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Wissink and Schwartz emerge victorious

By Matthew Ashley

Michael Wissink
Photo ©: Andrea Tucker
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This weekend cyclo-cross racers invaded Lower Huron Metro Park in Belleville, MI. The park plays host to one of the best races on the calendar year after year and didn't disappoint this time around. With two sections of sand, two sets of barriers, and a run up that for some is really a crawl up there was surely to be some suffering. The fall colors were on full display and the ground was covered in leaves, leaving wet grass and mud underneath. To match the technical aspect of the course there was plenty of wide open power sections where riders caught the full brunt of Sunday's wind.

To start Elite competition off, 10 women lined up. Flying Rhino Cycling Club's Anne Schwartz took the lead from the start and rode off with the race win, leaving second place finisher Nicole Borem (DRT Racing) more than two minutes behind. It was great to see that Nicole was willing to make the trip from Warsaw, IN for the second race in a row. It's hard to get women out to race so we really appreciate her dedication and would like to see her again at the next one. Finishing out the podium in third was Marne Smiley (unattached). The Xterra racing veteran has found that she may also have the legs for cyclo-cross

The men's race didn't see the same numbers as the last race because of some major mountain bike races in upper Michigan. In total, 18 men lined up under blue skies and the wind picked up just in time to make the racing a little more challenging. The race quickly formed into a long line and mainly stayed together for the first lap. Early into the first lap, point series leader Michael Wissink (Specialized) had a mechanical problem and was forced to run a short distance to the pit. With Michael out the pace picked up a bit as his competition tried to leave him behind.

On the second lap, coming into an off camber section, Tim Saari (Essex Brass) rolled a tire and crashed, taking out two other riders as well. Four riders were able to create a gap after that incident, leaving the rest of the race behind. Michael Wissink, however, showed that he was the strongest in the race closing a 35 second gap to the leaders and going right past them with Jeff Weinert (Team Giant Michigan) in tow.

Michael was able to get a slight gap at the end and beat Jeff to the line once again. Third place went to Wolverine / American Cycle and Fitness rider Christian Tanguy. The young gun in the race, Vince Roberge (Lathrup Industries), finished up a strong race in fourth place. Jon Card (Saturn / Shell of Toledo) round out the podium with fifth place. Jon was having a great race until he found himself on the ground. Hopefully his crashing woes ended with this race so he can go back to his winning ways.

Thank you to Dexter Bike and Sport for sponsoring the event. For more information on the race visit www.tailwind.net. More of Andrea Tucker's race photos can be found at www.tuckerbikes.com.


