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Nebraska State Cyclocross Championships
Pioneers Park, Lincoln, November 28, 2004
Steve Tilford (HRCC/McLaren Racing/Bikesource)
Photo ©: Michael Madcharo
Tilford Wins Nebraska Cx Series Finale
Steve Tilford (HRRC/Maclaren Racing/BikeSource) rode to an impressive win on
a cold and snowy Sunday afternoon at the Nebraska Cyclo-cross State Championship
(Mid-America Cross #5), held at Pioneers Park in Lincoln. From the start, Tilford,
a mountain-bike world champion, powered to the front and exited on to the grass
in first position; putting the entire field on notice. As riders picked their
way through the muddy, slick turns, Tilford maintained a brisk pace, gaining
over two and a half minutes on the field in just three laps. "You learn something
new every time you race cross," commented Tilford. "Each lap rode different
due to the conditions today, but I figured it out each time around."
While Tilford would eventually lap the field, the race behind saw his BikeSource
teammate, Shadd Smith, enjoying a fantastic outing of his own as he rode solo
to a second place finish. As a result he rises to second in the Cross Cup standings.
Nebraska State "Men's A" Champion and Cross Cup series leader, Tony Wilhelm
(LBC/Highgear), battled the course at the beginning of the 60-minute contest,
going down twice and finding himself in last place after just two laps. After
an amazing comeback, which saw Wilhelm claw his way back through the field,
he and Team X Cycling rider, Brad Cole exchanged attacks until the finale where
Cole edged Wilhelm in the sprint for third. Despite missing the podium, Wilhelm
grabbed top honors in the state.
In the Women's event, Catherine Walberg (Team Kenda) motored her way to her
first victory of the Cross Cup Series over Team Kaos standout, Marie Neville.
Neville took top honours as Nebraska State Champion with her second place finish
overall, beating Kristi Newcomb (Mountain Magnolias), who crossed the line in
third place continuing to show impressive cross form. The Mid-America Cross
Cup concludes next Saturday, December 4, 2004 in Kansas City. For complete information
on this event, please visit: http://www.cowtowncycling.com.
Images by Mitch Kline/mitchkline.com
Images by Michael Madcharo/nebraskacycling.org
snow welcomes the Category B men and Masters 35+ racers to the start line
at the first race of the Nebraska State Cyclocross Championships.
B men at the top of a snowy downhill which ended in a series of off-camber
Price (All Ireland Racing) leads the Masters 35+ riders off the pavement
into the snow. Price would go on to take second in the event.
Pitt (Cowtown Cycling) slides out in one of the slick corners. Course
conditions got the best of Pitt as he took a DNF for the day.
North Carolina resident Kris Bedsaul (Visenka) took advantage of the holiday
visit to local relatives to get in some cross action.
Hansen (Cycle Works/Mooses Tooth) tackles the barrier section. Hansen
would finish fourth in the Masters 35+ race.
can tell Kevin Burke is a Nebraska native as he skips the leg warmers
for day's race.
Davis (KCOI) rode strongly all day to take second in the Men's Category
Bedsaul (Visenka) makes his holiday visit to Lincoln pay off by crossing
the finish line first in the Men's Category B race.
Kansas resident Catherine Walberg (team Kenda) immediately jumped into
the lead in the Women's Open race.
Category C riders ease their way through one of the many slippery corners.
Newcombe (Mountain Magnolias) made a strong showing in her first season
of cross racing. Newcombe took third place in the Women's Open.
Farnam (Team Kaos) shows good form through the barricades.
Wahlberg (Team Kenda) never looked back after her strong start. Here she
keeps the pressure on as she hurdles the barricades.
Christmas or rather Tim Carmichael (Lincoln Bicycle Company/Highgear),
in the barricades.
Neville (Team Kaos) rode a strong race to take second in the Women's Open
45+ racer David Rowe (unattached) finished fifth on the day and leads
his category in the state cyclocross standings.
Parker (Team X Cycling) was the winner of the day's Masters 45+ race.
Farnam (Team Kaos) takes first at the line for the Category C race. Farnham
also took first in the Juniors category earlier in the day.
Wahlberg (Team Kenda) waves as she crosses the finish line first in the
Women's Open race.
three finishers in the Masters 35+ race - Mark Studnicki (1st), Tom Price
(2nd) and Kevin Burke (3rd)
B winner Kris Bedsaul (Visenka) shakes hands with second place finisher
Todd Davis (KCOI Racing).
Category A race gets under way with Midwest Cross Cup points leader Tony
Wilmelm (Lincoln Bicycle Company/Highgear) in front.
the end of a half-kilometer paved section the road takes a sharp upward
climb before the Category A riders turn off to the grass.
Tilford and Smith (both HRCC/McLaren Racing/Bikesource) establishing a
commanding early lead, a chase group forms on lap 2.
Tillinghast (Lincoln/Highgear) Matt Gersib (Monkey Wrench Cycles/Kona
Factory Racing), and Sam Rosenau (Lincoln/Highgear).
Tilford (HRCC/McLaren Racing/Bikesource) - used the conditioning he developed
at the Tour of the Southland to devastating effect.
Wilhelm (Lincoln Bicycle Company/Highgear) and Brad Cole (Team X Cycling)
cheered on by spectators on the Hooligan Hill runup.
Thomas (Lincoln Bicycle Company/Highgear) in the barricades.
Smith (HRCC/McLaren Racing/Bikesource) shouldering his bike on the runup.
Savery (Scheels/Specialized) leads the way through an off-camber corner
at the bottom of a long hill.
Wilhelm (Lincoln Bicycle Company/Highgear) on the short runup.
Cole (Team X Cycling) leads Tony Wilhelm (Lincoln Bicycle Company/Highgear)
through the course.
and snow and ice were no problems for Steve Tilford (HRCC/McLaren Racing/Bikesource).
Tilford (HRCC/McLaren Racing/Bikesource) after crossing the finish line
as the winner of the Category A race.
Smith's (HRCC/McLaren Racing/Bikesource) strong solo effprt paid off in
a second place finish in Cat. A
Category A podium: Steve Tilford (1st), Shadd Smith (2nd), Brad Cole (3rd),
Tony Wilhelm (4th), Jay Thomas (5th).
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