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Cross Crusade series #3
Oregon, October 19, 2003
Skerritt Wins as Tonkin's Challenge Falls Flat and Mazza Dominates
Following last week's high-profile Cannondale Stumptown Classic, the Oregon cyclo-cross regulars came back to the fore in the third round of the 2003 River City Cyclo-Cross Crusade held at the new Barton Park venue on October 19. Two perennial series front-runners, Shannon Skerritt (Trek/VW/Bike Gallery) and Rhonda Mazza (Team S&M/Sellwood Bicycles) scored their first victories in the 2003 series in convincing fashion.
The Barton course had a unique ambiance as it was set in a rock quarry operated as a county road maintenance facility. The site had an industrial feel as the course passed by piles of rock, heavy machinery and maintenance buildings. The circuit was straightforward with the surface split half-and-half between gravel road that favored speed and soggy turf that racers had to power through. Two steep run-ups tested strength and surefootedness while a few tricky sections were able to be ridden with good technique.
As the morning started, the rain had just subsided and gave way to warm sunshine by mid-morning. The overnight showers ensured plenty of mud and long lines at the hose stations after every race.
Skerritt Takes Race of Attrition
The 40-plus racers in the Men Category A field rocketed off the line down a long opening section of hard-packed gravel road. Skerritt, who is known for his speed, led the pack into the first turn, followed closely by Eric Tonkin (Kona/Kenwood) and Mark King (Sunnyside Sports).
As the race developed during the first lap, a leading trio of Skerritt, Tonkin and King formed followed by a second threesome of Mike Schindler (Sunnyside Sports), Shane Beers (Bike-n-Hike/Presto Velo) and Brody Anderson (River City Bicycles). By the end of the second lap, the Skerritt-led group was more than 30 seconds ahead of the next three.
On the third lap, Tonkin jumped into the lead but was immediately covered by Skerritt and King, who was confirming the fine form he showed a week before in landing a top 10 place in the UCI Category 3 race. Unfortunately, during the third lap of eight total, King suffered a mishap and lost more than a minute by the time the leaders came through the finish area. Anderson, Beers and Schindler were right on King's wheel.
The leading pair continued to spar lap after lap. Skerritt was visibly faster on the turf road leading to the finish and would put four or five seconds into Tonkin every time. Then, they would drop down into a muddy section which favored Tonkin who would close it down. Meanwhile, King had recovered and was pulling away from the group in which he had found himself.
Coming to the finale, it looked as if Skerritt knew he could outduel Tonkin in the last section, so he was marking his familiar competitor. However, bad luck for Tonkin, in the form of a deflated front tire, intervened and mitigated the need to wait. As Skerritt ripped through the finish, Tonkin trailed in 32 seconds down and got a quick bike change.
Skerritt refused to let up and drove his advantage to the line where he scored a solo victory. Even though he benefited from the bad luck that befell his rivals, the way the Trek/VW/Bike Gallery rider was motoring, it is difficult to imagine that the result would have been any different. Tonkin finished 75 seconds later, with King nearly another minute back. Beers won a tight race over Anderson, with Schindler in sixth.
Mamma Mia, It's Mazza!
Although Mazza, the 2001 and 2002 'Cross Crusade series champion, had to be considered the favorite at the start, it was hard to imagine the superiority she demonstrated during the Category A Women's Race. After the first 100 meters, no rider would put a wheel in front of her for the rest of the 45-minute event.
For the first lap, Mazza's Team S&M/Sellwood Bicycles teammate Alice Pennington kept her in sight at 15 seconds, with Brigette Stoick (River City Bicycles) trailing another 16 seconds back, followed by Karen Kenlan (Sunnyside Sports) and Wendy Williams (River City Bicycles).
Mazza was unstoppable as she lapped more than 20 seconds faster than Pennington, who herself was rapidly increasing her gap over third-placed Stoick. The best race among the leading women was for fourth between Kenlan and a rapidly closing Kori Kunz (Sorella Forte). With two to go, Kunz pounced and got in front of the Sunnyside Sports rider.
The final time through the finish, Mazza's gap had grown to a whopping two minutes, 12 seconds over Pennington, with Stoick finishing more than three-and-a-half minutes behind. Kunz held on for fourth in front of Kenlan and Williams in seventh.
