Leicester High School Leicester, Mass. Saturday, Dec. 9, 1995 Sponsored by Specialty Racing Products, The Ride Magazine, and the U.S. Cycling Federation
Defending champion Jan Wiejack (Haro), of Washington, N.Y., overtook Mark McCormack (Saturn), of North Easton, Mass., for the Senior Men's stars-and-stripes victory jersey. Daryl Price (Marin), of Durango, Colo., followed in for the bronze medal in a dramatic finish that saw him move up from fifth place in the last lap.
McCormack, who is leading New England's 16-race cyclocross series, blasted away from the crowded starting line to take race lead for the first two laps. Wearing a Team Saturn uniform for the first time, local fans chanted his name through the popular run-up areas by the annoucers' stand and pit arena.
But Wiejak, a native of Poland who became a U.S. citizen before the 1994 cyclocross nationals, was sure of his own pace. He credited his own consistency with his ability to confidently push through the snow and not slip in the corners to his race-winning tempo. "I just kept my own pace and went through all the corners slow. I knew that to fall I would lose five seconds, and Mark was too close to risk that."
Dave Knapp (Control Tech/Gregg's Cycles) rode most of the race in third place, but as the laps passed Swiss rider Leo Windlin and Daryl Price gained ground until they caught him in the last lap. Price made an attack to lead the three, Knapp dropped off, and Price outsprinted Windlin to take third.
In the Women's event, Jan Bolland (Volvic/PowerBar), of Boulder, Colo., took the race lead from the start and was never challenged. Bolland, one of the country's best mountain bike racers and a relative newcomer to cyclocross, took the title with 30 seconds to spare, down from a maximum lead of 50 seconds. Last year's champion, Shari Kain (Ritchey), of Half Moon Bay, Calif., caught Laurie Brandt (Ross/Jeep), of Louisville, Colo., just past the Kryptonite hurdles going into the Pedro's pit with one lap to go. In another dramatic sprint, Kain outgunned Brandt for second place.
Tim Johnson (CCB International/Volkswagon), of Middleton, Mass., won the Junior Men's race in 44:16 after four riders, including the first rider to cross the line, were disqualified for having failed roll-out. In a testament to New England's development of Junior riders, the top five riders in the category were from the region. Philp Breton of Wells, Maine, was second, and Joshua Thornton (RRCC/Eurotek), of Providence, R.I., was third.
Seattle-area teammates won both the Master Men titles. Matt VanEnkevort (Control Tech/Gregg Cycles), of Kirkland, Wash., came from behind to win the Masters 35 race in a time of 49:58, after moving up quickly through the field in the final minutes of the race to overtake Larry Hibbard (Ritchey) of Santa Cruz, Calif., who had led through most of the way. Tom Masterson (World Team), of Fairlee, Vt., who won the title in 1994, placed third.
After the race, Van Enkevort said, "In the last stretch down the ballfield, I crashed going around that curve and as I'm sitting there, I'm thinking, 'Second is fine.' But I didn't come here to be second."
Dan Norton (Control Tech/Gregg's Cycle) of Seattle, Wash., successfully defended his title in the Masters 45 race. Norton, who was also the promoter of last year's cyclocross championships in his hometown, said "I brought a box of mud with me so I'd feel at home. But I think that i'm going to take home a snowball."
The other New England homegrown cyclocrosser to take a title was Kathy Sarvary (Bruegger's Bagels) in the Master Women's race. She won despite a not-complete recovery from a torn calf muscle she suffered in mid-November, which kept her from honing her cyclocross skills in the New England Series. Jeanne Keenan was second, and Robin MacDonald-Foley was third.
Not everyone had to stand out in the snow all day to watch the racing. A giant expo area -- held in Leicester Middle School after snow predictions cancelled plans for a huge heated tent in the middle of the race course -- kept cyclocross fans warm and bicycle product manufacturers' booths buzzing. With a mobile Bay Banks ATM machine outside the front door, purchases were strong. After the race and awards, the championship day ended with a rave held at a nearby banquet hall, featuring the fantastic Boston-based bands the Vic Morrows, Vinyl, and Spy.
