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MAC 'Cross #5 - Wayne Scott Memorial Cyclo-cross - NE
Fair Hill, Maryland, USA, November 1, 2008
Swartz and Dewald storm to victory
On a warm day under clear skies, Melanie Swartz and Ryan Dewald stormed to victory at the Wayne Scott Xross in Fair Hill Maryland on Saturday. The long and relatively flat course through the Cecil County Fairgrounds was fast and technical with few opportunities to recover.
In the Elite Men's race, Greg Wittwer (ALAN North America) took a lead on the first lap and made the rest of the field, and himself, suffer. "I was going real hard," he said after the race. "I saw from the earlier races that the races were staying together in the front and I wanted to spread it out. Wittwer stayed away for two laps, before Ryan Dewald (Battley Harley Davidson), Stephan Kincaid (Fuji) and Andy Wulfkuhle (C3-Sollay.com) joined him to form the lead group.
Behind them, a battle of the road pros saw Jonny Sundt (KBS/Medifast) and Bobby Lea (T.EA.M. Fuji) engaged in their own turf that would eventually be won by Sundt. Meanwhile, C3-Sollay's Michael Gallagher was on a mad chase through the field after flatting on the first lap that eventually netted him eighth place.
Wulfkuhle was the first of the leaders to falter at about midway through the race. A lap later, Kincaid was showing signs of weakness and Wittwer, sensing it, accelerated and took Dewald with him. But already, Dewald had his strategy set and made his move with three laps to go. "Greg had a lot more torque in the tight sections and out of the corners, but whenever it [the course] opened up, I just put in some more wattage and tried to get away. He must have had a little bobble because I heard the announcer say '30 seconds', so I rolled from there. I figured I better get a cushion in case I bobbled."
Women's race tight affair
The Women's race was a tight, tactical and entertaining battle. Vanderkitten's Patty Buerkle was the pre-race favorite after her impressive win in Washington DC last week, but she was a non-factor after missing a turn and going off-course and eventually DNF'd. Up front a three-rider selection was made on the starting prologue loop with first-year Elite Kristen Gavin (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon), Arley Kemmerer Hub Racing and Melanie Swartz Velo Bella/Kona), with Kenda Tire's Jennifer Maxwell lurking 15-20 seconds behind the entire race to keep the pace honest.
While Kemmerer and Gavin preferred to lead so they could take their own lines through the technical sections, Swartz was content to stay at third wheel. "I was hoping that the three of us could work together to stay away from fourth place," said Kemmerer later. "Kristen and I kept going back and forth and, I don't know, Melanie just waited."
Swartz waited until less than a quarter mile from the end to make her move when she took a self-described "funky line" through a section of exposed tree roots and attacked. "I raced with these riders before and I came in third," said Swartz. "It was a risk because Arley and Kristin were stronger than me through the barns and I didn't want to have to sprint them, so I went as hard as i could, leaning the bike more and pedaling a hard gear, really letting it all hang out hoping to make it to the finish maybe in first. I thought if they caught me, I'd still be third, so that's why I gambled." Indeed Gavin admitted that she wanted to keep everybody together and lead into the last corner, "but Melanie made a smart move behind the shed and I couldn't get back on her wheel."
For Swartz it was an emotional first victory in the MAC series after nine years of trying, and those near her after the race risked over-exposure to the energy radiating off of her. This win means a lot to me and is first win in the 9 years I've been racing this MAC series. I've had a rough start to this season with mechnicals, falls and bad starts. I took the weekend of Granogue and Wissahickon off as a mental and physical break after racing a full road season with Team Cyclelife. Today was a great day and this win means a lot to me and is a nice way to thank all those that have supported me."
