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US Olympic Team Trials - NE
Natchez, USA, May 20, 2000
Charles Schwab invests wisely: Freedman upset winner
By John Alsedek, cyclingnews.com correspondent
If there was one thing that everyone could agree on about today's Olympic Trials Road Race in Jackson, MS, it was that there was no agreeing on a potential winner. Part of that was due to the relative ease of the course ("If they want to choose a rider for Sydney, they should have included a steep half-mile pitch!", noted Australia's own Anna Wilson)...but only part. With the only automatic Olympic berth on the line AND the national title as a mondo bonus, it shaped up to be a highly animated race that favored the quick and the brave. Charles Schwab's Nicole Freedman fit the bill on both counts, and emerged as an unlikely but most deserving winner.
The serious attacks began during the second lap, as the eight-rider AutoTrader.com squad began firing one rider after another off the front. First, it was Julie Young, in the company of Saturn's Suzanne Sonye. Then, Shannon Hutchinson in a solo move. Both were absorbed within a mile or so. However, it looked like the third time might indeed be the charm, when Andrea Ratkovic escaped with former Olympian Dede Demet-Barry (Saturn) and rising star Katrina Berger (Charles Schwab). The dangerous-looking trio quickly gained ten seconds, but were soon neutralized after a strong Timex chase led by rider/manager Giana Roberge.
But AutoTrader.com had only just begun. After an attack by Tina Mayolo just before the feed zone was immediately covered, Pam Schuster escaped with Saturn's Sonye early into the third lap, and the duo soon had a 20-second lead which they kept up for the next lap, until the Schwab-led pack reeled them back in midway into Lap 5. Then things got really interesting: pre-race favorite Mari Holden (Timex) and Demet-Barry began stringing things out, with Demet-Barry actually getting into a short-lived four-up break near the end of the fifth lap. The two ended up together again with about 20 miles to go, as part of a powerful group that included Young, Schuster, Julie Hanson (Saturn), and Karen Kurreck (Alto Velo).
Working furiously at the front, Holden clearly wanted this to be THE break, but it wasn't to be. However, it did pave the way for the winning move. Two of the riders from that attack, Hanson and Schuster, ended up together once again, this time in the company of Jen Dial (Proteus), Kim Morrow (International Christian Cycling), and watchdog Kim Smith (Timex), covering for Holden. The five soon became seven, as they were joined by Freedman and Procter & Gamble's Mina Pizzini within a lap, and the time gap shot up to 30 seconds, due mostly to Freedman. As Schuster noted afterwards, "She worked her butt off and motivated the motivateable".
Hanson, Schuster, and Smith, all covering for others offered little or no assistance. yet the seven stayed away right to the finish. Even if things did get a little hairy, when they began jockeying for position and were nearly caught by a fast-closing pack "It was like a big match sprint", noted Freedman afterwards.
In the end, it was the highly-aggressive Freedman convincingly taking the group sprint from Schuster and Pizzini, with Mayolo taking the bunch sprint for eighth from Jenny Eyerman (Jane Cosmetics). So Freedman, whose mother didn't even believe her when she called to break the news, will be living her dream of becoming an Olympic athlete. "This was my only goal coming into this season," in just over three months time.
Cruz does anything but, and takes the Trials road race
If the women's race was unpredictable, then the men's was REALLY unpredictable, owing to the large size of the field (196 starters) and the lack of any one dominant team (the powerhouse Mercury squad had to line up without its top dog, Canadian Gord Fraser). It didn't get any more predictable once the race got underway. Only a few minutes into the 137-mile race, a 'kamikaze break' of Rusty Miller (Zaxby's) and Chris Harkey (De-Feet-LeMond/Evergreen) left the field behind, and soon found themselves two minutes up the road. Who would have figured that the duo would still be out front nearly 100 miles later...
As the weather conditions went from overcast to drizzly to downright wet, Miller and Harkey continued to open up their lead, stretching it to over three minutes by the 30-mile mark. Two laps later, they were still there, but there was some help on the way, in the form of an eight-man chase that included two pre-race favorites: Eddy Gragus (Jelly Belly) and Trent Klasna (Saturn). It also included Nutra Fig's Jason Van Marle, who, when the chase caught the leaders, took matters into his own hands and soloed off the front of the group. It seemed like a questionable strategy, given that there were still more than 70 miles remaining. However, he was still alone by over a minute two laps later.
