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Microsoft Seattle Cyclocross Series #1
South Seatac, September 22, 2002
Sundt takes first of cross season
By Craig Undem
The Microsoft Seattle Cyclocross Series opened with a BANG! yesterday as clear skies, dry dirt and a fast course greeted the NW Cyclocross community on opening day 2002. Jonny Sundt (K2) took a convincing win over power-meister Dale Knapp (Kona) and Shannon Skerrit (Trek) making the trip up from Portland. It felt like a Supercup, with a new course design providing ample viewing points of the fast and open course from a central festival area with restrooms, great announcing and lunch available! Kids age 2-11 race for free at noon, with a raffle open to everyone at 12:40 each race. (results bottom of page). Thanks to our Race Day sponsor: Honey Stinger, a natural honey based gel, try a sample at these races:
(Directions and details at: groups.msn.com/Radsport/seattlemetroseries2002.msnw)
Over 250 racers toed the line and found out if their days of sweat, preparation and bike tweaking would pay off against last years rivals. There were a few suprises in the super strong REI Masters categories with much larger fields than last year, which was the norm for all categories on the strongest opening day in history for the Seattle Series. Most of the buzz was on the new course, which transformed an old friend into a fabulous world class course. New were open spectator friendly areas, faster sections with plenty of passing room, and areas with a number of technical challenges that allowed skills to shine...or not.
With the feature race at 2pm won in a runaway by Jonathan Sundt K2, it was the REI Masters races which provided the most drama on a day that introduced some new "boss men" to the top of the leader board in the very competitive Masters A and B classes. Phil Oppenheimer scored an excellent win over hard charging John Weller and David Brunning in the A race. The race started off with course designer Pat Bentson (Rad Racing) firing off the line like a cannon shot, and causing chaos behind as Todd Anderson and Big Daddy Jim Brown (Rad Racing) following in hot pursuit. Todd would retire with a bad crash and shoulder injury, and Bid Daddy had a number of mechanical problems and flat tires that forced him onto 4 different bikes changes in the pits, and pushed him back to fight for 4th overall. Notable newcomer to the Fastest Masters was 5th place Dana Parnello (Novara/REI).
The REI Masters B's had a full field of 30 "Go-ers" with Tom Phillips taking first place over newcomer Andy Dahlstrom. Andy was a fixture on the NW racing scene in the 80's and 90's until his teaching brought the family to Vermont for the past 3 years. Word on the street is that Andy had been doing some high level cross training that may make him a threat further up the latter by the end of the season... I'll let him give you the details. Kevin Reinkensmeyer from Tacoma finished 3rd in the Master B's. Great race.
The Killer B Men's field saw another Broadmark rider (Sundt races in the Broadmark colors on the road) go away, and stay away from the gun, as John Kettman ran away from Matt Hayes and A. Dickson, with Mark Howlett in hot pursuit. The beginning men also had a runaway winner with Husky racer Jimmy Lingwood taking a very decisive victory over Shawn McDonald and Matt Simms. The single speed category was won in a big way by Jesse Carbaugh, followed by Adam Van Dyke and Paul Priest. Troy Coleman took the first collegiate category flying the Husky Colors.
Junior's had 4 categories, which started with the little REI kids age 2-11 racing around the cinder oval and providing fantastic fun for everyone with little Redline outfits, training wheels, and the winner sporting a UCI legal Pink Basket! The Dahlstrom family had 2 racers in the top 4, with their daughter winning with the pink basket. Thanks to all the Mom's and Dad's and the ASC/Genisoy team for putting on the best half time entertainment in cycling.
The fastest kids under 18years old, the junior A's, was won in a split decision by the duo of Rad Racers Collin Carbaugh and Devin Anderson. These two worked in a team time trial format and never were more than 2 feet from each other all the way to the finish. Morgan Schmitt from Roslyn was a strong 3rd. Junior B's was won by Dan Nyens, followed by Aaron Renner and Jon Jennerjahn. The junior C's, which is the first age where kids do a lap of the BIG BOY course, was won by mystery rider #98, followed by Brendon Anderson and Travis Gutherie.
The women's race saw a slightly larger field as the number of new women continues to climb through the beginning and Women's B categories. Jeanette Nussbaum (Kona/Kenwood) rode a strong and dominant race, leaving it a race for 2nd place. Jossie Begg's was riding strong until a flat tire forced her to lose time, and get passed by Kristi Berg in the bike-pit area. Jossie fought back, and eventually passed her, and the always strong Wanda Howlett also found renewed strength and caught Kristi after she overcooked herself a bit trying to stay ahead of Jossie. The Masters Women was won by Nicola Mann.
