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Wednesday Worlds - Race 2
Denver, CO, June 5, 2003
By Rob Coppolillo
For the second week running, Australian Andy Graham absolutely owned the Wednesday Worlds circuit race in downtown Denver, Colorado. Over 100 riders lined up on a drizzly, cold evening to decide who would be the champion for this, the second edition of the 2003 Wednesday Worlds.
The women's turnout was dismal, but a few brave souls jumped in the men's races, getting some valuable mid-week training around the enormous Invesco Field at Mile High. T-Mobile's Lara Kroepsch stayed in the men's masters race, then lasted a few laps in the pro-I-II race.
"It's gonna be a hard," she said just before the start of the main event and she was right.
Like many Colorado races, despite a relatively modest prize list, a field of high-quality pros made it a difficult 50-minute test. Jim Copeland (Trek-VW), Colby Pearce (5280) and the "old boy" on the scene, Alan McCormack (Vitamin Cottage) lined up on western side of the stadium for their race. Missing this week, luckily for many of the amateurs, were Jon Vaughters (Prime Alliance) and Dirk Friel-two of last week's top-five finishers.
But it was Andy Graham (Jamba Juice/Casati) who stole the show. The relatively unknown-in these parts-Australian won all three prime sprints last week, and kept his perfect run going this night as well. He took the first in a close dash from a bunch including Chuck Coyle (Vitamin Cottage) and Copeland, but on the second he attacked so forcefully before the line that he rode easily across, with nearly a 10-second gap, and kept going.
By the end of the evening he'd soloed to nearly a minute's advantage, leaving the sprint for second place to a group of 20 riders. Coyle led home in a tight sprint against Brent Jenkins (Intermountain Color), with Copeland and Ryan Starr (Jamba Juice/Casati) just behind.
"The weather kept a few people away," said race promoter and former pro, Clark Sheehan. "But it was good. Next week we've got a bigger evening planned, with our Wednesday Worlds Rides the Rapids."
Sheehan explained that Colorado's professional soccer team, the Rapids, play this coming Wednesday, June 12, and cyclists buying a ticket for the match will be entered in a raffle for a $2000 bicycle. In addition, there will be kids' activities, inexpensive food and big crowds for the bike racing, which begins at 5 p.m. with all an event for all categories. The soccer match will follow the men's pro-I-II event.
For more information, go to www.wednesdayworlds.com, or e-mail Sheehan at email@example.com.
Graham takes a perfect record into the third race of the series, which continues into July.
Images by Beth Seliga/www.3catsphoto.com
Pro 1/2 1 Andy Graham (Jamba Juice) 2 Chuck Coyle (Vitamin Cottage) 3 Jim Copeland (Trek VW) 4 Ryan Starr (Jamba Juice/Casati) 5 Alan McCormack (Vitamin Cottage) 6 Colby Pearce (5280) Todd Berger (Excel Sports) Standings after Round 2 Senior Men 4 1 Marcus Danko 20 pts 2 Daniel Summerhill 19 3 Brian Usher 14 4 Rider #131 14 5 Joe Sullivan 10 6 Seth Ruben 8 7 Greg Besaw 8 8 Nick Howe 3 9 George Hertner 3 10 Dellys Franke 3 11 Brian Beardsley 2 12 Waid Wynn 1 13 #115 Rider 1 14 John Colson 1 Senior Men 3 1 Sean Madsen 27 2 Alex Robles 15 3 Peter Stetina 14 4 Brady Kappius 13 5 Jason Hendler 7 6 Russell Kappius 6 7 Chris Behrens 6 8 Neil Flock 5 9 Briain Bender 5 10 Emery Leys 4 11 Todd Zuercher 2 12 Ron Czarnecki 2 13 Paul Leichhre 1 14 Jered Gruber 1 Senior Men Pro 1/2 1 Andy Graham 42 2 Chuck Coyle 15 3 Jim Copeland 15 4 Dirk Friel 8 5 Jonathan Vaughters 6 6 Colby Pearce 6 7 Brent Jenkins 6 8 Alan Mccormack 3 9 Michael Brown 3 10 Steve Stewart 2 11 Ryan Starr 2 Women/Masters 1 Mike Paulin 30 2 Brad Haswell. 27 3 Brad Lundahl 20 4 Gwenal Hagen 15 5 Phil Esign 5 6 Steve Dunn 4 7 Tim Kalisch 2 8 John Hornick. 2 9 Dave Skinkle 1 10 Steve Presta 1 11 Stuart Kroonenberg 1 Juniors 1 Waid Wynn 29 2 Bryce Lawson 27 3 Emil Marinov 23 4 Daniel Flint 13 5 Davis Glasscock 7 6 Austn Mcknight 3 7 Will Flanagen 2 8 Forest Gillette 1 9 Jason Fay 1