Eventually, the chase, now made up of 14 men, reeled Van Marle back in, all the while maintaining a gap of almost three minutes over a surprisingly inactive peloton. Then, during Lap 15, the 14 became four, as Gragus and Klasna took off, with Shane Thellman (Mercy Cycling) and Roy Knickman (Mercury) in tow...a move that finally set the Mercury machine in motion. Realizing the danger the Gragus/Klasna duo represented, Mercury launched a major chasing effort that reeled first the chase, and then the foursome in with about sixteen to go. Then all hell broke loose.
For the remaining two laps, it was one attack after another, with Saturn involved with most of them. The most dangerous of these was a solo by Frank McCormack (Saturn), who gained only a few seconds, but served to force the remaining Mercury riders to expend considerable energy in the chase "It was good in two ways: either I was going to stay away, or else I'd help give Trent and Antonio a free ride to the finish," said McCormack afterward.
It proved to be the latter: when McCormack was caught with just three miles remaining, Saturn was in the driver's seat, with Klasna and Mark McCormack to cover any further moves, and with Cruz for the sprint. After an ill-advised attack in the last half-mile by U.S. Postal's Dylan Casey left his own teammate, Frank Andreu, in less than ideal position, Derek Bouchard-Hall launched the uphill sprint from about 300 meters, only to find Cruz right on his wheel.
That was the race: Cruz took the sprint by half a wheel over Bouchard-Hall, with Andreu third. For the 27-year old Cruz, who was racing virtually without support just one year ago, it was quite literally a dream come true. However, even in his shining moment, he quickly gave credit to his teammates, most notably Klasna: "He really took a lot of pressure off us, and I thank him for that!" Whether Cruz can take his now-fulfilled dream of making the Olympic team one step further is a question that will have to wait until September.
Jackson MS 5/20/00 18 laps, 138 miles
This race meant more to me than any other in the past 4 years. I've thought about it nearly every day for the past year, and in the weeks prior to today I tried not to think about it. Why? Because if I put too much pressure on myself I'd not only "choke" but if I came in 2nd I wouldn't be able to handle the disappointment. In 97 after Hincapie won (and I came in 30 meters behind in 13th) the US National Pro Road Race, I was so disappointed I couldn't ride my bike for a week. I'd learned the lesson that you can't base your season around one event, no matter how important that event is. You can probably see where this is all leading.
It was a slow race as an Olympic selection race is destined to be. No one would commit to work. The roads were slick as an ice rink. As I'm one of the worst riders for cornering in the rain, I was extremely cautious. The early break was initiated by southeasterners Chris Harkey and Rusty Miller. They built a 3 minute lead before Klasna (Saturn) Knickman (Mercury) Gragus (Jelly Belly) and Jason Van Marle (Nutra Fig) took off in pursuit. After catching the two leaders Van Marle had a go for a while by himself. The break swelled to 14 riders. Despite Navigators, Postal and us Shaklee boys not having anyone up there, we all knew it was up to the powerhouse Mercury team to bring it back. Saturn's ace Klasna had an on-form king Knickman trumped, and everyone knew it.
I got my second flat tire of the day during one of the few fast laps, and had to chase for half a lap by myself. I wasn't the only one, as all the teams had up to 15 flats each. Navigators team car actually couldn't stop on the slick pavement quickly enough to avoid running over Todd Littlehales. Despite getting hit, he got up and rejoined the peloton. I think that someone threw tacks on the road.
Mercury started chasing at about 4 laps to go. When we were all back together again with 2 laps to go, the attacks started in earnest. Our sprinter Dave McCook was having an awesome day, and I felt so-so. But we both missed the crucial break of about 10 riders at one lap to go. Their lead see-sawed between 5 and 10 seconds for the longest time. I kept thinking that they would be caught. Wishful thinking as it turned out. The last chance to bridge the gap was with 4 miles to go while winding through a technical section. Colby was ready to take me halfway. For some reason I'll never know, I hesitated. When I finally made a move (with Chris Horner and Mike Sayers on my wheel) it was on a short hill. I gave it my all but the break finally got organized and just pulled away. It turned out that just at the moment I was trying to bridge, Frank McCormack (Saturn) had attacked the break and built a 12 second lead. The break gave chase and that was that.