Next week, the MAC Powered by SRAM Series moves to New Jersey for two days of racing at the Beacon Cyclocross in Bridgeton and the HPCX in Jamesburg. Details are available on BikeReg.com
Elite Men 1 Ryan Dewald (Battley Harley - Davidson) 1.04.05 2 Greg Wittwer (ALAN North America Cycling Team) 0.20 3 Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3-Sollay.com) 0.27 4 Stephan Kincaid (Fuji) 0.50 5 Jonny Sundy (KBS/Medifast) 1.04 6 Bobby Lea (Fuji) 1.41 7 Sean Galegher (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing) 2.05 8 Michael Gallagher (C3-SOLLAY.COM) 2.10 9 Jeffery Buckles (Alan) 2.43 10 Dan Langlois (Embrocation/ Circle A Cycles) 2.49 11 Russell Langley (Battley Harley - Davidson) 2.53 12 Christopher Consorto (Bike Line Corporate) 2.56 13 Todd Hesel (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing) 3.01 14 Evan Fader (Battley Harley - Davidson) 4.04 15 Chad Totaro (Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon) 4.35 16 Mark Kutney (Van Dessel) 4.36 17 Nicholas Shaffer (Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon) 5.37 18 John Brewer (Haymarket Bicycles p/b Function Drinks) 6.13 19 Ethan Townsend (C3-Sollay.com) 6.35 20 Andrew McKeegan (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling) 7.17 21 Adam Szczepanski (Wissahickon) 9.02 22 Joseph Reynolds (Engin Cycles) 9.55 23 Erik Mitchell (Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon) 24 Stuart Louder (ALAN North America Cycling) DNF El Borbah DSQ Louis Secreto (HZ-Pabst Blue Ribbon) Elite Women 1 Melanie Swartz 34.44 2 Kristin Gavin (Human Zoom Pabst Blue Ribbon) 0.04 3 Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing) 0.12 4 Jennifer Maxwell (Team Kendz Tire) 0.37 5 Nikki Thiemann (Human Zoom Pabst Blue Ribbon) 0.51 6 Kristine Church (Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon) 1.35 7 Kristy Swope (EPS/CSS/Riptide Cycling) 1.56 8 Julie Kuliecza (ALAN North America Cycling) 2.15 9 Elizabeth Harlow (C3-Sollay.com) 2.22 10 Christina Briseno (C3-Sollay.com) 2.26 11 Lenore Pipes (Zaveta Construction/Cyclesports) 2.41 12 Diane Grim (C3-Sollay.com) 2.51 13 Jill Waggett (Guy's Racing) 3.04 14 Tara Parsons (CRCA) 3.17 15 Lynda Maldonado (Cadence Cycling) 4.14 16 Tammy Ebersole (Evolution Racing) 4.36 17 Pamela Wahl (Guys Racing) 6.07 DNF Patty Buerkle (Vanderkitten) Elite Masters 1 Troy Kimball (Westwood Velo) 40.29 2 Dave Weaver (ALAN N. America Cycling Team) 0.01 3 Blair Saunders (Secret Henry's Team) 0.19 4 Kristopher Auer (C3-Sollay.Com) 0.30 5 Greg Ferguson (Penn State Hershey Cancer Inst.) 0.34 6 Glenn Turner (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 0.49 7 Robert Campos (GS Gotham/Toga) 0.52 8 Mark Kutney (Van Dessel Cycles) 0.56 9 Andy Gorski (SPK / Speedgoat / Salsa) 0.59 10 Michael Birner (Ben's Performance Bikes/BMC) 1.14 11 Randall Root (Evolution Cycling Club) 1.18 12 Kirk Reisinger (Club Wissahickon / Engin Cycles) 1.21 13 Matthew Howard (GS Gotham/Toga) 1.33 14 Brian Wieczorek (Freddie Fu Cycling) 1.35 15 Joseph Piccillo (Evolution Racing) 1.36 16 Kevin Fryburger (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 1.38 17 David Wilson (Northeastern Hardware/CJCT) 1.47 18 Chris Nystrom (C3-Sollay.com !) 