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Arlington Classic Criterium - NE
USA, August 3, 2003
Frank Pipp Keeps it Rolling
Men's report by Mark Zalewski
Frank Pipp, the 26 year old sprinter from local Chicago area team, Athletes by Design, continues to show everyone that he is a rider to whom you must pay attention. Coming off a huge performance at The International Cycling Classic - Superweek, where he held and won the Best Sprinter's jersey for the majority of the series, Frank Pipp was able to keep his winning form rolling at the Arlington Classic Criterium.
The Arlington Classic is only two years old. However, with superb organization and a wheelbarrow full of cash, this event has quickly earned a top-spot on many regional racer's calendar. And if it wasn't on the same weekend at the NYC race, it would surely be hotly attended by many pro teams. In fact, the defending champion of the race, U.S. Postal's Robbie Ventura, was scheduled to defend his title. But the local rider was called to New York at the last minute and left the duties all to his local teammate, Kenny Labbé.
How it unfolded
All of the races were high-average speed affairs on this very technical, eight-turn course. A slight downhill in the last two turns also made the sprints for the line that much faster. The peloton at this race was visibly dominated by the orange and blue kits of the ABD team.
Due to the quick pace, breaks were not staying off the front for very long - and once again the orange and blue of ABD was always at the front, and with numbers. Eventually, a break containing Frank Pipp, Pete Hanna (Bianchi/Grand Performance) and Todd Cornelius (Team Bloomington/Touchstone Energy) got enough of a gap on the field to sneak around the corners out of sight.
As the time expired and the race went to laps, another ABD rider attempted to bridge to the break, in order to give his teammate a lead-out. Mike Ebert put in a hard solo-effort to make it across, with a little help from Pipp. "I saw my teammate trying to come up, so I slowed it down enough," said Pipp. Luckily for him, the pack was far enough back and Ebert made it to them with one lap to go.
As the break approached the start/finish for the bell-lap, Pipp was taking his turn on the front, and just kept going. "I tried to go as hard as I could through the stretch," said Pipp. "When I saw I had a gap I knew it was all or nothing."
Fellow break rider Todd Cornelius (Team Bloomington) saw it unfolding right in front of him. "I was watching for [ABD] the whole time. When I saw [Pipp] go, I knew it was the ball game." But Cornelius didn't just give up. "At that point, I figured I could drive it hard and get a top four, or sit up and get 30th in the field."
"Mike [Ebert] was the guy who set it up for me," said Pipp of his ABD teammate. "I just kind of rolled through." And he did so in convincing fashion. Pipp easily put 150 meters between him and his chasers on the final lap, and was able to enjoy an extra-long celebration down the finish stretch.
Long fails in attack but succeeds in sprint
Women's report by Trudy van der Straaten
In only its second year running the Arlington Classic Criterium looks to become a popular event on the women's road racing calendar, thanks in part to the generous purses and primes, and overall smooth race organization. The fast and technically challenging course in downtown Arlington Heights features eight corners in 0.6 miles, finishing on a slight uphill rise.
Despite the impressive $3000 purse only 26 riders turned out for the 40-minute Women's 123s race, by which time temperatures had climbed well into the 80s [high 20's Celsius] and the wind had started to pick up. As with the 4s event, the field remained largely strung out for most of the race, with constant attacks keeping the pace very fast. After 5 laps a small lead group of 5 or 6 maintained position ahead of the field but never really established any sizable gap. Elizabeth Morse (OBRU/The Bicycle Store) and last year's winner Alison Dwyer (America's Dairyland) both made separate solo attacks roughly halfway into the race but were also brought back to the main pack, which by that stage had dwindled down to about 16 riders.
With less than 7 minutes to go OBRU/The Bicycle Store rider Magen Long launched an aggressive attack off the 6th prime sprint staying off the front for a lap until ABD sprinter Kelly Benjamin and TDS riders brought her back. Benjamin and teammate Sarah Tillotson suddenly picked up the tempo with two laps to go, leading the rest of the field out for the sprint, but were not able to take it all the way to the line. Round the last corner in second position, Magen Long sprinted past Andrea Ratkovic up the slight rise to the finish line for a well-deserved win, with Ratkovic taking second and TDS rider Shawn Heidgen in third place.
A $700 purse race drew a sizeable field for the Women's 4 race. With temperatures already in the mid 70's [low to mid 20's Celsius] by 8.30 am, 28 riders assembled at the start line, including last year's runner-up Julie Tatar (Brazen Dropouts) and 12-year old road and track sensation Samantha Schneider (Coyote). Closely spaced and somewhat tight uneven corners caused the field to be strung out over most of the course with some bunching towards the top of the uphill stretch. After the second prime sprint, Tatar and Trudy van der Straaten (C-U Racing) managed to get away but were quickly brought back to the main field, which then stayed together for the remainder of the 30 minute + 2 laps race. An extremely close finish line sprint between Schneider and Tatar was ultimately decided by camera, with win going to Schneider, and van der Straaten taking third place.
