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23rd Chris Thater Memorial Criterium - NE

Binghamton, New York, USA, August 26-27, 2006

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Clarke continues roll at Thater

By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor

Navigators Insurance's Aussie sprinter Hilton Clarke continued his reign of August, winning out of a six rider breakaway at the Chris Thater Memorial Criterium in Binghamton, New York. Clarke's win marks his fourth in the month of August, winning last weekend's USPRO criterium and both races of the Tour of Elk Grove. Additionally, Navigators Insurance has cleaned up the money this month, winning the two biggest prize purses of the season.

The race was held under a steady rain with the deciding breakaway going early, just over ten miles into the fifty mile race. Without any let-up from the sky, the field had little chance of catching the leading group. Clarke had teammate Ciaran Power at his side in the break that also contained, Davide Fratini (Colavita-Sutter Home), Scott Zwizanski (KodakGallery-Sierra Nevada), as well as a TargeTraining and Symmetrics rider.

Unfortunately, Clarke and many of his Navigators Insurance teammates will be unable to continue their dominance next weekend at the USPRO road championships, which is now open only to U.S. citizens. And there are only three NRC events left following the championships -- the Atlanta 100K Classic, Univest Grand Prix and the Parker Main Street Omnium.

Van Gilder moves on from crit nationals with Thater win

The women raced in equally bad weather as the men, and had a similar outcome. A loaded breakaway got forty-five seconds on the field -- and with the top teams all represented, the race would come down to these seven riders. Out of this break, Rachel Heal (Victory Brewing) attacked on the final hill, but sprinter Laura Van Gilder (TEAm Lipton) was faster than Heal and teammate Laura Yoisten to come around in the final turns.

The break was initiated early in the race by three, including TEAm Lipton's strong rider Meredith Miller, Tour of Elk Grove winner Rachel Heal (Victory Brewing) and Catherine Powers (Aaron's Corporate Furnishings.) With thirty seconds on the field, Van Gilder decided to bridge with Katharine Carroll and Sarah Caravella joining. These three dangled for a while in the middle until the break realized this would help the numbers. Once the bridge made it, a solo bridge by Laura Yoisten (Victory Brewing) evened the numbers between TEAm Lipton and Victory Brewing.

This extended the lead quickly. Into the final laps, TEAm Lipton started attacking right away with Miller starting at four to go. She was brought back and the expected counter-attack came from Katharine Carroll who attacked at 2 to go. But it was all together on the final lap when Heal attacked on the well-known hill on the back side of the course with only Van Gilder and Yoisten following. Sarah Uhl (Serotta-Home Depot) brought the field in for eight place.


