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Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series #6 (Patterson Construction/NEBC Cyclo-Cross) - C3
Merrimack, USA, December 21, 2003
Verge NECCS Finale Concludes with a Thriller
By Nathan Mealey
The final round of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series provided a fitting finale to a series which has provided excitement and surprises from the first round in Maine, back in October. Today, riders were greeted with a course that was shockingly slick with ice, snow, and mud, pushing riders' abilities to the limit, as they fought for both race wins and victories in the series overall standings.
Gullickson Makes it Two for Two
There was a lot at stake in the Men's Elite race. Mark McCormack (Saturn) was the leader in the overall standings, but not by a comfortable margin over last year's series winner Marc Gullickson (Redline), winner of the previous day's race in Rhode Island. And in the race for the Under-23 series overall win, Jeremy Powers (NCC/BikeReg.com) was sure to face a strong challenge from 2nd placed Jesse Anthony (Hot Tubes).
The sprint for the hole shot at the start was furious, and McCormack was first into the crucial, icy turn one. Behind him, a crash brought down several riders, including Anthony, and left just small group of riders alone off the front, including Powers, Gullickson, and Ben Turner (7-Up/Maxxis), all chasing McCormack, who quickly established a 15-second gap. In the treacherously icy conditions, the chase group didn't stay together long, and soon Gullickson launched a solo chase, while behind him Johs Huseby (FiordiFrutta/Wheelworks), Turner, Noah Taylor (VergeSport), Jamey Driscoll (GMBC/Invensys), and Troy Wells (Devo/BalanceBar) began racing for 3rd place.
At the race's midway point Gullickson caught McCormack, but wasted no time in attacking him and heading off in pursuit of victory. As McCormack raced home for 2nd place, the chase group continued to splinter, and soon the race for 3rd was down to Huseby and Wells, as Taylor, Turner and a surging Jesse Anthony scrapped for the remaining podium spots. As Wells and Huseby rode the last downhill section, Huseby slipped and had to stop to regain his balance, giving Wells the chance to attack him and grab 3rd place. Huseby finished 4th, with Taylor finishing 5th, just in front of Ben Turner in 6th.
The 2nd place finish secured the Series overall title for McCormack, who thereby achieved one of his season-long goals. Gullickson's back-to-back victories left him with three wins out of the six rounds of the NECCS. Meanwhile, Jeremy Powers won the series overall under-23 title, edging out Anthony by a comfortable margin.
McConneloug Rides Away with Two Victories
After regaining the NECCS overall leadership the day before, Mary McConneloug (Seven Cycles) went out today and stamped her authority on the Verge NECCS, winning her third series race this year, and her second consecutive series title. But from the gun, it was clear that her competitors were taking nothing for granted. Marianne Stover (Gearworks/SpinArts) blazed a lightning trail to the first corner, and immediately built a gap in first place. Unfortunately, Anna Milkowski (Gearworks/SpinArts), who was just a handful of points behind McConneloug in the overall standings, crashed in the first corner and as a result she spent the bulk of the race working her way through the field.
McConneloug and Maureen Bruno (Dankso/Wheelworks) set off in pursuit of Stover, eventually reeling her in midway through the second lap. McConneloug kept the pressure on and dropped Stover, but she could not shake the surprising Bruno, who kept the series leader within 5-10 seconds for the entire race. McConneloug rode the rest of the race error-free, and came across the line for a great victory in both the race and the series. Bruno finished in 2nd, followed by Stover in 3rd, Sinead Fitzgibbon (EAS) in 4th,and a hard-charging Milkowski in 4th.
Other winners on the day included Junior National Champion Jamey Driscoll winning the Junior Race, his fifth series victory of the year; Jonny Bold (CCCC/Corner Cycle) in the Masters 35+; Paul Curley (Gearworks/SpinArts) in the Masters 45+; Steve Rescigno (Bethel Cycle) in the B Men; William Keiler (NECSA) in the C Men; Alexis Wruble in the B Women; and Michael Olbrys (NEBC/Cycle-Loft) in the B Masters.