Images by Mark Zalewski/www.showchoir.net
Men's Pro 1 / 2 1 Frank Pipp 2 Pete Hanna 3 Mike Ebert 5 John Puffer 5 Todd Cornelius 6 Todd Hancock 7 Brian Hammer 8 Ryan Nenninger 9 Rob Kelley 10 Steve Tilford 11 Kurt Rees 12 Andy Cicero 13 Dan Long 14 Frank Dierhing 15 Tim Elebaut 16 James Lennon 17 Joshua Carter 18 Kenny Labbe 19 John Faull 20 Jeff Schroetlin Women's 1/2/3 1 Magen Long 2 Andrea Ratkovic 3 Shawn Heidgen 4 Kelly Benjamin 5 Elizabeth Morse 6 CarrieAnn Kopernik 7 Debbie Dust 8 Catherine Walberg 9 Anne Meyer 10 Katie Weber 11 Alison Dwyer 12 Sarah Tillotson 13 Natalie Klembu 14 Heather Haviland 15 Rebecca Much 16 Jennifer Hawkins 17 Rachel Eichers 18 Jean Tschampa 19 Jamie Surges 20 Lindsay Wetzel 21 Andrea Venteicher 22 Francine Haas 23 Melanie Fitz Juniors 1 Cassel Lessinger 2 Jason Carr 3 Sam Brower 4 Alex Lewis 5 Peter Starykowicz 6 Shane Feehery 7 Christopher Powers 8 Matt Kwapisz 9 Matt Novak 10 Brad Williams 11 Jeffrey Powers 12 Brandon Feehery 13 Alex Andre 14 Paul Struebing 15 Sean Hopkins Men's Category 3 1 Reid Mumford 2 Robert Quinn 3 William Baudhein 4 Steven Driscoll 5 Trey McClure 6 Rob Brugman 7 Adam Lesniakowski 8 Shannon Malinquist 9 Robert Kron 10 Cassel Lessinger 11 Ulric de Young 12 Scott Jacobson 13 Jason Mygrant 14 Chris Vogel 15 Robert Schrank Women's Category 4 1 Samantha Schneider 2 Julie Tatar 3 Trudy van der Straaten 4 Susan Uphill 5 Catherine Burnham 6 Vicki Heck 7 Marilyn Powell 8 Julianne Fiocca 9 Kristin Koury 10 Peggy Murrin 11 Kim Morris 12 Elizabeth Fedofsky 13 Cynthia Dywan 14 Marilyn Cullinane 15 Gretchen Mau 16 Kathleen Dunne 17 Anne Barnes DNF Jeanette Fortmann DNF Emily MacDonald DNF Pamela Molitor DNF Ramona Kuna DNF Eve Pytel DNF Kristin Ostberg DNF Imelda March DNF Keri Anderson DNF Suzan Melton DNF Laura Morgan DNF Marcie Weiss Men's Category 4 1 Bradley Pearson 2 Andy Smart 3 Delfino Parra 4 John Wrycza 5 Skip Fotland 6 James Holton 7 Jeremy Musson 8 Brandon Antoniewicz 9 Mike Stevens 10 Richard Adamczyk 11 Alex Vostik 12 Marc Taylor 13 Aaron Vogel 14 Timothy Henry 15 Bob Hockin 16 Andy Walton 17 Lee Heaton 18 Martin Morris 19 Stathy Touloumis 20 Angelo DeGiovini Men's Category 5 / Citizen 1 Gary Bentz 2 Thomas Meersman 3 Marc Moeller 4 Steve Holeczy 5 Douglas Moss 6 Chris Waterstraat 7 Scott Ligocki 8 Christian Blaine 9 William Brown 10 Joe Farris 11 Peter Tampa 12 Michael Ruckman 13 Gregory Gohman 14 Patrick Stevens 15 Wayne Thompson 16 Steve Schien 17 Paul Ring 18 Steve VanZale 19 Loch Miwa 20 Bryce Hanna Masters 40+ 1 Steve Tilford 2 Todd Metz 3 Darrell Bratton 4 David Polin 5 Gary Doering 6 Gene Maken 7 William Ochowicz 8 John Fleekenstein 9 Wayne Simon 10 Bob Hockin 11 Vincent Boyer 12 Victor Grzebicki 13 Jim Marshall 14 Brian Choate 15 Brian Maroon