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Verge Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Series #8: PA Pension Planners/Cycle-Smart Regional Cup

Marysville, PA, November 30, 2002

Pennsylvania 'Crossers Keep the Cup!

By Tammy Ebersole

Pennsylvania 'crossers made it two in a row on Saturday when they overwhelmingly won the second annual Cycle-Smart Regional Cup. Led by winners in five of seven races, Pennsylvania finished the day with more than double the point total of second placed Maryland/DC. Virginia squeaked by New Jersey to finish third and Delaware snagged fifth. Maine locked up sixth place with a five-point lead over New York which took seventh place. West Virginia finished one point back in eighth. New Hampshire, Ohio, Massachusetts and Connecticut finished ninth through twelfth, respectively.

The Men's Elite race was won by "Flyin Ryan" Leech (PA/Guys Bicycles/Serfs) who rode a tremendous race. Leech's comfortable lead going into the last lap was almost decimated by a surging Gunnar Shogren (WV/Guinness/Fort Frames). Shogren put on an amazing display of power that brought him within seconds of Leech. The gap was down to four seconds with less than a quarter of a lap to go. Leech cleared the last slick, off camber section ahead of Shogren and then gave it everything he had left on the last stretch to the finish line. He held on to cross the line six seconds ahead of Shogren.

Jeremiah Bishop (VA/Trek/VW) rode a solid race to finish third. Greg Ferguson (NJ/Wissahickon) held off Ryan DeWald (PA/Beans/Lite Bites) to take fourth.

The course's fast, open layout was perfect for professional road racer Charmian Breon (PA/Freddie Fu) who took the win in the Elite Women's field. Breon held off Kristine Oesterling (PA/Trek) who finished in second. Finishing behind Oesterling was Amber Itle (PA/Wissahickon) who continues to put in strong rides week after week. Itle beat Oesterling and Breon one week ago to win the PA State 'Cross title but was able to match either one of them today. Marianne Stover (ME/Gearworks/SRP) scored points for Maine by taking fourth place and current Verge Mid-Atlantic Series leader Josie Shew (MD/First State Velo Sport) rounded out the top five.

The Masters' race winner was determined by a bike throw as Eric Schlauch (NJ/Somerset Wheelmen) and Chris Long (NY/IF/Gotham) thrilled the crowd with another one of their "nail biter" finishes. Schaluch, Long, Mike Hebe (PA/PA Pension Planners) and Rob Frederick (PA/Evolution Racing) were together at the start of the last lap and were still together when they disappeared into the back section of the course. When they re-emerged, Frederick was dangling by a second or two. On the last technical section of the course, Schlauch attacked Hebe and Long and got a gap. It looked like Schlauch had it as he hammered into the last turn but Long had not given up yet. Long jumped out of the saddle, dropped Hebe and closed rapidly on Schlauch. Luckily, Schlauch realized that Long was coming up fast on his right side and a well-executed bike throw saved his day. Hebe rode in for third, Frederick who seems to be on fire lately finished fourth. Randy Root (VA/Snow Valley) recovered well after an early race mishap to finish fifth.

The Juniors race was won by Nick Pedatella (PA/Nittany Velo). Brant Hornberger (MA/NCC/BikeReg) soled away to win the Men's B race. Lisa Most (PA/Wissahickon) took the win in the Women's B race.

The Cycle-Smart Regional Cup is a World Cup-style event where riders from all over the East Coast represent their states in the battle for East Coast supremacy. The New England and Mid-Atlantic Regions view The Regional Cup as a step in the continued drive to develop national talent and competition at the regional level. The 2002 Verge Mid-Atlantic Series has over $20,000 of prize money up for grabs and includes ten races in five states ranging from New Jersey to Virginia. The series started in 1998 as a grass roots series that emphasized fun and participation. While still meeting its original objectives, the series has grown to include three internationally (UCI) sanctioned races that draw national and international talent. Rockville Bridge, Pennsylvania also had the honor of hosting both New England and Mid-Atlantic riders in the battle for the Regional Cup.

Verge, makers of custom jerseys, shorts, knickers, tights, armwarmers and other cycling-related accessories, is the title sponsor the Verge Mid-Atlantic Championship Cyclo-Cross Series. Other sponsors include Cycle-Smart coaching, promotions & management; Honey Stinger, convenient honey-based energy foods; and BikeReg.com, the premier on-line registration company for cycling events

Round 9 will be Phelps School 'Cross on Saturday, December 7, 2002 in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

Round 10 (the Series finale) will be First State Velo 'Cross on Sunday, December 8, 2002 in Fair Hill, Maryland.

