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Cincinnati International Cyclo-cross Festival - C2/C1
USA, October 10-13, 2008
Race 3 - October 12: Harbin Park Cyclo-cross, Cincinnati, Ohio (C1)
Powers and Compton enjoy Cincinnati three wins in a row
By Joe Bellante
On day three of the Cincinnati International Cyclo-cross Festival, Katie Compton (Spike Professional/Primus Mootry) and Jeremy Powers (Cyclocrossworld.com) completed their hat-tricks of the first ever three-day UCI weekend. Thanks to a broken chain on Jeremiah Bishop's Trek just 250 meters to the line, Powers took the win in the men's race over Bishop (Trek Factory) at the BioWheels/United Dairy Farmers Harbin Park International sponsored by Reece-Campbell. Compton held off a determined Georgia Gould (Luna) for a third day in a row to collect maximum UCI points on the weekend.
In the men's race, Powers had his hands fuller than a plate of Cincinnati's famous chili piled high with three-way toppings. From the gun, it was 30mph+ into the hole-shot with no-one giving up ground early. By lap two, Powers and six others made the selection: Troy Wells and teammate Danny Summerhill (Clif Bar), Jonathan Baker (Vitamin Cottage), Bjorn Selander (Ridley Factory), Jeremiah Bishop (Trek Factory), and Barry Wicks (Kona). Joachim Parbo (CCV Leopard Cycles) dangled in eighth where he would finish the day.
On lap four, knowing his teammate was back to defend, Wells made the first effort to whittle the group down and attacked the sand pit. Wicks was in trouble. The group freight-trained to the top of the water tower climb. On the backside of the course, through a tough down/up section, the group split with Bishop, Powers and Wells in the driver's seat. Off the pace, Wicks made a bike change. However, by lap five, Baker, Selander, and Summerhill managed to claw back on to Powers, Bishop and Wells. Through the deep sand on lap six, Wells went again, this time putting Bishop and Powers on the defensive and gapping Summerhill and Selander. Bishop and Powers weren't done yet and made it back to the front. Within the lap, Summerhill and Selander did too. It would be decided on the last lap, high drama at Cincinnati's Harbin Park.
The bell rang for lap nine, and this time Powers attacked near the finish line shaking Sumerhill and Selander for good. Seconds later, Wells countered before the sand, but it wasn't enough to go solo. The trio of Powers, Wells and Bishop remained. Summerhill wasn't about to drag Selander up to Clif Bar teammate Troy Wells. The tactics guaranteed Wells third place. However, 1st first and second went out the window on the back side of the course when Wells paid the price for his multiple digs and was dropped by Powers and Bishop.
As they skated through the sand for the last time, it looked like a two-up sprint between Powers and Bishop coming off an off-camber section 250 meters from the line, but disaster struck Bishop. His chain snapped as he put his short-track strength to the pedals for a last corner attack. The crowd gasped, tough break. Powers was away solo for the win. With a big gap to Troy Wells (Team Clif Bar) in third, Bishop ran across the finish line, collapsed on the ground, and was overheard saying he had it. He may have. The split chain was quickly snatched up by a young fan.
In the women's race it was Compton and Gould "part-three" as the duo quickly broke free to an early lead with the familiar braids of Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) in third and Sue Butler (MonavieCannondale.com), Laura Van Gilder (C3-Solay), Deidre Winfield (Velo Bella/Kona) and Devon Haskell (The Pony Shop) in tow. Gould worked hard to stay in contact with Compton on lap two, but Compton was just a little more buttery smooth through the sand and Gould found herself fighting to keep Compton in sight through the corners.
Compton and Gould consistently rode the deep uphill sandpit, while others, like Lloyd settled for dismounting and running. By the third lap, with Compton off to the races, Gould digging deep to hang on to second, and Lloyd in a relatively comfortable third, all eyes now turned to the battle for fourth and fifth between Van Gilder, Winfield, Butler and Haskell.
Winfield went first, dropping Haskell from the group with an attack into the downhill sand pit as a drummer with a complete kit kick-drummed the the cowbell crazed crowd into a frenzy. It was now up to Winfield, Butler and Van Gilder to sort out the fourth and fifth spots. As they trio made their way through traffic on lap five, Butler came out the victor, securing fourth with a gap to Winfield and Van Gilder. The bell rang and Winfield and Van Gilder were still together through the sand, over the barriers, past the pits and up the paved climb to the water tower. The crowd went silent waiting for their figures to appear at the Gazebo on the hill. "They're still together," someone shouted. With Compton raising her hand at the finish line, Winfield and Van Guilder cat-and-moused for position before the off camber section which lead into the last turn. Van Gilder attacked the off-camber and was gone.
