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Bike Jam - NE

Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 28, 2005


All Colavita, Van Gilder solo.

By Kristy Scrymgeour

Aaron Olson (Colavita Sutter Homes)
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On a day that started and ended as a sunny spring day, but had a momentary lapse of reason in the middle, Bike Jam of Baltimore hosted the Kelly Cup criterium in Patterson Park. In the women's race, Laura Van Gilder made an early move and rode to a solo victory for Quark Cycling Team after which the men's race was taken into the hands of Colavita Sutter Homes, who not only took the win with Aaron Olson, but also took, second, fourth fifth and eighth place.

The women started the pro events with a 20mile (32km) race on a one-mile course through the park. Starting at the top of a long uphill drag, the course twisted around top of the park before dipping down to and around the football fields, around a giant American flag and back around to the uphill drag to the finish after the final right hand turn. The winds were quite strong and the dark clouds were threatening, but the women raced most of their race in dry conditions.

The action started early in the women's race with Team Lipton leading the way. Every early attack saw a Lipton rider go with it, but it wasn't until a strong attack by Van Gilder mid way through the race that anything stuck. Using a breakaway move by Zoe Owers from Lipton, Van Gilder countered taking Lara Kroepsh (T-Mobile) with her. The pair worked well together for a few laps, but it was as Van Gilder picked up the pace for a mid race prime that Kroepsh started to fall off the wheel leaving Van Gilder out there alone.

"[Lara] was working really well out there," said Van Gilder, "but it seems she just didn't think she could make it."

Van Gilder powered on and gradually increased her lead to the chasing field. A few other riders tried to attack out of the bunch but the strong headwind on the back straight made it hard for anyone to stay out there. The last few lapsaw drastically changing conditions as the gusts picked up and the rain began to fall. By the time Van Gilder crossed the line for the win the rain was torrential. Behind in the field, a crash in the penultimate lap saw a split in the field. At the finish Shannon Hutchison (Aaron's Corporate Furnishings) took the bunch sprint for second place with Lara Kroepsch recovering from her breakaway effort to take the final podium position.

Van Gilder was happy with her win only a week before the Liberty Classics next Sunday. "Its great to have a few wins before Philly and today I felt good," she said. "I didn't expect to be off the front of the race but I knew that if the break didn't stay away we had Sarah Uhl for the sprint, so we had a couple of cards to play."

Although it didn't look like happening from the sidelines, Van Gilder said that at one stage she thought she might get caught. "The last lap was so windy and the headwind was really tough on the back straight, that I thought the bunch might actually close in on me," she said.

As for Philly, Van Gilder is nervous but looking forward to it. "I'm always nervous for that race. It's a big race," she said. "People have been telling me I can win because Petra is not here this year, but its not that easy. There are some very strong teams out there and a lot of girls who can win. Tina Pic, Oenone Wood, Judith Arndt, Gina Grain and of course Ina Teutenberg. She is riding so well at the moment and in the past she has always been working for other people. She also had a strong climbing team. It's going to be exiting. I love that type of racing."

In the men's race Colavita was on fire. The rain was torrential and the pace was on, as the move was bound to go early. Within a few laps of the start a break of four riders was off the front. It consisted of Mark McCormack and Aaron Olson from Colavita/Sutter Homes and Glenn Mitchell and Jackson Stewart from Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada. Within another lap Peter Baker (Snow Valley) had bridged the gap making the break five.

Jittery Joe's was chasing hard but the rain and the fast pace had split the bunch into three groups and an effective chase didn't eventuate. Alex Candelario (Jelly Belly) tried to attack out of the front chase group and had a convincing gap for a while, but before long he was reeled in and the whole Jelly Belly team hit the front for the chase.

In the break, the pressure was on and Stewart was dropped, followed by Baker, reducing the break to three with Mitchell jammed between the two Colavita riders. The trio worked very well together and despite the chase of TIAA Cref and Jelly Belly, the gap remained fairly constant at 40 seconds for many laps.

Mark McCormack (Colavita Sutter Homes)
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Finally the chase effort slowed and the break gained time quickly, bringing the field into view near the end of the race. In the final laps is was a game of two against one with Colavita having the upper hand. Olson attacked first making Mitchell chase. As soon as Olsen was caught McCormack countered but Mitchell was able to bring that back too. It was the final attack by Olson with two laps to go that was too much for Mitchell and Olson opened the gap very quickly with McCormack sitting on Mitchell's wheel. Olson rode solo to take the win and the race was for second between Mitchell and McCormack. On the final stretch the pair almost went into track stand mode, but eventually McCormack attacked hard and Mitchell had to settle for third place.

