US Criterium Championships - 1.4

Illinois, USA, August 19-20, 2000

1999 Results    Past Winners


  • Day 1 - August 19: Chicago/Jelly Belly Women's & Men's Pro-Am challenge
  • Day 2 - August 20: USPRO, USCF Elite Men/Women's Championship

Day 1 - August 19: Chicago Women's & Jelly Belly Men's Pro-Am challenge

USCF Men's Criteirum Heats

Heat 1 - 40 km

1 Greg Medinilla (USA)            46.42
2 Josh Goodwin (USA)
3 Mark Light (USA) Snow Valley
4 Rahsaan Bahati (USA) JW Sports
5 Kevin Miller (USA)
6 Adam Hodges Myerson (USA) Breakaway Couriers
7 Shawn Willard (USA) Defeet-Lemond
8 Jim Baldesare (USA) Gomart-West Virginia
9 John Durso (USA) GS
10 Steve Cate (USA) Mercy Fitness
11 Rainiel Sanchez (USA)
12 Tim Larkin (USA) GS
13 Shawn McCormack (USA) CCB-Volkswagen
14 Zach Browne (USA) NCVC-Spokes Etc.
15 Jason Bausch (USA)
16 John Wordin (USA) Mercury
17 Randall Coxworth (USA)
18 J. Dean Rittenhouse (USA) Snow Valley
19 Cody Hall (USA) unattached
20 Mike Heagney (USA)

Heat 2 - 42 km

1 Jamie Paolinetti (USA)          47.44
2 Patrick Heaney (USA) GS
3 Michael Johnson (USA)            0.03
4 Greg Krisko (USA) BBC-Jetworks
5 Mike Zingaro (USA)
6 Jonathan Wirsing (USA) Snow Valley
7 Ed Beamon (USA) Navigators
8 Dean Meyer (USA) GS
9 Micah Thompson (USA) ACA-Rocky Mount
10 James Hodnett (USA) GS
11 Jon Retseck (USA) JW Sports
12 Alex Candelario (USA) Rocky Mounts
13 Brice Jones (USA) Mercy Fitness
14 Andrew Dahl (USA)
15 Earendel Fingerson (USA) City Scape-Higher Gear
16 Shane Thellman (USA) Mercy Fitness Cycling
17 Dean LaBerge (USA) Echelon Wines-Napa Valley Velo
18 John Green (USA) uattached
19 Dan Larson (USA)
20 Kevin Kremke (USA) NiSource-Morris Trucking

Chicago Women's Challenge


1 Julie Young (USA) Team
2 Julie Hanson (USA) Team Saturn 
3 Jen Dial (USA) 
4 Catherine Cardwell (USA) Charles Schwab 
5 Tina Mayolo (USA) Team
6 Suzanne Sonye (USA) Team Saturn 
7 Cheryl Binney (USA) Procter & Gamble Women's Health 
8 Joanne Kiesanowski (NZl) NZL National Team 
9 Nicole Reinhart (USA) Team Saturn 
10 Deborah Durand (USA) Russ Denny Bikes

Jelly Belly Men's Pro-Am Challenge

Canadian Gord Fraser sharpened his legs up in preparation for a possible second consecutive US Criterium Championship by winning the 50 km Jelly Belly Pro-Am men's challenge. The race was fast as several riders from every team were willing to try their luck at a breakaway, the most significant of which was a group that included Mercury's Henk Vogels and 4 others. But the constant $100 primes made everyone willing to keep the pace high and not allow more than 10 seconds.

At 5 laps to go, it was a battle of trains with car rivals, Saturn and Mercury in opposition again. Saturn looked quite good with one lap to go, but the Mercury boys gave Fraser yet another good leadout with Chris Horner, Henk Vogels, Mike Sayers all prominent.