Men Pro/1/2
1 Hilton Clarke (Navigators)                       1.57.24
2 Scott Zwizanski (Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada)            
3 David Frattini (Colavita/Sutter Home)               0.01
4 Brandon Crichton (Symmetrics Cycling)                   
5 Chris Jones (Targetraining)                             
6 Ciaran Power (Navigators)                           0.23
7 Mark McCormack (Colavita/Sutter Home)               1.01
8 Mark Walters (Navigators)                               
9 Ben Brooks (Navigators)                             1.46
10 Jackson Stewart (Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada)           
11 Ryan Roth (Team R.A.C.E.)                          1.47
12 Martin Gilbert (Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada)        2.07
13 Emile Abraham (AEG-Toshiba-JetNetworks)                
14 Eneas Freyre (Targetraining)                       2.08
15 Mike Beers (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                      
16 Aaron Fillion (Ottawa Bicycle Club)                    
17 Jake Hollenbach (CCB/Volkswagon)                   2.09
18 Vassili Davidenko (Navigators)                     2.26
19 Siro Camponogara (Navigators)                          
20 Karl Menzies (Healthnet/Maxxis)                    2.30
21 Alejandro Acton (Targetraining)                        
22 Adam Myerson (Nerac/             2.31
23 Stephan Kincaid (Meredith Group/GPOA)                  
24 Patrick Walsh (CCB/Volkswagon)                         
25 Buck Miller (Team FiordiFrutta)                        
26 David Wiswell (CRCA/Sakonnet Tech)                 2.32
27 Peter Sanowar (Ital Pasta)                             
28 Dave Richter (Ital Pasta)                              
29 Amos Brumble (CCB/VW)                                  
30 Ryan Dewald (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                     
31 Gerardo Castro (Natures Path/Fuji)                     
32 Derek McMaster (Ital Pasta)                        2.33
33 Gavriel Epstein (GS Mengoni USA)                       
34 Tyler Wren (Colavita/Sutter Home)                      
35 Kenneth Johnson (M Street Racing)                      
36 Osmond Bakker (The Cyclery)                            
37 Michael Norton (Nerac/               
38 Lisban Quintero (GS Mengoni)                       2.35
39 Alberto Blanco (GS Mengoni)                        2.36
40 Shaun Devil (Panda Cycling Club)                   2.39
41 Dominic Perras (Kodakgallery/Sierra Nevada)        2.45
42 Matt Guse (Team R.A.C.E.)                          2.48
43 Michael Cody (Team FiordiFrutta)                   3.14
44 Elliot Gaunt (High Gear)                        1.00.29
Women Pro                                                 
1 Laura Van Gilder (Team Lipton)                   1.24.17
2 Laura Yoisten (Victory Brewing)                         
3 Rachel Heal (Victory Brewing)                       0.01
4 Sarah Caravella (Team Lipton)                           
5 Katharine Carroll (Victory Brewing)                 0.02
6 Catherine Powers (Aaron's Professional Womens Cyc)      
7 Meredith Miller (Team Lipton)                       0.37
8 Sarah Uhl (Serotta/Home Depot)                      2.01
9 Leigh Valletti (Travel Girl Magazine)                   
10 Chrissy Ruiter (Victory Brewing)                       
11 Heather Labance (Advil-Chapstick)                      
12 Amy Wallace (Wheelworks)                           2.02
13 Anna Webb (Karl Strauss/SDBC)                          
14 Kimberly Geist (Victory Brewing)                       
15 Amanda Shaw (Biovail)                                  
16 Brooke O'Connor (Hub Racing)                           
17 Kathleen Billington (Connecticut Coast Cycling)    2.03
18 Arielle Filiberti (Hot Tubes)                          
19 Katherine Lambden (Team Lipton)                    2.05
20 Laura Bowles (Victory Brewing)                     2.59
21 Lisa Jellett (Verducci Breakaway)                      
22 Megan Esmonde (Travel Girl Magazine)                   
23 Gaetane Perreault (Velo Bella)                         
24 Christy McArdle (Anthem CCCC)                          
25 Camie Kornely (Unattached)                             
Men Cat 3                                                 
1 Matthew Jamieson (Exodus)                        1.17.59
2 Ryan Morris (Unattached)                            0.15
3 Paul Curley (Gearworks Mid State)                       
4 Matt Spohn (White Rose Racing)                      0.16