1.57 19 Charles Erndl (3-D RacingTeam/Toms Atlantic cyclery) 2.04 20 Michael Kolb (C3-Sollay.com) 2.16 21 Jeff Cordisco (C3-Sollay.com) 2.28 22 Todd Kruger (Heart House/CADV/CC Evesham) 23 Joseph Gadomski (Guys Racing) 24 Judd Milne (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 2.40 25 John Miller (Guys Racing Club) 2.42 26 Kevin Breckenmaker (Yellow Breeches Racing) 2.53 27 Roger Masse (Trek/VW East) 2.59 28 Jeffrey Appeltans (Primus Mootry/Denver-Boulder Couriers) 3.04 29 David Lowe (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 3.07 30 Vin Mancuso (Mike Fraysse Sports) 3.36 31 Douglass Gray (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 3.40 32 Karl Kensinger (NCVC/Inova Health System) 4.42 33 Chris MCGIll (WV29er/CANNONDALE MTB TEAM) 5.02 34 Jim Feehan (Kissena) 7.15 35 Jay Downs (Fort Factory Team/Wvu Healthcare) 8.21 DNF N. Johan Anestad (Evolution Racing) DNF Kelly Cline (Wissahickon) DNF Christopher Long (GS Gotham/Toga) DNS Mike Jancola (Guy's Racing) B Masters/55+ 1 James Martin (Cycles 54) 43.23 2 Michael Lynch (Cape Atlantic Racing/Team Beacon/ECA) 0.32 3 Fred Wittwer (Van Dessel Factory Team) 1.13 4 Shawn Downing (Chesapeake Wheelmen/King Pawn) 1.19 5 Joe Lillibridge (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling) 6 Johnny May (C3-Sollay.com!!) 1.42 7 Mark Pohndorf (Colavita Racing) 1.44 8 Alex Monte-Sano 1.46 9 Barry Wahner (DrWhaner.com) 2.01 10 Paul Wahner (DrWahner.com) 2.08 11 Norman Brach (C3-Sollay.com) 2.16 12 Frederick Klenk (Evolution Racing) 2.22 13 Nathan Ruch (Evolution Racing) 2.35 14 Todd Schwartz (Guy's Racing) 15 Richard Bilson (C3-Sollay.com) 16 Mike Lamb (Mountain Side Racing) 2.42 17 Dave Troop (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 18 Wade Hess (Cape Atlantic Racing/Team Beacon/ECA) 2.57 19 Mike Czupryna (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 3.05 20 Dennis Smith (Secret Henry's Team) 3.29 21 Sean Westby (Bean's Bikes) 3.40 22 Thor Engblom (NCVC/Inova Health System) 3.44 23 Michael Beshore 3.46 24 Ken Deitch (Human Zoom\Pabst Blue Ribbon) 3.48 25 Tim Bowman (Club Wissahickon) 3.59 26 Henry Tremper (First State Velo Sport) 4.12 27 Warren Holzman (Guys Racing) 4.49 28 Joseph Kotun (Evolution Cycling) 5.04 29 Rolf Windh (Guy's Racing) 5.07 30 Daniel Ryan (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 5.14 31 Doug Nagel 5.19 32 Mark Sanford (Christiana Care PT Plus) 5.29 33 Allen Bedford (Guy's Racing) 5.34 34 Tom Perkins (bicycle depot) 35 Bob Perna (beans bikes) 5.42 36 Mike Williams (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 37 Joseph Kenas (Guy's Racing) 6.43 38 Bill OKeefe (C3-Sollay.com) 6.47 39 Kevin Kuzas (Guy's Racing) 7.40 40 Dusan Strika (Kissena Cycling Team) 8.20 41 Dave Baumgardner (Tri-State Velo) 42 Rob Lea (Team Fuji) 8.31 43 Louis D'Amelio (Van Dessel Factory Team) 8.37 44 Frank J. Schlipf III (Guys Racing Club) 8.51 45 James Carlson (Potomac Velo Club) 9.13 46 Kevin Tuttle (Main Line/BiKyle) 9.44 47 Robert Sands (Evolution Racing) 48 Tom Grim (ERA Cycling) 49 Gary Kelley (Bean's Bikes) 50 James Wilson (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) DNS Adam Duncan (CRCA/Avenue A|Razorfish) DNS William Browne (Bike Doctor/Bayside Velo) DNS Gary Snyder (Evolution Racing) DNS Ryan Pomajevich (Gotham Cyclists) DNF Ken Woodrow (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) DNF Larry Kaufman (Van Dessel Factory Team) B Men 1 Rob Collins (Secret Henry's Team) 41.03 2 Michael Mihalik (Beaver Valley Velo) 0.02 3 Bryon Kremer (Cannondale) 0.17 4 Marc Vettori (C3-Sollay.com !) 