Results - 50 km

1 Gordon Fraser (Can) Mercury                    1.05.39 (45.69 km/h)
2 Eddy Gragus (USA) Jelly Belly
3 Graeme Miller (NZl) Team Shaklee
4 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators Cycling Team
5 Franky Van Haesebroucke (Bel) Navigators Cycling Team
6 Antonio Cruz (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
7 Timothy Larkin (USA) Lombardi Sports
8 Henk Vogels (Aus) Mercury
9 Dean Meyer (USA) Gs Lombardi
10 Juan Pineda (Gua) 7Up-Colorado Cyclist
11 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Coast
12 Roberto Gaggioli (Ita) Defeet/Lemond
13 Matt Minard (USA) Jelly Belly
14 Steve Sevener (USA) Zaxby's
15 Chris Pic (USA) Mercury
16 Paul Martin (USA) Navigators Cycling Team
17 Steve Tilford (USA) Jogmate
18 Matthew Koschara (USA) Navigators Cycling Team
19 Phil Zajicek (USA) Mercury
20 Gustavo Carrillo (Gua) 7 Up Colorado Cyclist
21 Pelle Kil (Ned) L'Equipe Cheval
22 Oscar Pineda (Gua) 7Up-Colorado Cyclist
23 Chris Baldwin (USA) Navigators Cycling Team
24 Anton Villatoro (USA) 7Up-Colorado Cyclist
25 Ryan Barnett (USA)
26 Ryan Guay (USA) 7Up-Colorado Cyclist
27 Sylvain Beauchamp (Can) Team Shaklee
28 John Lieswyn (USA) Team Shaklee
29 Joby Siciliano (USA) Yahweh Tokyo Joe's
30 John Durso (USA) GS Lombardi
31 Todd Littlehales (USA) Navigators Cycling Team
32 John Peters (USA) Mercury
33 Michael Sayers (USA) Mercury
34 Clark Sheehan (USA) 7Up-Colorado Cyclist
35 Justin Gilmore (USA) Zaxby's
36 Scott Cochran (USA) Jelly Belly
37 Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly
38 Jeff Corbett (USA) 7Up-Colorado Cyclist
39 Franklin Dierking
40 Kurt Fletcher (USA) Big Shark Racing
41 Chris Fisher (USA) Flanders-Prefetex
42 Christian Valenzuela (USA) Team Shaklee
44 Laszlo Alberti (Ita) Higher Gear/Cityscape
45 Roy Knickman (USA) Mercury
46 Luke Mauritsen (USA) Team Shaklee
47 Denny Yunk (USA) Cook Law Cycling Team
48 Chris Wherry (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
49 Frank Mccormack (USA) Saturn Cycling Team
50 Edward Beamon (USA) Navigators
51 Alex Nunez (USA) Tokyo Joes Pepsi
52 Glen Mitchell (NZl) Team Shaklee
53 Peter Wedge (Can) Team Shaklee

Day 2 - August 20: USPRO, USCF Elite Men/Women's Championship

Bouchard-Hall takes the win and the title

Mercury's Derek Bouchard-Hall took out the 2000 USPRO criterium championships ahead of his teammate, Gord Fraser in an exact reversal of last year. Although Fraser was certainly the favourite for the event, Bouchard-Hall was a deserving winner and benefitted from the work of his teammates. Meanwhile, Saturn riders Antonio Cruz and Frank McCormack took 3rd and 4th, not quite quick enough on the day to dislodge the Mercury train. Three Olympians in the top three showed the calibre of the field in Downer's Grove, Illinois.

The race was quite controlled for the first half of its 100 kilometres, as everyone eyed off the competition for the finale. Then the serious attacks started, with a break of 10 going with 21 laps to go (33 km). Although the break was well represented by Mercury, Saturn, Navigators and a Shaklee rider, they refused to work as a certain Gord Fraser was in tow. Saturn drove the peloton behind to chase and they caught them after 8 laps.

After this, the tempo was kept high and any dangerous moves were neutralised, and there were just 19 riders left of the main field with one lap to go. Mercury and Saturn duelled, with the former, yet again, putting one over the boys from Saturn. Horner and Vogels led out the team to the final corner, with Bouchard-Hall first out and staying there until the end. Fraser took second this time, with Cruz third.

