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The Amherst International Cyclo-cross - C2
Amherst, USA, October 27, 2002
D'Alusio dominates, Gullickson goes 3 for 3 in Verge Series
By John Verheul
Marc Gullickson of Mongoose/Hyundai won his third straight Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series race of the year at the Cycle-Smart Amherst International Cyclo-Cross, Amherst, MA. As in his last Verge Series win two weeks ago in Gloucester, MA, his teammate Todd Wells had a lot to do with the final result.
The elite men's race started out looking much like the Clif Bar domination of the women's elite race, fast starters Andy Jaques-Maynes and Jackson Stewart in the red Clif Bar skinsuits took turns leading and forcing the pace for much of the first two laps. Meanwhile, Gullickson had a small slip on one of the more innocuous corners during lap one, leaving him chasing back onto the lead group for much of the next lap. When he did get on during lap two, that made a very full lead group of seven riders: Jaques-Maynes and Stewart from Clif Bar, Gullickson and Wells from Mongoose/Hyundai, the Saturn Pair of Tim Johnson and Mark McCormack, and lone K2 rider Jonny "The Cat" Sundt.
This was clearly too large a group to peacefully co-exist on a course combining long grassy power sections with deceivingly slick corners, made so by the previous day's rain. Two sets of barriers and an unrideable off-camber added to the obstacles in a race where the leaders averaged lap times of under six minutes.
As soon as it was clear Gully was in contact and recovered, the barrier-hopping Wells attacked at the end of lap two and stayed out front for the next lap himself. Behind, Tim Johnson rode everyone save Gullickson off his wheel in pursuit, but was unable to close the gap. Coming to the end of lap three, the inevitable attack came on the hardest climb of the course. As soon as the Mongoose/Hyundai pair came together, it was off to the races. Gullickson took the victory over his teammate, in front of family and friends over from his hometown of New Paltz, NY.
Behind the winning pair, Tim Johnson rode a steady race alone to finish a strong third. 2001 race winner Mark McCormack was eventually re-caught by Jaques-Maynes and Stewart with just a couple laps to go, but fended off an explosive Jaques-Maynes attack on the final lap to pick up 4th on the day. Andy Jaques-Maynes held on for 5th. Having won all three Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series this season, Marc Gullickson retains his series leadership.
The top U23 rider was no surprise, with Giant/Balance Bar's Adam Craig, the current U23 National champion, finishing ahead of Josh Anthony (CycloCrossWorld.com) and the improving Jeremy Powers (DEVO/Balance Bar). Along with Wells, Craig was one of the few riders consistently able to hop the second set of barriers.
On the women's side, group racing was the expected order of the day, and the favorites did not disappoint. A fast start and several early attacks from 2001 winner Lyne Bessette (CycloCrossWorld.com) were matched by Verge Series leader Mary McConneloug (Seven Cycles) and the Clif Bar duo of Carmen D'Alusio and Gina Hall.
The story of the day turned out to be the dominance of Carmen D'Alusio. Bolstered with the confidence of two wins over Bessette the previous weekend in Delaware, D'Alusio used her clear technical superiority and impressive power to attack Bessette on the second lap, and never be challenged again. Clearly D'Alusio is a woman on a mission, and with her performances so far this season she has established herself as the top cyclo-crosser in North America.
While D'Alusio ran away with the win, Lyne Bessette made a strong effort to chase her for several laps, but was eventually caught by Hall and McConneloug. Repeated slips on the course's technical sections cost her precious energy, and she eventually had to settle for fourth. Gina Hall looked to have the advantage over McConneloug, hitting the paved finishing straight first on the final lap, but the Seven Cycles rider showed again what an explosive sprinter she is, coming by Hall in the final meters.
Christine Vardaros, riding for new cyclo-cross sponsor SallySpicer.com, was hampered by a poor start. She eventually fought her way through the early traffic however, finishing a strong fifth. Mary McConneloug retains her Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross series leader's jersey with a win and two second places in three events.
U.S. junior national champion Jesse Anthony (Saturn Development) took an expected victory in the Laughing Dog Cyclery junior race, by nearly a minute over CCB's Konrad LeBas and GMBC's Jamey Driscoll. Todd Well's younger brother Troy, riding for Kingston Cyclery, picked up fourth ahead of Joey Thompson (DEVO/Balance Bar).