1.17 5 Ian Mathias (Hunt Valley Bicycles / Marathon Roofing) 1.34 6 Cam Mancuso 1.38 7 Mark Broadwater (C3-Sollay.com) 1.45 8 Kyle Murphy (The Bike Lane) 2.00 9 Gale Hess (International Christian Cycling Club) 2.10 10 Chris Samuel (Pro Pedals) 2.12 11 Chad Culbertson (Guy's Racing) 2.18 12 Jim Mudd (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing) 13 Jonathan Kahler (Human Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon) 2.27 14 Colin Sandberg (Penn State Hershey Cancer Iqst) 15 Brian Swehla (Abington Wheel Wright Bikes) 2.35 16 Ben Anemone (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 3.07 17 Aaron Ritz (Quaker City Wheelmen/Team Breakaway) 3.12 18 colin prensky (GS Gotham/Toga!) 3.18 19 Trevor Shattuck (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing) 3.20 20 Bob Biese (Team Vortex) 3.22 21 Adam Duncan (CRCA/Avenue A|Razorfish) 3.25 22 John Hostetter III (C3-Sollay.com) 3.29 23 Stuart Louder (ALAN North America Cycling) 3.30 24 Sam OKeefe (C3-Sollay.com) 3.40 25 Matthew Panas (Adventures for the Cure) 3.49 26 Andrew Troy (Virginia Commonwealth University) 4.06 27 Gregory Battista (Team Metra/Wendy's/Ideal Tile) 28 Eric Morgan (Wissahickon) 4.20 29 Matthew Hennessy (Team BBC) 4.27 30 Todd McLoughlin (Kissena) 31 Brett Kielick (Drexel Cycling) 4.32 32 Andrew Eckstein (Human Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon) 4.45 33 Andrew Webster (Millersville University Cycling Team) 5.00 34 Jonathan Foley (DCMTB/City Bikes) 35 Matthew Neugebauer (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 5.25 36 Nelson Jared (Summit Velo) 5.33 37 Kyle Poppe (Adler) 5.47 38 David Mai (kararus) 5.58 39 Eloy Anzola (Kissena Cycling Club) 6.12 40 Eben Weiss (Gotham/Toga) 41 Marty McKeon (Guys Racing) 6.47 42 Robert Thomas (Secret Henry's Team) 6.51 43 John Cutler (CRCA) 44 Charles Gardiner (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 7.33 45 John Raley (Artamis) 7.49 46 Charles Spell (CRCA/NYVelocity) 9.42 47 Douglas von Bushberger (CRCA/OrganicAthlete) 9.53 48 Dash Ash (Ritchey) 49 Scott Feather (Vortex) 50 Stephen Gualano (Genesis Bicycles) 51 Mark Kilgore (Hunt Valley Bicycles/ Marathon Roofing) 52 Adam Rosenthal (CRCA/Oganic Athlete) 53 Michael Jenks (HP Hermes) 54 Justin Woulfe (Tri State Velo) DNS Matt Spohn (Dynaflo) DNS Roger Foco (Vicious Cycles Factory Team) DNS John Wanner (Elite Bicycles) DNS Robert Kelly (NCVC/Inova Health System) DNS John Kamenick (evolution cycling) DNS Benjamin Bassett (Proteus Bicycles) DNS Erik Mitchell (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) DNS Phil Smith DNS Eric Carlson (Westwood Velo / Trade Manage Capital) DNS Christian Skinner (Cape Atlantic Racing/Team Beacon) DNS Jonathan Leong (El Puente) C Men & U19 Men 1 Fred Brown (WTBNJ.com) 36.33 2 Andrew Webster (Millersville University Cycling Team) 0.12 3 Adam Rosenthal (CRCA/Oganic Athlete) 0.47 4 Gunnar Bergey (Team Bikesport) 0.57 5 James Mernin (Organic