Frank was caught 2 miles to go, then his brother and teammate Mark gave it a try. He was caught 700 meters to go, setting up yet another Saturn rider Tony Cruz for the sprint. It was really close at the line, with Cruz just edging out Derek Bouchard Hall (Mercury) and Frankie Andreu (US Postal). Dave McCook did win the field sprint for 11th while I came in dejectedly at 19th. There will be no Olympic Team in my cycling career. On to the next race, the Capitol & Clarendon Criteriums. Hey, chin up, John... Everyone except Tony has to live with this day, and just think how Derek feels...
I haven't spent a whole lot of time in the South before, but after 4 days here in Jackson, I can see it is a bit of a different world. At the local supermarket, 1/3 of the meat dept. is devoted to ham hocks. Mustard and collard greens are the predominant vegetables. Starbucks does not exist here - the choice blends are Maxwell House and Folgers. People are very friendly though. When I came back from the race, the hotel receptionist asked how it went in "that little bike race thang". The community of Jackson really did a good job of organizing these trials - everything from registration to the races seemed to run smoothly. They even had a real green metal freeway exit sign for the "Olympic Cycling Trials Exit". The coolest thing is that for once, there was equal prize money for men and women!
The men's and women's trials road races were the only events in any cycling discipline where automatic Olympic spots were awarded. An Olympic long team was named at the beginning of the year for all the other events including the road race, and this is the pool of riders that the coaches will select form for the coach's choice spots, but winners of the trials races go period, long team or not, international results or not. Pre-race tension definitely ran high!
The course was almost dead flat (even though the Sydney course is fairly hilly) and I knew going in that it was not well suited for me. I rode for my club, Alto Velo with 2 teammates, Troy Watson and Cynthia Fergason. The biggest teams were Charles Schwab and Autotrader with 9 riders each. Saturn had 4, including Nicole Reinhardt who has won every field sprint she contested this year. Timex had only Mari Holden and Kim Smith with manager Giana Roberge coming out of retirement to race and help them out. Foreigners were not allowed to race, but all the usual top American riders where there making the field about 100. It rained overnight and we had a short downpour about 45 min. before the start making the air thick with humidity but luckily it wasn't all that hot since we raced at 8 am just like in CA!
There were 2 sections of the course that were sort of crit-like with some corners to string things out, but there were also very long straightaways. The road was still wet when we started and the first corner was a downhill off-camber one that a lot of people were a bit concerned about. Gianna went to the front at the start, presumably to pick up the pace for safety. It would have worked except she misjudged the 3rd corner and slid out! Luckily nobody else went down but it kind of shook us up a bit.
We raced 8 laps of 8 miles each. The first lap was fairly fast and nervous but uneventful. The 2nd lap, Autotrader started attacking as I knew they would. Everyone pretty much knew that if it came to a sprint, Nicole was likely to win. The first group to get a gap was Andrea Radcovic (Autotrader), Dede Demet (Saturn) and one other. It was a somewhat dangerous combination, but it was so early that nobody was too concerned.
It was Schwab's job to chase with their 9 riders and nobody in the break but they didn't. Nicole Freedman tried to bridge but couldn't make it. The break never got out of sight and there were enough people attacking and trying to bridge that the break pretty much came back by itself by the end of the lap.
Autotrader kept the attacks up and the next grouping to get away was Pam Schuster (Autotrader) and Suzanne Sonye (Saturn). It was a somewhat unlikely combination, but they did work together. Again Schwab missed out and waited for the bridge attempts to bring the break back. This time it took a lot longer - over a lap. Katrina Berger (Schwab) rode tempo at the front a bit and Troy also took some good pulls at the front. Again the break never got out of sight and the Proctor and Gamble team was pretty active at the front and eventually the break was absorbed.