In the bunch TIAA Cref and Snow Valley both attempted break away efforts in the last few laps but nothing was sticking. Finally, Colavita came out on top again with Sebastian Alexandre taking the sprint for fourth place and his teammate Juan Jose Haedo following him in for fifth.

After the race the Colavita Sutter Home team was obviously happy with the result, Olson praising his teammates for the day. McCormack is one of the savviest riders out there. He put in a good day and set it up for me at the end. It was tough for Glenn at the end. You can only go so many times.

McCormack was also very happy. After his stage win at Connecticut and a third place at Cap Tech, he was happy for one of his teammates to take the win. "They have all worked very hard for me in the past few races and I'm sure I'll be calling on a few favours next Sunday."

Mitchell knew it was going to be a long shot. "Two against one is hard and I almost had a go in the final few laps but Mark beat me to it. I knew as soon as he got caught Olson would go."

"It was always going to be an interesting day in the rain," he added. "I knew the break would go early so I gave everything and the other guys in the break also gave everything."


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Pro 1/2 Men
1 Aaron Olson (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home)
2 Mark Mccormack (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home)
3 Glenn Mitchell (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)
4 Sebastian Alexandre (Colavtia Olive Oil-Sutter Home)
5 Juan Jose Haedo (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home)
6 Alejandro Acton (TargeTraining Cycling Team)
7 Jeff Hopkins (Jittery Joe's-Kalahari)
8 Jonathon Page (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home)
9 Russell Hamby (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)
10 Dave Mccook (Jelly Belly-PoolGel)
11 Alex Candelario (Jelly Belly-PoolGel)
12 Emile Abraham (Monex Cycling Team)
13 Ryan Dewald (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
14 Kyle Gritters (Team Seasilver)
15 Craig Dodson (Team Cobblestone/Nature's Path)
16 Chad Hartley (Team TIAA-CREF)
17 Kirk Albers (Jelly Belly-PoolGel)
18 Jon Wirsing (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
19 Eneas Frevre (TargeTraining Cycling Team)
20 Remi Mcmanus (Subway Pro Cycling Team)
21 Ben Jacques-Mayne (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)
22 Sterling Magnell (Monex Cycling Team)
23 Christoph Herby (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
24 Gustavo Artacho (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home)
25 Zach Taylor (Team TIAA-CREF)
26 Christian Lademann (German National Team)
27 Peter Baker (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
28 Jackson Stewart (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)
29 Scott Zwizanski (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)
30 Kevin Attkisson (Texas Roadhouse Cycling)
31 Mark Johnson (Rockville Harley-Davidson/Bicycle Pro Shop)
32 Peter Penzell (U.S. Armed Forces)
33 Stefan Steinweg (German National Team)
34 Brice Jones (Jelly Belly-PoolGel)
35 Tyler Wren (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home)
36 Brad Vicra (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
37 Evan Elken (Jittery Joe's-Kalahari)
38 Davide Frattini (Colavita Olive Oil-Sutter Home)
DNF Matt Cooke (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Todd Cornelius (Subway Pro Cycling Team)
DNF Chris Decker (NCVC/Edge Technoligies)
DNF Ian Birlem (Rockville Harley Davidson - Bicycle Pro Shop)
DNF Gregory Abbott (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Marco Aledia (Texas Roadhouse Cycling)
DNF Kris Auer (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Stefano Barberi (Team TIAA-CREF)
DNF Jason Baush (Team Seasilver)
DNF Chris Beck (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Steve Bednash (Atlantic Velo)
