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Highland Park 'Cross - C2
Highland Park, New Jersey, USA, November 9, 2008
2007 Results Results Past winners Men's results
McGrath and Van Gilder tops at HPCX
The UCI C2 HPCX served as the seventh round of the MAC Powered by SRAM Cyclo-cross Series on Sunday. Unlike the previous day's sand-fest at the Beacon Cyclo-cross in southern New Jersey, Sunday's race meandered through a large grassy park next to Jamesburg's business district. At 2.7 km, the course was technically one of the shortest on this year's MAC circuit, but the combination of turns, hills and heavy ground from the previous day's rainstorm made for long lap times, in the eight minute range for the Elite Men.
While the laps were long, the racing was extremely competitive. The first indication of tactical racing that was to come was in the Elite Masters race, a division that Roger Aspholm and his Westwood Velo Team have dominated for several years. For all intents and purposes, this was the home race for the New Jersey based Westwood Velo team, but their confidence was probably a bit shaken when Aspholm was only able to narrowly outsprint former Elite Masters season champion Mike Yozell the day before at Beacon.
Yozell, who rides for VisitPA.com, the tourism division of the neighboring state of Pennsylvania, wasn't exactly feeling in a neighborly mood as he set off early to control the race against the Westwood juggernaut. A fast pace quickly created the first selection of five riders, and then slowly shed them out of the lead group. Dave Weaver of ALAN North America was the first to lose contact, followed first by Troy Kimball and then Todd Cassan of Westwood, leaving just Yozell and Aspholm at the front. Yozell never relented and controlled the pace until the end, when he got a small gap on Aspholm on the barriers placed just 250 meters before the finish line. 200 meters later, as Yozell sprinted for home, Aspholm conceded not only the race but his winning streak.
The UCI Women's race was more of the same as defending MAC Powered by SRAM champion Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing / Seven Cycles), current points leader Laura Van Gilder (C3-Sollay.com) and perennial front runner Dee Dee Winfield (Velo Bella / Kona) waged their own private battle well ahead of the rest of the field. Amazingly, given Van Gilder's world-class sprinting abilities, neither Winfield nor Bruno-Roy made a concerted effort to establish a solo gap. Even more amazingly, they let her take the lead position in the twisty run-in to the short finish straight. Van Gilder took the final sprint easily ahead of Bruno-Roy and Winfield.
Van Gilder, who would be the runaway favorite for 'rookie of the year' if the designation existed in cyclo-cross, has commented many times that one of her favorite parts of cyclo-cross is the mental aspect. When asked how that came into play tactically, she responded, "It's a very short finish here, and it would be very hard to come from behind. I judged that the area where we passed the pits for the last time would be the right place to make my move."
The UCI Men's race combined the best parts of both the Women's and Elite Master's races. Like the Masters, an early break of five riders went away. But like the Women, it turned into a three-way shootout. Tyler Wren (Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) and Justin Spinelli (RGM Watches / Richard Sachs / The Boathouse) were joined by the previous day's runner-up Adam McGrath (Van Dessel), who had come east to represent his New Jersey based sponsor in the four major New Jersey races this month. Wren attacked on the finish line road section 15 minutes into the race.
Riding like a man trying to get to the tax office because his taxes were due, Wren established a large gap over the next lap and a half. But controlled riding by Spinelli gradually closed the gap until Wren made a mistake, dropped his chain and fell behind. Faced with a gap of about a quarter mile, and nothing to lose since he's not pursuing points, Wren launched an even bigger acceleration and rode like he was being chased by the authorities because his taxes were past due. With Spinelli doing the majority of the work up front, Wren amazingly was able to close the gap on the two leaders.
By this time, McGrath's tactics were becoming obvious, stay second wheel behind whoever was leading at the time. After a lap a slower pace that allowed him to recover, Wren again attacked coming onto the paved home straight. McGrath seemed to have anticipated the move, however, and went with him, again staying second wheel. This allowed Spinelli to catch up and counter attack, again with McGrath following. Wren was suddenly 30 meters behind and, despite more frantic riding, was never able to make contact again.
