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Coonamessett Eco Cross
Coonamessett Farm, Cape Cod, November 9, 2003
Coonamessett Eco Cross draws strong support, praise
Heritage Series takes shape
by Whittey Bouchard
Round 2 of the Heritage Series saw cross riders descend to the Coonamessett Farm on Cape Cod - proceeds from the race are to be used to support People Cycle's Junior Development Team in 2004. Competitors were treated to crisp, sunny weather, and what was being described as a very traditional and technical cross course over the entire 12 acre farm. The course seemed to offer something for everyone: plenty of running, including a 2 1/2 foot high stone wall, a hard run-up, and a final set of barriers, a fast climb to the finish, hard packed roads, numerous twists and turns and a quick drop into a sand pit. All this led to exciting racing and fast lap times between 4-5 minutes.
Racing kicked off with the beginner men and women. After an early crash at the start, the men settled into a hard fought race between Matt Stover, local rider Gary Cundiff and Stephen Kelley. Cundiff rode strong, but a dropped chain on the finish climb saw his victory evaporate just seconds before victory; Stover capitalized on the mechanical taking the race. On the women's side, Tracy Elmes edged Heather Owens for the victory, but Owens' second place finish pushed her into the series lead.
The Masters 35+ event went off more smoothly than the C's and proved to be a show of utter domination by local Corner Cycle rider Jonny Bold and Gear Works Mike Bernard. After an initial close fight between the two riders, Bold, a National pro triathlete champion in his 20's, dropped the hammer and decimated the race. Bold cruised to victory with a 43 second advantage over Bernard, who was a further minute ahead of Paul Lynch in third.
The Amateur B men took the course just after noon and saw another close battle between four riders, first time local Dan Gagliarde, Ryan Rumsey, Tom Hopper and Matt Budd. In the end, the riders were stymied by the newcomer Gagliarde, who took the 15 second victory followed by Rumsey, Hopper and Budd. However, with his two podium finishes, Hopper took a narrow lead over Rumsey in the series. Honorable mention goes out to Intensepict's photographer Mike Morris, who rolled in at 15th place.
Prior to the Combined Open women's/junior race, the kid's took to a short, albeit challenging race course. Nine children, ages 6-9 lined up for 2 laps of the 400 meter course. Riding with the speed of pint-sized pro's the kid's blazed the course and offered action on par with the earlier races. Hat's off to all the participants: Catherine Cahabrese, Abigail Callahan, Luke Callahan, Ian Keough, Tommy Cundiff, Jackson Ryther and Cyrus Twombley.
With the kid's racing out of the way, the Juniors and Cub Juniors (U-15) lined up just ahead of the women. The junior's race, however, proved to be just a battle between two riders, Corner Cycle local Toby Marzot and Jamis/Portland Velo rider, Morgan Macleod. Marzot took the hole shot and opened up a 20 second advantage by half way through the first lap, but saw his advantage disappear as hard charging Macleod pulled level. Reminiscent of many of this season's cross races, the two riders went toe to toe throughout the remaining race. Despite putting Marzot "on the ropes", Macleod was unable to distance himself and ultimately fell short of the win after an untimely last lap mechanical. Marzot rolled in 20 seconds ahead of Macleod, with Noah Harwood rounding out the podium. Marzot still maintains his narrow lead on Macleod and Harwood in the series. While the shorter Cub race saw 7 riders line up, the race turned into a battle of brothers, as Nick and Luke Keough dominated the racing, with Nick taking a narrow 20 second victory over his younger brother Luke. Nick Keough now holds a commanding lead in the series. Finally, Jennifer Rhodes took a solid victory over Michelle Smith in the women's race.