DNF Patrick Betz (German National Team)
DNF David Bozak (Big Wheel Bicycle Club)
DNF Jan Bratkowski (German National Team)
DNF Ed Brignole (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Ben Brooks (Jelly Belly-PoolGel)
DNF Zach Browne (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Brian Butts (Rockville Harley-Davidson/ Bicycle Pro Shop)
DNF Mike Chauner (CRCA/Sakonnet Technology)
DNF Nick Cossa (Evolution Cycling/Team DLS)
DNF Vassili Davidenko (Navigators Insurance Cycling Team)
DNF Ryan Dewald (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
DNF Bill Elliston (TargeTraining Cycling Team)
DNF Erik Engle (artemis)
DNF Glenn Fant (Monex Cycling Team)
DNF Aaron France (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Joshua Frick (DC Velo/Martens Volvo)
DNF Will Frischkorn (Team TIAA-CREF)
DNF Roberto Gaggioli (Monex Cycling Team)
DNF Hayden Godfrey (Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada)
DNF Tom Godfrey (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Josh Goodwin (Monex Cycling Team)
DNF Zak Grabowski (Team TIAA-CREF)
DNF Curtis Gunn (Team Seasilver)
DNF Chris Hardee (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Rich Harper (Cane Creek)
DNF Kris Hedges (Winners Edge)
DNF Michael Henson (Team Cobblestone/Nature's Path)
DNF Todd Herriott (Colvatia Olive Oil-Sutter Home)
DNF Jon Hansen (Richmond Cillismo)
DNF Gary Hoffman (DC Velo/Martens Volvo)
DNF Cameron Holland (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
DNF Cameron Hughes (Subway Pro Cycling Team)
DNF Boyd Johnson (Meredith Group-GPOA)
DNF Chris Foster (Jittery Joe's-Kalahari)
DNF Omer Kem (Subway Pro Cycling Team)
DNF Jason Snyder (Cycle Science)
DNF Jesse Lawler (Jittery Joe's-Kalahari)
DNF Ben Lindsey (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
DNF Caleb Manion (Jelly Belly-PoolGel)
DNF Jason Meidhof (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Paul Mica (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Nathan Miller (Monex Cycling Team)
DNF Jay Moglia (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Marcus Moloney (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Jeremy Mucha (Karl Strauss/SDBC)
DNF Ralph Muoio (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Ryan Nckenzie (Subway Pro Cycling Team)
DNF Marty Nothstein (Navigators Insurance Cycling Team)
DNF Ryan Oelkers (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
DNF James Perren (Quaker City Wheelman)
DNF Nate Pielerik (Meredith Group-GPOA)
DNF Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly-PoolGel)
DNF Matty Rice (Jelly Belly-Pool Gel)
DNF David Richter (Subway Pro Cycling Team)
DNF Chris Schmidt (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Andrew Shaw (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Ward Solar (Team Cobblestone/Nature's Path)
DNF Adam Steelman (Team Snow Valley p/b Seal on)
DNF Jake Stephens (Team Cobblestone/Nature's Path)
DNF Jason Stevenson (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Peter Stewart (Rockville Harley Davidson)
DNF Jonny Sundt (Jittery Joe's-Kalahari)
DNF Jonathan Swain (CRCA/Sakonnet Technologies)
DNF Curtis Tolson (Texas Roadhouse Cycling)
DNF Bart Torre (Cycling Center-Bio Racer)
DNF Paul Tower (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Kevin Vanes (Subway Pro Cycling Team)
DNF Carlos Vargas (Monex Cycling Team)
DNF Kyle Wamsley (Snow Valley Presented by Seal-On)
DNF joe Whitman (dynaflo/technocycle)
DNF Craig Wilcox (Jittery Joe's-Kalahari)
DNF Dan Wilson (Team Alliance Environmental)
DNF Greg Wolf (TargeTraining Cycling Team)
DNF Andy Wulfkuhle (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Robbie Yost (Subway Pro Cycling Team)
DNF Bruno Langlois (Jittery Joe's-Kalahari)
DNF John Delong (Snow Valley Pro)
DNF ALVARO Tarduguila (TargeTraining Cycling Team)
DNF Phil Wilkoff (Cane Creek)
Pro 1/2/3 Women
1 Laura Vangilder (Quark Cycling Team)
