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Evo 'cross - New Hope, Pennsylvania, November 18, 2006
Newlyweds fling mud on way to victories
One day after racing in mud, mire and muck in New Hope, Pennsylvania, the Verge MAC series continued at the same location as the previous day's race. The event was held in memory of Todd Ebersole and benefitted the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org). Promoter Tammy Ebersole reversed the direction of the course and redirected it away from the softest portions of the rain-sodden ground. Even without the quagmire, there was plenty of mud and muck to make the mudders, and newlyweds, happy.
Gunnar Shogren (FORT Factory Team) "found the love" and made it to the top of a cyclocross podium for the first time this year after narrowly missing out the day before. The legendary 45-year-old did it the hard way by starting relatively slowly at the start and picking off riders in a closely-bunched lead pack before taking over the lead from Eric Schlauch (Somerset Wheelmen/Van Dessel Bikes) with one lap to go. Joe Ruggery of Freddie Fu, third place one day earlier, also wiggled past Schlauch on the last lap to take second. The previous day's winner, Kris Auer (C3/ADG/Joe's Bike Shop) had to settle for fourth.
Gunnar's wife of less than a year, two-time Verge MAC champion and confirmed mudder Betsy Shogren (formerly Schauer) took the opposite tact to victory in the Elite Women's race. Shogren took the lead from her FORT Factory teammate (and fellow Ph.D.) Erica Yozell before the halfway point of the first lap -- but not before catching a rut and colliding with race promoter Tammy Ebersole (Evolution Bike Shop) with what can only be described as "unusual" sounds. The collision sent Ebersole soaring over her handlebars and inelegantly into the muck. Unhurt, she spent the better part of the next thirty seconds trying to convince her bicycle to let go of the post it was clutching so that she could end what had inadvertently become a slapstick routine that had even her closest friends howling in laughter. Shogren and Yozell built a big gap before Shogren checked out on the second lap-- winning by about two minutes and becoming the third two-time Women's winner on the 2006 Verge MAC tour. But, unlike her other championship competitors, Shogren has scored points in every race, and this win gives her a narrow lead in the championship chase with only the Capital 'Cross Classic on December 3 remaining.
While Yozell time-trialed to second place, California's Carolyn Popovic (Figueroa Farms/Redline Racing) and Delaware's Lisa Vible (C3/ADG/Joe's Bike Shop) waged a race-long battle for the final step on the podium. Popovic sprinted down the last downhill to give her enough of a gap to beat newly-crowned BikeReg.com MABRAcross Champion Vible for third.
As the Elite Men lined-up for their race, the FORT Factory Team was already having a good day, with wins in the first two Elite races of the day, a one-two finish in the Women's race and the first and third place in the previous day's Elite Men's race (Weston Schempf and Mike Yozell) toeing the line for the final race of the day. But their plans for total domination were disrupted by two-time Verge MAC Champion Ryan "Dieter" Leech (Meredith Group/GPOA/Cannondale). Leech took the holeshot at the start and began pulling away from all competitors at the second set of barriers. He never looked back and took a convincing one minute win over Schempf, Yozell and Andy Wulfkuhle (C3/ADG/Joe's Bike Shop).
All-in-all, it was a fun and entertaining weekend of racing, with plenty of local media coverage and what promises to be a fairly hefty couple of donations to the Fox Chase Cancer Center and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). Racing on the Verge MAC series resumes on December 3 with the season-ending UCI-C2 Capital 'Cross Classic presented by the Bike Lane in the Washington, DC suburb of Reston, Virginia. That race, which will feature the DARCARS Chrysler International for Men, will benefit "Trips for Kids" -- an organization that helps teach important life lessons disadvantaged youth in the Washington DC area through mountain biking.
