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DCCX Cyclo-cross Race - NE
Washington, DC, USA, October 28, 2007
Schempf and Shogren win DCCX
Weston Schempf of C3-Sollay.com and Betsy Shogren of FORT Factory Team pulled away from their top competitors early in their respective races to take commanding victories in the inaugural DCCX Cyclo-cross Race presented by DCMTB/City Bikes in Washington, DC.
The event, held on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, was the first-ever cyclo-cross race in the nation's capital, and with a crystalline fall day as an added draw the race had a full field of 225 riders, including a packed CAT 4/beginners race with more than 80 riders. The race was promoted by the DC Mountain Bike Team.
The course, which was muddied up by three days of rain in the days before the race, included a wide mix of rooted, swooping curves, open road, two sets of tricky barriers and a Paris-Roubaix style brick section. Roadies called it a mountain bikers' course because of the rough, rooted sections; mountain bikers wondered why their competitors hung on their wheel during the brutal windy, road section. Everyone was heard praising the course design.
"Props to whoever put it together,'' winner Schempf said. "There was a lot of good rhythm to it.''
Schempf, from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, led the field of 17 top riders by the time the field hit the first uphill barrier section and said after that he knew the race was his to lose. No one else had a chance: Schempf had his car, with his bikes in it, towed the night before. He had to scramble in just the few hours before the race to recover his bikes (and car) and make his way to the venue.
"I was a little angry,'' Schempf said. "I decided to take it out on the course.''
Blair Saunders of Henry's Bikes led a group of four riders who chased Schempf for much of the race. Saunders tried in vain to get some help to lead the effort to work the way back up to Schempf, whose lead exceeded one minute at halfway into the hour-long race. Saunders finally attacked his group and got clear for second place.
The most dramatic finish in the race came from Bethesda's own Nick Bax, a member of the junior national road team. Bax started at the back of the field and was shaky around some of the tight, technical turns. But as the race went on he picked better lines and picked off riders ahead of him. With less than a half a lap to go, Bax put on a charge, and was able to nip Patrick Engleman at the line to take fifth place and a podium position.
"He might have won this race if it lasted another 30 minutes,'' announcer Shawn "Bega'' Blumenfeld told the crowd, which at that point was enjoying the free beer offered by Sonoma.
In the women's race Shogren, from Morgantown, West Virginia, took off with Jessica Hill from the start, and then built a lead after Hill had technical problems. She smoothly built up a big lead, wide enough that she could switch to her singlespeed pit bike after a few laps. For Shogren, the DCCX event was about more than just racing: She hadn't visited Washington before and spent Saturday touring the historic monuments with husband and third-place finisher Gunnar Shogren on their bikes.
The earlier races had bigger fields and lots of drama. Russell Langley, a professional with Battley Harley Davidson, throttled the B field and then pledged Blumenfeld and the crowd that he would race with the A riders next week.
In the Masters race, course designer Marc Gwadz moved out to an early lead but was slowly roped in by Randall Root and Bernie Shiao. Gwadz held on with the Root and Shiao and then made a dramatic sprint in what he thought was the last lap. It wasn't, and Shiao and Root, who are both 45+ riders, then moved out to win the race in that order.
In the packed C race, Ryan Bannon used his mountain biking skill to move out to an early lead. Steve Wall and Matt Parse put on the chase and took the lead. Parse of Route 1 Velo held out for the victory, and Wall faded to fifth - one place behind Bannon - after a flat tire. Race director Matt Donahue lives near the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and approached the government-sponsored retirement home about using the grounds for the race. Race proceeds will be donated to benefit the veterans at the AFRH. One official donated his daily salary to the veterans.
