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Virginia 'Cross Series #1

Rocky Mount, VA, October 16, 2005

The Virginia Cyclocross Series began October 16th in Rocky Mount VA with the Roanoke Orthopaedic Centre Rocky Mount Cyclocross. The weather may not have been "ideal" for cross, but the promoters and spectators definitely enjoyed the crystal clear skies and 70 degree temps.

The best racing of the day was found in the Men's Masters 35 race, with Team El Toreo rider Ron Glowczynski and East Coasters rider Ed Dickenson battling it out at the front from the gun. The two changed positions throughout the race, with Dickenson pulling away in the more technical sections and Glowczynski making up the time on the descents and faster sections. Glowczynski jumped on the uphill finishing straight and held on to take the win. Charlottesville Racing Club racer Andrew Colllins took third.

The Women's A race was a horse of a different color with Alicia Hamblen of Winston Salem NC (Richard Sachs) taking the hole shot and increasing her lead throughout the race. Hollis Owens of Lynchburg, VA--riding for Bikes Unlimited, and a Junior National Champion riding her second race of the day--chased hard and ended up in second with Diet Cheerwine racer Stephanie Swinerton of Blacksburg VA in third.

The Hamblens had a good day at the races - apparently riding away from the field is S.O.P in the Hamblen household. Alicia's husband Jon (Fior di Frutta) rode away from the men's field, lapping all but 2nd place rider Stephen DeLisle (Hilton Cycling/Team Contes). Ryan Owens worked hard to show that it's not just the Hamblens who can make this a family affair. Ryan's sister Hollis was the second place finisher in the Women's A race, and Ryan followed it up with a 3rd in the Men's A. Ryan and Hollis were also the only riders in the earlier Juniors race (Hollis won that won - enough said).

Other winners on the day were Tony Bilotta (Charlottesville Racing Club) in the Masters 45, Amanda Mabry (Pauls Racing) in the Women's B, Ignacio Moore in the Men's B, and Cole Harden (East Coasters) in the Open C.

The biggest news on the day was the $400+ that was raised for the Scleroderma Foundation. Scott USA donated a $900+ cross frame and fork for a raffle (won by Skip Huffman of Roanoke), and the money will be well spent to help doctors learn more about and hopefully one day cure this little known disease (one that quickly took the life of my father). A huge thanks goes out to Scott USA for the help. Scott supports racing in so many ways, and it's appreciated.

Thanks also goes out to all of our sponsors and volunteers, especially our title sponsor, the Roanoke Orthopaedic Center in Roanoke. They are a long time supporter of cycling, and the best orthopaedic docs you'll find. Without their help this race could not have happened. We'd also like to thank East Coasters Bike Shops in Blacksburg and Roanoke, the Franklin Freewheelers, Two Wheel Passion Coaching Services, Franklin County Parks and Recreation, and all the volunteers who helped so generously to make this event a success. The Virginia Series makes it's next stop in Charlottesville at Panorama Farms on November 6th. Find all the series info at http://midatlanticcross.info/2005VACXpage.htm

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