Athlete) 1.16 6 Keith Plunkett (South mountain cycles /Fifth Street Cross) 1.20 7 John Glodek (NCVC/Inova Health System/Twin Six) 1.26 8 Jeff Johnson (Westwood Velo - Trade Manage Racing) 1.29 9 Jay Morali (C3/Sollay) 11 Chris Carraway (North Carolina State University) 1.55 12 Zach Bender (GS Park Ridge-Team Cyclesport) 2.07 13 scott stahl (SEAVS RACING) 2.25 14 Michael Giancoli (Hup United) 15 Andy Jakubowitch (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 16 Charles Spell (CRCA/NYVelocity) 17 Mike Tonknson (Alto Velo) 2.36 18 Danny Koniowsky 2.42 19 John Cutler (CRCA) 2.51 20 Thom Moore (Potomac Velo/Bike Lane) 2.54 21 Adam Leman (Team Independence) 3.00 22 Ryan Durlek (Racing Union) 3.09 23 Dag Anderson (Team Somerset) 3.26 25 Michael Reilly (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 3.31 26 Christopher Price (CRCA/South Africa.net) 27 Charles Gardiner (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 3.36 28 Keith Ely (FSVS) 29 Israel McCullough 3.39 30 Ellis Kim (C4) 3.45 31 Robin Kinney (Team Somerset) 3.49 32 Gary Sterner 33 Max Mancuso (Upstate Velo/Sicklers) 4.35 34 Dash Ash (Ritchey) 5.10 35 Emmett Oberrender (SBRT / Dutch Wheelman) 5.23 36 Edward Hickey 5.29 37 Kyle Peppo (Adler) 3.26 38 Laurence Etgen (Halter's Cycles) 5.44 39 Andrew Harris (Red Rose Rockets) 5.49 40 Noah Letwin (Team BBC) 6.04 41 Jonathan Leong (El Puente) 6.08 42 Colin Bonnington (Bean's Bikes) 6.50 43 Forrest Conrad (Unattached) 7.05 44 Brent Shultz (Mountainside Ski & Sports) 7.12 45 Michael Hill (Guardian) 9.17 46 Robert Sands (Evolution Racing) 7.17 47 Bill Davis (Potomac Velo Club) 7.37 48 Eric Schmitt (MapItPronto.com SingleSpeed) 8.26 49 Gary Witmer (Loweriders) 10.05 50 Jamie Mack (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 51 Stephen Gualano (Genesis Bicycles) 3.58 52 Leon Chou (Prince William Elite Racing) 53 Tracy Campbell (Cape Atlantic Racing/Team Beacon) 54 Charlet Young (C4) 55 James Kralec (Team BBC) 1.42 DNF Stephen Riskus (AABC) DNF Matthew Brancheau (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling) DNS Ross Gordon (Cape Atlantic Racing/Team Beacon) DNS Craig Grube (Bayside Velo / Bike Doctor) DNS John Giordano (Johnny Wetnutz) DNS Douglas von Bushberger (CRCA/OrganicAthlete) DNS Todd Bickling (Bike Doctor/Bayside Velo) B Women, 45+ & U19 1 Christina Briseno (C3-Sollay.com) 2 Jessica Gallagher (C3 Sollay .com) 3 Kathrin Schumacher (Guy's Racing) 4 Christine Fennessy (South Mountain Cycles) 5 Bianca Grecu (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 6 Kim Dubeck (Beans Bikes) 7 Lindsey Hillesheim (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 8 Diane Vettori (C3-Sollay.com) 9 Amy McCullough 10 Kathleen Wulfkuhle (C3-Sollay.com) 11 Sally Poliwoda (Sturdy Girl Cycling) 12 Karen Tourian (Guy's Racing) 13 Janice Morris (Mountainside Racing) 14 Michelle Bishop (Unattached) 15 Caitlin Thompson (H2/PBR) 16 Anne Rock (Sturdy Girl Cycling) 17 Teresa DiSessa (EPS/CSS/Riptide cycling) 18 Tracy Lea (Team Fuji) 19 Cristina Chambers (Bicycle Depot / TP Racing) 20 Jennifer Franks (Proteus) 21 Kaitlyn Lawrence (Vortex) 22 Kera Daily (Mountainside Ski & Sports) 23 Rebecca Letwin (Team BBC) 24 Denise Clearwater 25 Katrina Dowidchuk (Team DRT/Deep Blue)