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MABRA 'Cross #2 - Ed Sander Memorial Cyclo-cross - NE

Buckeystown, Maryland, USA, September 30, 2007


Schempf and Shogren tops in Buckeystown

Wes leading most of the race once again
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A record 325 entries piled into the grounds of the Lilypons Water Grounds for round #2 of the 2007 BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series on Sunday. The race's 34% increase in entries over last year continues the series growth which has averaged approximately 27% per year for the past three year, confirming the series' reputation as the "Fastest Growing Cycling Series in America ".

Weston Schempf and Betsy Shogren overcame adversity to win the Elite races at the event, which is promoted by the late Ed Sander's cycling club, National Capitol Cycling Club. The unique course winds around lily ponds and trees of the Sander's former employer, Lilypons Water Gardens . In many cases, they were ponds and trees that were once tended, and planted, by Sander himself.

In the Women's race, Jennifer Maxwell (Team Kenda Tire) took the hole-shot with Shogren ( FORT Factory Team) in second. The race had taken an unexpected turn by the time the racers came back into sight, however. Shogren, a strong rider who seldom faulters, slipped out of the top five and a long way back from the leaders. The announcers speculated that she must have had a flat tire or some other mechanical problem. After the race though, Shogren said that the only thing flat were her legs.

Pro Women's field start
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"I finished second in a 50 mile mountain bike race yesterday," she said. "It was called the Revenge of the Rattlesnake and it took me almost seven hours. That's what happened to me on the first lap here." Shogren's body quickly recovered, however, and on the next lap she showed why she is a three-time Verge MAC cyclocross champion by recovering all of her lost time and joining a lead group that included Maxwell, Heidi Von Teitenberg (C3-Sollay.com) and Cara McCauley (BMW/Bianchi) . On the next lap, Shogren asserted herself even more, and only Maxwell was able to go with her. Eventually Shogren just powered away in her typical fashion to win solo by a large margin over Maxwell and Von Teitenberg.

In the featured Ed Sander Memorial for the Elite Men, mountain bike superstar Jeremiah Bishop (TREK-VW) made his first cyclo-cross start in two years. It was a last minute decision for Bishop, and he hastily assembled his Trek cyclo-cross bike with the clincher tires he had available so he could compete. 50 starters blasted up the paved prologue following a tribute to Sander, and it immediately became clear that Bishop and 2006 Verge MAC Champion Wes Schempf (C3-Solly.com) were the riders to beat.

One week earlier at the opening round of the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series, Schempf had proven he has the goods to compete against international- class riders when he gave Italian World Cup team members Davide Frattini and Luca Damiani all they could handle at the Charm City Cyclocross. Bishop attacked frequently throughout the race, but was never able to lose Schempf. About midway through the race, Schempf momentarily bobbled over the barriers and Bishop launched a vicious attack. Schempf recovered and caught back up to Bishop, who was impressed. "I thought whoa, if he can recover from THAT…" he said after the race.

Jeremiah Bishop was a "Guest" racer
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With two laps to go, Bishop attacked on the flats at the finish line and the spectators watched as he gradually gained ground on Schempf. But as they got to the second announcer's station at the "party zone", the air went out of Bishop's party, and his tire. "There was a big drop-off and I was just sailing it," said Bishop afterward. "I was way out in front and I flew off it. But when I landed, my tire just went "BROOSH!". I must have landed on a rock or something." With less than half-a-lap of mostly downhill until the pits, Bishop tried to limit the damages and was only trailing Schempf by about 20 meters when they got to the pits at the head of the finishing straight. However, Bishop's last-minute decision to enter the race meant that he had only assembled one bike. A wheel change, no matter how quick, is slower than a bike change and Bishop lost valuable ground in the pits while Schempf nailed the throttle and heard the last lap bell ring. Bishop made a huge effort, but was not able to seriously cut into Schempf's lead, as Schempf came across the line solo for a hugely popular win.

Race Notes: Staff Sergeant Michael Gallagher, racing for the US Armed Forces, finished third in the Elite men's race after a tough week. Gallagher was transferred to the Letterkenny Army Depot and spent the week driving over 4300 km with his belongings from Portland Oregon to his new post. Gallagher, facing the choice of moving in to his new residence or going racing, arrived at the races with his VW still packed with all his belongings from the cross-continent move.