The beginning Women and Women B's fields continue to grow as more and more women are finding the joys of cross. Anne Spaete from Yakima won the Beginning women's race, followed by Robyn Embry and Diane Conway, fresh from her beginning cross clinic the week prior. In the Women's B's race, Jodi Hess moved up from beginners to take the intermediate field over Sarah Bender from Everett and Kim Birgh-Pitkanen on team Subway.
Thanks to all the racers/ family/ friends and supporters who show up and make this a great fall pastime. The officials, registration folks, concessions, Dave and the awesome Red Trailer, Pat Bentson course designer and everyone who pitched in and helped us clean up, set up and tear down, you make racing great.
Thankyou to our sponsors: Microsoft, REI, Honeystinger, TiCycles, Redline, Gregg's Greenlake Cyclery, Time, Bikefit, Parkland Bicycles
Next race in the Microsoft Seattle Cyclocross Series is this Sunday at South SeaTac. Organized public practices at Highpoint and Marymoor park begin Wednesday evenings in October and November at 6:15pm. Check out www.marymoorvelodrome.org for details and directions.
Images by Hyun Lee
Cross A 1 Jonny Sundt (K2/Bellevue) 26 pts 2 Dale Knapp (Kona/Tacoma) 20 3 Shannonn Skerrit (Trek/Porland) 16 4 Eric Tonkin (Kona/Portland) 15 5 Jonathan Meyers (S&M/Portland) 14 6 Rich McClung (Broadmark/Kirkland) 13 7 Matt Hill (TiCycles/Seattle) 12 8 Eric Atwood 11 9 Tucker Thomas (RadRacing/Olympia) 10 10 Steve Williams 9 11 Matthew Slavin (Bellingham) 8 12 David Fleishchhauer 7 13 Rob Campbell (RadRacing/Olympia) 6 14 Dale Plant (Kona/Bellingham) 5 15 Ryan Iddings (RadRacing/Covington) 4 16 John Flack (Olympia) 3 17 Chad Berg (Marysville) 2 18 Aric Rist (Portland) 1 19 Tom Peterson 20 Alex Andel (Seattle) 21 Mike Wenz (RadRacing) 22 Stephen Howard (RadRacing) 23 Derik Archibald 24 Lonny Knabe 25 Nick Adsero 26 Patrick Love 27 Skip Cooper 28 Seth Davis (Broadmark) 29 David Mathews Cross B 1 John Kettman (Broadmark/Snoqualmie) 26 pts 2 Matt Hayes (Bremerton) 20 3 A Dickson 16 4 Mark Howlett 15 5 Greg Carmickael 14 6 Tim Berres (Broadmark/Seattle) 13 7 John Greengo 12 8 Matt Cary 11 9 Kevin Clisham (Seattle) 10 10 Marcus Beaudreau (Seattle) 9 11 Chris Johns (Tumwater) 8 12 Brian Carver (Bellevue) 7 13 Jeff Co0persmith (Bellevue) 6 14 Jeff Moran 5 15 Brad Oppedal 4 16 Paul Michael Scanlon 3 Collegiate 1 Troy Coleman (Huskies/Seattle) 26 pts 2 August Wheeler (Huskies/Seattle) 20 Women A 1 Jeannette Nussbaum (Kona/Seattle) 26 pts 2 Josie Beggs (Seattle) 20 3 Wanda Howlett (Kent) 16 4 Kristie Berg (Marysville) 15 5 Rhonda Mazza (Portland) 14 6 Kathy Smith 13 Women B 1 Jodi Hess 26 pts 2 Sarah Bender (Everett) 20 3 Kim Birgh-Pitkanen (Lakebay WA) 16 4 Jadine Riley 15 5 Joyce Lagow (Seattle) 14 6 Paula Schmitz (Edgewood, WA) 13 Master Women 1 Nicola Mann 26 pts Master A 1 Phil Oppenhemier 26 pts 2 John Weller (Seattle) 20 3 David Brunning (Seattle) 16 4 Jim Brown (RadRacing/Olympia) 15 5 