This was about the midway point of the race and I knew things would start getting serious. Without a strong team and knowing there were only a very few American riders whose managers would allow them to work with me in a break, I had to plan my efforts very carefully. I knew I couldn't cover everything and there were a lot of things I would just have to let go. I pretty much decided beforehand that I would not try to go with anything the first half of the race unless it was easy or looked really dangerous. I also knew that there was only one place that mattered in this race - first - and that if it came down to a field sprint, I was unlikely to win. I had to get away somehow. I also figured that the 3 best sprinters in the field would be the Nicoles Reinhardt and Freedman and Karen Dunne, and that no break with them in it would be very likely to succeed.
When Pam and Suzanne were caught, I countered. I got a gap but it didn't last. There were more attacks and counters including a couple by Mari and I, but the field was too fresh and we were too marked. I decided the time was not ripe yet and went back to the pack to recover. I realized then just how easy it was to sit in the pack and just follow moves - not a good sign for me. Still, I knew I had to try to get away and I continually looked for opportunities to attack or bridge to a group that I thought might work with me. Going through one of the technical sections I was 2nd in line behind Suzanne Sonye and I noticed the field was splitting a bit and we had a slight gap. I attacked hard and coming out of the last corner I had a decent gap. Suzanne eventually caught me though and I tried to get her to work with me, but as I expected, she wouldn't. The entire pack was there shortly.
Through the next technical section, Mari attacked and I countered and she countered that but Nicole Reinhardt happened to be the Saturn rider at the front covering us at the time, so I knew we were doomed. Finally, on the 5th lap, I attacked again coming out of the technical section. I got a gap and instead of the whole pack going up to me, it was only Mari, Julie Hanson (Saturn), Tina Mayolo (Autotrader) and one other. The main teams were all represented and everyone was motivated to work, especially Mari, Tina and I and I had hope. Unfortunately, Nicole Reinhardt bridged up and spoiled our party. She was ready to work with us, but I knew it wasn't the right break if I wanted to win. Mari tried attacking the break a couple of times, but couldn't get away and eventually we were all caught.
Shortly thereafter, going through the start finish entering the 6th lap, Pam Shuster attacked with someone on her wheel. Kim Smith (Timex) and some others followed making a group of 6: Pam, Kim, Julie Hanson (Saturn), Mina Pizzini (Proctor and Gamble), Jen Dial (Proteus) and Kim Morrow (ICC). They were spread over the road and not looking like they were really going. Dede tried to bridge and I was on her wheel but so was the pack and as she sat up, Nicole Freedman (Schwab) came flying by. I started to go after her, but I was at the front and Dede and the rest of the pack was on my wheel and Nicole was gone. I knew I couldn't afford to make the big effort it would have taken to close the gap by myself with the pack on my wheel and Dede ready to counter. Besides, I knew that the people in the break were very unlikely to want to work with me and I figured everyone would sit up when Nicole got there. I also didn't want to be in a break with Nicole. It turned out to be a fatal decision, but on the other hand, I seriously doubt Nicole would have driven the break like she did if I had been tagging along like the others.
Since all the teams were represented, there was little action from the pack even though Schwab should have been the only team satisfied with their odds in the break. Appearantly Julie, Kim and Pam sat on the whole time. Nicole was the main driver in the break since she had everything to gain. Mina, Kim Morrow and Jen also worked as they were happy with a podium spot and had nothing to lose. The gap ballooned up to 40 sec. at one point - the biggest time gap of the day. There wasn't a whole lot I could do.
Cynthia covered some attacks in the mid section of the race but she was now at her limit and I didn't have a team to organize a chase. Saturn and Autotrader were blocking so no bridge attempts with any significant riders were going anywhere. Going into the last lap, the break still had about 20 sec. It was really up to Saturn to chase since they had the best sprinter in the field. They started attacking repeatedy, especially Dede, presumably to try to bridge up or at least pick up the pace of the field.
It worked to the extent that the gap came down somewhat, but it also seemed to scare anyone else from trying anything. Autotrader still seemed to be in blocking mode and they pretty much nullified Saturn's efforts. I knew I had to make one big effort somewhere, but I still had to get away from the pack even if the break was caught. I decided to gamble on Saturn bringing the break back and then trying to go on the final small hill just before the finish. It was a long shot, but I didn't really have any other options and again, the only place that mattered was first. A sprint for 8th meant nothing.