Verge NECCS overall winners after the final round were Mark McCormack (Saturn); Mary McConneloug (Seven Cycles); Jeremy Powers (NCC/BikeReg.com); Jamey Driscoll (GMBC/Invensys) in the Juniors; John Verheul (Cycle-Smart) in the Masters 35+; Steve Rescigno (Bethel Cycle) in the B Men.
The Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series is presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart: Solutions for Cycling. Series sponsors include Verge Sport, makers of quality custom cycling apparel; Maxxis Tires; Pedro's USA; BikeReg.com; Intensepicts.com; and The Ride Magazine.
The Patterson Construction/NEBC Cyclo-Cross is sponsored by the Cycle Loft; Galaxy Sport Marketing; Goodale's Bike Shop; Breakstone, Whitelief and Gluck Attorneys; and Nault's Cyclery of Manchester, NH.
Images by Mike Morris/www.Intensepicts.com
Elite Men 1 Marc Gullickson (Redline) 56.33 2 Mark Mccormack (Saturn) 1.16 3 Troy Wells (Balance Bar/Devo) 3.27 4 Johannes Huseby (Fiordifrutta/Wheelworks) 3.32 5 Michael Broderick (Seven) 3.48 6 Ben Turner 4.27 7 Noah Taylor (unattached) 4.42 8 Jesse Anthony (Hot Tubes Cycling Team) 5.07 1 lap behind 9 Jamey Driscoll (GMBC) 10 Jeremy Powers (NCC/BikeReg.com) 11 Jon Bruno (ECV) Elite Women 1 Mary Mcconneloug (Seven Cycles) 37.09 2 Maureen Bruno (Dansko/Wheelworks) 0.06 3 Marianne Stover (Gearworks-Spinarts) 0.57 4 Sinead Fitzgibbon (EAS/ CRCA) 1.15 5 Anna Milkowski (Gearworks-Spinarts) 1.39 6 Celeste Drumm (Mean Wheels Bicycle Shop) 3.08 7 Stephanie White (Dansko/Wheelworks) 3.12 8 Susan Maclean (Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team) 4.28 9 Pauline Frascone (Arc-En-Ceil) 10 Maryann Martinez (CCB/Volkswagen) 5.54 11 Rebecca Wellons (NEBC/CycleLoft) 6.12 12 Sara Cushman (Gear Works/Spin Arts Cycling Team) 6.30 1 lap behind 13 Kristen Osborn (NEBC/CycleLoft) Masters 35+ 1 Jonny Bold (CCCC/Corner Cycle) 44.02 2 Michael Bernard (Gear Works) 1.16 3 John Verheul (Cycle-Smart) 1.32 4 Mark Stotz (Cyclonauts) 1.55 5 Christopher Long (Independent Fabrication/Gotham) 2.21 6 Steve Dudley (Missing Link) 2.28 7 Paul Curley (Gearworks/Spinarts) 2.43 8 Paul Lynch (Bicycle Link) 2.46 9 Mike Ward (Team BCA/Tosk) 2.59 10 Scott Wade (Gearworks/Spinarts) 3.10 11 Timothy Groesbeck (CCB) 4.32 12 William Sawyer (Gearworks) 4.56 13 James Walsh (Cox) 5.26 14 Phil Bannister (Putney) 5.34 15 Tom Stevens (Gearworks/Spin Arts) 5.47 16 Kevin Callahan (bicycle link) 6.10 1 lap behind 17 Alan Douglass 18 Chris Brown (Corner Cycle Club) 19 David Schachte (Providence Velo Club) 20 John Mosher (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 21 Christopher Smith 22 Wayne Cunningham (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 23 John Boser (Putney) 24 Tim Shea (BOB) 25 David Genest (Richard Sachs) Juniors 1 Jamey Driscoll (GMBC) 43.48 2 Noah Harwood (Daigel Corp/NHJCA) 3.51 3 Morgan Macleod (Portland Velo/Jamis) 5.28 4 Charles Marzot (Corner Cycle Cycling Club) 5 Tucker Olander (Peerless/HNECC) 5.57 1 lap behind 6 Kevin Wolfson (NEBC/CycleLoft) B Men 1 Steve Rescigno (Bethel Cycle) 45.13 2 Alan Starrett (Bikeman.com) 1.01 3 Ryan Amirault (U of Colorado) 1.05 4 Tom Hopper (Bikeman.com) 1.49 5 Rick Trojanowski (hampton velo club) 2.09 6 Jerome Hughes (REI/Team Novara) 2.15 7 Jeff Murray 2.38 8 Oscar Purwin (NHCC/Team NH) 2.57 9 Damien Colfer (NHCC/Team NH) 2.58 10 Peter Rubijono (Boston Road Club) 3.07 11 Paul Nyberg (Benidorm) 3.21 12 David Keefe (Boston Bicycle Club) 3.32 13 Christopher Cyr (Bikeman) 14 Coley Bryan (unattached) 3.38 15 Brian Rutter (Berlin Bike) 3.56 16 Matt Demeis (bikeman.com) 4.10 17 Kyle Wolfe (Bicycle Link) 4.20 18 Tom Giordano (NEBC) 4.24 19 Ben Harper (Verge Sport Test Pilot) 4.57 20 Brian Baettner (Putney/West Hill) 5.42 21 Gunter Hofer (unattached) 5.50 22 Richard Brown (NHCC/Team NH) 6.06 23 Ben Zawaski (NHJCA) 7.07 1 lap behind 24 Keith Button (NHCC) 25 Greg Black (Sport Test Pilot) 26 Sam Stevens (Berlin Bike, East Berlin CT) 27 Wade Summers (Hudson Valley Velo) 28 Corey Richards (Naults Cyclery) C Men 1 William Keiler (NECSA) 38.59 2 Deke Andrew (Portland Velo) 0.12 3 George Benington (portland Velo) 0.33 4 Robert Bauer (Minuteman) 1.45 5 Duncan Mcgovern (Ride Through) 1.52 6 Stephen Kelley (Silver City) 2.09 7 John Feinberg (Hampton Velo) 3.22 8 Rich Norford (Naults Cyclery) 4.14 9 Gary Smith 4.57 10 Jeremiah Fitzgibbo 5.03 11 Kenneth Hamel 5.37 12 Ron Deangelis (Unattached) 5.57 13 Joe Rapuano (NHCC) 6.03 14 Mike Doyle 6.30 15 Christopher Carlton (Good Boys) 1 lap behind 16 Michael Lowry (Minuteman) 17 Alvin Nordell (Northampton) B Women 1 Alexis Wruble 44.21 1 lap behind 2 Carla Carver (bikeman) 3 Lesli Comp (Team Berlin Bike) B Masters 1 Michael Olbrys (NEBC/Cycle loft) 38.59 2 Steve White 0.45 3 Derek Grigos 1.01 4 James Patterson 5 Mike Troisi (Chocksett Inn Racing) 1.45 6 Robert Tutwiler 2.17 7 Garabed Minasian (mm bicycle) 2.28 8 Tom Downey (MBRC) 3.10 9 Ron Menner 3.22 10 Brian Bicki (Team Hawaiian/Vittorio) 3.45 11 Jason Arcelay (NEBC/Cycleloft) 4.00 12 Paul Bracs 4.44 13 Dan Tieger 5.42 14 Becky Sox 15 Walter Zawacki 4.41 16 Richard Costa 7.18 1 lap behind 17 Herbert Bates (NEBC/Cycle Loft) 18 Bill Hurley 19 James Craddock Cub Juniors 1 Stephanie White (Dansko) 6.20 2 Dan Fishkin 0.34 3 Patrick Douglass (Unattached) 3.17