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Nebraska Cyclo-cross series #7

November 17, 2002

LBC's Jay Thomas Wins & Locks Up Points Championship

By John Jr Lefler

On a day that ended well for LBC/cyclocrossworld team leader, Jay Thomas, it certainly did not start that way. After locking his keys in his car, Thomas arrived at Pioneers Park late sunday afternoon for the seventh race in the Nebraska Cyclo-cross Series. Despite missing out on a proper warm-up, Thomas rode strong and maintained a steady 20-second lead on NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos rider, Joe McWilliams. The victory is the fifth consecutive in the Cat. 1/2 ranks and the second overall for Thomas, who locked up the "Pedro's Points Competition."

"This was the hardest race of the series, by far," commented Thomas. "There was no time to rest on this course and I could never get above 20 seconds on Joe."

In the heated Cat. 3 competition for the "Pedro's Points Jersey," NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos rider Jesse Petersen wore the Leaders Jersey for the first time today. Oddly enough, shortly before the start of the Cat. 1/2/3 event Petersen joked, "I am jinxed wearing this thing!"

Jinx or not, Petersen suffered a flat in the first lap, but recovered well to finish fourth in the Cat. 3 ranks. Unfortunately, the jersey no longer belongs to Petersen, who is now third in the competition with 52 points, two behind teammate Paul Chapman and LBC/cyclocrossworld standout, Tonmy Wilhelm. The two share the lead at 54 points a piece with Chapman the virtual leader after today's first place finish in the Cat. 3 event. The Cat. 3 competition for the "Pedro's Points Jersey" becomes very interesting heading into next week's Nebraska Cyclo-cross State Championship in Omaha at Standing Bear Lake (Entrance #4).

News & Notes

Thanks to course set-up and tear-down volunteers, including Mitch Gonzales, Christian Davenport, Matt Wills and Sean Craig.

Special thanks to Cindy Lefler for handling registration.

Nebraska Cyclo-cross Long-Sleeve t-shirts are still available, but going fast! $20. johnleflerjr@hotmail.com to order.

Thanks to all of the sponsors for the 2002 Nebraska Cyclo-cross Series: Sandhills Publishing, UNMC, NHS, Lincoln Bicycle Co., Olympia Cycle, Blue's Bike & Fitness, Cycle Works, Bike Rack Cycling & Fitness, A to Z Printing, Brueggers Bagels, American Classic, Pedro's, Spy Optics, Aquafina, All Sport, Pepsi, Hyland Lumber, Icon Graphics, Team Kaos Cycling and the Husker Road Club.


Cat. 1/2/3
1 Jay Thomas (LBC/cyclocrossworld)
2 Joe McWilliams (NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos)
3 Paul Chapman (NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos)
4 Tony Wilhelm (LBC/cyclocrossworld)
5 Matt Tillinghast (LBC/cyclocrossworld)
6 Jesse Petersen (NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos)
7 Chad Carpenter (unattached)
8 Jim Winklepleck (unattached)
9 Kevin Wilkins (NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos)
10 Sam Rosenau (Cycle Works)
11 Kevin Burke (NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos)
12 Jeff Luedtke (Husker Road Club)
13 Tyler Carmichael (LBC/cyclocrossworld)
14 John Lefler, Jr. (NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos)
15 Mark Savery (SNORT/Amber Bock)
16 Corey Godfrey (NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos)
Cat. 4/5
1 Aaron Pool (Benson Bike Club)
2 Rick Barrett (UNL Cycling)
3 Jerick Wilson (Benson Bike Club)
4 Mike McGrath (Benson Bike Club)
5 Andy Drake (unattached)
6 TJ Carmichael (unattached)
7 Albert Hauschild (unattached)
8 Scott Showen (unattached)
Masters 35+
1 Jared Shuttleworth (Husker Road Club)
2 Sean Craig (Runza Cycling)
3 Tim Carmichael (unattached)
4 Eric Buhs (unattached)
5 Paul Williams (unattached)
6 Randall Farmer (unattached)
7 Tim Tharp (Spilker Ales)
8 Mark Forster (unattached)
9 Steve Plamann (unattached)
1 Chris Jones (unattached)
2 Clint Pettit (unattached)
1 Marie Neville (NHS/UNMC/Team Kaos)
2 Renee Carter (unattached)
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