We got very close to the break, but never quite made it. Dede attacked on the final hill. I went after her and then countered over the top. I got a gap and went as hard as I could but the break was still to far away and the pack was too close and I was absorbed on the descent going into the finish. Nicole took the win over Pam by "2 car lengths" as someone watching later told me. Julie and Kim Morrow were gapped off from the break but still took 6th and 7th. Tina Mayolo took the sprint for 8th, 11 sec. behind Nicole.
It was a sort of suprising race overall, but on a flat course like that, with the strongest riders heavily marked, really the most likely scenarios were a field sprint or a break of lesser known riders from the main teams slipping away which is what happened. I have done flat races in Italy where I was totally at my limit the whole time, but in a field of only American riders, we just don't have the depth to make it that hard. The strongest riders made plenty of attacks, but it was just too easy for everyone else to follow wheels.
Coming from Europe, it was actually the easiest race physically I have done all year, but it was in no way an easy race to win. The more I attacked, the more tired I made myself, but there were still plenty of fresh riders. My legs felt good even though they were really sore after the TT, and my training has been going well the last few weeks - I feel like I am getting stronger every week. I felt like I did everything I could, but it was just not a race for me.
Nicole rode a smart race and did everything she had to do and is now an Olympian. The 2 remaining spots which are riders who will do both the RR and the TT, will be chosen in July by the national coaching staff from the long team or riders already on the Olympic team in other events. Their decision will be based heavily on the 2 races here in Jackson, international results over the last few years as well as performance in the upcoming Hewlett-Packard International Women's Challenge.
8 laps, 64 miles, a wide open course and 90-ish of America's fittest women cyclists gather in Jackson, Mississippi for the one chance to be automatically a representative for the US at the Sydney, Olympics this fall.
The pace was fast and after the first lap I knew this was no Cincinnati where an early break would stick. Nonetheless our AutoTrader.com team came to race and after the first lap we started to attack. Julie Young started the party, followed by Shannon Hutchinson, and Andrea Ratkovic. I attacked going into the 3rd lap and Susanne Sonye (Saturn) came along. We hoped to be running on all eight cylinders, as Mike Neel put it, to send one of us to Sydney. We weren't so lucky but it wasn't because of plan or fitness.
Right after I am two-man time trialing with Suzanne off I hear that Kimberly Bruckner (AutoTrader.com) has her 2nd flat for the day. Shannon, Marjon and Laura help her back to the pack. Of course a bad streak is never complete until you do it three times so she gets another flat before lap 4. Susanne and I get caught a lap and a half later. Then Julie Young and Andrea are in a break with Dede Demet but Andrea gets a flat and has to drop back.
Not too much later Tina is in a break with Kimberly and gets a flat. That made 7 flats for our team. The roads were damp and glass was slicing the tires left and right. We haven't had that many flats all year.
With 2 laps remaining Kim Morrow attacks and Jen Dial, Kim Smith, Julie Hansen and I follow. Looks good to me and all but Julie Hanson start working. This party is over for Kim Smith and I when Nicole Freedman shows up a half a lap later. Nicole works hard, along with Jen Dial, Kim Morrow and the last one to bridge, Mina Pizzini. Drama was building as the pack was closing in. Knowing Nicole was the fastest I was hoping she would be tired come the end and that I had enough in my legs not to let my team down.
I attacked with 1 lap to go unsuccessfully and Julie Hanson attacked in the final kilometer followed by Nicole. With 300 to go Kim Smith went quickly followed by Nicole and I hopped on the Freedman train but needed another kilometer of up hill to be able to do anything with it. Nicole deserved this win as she worked the hardest in the break and was still the fastest. Meanwhile the pack of 50 was only 9 seconds back, of which super sprinter Tina Mayolo (AutoTrader.com) took the sprint.
I would give up a 2nd place anyday to have an AutoTrader.com teammate take first but the cycling Gods were not all the way with us today. I know a lot of teams had problems with flats and crashes, and it is the reality, but no fun part of our sport.