Elite Men 1 Ryan Leech (Meredith Group-GPOA-Cannondale) 1.01.50 2 Weston Schempf (FORT Factory Team) 1.44 3 Michael Yozell (FORT Factory Team) 1.45 4 Andrew Wulfkuhle (ADG/Joe's Bike Shop/C3) 2.19 5 Enease Freyre (TargetTraining) 4.50 6 Kyle Wamsley (Colavita/Sutter Home) 5.07 7 Peter Rubijono (Harris Cyclery/Igleheart Frames) 5.11 8 Ryan Dewald (Rite Aid) 7.04 9 Stephan Kincaid (Meredith Group/GPOA/Cannondale) 8.45 One lap down Zach Blaser (Visit PA.com) John Loehner (Axis) Karl Rahn (Axis) Elite Women 1 Betsy Shogren (FORT Factory Team) 37.20 2 Erica Yozell (FORT Factory Team) 2.21 3 Carolyn Popovic (Figueroa Farms-Redline Racing) 2.29 4 Lisa Vible (ADG/Joe's Bike Shop) 2.41 5 Lisa Most (Wissahickon) 2.57 6 Lynda Maldonado (Human Zoom) 3.06 7 Beth Mason (C3/ADG/Joe's) 3.49 8 Tammy Ebersole (Evolution Racing) 7.09 9 Kristine Church (Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon) 9.12
Masters 45+ 1 Gunnar Shogren (FORT Factory Team) 40.10 2 Joseph Ruggery (Freddie Fu Cycling Team) 0.05 3 Eric Schlauch (Team Somerset / Van Dessel) 4 Kristopher Auer (C3/ADG/Joe's) 0.47 5 Ralf Warmuth (Highland Park Hermes) 1.18 6 Richard Mihills (The Secret Henry's Team) 1.35 7 Mark Kutney (Van Dessel Factory Team) 2.06 8 Randall Root (Team Snow Valley/SIBEX) 2.08 9 Mike Hebe (GPOA Cannondale) 2.15 10 Greg Ferguson (FORT Factory Team) 2.47 11 Christopher Long (Independent Fabrication/Gotham) 2.58 12 Martin Jones (Team Somerset / Bike King) 3.44 13 Gerry Pflug (Freddie Fu Cycling Team) 3.58 14 N. Johan Anestad (Evolution Racing) 4.02 15 John Lux (HVB/Marathon Roofing) 16 Jeff Cordisco (Capoforma Custom/Cadence) 4.22 17 Matthew Howard (CRCA/Bandit Racing) 4.39 18 Andy Gorski (Agisko - Viner p/b kinetic-koffee.com) 4.47 19 Mike Connair (Henry's Bikes) 5.09 20 Tom Mcdaniel (Secret Henry's) 6.16 21 Chris Facas (Westwood Velo/Trade Manage Capital) 6.26 22 John Stenger (Guys Racing Club) 6.28 23 Kevin Kielty (Skylands Cycling) 6.35 24 Christopher Weiland (E-Caps.com / Highland Park Hermes) 6.51 25 Trent Williams (Guys Racing Club) 6.57 26 Kevin Saint Clair (BiKyle/Main Line Cycling) 7.14 27 David Lowe (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 7.35 28 Kelly Cline (Wissahickon) 8.10 29 Karl Kensinger 8.13 30 Brian Wieczorek (Freddie Fu Cycling Team) 8.38 31 Kevin Breckenmaker (Yellow Breeches Racing) 8.53 32 Mike Jancola (Alan Factory Team) 9.08 33 Chris Evans (Wissahickon) 9.21 34 Michael Kolb (First State Velo Sport) 9.39 35 Tom Bowmaster (Liberty Cycle) 9.47 36 Douglas Dicks (fire department of new york) 9.52 37 Charles Chichester (CRC OF A) 11.03 One lap down Rolf Windh (Guy's Racing Team) Rob Lyon (HUNT VALLEY BICYCLES/MARATHON ROOFING) Werner Freyman (Psycho Speeders) Jim Feehan (Kissena) Masters 55+ 1 Raymond Zeimet (Premier Bank/Cycle Sports) 34.17 2 Jeffrey R. Guy (FORT Factory Team) 1.30 3 Paul Incognito (Secret Henry's Team) 2.41 4 Barry Wahner (Wahner Chiropractic) 3.04 5 Tim Bowman (Trophy Bikes) 3.34 6 Jay Downs (FORT Factory Team) 3.46 7 Greg Gorel (Team Somerset) 3.55 8 Chris Schaefer (Yellow Breeches Racing) 9 Mark Schmidt (BikeHampton) 4.30 10 Chris Thaler (Evolution Racing) 4.48 11 Ken Woodrow (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 5.40 12 David Troop (First State Velo Sport) 5.56 13 Shawn Downing (Chesapeake Wheelmen/King Pawn) 6.07 14 Gary Kelley (South Mountain Velo Club) 6.43 15 Nunzio Dibiasi (Yellow Breeches Racing) 7.02 16 Nathan Ruch 7.13 17 James Ambagis (FORT factory team) 7.24 18 Kenneth Hamel (AFD/OSVC) 7.47 19 Gerhardt Herbert (Human Zoom Cycling) 8.28 20 George Hollerbach 10.44 21 Andrew Mcdermott (Secret Henrys|Spot |Twin6) 11.01 22 Christian Faino (Evolution Racing) 11.23 23 Ken Gaissert 11.31 24 Robert Sands (Evolution Racing) 11.45 One Lap Down 25 Gustavo Sanchez (Evolution Racing) 26 Jay Rothberg (Evolution Racing) 27 Ashley Halsey (ABRT/Latitude) 28 Todd Peterson (Bulldogs) 29 Mark Wanco (World