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Elite Men (combined) 50 starters                                       
1 Weston Schempf (C3-Sollay.com)                                       
2 Jeremiah Bishop (Trek/VW)                                            
3 Michael Gallagher (US Armed forces)                                  
4 Stephan Kincaid (Rite Aid Pro Cycling)                               
5 Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3/Sollay.com)                                     
6 Blair Sanders (Team Henrys)                                          
7 Andy Applegate (Land Rover / Cannondale)                             
8 David Wood (Cannodale Bike Dr)                                       
9 Ryan Gamm                                                            
10 Mark Kutney (Van Dessel Cycles)                                     
11 Greg Wittwer (FORT Factory Team)                                    
12 Stephen Cummings                                                    
13 Kyle Hammaker                                                       
14 Keck Baker (Battley Harley/Hudson Tr)                               
15 Chad Totaro (Humanzoom/PBR)                                         
16 Todd Hesel (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing)                  
17 Kris Auer (C3-Sollay.com)                                           
18 Chris Newell (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing)                
19 Randall Root (ABRT/Latitude)                                        
20 Jeff Buckles (Alan Factory Team)                                    
21 Adam Fung (Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo)                      
22 James W. Wagner                                                     
23 Gregory Lindstrom (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing)           
24 John Brewer (Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB)                                 
25 Todd Pittman                                                        
26 Marc Gwadz (DCMTB/City Bikes/Metro Gutter)                          
27 Sean Mccormick (ETS/Silver Cycles)                                  
28 Dave Weaver                                                         
29 Bernie Shiao (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling)         
30 Jared Nieters (Haymarket Bicycles/World Gym)                        
31 Brian Fouche (AVC/Team Hagerstown-Washington Co)                    
32 Gunnar Shogren (Fort Factory Team)                                  
33 Judd Milne (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab)                                  
34 Eric Russell (Clif Bar)                                             
35 Taylor Jones (Inland Construction/BTD)                              
36 Fred Wittwer                                                        
37 Chris Mcgill (FORT Factory Team)                                    
38 Birner (All American Bicycle Center)                                
39 Christopher Clarke (DCMTB/CityBikes)                                
40 Jonathan Houghton                                                   
41 Mark Dontigny (Central Penn Racing/The Bicycle Shop)                
42 Roger Masse (All American Bicycle Center)                           
43 Tony Bilotta (Van Dessel Factory Team)                              
DNS John Huth (Hilton Cycling Club/ Conte's)                           
DNS Erik Leaver (NCVC / Inova Health System)                           
Elite Women 11 starters                                                
1 Betsy Shogren (Fort Factory Team)                                    
2 Jennifer Maxwell (TEAM KENDA TIRE)                                   
3 Heidi Von Teitenberg (C3-Sollay.com)                                 
4 Jessica Hill (Trails End Cycling Co)                                 
5 Cara McCauley (BMW / Bianchi)                                        
6 Lisa Vible (C3-Sollay.com)                                           
7 Arley Kemmerer (Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon)                        
8 Libbey Sheldon (Tokyo Joes)                                          
9 Melanie Swartz (Velo Bella - Kona)                                   
10 Beth Mason (C3-Sollay.com)                                          
DNS Tammy Ebersole (Evolution Racing)                                  
Cat 3/4 Men 52 starters                                                
1 Eric Linder                                                          
2 Ethan Townsend (C3- Sollay.com)                                      
3 Turner Johnson (Meredith Group-GPOA-Cannondale)                      
4 Chris Mayhew                                                         
5 David Duke (Page Valley Cycling)                                     
6 Adam Driscoll (Adventures for the Cure)                              
7 Steve Fife (ETS / Silver Cycles)                                     
8 Morgan Gerlak (C3-Sollay.com)                                        
9 David Crouse (The Bike Lane)                                         
10 Tim Scesney (ETS-Silver Cycles)                                     
11 Rob Campbell (NCVC / Inova Health System)                           
12 Peter Nicoll (Squadra Coppi/ IM Saab)                               
13 Christopher Pagoda                                                  
14 Andrew McKeegan                                                     
15 Trevor Shattuck (Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing)             
16 Stephen Wahl (AVC)                                                  
17 Joseph Ashman (Walt's Bicycle & Fitness/Missouri Wilderness)        
18 Alex Monte-sano                                                     
19 Robert Thomas (Henry's Bikes)                                       
20 Mark Russell (Independent Fabrication)                              
21 Mark Kilgore (Hunt Valley Bicycles/ Marathon Roofing)               
22 Phillip Smith                                                       
23 Mark Lorie (Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling)          
24 Michael Scardaville (DCMTB/City Bikes)                              