Dana Parnello (REI-Novara/Kent) 14 6 Pat Bentson (RadRacing/Seattle) 13 7 Paul Bozich 12 8 Randy Iddings (RadRacing/Covington) 11 9 Scott Wittmer 10 10 Pat Weiler (REI-NovaraMaple Valley) 9 11 Mile Jancola 8 12 Tim Ellis (Puyallup) 7 13 Dave Pearson 6 14 Glen Conley 5 15 Stephen Toedter 4 16 Ed Arthur 3 17 Derek Shiers 2 18 Ron Snyder (East Wenatchee) 1 19 Todd Gallaher (Seattle) 20 Timothy Mason 21 Rick Knowles (Bonney Lake) 22 David Nenbeck 23 Dan Levine (REI-Novara) 24 Dave Hull (Oldtown) 25 Robert Dunn-Ballinger (Recycled Cycles) Master B 1 Tom Phillips (Seattle) 26 pts 2 Andy Dahlstrom (GS Flash/Seattle) 20 3 Kevin Reinkensmeyer (Tacoma) 16 4 Mark Landsaat (Seattle) 15 5 David Sullivan 14 6 Lance McClure 13 7 Nicholas Rhodes (Issaquah) 12 8 Terry Buchanan (Broadmark/Seattle) 11 9 Brian Wentz (RadRacing/Olympia) 10 10 Brian Kennan 9 11 Justin Bannerman 8 12 Jiri Rabas (Federal Way) 7 13 Aaron Turner (Seattle) 6 14 Ron Funston (Kent) 5 15 Rick Heckenliable 4 16 Don Tyler 3 17 David Graves 2 18 Gregory Worl 1 19 Patrick Guthrie (McKenna) 20 Alan Perkins 21 Mark Lambie 22 Edward Lemka Jr 23 F. McGrody 24 Dave Stanton 25 Hyun Lee 26 Fabien Pichaerd Single Speed 1 Jesse Carbaugh (Sumner) 26 pts 2 Adam VanDyke (Sulton) 20 3 Paul Priest (Seattle) 16 4 Kevin Beshlian (Seattle) 15 Junior A 1 Collin Carbaugh (RadRacing) 26 pts 2 Devin Anderson (RadRacing) 20 3 Morgan Schmitt (Roslyn) 16 4 Will Freeman (RadRacing) 15 5 David Volkert 14 6 Tristan Skolrud (Yakima) 13 7 Walker Duvall (RadRacing) 12 8 Aaron Nickinson 11 9 AaronRenner 10 10 Adam Southerland (Kent) 9 11 Toshua Hanson 8 12 Severin Skolrud (Yakima) 7 13 Keith Robinson (Normandy Park) 6 Junior B 1 Dan Nyens 26 pts 2 Aaron Renner 20 3 Jonathan Jennerjahn 16 4 Nathan Bannerman 15 5 Jeremy Soltow (Seattle) 14 6 Luciano Worl 13 7 Grady Weiler (Maple Valley) 12 8 Tela Crane 11 9 Grant Boursaw (Stanwood) 10 10 Jonathan Skeehan (Tacoma) 9 11 Grady Nace 8 12 Steven Skeehan (Tacoma) 7 13 Noah Buckly (RadRacing) 6 14 Spencer Mahon (ASC-Genisoy) 5 Junior C 1 #98 2 Brendon Anderson 3 Travis Guthrie 4 Bryan Gravar 5 Marcus Tunson 6 Mickey Cushing 7 Brittany Wentz 8 Garrett Stuart 9 Cole Cutright 10 Peter Weiler 11 Kyle Howlett 12 Kesha Wright 13 Stas Wright 14 Garrett Anderson 15 Kristan Smith Beginning Men 1 Jimmy Lingwood (Huskies/Normandy Park) 26 pts 2 Shawn McDonald (Bend OR) 20 3 Natt Simas 16 4 Alan Wiley 15 5 Brian Vickers 14 6 Ken Emery 13 7 Tom Frank 12 8 Jesse Welcome 11 9 T Evnas 10 10 TJ Foker 9 11 F Donald Duval 8 12 Kevin Beshlian 7 13 Brady Fox 6 14 Brian Volkert 5 15 CA Wenschhof 4 16 Sam Brenner (Seattle) 3 17 Greg Valentin (Seattle) 2 18 Keith King 1 19 John Steilwagger 20 #303? 21 Craig Smith 22 Ben Arstad 23 Steven Skeehan 24 Darren Jung Beginning Women 1 Anne Spaete (Yakima) 26 pts 2 Robyn Embry 20 3 Diane Conway 16 4 Dannielle Crandall (Seattle) 15 5 Julie Stevens (Snoqualmie) 14 6 Lisa Miller (Seattle) 13 7 Cindy Cadwohry 12 8 Virginia Coffman (Seattle) 11