Elite Men
1 Michael Wissink (Specialized)                         54.39
2 Jeff Weinert (Team Giant Michigan)                     0.03
3 Christian Tanguy (Wolverine / American Cycle & Fitness)0.25
4 Vince Roberge (Lathrup Industries)                     0.35
5 Jonathan Card (Saturn/Shell Of Toledo)                 1.16
6 Matthew Ashley (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)             1.46
7 Eric Muehl (Cyclefit Multisport)                       1.47
8 Rob Foshag (Saturn/Shell Of Toledo)                    1.59
9 Timothy Saari (Essex Brass)                            2.08
10 Cory Stange (Cyclefit Multisport)                     2.31
11 Jason Lummis (Bells Brewery/Quiring Cycles)           2.58
12 Rich Stark (Priority Health)                          3.00
13 Tony Wieczorek (South Lyon Cycle)                     4.14
14 Todd Frerichs (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)             5.20
15 Andrew Weir (Ann Arbor, Mi)                           5.46
16 Brian Hancock (Team Giant Michigan)                   6.41
17 Mark Parmelee (Cycletherapy Racing)                   7.11
DNF Adam York (Trailsedge Cyclery)                           
Elite Women
1 Anne Schwartz (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)             46.18
2 Nicole Borem (Drt Racing)                              2.28
3 Marne Smiley (Ann Arbor, Mi)                           3.35
4 Rachel Steele (Team Awesome)                           4.06
5 Laura Johnson (Priority Health/Aavc)                   4.16
6 Sandie Domagalski (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)          4.47
7 Anne Grofvert (Founders Ale Racing / Aavc)             4.59
8 Susan Shaw (Cycle -Fit)                                8.32
One lap behind
9 Lillian Ruiz (Treefort Bikes)                             
DNF Whitney Kroll (Cane Creek)                              
Masters 35+ 
1 Kevin McGrew (Aavc)                                   44.29
2 Simon Bailey (Wolverine Sports Club)                   0.06
3 Raymond Auger (Maple Leaf Cycling Club)                0.06
4 Tim Difalco (Royal Oak, Mi)                            0.25
5 Jim Hilditch (Treefort Bikes)                          0.49
6 Terry Ritter (City Bike Shop)                          0.50
7 Ron Stack (Cycle Fit Sports Club)                      1.39
8 Matt Baroli (Team Giant Michigan)                      2.18
9 Scott Goocher (Jacks Bicycle)                          2.25
10 Rob Selle (Bloomingdale Construction)                 2.36
11 Tom Clark (Specialized/Tailwind)                      3.05
12 Dan Kotwicki (Fisher Bikes)                           3.19
13 Brian Mitchell (Two Wheel Tango/Morgan+York)          4.36
14 Joe Lekovish (South Lyon Cycle)                       5.47
One lap behind
15 Anthony Bruley (Cadieux Bc/Team Oz)                       
Masters 45+
1 Mark Wolowiec (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)             44.51
2 Michael Seaman (Specialized)                           0.01
3 Joseph Brown (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)               0.27
4 Rob Pulcipher (Priority Health)                        0.59
5 Michael Green (Bikeman.Com)                            1.41
6 Mike Belanger (Macomb Bike &Fitness)                   1.51
7 David Linden (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)               1.54
8 Kenneth Oday (Specialized/ Twt)                        2.20
9 Andy Klumb (Bicilibre)                                 3.17
10 Scott Claes (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)               3.20
11 Dave Hollis (Cycle Fit)                               3.20
12 James Perren (Breakaway Racing)                       3.51
13 Mark Lovejoy (Aavc)                                   4.36
14 John Knighton (Farmington, Mi)                        6.14
15 Reinhold Cordella (Ypsilanti, Mi)                     8.58
B Men (Cat 2/3) 
1 Matt Willing (Wheels In Motion)                       45.08
2 Pete Thompson (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)              1.27
3 Thomas Barrett (Ann Arbor, Mi)                         1.31
4 Anthony Ponton (Macomb, Mi)                            1.33
5 Justin Todd (Wheels In Motion)                         1.47
6 Rafael Kronenberg (Hammer Nutrition/Cannondale)        2.06
7 Chris Aten (South Lyon Cycle Race Team)                2.16
8 Rodger Bowser (Two Wheel Tango)                        2.22
9 David Toutant (Grosse Pointe, Mi)                      3.03
10 Mark Caffyn (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)               3.07
11 Scott Fabijanski (Wolverine Sports Club)              3.08
