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Downeast Cyclo-cross - C2
Auburn Maine, USA, October 6, 2002
Gullickson travels cross-country to take Verge Series Opener
By John Verheul
Marc Gullickson of Mongoose/Hyundai flew across the country to start in the DownEast Cyclo-Cross. His competition saw him fly away early in the race.
The former US National Champion and Overall SuperCup champion grabbed the lead on lap 1, breaking away with the newly married Jonathan Page (Richard Sachs), and never looked back as he claimed the race title. With that win, Gullickson also takes the blue leader's jersey in the 2002 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series.
Gullickson had an atypically poor start in his first 'cross race of the year, and had to work hard to pull back the early leaders - including fast starter and series promoter Adam Hodges Myerson (NCC/Bikereg.com). As soon as he did, he attacked straight through near the end of the first lap. Page was the only rider able to respond, although a hard working Peter Wedge (Kona) made a valiant effort. Defending Verge Series champion Mark McCormack of Saturn chased the two leaders, and eventually made contact with Page as Gullickson rode away. Gullickson rode a steady effort for the rest of the race alone to finish 18 seconds up on Page. To his credit, the Richard Sachs rider never let up the entire way, while McCormack was forced to limit his efforts and ride alone for a solid third place on the day. "I was able to ride at 90% pretty easily, but I needed to go a lot harder than that today" said the veteran pro.
Canadian National Champion Pete Wedge broke away from a group of three late in the race to take fourth. He was followed in by the US U23 National Champion, and a native of Corinth, ME, Adam Craig (Giant).
On the women's side, last year's runner-up Mary McConnelough (Seven Cycles) got an excellent start, took the lead over the first of two sets of barriers on the course, and never looked back. McConnelough rode a very steady race to finish 2:55 in front of the second placed rider, while behind her there were tight battles for the rest of the top five spots on the day. Canadian National Champion Shauna Gillies-Smith gave the host Gearworks/SRP team something to cheer about by holding off the super smooth Jodi Groesbeck (Putney/West Hill) for second. Behind them, rising star Alicia Genest (Richard Sachs) held off Gearworks/SRP's Sara Cushman for fourth.
Saturn Development team rider and U.S. junior national champion Jesse Anthony ran away with the junior race in a dominant performance. CCB's Konrad Lebas made a valiant effort to stay with Anthony on lap 1, but Anthony ran away to a winning margin of over four minutes. Lebas was able to hold off Josh Benson (MVBC) for third.
Other winners on the day donning new Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series leader's jerseys were Sam Morse in Men's 35+, Paul Curley in Men's 45+, and Matt Hersey in the Men's B race. The Men's C race winner was Ethan Fogg, while Jean Cunningham won the Women's B race and Keith Brown took the Beginner Junior race.
With over $25,000 in prize money, six internationally sanctioned rounds in five states, and all events world-class, the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series is once again the premier cyclo-cross racing series in the U.S. Verge, the title Sponsor of the New England Cyclo-Cross Series produces custom jerseys, shorts, knickers, tights, armwarmers and other cycling-related accessories. Look for the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series jersey on the backs of the Series Leaders, and look for the Verge truck at the races.
Other series supporters include Cycle-Smart coaching, promotions & management; Time Sport USA, designer and manufacturer of cycling pedals, shoes and forks; The Ride Magazine, exhaustively covering East Coast Bike Culture; Honey Stinger, convenient honey-based energy foods; and BikeReg.com, the premier on-line registration company for cycling events.
Round 2 of the 2001 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series will be the ECV Cyclo-Cross, held on Sunday, Oct. 13 in Gloucester, Mass. Like the Downeast Cyclo-Cross, it is a U.S. team selection event for the World Championships and a UCI Category 2 race.
Images by Paul Weiss/www.paulweiss.bz