On the final lap, McGrath attacked in exactly the same place that Laura Van Gilder had made her move in the Women's race, and rode to his first MAC Powered by SRAM victory. Spinelli was circumspect in defeat, "Tyler is riding really fast right now and Adam seemed to be clawing his way back on every time Tyler or I did something. And the one time that Adam made his move was the right time. It was probably the only time he hit the front, but he crossed the line first and I guess that's what matters today."
The MAC Powered by SRAM travels next to Long Island for two days of UCI C1 action at the Whitmore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup on November 22 and 23.
Elite men 1 Adam McGrath (Van Dessel) 58.12 2 Justin Spinelli (RGM WATCHES-RICHARD SACHS-BOATHOUSE INC) 0.07 3 Tyler Wren (Colavita Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light) 0.16 4 Weston Schempf (C3-Sollay.com) 0.54 5 Matt Kraus (RGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS - BOATHOUSE INC) 1.43 6 Nathanael Wyatt (Carolina Fatz pb Santa Cruz Bicycles) 1.48 7 Eneas Freyre (TARGETRAINING) 8 Travis Livermon (Cannondale / CCN) 9 Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3-Sollay.com) 10 Zoltan Tisza (PNIVO-Betonexpressz 2000) 2.23 11 Rickey Visinski (Exodus Road Racing) 2.30 12 Sean Galegher (Hunt Valley Bicycle Club) 3.20 13 Stephen Cummings (Indiana Regional Medical Center) 3.47 14 Gavriel Epstein (CRCA) 4.01 15 Patrick Bradley (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 4.03 16 John Burns (Bikeman.com) 4.12 17 Michael Yozell (VisitPA.com) 4.30 18 Lisban Quintero (Century Road Club Association) 5.23 19 Bill Elliston (Fuji) 6.01 20 Bobby Lea (Fuji) 6.14 21 Christopher Hamlin (Bliss Racing) 6.21 22 Guillaume Nelessen (Van Dessel Factory Team) 6.48 23 Matthew Rotroff (Inland Construction) 7.56 24 John Brewer (Haymarket Bicycles p/b Function Drinks) 8.23 25 Adam Szczepanski (Wissahickon) 8.56 One lap behind 26 Scott Dolmat-Connell (University of Vermont Cycling Team) 27 Myles Romanow (Wildthyme/IF) Elite women 1 Laura Van Gilder (C3 Sollay) 40.17 2 Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) 3 Deidre Winfield (Velo Bella - Kona) 0.03 4 Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing) 3.00 5 Melanie Swartz (Velo Bella - Kona) 3.13 6 Patty Buerkle (Vanderkitten) 3.28 7 Kristin Gavin (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 4.08 8 Jennifer Maxwell (team kenda tire) 4.24 9 Nikki Thiemann (Human Zoom Pabst Blue Ribbon) 4.32 10 Samantha Williams (Sorella Cycling) 4.57 11 Amy Wallace (RGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS - BOATHOUSE INC) 5.53 12 Kristine Church (Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon) 6.12 13 Elizabeth Harlow (C3-Sollay.com) 6.39 14 Sonja Evers (Charm City Cycling LLC) 7.34 15 Megan Bilodeau (HUP! United) 8.01 16 Diane Grim (C3-Sollay.com) Cat 2/3 men 1 Jeff Bahnson (Secret Henry's Team / Van Dessel) 46.55 2 Brian Lawney (Cornell Cycling) 0.30 3 Zach Adams (C3-Sollay.com) 1.43 4 Ian Mathias (Hunt Valley Bicycles / Marathon Roofing) 1.55 5 