Report courtesy of Mark Drajem
Elite Men 1 Weston Schempf (C3-Sollay.com) 56.53 2 Blair Saunders (Henry’s) 0.34 3 Gunnar Shogren (Fort Factory Team) 0.48 4 Dave Weaver 0.53 5 Nick Bax (Hot Tubes Development Team) 0.55 6 David Wood (Bike Doctor) 1.03 7 Evan Ellicott (team n-tieractive/Bike Doctor-Waldorf) 1.54 8 John Brewer (Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB) 3.26 9 Sean Mealey (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing) 4.20 10 Eric Russell (Clif Bar) 4.51 11 Jared Nieters (Haymarket Bicycles/World Gym) 6.41 12 Jed Prentice (n-tieractive/Bike Doctor Waldorf) 7.42 13 Evan Fader (Battley Harley-Davidson/Hudson Trail) 14 David Duke (Page Valley Cycling) 15 Adam Fung (Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo) 16 Chris Mcgill (FORT Factory Team) 17 O. Wagner Elite Women 1 Betsy Shogren (FORT Factory Team) 49.37 2 Jessica Hill 1.31 3 Elizabeth Harlow 1.34 4 Terri Spanogle 2.26 5 Heidi Von Teitenberg 4.46 6 Arley Kemmerer Masters Men 1-2-3-4 1 Bernie Shiao (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling) 2 Randall Root (ABRT/Latitude) 3 Marc D Gwadz (CMTB/City Bikes) 4 Michael Birner (All American Bicycle Center) 5 Todd Pittman 6 Jonathan Houghton 7 Albert Greene (Yellow Breeches Racing) 8 James W. Wagner 9 Barry Holman (Team Fuji) 10 David Blodgett (AABC) 11 Shawn Downing (Chesapeake Wheelmen/King Pawn) 12 Karl Kensinger (NCVC/Inova Health System) 13 Christopher Clarke (DCMTB/City Bikes) 14 Erik Leaver (NCVC/Inova Health System) 15 Karl Connolly (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling) 16 Jeff Anderson (HPC/List) 17 John Nusbaum (Haymarket Bicycles) 18 Ron Huebner (Potomac Velo Club) 19 David Clean Kay (Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo) 20 Darren Bernard (Haymarket Bicycles) 21 Chip Sovek (Potomac Velo Club) 22 Matt Michel (NCVC / Inova Health System) 23 Thor Engblom (NCVC/Inova Health System) 24 Jay Downs (Fort Factory Team) 25 Marc Frazer (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amatuer Racing) 26 Mark Drajem (DCMTB) 27 Sapp Neal (BMC/RacePace Columbia) 28 Joel Gwadz (DCMTB/City Bikes) 29 Tony 216 Thompson (3-D Fitness Whole Wheel Velo Club) 30 Tom Vaughn (DCMTB) 31 Thomas Snyder 32 Paul Depenning (Haymarket Bicycles) 33 Dietrich Wiegmann (DCMTB/City Bikes) 34 Rob Lea (T.E.A.M. Fuji) 35 Steve Leitner 36 Joseph Kotun (Lanterne Rouge) 37 Mark Wanco (World Cup Ski and Cycle cycling team) 38 John Heywood (1412 Velo Club) 39 Charles Buki 40 Will Schaeffer 41 Michael Kinney (Potomac Velo club) 42 Michael Mathias (Prince William Elite Racing) 43 Alan Romefelt (Kelly Benefit Strategies- LSV Amateur) 44 Scott Chris (SMT) 45 Eric Arnett Mabra Jr / U18 1 Thomas Mackay (Family Bike Shop) 48.28 2 Langston Clarke (DCMTB/City Bikes) 7.14 DNS Vaughn Wallace (Trek of Pittsburgh) Men 3/4 1 Russell Langley (Battley Harley Davidson) 45.06 2 Taylor Jones (American University Cycling/Inland Construction) 1.14 3 Kyle Murphy (The Bike Lane) 1.34 4 Steve Fife (ETS / Silver Cycles) 1.36 5 Bernard Mcdonald (C3/Sollay.com) 1.59 6 Judd Walencikowski (team n-tieractive/Bike Doctor-Waldorf) 2.42 7 Phil Pit Smith (Bike Maryland) 2.49 8 Terry Anderson (Haymarket Bicycles) 2.57 9 Chris Harshman (ABRT/Latitude) 3.00 10 Matthew Donahue (DCMTB/City Bikes) 3.01 11 Trevor Shattuck (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing) 3.14 12 Alex Monte-Sano 3.21 13 Scott Thompson (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 3.39 14 Bruce Buckley (THE Bike Lane) 3.41 15 George Milinkovic (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 16 Brandon Lumm (Route 1 Velo / Capitol Hill Bikes) 4.06 17 Cary Hunter (Potomac Velo Club) 4.19 18 Joseph Ashman 4.32 19 Darren Biggs (DCMTB/City Bikes) 4.49 20 Sam Okeefe (C3-Solay.com) 5.01 21 Ed Fisher (ShoreVelocity) 5.03 22 Bryan Burns (Haymarket Bicycles) 5.05 23 Joseph Coats (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 5.06 24 Mark Lorie (Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling) 5.16 25 Steven Black (National Capital Velo Club/Inova Health) 5.54 26 Keith Rohr (Adventures for the Cure) 6.15 27 Joseph Kotun (Lanterne Rouge) 6.28 28 Michael Scardaville (DCMTB/City Bikes) 29 Kenneth Mcdowell (ABRT/Latitude) 6.31 30 John Raley (Artemis) 6.41 31 Syd Lea (TEAM FUJI) 8.52 32 Chris Huhn (Evolution Cycling) 9.03 Men 4 1 Matt Parse (Route 1 Velo / Capitol Hill Bikes) 2 David Wilcox (broadway bicycle school) 3 Christopher King (Route 1 Velo / Capitol Hill Bikes) 4 Ryan Bannon (The Bike Lane) 5 Stephen Wahl (AVC/ Team Hagerstown-Washington Co) 6 Patrick Engleman (Keswick Cycle) 7 Steven Black (National Capital Velo Club/Inova Health) 8 Bob Gillespie (All American) 9 Frank Febbraro (The Bike Lane) 10 Todd Bickling (Team N~tieractive/Bike Doctor-Waldorf) 11 Petr Minar (SEAVS Racing) 12 Michael Pearce (DCMTB/City Bikes) 13 Corey Twyman (Hub Racing) 14 Stephen Riskus 15 David Battan (Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB) 16 William Schieken 17 Gary Morris (Lanterne Rouge) 18 Benjamin Bassett 19 John Bavier 20 Todd Gue (dhbd /bicycle place velo) 21 Thori Wolfe 22 Stapleton (Kevin Racing Union) 23 Ka Leung (Chun Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 24 Ronald Barry (All American Bicycle Club) 25 Richard Goldberg (Hunt Valley Bicycles) 26 Nick Redenius 27 Chris Adair (ABRT) 28 Kevin Maresca 29 Lyal Tressler 30 Ryan Newill (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 31 Dave Parse (Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes) 32 Kevin Clark (The Bicycle Escape) 33 Christopher Gould (Racing Union) 34 James Mcneely (Squadra Coppi / IM Saab) 35 Ryan Douglas (Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes) 36 Aaron Ghais (ALL-AMERICAN BICYCLE CLUB) 37 Jonathan Wheaton (DCMTB) 38 Jake Danoff (DCMTB) 39 Ryan Dudek (The Bike Rack) 40 Joshua Nadas (Proteus) 41 Will Saunders (HPC List) 42 Dave Parramore (Cadence Cycling) 43 James Carlisle 44 Brian Schmierer 45 Eric Ciccoretti 46 Jason Pearlman (The Bike Rack) 47 Scott Cernich (Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes) 48 Read Porter 49 John Glodek (NCVC/INOVA Health Systems) 50 Jeff Peel 51 Dillard (Stand-In) (Kevin C3-Sollay.com) 52 Matthew Brancheau (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling) 53 Charles Barnes (Lanterne Rouge) 54 Rodges Ankrah (Route 1 Velo /Capitol Hill Bicycles) 55 Mike Schiavo (Lanterne Rouge) 56 Robert Colby (NCVC/Inova Health Systems) 57 Tim Blanchard (The Children in the Shoe) 58 Bill Davis (Potomac Velo Club) 59 Haig Colter 60 Christopher Clements 61 Samuel Valdez 62 Noah Letwin (Team BBC) 63 James Saunders (Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes) 64 Shannon Emery (Team Rear Guard) 65 Dale Holmes (Proteus) 66 Blake Conatser 67 Wayne Lerch (The Bike Rack) 68 Joseph Ventosa (PROTEUS) Women 3-4 1 Lynda Artusio 2 Tracy Lea (T.E.A.M Fuji) 3 Ilana Knopf (DCMTB) 4 Cynthia Johnson (Artemis) 5 Rebecca Letwin (Team BBC) 6 Wolfson Jennifer (HUB RACING) 7 Doron Petersan (NCVC/INOVA) 8 Heather Ross (The Bike Rack) 9 Kimberlee Wendell (Velo Bella) 10 Nicole Shue (Velo Bella-Kona) 11 Marisa Peacock (Velo Bella-Kona) 12 Newbury Beatrice (DCMTB) 13 Christina Huebner (Potomac Velo Club) 14 Christie Finney (The Children in the Shoe) 15 Karen Ashbrook-Barnes 16 Constance Mack 17 Lindsey Hillesheim (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 18 Laura Anderson (Alan Factory) 19 Barbara Kleiforth Juniors U16 1 Justin Mauch (NCVC/Inova Health System) 2 Jackson Barr (NCVC/Inova Health System) 3 Avery Wilson (NCVC/Inova Health System) 4 Emily Huebner (Potomac Velo Club) 5 Jake Thompson (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 6 Zeke Rogers (Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo) 7 Nicholas Battan (squadra coppi)