 Sean Mealey (First Capital Velo) 4.04 29 Zombor Zoltani (Alan Midatlantic) 4.13 30 Brent Biddle (FSVS) 4.23 31 Wade Hess (Team Beacon) 4.26 32 Phillip hines (Team Zephyr/Dogtown Bicycles) 4.32 33 Matt Bergerson 4.39 34 Christopher Johnson (Nittany Velo Club) 4.47 35 Chris Nystrom (LSV/Kelly) 4.50 36 Eric Morgan (Wissahickon) 4.56 37 Montana Norvell (Wissahickon) 4.59 38 Greg Black (Verge Sport) 5.01 39 John Bernardi (Action Wheels) 5.02 40 Werner Ferguson (Sharks) 5.07 41 John Hostetter III (ALAN Mid-Atlantic) 5.19 42 Luke Sauder (First Capital Velo) 5.31 43 John Brown (Bike Line Manayunk) 5.34 44 J.D. Bilodeau (NCC / BikeReg.com) 5.35 45 David Lowe (Ardmore Bikeline) 5.41 46 Corey Lev (Bikery/Shebell Shebell) 5.44 47 David Stauffer (Cycleworks) 48 Theo Propopos (Wissahickon) 6.00 49 Kevin Zutell (Green Mountain/Aquafina) 6.02 50 Jonathan Kahler (Team Ardmore Bike Line) 6.09 51 Bill Bradley (Wooden Wheels) 6.26 52 John Linvill (Main Line CC) 6.28 53 Kenny King (Team Bicycle Therapy) 6.41 54 Dusan Strika (Kissena Cycling Team) 7.08 55 David Flickinger (Ashby Street Racing) 7.13 56 Craig Goodstein (CRCA) 7.15 57 Alec Riendeau (Highland Park Hermes) 7.32 58 Drew Guldalian (Wissahickon) 7.43 59 Chris Evans (Wissahickon) 8.05 60 David Smith (CRCA / Sanchez Next) 8.28 61 Phillip Didien (Cranford CTS) 8.47 62 Craig Callon (Highland Park Hermes) 9.29 One lap behind 63 Shawn Johnson (Lateral Stress Velo) 64 James McCain 10-16 Juniors 1 Michael Garretson (Yellow Breeches Racing) 31.26 2 Morgan Gerlak (LSV /Kelly) 0.44 3 Michael Tessler 1.30 4 Bradley Quinnan (Evolution Pro Bike) 2.01 5 Zach Adams (Yellow Breeches Racing) 2.11 C Men 1 Tunner Johnson (Fort / GPA) 28.40 2 Charles Chichester 1.39 3 David Smith (CRCA / Sanchez Next) 1.49 4 Rolf Windh (Guy's Racing) 2.03 5 Denns Smith (Wooden Wheels) 2.20 6 T.C. Taylor (Fairbanks Cycle Club) 2.27 7 Henry Tremper (First State Velo Sport) 2.32 8 Chris Allen (No Cents Racing) 3.09 9 Chris Thaler (Tri-Sate Velo) 3.22 10 Jonathan Maley 3.30 11 Jamie Debuque (Evolution Racing) 12 Ron Hermann (Lateral Stress Velo) 4.07 13 Andre Lopez (Tri-State Velo) 4.23 14 Larry Vanmoss 15 Brent Lehew (Atlantic Velo) 4.33 16 Richard Bilson 17 Bob Jaggand (Action Wheels) 4.40 18 roland peterson 19 James Wilson (Ardmore Bikeline) 5.25 20 Lyle Trumbull 5.57 21 Robert Sands (Evolution Racing) 6.05 22 Richard Jager 6.24 23 Ray Skelly 6.43 24 Andrew Satinsky (No Front S John) 6.53 25 Jorge Engroba 7.02 26 Joseph Manning 27 Paul Reiss 7.24 28 Robert Hulden (VMB) 7.47 29 Jay Rothberg (Evolution Racing) 8.28 30 David Lawson 9.18 31 Ed Moran 9.48 32 Emerson Loustaw (No Front S John) 10.05 33 Patrick Gilham 10.29 B Women 1 Lynda Maldonado (Amoroso's/Victory Brewing/Tri State Velo) 33.50 2 Pamela Wahl (Evolution) 1.06 3 Karen Tourian (Club Wissahickon) 1.37 4 Elizabeth Mauldin 2.15 5 Lana Courtney (Dansko/Wheelworks) 3.02 One lap behind 6 Nina Santiago (Liberty Cycle) 7 Christina Lindsey (Yellow Breeches Racing) 8 Ann Kelly 9 Misty Carew Junior Women B 1 Nina Santiago (Liberty Cycle)
2003 M: Ryan Trabon (USA) Easton Kona CCA W: Carmen D'Aluisio (USA) Clif Bar