Category A 1 Shannon Skerritt (Bike Gallery/Trek VW) 2 Eric Tonkin (Kona/Kenwood) 3 Mark King (Sunnyside Sports) 4 Shane Beers (Bike-N-Hike) 5 Brody Anderson (River City) 6 Mike Schindler (Sunnyside Sports) 7 Spencer Paxson (Discovelo) 8 Mikkel Bossen (Bike Gallery/Trek VW) 9 Chris Brandt 10 Chad Swanson (S&M) 11 Jeff Bannink (Team O) 12 Solomon Waras (United Finance) 13 Shawn McDonald (Sunnyside Sports) 14 Ian Brown (Fred Meyer) 15 Scott Willson (GS Cameratti) 16 Jon Myers (Team S&M) 17 Mark Matson (S&M) 18 Jeff Struck (S&M) 19 Russell Cree 20 Molly Cameron (Veloshop) 21 Damian Schmitt (Sunnyside Sports) 22 Matt Mahoney (Bike Gallery/Trek VW) 23 Ryan Weaver (GS Cameratti) 24 Tim Coffey (Lombardy) DNF Jonathon Smith (Sand M) DNF Lonny Knabe (Team O) DNF Dale Knapp (Kona) DNF Coren Hanson (Bianchi) DNF Caan Zaroinski (Half-Fast Velo) Master Men 30-39 1 Troy Tucker (Bike Gallery) 2 John McCaffrey (Bike-N-Hike) 3 Sean Kelsey 4 Sean Garvin (River City/GS Cameratti) 5 Ian Leitheiser (Half Fast Velo) 6 Michael Jones (Discovelo) 7 John Mitchem (Team Lombardi) 8 Jeff Mitchem (Lombardi) 9 Mike Martin (Team Compass) 10 Martin Baker (Bike-N-Hike/Giant) 11 John Bravard (Half Fast Velo) 12 Michael Keep 13 Todd Rosier (Team Rose City) 14 Carl Roberts (Cliff Bar) 15 Chris Cook (Team O) 16 Kent Johnston (Fred Meyer) 17 Brad Ross (Club Vivo/River City) 18 Chris Allins (Columbia River Velo) 19 Mark Duff (Rubicon) 20 Andrew Barret (Lombardi) 21 Chris Morscheck (Santiam Bicycles) 22 Kelly Weiber (Emerain Velo) 23 Bob Jacobs 24 Jason Crago 25 Dan Quirk (Veloce Bicycles) 26 David Johnson 27 John Climaldi DNF Barry Holman DNF Jason Pfeifer (Presto Velo) DNF Brad Cockman (Half Fast Velo) DNF Steve Yenne (Excel Sports) Women A 1 Rhonda Mazza (Sellwood) 2 Alice Pennington 3 Brigette Stoick (River City) 4 Kori Kunz (SorellaForte) 5 Karen Kenlan (Sunnyside Sports) 6 Wendy Williams (River City) 7 becky Walter (SorellaForte) 8 Tina Reeb 9 JoAnne Stevens (SorellaForte) 10 Susan Robinson (SorellaForte) 11 Martha Handford (Independent Fabrication) Women B 1 Kristan Wantabe 2 Michelle Swift (SorellaForte) 3 Megan Schubel 4 Valerie Groesz (S&M) 5 Lea Julson (CompassCommercial) 6 Melanie Haliburton 7 Dawn Guildner 8 Julie Lyons (Pump) 9 Marila Alvarez (Bike Gallery) 10 Anna Saltonstall (S&M) 11 Amanda Havens 12 Rachel Bagley (ICUP) 13 Jessica McLaughlin (Veloshop) 14 Alicia Streit 15 Shannon Thorne (RiverCity Bicycles) 16 Erika Jackson 17 Emily Smith (Sunnyside) 18 Christine Hilderbrand 19 Gretchen Strohleir (ICUP) 20 Erica Macy (White Trash Racing) 21 Kelly Witty (Nomads) 22 Ann Weinstein 23 Cheryl Willson (Nomads) DNF Laurel Gitlen (Vanilla) DNF Erin Moran DNF Stephanie Sullivan (RiverCity Bicycles) DNF Carrie Hutchinson Women 35+ 1 Julia Bestland 2 Kristan Dillon (TeamDisco) 3 Kim Lucas (TeamClifBar) 4 Mary Skrzynski 5 Martha Brown (Columbia River Velo) 6 Debra Krichko 7 Roxy Cate (EnSelle/NoMad) 8 Karen Goritski 9 Shari White 10 Connie Vine (EnSelle/NoMad) 11 Laurie Binder 12 Lori Miller (Team Oregon) 13 Elise Ross 14 Theresa Waldon 15 Barbara Thiele 16 Stephanie Smith 17 Melody Ross (Club Vivo) 18 Monika Gold 19 Jennifer