Karen Kurreck & Pam Schuster's reports courtesy of firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Antonio Cruz (USA) Saturn 5.21.32 (41.61 km/h) 2 Derek Bouchard-Hall (USA) Mercury Cycling Team 3 Frankie Andreu (USA) US Postal Service 4 Frank Mccormack (USA) Saturn 5 Dylan Casey (USA) US Postal Service 6 Danny Pate (USA) Saeco-Valli-Valli 7 Trent Klasna (USA) Saturn 0.07 8 Chris Pic (USA) Mercury Cycling Team 9 Mark Mccormack (USA) Saturn 0.11 10 John Peters (USA) Mercury Cycling Team 0.20 11 Will Frischkorn (USA) Mercury Cycling Team 0.27 12 David McCook (USA) Shaklee-Marin 0.57 13 Michael Sayers (USA) Mercury Cycling Team 14 Kevin Monahan (USA) 7up-Colorado Cyclist 15 David Clinger (USA) Festina 16 Steve Sevner (USA) Zaxby's 17 Mark Light (USA) Team Snow Valley 18 Steve Tilford (USA) Jogmate-Shimano 19 John Lieswyn (USA) Shaklee-Marin 20 Jessie Lawler (USA) Zaxby's 21 Ryan Barnett (USA) Zaxby's 22 Paul Read (USA) Shaklee-Marin 23 Brian Fagan (USA) Mercy Cycling 24 Paul Martin (USA) Navigators 25 Jonathan Wirsing (USA) Team Snow Valley 26 Tim Larkin (USA) Gs Lombardis 27 Luke Mauritsen (USA) Shaklee-Marin 28 Steven Mlujeak (USA) Jamis-Columbus Group 29 Dirk Friel (USA) Jet Fuel 30 Ainslie Maceachran (USA) Galaxy Sports Marketing 31 Jay Moglia (USA) Ncvc-Spokes 32 Mark Southard (USA) Fcrc-New Belgian-Trek 33 Scottie Weiss (USA) Zaxby's 34 Colby Pearce (USA) Shaklee-Marin 35 Jason Vanmarle (USA) Nutra-Fig 36 Marty Jemison (USA) US Postal Service 37 Seth Pelusi (USA) Saturn 38 Clark Sheehan (USA) 7up-Colorado Cyclist 39 Adam Livingston (USA) Jelly Belly 40 Lane Packwood (USA) US Army 41 Jason McCartney (USA) Nutra-Fig 42 John Hunt (USA) Lombardi Sports-Ofotd 43 Roy Knickman (USA) Mercury Cycling Team 44 Dave Aschwanden (USA) Planet Outdoors.Com 45 Chris Wherry (USA) Saturn 46 Christian Davenport (USA) River City Racing Club 47 Robbie Ventura (USA) Saturn 48 Andrew Crater (USA) Breakaway Courier Systems Crca 49 Steve Speaks (USA) 7up-Colorado Cyclist 50 Kirk Willett (USA) Mercury Cycling Team 51 Dale Sedgwick (USA) Grand Performance 52 Aaron Quesnell (USA) La Wings-Reynolds 1.01 53 Todd Littlehales (USA) Navigators 54 Chris Horner (USA) Mercury Cycling Team 55 Mike Creed (USA) 7up-Colorado Cyclist 1.22 56 Jonathan Hastings (USA) Rbm Mercedes-Benz 1.42 57 Eddy Gragus (USA) Jelly Belly 4.53 58 Max Miley (USA) Richardson Bike Mart 5.25 59 David Wenger (USA) Shaklee-Marin 6.40 60 John Kavn (USA) Bbc-Jetworks 7.25 61 William Nehr (USA) Ochsner 8.04 62 Dean Laberge (USA) Eachelon Wines 9.37 63 Earendel Fingerson (USA) City Scape-Higher Gear 64 Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly 11.47 65 Christopher Baumann (USA) Park City 13.24 66 Mason Rickard (USA) Planet Outdoors.Com 13.59 67 Brian Stangel (USA) Ochsner