25 Matthew Donahue (DCMTB/City Bikes)                                  
26 Ian Mathias (Hunt Valley Bicycles / Marathon Roofing)               
27 Steven Black (National Capital Velo Club/Inova Health)              
28 Shawn Stafford (Bikeline)                                           
29 Geoffrey Beaty (Alan Factory)                                       
30 Joseph Coats (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab)                                
31 Ed Fisher (ShoreVelocity)                                           
32 Brandon Lumm                                                        
33 John Raley (Artemis)                                                
34 Evan Robinson (TRM Cycles)                                          
35 Gerald Burkett Iii (World Cup Ski & Cycle)                          
36 Jonathan Smits (C3-Sollay.com)                                      
37 Rick Tucker (LSV)                                                   
38 Ryan Newill (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab)                                 
39 Hans Bakermann (World Cup Ski & Cycle)                              
Cat 3/4 Women 25 starters                                     
1 Terri Spanogle (NCVC/Inova Health System)                            
2 Kristina Adams (All American Bicycle Center)                         
3 Christina Briseno (Bean's Bikes)                                     
4 Cynthia Anderson (AMVC/DND Inc.)                                     
5 Liz Feeney (Sturdy Girl Cycling)                                     
6 Cathy Large                                                          
7 Jean Colsant (Squadra Coppi)                                         
8 Diane Vettori (C3-Sollay.com !)                                      
9 Ilana Knopf (DCMTB/City Bikes)                                       
10 Lindsey Hillesheim (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab)                          
11 Kathleen Wulfkuhle (C3-Sollay.com)                                  
12 Rebecca Letwin (Team BBC)                                           
13 Anna Fox                                                            
14 Mary Fetrow (Yellow Breeches Racing Team)                           
15 Laura Jones (YBR)                                                   
16 Doron Petersan (NCVC/Inova Health System)                           
17 Pamela Mauch (NCVC/Inova Health System)                             
18 Alyson Tufano                                                       
19 Karen Ashbrook-Barnes                                               
20 Beatrice Newbury                                                    
Junior 10-16 14 starters                                               
1 Steven Kendall (NCVC/INOVA Health System)                            
2 Justin Mauch (NCVC/Inova Health System)                              
3 Josh Starr (Yellow Breeches Racing)                                  
4 Avery Wilson (NCVC/Inova Health System)                              
5 Jake Thompson (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab)                                
6 Dustin Tucker (LSV)                                                  
7 Holden Rohr (Adventures for the Cure)                                
8 Marc Frazer                                                          
9 Alicia Styer (Velo Bella - Kona)                                     
10 Ezekiel Rogers (Clean Current p/b Don Beyer Volvo)                  
DNS Steven Black (National Capital Velo Club/Inova Health)             
UCI Junior 17-18 5 starters                                            
1 Joseph Dombrowski (NCVC/Inova Health System)                         
2 Sam Okeefe (C3-Sollay)                                               
3 Patrick McKeegan                                                     
4 Jake Danoff (DCMTB/City Bikes)                                       
5 Justin Mauch (NCVC/Inova Health System)                              
Masters 55+ 8 starters                                                 
1 Fred Wittwer (Van Dessel Factory Team)                               
2 Leo Pizzini (Henry's Bikes)                                          
3 Rob Lea (Team Fuji)                                                  
4 Nunzio Dibiasi (Yellow Breeches Racing)                              
5 James Calson                                                         
6 James Wagner (Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo)                    
7 Larry Dell (Antietam VC)                                             
Masters 3/4 69 starters                                                
1 Chris Nystrom (C3-Sollay.com)                                        
2 Michael Kolb (Chrsitiana Car PT+ / FSVS)                             
3 Bryan Billington (Racing Union)                                      
3 Marc Vettori (C3-Sollay.com !)                                       
4 Ron Huebner                                                          
5 Roger Masse (All American Bicycle Club)                              
6 Charles Chichester (CRC OF A)                                        
7 Darren Bernard (Haymarket Bicycles)                                  
8 Chris Baker (WMW/Thomas Racing)                                      
9 Douglass Gray (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS)                             
10 Joel Moats (Yellow Breeches Racing)                                 
11 Charles McDaniel                                                    
12 Bernard Mcdonald (C3/Sollay.com)                                    
13 Mark Wanco (World Cup Ski and Cycle cycling team)                   
14 Matt Michel (NCVC / Inova Health System)                            
15 Barry Holman (Team Fuji)                                            
16 Jeff Anderson (HPC/List)                                            
17 Michael Kirk (The Secret Henry's Team)                              
18 Steven Dontigny (Team Bike Lane)                                    
19 Karl Kensinger (NCVC/Inova Health System)                           
20 John Rogers (Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo)                    
21 Scott Thompson (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab)                              