2001 Verge Series Champion made a return to the top step of the podium in the Serotta Men's 35+ race, while Sam Morse retains the series lead. U.S. National Champion Paul Curley picked up the win and the Verge Series lead in Men's 45+. Matt White won the men's B race with Matt Hersey keeping the series lead. The PB Computing C men's race winner was Tom Hopper, while Kate Northcott won the Integrity Development and Construction women's C race and Ryan Barlow the Cub Junior race.
With over $25,000 in prize money, six internationally sanctioned rounds in five states, and all events world-class, the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series is once again the premier cyclo-cross racing series in the U.S. Verge, the title Sponsor of the New England Cyclo-Cross Series produces custom jerseys, shorts, knickers, tights, armwarmers and other cycling-related accessories. Look for the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series jersey on the backs of the Series Leaders, and look for the Verge truck at the races.
Race sponsors included Cycle-Smart Coaching, Promotions, & Management, Inc., Serotta Cycles, local Serotta dealer Laughing Dog Bicycles, Pure Rock - Laser 99.3, The Valley Advocate, Maplewood Farms Restaurant, Bewery, and Bakery, Thai Corner, Integrity Builders, Litmus Designs, Florence Savings Bank, and PB Computing Services.
Other series supporters include Cycle-Smart coaching, promotions & management; Time Sport USA, designer and manufacturer of cycling pedals, shoes and forks; The Ride Magazine, exhaustively covering East Coast Bike Culture; Honey Stinger, convenient honey-based energy foods; and BikeReg.com, the premier on-line registration company for cycling events.
Round 4 of the 2002 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series will be the UCI Cat 3 ChainBiter Cyclo-Cross, held on Saturday, Nov 24 in Farmington, CT. Like the first three rounds of the Verge Series, it is a U.S. team selection event for the World Championships.
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Elite Men 1 Marc Gullickson (Mongoose/Hyundai) 55.46 2 Todd Wells (Mongoose/Hyundai) 0.01 3 Tim Johnson (Saturn) 1.14 4 Mark McCormack (Saturn) 1.51 5 Andy Jaques-Maynes (Clif Bar) 1.56 6 Jackson Stewart (Clif Bar) 1.57 7 Jonny Sundt (K2 Bike) 2.41 8 Justin Robinson (Bullion Stil/Santa Cruz Spokesman) 2.51 9 Adam Craig (Giant) 2.54 10 Johannes Huseby (CCB/VW) 3.11 11 Chris Peck (Wheelworks/Cannondale) 3.21 12 Dave Wyandt (Clif Bar) 13 Jonathan Hamblen (Wheelworks/Cannondale) 3.22 14 Kirk Fitzpatrick (Trek VW/Goodales) 3.49 15 Josh Anthony (Cyclocross World) 4.07 16 Adam Hodges (NCC/BikeReg.com) 4.16 17 Michael Broderick (Seven Cycles) 18 Rob Hult (O'Neils) 4.23 19 Jeremy Powers (Team Devo) 4.49 20 Alex Donahue (NCC/BikeReg.com) 4.59 21 Matthew Svatek (Cannondale/Wheelworks) 5.09 22 Todd Bowden (CVC Pig Iron) 5.26 23 Troy Michaud (Eurotek) 5.30 One lap behind 24 Donny Mills (Wheelworks/Cannondale) 25 Eugene Ruiter (Trek VW/Goodales) 26 Dan Coady (NCC/BikeReg.com) 27 Nathan Rice (Catamount Cycling Club) 28 JD Bilodeau (NCC/BikeReg.com) Elite Women 1 Carmen D'Aluisio (Clif Bar) 40.43 2 Mary McConneloug (Seven Cycles) 0.45 3 Gina Hall (Clif Bar) 4 Lyne Bessette 0.59 5 Christine Vardaros (SallySpicer.com) 1.36 6 Shauna Gillies-Smith (Gearworks/SRP) 2.25 7 Jodi Groesbeck (Putney/West Hill) 2.31 8 Kathryn Roszko (NCC/BikeReg.com) 3.40 9 Alicia Genest (Richard Sachs) 3.52 10 Mariana Stover (Gearworks/SRP) 4.09 11 Sarah Uhl (Indy Fab) 4.15 12 Anna Milkowski (Gearworks - SRP) 4.19 13 Susan MacLean (BOB) 4.26 14 Sheila Vibert (Redhook) 5.09 15 Sara Cushman (Gearworks/SRP) 5.57 16 MaryAnn Martinez (NEBC Cycleloft) 6.02 17 Kerry Litka (Wheelworks IF) 6.05 18 Becky Sox (Dansko/Wheelworks) 19 Kathy Savary (MidState Cycling) 20 Celeste Drumm (Mean Wheels Bike Shop) 7.05 21 Karyn Labbe (UNH) One lap behind 22 Michelle Kersberger (NCC/BikeReg.com) 23 Caroline Hacker (Evolution Racing) 24 Kitty Farago (NEBC/CycleLoft) 25 Catherine Dudley Laughing Dog Cyclery Junior Men 1 Jesse Anthony (Saturn Development) 39.24 2 Konrad LeBas (CCB International) 0.58 3 Jamey Driscoll (GMBC Invensys) 1.11 4 Troy Wells (Kingston Cyclery) 2.26 5 Joey Thompson (Balance Bar/Devo) 2.54 6 Kevin Wolfson (NEBC/CycleLoft) 3.08 7 David Fleischhauer (Rad Racing Northwest) 3.18 8 Adam Snider (Balance Bar/Devo) 3.21 9 Perry Paolini (Balance Bar/Devo) 10 Morgan MacLeod (Portland Velo Club) 5.13 11 Charles Marzot (Corner Cycle Cycling Club) 6.30 12 Mark Intelisano (BCA) 7.26 One lap behind 13 Tucker Olander (Peerless/HNECC) 14 Noah Harwood (NHJCA) 15 Robert Crowther (NCC/BikeReg) 16 Jon Belcher (MLBC) 17 Ryan Carney (NHJCA) Serotta 35+/45+ Men 1 Scott Wade (Gearworks / SRP) 43.03 2 Mike Ward (BCA/Tosk) 0.57 3 John Mckone (GMBC/Invensys) 1.06 4 Peter Brennan (Trek/VW) 1.11 5 Sam Morse (Mass Bay Road Club) 1.14 6 John Verheul (Ideal Tile) 1.20 7 Paul Boudreau (Essex County Velo) 1.25 8 Paul Curley (Gearworks/SRP) 1.31 9 Jan Wiejak (Verge Test Pilot) 1.50 10 Mark Stotz (NCC / BikeReg.com) 2.01 11 Tim Haitz (Team Dupont /RITCHEY) 2.24 12 Mike Umbrell (Minuteman Road Club) 2.29 13 Paul Lynch (Missing Link bicycle club) 2.45 14 Eric Marro (Team BOB/Skofield Builders) 2.50 15 Brian Sweeney (Gearworks) 2.52 16 Michael Shore (BOB) 2.54 17 Robert Bisson (SRP Gearworks) 3.05 18 Christopher Smith (Rage/Harpoon/Int.bike) 3.07 19 Michael Bernard (Arc en Ciel) 3.25 20 James Walsh (Cox Communications) 3.37 21 Scott Collins (squadra casterama) 3.44 22 Robert Kramer (Mass Bay Road Club) 23 David Rath (Team GMBC/Invensys) 24 David Belknap (MBRC) 25 Jeff Gauthier (GMBC/Invensys) 3.49 26 David Schachte (Providence Velo) 27 Tim Groesbeck (CCB/VW) 3.58 28 Greg Pelican (Bethel Cycle) 29 Nate Simms (Mass Bay Road Club) 4.08 30 Chris Milliman (Putney/West Hill) 4.10 31 Paul Nyberg (Eastern Bloc CC/ Benidorm Bikes) 4.13 32 Doug Aspinwall (NCC / BikeReg.com) 4.20 33 Tom Stevens (Gearworks/SRP) 4.22 34 Alan Buday (unattached) 4.44 35 Wayne Cunningham (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 4.47 36 Matthew Domnarski (Cyclonauts Racers) 4.58 37 Paul Weiss (Portland Velo Club) 38 David Genest (Richard Sachs) 39 Phillip Bannister (Putney/West Hill) 5.04 40 Michael Tucker (BCA/Tosk) 41 Wayne Barlow (coyote hill) 5.17 42 Barry Doubleday (MBRC) 5.24 43 Rob Belcher (MLBC) 5.42 44 Jeff Cohen (NCC) 5.55 45 Michael Tucker (BCA) 6.05 46 John Jansen (BCA) 6.12 47 Tim Crowley (Minuteman Road Club) 6.17 48 John Grenier (Rainbow Bike/Maine Cycling Club) 6.20 49 John Baker (Putney/West Hill) 6.23 50 Richard Sachs (Richard Sachs) 6.53 51 Michael Oster (Swamp Yankee Road Club) 52 John Modder (Unattached) 53 Bradford Knipes (Comp Edge) -1 lap 54 Ken Jayne (BOB) 55 George Hebner (Chesapeake Wheelmen) 56 David Marti (Richard Sachs) 57 Timothy Bailey (Bicycle Link Racing Team) 58 Phil Brubaker (Putney/West Hill) 59 Peter Wilson (Cyclonauts Racers) 60 Joseph Lellman (NCC / BikeReg.com) 61 Brian Geddes (NCC / BikeReg.com) 62 Arnold T. Kalmbach (Team - IBC) 63 Steven Heath (Masters Velo Club) 64 Clive Woakes (Comp Edge) 65 Randy George (Wheelworks) 66 Mike Jinks (Essex County Velo) 67 Jim Quinn (Bicycle Link Racing Team) 68 Thomas Downey (MBRC) 69 James Nuzzo (Bicycle Link Racing Team) 70 James Themig (Mystic Velo Club) 71 David Rioux (BRC) 72 Chris Rehm (Bike Alley) 73 Gerabed Minasion 74 Vincent Donahue (Worcester CC) -2 laps B Men 1 Matt White (CVC) 40.18 2 Curtis Boivin (Providence Velo @) 0.08 3 Noah Taylor (Unatttached) 0.13 4 Conor Coffey (CCB/Volkswagon) 0.16 5 Robert Campos (So Ho Capital) 0.40 6 Brant Hornberger (NCC/BikeReg.com) 7 matt hersey (liquid motion) 8 Jamie Belchak (TRUE Wheels/Killington) 9 David McCutcheon (Verge Test Pilot) 1.10 10 Jonathan Laurence (Unatttached) 1.18 11 Samuel Wheeler-Martenis (CCB International) 1.25 12 Alan Starrett (Bikeman/Bath Cycle) 1.36 13 Matt Kraus (Independent Fabrications) 1.45 14 Matt DeMeis 15 Brendan Sullivan (Boston Cross) 2.01 16 Byron Holt (Boston Cross) 2.04 17 Josh Garland 2.06 18 Mark Robson (Team Bicycle Alley) 19 shepherd Myers (finger lakes cycling club) 2.17 20 Wade Summers (WebEvent.com/HVVC) 21 Greg Montello (ECV) 2.23 22 David F. (Boston Bicycle Club) 2.26 23 Steven Lombardo (CVC) 2.30 24 Gary Keblish (Century-SBCG) 2.32 25 Peter Rubijono (Boston Bicycle Club) 2.34 26 Matt Wilson (The Bicycle Link) 2.44 27 Pete Martel (NCC/BikeReg.com) 2.50 28 Todd Cassan (Unatttached) 3.07 29 Rodney Nobrega (S&W Sports) 3.18 30 Ryan Rumsey (Team Liquid Motion) 3.23 31 Christopher White (B.O.B.) 3.28 32 Matt Nalesnik (unattached) 3.37 33 Chris Harnish (People Cycle-Green Team) 3.40 34 Zac Daab (Seven Cycles) 3.47 35 Lee Moser (CRCA/SoHo Capital) 3.51 36 