1 Nicole Freedman (USA) Charles Schwab 2.38.56 (39.45 km/h) 2 Pam Schuster (USA) Autotrader.com 3 Mina Pizzini (USA) Team Procter & Gamble 4 Jen Dial (USA) Proteus.ASI 5 Kim Smith (USA) Timex 6 Julie Hanson (USA) Saturn 0.05 7 Kim Morrow (USA) Int'l Christian 0.09 8 Tina Mayolo (USA) Autotrader.com 9 Jenny Eyerman (USA) Jane Cosmetics 10 Karen Dunne (USA) Team Elita 11 Mary Mclaurin (USA) GCCA 12 Kori Kelly (USA) Team Procter & Gamble 13 Katrina Berger (USA) Charles Schwab 14 Dede Demet-Barry (USA) Saturn 15 Heather Peck (USA) Independent Fabrication 16 Karen Kurreck (USA) Alto Velo 17 Sherri Stedje (USA) 18 Cheryl Binney (USA) Team Procter & Gamble 19 Suzanne Sonye (USA) Saturn 20 Laura Van Gilder (USA) Charles Schwab 21 Cindy Carroll (USA) 800.com 22 Jenna Loyd (USA) 23 Rebecca McClintock (USA) Jane Cosmetics (1st U23) 24 Cynthia Ferguson (USA) 25 Kerry Helmuth (USA) Team Procter & Gamble 26 Elizabeth Morse (USA) Team Ameritech (2nd U23) 27 Alison Bergeson (USA) 28 Mari Holden (USA) Timex 29 Aimee Gould (USA) 30 Jessica Phillips (USA) (3rd U23) 31 Meredith Frommer (USA) Capitol Velo/TDS Telecom 32 Kimberly Bruckner (USA) Autotrader.com 33 Tina Skelley (USA) Altoona Cycling Team 34 Heather Woodhouse (USA) Ameritech (4th U23) 35 Ann Marie Miller (USA) 36 Katrina Davis (USA) Independant Fabrication/Wheel 37 Lauren Gilliland (USA) Team Latte (5th U23) 39 Anya Hinkle (USA) 40 Wendy Webb (USA) ABP Velo Racing 41 Amy Matson-Hyland (USA) Team Mack 42 Tammy Riggs (USA) Velo Voodoo/ RBM Mercedes 43 Elizabeth Emery (USA) Charles Schwab 44 Kathleen Gleason (USA) Tri-Cyclist BRC 45 Carolyn Donnelly (USA) Landis Cyclery 46 Andrea Ratkovic (USA) Autotrader.com 47 Janine Verstraeten (USA) Trek 0.25 (6th U23) 48 Liz Begosh (USA) Trek 49 Lenora Felker (USA) Charles River Allstar 50 Aileen Loe (USA) Jane Cosmetics 51 Sue Latshaw (USA) 52 Shannon Hutchison (USA) Autotrader.com 53 Emily Morris (USA) 54 Mary S Georgetti (USA) Southern New England Mast 55 Ahsley Mccullough (USA) Team Procter & Gamble 56 Kimberly Smith-Carlson (USA) Simple Green/Mazda 57 Laura Shuford (USA) Autotrader.com 58 Robin Thomas (USA) 59 Nicole Reinhart (USA) Saturn 60 Marjon Marik (USA) Autotrader.com 1.13 61 Julie Young (USA) Autotrader.com 1.40 62 Lara Ruthven (USA) Txcyclesport 4.38 63 Kristine Oesterling (USA) Altoona Cycling Team 8.58 64 Charmian Breon (USA) Altoona Cycling Team 65 Troy Watson (USA) 11.39 Espoirs Women: 23 Rebecca McClintock (USA) Jane Cosmetics 26 Elizabeth Morse (USA) Ameritech 30 Jessica Phillips (USA) unattached 35 Ann Marie Miller (USA) unattached 37 Lauren Gilliland (USA) Team Latte 47 Janine Verstraeten (USA) Trek