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Elite men 1 Jeremy Powers (Cyclocrossworld.Com) 1.03.08 2 Jeremiah Bishop (Trek / VW) 0.07 3 Troy Wells (Team Clif Bar) 0.18 4 Danny Summerhill (Clif Bar) 0.25 5 Bjorn Selander (Ridley Factory) 0.26 6 Jonathan Baker (Vitamin Cottage) 1.51 7 Barry Wicks (Kona) 2.24 8 Joachim Parbo (CCV Leopard Cycles) 2.51 9 Erik Tonkin (Kona/FSA Factory Team) 2.54 10 Mark Lalonde (Planet Bike) 2.56 11 Brian Matter (Gear Grinder) 3.25 12 Weston Schempf (C3-Sollay.Com) 4.01 13 Steve Tilford (Trek Stores) 4.30 14 Adam Mcgrath (Van Dessel) 4.34 15 Greg Wittwer (Alan North America Cycling Team) 4.59 16 Guillaume Dessibourg (Team Bmc-Teker) 5.09 17 Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific/Alan) 5.16 18 Justin Robinson (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) 5.52 19 Daniel Campbell (Rgf) 5.53 20 Ryan Knapp (Bikereg.Com) 6.21 21 Michael Wissink (Specialized) 6.45 22 Mike Purvis (Barbasol) 7.06 23 Jeff Weinert (Giant) 7.16 24 Joshua Johnson (Big Shark Racing) 7.44 25 Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3-Sollay.Com) 8.10 Behind one lap 26 Steve Fisher (Rad Racing/Hagens Berman) 27 Nicholas Weighall (Rad Racing/Hagens Berman) 28 Nathan Rice (Michelob Ultra-Big Shark) 29 Sean Babcock (Team S&M) 30 Ryan Gamm (Inferno Pro Cycling) 31 Andrew Reardon (Krystal Cycling Team) 32 Benjamin Popper (Hrs / Rock Lobster) 33 Andrew Llewellyn (Calistoga Racing Team) 34 Mike Kennedy (Barbasol) 35 John Bailey (Bailey Bikes) 36 Matthew Ashley (Flying Rhino Cycling Club / Tailwind) 37 David Hackworthy (Ridley Factory) 38 Ernesto Marenchin (Speedgoat.Com) 39 Andrew Messer (DRT Racing) Behind two laps 40 David Hutton (Hincapie Barkley) 41 John Grant (Texas Roadhouse) DNF Rick Toler (Team Kreitler Rollers) DNF John Behrens (Bailey Bikes) DNF Chance Noble (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) DNF Mitchell Kersting (Barbasol) DNF Nick Tinsler (Darkhorse Racing-Rpc Mechanical) DNF Mike Sherer (Pony Shop) DNF Aaron Hawkins (Chrysalis Ventures Cycling) DNF Isaac Neff (Alderfer Bergen) DNF Dave Weaver (Alan N. America Cycling Team) DNF Justin Hines (Handlebarscc) DNF Wes Stephenson (Rapid City Cycle) DNF Guy Vankrimpen (Rapid City Cycle) DNF Jeff Courter (Horizon Organic Cycling Team) DNF Zachary Edwards (DRT Racing) DNF Nathan Wyatt (Carolina Fatz/Santa Cruz/Sram) DNF Bill Stolte (Hrrc/Trek Stores) DNF Brian Nieport DNS Shawn Adams (Lake Effect) DNS Gordon Daniell (Bolla Cycling Team) DNS Kevin Bradford-Parish (Redlinebikes.Com) Elite women 1 Katie Compton (Spike Professional/Primus Mootry) 46.29 2 Georgia Gould (Luna Women's Mtb Team) 0.51 3 Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) 2.35 4 Sue Butler (Monaviecannondale.Com) 2.59 5 Laura Van Gilder (C3 Sollay) 3.48 6 Deidre Winfield (Velo Bella - Kona) 3.55 7 Devon