Additional series information can be found at www.monkeyhillcs.com/mac


Elite Men
1 Ryan Leech (Guys/Serfs PA)                                 58.33
2 Gunnar Shogren (FORT Frames/Guinness WV)                    0.06
3 Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW VA)                                0.57
4 Greg Ferguson (Wissahickon Cyclery NJ)                      1.55
5 Ryan DeWald (Lite Bites PA)                                 2.13
6 Michael Yozell (Guys bicycle club PA)                       2.26
7 Mike Kuhn (PA Pension Planners PA)                          2.40
8 Gregory Wittwer (charlottesville racing club VA)            4.18
9 Glenn Turner (Mainline Cyclery PA)                          4.37
10 Joey Thompson (Balance Bar/Devo PA)                        4.55
11 Joe Reynolds (Wissahickon Cyclery NJ)                      4.57
12 Tim Gernitis (Team Stealth NJ)                             5.07
13 Brendan Marshall (Team Beacon NJ)                          6.00
14 Brent Kametz (Green Mountain Cyclery, Inc. PA)             6.23
15 Jesse Semanchik (FSVS DE)                                  6.39
One lap behind
16 Andrew Wulfkuhle (Wissahickon Cyclery PA )
17 Christopher Hensel (TimeCycle Couriers PA )
18 Al Senft (Northern Kentucky Flyers/Montgomery Cyclery OH )
19 Drew Guldalian (Wissahickon Cyclery PA )
DNF Bobby Lea (Fuji PA)
Elite Women
1 Charmian Breon (PA)                                        47.19
2 Kristine Oesterling (Trek PA)                               0.24
3 Amber Itle (Wissahickon PA)                                 0.53
4 Marianne Stover (Gearworks/SRP ME)                          1.20
5 Josie Shew (First State Velo Sport MD)                      1.48
6 Kristy Scheffenacher (Team Snow Valley/TSV/ABRT MD)         2.01
7 Kerry Litka (NHCC NH)                                       2.18
8 Sami Fournier (Team Snow Valley/TSV/ABRT MD)                3.44
9 Erin North (Trek VA)                                        5.01
10 Thais DaSilva (Dogfish PA)                                 5.19
11 Bonnie Stoeckl (Evolution PA)                              5.33
12 Tammy Ebersole (Evolution PA)                              5.53
13 Tracy Lea (Fuji MD)                                        6.19
14 Donna Anderson (Evolution PA)                              6.24
15 Sheila Senft (Morris Trucking Velo OH)                     6.34
16 Megan Render (ABRT/Team Snow Valley MD)                    6.49
DNF Laura Hanlon (Fuji MD)
DNF Erica Miller (Wissahickon PA)
1 Eric Schlauch (Somerset Wheelmen NJ)                       36.36
2 CHRISTOPHER LONG (I.F./Gotham NY)                          
3 Mike Hebe (PA Pension Planners PA)                          0.01
4 Rob Frederick (Evolution Racing PA)                         0.14
5 Randy Root (Team Snow Valley VA)                            0.33
6 Rick Mihills (First State Velo Sport MD)                    1.02
7 Stephen Caffrey (First State Velo Sport DE)                 1.07
8 John Lux (First Capital Velo Club PA)                       1.07
9 MARTIN JONES (TEAM SOMERSET NJ)                             1.22
10 Kurt Dodds (Wissahickon Cyclery/Comcast PA)                1.26
11 Douglass Gray (First State Velo Sport PA)                  2.09
12 Fred Wittwer (45+ charlottesville racing club VA)          2.24
13 Brian Rooff (Green Mountain PA)                            2.29
14 Rob Gallucio (First State Velo Sport DE)                   2.35
15 Christopher Merriam (Fuji T.E.A.M. MD)                     2.47
16 James Szymanski (Guy Bikes PA)                             2.57
17 ROB LYON (FIRST CAPITAL VELO PA)                           2.57
18 Kevin Breckenmaker (45+ Team Harrisburg PA)                3.50
19 Perren James (Guy's Bicycle Racing Club PA)                4.20
20 Jim Bronson (45+ Power Mama MD)                            4.40
21 Leo Pizzini (45+ FSVS PA)                                  4.40
22 Rob Lea (45+ Fuji MD)                                      5.03
23 Gary Dugovich (45+ Allegheny Cycling Association PA)       5.49
24 Paul Incognito (First State Velo Sport DE)                 6.33
25 Bob Piacine (Guys Bicycles PA)                             6.51