Laughlin (Bicycle Jones) 20 Meg Mautner (EnSelle/NoMad) 21 Laura Wiles 22 Candi Murray (EnSelle/NoMad) Single Speed 1 John Walrod (River City) 2 Erik Tonkin (S&M) 3 Steve Fassbinder (Vanilla) 4 Nathan Coffey (Team Oregon) 5 Rich Cramer (Presto Velo) 6 Kevin Condron (GS Camarati) 7 Pat Kudszus (Ranch Record) 8 Christian Ward 9 Kevin Thompson (Half Fast Velo) 10 Aaron Zarosinski (Half Fast Velo) 11 Aaron Leritz (S&M) 12 Gary Johnson 13 Jon Bloomfield (TeamO) 14 Adam Zucker 15 Chauncey Curl (Team Rubicon) 16 Thomas Rydzenski 17 Jonathan Hall 18 Richard Kilshaw (ACF) 19 Joseph Marek (S&M) 20 Dean Tracy (Team Rubicon) 21 Doug Moak (River City) 22 Doug Shanks (Half Fast Velo) 23 Stephen Hemminger (TeamO) 24 George Schreck (Corben Huntair) 25 Steve Basden (Half Fast Velo) DNF Chris Cottingham (Presto Velo) DNF Zack Blacksher DNF Brian Witty (Half Fast Velo) DNF Geoff Raynak (Half Fast Velo) DNF Sasha Mac DNF Greg Keeling DNF Daniel Pasley DNF Sam Richardson (BikeGallery/TREK) DNF Mathew Hall Men B 1 Shane Fletcher 2 Cameron VanderStoep (Half FastVelo) 3 Tre Hendricks (DiscoVelo) 4 Steve Davee (Velocebicycles) 5 Kurt Brown (Columbia river Velo) 6 Andrew Reed (GSCamerati) 7 Daniel Rockholm (S&M) 8 Caan Zarosinski (Half FastVelo) 9 Nathan Hobsen (Half FastVelo) 10 Matt Berg 11 Dan Quirk (Velocebicycles) 12 Andrew Haliburton (Fred Meyer) 13 Andreas Oswald 14 Kurt Krichko 15 Paul Anderson (Half FastVelo) 16 Fred VanVactor 17 Jim VanDyke 18 David Swift 19 Andrew Beehler (T&E) 20 Stan Langdon (Bicycle Jones) 21 Chris Thomen 22 Clark Ritchie (Half FastVelo) 23 Rod Beutista 24 Ian Penner (Half FastVelo) 25 Brooke Hoyer 26 Bruce Cannon 27 Jed Floding 28 Aaron Erbeck 29 Mark Schwyhart (PrestoVelo) 30 Jesse Sampson (Velocebicycles) 31 Bruce Cannon 32 Matthew When 33 Peter Zlatnik (Bike Gallery) 34 Brian Austin (Bike & Hike) 35 Jeff Fuchs (Sunnyside) 36 Russell Stigall (Team Russell) 37 Tim Schauer 38 Stan Arrigotti 39 Greg Johnson 40 Aaron Sander (Half FastVelo) 41 Richard Hogan (Sims) 42 Brian Spears (Half FastVelo) 43 Greg Doan (LogieVelo) 44 Chris Bright (Corben Huntair) 45 Anthony McCray (TeamO) DNF Mikkel Anderson DNF Nathan Hult (Corben Huntair) DNF Robert Johnson DNF Barrry Holman (Team Fuji) DNF Kent Johnston (Fred Meyer) DNF Kent Heli (Los Ciclistas) DNF Jeremy Smith DNF Doug Evans DNF Peter Drach DNF Michael Henry (RecycledCycles) DNF Taylor Kneuven DNF Michael Dunn DNF Tom Thompson DNF Eric Nachtrab (Revolution/Bio-Wheels) DNF Jason Horner DNF Greg Talbert (CompassComemrcial) Juniors 1 Taylor Kneuven (BBC) 2 Jon Long (FredMeyer) 3 Carson Miller (Hutch's) 4 Keith Beckman (BBC) 5 Ian Megale 6 Kenny Bossen (TeamO) 7 Luke Harrison (Corben Huntair) 8 Jacob Chilenski (TeamO) 9 Kayla Woolcock (TeamO) 10 Madison Chilenski (TeamO) 11 Patty Roper 12 Jordan Beecher DNF Carmeon Breuz Category C 1 Larry Marti 2 Mike McDonald 3 Justin Iverson 4 Julien Diess 5 Chris Boyce 6 Tom Lenth 7 Kris Schamp 8 Matt Brownfield (TeamO) 9 Kirk Edwards (T&E) 10 Darrell Beck 11 Scott Bowman 12 David Luoma 13 David Rosen (Team Oregon) 14 Evan MacKenzie 15 Russel Weygant 16 Rich Cowan (North River Racing) 17 Paul Blackburn (Disco