Haskell (The Pony Shop) 4.31 8 Kristin Wentworth (Planet Bike) 4.56 9 Annajean Dallaire (Barbasol, Sobe/Cannondale) 5.12 10 Barbara Howe (Velo Bella) 6.09 11 Kari Studley (Velobella) 7.18 12 Catherine Walberg (Trek) 7.48 13 Anne Schwartz (Flying Rhino Cycling Club) 8.01 14 Shannon Gibson (Velobella) 8.27 15 Lauri Webber (Secret Henry's Team) 9.14 Behind one lap 16 Kimberly Flynn (Vantaggio/ Specialized) 17 Marne Smiley 18 Deb Whitmore (Bmw Bianchi) 19 Cara Applegate (Bmw-Bianchi P/B Hendrick Bmw) 20 Amanda Mckay (Biowheels/Reece-Campbell Racing) Behind two laps 21 Whitney Kroll (Cane Creek) DNF Melanie Swartz DNF Melanie Black (Moto Velo) DNF Lana Atchley (Bailey Bikes) DNF Rachel Steele DNS Jennifer Maxwell (Team Kenda Tire) Masters 1/2/3 Men 35+/45+ 1 Will Black 2 Mark Legg 3 Phil Noble 4 Dave Weaver 5 Michael Mcshane 6 Mark Kutney 7 Don Cameron 8 Al Senft 9 Brian Baker 10 Frederick Rose 11 Morgan Webb 12 Mark Strecker 13 Rick Lyons 14 Keith Mcmahon 15 Robert Bobrow 16 Rob Selle 17 Marc Vettori 18 Blaine Heppner 19 Brian Andriot 20 Jeffrey Craft 21 Timothy Beirne 22 Rudy Sroka 23 Fred Wittwer 24 Bill Crank 25 Erik Fagerberg 26 Dwight Wyatt 27 Joe Bellante 28 Charles Mcdaniel 29 Brad Wunderlich 30 Mark Wolowiec 31 Dag Selander 32 Michael Seaman 33 Dan Lach 34 Joseph Brown Behind one lap 35 Scott Young 36 Matthew Koehn 37 Mike Otting 38 Mitchell Beckner 39 Derek Wilford 40 William Marut 41 Charles Garner 42 Unknown 43 Rob Kendall 44 Douglas Dobrozsi 45 Bill Kennedy 46 Unknown 47 Dan Ramsey 48 Andys Burns 49 James Turner DNF William Baldwin DNF Todd Turner DNF Brian Wieczorek DNF Richard Bilson DNF Brent Evans DNF Kristopher Auer DNF Judd Milne DNF Timothy Saari DNF Garth Prosser DNF Lou Beckmeyer DNF Harry Wicks DNF Doug Hamilton DNF Matt Baroli DNF John West DNF John Ehrlinger DNF John Riedel DNF John Mandrola Men 4 1 Jordan Humble 2 Corey St.Clair 3 Nathan Roberson 4 Kyle Thomas 5 Mark Giganti 6 Dave Mundy 7 Gary Burkholder 8 John Wischmeier 9 Luke Mclaughlin 10 Rob Marquart 11 Jaden Sempsrott 12 Michael Riley 13 Samuel Janes` 14 Peter Hills 15 Matt Becher 16 Keith Morlen 17 Naz Hamid 18 Ben Hay 19 Corey Green 20 Riley Marn 21 Darren Ling 22 Scott Wesseler 23 Mike Frankeberger 24 Matteo Bardelli 25 Joe Ashley 26 Michael Miller 27 William Farrell 28 Adam Schmidt 29 Derrick Young 30 Bill Meek 31 Lance Brown 32 Scot Herrmann 33 Daniel Bartholomew 34 Scott Jankowski 35 Geoff Thielmeyer 36 Brian Schultz 37 Michael Galinger 38 Timothy Strege 39 Unknown 40 Tim Delgado 41 Cameron Poole 42 Dave Bradley 43 Richard Mccreary 44 Scott Murschel 45 Stephen Farrens 46 James Billiter 47 Josh Johnson Men 3/4 35+ 2 Jeff Schoeny 3 Gregory Charkoudian 4 Wayne Cook 5 Mark Fasczewski 6 Rodney Roof 7 Marty Smith 8 Steven Webster 9 Nathan Mirus 10 Vincent Mysliwiec 11 Brian Bishop 12 Unknown 13 Jerry Hayes Ii 14 Tom