Elite men 1 Marc Gullickson (Mongoose) 1.00.41 2 Jonathon Page (Richard Sachs) 0.18 3 Mark McCormack (Saturn) 1.34 4 Peter Wedge (Kona) 1.48 5 Adam Craig (Giant) 1.56 6 Mike Broderick (Seven) 2.00 7 Jerimiah Bishop (Trek/VW) 2.14 8 Kirt Fitzpatrick (Trek/VW) 3.18 9 Jon Hamblin (Carlisle) 3.25 10 Matt Svartek (Wheelworks) 3.49 11 Rob Hult (O'Neils) 3.59 12 Brian Astell (CCB) 4.10 13 Jeremy Powers (Devo) 4.27 14 Todd Bowden (cvc - Pig Iron) 4.51 15 Ches Christophe (Montreal) 5.11 One lap behind 16 Adam Hodges Meyerson (NCC/Bikereg.com) 17 Eugene Rurter (Trek/VW) Rele Josh Anthony (Saturn) Elite women 1 Mary McConnelough (Seven) 40.33 2 Shauna GilliesSmith (Gearworks/SRP) 2.55 3 Jodi Groesbeck (Putney/westhill) 3.06 4 Alicia Genest (Richard Sachs) 4.15 5 Sara Cushman (Gearworks/SRP) 4.35 6 Cori Page 5.02 7 Anna Milkowski (Gearworks/SRP) 5.24 8 Susan Maclean (BOB) 6.11 9 Kathy Savary (Mid /State) 6.39 One lap behind 10 Sheila Vibert (Redhook) 11 Marianne Stover (Gearworks/SRP) 12 Mary Martinez (NEBC) 13 Catherine Dudley 14 Stephanie Roussos (7up) 15 Rebecca Sox (Dansko/Wheelworks/IF) 16 Sarah Gagne-Hall (NHCC) 17 Kerry Litka (NHCC) 18 Elizabeth Lafavour (Dansko/Wheelworks/IF) 19 Karena Paululis (NEBC) Two laps behind 20 Martha Wilson (Dansko/Wheelworks/IF) 21 Jen Rhodes (Dansko/Wheelworks/IF) Master 35/45+ 1 Sam Morse (MA Bay) 45.39 2 Mike Bernard (Arc en Ciel) 0.40 3 John Verheul (Ideal Tile) 0.58 4 Bob Bisson (Gearworks/SRP) 1.02 5 Paul Curley (Gearworks/SRP) 6 Paul Boudreau (Essex County Velo) 1.18 7 Tim Haitz (Team Dupont /RITCHEY) 1.39 8 Paul Lynch (Missing Link Bicycle Club) 2.08 9 Joel Brown (Cox Communications Cycling Team) 2.29 10 Tim Groesbeck (CCB) 2.46 11 Eric Marro (Team BOB/Skofield Builders) 3.13 12 Brian Sweeney (Gearworks/SRP) 3.43 13 James Walsh (Cox) 3.54 14 Kevin Callahan (Bicycle Link) 4.09 15 Robert Kramer (Mass Bay Road Club) 16 Malcolm Toynbee (BOB Cycling) 4.33 17 Paul Weiss (Portland Velo Club) 4.39 One lap behind 18 Andrew Whelan (Portland Velo Cloub) 19 Mike Christopher 20 Paul Nyberg (Bennidom) 21 Wayne Cunningham (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 22 Matthew Brown (Cox) 23 Tom Stevens (Gearworks/SRP) 24 David Genest (Rich Sachs) 25 Michael Oster (Swamp Yankee Road Club) 26 Thomas Downey (MBRC) Masters 45+ 1 Paul Curley (Gearworks/SRP) 2 Tim Groesbeck (CCB) 3 Wayne Cunningham (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 4 Thomas Downey (MBRC) Juniors 1 Jesse Anthony (Saturn Dev) 43.29 2 Konrad Lebas (CCB International) 4.17 3 Josh Benson (MVBC) 4.59 4 Morgan Macleod (Portland Velo Club) 5.10 5 Kevin Wolfson (NEBC / CycleLoft) 5.29 One lap behind 6 Tom Gosselin (Maine Cycling Club) 7 Charles Marzot (Corner Cycle Cycling Club) 8 Tucker Olander (Peerless/HNECC) Two laps behind 9 Stanley McCarthur (Spinskis) Rele Ethan Tieger (Essex County Velo) B Men 1 Matt Hersey (So. Portland) 45.11 2 Ross Brody (Orono) 0.42 3 Christopher White (Windham) 0.43 4 Noah Taylor (Peterborough) 0.49 5 Curtis Boivin (Providence) 0.55 6 Brendan Sullivan (Somerville) 0.59 7 Jonathan Lawrence (Portland) 1.16 8 Matt DeMeis (Pawtucket) 1.28 9 Kurt Schmid (Salem) 1.48 10 Josh Garland (Bangor) 1.56 11 Matt Wilson (Littleton) 2.08 12 Samuel Wheeler-Martenis (Belmont) 2.10 13 John Burns (Hingham) 2.21 14 Juston Manville (Manchester) 2.23 15 Wade Summers (Southington) 3.13 16 Matt Nalesnik (Wellesley) 3.22 17 John Meerse (Portland) 3.24 18 Robert Frechette (Portland) 3.37 19 Mark Donahue (S. Portland) 3.57 20 Rodney Nobrega (Exter) 4.29 21 Jason Pettengill (Portland) 4.48 22 Jim Everard (Ottwa) 4.57 23 Matt Williams (Bar Harbor) 5.20 24 Ryan Ramsey (Portland) 6.00 25 John Frey (Northampton) 6.04 26 Malcolm Toynbee (Haverhill) 6.29 One lap behind 27 Euclides Amado (Pawtucket) 28 Jude DeMeis (Westford) 29 David F. Keefe (Newton) 30 James Olson (Yarmouth) 31 Darren Crupi (brooklyn) 32 Jay Francis (Merrimack) 33 Brian Dahlmaer (Boston) 34 Mark Wysocki (Wocester) 35 Peter Wilson (Springfield) C Men 1 Ethan Fogg 31.35 2 Nate Rogers (Bates College) 0.29 3 David Drew (MCC) 4 Brian Bigelow (B.O.B) 5 Brendan Cornett (MCC) 1.57 6 Matthew Crews (unattached) 2.24 7 Dave Herzig (Sebago Outfitters) 2.30 8 John Liston (Sebago Outfitters) 3.09 9 Peter Rondinone (NHCC``) 3.16 10 Daniel Fraiman (Bates College) 3.43 11 Dave Mazur (Minuteman Road Club) 4.35 12 John Beaudoin (SMCC) 5.52 13 Stanley McCarthur (Spinskis) 6.13 14 Dan Brown (Maine Cycling Club) 6.21 15 Jesse Groom (unattached) 6.24 16 Marc Robert D'Amour (MCC) 6.29 17 Jim Dowling (Maine Cycling Club/Rainbow) 6.46 18 Jim Titone (unattached) 6.59 One lap behind 19 Herbert Taylor (Bath Cycle&Ski/Bikeman) 20 Jefferson Longfellow (Maine Cycling) 21 Lee Strout (Maine Cycling Club) 22 Chase Pray (unattached) C Women 1 Jean Cunningham (Northeast BC/Cycle Loft) 40.55 Cub Juniors 1 Kieth Brown (ME Cycling) 39.03
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