Racing wrapped up with the Elite race, which turned into a showcase of CCB vs. Corner Cycle. The race saw Cape Codder Jeff Craddock (CCB) hammer the start, and after a close first 1/2 lap, Craddock rode away with Masters' winner Bold. While the two riders blitzed the first 6 laps, a battle for what looked like third shaped up between series and race promoter Chris Harnish (Corner Cycle) and the well known New England roadie Amos Brumble. Harnish held a 20 second advantage over Brumble for 5 laps, but Brumble came on strong after Harnish crashed mid-way through the race. Once caught, Brumble quickly distanced himself from Harnish. Up front, Craddock maintained an unrelenting pace that cracked Bold, who suffered from a "hunger knock" and lost ground quickly. Brumble capitalized on Bold's collapse, quickly catching him. As Craddock was well on his way to victory, the race for second came down to the wire; Harnish crossed the gap to Bold and then Brumble. Heading into the last barrier section, Harnish remounted quickly and narrowly passed Brumble as he remounted near the top of the run and attacked. At the finish it was Harnish, followed very closely by Brumble and then Bold; Connor Coffey rolled in for 5th.
Images by Chris/People Cycle
Elite Men 1 Jeff Craddock 58.51 2 Chris Harnish 1.31 3 Amos Brumble 1.38 4 Jonny Bold 2.38 One lap behind 5 Conner Coffey B Men 1 Dan Gagliarde 37.52 2 Ryan Rumsey 0.13 3 Tom Hopper 0.16 4 Matt Budd 0.22 5 Thomas Carr 1.31 6 Jude DeMeis 2.33 7 Roger Goubert 3.11 8 Aaron Oakes 3.25 9 Eric Goodson 3.40 10 Eric Jensen 3.46 11 Rob Frechette 4.14 12 Wayne Maceyka 4.38 13 Jonathon Ring 4.54 One lap behind 14 David Schartz 15 Mike Morris 16 Chuck Nguyen Masters 35+ 1 Jonathan Bold 37.41 2 Mike Bernard 0.42 3 Paul Lynch 1.39 4 Robert Bisson 1.59 5 Gray Eldridge 2.10 6 William Sawyer 2.45 7 Chris Brown 2.52 8 Dave Belknap 3.01 9 Robert Belcher 10 Kevin Callahan 3.08 11 Nathan Simms 3.54 12 Daniel Russell 4.09 13 Barry Doubleday 4.44 14 Matt Williams One lap behind 15 David Schacte 16 Mike Keough 17 Chris Smith 18 Dan Collins 19 Ed Geschicleter 20 Paul Alachoyan 21 James Mills 22 Arnold Kalmbach 23 Mike Provost 24 James Quinn 25 Steve Cruickshank 26 Rick Hardy 27 Bob Connors Two laps behind 28 Dan Tieger 29 Bill Hurley 30 Daniel Joakim 31 James Craddock Open Women 1 Jennifer Rhodes 39.11 2 Michelle Smith 2.17 Junior Men 1 Charles Marzot 38.07 2 Morgan Macleod 0.21 3 Noah Harwood 1.23 4 Jon Belcher 1.32 One lap behind 5 Alex Duggan 6 Jonathan Pader Cub Juniors (U-15) 1 Nicholas Keough 15.00 2 Luke Keough 0.20 3 Manny Goguen 1.23 4 Douglas Hayes 2.20 5 Dan Fishkin 2.38 6 Tommy Goguen 5.00 7 Jesse Keough 5.50 Beginner Men 1 Matt Stover 28.46 2 Gary Cundiff 0.14 3 Stephen Kelley 0.24 4 David Trant 0.38 5 Chuck Nguyen 6 John Plump 0.46 7 Kenneth Hamel 8 Bruce Thomson 1.08 9 David Barr 1.16 10 Tom West 1.27 11 Tim Shorer 1.56 12 Brian Bicki 2.08 13 Mike Sheanan 2.28 14 Adam Ring 2.36 15 Neal Scott 2.51 16 Tom Warner 3.24 17 Alan Philbrock 3.40 18 Chris Rehm 3.43 19 Jason Hyatt 3.49 20 James Rawstron 3.59 21 Tim Snow 4.17 22 Dan O'Connell 4.46 23 David Rioux 5.23 24 Tom Thompson 5.31 25 Bill Hurley 5.54 26 Rob Derosiers 5.56 One lap behind 27 Frank Calabrese 28 Mike Medas 29 Scott Roy Beginner Women 1 Tracy Elmes 33.11 2 Heather Owens 0.15 One lap behind 3 Christine Beriau 4 Janet Sestokas 5 Trish Cundiff