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USA Cycling National Festival - NE
Seven Springs, PA, USA, July 6-17, 2006
Day 10 - July 16: Masters road races
More masters road race titles awarded
By Andy Lee, USA Cycling
Five more masters road championships were awarded Sunday at the USA Cycling National Festival at Seven Springs. The Best Overall titles in the five categories run Sunday were also awarded.
The closest race of the day capped off a hot day of masters racing when Malcolm Hill (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Specialized/Sonance) claimed the master men 50-54 title in a sprint finish in two hours, nine minutes and 24 seconds.
"My teammate (Keith Ketterer (Newport Beach, Calif. / Sonance/Specialized)) and I were in the lead three with one K to go, and he did a real good job of pulling David Zimbelman (Taunton, Mass. / Excel Sports) back," Hill said. "Once we got on his wheel, we just started throwing the attacks. Zimbelman had me coming into the final feed zone and I just took my time, waited, jumped and it stuck. I just gave everything. I had nothing left at the end, nothing at all and I collapsed at the line."
Halfway into the eight-lap, 75-kilometre contest, Hill, Ketterer and Zimbelman broke away from the peloton. Throughout the contest they maintained roughly a 25-second gap on the field with various riders bridging; but in the closing kilometres, the three were all that remained in front of the 73-man field. With two kilometres to go, Zimbelman attacked and Hill responded, beating him to the line in the closing meters.
Zimbelman finished second in the road race, but took home the Best Overall title for his age category.
The strongest women's performance from the masters' women came in the 40-44 category. Mara Miller (Ramsey, N.J./ Team Advil-Chapstick) dominated not only her own category by rolling in 52 seconds ahead of her closes competitor, but also came within 3:30 of catching the leader of the 45-49 category race that started 10 minutes later.
"I just kept saying to myself 'keep a tempo, keep it nice and even,' and I kept asking the official what the split was and he kept saying 20, 30 and then he said 55 and I knew I just had to motor it in," Miller said. Miller completed the eight lap, 75-km race in 2:29:32.
Just two laps into the contest, Miller and Cindy Carroll (McGuire Cycling Team) rode off the front of the peloton, but every time a break developed, they were quickly reabsorbed.
"With two laps to go, Cindy attacked on the climb on the back side of the course - I was watching her all the day, I knew she was the girl to watch - so we got away until about three kilometres to go and she started to die," Miller said. "I thought 'this is it' and just kept going."
Miller also won the Best Overall title for her category.
Tracy Huber (Louisville, Ky. / Kentucky Flyers) picked up her second national title of this Festival with her win in the women's 45-49 category, along with the Best Overall title in the master women's 45-49 category.
Earlier in the day, Thurlow Rogers (Newbury Park, Calif. / Sonance/Specialized) took the master men's 45-49 road race crown ahead of 61-riders in the 88-km race - nearly three minutes ahead of Clint Chase (Seattle, Wash. / Byrne Specialty Gases) who finished second.
"I got away from the field early in the second lap on the downhill, bridged across to the lead group to where there were three of us, including my teammate Tim Black (Irvine, Calif. / Sonance/Specialized). Tim was kind of hurting there at the end so I had to leave him. Hopefully he can snag them at the end," Rogers said, watching the conclusion of his race.
Rogers picked up the Best Overall title for the masters men 45-49.
The first race of the day, however, seemed more like a test of endurance as a field of 64-riders dwindled with each passing kilometre in the 88-km masters' men 40-44 race.
With 9km left to go, five riders broke away from the remnants of the peloton with Dirk Pohlmann leading the group. Pohlmann beat Ramon Benitez (Glenwood, Md. / Hydromax/MI) to the line, but Pohlmann was later disqualified for not being entered in the race. Benitez was awarded first-place with his time of 2:31:21, as well as the Best Overall title for his age category.