Bryon Kremer (Cannondale) 2.11 6 Rob Collins (Secret Henry's Team) 2.19 7 Chris Samuel (Pro Pedals) 8 Andrew Crooks (NYC Velo) 9 Mark Broadwater (C3-Sollay.com) 2.56 10 Alejandro Guzman (CRCA/Foundation) 3.15 11 Chad Culbertson (Guy's Racing) 3.23 12 Colin Prensky (GS Gotham/Toga!) 3.32 13 Soren Klingsporn (Signature Cycles / DKNY) 3.42 14 Roger Foco (Vicious Cycles Factory Team) 4.16 15 Nick Bennette (MetLife p/b unlose.it) 4.28 16 Michael Jenks (Highland Park Hermes) 5.26 17 Alex Cox (UVM Cycling) 5.30 18 Gary La Sala (Liberty Cycle) 6.03 19 Charles Florek (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 6.15 20 Mark Pohndorf (Colavita Racing) 6.42 21 Craig Lebair (philadelphia ciclismo) 6.52 22 Jim Mudd (Hunt Valley Bicycles) 7.01 23 Christian Skinner (Cape Atlantic Racing/Team Beacon) 7.08 24 Joshua Friedman (The Devil's Gear/New Haven Bicycling Club) 7.17 25 Johann Liljengren (Faulkner Honda Racing) 7.24 26 Eric Lundgren (Iron City Bikes) 7.33 27 Gunnar Bergey (Unattached) 7.37 28 John Hostetter Iii (C3-Sollay.com) 7.41 29 Bob Biese (Team Vortex) 7.46 30 Andy Glaser (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 7.49 31 Drew Eckstein (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 32 Jed Kornbluh (CRCA/Jonathan Adler Racing) 8.01 33 J.P. Partland (Kissena Cycling Club) 34 Eric Morgan (Wissahickon) 8.18 35 Jim Vreeland (Watchung Wheelmen / High Gear Cylery) 8.23 36 Don Yungher (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 8.29 37 Dan Larino (CRCofA/Petes Bike/Bridgewater Marble & Granite) 8.39 38 Brendan Conk (Montclair Cyclists) 8.42 39 Todd Mcloughlin (Kissena) 9.02 40 Benjamin Stephens (Carnegie Mellon University) 41 Matthew Hennessy (Team BBC) 9.22 42 Vinnie Galatro (Keltic Construction) 10.01 One lap behind 43 Erik Wilburn (USMA Cyling Team) 44 Adam Leman (Drexel University) 45 Jake Davidson (Allied Milk Cycling) 46 Chris Gurr (AMVC) 47 Ethan Atkins (Metromint Cycling on Marin Bikes) 48 Jason Parkin (CRCA/Blue Ribbon-Translations.com) 49 Jeffrey Chen (Cambiamento D'Andaturo-Team Core Hawaii) 50 Unknown Rider 51 Franklin Saillot (Colavita Racing) 52 Jonathan Lomax 53 Christophe Jammet (CRCA/ NYVELOCITY) 54 Gary Bell (CRCA/Sid's-Cannondale) 55 James Mccabe (Colavita Racing) 56 David Wells (Van Dessel Factory Team) 57 Eric Carlson (Westwood Velo / Trade Manage Capital) 58 George Vlahogiannis (TEAM FITNESS MISSION/ALLWOOD BICYCLES) 59 Ian Anderson 60 David Osterbeck (Kissena Cycling Club) 61 Stephen Gualano (Genesis Bicycles) 62 Jay Nossen (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 63 Christophe Jammet (CRCA/ NYVELOCITY) 64 Chris Gurr (AMVC) Cat 3/4 women 1 Lenore Pipes (Zaveta Construction/Cyclesports) 39.28 2 Kim Dubeck/Perna (beans) 0.21 3 Christine Fennessy (South Mountain Cycles) 4 Kathrin Schumacher (Guy's Racing) 0.36 5 Christina Briseno 1.21 6 Jessica Kates (Clinton Cycling Club) 1.32 7 Angela Vavasori (Hunt Valley Bicycles) 1.49 8 Tammy Ebersole (Evolution Racing) 2.01 9 Diane Vettori (C3-Sollay.com) 3.23 10 Gabrielle Fisher (Century Road Club Association) 3.32 11 Karen Tourian (Guy's