22 Richard Bilson (FORT Factory Team)                                  
23 Mike Connair (First State Velo/Christiana Care Plus)                
24 unknow unknown                                                      
25 Thor Engblom (NCVC/Inova Health System)                             
26 Chip Sovek (Potomac Velo Club)                                      
27 Norman Kreiselmeier (Team Army)                                     
28 Chris Huhn (Evolution Cycling)                                      
29 Mark Laser (Yellow Breeches Racing)                                 
30 Karl Connolly (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling)        
31 Chris Schaefer (Yellow Breeches Racing)                             
32 Kenneth McDowell (ABRT/Latitude)                                    
33 Dave Vannier (DCMTB/City Bikes)                                     
33 Cary Hunter (Potomac Velo Club)                                     
34 David Kay (Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo)                      
36 Peter Lindeman (NCVC/Inova Health System)                           
37 Steven Viers                                                        
38 Ken Deitch (Human Zoom\Pabst Blue Ribbon)                           
39 Bill Feasley                                                        
40 David Blodgett (All American Bicycle Club)                          
41 Geoffrey Heintz                                                     
42 Tom Moore                                                           
43 Tony Thompson (3-D Fitness Whole Wheel Velo Club)                   
44 Joseph Kotun (Lanterne Rouge)                                       
45 Dennis Smith (Henry's Bikes)                                        
46 Keith Rohr -14                                                      
47 Joel Gwadz (DCMTB/City Bikes/Metro Gutter)                          
48 Christopher Salice (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV)                   
49 unknow unknown                                                      
50 Chris redlack                                                       
51 Ken Woodrow (Squadra Coppi/IM Saab)                                 
52 Chris Zangmeister (All American Bicycle Club)                       
53 Robert Smith (SEAVS)                                                
54 Michael Taylor (Yellow Breeches Racing)                             
55 Mason Washington (Evolution Cycling)                                
56 Mike Krawczel (NVRC)                                                
58 Alan Romefelt (Kelly Benefit Strategies- LSV Amateur)               
Cat 4 Men
1 Adam Driscoll (Adventures for the Cure)                              
2 Mark Broadwater (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV)                       
3 Stephen Wahl (AVC/ Team Hagerstown-Washington Co)                    
4 Kenny Shapiro                                                        
5 Matt Parse (Route 1 Velo / Capitol Hill Bikes)                       
6 Luke Sandusky                                                        
7 Aime Bourdon                                                         
8 Todd Bickling (Team N-tieractive/Bike Doctor-Waldorf)                
9 James Johnson (Germantown/Avalon/Fix Bikes)                          
10 Kevin Dillard (C3-Sollay.com)                                       
11 Will Saunders (Rockville)                                           
12 Ryan Douglas (Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes)                      
13 Ronald Barry (All American Bicycle Club)                            
14 Richard Goldberg (Hunt Valley Bicycles)                             
15 Stephen Riskus (Silver Spring)                                      
16 Joe Lillibridge (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Racing)       
17 John Glodek (NCVC/INOVA Health Systems)                             
18 Paul Boyne (Annapolis)                                              
19 Matthew Brancheau (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling)    
20 Mark Fitzwater (secret henry's team)                                
21 Tyler Brown (Christiana Care PT+/FSVS)                              
22 Gary Morris                                                         
23 Norman Brach                                                        
24 Alex Dossin (Elizabethtown College)                                 
25 Corey Twyman (Hub Racing)                                           
26 David Battan (Squadra Coppi / IM Saab)                              
27 Unknown                                                             
28 Jonathan Foley (DCMTB/City Bikes)                                   
29 Larry Mauch (National Capital Velo Club/Inova Health System)        
30 Eric Ciccoretti                                                     
31 Robert Colby (NCVC/Inova Health Systems)                            
32 Jonathan Wheaton (DCMTB/City Bikes)                                 
33 Todd Gue (dhbd /bicycle place velo)                                 
34 Jason Pearlman (The Bike Rack)                                      
35 Micah Smith (Cumberland Transit)                                    
36 David Jones                                                         
37 John Ludicke                                                        
38 Rick Micheful                                                       
39 James Carlisle                                                      
40 Gary Sterner                                                        
41 Josh Nadas                                                          
42 William Schieken                                                    
43 Bob Brimwood                                                        
44 Charles Barnes (Lanterne Rouge)                                     
45 Dave Parramore (Cadence Cycling)                                    
46 Steve Breeden (Winchester Wheelmen)                                 
47 Chad Foster (Team Army)                                             
48 Rodges Ankrah (Route 1 Velo /Capitol Hill Bicycles)                 
49 Tim Blanchard                                                       
50 Jonathan Ivins