Master Men 40-44 1 Ramon Benitez (Hydromax/IMI) 2.31.21 2 Michael Hutchinson (SPINE) 0.24 3 Jeff Sargent (FFKR\ Sportsbaseonline.com) 0.41 4 Jonathan Card (Cane Creek/Saturn of Toledo) 0.59 5 Troy Kimball (Westwood Velo) 1.10 6 Robbie Robinette (Team Hotel San Jose Racing) 1.11 7 Joseph Baremore (DC Velo/Martens Volvo) 1.18 8 Fred Reidenbach (Hydromax/IMI) 1.25 9 Andy Applegate (Abercrombie & Fitch p/b Inferno) 1.31 10 Hunter East (Motorwerks-CARVE) 1.41 11 Stephen Spanbauer (Papa John's Racing Team) 1.43 12 Richard Meeker (Tailwind Sports/USPS Masters) 1.45 13 Chris Halverson (Spring Street Sports) 1.47 14 David Taylor (CRCA - Blue Ribbon) 2.19 15 Walter Vaughan (Flag Velo) 2.33 16 Tom Francis (Boston Road Club) 2.58 17 Chris Wire (San Jose Bicycle Club) 3.09 18 Tim Loughlin (Unattached) 4.47 19 John Bagley (GrandStay Cycling Team) 4.54 20 John Spittal (GS Lancaster) 4.55 21 Eric Saltzman (SPINE) 5.00 22 Firmon Hardenbergh (All3Sports.com) 5.07 23 Daniel Casper (GrandStay Cycling Team) 5.10 24 Tris Hopkins (Team Columbus) 5.13 25 William Crecelius (Papa Johns Racing Team) 6.05 26 John Meehan (Iowa City Cycling Club) 6.54 27 Andy Lougher (All3sports.com) 8.00 28 Edward Delgros (Allied Decals) 8.01 29 Matthew Mason (Cycles de Oro) 10.56 30 John Kelly (LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies) 11.02 31 Yong Kong (Guy's Racing) 11.07 32 Timothy Beirne (Papa Johns Racing Team) 11.23 33 Paul Nilsen (Brazen Dropouts) 11.29 34 Rodney Simpson (Greensboro Velo Club) 11.36 35 Nao Yamashita (Gotham Cyclists) 11.37 36 Kurt Massey (Raleigh AllStars) 11.46 37 Donald Davis (West Florida Wheelmen) 13.35 38 Roy Simmons (All3Sports.Com) 13.56 39 Brad Ober (Hub Racing) 14.09 40 Andrew Nevitt (San Jose Bicycle Club) 14.54 41 Ryan Guttridge (LSV/Kelly Benefits Strategy) 21.07 42 Mark Gunsalus (BikeBarnRacing.com) 22.20 43 Thorr Pharr (SBRT/Dutch Wheelman) 22.48 44 Bryan Routledge (ACA-Sette Nove) 24.09 45 Colin Vogt (Montgomery Cyclery / Specialize) 39.30 46 Thomas Eberlein (Color Me safe) 41.25 47 Mark Sumner (CBRC) 1.28.39 48 Michael Zban (GS Lancaster) 49 Steve Green (Team Edge Cycle Sport) 50 David Chernosky (Team Columbus) 51 Bill Marut (October Lake Effect) DNF Fred Hoyle (SBRT - Dutch Wheelman) DNF Scott Bond (Speedway Wheelman) DNF Michael Satterfield (Cycles de Oro) DNF Andy Kain (Elite Bicycles) DNF Christopher Johnston (Unattached) DNF William Luecke (NCVC/Inova Health System) DNF Robert Moskal (Elite Bicycles) DNF John Mandrola (Papa John's Racing) DNF Michael Mcshane (Papa John's Racing Team) DNF Bill Breslin (VCB/Race Pace) DNF Homer Patterson (All3Sports.com) DQ Dirk Pohlmann (Bike Zoo/SCO) DQ Mark Griffin (Cycles de Oro) Master Men 45-49 1 Thurlow Rogers (Sonance-Specialized) 2.32.06 2 Clint Chase (Byrne Specialty Gases) 2.43 3 Charles Grose (Elite Bicycles) 4.36 4 Neal Stansbury (Tri State Velo) 5 Glenn Snyder (Meredith Group/GPOA) 4.37 6 Tim Black (Sonance/Specialized) 4.40 7 Robert Bobrow (Papa Johns Racing Team) 7.03 8 Pascal Sauvayre (CRCA/Blue Ribbon-Translations.c) 7.26 9 William Thompson, Jr. (Bethel Cycle Sport Club) 7.34 10 Douglas Williamson (Meredith Group-GPOA) 7.45 11 Kevin Kolodziejski (Amoroso/Victory Racing Team) 7.56 12 Thomas Butler (CCB/Volkswagen) 9.02 13 Jay Wolkoff (Sonance-Specialized) 9.05 14 Robert Shultz (Dutch Wheelman) 9.10 15 Max Miley (RBM Elite / Matrix) 9.22 16 Arthur Brown (DC Velo/Martens Volvo) 9.24 17 Desmond