Daniel Abbe (Team Mountain City) 3.59 37 Matthew Mollo 4.03 38 Mickey Denoncourt (NCC/BikeReg) 4.10 39 Arthur Roti (Team Hurst) 4.14 40 William Turner (Landry's) 4.20 41 David Schachte (Prov Velo) 4.29 42 Nathan Smith (CrankRacing) 4.35 43 Jerry Hughes (unattached) 4.40 44 Nate Simms (unattached) 4.45 45 Euclides Amado (Cox Communications) 4.52 46 Ian Everard (Velocity Racing) 47 Don Vescio (Arc-en-Ciel) 48 JOEL DEXTER (BIKEMAN) 5.03 49 marvin wang (Boston Road Club) 5.18 50 Brad Shuford (NCC/BikeReg.com) 5.24 51 John Frey (NCC/BikeReg) 52 Leyton Murray (Kreb Bicycle) 5.30 53 Paul Everard (B2C/Community) 5.38 54 Richard Brown 5.44 55 keith button 6.10 56 Ryan Themig (B2C/Community) 6.13 57 Scott Livingston (Team Horst Engineering) 6.33 58 Jude DeMeis (unattached) 6.35 59 Darren Crupi (Heart of New England CC) 6.45 60 David Peckinpaugh (unattached) 7.03 One lap behind 61 Brinn Dahlmann (B2C/Community) 62 John Fox (HVVC/Web Event.com) 63 Todd Crisafulli (Boston Bicycle Club/Community Bike) Integrity Development and Construction C Women 1 Kate Northcott (Putney/Westhill) 42.40 2 Stephanie White (NHJCA) 3 Kristin Osborn (NEBC) 4 Donna LaCasse (BCA) 5 Patty Ann 6 Martha Wilson (Dansko/Wheelworks/IF) 7 Jean Cunningham (Northeast Bicycle Club/Cycle Loft) PB Computing C Men 1 Tom Hopper (REI/Team Novara) 37.00 2 Stephen Rescigno (Bethel Cycle) 3 David Drumm (Mean Wheels Bike Shop) 4 Dan Stasz (NCC/BikeReg.com) 5 Chris Northcott (Putney/Westhill) 6 Matthew Shoemaker 7 Peter Hutchins (NCC/BikeReg.com) 8 Kevin Kerwood (NCC/BikeReg.com) 9 Ian Lanza 10 David Fredrickson (unattached) 11 Nathan Mealey (NCC/Bikereg.com) 12 Chris Owen (NCC/BikeReg.com) 13 Peter Rondinone (NHCC) 14 Jonathan Parrott (Putney/Westhill) 15 Mark West (NCC/BikeReg.com) 16 David Trant (Wheelworks Multisport) 17 Thomas Ball (Minuteman RC) 18 Stephen Kelley (BSTT) 19 Christopher Parent (NCC/BikeReg.com) 20 Bill Doonan 21 Robert Koning (Putney/Westhill) 22 Coley Bryan 23 Mark Romanovsky 24 Hunt Barrows (Sachs CYBC) 25 Chip Kent (Bike Alley) 26 Paul Brais (Team Hawaiian) 27 Paul White (CRCA) 28 John Caton (Pro Cycles) 29 Brian Bicki (Team Hawaiian) 30 Francis Blake-Dillon (Novara/REI) 31 Anthony LaProto (HNECC) 32 Aldo Tiboni (Ride Noho, Inc.) 33 Ray Hoff 34 Don Marsh 35 Dave Beals (CBRC) 36 rick comshaw (Capital Velo Club) 37 Michael Lowry 38 christopher rehm (team bicycle alley) 39 Richard Spaulding (HNECC) 40 Marc Vettori (Wooden Wheels) 41 Ray Gengenbach 42 Mike Romanovsky 43 Michael Medas 44 Jamie Gonzalez 45 John Fazzuoli Cub Juniors 1 Ryan Barlow (Coyote Hill) 42.30 2 Ben Grenier (Maine Cycling Club) 3 Nathan Belcher (Bicycle Link) 4 Keith Brown (Rainbow) 5 Alyssa Crowther (NCC/BikeReg.com)
Men 2000 Tim Johnson (USA) Saturn 2001 Mark McCormack (USA) Saturn Women 2000 Carmen Richardson (USA) SoBe - Headshock 2001 Lyne Bessette (Can) Saturn Past winners by Mario Stiehl, www.world-of-cycling.com