Mulpagano 15 Michael Wakeley 16 John Thomas 17 Joe Servaites 18 Chris Halioris 19 James O'loughlin 20 Pope Mobley 21 Nate Loman 22 Justin Forbes 23 Chris Carville 24 Lars Andersen 25 John Harris 26 Tony Franklin 27 Tony Franklin Men 3/4 45+ 1 Dan Lach 2 Kenny Sipes 3 Darrell Edwards 4 Lou Beckmeyer 5 Jonathan Spicker 6 John Rademacher 7 Rick Adams 8 Harry Wicks 9 Dan Ramsey 10 Fraser Cunningham 11 Frank Troiano 12 Scott Belcher 13 Mark Mckenney 14 Mark Luking 14 Rrandy Morris 15 Todd King 16 Paul Colavincenzo 17 Mike Mcdaniel 18 Gary Dugovich Women 3/4 1 Nicole Borem 2 Ballew Tiffany 3 Bridget Donovan 4 Christine Mccarthy 5 Pam Loebig 6 Michelle Morris 7 Teri Meek 8 Angela Mysliwiec 9 Kathleen Wulfkuhle 10 Nancy Henderson 11 Hannah Mossman 12 Alicia Dicello 13 Alison Bedingfield 14 Brooke Crum 15 Jeni Roosen 16 Polly Cambron 17 April Beckner 18 Sadie Deckard 19 Mary Craighead 20 Lindsay Rodkey 21 Olivia Jaras 22 Jillian Kellbach 23 Leah Halloran Women 3/4 35+ 1 Julie Lewis Sroka 2 Melissa Kurzhals 3 Gerry Schulze 4 Diane Vettori 5 Shellie Heggenberger 6 Christina Halioris 7 Suzanne Webster 8 Jamie Clifton 9 Trish Albert 10 Melissa Corliss 11 Susan Mcdaniel 12 Shelia Senft Juniors 10-12 1 Ian Mcshane 2 Gavin Haley 4 Will Mandrola 5 Ryan Madis 6 Michael Lyle 7 Frances Haley 8 Cate Mcshane 9 Rachel Dobrozsi 10 Martin Walsh 11 Niccholas Beirne 12 Evan Beckmeyer 13 Andrew Rademacher 14 Eden Webb 15 Michael Gruenwald 16 Bennett Goertemiller Juniors 13-14 1 Spencer Renck 2 Erick Madis 3 Robert Sroka Cooper Simon Hannah Mossman Juniors 15-16 1 Drew Bercaw 2 Luke Haley 3 Samuel Dobrozsi 4 Zane Wischmeier 5 Vincent Nold 6 John Carroll 7 Colleen Morris Men 3 1 Jeffrey Bahnson 2 Jacob Virostko 3 Keith Lucas 4 Chris Mayhew 5 Chris Ramsey 6 Tony Wieczorek 7 Michael Jernigan 8 Chad Salla 9 Nathaniel Cornelius 10 Anthony Marut 11 Jason Halloran 12 Kyle Wingler 13 Matt Fox 14 Chris Nevitt 15 Adam Rodkey 16 Michael Chewning 17 Steven Gers 18 Matthew Light 19 Patrick Kelly 20 Joe Hall 21 Cameron Jackson 22 Mike Dulin 23 Travis Neumuller 24 Donald Parr 25 Christopher Chartier 26 Royden Kern 27 Mason Morgan 28 Pete Thompson 29 Nick Barbieri 30 Andrew Millard 31 Mark Rucker 32 Brent Emhoff 33 Brian Collier 34 Josh Biven 35 John Markstein 36 Robert Thomas 37 David Groen 38 Mark Caffyn 39 David Schell 40 David Steiner 41 Mark Farmer 42 Martin Bearden 43 Brian Jankowski 44 Layne Peters 45 Ryan Lindsay 46 Matt Johnson 47 Scott Bond 48 Duane Walker 49 Matthew Bell 50 Kurt Smits 51 Cameron Poole 52 Kerry Nordstrom DNF Ben Bonney DNF Cody Joel DNF Travis Neumuller DNF Evan Robinson DNF Ryan Williams Junior 17-18 1 Andrew Dillman 2 Brian Lark 3 Drew Bercaw 4 Samuel Dobrozsi 5 Bill Rapien 6 Dennis Rapien DNF Corey St.Clair Kiddie fun race (ages 4-9) 1 Zane Ash 2 William Bobrow 3 Paul Haley 4 Ally Bercaw 5 Gabriel Dobrozsi