26 Nunzio DiBiasi (45+ Team Harrisburg PA)                    9.08
One lap behind
27 Sean LeBas 45+ Laurel Bicycle Club CT
28 Tom Ekberg 45+ Liberty Cycle NJ
29 Patrick Leonard evolution racing PA
30 Karl Dittebrandt 45+ kissena cycling club NY
DNF Jim Gould (Sports People NJ)
1 Nick Pedatella (Nittany Velo Club PA)                      39.07
2 Christopher Consorto (First State Velo PA)                  1.55
One lap behind
3 Syd Lea (Fuji MD)
Two laps behind
4 James Wittwer (CRC Extreme Sports VA)
Three laps behind
5 Kyle Gregg (First State Velo MD)
Men B
1 Brant Hornberger (NCC / BikeReg.com MA)                    43.39
2 Matt Hersey (Liquid Motion ME)                              0.43
3 Tom Mains (Ready-Pac/Commerce Bank NJ)                      1.24
4 Barton Kirk (Green Mountain Cyclery PA)                     1.57
5 Scott Staubach (Boston Road Club/ATA Cycles NH)             2.10
6 Tim Mckay (unattached PA)                                   2.59
7 Kelly Cline (Wissahickon PA)                                3.11
8 Nate Deibert (PA Pension Planners PA)                       
9 John Cameron (PPP PA)                                       3.18
10 David Flickinger (Ashby Street Racing MD)                  3.32
11 Chris Baker (WMW/Adventure Sports MD)                      3.48
12 Alec Riendeau (Highland Park Hermes NJ)                    3.57
13 Bruce Freehoff (Team Beacon NJ)                            4.21
14 Ryan Rumsey (Liquid Motion ME)                             4.27
15 Eric Morgan (Wiss Cycles PA)                               4.29
16 Nate Bruno (PA)                                            5.15
17 Wayne Scott (First State Velo Sport DE)                    5.38
18 Craig Laughman (Trim Sport PA)                             6.15
19 Adam Suzepanski (NVC/Serfs PA)                             6.32
20 Ken Warner (Team Harrisburg PA)                            7.19
21 Chris Johnson (Team ABC PA)                                7.50
One lap behind
22 Chris Stutz (PA)
23 Jay Downs (Guiness PA)
DNF Eric Ragot (Kissena Cycling Club NY)
DNF Brent Biddle (First State Velo Sport DE)
DNF Drew Guldalian (Wissahickon PA)
DNF Larry Wendler (Wissahickon PA)
DNF F.J. Hughes (Bike Doctor/Cannondale MD)
Women B
1 Lisa Most (Wissahickon PA)                                 29.40
2 Kendra Sharp (Nittany Velo PA)                              0.54
3 Elizabeth Mauldin (Wissahickon PA)                          1.42
4 Jodi Hartlep (First State Velo Sport DE)                    4.33
Men C
1 Sam Kirk (Green Mountain Cyclery PA)                       25.41
2 David Hill (Nittany Velo PA)                                0.16
3 Ron Marquette (Big Ring Velo Club PA)                     
4 Chris Evans (Wissahickon PA)                                0.55
5 John Hostetter (Lateral Stress Velo MD)                     1.15
6 Brian Rife (Team Harrisburg PA)                             1.35
7 Christopher Stine (Cedar Bike PA)                           1.35
8 Steve Heede (FIRST CAPITAL VELO PA)                         2.13
9 David Stauffer (Team Harrisburg PA)                         2.18
10 John Ridd (PA)                                             
11 Matthew Peterson (HP Hermes NJ)                            
12 Todd Eroh (Big Ring Velo Club PA)                          2.42
13 Ron Hermann (Lateral Stress Velo MD)                       2.50
14 Robert Sands (Evolution Racing PA)                         3.25
15 Gary Kelley (YBR PA)                                       3.28
16 Craig Stein (Cycle Funattic PA)                            3.51
17 Michael J. Arnold (Cycle Funattic PA)                      4.20
18 Jeremy Ney (PA)                                            4.32
19 Alan Daum (PA)                                             4.50
20 Rodges Ankrah (Route 1 Velo MD)                            4.56
21 Michael Nazmack (PA)                                       4.56
22 Glenn Gurchik (PA)                                         5.27
23 John Tomasko (PA)                                          9.29
DNF Russ J. Padgett (Cycle Funattic PA)

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