2 Shannon Hutchison (Aaron's Corporate Furnishings)
3 Laura Kroepsh (T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team)
4 Jennifer Mcrae (DIET CHEERWINE)
5 Christina Decray (Team Fuji)
6 Brooke Blackwelder (Team Tamarack)
7 Nicole Fredman (Ford-Basis)
8 Gina Grain (Victory Brewing Cycling Team)
9 Zoe Owers (Team Lipton)
10 Brenda Lyons (Victory Brewing Cycling Team)
11 Jeanette Williams (HPC/List/Cardinal)
12 Allie Warfel (Team Diet Cheerwine)
13 Catherine Powers (TDS - Schwalbe)
14 Jill Mclaughlin (Velo Bella)
15 Sarah Bamberger (Touchstone Climbing)
16 Liza Rachetto (Team Lipton)
17 Anna Milkowski (Team Lipton)
18 Sarah Uhl (Quark Cycling Team)
19 Lauren Franges (Victory Brewing Cycling Team)
20 Mary Hall (Tamarack)
21 Elizabeth Begosh (Velo Bella)
22 Rebecca Larson (Colavita/Cooking Light)
23 Christine Vardaros (Velo Bella)
24 Rebecca Much (T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team)
25 Beth Leasure (Team Spirit Cycling)
26 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)
27 Elizabeth Morse (Team Fuji)
28 Janelle Hubbard (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
29 Rebecca Wellons (Gearworks/Spin Arts Cycling Team)
30 Heidi Goldberg (HPC/List/Cardinal)
31 Sarah Caravella (Team Fuji)
32 kristy Scheffenacker (velo bella)
33 Heather Labance (Quark Cycling Team)
34 Sandra Kolb (Bicycle John's Serious Cycling)
35 Kathleen Billington (Diet Cheerwine)
36 Mandy Lozano (BMW-Bianchi Cycling Team)
37 Kami Tremblay (Gear Works/ Spin Arts Cycling Team)
38 Ashley Kimmet (Colavita/Cooking Light)
39 susan Hefler (HPC/LIST/Cardinal)
40 Rosy Mccall (Team Fuji)
41 Tammy Sadle (HPC/List/Cardinal)
42 Jana Repulski (Team Tamarack)
43 Nancy Lux (BMW-Bianchi Cycling Team)
44 Lisa Jellett (CTS/Cranford Bike Club)
45 Lenore Imhof (Colavita Racing, Inc.)
DNF Cory Bemis (Hub Racing)
DNF Candice Blickem (Quark Cycling Team)
DNF Nicole Bossie (Defeet)
DNF Michele Bote (Hub Racing)
DNF Laura Bowles (Diet Cheerwine)
DNF Lisa Boyd (HPC/List/Cardinal)
DNF Diane Castor (Velo Bella)
DNF Amity Elliot (Team BBC)
DNF Carol Ennser (Tripower)
DNF Megan Esmonde (Colavita/Cooking Light)
DNF E Shepard Farrar (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Laura Ferree (HPC/List/Cardinal)
DNF Alison Fischer (east coast velo)
DNF Sami Fournier (Velo Bella)
DNF Lauren Gaffney (Ford-Basis)
DNF Erin Garvin (fuji)
DNF Kathryn Grauert (World Cup Ski and Cycling)
DNF Michelle Hart (MCCT)
DNF May Britt Hartwell (Diet Cheerwine)
DNF Mari Holden (T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team)
DNF Nonnie Howard (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)
DNF Gretchen Jacobs (HPC/List/Cardinal)
DNF Nancy Jadatz (Team Snow Valley)
DNF Chris Kelley (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Katherine Lambden (TEAm Lipton)
DNF Sara Legrand (Diet Cheerwine)
DNF Christine Lynch (Baltimore Bicycling Club)
DNF Leeanne Manderson (Hub Racing)
DNF Beth Mason (NCVC/Edge Technologies)
DNF Diane Miller (HPC/List/Cardinal)
DNF Brooke O'connor (Hub Racing)
DNF Janet Olney (TEAM BBC)
DNF Cheryl Osborne (Artemis)
DNF Brook Ourada (T-Mobile Professional Cycling Team)
DNF Priscilla Pang (LSV/Kelly)
DNF Melissa Petty (T.E.A.M. Fuji)
DNF Angela Purcell (Team BBC)
DNF Nikki Raspa (Hub Racing)
DNF chrissy Saraceni (Verducci/Breakaway Racing)
DNF Patty Shoaf (BMW-Bianchi Cycling Team)
DNF Daniele Staskal (BMW-Bianchi Cycling Team)
DNF Lisa Matlock (Tamarack)
DNF Lauren Trull (Diet Cheerwine)
DNF Lisa Vible (Velo Bella)
DNF Heidi Von Teitenberg (Team BBC (Baltimore Bicycling Club))
DNF Tara Walhtart (Verduccit Racing)
DNF Martha Wilson (Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team)
DNF Sara Zeigler (Maryland Collegiate Cycling Team)
DNF Catherine Satzke (Bikery/Shebell & Shebell)
DNF Michelle Suplick (Tri State Velo)
DNF Jacqueline Paull (Team Alliance Enviromental)
DNF Shawn Heidgen (TDS - Schwalbe)
DNF Karen Kaiss (Starbucks)