12 Chris Main (Shelby, Mi)                               3.33
13 Keith Feldt (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)               3.49
14 Derek Hill (Cycletherapy)                             3.50
15 Terry Palmer (Essex Brass)                            3.51
16 Ben Penner (Aavc)                                     4.33
17 Jeff Zimmerman (Cycle-Fit)                            4.45
18 Patrick Russell (Wolverine Sports Club)               4.49
19 Jan Gatowski (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)              5.41
20 Paul Heirtzler (Wolverine Elite)                      5.51
21 David Johnson (Sylvania, Oh)                          5.59
22 Chris Wiederhold (Maumee Valley Wheelman)             7.46
One lap behind
23 Tom Sawyer (Tri-City Cyclists)                            
24 Dan Motowski (Cyclefit Sports Club)                       
DNF Benjamin Christian (Team Giant-Michigan)                 
DNF Scott Harrington (University Of Michigan)                
DNF Jason Boynton (Bare Knuckle Brigade)                     
Single Speed 
1 Wayne Cook (Mysinglespeed.Com)                        47.25
2 John Osgood (Team Sandbag)                             3.47
DNF Jared Smerecki (Cycletherapy Racing)                     
C Men 39-Under (Cat 4) 
1 Daniel Gerow (Team Gerow)                             32.48
2 Erik Koehler (Team Bosco)                              0.00
3 John Osgood (Team Sandbag)                             0.47
4 Matthew Bjurman (Ann Arbor, Mi)                        1.11
5 Brett Beddow (Wolverine Sports Club/Am Cycle)          1.12
6 Randy Arellano (Trails Edge Cyclery)                   1.37
7 Stephen Killar (Ferndale, Mi)                          1.50
8 Tom Payn (Team Fraser)                                 2.28
9 Cameron Bell (Team Sumic)                              2.46
10 Jay Ellis (Ann Arbor, Mi)                             2.46
11 Greg Johnson (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)              2.46
12 Matthew Caldwell (Saline, Mi)                         2.59
13 Scott Jankowski (Racing Greyhounds)                   3.21
14 Casey Barnes (Paint Creek Bicycles)                   3.23
15 Jason Schneider (Team Sandbag)                        3.50
16 James Hollar (Wolverine Sports Club)                  4.30
17 Robert Shank (Ann Arbor Velo Club)                    5.12
18 Ryan Shipman (Cannondale Midwest Racing)              6.15
19 Jon Decker (West Michigan Coast Riders)               6.35
20 Noah Hall (Ann Arbor, Mi)                             8.18
C Men 40+ (Cat 4) 
1 Marc Dettman (Bissell Cycling)                        34.05
2 Mark Olin (Rbs Cycling Team)                           0.19
3 Douglas Reed (Reed Construction Since 1958)            0.30
4 Bruce Leblanc (Frcc)                                   0.35
5 Brian Goocher (Jacks Bicycle)                          0.37
6 Ben Green (Giant-Michigan)                             0.38
7 Roger Burg (Dexter Bike & Sport)                       0.47
8 John Romain (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)                1.07
9 David Chapman (Dexter Bike & Sport)                    1.11
10 Lee Tremp (Team Sandbag)                              1.25
11  Jochen Faber (Ann Arbor, Mi)                         1.37
12 Jeff Wood (Cycle To Fitness Grehounds)                2.25
13 James Gardner (Luna Pier, Mi)                         2.52
14 James Irelan (Team Giant-Michigan)                    2.58
15 Jeff Hencher (Cottam, Ontario, Canada)                3.48
16 Daniel Hoffman (South Lyon, Mi)                       4.51
17 Bryan Wissman (Cannondale Midwest)                    7.00
18 Jim Donaldson (Elite Endeavors)                       7.40
19 Brad Farnsworth (Ann Arbor, Mi)                       9.20
One lap behind
20 Brian Borger (Oregon, Oh)                                 
21 Bob Wydra (Flying Rhino Cycling Club)                     
C Women (Cat 3/4) 
1 Cheryl Hill (Cycletherapy)                            36.46
2 Laura Melendez (Bissell Cycling)                       0.50
3 Megan Anderson (Ann Arbr, Mi)                          2.36
One lap behind
4 Adrienne Oday (Ypsilanti, Mi)                              
5 Julie Sommers (Farmington Hills, Mi)                       
6 Ginger Wissman (Cannondale Midwest)                        
7 Jennifer Paurich (Paint Creek Bicycles)                    
8 Meagen Kaczmarek (Rbs Cycling Team)                        
Junior 10-14 
1 Brandon Goocher (Jacks Bicycle)                       32.45
2 Nathan Goocher (Jacks Bicycle)                         2.09
One lap behind
3 Chris Shaw (Cyclefit)