Cup Ski and Cycle cycling team) 30 Jeffrey Sutherland (Team Beacon) 31 Frank Dionisio (Kissena Cycling Club) Men B 1 Jeremy Dunn (Harris Cyclery/Igleheart Custom Frames) 41.50 2 Morgan Gerlak (C3/ADG/Joe's) 0.37 3 Kevin Kralik (Guy's Racing) 1.04 4 Gregory Lindstrom (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing) 1.09 5 Chris Mayhew (Wissahickon) 1.20 6 Daniel Brill (Team Beacon) 1.59 7 Chad Totaro (Team Human Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon) 2.19 8 Collin Sandburg (Meredith GPOA) 2.29 9 Chris Nystrom (C3/ADG/Joe's Bike Shop) 2.31 10 Matt Harris (Philadelphia Ciclismo) 2.40 11 Adam Szczepanski (Wissahickon) 3.10 12 Marc Vettori (FORT Factory Team) 3.19 13 Ethan Townsend (First State Velo Sport) 3.29 14 Chris Harshman (ABRT/Team Snow Valley) 3.37 15 Gabriel Lloyd (Columbia University) 16 Matthew Budd (Budd Bike Works) 17 Eric Linder (Hunt Valley) 4.15 18 Nick Fischer (Freddie Fu Cycling Team) 4.24 19 Dan Conrad (team shiftless) 4.49 20 Wade Hess (Team Beacon) 5.10 21 Patrick Bradley (Team Beacon) 5.38 22 Emerson Loustan (Bicycle Therapy) 5.42 23 Charles Florek (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 5.50 24 Josh West (Bikeman.com) 5.52 25 Chris Ganter (HighRoad Bicycles) 6.02 26 Brian Wolff 6.08 27 Mark Vareschi (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 6.29 28 Brian Burgess (Beacon) 6.44 29 John Hostetter Iii (C3/ADG/Joe's) 7.09 30 Ryan Wilson (Evolution Racing) 7.42 31 Don Yungher (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 7.46 32 Chad Culbertson (CRC of A / Hart's Racing) 8.07 33 Craig Lebair (philadelphia ciclismo) 9.17 34 Jay Nessen (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 10.58 One lap down Jason Parkin (CRCA/Blue Ribbon-Translations.com) Mark Kilgore (Hunt Valley Bicycles/ Marathon Roofing) Dylan Schlott (BikeHampton) Justin craig Roth Michael Lynch (Team Beacon) Mark Schmidt (BikeHampton) Craig Callan (Highland Park Hermes) Robert Wolff David Berson (East Coast Velo) Women B 1 Jessica Singerman (Bike Line / Twin 6) 41.28 2 Erica Zaveta (Premier Bank/Cycle Sports) 0.16 3 Nikki Thiemann (Human Zoom) 1.13 4 Liz Feeney (Sturdy Girl Cycling) 2.03 5 Dina Disantis (Alans) 2.16 6 Arley Kemmerer (Boston Scientific) 2.25 7 Kathryn Ross 3.37 8 Elizabeth Harlow (Hunt Valley Bike/Marathon Roofing) 5.06 9 Kim Dubeck (Bean's) 6.54 10 Karen Tourian (Guy's Racing) 7.20 11 Jill Waggett (Watchung Wheelpeople) 7.44 12 Angela Vanasor (Hunt Valley Bike/Marathon Roofing) 8.58 13 Anne Rock (Biketopia) 9.24 14 Doren Petersan (NCVC) 10.23 15 Kathrin Schumacher (CRC of A / Harts Racing) 10.49 16 Diane Castor (ADG/Joes Bike Shop) 11.05 One lap down Kathleen Fite (Charm City Cycling, LLC) Meg Maier (ABRT/Latitude) Nina Santiago (High Gear) Men Under 19 1 Matthew Nudy (Vortex racing team) 45.05 Men C 1 Rob Griz 34.40 2 Peter Dalkner (Trophy Bikes/Team Shiftless) 3.11 3 Brad Clarke 3.19 4 Robert Peiffer (Evolution Racing) 3.23 5 Joseph Hu (Quaker City Wheelmen/Team Breakaway) 3.37 6 David Hunt (Trak Atak) 3.44 7 Rob May (Holitna River Lodge) 8 Blake Bedoya (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 4.15 9 Dylan Schlott (BikeHampton) 4.20 10 Joel Rathburn (CRCA Velocity) 4.35 11 Tim Foley (DAR Threadworks) 12 Steven Burke (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing) 5.24 13 Craig Goodstein (CRCA Metro) 6.20 14 James Wilson (Human Zoom) 6.25 15 Dominic Nudy (spokes racing team) 6.42 16 Trevor Shattuck (Team BBC) 17 Ed Kallatch (Bike Doctor/Cannondale) 8.27 18 Esteban Velasquez 8.38 19 Michael Phelan 10.25 20 Greg Hoffman (Bike Doctor) 10.42 One lap down Charles Gardiner Louis D'amelio (Century Road Club of America) Patrick Littlefield (CRCA/NYVelocity) Kyle Carroll (Rutgers Cycling) Chris Shaz (NY Velocity) Richard Kassan (Rutgers University Cycling Team) Greg Pizarek (3D) George Gervasi Gennaro Torre (Rutgers University Cycling Team)
Local results 2006