Velo) 18 Scott Temple (Mt. Shop) 19 Jesse Bolling 20 Jared White 21 Matthew Wolpert 22 Dean Giblin 23 Jerome Dumortier (BBC) 24 Doug Smith 25 Nate Armbrust (Corben Huntair) 26 James Cavalieri 27 Ken Benderly 28 Vern Serafetz (Bike Peddler) 29 Shawn Irwin 30 Michael Benedict (Bicycle Jones) 31 Steve Basden (Half Fast Velo) 32 Larry Wiharski 33 Alan Snodgrass 34 Jeff Vine 35 Brian Cawthorne 36 Casey Davidson (Multnomah Athletick Club) 37 Doug Brecht 38 Jason Franklin 39 Victor Weinstein 40 Dennis Glenn 41 John Dorfer 42 Shane Young 43 Dean Duitsman 44 Dan Burton (S&M) 45 Scott Klinger 46 Fred Ford 47 Sean Vali 48 Ed Chrisman (S&M) 49 Marcus Swanson (Half Fast Velo) 50 Andy Wilson 51 Troy Scott 52 Paul Tarfel (Landis) DNF Matthew Gustafson DNF Dan Hitchcock DNF Owen Hutchinson DNF Brian Andriot (Mt. Shop) DNF Jeff Anderson DNF Thomas Thompson DNF Nick Adamy (T&E) DNF Erik Barber DNF Brett Shrohleinn Masters 40-49 1 Dean Lucas (Corbin Huntair) 2 Greg Talbert (Compass) 3 Mike Wilson 4 Robert Huff (Half Fast Velo) 5 Joe Marek (S & M) 6 Steve Morse (Sunnyside) 7 Peter Spir 8 Joe Lieullen 9 Rich Slingsby (River City) 10 Jim Miller (Sunnyside) 11 Jim Juenger (Sunnyside) 12 David Deatherage (Fred Meyer) 13 Mark Hildebrandt 14 Rick Potestio (Club Vivo/ River City) 15 Chauncy Curl (Rubicon) 16 Bill Ehlers 17 Stephen Hemingson (Team O) 18 Paul Mautner (Fred Meyer) 19 Gerry Parson (Independent) 20 Andy Wilson 21 Paul Agrimis 22 Jeff Cumpston (Team Rose City) 23 John Sage 24 Brett Michaud 25 Bruce Werner 26 Gregg Carmichael 27 Ivan Meadors (Corbin Huntair) 28 Michael Beckman (BBC) 29 Mike Davis (Pedal Sports) 30 NA 31 Mark Dunn DNF Bill Zale DNF Alan Snodoris DNF Ernie Conway (Team O) DNF David Luoma DNF Masters 50+ 1 Mark Schwyhart (Bike-N-Hike) 2 Don Leet 3 George Schreck (Corbin Huntair) 4 Gil Ormerod (S & M) 5 Paul Montgomery (S & M) 6 Jim Rose 7 John Gustatson 8 John Forbes (Corbin Huntair) 9 Ted Wilson 10 Edward Lanton 11 Ike Kendnick 12 Jim Haase (S & M) 13 Del Scharffenberg (Corbin Huntair) DNF Buck Lorts DNF Richard Busby Beginners 1 Bob Croucher 2 Grant Ebright (Lazy Tarantulas) 3 Ben Wiczch 4 Adam Turco 5 Dick Hansen 6 Joe Curran 7 John Jackson 8 Geoff Rice (Lazy Tarantulas) 9 Bill Huff (T & E Racing) 10 Noah Cowgill 11 Tony Hobkirk 12 Joe Samos 13 Nigel Clift 14 Steven Hunter 15 Paul Van Camp 16 Mike Bene 17 Mitch Yoder 18 Michael Gilbert 19 Michael Carnes 20 Justin Transeth 21 John Schroeder 22 Gavin Brown 23 Brett Hadley 24 Dani Dance 25 Jason Jones 26 Drew Holmes (Hutch's Bicycles) 27 Brain Engelen 28 Greg Bernards 29 Eric Davis (Team Chickent Butt) 30 Tim Lawlor 31 Fat Guy Gravity 32 John Fortes 33 Greg Rice (Lazy Tarantulas) 34 Brent Dombrowski (Pump) 35 Justin Klahn (Logie Velo) 36 Jason Rohrer 37 David Andres 38 Karl Jackson 39 Josh McCrow 40 David Liebert 41 Hatasha Carmichael 42 Greg Umscheid 43 Rosalee Gladden 44 Mark Liebert 45 Greig Fredricks (Team S & M) 46 Dennis McCord 47 Dan Mullooly (Pump) 48 Brent Force (Sellwood Cycle Repair) 49 Rick Toth DNF Curtis Milander DNF Steven Burger DNF Tim Smith DNF David Fagan DNF Mark Wilson DNF Kevin Blackwell DNF Paul Stewart DNF Gerry Doyle