Racing) 4.08 12 Caitlin Thompson (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 4.10 13 Judith Li (USMA Cyling Team) 4.44 14 Amy Cutler (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 15 Katherine Russell (Team Somerset) 16 Anne Rock (Sturdy Girl Cycling) 5.12 17 Nicole Hilaire (USMA Cyling Team) 5.28 18 Kathleen Wulfkuhle (C3-Sollay.com) 5.42 One lap behind 19 Kaitlyn Lawrence (Vortex Cycling Club) 20 Kyra Kenwood (GBSC/Carl Hart Bicycles) 21 Annemarie Donovan (CRCA/Avenue A | Razorfish Cycling) 22 Meredith Keller (Unattached) 23 Alicia Styer (Velo Bella) Cat 4 men 1 Gunnar Bergey (Team Bikesport) 34.53 2 Fred Brown (MTBNJ.com) 0.15 3 Richard Kassan (Rutgers University-New Brunswick/Piscataway) 0.45 4 Chris Gurr (AMVC) 0.51 5 Joseph Tramontano (Connecticut Coast Cycling) 1.03 6 Ricky Gargiulo (Colavita Racing) 1.21 7 Matthew Buckley (UVM Cycling) 1.28 8 Joseph Gilch (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 1.43 9 Zane Dordai (Colavita Racing Inc.) 1.56 10 Zachary Bender (Team Cyclesport) 2.17 11 Saverio Fiorino (Danny's Cycles Racing/ Sebago Footwear) 1.32 12 Joseph Grimm (USMA Cyling Team) 1.39 13 Dag Anderson (Team Somerset) 14 Adam Rosenthal (CRCA/Oganic Athlete) 1.46 15 James Mernin (CRCA/OrganicAthlete) 16 William Romollino 3.12 17 Keith Plunkett (South Mountain Cycles) 3.23 18 Matthew Bathe (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 19 Jacob Sisson (Cornell Cycling Club) 20 Michael Giancoli (Hup United) 21 David Casale (Amoroso's Racing Team) 3.45 22 John Cutler (Century Road Club Association) 3.52 23 Richard Hofbauer (Westwood Velo) 24 David Tragna (Team Town Cycle) 4.11 25 Chris Tarnowski (Westwood Velo) 4.13 26 Tim Humpton (MIT Cycling) 4.20 27 Ross Marklein (University of Pennsylvania) 28 Aaron House (Housatonic Wheel Club) 4.25 29 Jay Mossen (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 30 Matthew Morrison (Unattached) 4.54 31 Benjamin Dailey (Brooklyn Velo Force) 32 Kenneth Gaissert (BWT Marble & Granite/Pete's Bike & Fitn) 33 William Strickland (South Mountain Cycles) 34 William Pluta (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 5.30 35 Nathan Jacobs (University of Pennsylvania) 5.34 36 Blair Kolbeck 37 David Deitch (www.novarabike.com) 6.05 38 Jeremy May (USMA Cyling Team) 6.11 39 David Kim (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 6.24 40 Brett Vaughan (CRCA/NYVelocity) 41 Max Mancuso (Sicklers) 6.35 42 Mark Vareschi (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 6.42 43 Will Pisarello (Rochester Institute of Technology) 6.56 44 Kyle Carroll (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 45 Fabian Brugger 7.07 46 Douglas Von Bushberger (CRCA/OrganicAthlete) 47 Gregory Keith (USMA Cyling Team) 48 Jonathan Leong (El Puente) 49 Ian Curtis (Lee ROY Jenkins) 7.36 50 Eric Rundstrom (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 51 Eric Cutting 52 Patrick O'dunne 7.52 53 Bladdymir Coronel (Westwood Velo-Trade Manage Racing) 8.23 54 Spencer Campbell (Cape Atlantic Racing/Team Beacon) 8.31 55 Joe Favara (Hampton Velo) 8.36 56 Boyd Garrison (Premont) 8.45 57 Brian Celardo 58 Jon Wu (Yale Cycling) 8.53 59 Peter Hagerty (RIT) 60 Jason Gay (Century Road Club Association) 8.58 61 Mark Sumner (Team Town Cycle) 9.07 62 Laurence Etgen 9.09 63 Douglas Park (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 9.18 64 James Lagan (Unattached) 9.27 65 Anthony Mellor (Signature Cycles/ DKNY) 9.47 66 John Miller 10.07 67 Morgan Styer 10.13 68 Daniel Frank 10.19 69 Norman Marin (GIANT-McDONALDS-ENERGY FITNESS) 70 Sean Mooney (Unattached) 71 Brian Holderness 10.47 72 Aron Merrian (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 11.35 73 Edgar Cooper (TEAM MARTY'S/X-IT 19 RACING) 11.45 One lap behind 74 John Hagemann (Bennett's Bikes) 75 Stephen Gualano (Genesis Bicycles) 76 Scott Hein 77 Leon Chou (Prince William Elite Racing) 78 Brian Gauvin (University of Pennsylvania) 79 Toby Jones 80 Jonathan Kwong (University of Pennsylvania) 81 Marcos Picchio (Rutgers University Cycling Team) 82 Tracy Campbell (Cape Atlantic Racing/Team Beacon) 83 Blair Kolbeck 84 Brian Gatens (CRCA/Organic Athlete) 85 Zachary Disorbo Cat 1-3 masters 1 Michael Yozell (VIsitPa.com) 45.54 2 Roger Aspholm (Westwood Velo) 0.06 3 Todd Cassan (Westwood Velo) 1.21 4 Troy Kimball (Westwood Velo) 1.26 5 Robert Campos (GS Gotham/Toga) 1.32 6 Blair Saunders (Henry's Bikes) 1.37 7 Ralf Warmuth (Westwood Velo) 1.46 8 Dave Weaver (ALAN N. America Cycling Team) 2.21 9 Kristopher Auer (C3-Sollay.Com) 2.37 10 Andy Gorski (SPK / Speedgoat / Salsa) 2.46 11 Glenn Turner (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 2.53 12 Mark Kutney (Van Dessel Cycles) 13 Matthew Howard (GS Gotham/Toga) 14 Greg Ferguson (Hershey Cancer Institute-GPOA-Cannondale) 3.10 15 Maurice Gamanho (MTBNJ.com) 3.21 16 Joseph Piccillo (Evolution Racing) 3.35 17 Brian Wieczorek (Freddie Fu Cycling) 3.47 18 Michael Kolb (C3-Sollay.com) 4.06 19 Eric Schlauch (Team Somerset) 4.13 20 Todd Kruger (Highland Park Hermes) 4.24 21 Martin Jones (Team Somerset ī Van Dessel ī Bike King) 4.36 22 Kevin Fryberger (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon) 4.46 23 David Hunt (Team Somerset) 4.50 24 Charles Chichester (Guys Racing) 5.01 25 Christopher Long (GS Gotham/Toga) 5.11 26 David Wilson (Northeastern Hardware/CJCT) 5.22 27 Mark Featherman (Guy's Racing) 5.30 28 Douglass Gray (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS) 5.40 29 Kevin Breckenmaker (Yellow Breeches Racing) 6.34 30 Jeffrey Appeltans (Primus Mootry/Denver-Boulder Couriers) 6.43 31 Charles Erndl (3-D RacingTeam/Toms Atlantic cyclery) 6.52 32 Kelly Cline (Wissahickon) 7.42 33 Judd Milne (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab) 7.58 34 Eric Ragot (Kissena Cycling Club) 8.30 35 Chris Facas (Westwood Velo/Trade Manage Capital) 8.40 36 Richard Sachs (Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Rex Chiu) 8.44 37 Jim Feehan (Kissena) 9.35 One lap behind 38 William Irving (Unattached) 39 Jay Downs (Fort Factory Team/Wvu Healthcare) 40 David Stokes (Kissena Cycling Club) 41 Mark Urbanowicz (Somerset Wheelmen) 42 Charles La Punzina (Kissena Cycling Club)