1 Steve Cate (USA) Mercy Cycling 4.27.00 (43.82 km/h) 2 Shawn Mccormack (USA) Ccb - Volkwagon 3 Jonathan Wirsing (USA) Team Snow Valley 0.01 4 Shawn Willard (USA) Defeet-Lemond 5 Matthew Svatek (USA) Unattached 6 Alex Candelario (USA) Boulder Chaos 7 Damon Kluck (USA) The Spokesman 8 Chris Frederick (USA) Jamis-Columbus Group 9 Patrick O'donnell (USA) Children First 10 John Green (USA) Atlanta Cycling 11 Dean Meyer (USA) Gslombardi 12 Skip Menard (USA) Team Snow Valley 0.02 13 Steven Mlujeak (USA) Jamis-Columbus Group 14 Ernie Lechuga (USA) Mercury Cycing Team 15 John Walrod (USA) L'equipe Cheval 16 Sean Nealy (USA) Kissena Cycling Club 17 Mark Southard (USA) Fcrc-New Belgian-Trek 18 Kenny Williams (USA) Nutrafig 19 Christopher Peck (USA) Wheelworks-Cannondale 0.03 20 James Mattis (USA) Alto Velo 21 Peter Mutuc (USA) Planet Outrdoors.Com 22 Andrew Bajadali (USA) Boulder Chaos 23 Nathaniel Hammond (USA) Excite-Smartfuel 24 Brian Fagan (USA) Mercy Cycling 25 Christopher Mcdonald (USA) Excite-Smartfuel 26 Earendel Fingerson (USA) City Scape-Higher Gear 0.04 27 Dirk Friel (USA) Jet Fuel 28 John Kavn (USA) Bbc-Jetworks 29 Udo Shart (USA) D.A.R.E 30 Poul Holm (USA) Holm Team 31 James Baldesare (USA) Gomart-West Virginia 0.05 32 John Kelly (USA) Kissena Cycling Team 33 Banning Ostrow (USA) Atomic Living Croll Team 34 Tim Erwin (USA) Unm Lobos 35 Amos Brumble Iv (USA) Ccb-Volkswagon 36 John Hunt (USA) Lombardi Sports- Ofotd 37 Brian Lemke (USA) Landis Cyclery 0.06 38 Zachary Brown (USA) Ncvc Spokes 39 Mike Zingaro (USA) Cyclescience.Com 40 Justin Peschka (USA) Landis Cyclery 41 Mason Rickard (USA) Planet Outdoors.Com 42 Tim Noakes (USA) Marathon Racing Team 43 Ryan Barrett (USA) Marian College 44 Anthony Martin (USA) Dynamite-Incycle 45 Chad Patterson (USA) Bikes Plus 46 Ryan Lane (USA) Net Zero 0.07 47 Dave Aschwanden (USA) Planet Outdoors.Com 48 Jeff Hartmann (USA) Fcrc-Newbelgium 0.08 49 Billy Innes (USA) Kissena Cycling Club 50 Abel Eisentraut (USA) L'equipe Cheval 0.10 51 Dale Suttle (USA) Mercy Cycling 52 Lewis Elliot (USA) Broadway Bikes 53 Dave Hensley (USA) Cane Creek-Subaru 0.11 54 Joel Kath (USA) Dangerboy Racing 55 Don Mills (USA) Wheel Works-Cannondale 0.12 56 Chris Alexander (USA) Herring Gas 57 Hugh Maceachran (USA) Cct-Vitamins Cottage 58 Greg Medinilla (USA) Netzero Cycling Team 0.13 59 Chris Mcgovern (USA) Wizards Of The Coast 60 Patrick Heaney (USA) Lombardi Sports-Ofoto 0.14 61 Tim Johnson (USA) Ccb-Volkswagen 0.35 62 Curt Davis (USA) Wheelworks-Cannondale 0.38 63 Dale Sedgwick (USA) Grand Performance 0.56 64 Jeremy Sartain (USA) Bianchi-Grand Performance 5.37 65 Sandy Perrins (USA) Excite-Smartfuel 5.38 66 Jonathan Dechau (USA) Breakaway Fitness-Guys 5.41 67 James Crowe (USA) Porterfield Tire 68 Scott Mcneil (USA) Memphis Motorwerks 5.43 69 Pat Mccarty (USA) Richardson Bike Mart 5.44 70 David King (USA) Marathon Cycling Team 71 Andrew Rizzo (USA) Hanson Brothers- Ira 5.45 72 Joey Coddington (USA) Cane Creek-Subaru 6.24 73 Peter Devore (USA) G.S. Lombardi 6.25 74 Alistair Sponsel (USA) Ciclismo Sa 75 Mark Hunt (USA) Gs Lombardi 6.28 76 Jose Drapeau (USA) Benevito Mapei 8.43 77 Ryan Peterson (USA) Mercy Cycling 8.46 78 Shane Thellman (USA) Mercy Cycling 8.48 79 Adam Krause (USA) Saturn Of Belleview 9.06