Slattery (Breakaway Racing) 9.25 18 Michael Maring (Presque Isle Cycling Club) 9.26 19 Matt Hahn (Team Ranchos) 9.33 20 Rudy Sroka (October Lake Effect) 9.35 21 Eric Pearce (BOB/Skofiled Builders) 9.56 22 Sam Childs (RBM/Trek VW) 10.02 23 Erik Scheller (AxleyUSA.com/Spoke & Sprocket) 10.30 24 Bryan Barrett (Bike Line / LWA) 11.09 25 John Scandurra (Brazen Dropouts) 11.27 26 Michael Haddad (Team Bikery / Shebell & Shebell) 12.08 27 Brack Hattler (Cody Racing/Spike Professional) 28 Robert Hachadoorian (Main Line Cycling (MLC)) 16.27 29 Rudy Johnson (Outspokin) 18.05 30 Scott Hodder (3D Racing Team) 18.15 31 Galen Wallace (LSV/Kelly Benefit Stratigies) 18.38 32 Michael Mcgraw (DC Velo/Martens Volvo) 18.43 33 Graeme Mardon (Northwest Cycling Club) 18.54 34 Kevin Saint Clair (MLC Bikyle) 19.03 35 David Rushing (Casey Auto Group/JRVS) 19.43 36 Joseph Manacchio (MLC Bikyle) 20.26 37 Jose Collado (CRCA/Global Locate) 21.52 38 Robert Gottlieb (SCI-FIT) 22.03 39 Raymond Russell (ACA-Sette Nove) 23.49 40 David Petree (GVC/DeOro/Printery) 25.34 41 Doug Mclerran (Vision Quest) 25.48 42 Michael Tacci (Main Line Cycling/ BiKyle) 29.19 43 Larry Towner (Liberty Cycle) 30.21 44 James Bellora (Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB) 31.43 45 Michael Dee (Elite Bicycles) 32.42 46 Jeffery Markham (GS Lancaster) 43.54 DNF Ivan Solero (BiKyle) DNF David Mitchell (Meredith Group-GPOA) DNF Craig Savage (Outdoorlights.com) DNF Ron Livingston (Main Line Cycling) DNF Joel Brazy (Main Line Cycling) DNF Andrew Reynolds (N.H.Velo) DNF Richard Macinnes (Scheller's Indiana Masters Raci) DNF Dwight Roth (JW Dundees Cycling Team) DNF Joseph Piscitello (Team Cadence / VeloEuropa) DNF Jim Mcdermott (Elite Bicycles) DNF David Black (ERA Cycling) DNF Tim Shea (Team B.O.B. / Naults) DNF Russ Murphy (Mesa Cycles Racing) DNF Taylor Hogan (JW Dundees Cycling Team) DNF Paul Wonsavage (Onoin River Sports) Master Women 40-44 1 Mara Miller (Team Advil-ChapStick) 2.29.32 2 Cindy Carroll (McGuire Cycling Team) 0.52 3 Carli Figueroa (Paramount Racing) 1.03 4 Beth Leasure (Team Spirit) 2.54 5 Yvette Labombard (JW Dundee's Ales & Lagers) 3.03 6 Dolly Ginter (Radsport/Edge) 4.08 7 Jennifer Slawta (Cycle Analysis) 8 Catherine Dickson (Bicycle Ranch) 5.52 9 Debbie Preller (Jet City Velo) 30.31 10 Shelley Reynolds (Mission In Motion Cycling Team) 30.33 11 Maria Elena Collazo (Tri-State Velo/Amoroso/Victory) 30.35 12 Tracy Rankin (DC Velo/Martens Volvo) 30.36 13 Mary Ellen Bailey (Stark Velo) 30.37 14 Tammy Meehan (Iowa City Cycling Club) 30.38 15 Lisa Vible (ADG/Joe's Bike Shop) 30.39 16 Suzanne Tempsick (3D Racing Team) 30.40 17 Julie Lewis Sroka (October Lake Effect) 30.41 18 Lynn Allen (Lynn Allen) 30.42 19 Carol Becht (Team Bikery/Shebell Shebell) 30.45 20 Cheryl Thigpen (Tulsa Wheelmen) 30.46 21 Francine Haas (Alberto's Sport) 30.47 22 Kerry Traynor (Foristar/Handlebars) 30.48 Master Women 45-49 1 Tracy Huber (Kentucky Flyers) 2.34.32 2 Monica Neilson (Velo Bella-Kona) 0.04 3 Leslie Gaines (Priority Health) 0.13 4 Ruth Clemence (Simple Green) 2.47 5 Cindy Dunn (Genesee Valley Cycling Club) 5.49 6 Martha Walsh (First Rate Mortgage) 6.00 7 Sarah Sauvayre (CRCA/Comedy Central-- New Canaa) 25.28 8 Elizabeth Benishin (Velo Bella-Kona) 25.29 9 Brenda Bahnson (Independent Fabrication/Kempner) 25.32 10 Diane Castor (Velo Bella-Kona) 25.33 11 Lorraine Lipfert (East Coast Velo) 25.34 12 Janet Edgerton (BMW-Bianchi) 25.43 13 Marni Harker (Revolution/Rock Creek Racers) 25.44 14 Donna Lakomski (360 Cycleworks) 25.46 15 Beverly Robinson (Champion Hearts) 25.49 Master Men 50-54 1 Malcolm Hill (Specialized/Sonance) 2.09.24 2 David Zimbelman (Excel Sports) 0.04 3 Keith Ketterer (Sonance/Specialized) 0.30 4 Wayne D. Stetina (US Postal - Masters) 2.52 5 Glenn Swan (FLCC/ Chris's Cookies) 3.15 6 Kent Bostick (AMD Masters) 4.36 7 Michael Mueller (Sonance/Specialized) 4.37 8 Charles Townsend (Bianchi/Grand Performance) 9 Randall Root (Team Snow Valley / Sibex Sports) 4.41 10 Mark Huffman (UC CYCLERY/SUN COAST VELO) 4.42 11 Craig Clark (Evolution/Team DLS) 4.46 12 Bill Kellagher (Simple Green-Volvo-Trek) 4.54 13 Neal Stoughton (Simple Green / Volvo) 5.01 14 Gary Palmer (Team Tortuga) 7.28 15 Mark Luzio (Arc en Ciel) 27.56 16 Rick Sorenson (Casper Wheelmen) 30.54 17 Mike Newsome (GSBMCT) 31.05 18 Stan Watkins (Peoria Bicycle Club / Proctor C) 56.18 19 Paul Gossi (Bicycle Warehouse/Team Easty) 56.41 20 Phillip Sladek (Geri Atrix) 56.44 21 Mark Kowaliw (Bianchi/Grand Performance) 56.47 22 James Sauls (Vision Quest) 23 Paul Curley (Gearworks/Spinarts) 56.55 24 Bob Kehl (Guys Racing) 56.56 25 Mark Wolowiec (Flying Rhino Cycling Club) 56.57 26 Fredrick Anderson (West Michigan Coast Riders) 56.59 27 John Paproski (K2/Shirks) 28 Randy Thrasher (DC Velo/Martens Volvo) 29 Jim Brock (Alabama Masters) 57.01 30 Richard Brink (West Virginina Healthcare) 31 Michael Rudkin (Raleigh Allstars) 57.02 32 Mark Sommers (DC Velo/Martens Volvo) 57.04 33 Brian Dahl (Great Plains Cycling Club) 57.06 33 Vic Maddox (Papa John's Racing Team) 35 John Hamilton (Susquehanna Valley Velo Club) 57.07 36 Jim Bronson (Lateral Stress Velo Inc.) 57.08 37 Donald Clapp (Bikery Shebell/Shebell) 57.09 38 Charles Higgins (Team One Racing) 39 Steve Simet (James River Velo Sport/Casey Ch) 57.12 40 Ron Ray (Big Wheel Bicycle Club) 57.19 41 John Dalzell (Quaker City Wheelmen) 57.30 42 Myles Weitzman (Bicisport West Michigan) 57.52 43 Lonnie Kennedy (Mesa Cyclning Team) 1.50.36 44 Jay Gaunt (Main Line Cycling) 1.50.37 45 Ken Johnson (Motovelo/Sledgehammercharlies) 1.50.38 46 William Ehler (UPMC Cycling Performance) 1.50.39 47 Fred Hoblit (Sonance/Specialized) 1.50.40 48 George Heagerty (Geri Atrix) 1.50.41 49 Dana Fallon (Team Bikery/Shebell & Shebell) 1.50.42 50 Thomas Doughty (Discovery Channel AMD Masters) 1.50.43 51 Larry Pandy (Stark Velo) 1.50.44 52 Patrick Kennedy (Liberty Cycle) 1.50.45 53 Bruce Bell (GMBC/Catamount) 1.50.46 54 Skip Rogers (UPMC Cycling Performance) 1.50.47 55 Paul Siebert (BCA/VOmax) 1.50.48 56 Roman Paczka (MLC) 1.50.49 57 William Gentile (Spinners Cycling) 1.50.50 58 Robert Mairs (Bianchi/Grand Performance) 1.50.51 59 Dan Skinner (Delta Faucet/Indy Velo) 1.50.52 60 Michael Ellis (UPMC Cycling Performance) 1.50.53 61 Bob Benedum (Loon State Cyclists) 1.50.54 62 Tom Bain (Geri Atrix) 1.50.55 63 Henry Schnepf (Sonance/Specialized) 1.50.56 64 Jeff Penrod (Flathead Cycling) 1.50.57 65 Mark Pinson (Root Hog Coal Company, Inc.) 1.50.58 66 Joseph Zuppa Jr (Wendy's/SeacoastBuilders/YSG Ra) 1.50.59 67 Frans Verstraeten (Dutch Wheelman Team) 1.51.00 68 James Bowen (Lake Country Bike) 1.51.01 69 Michael Alber (Reno Wheelmen) 1.51.02 70 Earl Perretti (Team Bikery/Shebell Shebell) 71 Bruce Townend (Berkshire Cycling Association/V) 72 Thomas Cormier (BOB) 73 Paul Steagall (Pedal Pack of the Pee Dee) 1.51.03