1. Jan Wiejak (Haro), Washington, N.Y.; 1:02:49 2. Mark McCormack (Saturn), North Easton, Mass.; 1:03:37 3. Daryl Price (Team Marlin), Durango, Colo.; 1:03:50 4. Leo Windlin, Stauster, Switzerland; 1:03:52 5. Dale Knapp (Control Tech/Gregg's Cycle), Tacoma, Wash.; 1:04:01 6. Frank McCormack (Saturn), Leicester, Mass.; 1:04:20 7. Jason Snow (Fellini), Buzzard's Bay, Mass.; 1:06:24 8. Craig Undem (Control Tech/Gregg's Cycle), Seattle, Wash.; 1:06:42 9. John Funk (Fat Chance), Putney, Vt.; 1:06:58 10. Jim Savage (Kona), Hainsville, Wash.; 11. Travis Brown (Trek), Durango, Colo.; 1:08:21 12. Justin Robinson, Santa Cruz, Calif.; 1:08:24 13. Gene Oberpriller (SWOBO), Minneapolis, Minn.; 1:08:31 14. Brian Miller (3-D Racing), Telluride, Colo.; 1:08:35 15. Geoff Proctor (Montana Velo), Helena, Mont.; 1:08:45 16. Peter Webber (Gary Fisher), Sugarloaf, Maine; 1:08:52 17. Andrew Bishop (Gary Fisher), Williston, Vt.; 1:09:16 18. Rob Acciavatti (Scott/Bikyle Flyers), Morgantown, W.Va.; 1:09:46 19. Johannes Huseby (Putney/West Hill), Putney, Vt.; 1:09:55 20. Larry Hibbard (KHS), Aptos, Calif.; 1:10:16 21. Mark Podgurski, Calfont, Pa.; 1:10:16 22. Chris Peck (SRP/Merlin), Georgetown, Conn.; 1:10:33 23. Matt Boobar (SRP/Merlin), Campton, N.H.; 1:10:40 24. Robert Reuther (Grove Innovations), Westchester, Pa.; 1:10:24 25. Michael Bernard (O'Neil's), Millbury, Mass.; 1:10:50 26. Salem Mazzaway (Pig Iron/Merlin), Hampton, Mass.; 1:11:01 27. Greg Ferguson (Jersey Velo), Newark, Del.; 1:11:29 28. Jason Emmanuel (Colorado State), Fort Collins, Colo.; 1:11:32 29. Adam Myerson (G.S. Mengoni), Northampton, Mass.; 1:11:34 30. Wesley Meyer, Kensington, Md.; 1:11:35 31. Don Myrah (Trek), Saratoga, Calif.; 1:11:53 32. Chris Gullekson (Fitchburg CC/Gamache), Leominster, Mass.; 1:12:51 33. William Kirouris (Fitchburg CC/Gamache), Petersham, Mass.; 1:13:03 34. Brant Horberger (WWR), West Chester, Pa.; 1:13:11 35. Matt Kressy (BRC/High Road), West Newton, Mass.; 1:13:16 36. Tim Schopen, Fishkill, N.Y.; 1:13:18 37. Brent Prenzlow (Gatorade), San Diego, Calif.; 1:13:40 38. Greg Padley Jr. (BCBC), West Milford, N.J.; 1:14:30 39. Gunnar Shogren (Diamond Back), Morgantown, W. Va. 40. Joseph Parkin (Diamond Back), Minneapolis, Minn.
1. Jan Bolland (Volvic PowerBar), Boulder, Colo.; 38:18 2. Shari Kain (Ritchey), Half Moon Bay, Calif.; 38:47 3. Laurie Brandt (Ross/Jeep), Louisvill, Colo.; 38:48 4. Sarah Ellis (Volvo/Cannondale), Lagunites, Calif.; 39:14 5. Beth Lyndon-Griffith (West Seattle Physical Therapy), Seattle, Wash.; 40:28 6. Mary Meagher (K2 In-Line), Seattle, Wash.; 40:47 7. Jennifer Mynter (World Team), Fairlee, Vt. 8. Cheryl Moores (Boulder Velo), Boulder, Colo.; 42:05 9. Shenna Fitzgerald (K2 In-Line), Seattle, Wash.; 42:49 10. Anne Lannan (Chippers), Boulder, Colo.; 43:06 11. Kathi Kratt (G.S. Mengoni/Hot Tubes), Upton, Mass.; 43:10 12. Dina DiSantis (BBC), Lyndell, Pa.; 44:14 13. Miriam Stickler (Toy Specialists/Fahrenheit Film), Glen Spey, N.Y.; 44:15 14. Patricia Megan, Boulder, Colo.; 44:30 15. Andrea Mackie (Colorado Velo), Denver, Colo.; 44:52 16. Kirsten Jeppesen-Wade (Putney/West Hill), Putney, Vt.; 44:58 17. Pamela Pasciak (MVBC/Risley Cold Springs), Syracuse, N.Y.; 45:28 18. Lisa Nojaim (MVBC/Risley Cold Springs), Dewitt, N.Y.; 55:06 19. Alicia Genest (NECSA Blue Bombers), Jamestown, R.I. 20. Michele Voelker (BCA/Tosk), Boylston, Mass. 21. Leslie Baldwin (Cape Cod CC), Osterville, Mass. 22. Mary Thompson (MVBC/Risley Cold Springs), New Hartford, N.Y.
1. Tim Johnson (CCB International/Volkswagon), Middleton, Mass.; 44:16 2. Philip Breton, Wells, Mass.; 45:47 3. Joshua Thornton (Eurotek), 46:15 4. Alex Grabau, Newtown, Mass.; 46:39 5. Bryan Moriarty (BRC/High Road), Chelmsford, Mass.; 47:01
1. Dan Norton (Control Tech/Gregg's Cycles), Seattle, Wash.; 58:02 2. Kent Webster (Putney/West Hill), Brattleboro, Vt.; 59:07 3. Larry Tedder (Bicycles USA), Farmers Branch, Texas; 59:28 4. Bradford Knipes (Northeast Sport Cyclists), Shutesbury, Mass.; 1:00:20 5. Tom Regan (Alta Alpina/Stoker), South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; 1:01:42
1. Matt Van Enkevort (Control Tech/Gregg's Cycles), Kirkland, Wash.; 49:58 2. Larry Hibbard (Ritchey), Santa Cruz, Calif.; 50:04 3. Tom Masterson (World Team), Fairlee, Vt.; 51:07 4. Lawrence Malone (Rivendell/Bontrager), Santa Fe, N.M.; 51:19 5. Michael Barrett (Hot Tubes), Easton, Mass.; 51:50
1. Kathy Sarvary (Bruegger's Bagels), Conn.; 42:45 2. Jeanne Keenan; 46:50 3. Robin MacDonald-Foley (Missing Link); 49:46 4. Margaret Thompson; 48:41 5. Christie Lawyer; 51:16