5 Cheyne Hoag (JW Dundee's Ales & Lagers)                 
6 Andrew Van Kuren (Tioga Velo Club)                      
7 Jeff Zygo (ROG pb Towners)                              
8 Don Sproull (FLCC/Chris' Cookies/Swan Cy)               
9 Mark Polsinelli (Pavan)                                 
10 Warren MacDonald (Ride With Rendall)               0.17
11 Robert Schmidt (SAAB/CBRC)                             
12 Williamson Nicholson (Colavita)                        
13 Eduardo Maset (Pavan)                              0.18
14 Michael Carney (Faulkner Honda/Lost Boys)              
15 Kenneth Thomas (FortiStar/Handlebars)              2.59
16 Eutimio Quintero (CRCA/Metro Sanchez)              3.00
16 Robert Dietrick (GVCC/JW Dundee's)                     
18 Bob Wing (Champion Systems Racing)                     
19 Steven Tinston (Westwood Velo)                         
19 David Munden (                           
21 Eric Berend (CRCA/Organic Athlete)                 3.01
22 Richard Gorton (Gortoni Racing)                    3.04
23 James Joseph (Norba)                               3.08
Men Cat 4/5                                               
1 Christopher Chaput (Champion System Racing)      1.01.53
2 Brad Crosby (Golds Gym/Colavita)                    0.08
3 Gavin Robertson (Major Taylor Iron Riders)          0.13
4 Lee Palmateer (SAAB of Halfmoon/CBRC)               0.14
5 Adam Farabaugh (Unattached)                             
6 John Garrett (Fortistar-Handlebars)                     
7 Andrew Cummings (A.G. Edwards Cycling)                  
8 Brian Lawney (CNTTT)                                0.15
9 Sergey Shteyn (Unattached)                              
10 John Campton (              0.16
11 Tyler Matta (Act Cuevas)                               
12 Lewis Calmonte (CRCA/Sanchez Metro)                    
13 Timothy Singler (Unattached)                           
14 Steven Smith (Unattached)                          0.17
15 Jeff Parrish (Trailblazers/GVCC)                   0.18
16 Steven Johnsen (GVCC/CCY Park Ave.)                    
17 Kevin Wahila (Unattached)                          1.14
18 Paul Lasurdo (Unattached)                         18.56
19 Tim Bingham (                   
20 Ivan Santana (Unattached)                              
21 Jason Haight (                  
22 Craig Banger (East End/Kreb Cycle)                     
23 Joseph Walker (Tioga Velo Club)                        
24 Todd Sherwood (Tioga Velo Club)                        
25 Pat Kapinus (Tioga Velo Club)                          
26 Wayde Herneisey (Rudd Racing/TVC)                      
27 Michael Kumiega (Tioga Velo Club/Rudd Racing)          
28 Aaroncon Saul (Trailblazers/GVCC)                      
29 Barry Koblenz (SAAB of Halfmoon/CBRC)                  
30 Gary Graham (Tioga Velo Club)                          
31 David Simon (Diivne Adventures)                   18.57
32 Myles Brady (Tioga Velo Club)                          
33 Michael Morgan (Rudd Racing/TVC)                       
34 Kyle Roche (CBRC)                                      
35 James Dutko (SAAB of Halfmoon/CBRC)                    
36 Robert Kilcullen (Team American Classic)          22.04
37 Chad Casselman (Unattached)                       23.04
38 Keith Jordy (MIT Cycling)                         24.04
39 Brian Grant (Unattached)                          25.04
40 Benjamin Webster (Virginia Tech)                  26.04
41 George Hluck (Big Horn Velo Club)                 27.04
42 Corey Twyman (Hub Racing)                         28.04
43 Justan Germano (Unattached)                       29.04
44 John Hendrickson (Bingo Velo)                     30.04
45 Marcello Prattico (        31.04

Past winners

     Men                                      Women
2005 Mark McCormack (USA) Colavita Pasta      Tina Pic (USA) Quark Buford
2004 Sergio Rolando (USA) GS Gotham           Candice Blickem (USA) Genesis Scuba
2003 Jonas Carney (USA) Prime Alliance        Tina Mayolo-Pic (USA) Diet Rite
2002 Mark Walters (Can) Team Navigators       Laura Van Gilder (USA) Trek-Plus
2001 John Lieswyn (USA) 7UP/Colorado Cyclist  Kristy Scyrmgeour (Aus) Saturn
2000 Mark Walters (Can) Team Navigators       Katrina Berger (USA) Charles Schwab
1999 John Lieswyn (USA) Team Shaklee          Susy Pryde (NZl) Team Saturn
1998 Frank McCormack (USA) Team Saturn        Elizabeth Emery (USA) Team Saturn
1997 Ashley Powell (USA) Cycle Center         Karen Bliss Livingston (USA) Saturn