USPRO Men - 100 km

1 Derek Bouchard-Hall (USA) Mercury              2.16.52 (43.84 km/h)
2 Gordon Fraser (Can) Mercury
3 Antonio Cruz (USA) Saturn
4 Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn
5 Vassili Davidenko (Rus) Navigators
6 David McCook (USA) Team Shaklee
7 Graeme Miller (NZl) Team Shaklee
8 Franky Van Haesebroucke (Bel) Navigators
9 Chris Fischer (USA) 7-UP/Colorado Cyclist
10 Steven Sevener (USA) Zaxby's
11 Clark Sheehan (USA) 7-UP/Colorado Cyclist
12 Anton Villatoro (USA) 7-UP/Colorado Cyclist
13 Pelle Kil (Hol) Composite Team 1
14 Chris Horner (USA) Mercury
15 Oscar Pineda (Gua) 7-UP/Colorado Cyclist
16 Todd Littlehales (USA) Navigators
17 Juan Pineda (Gua) 7-UP/Colorado Cyclist
18 Gustavo Carrillo (Gua) Composite Team 1
19 Henk Vogels (Aus) Mercury
20 Harm Jansen (Ned) Saturn                         0.12
21 Russel Miller (USA) Zaxby's                      0.17
22 Roberto Gaggioli (Ita) Composite Team 1
23 Jason McCartney (USA) Yahwee Tokyo Joe's Pepsi
24 Mark Walters (Can) Navigators
25 Steve Tilford (USA) Composite Team 1
26 Paul Martin (USA) Navigators
27 Kirk Albers (USA) Jelly Belly
28 Luke Mauritsen (USA) Team Shaklee
29 John Harris (NZl) Composite Team 1
30 Justin Gilmore (USA) Zaxby's
31 Ryan Guay (USA) 7-UP/Colorado Cyclist
32 Kenny Labbe (USA) USPS
33 Scott Cochran (USA) Jelly Belly
34 Mike Sayers (USA) Mercury                        0.35
35 Mark McCormack (USA) Saturn                      0.44
36 Glen Mitchell (NZl) Team Shaklee                 0.57
37 Sylvain Beauchamp (Can) Team Shaklee
38 Norm Carter (USA) Jelly Belly
DNF Roy Knickman (USA) Mercury
DNF Scott Moninger (USA) Mercury
DNF Chris Pic (USA) Mercury
DNF Marty Jemison (USA) USPS
DNF Matt Koschara (USA) Navigators
DNF Chris Balwin (USA) Navigators
DNF Barton Bowen (USA) Saturn
DNF Ivan Dominguez (USA) Saturn
DNF Seth Pelusi (USA) Saturn
DNF Robbie Ventura (USA) Saturn
DNF Brian Walton (Can) Saturn
DNF Chris Wherry (USA) Saturn
DNF Kevin Monahan (USA) 7-UP/Colorado Cyclist
DNF Eddy Gragus (USA) Jelly Belly
DNF Matt Minard (USA) Jelly Belly
DNF Peter Wedge (Can) Team Shaklee
DNF Tom Kalstrup (USA) Zaxby's
DNF Luke Stockwell (Aus) Zaxby's
DNF Travis Hutchinson (USA) Yahwee Tokyo Joe's Pepsi
DNF Alejandro Nunez (Mex) Yahwee Tokyo Joe's Pepsi
DNF Troy Reynolds (USA) Yahwee Tokyo Joe's Pepsi
DNF Joby Siciliano (USA) Yahwee Tokyo Joe's Pepsi
DNF Christian Lamczyk (Ger) Composite Team 1
DNF Alberti Laslo (Can) Composite Team 1
DNF John Bickmore (USA) Yahwee Tokyo Joe's Pepsi
DNF Thomas Ryan Barnett (USA) Zaxby's
DNF Jonathan Atkins (USA) Zaxby's
DNF Christian Valenzuela (Mex) Team Shaklee
DNF John Lieswyn (USA) Team Shaklee
DNF Jeff Corbett (USA) 7-UP/Colorado Cyclist
DNF John Peters (USA) Mercury

USCF Elite Women - 50 km

1 Laura Van Gilder (USA) Team Charles Schwab     1.16.22 (39.28 km/h)
2 Nicole Reinhart (USA) Saturn
3 Nicole Freedman (USA) Team Charles Schwab
4 Tina Mayolo (USA) Autotrader.Com Cycling Team
5 Julie Young (USA) Autotrader.Com Cycling Team
6 Andrea Smessaert (USA)
7 Jen Dial (USA) Team Proteus.Com
8 Deborah Durand (USA)
9 Kori Kelly (USA) P&G/Women's Health
10 Mina Pizzini (USA) P&G/Women's Health
11 Amyezcllie Tremelling (USA)
12 Julie Schmitt (USA)
13 Julie Hanson (USA) Saturn
14 Cheryl Binney (USA) P&G/Women's Health
15 Tina Skelley (USA)
16 Amyezcllie Babcock (USA)
17 Catherine Cardwell (USA) Team Charles Schwab
18 Jane Yanni (USA)
19 Katrina Berger (USA) Team Charles Schwab
20 Brooke O'connor (USA)
21 Kerry Soraci (USA)
22 Jennifer Morris (USA)
23 Lenora Felker (USA)
24 Kim Bruckner (USA) Autotrader.Com Cycling Team
25 Kelly Yoder (USA)
26 Mary Georgetti (USA) Southern New England
27 Catherine Walberg (USA)
28 Patricia Mckay (USA)
29 Elizabeth Emery (USA) Team Charles Schwab
30 Anne Holterhoff (USA)
31 Jody Koch (USA)
32 Andrea Ratkovic (USA) Autotrader.Com Cycling Team
33 Sandra Kolb (USA) Team Charles Schwab
34 Ashley Mccullough (USA) Team Procter & Gamble
35 Janine Verstraeten (USA)
36 Suzanne Sonye (USA) Saturn
37 Laura Shuford (USA) Autotrader.Com Cycling Team
38 Majon Marik (USA) Autotrader.Com
39 Anne Rollings (USA)
40 Pam Schuster (USA) Autotrader.Com
DQ Emily Morris (USA)

USCF Men (amateurs) - 80 km

Bahati makes the transition

Mercury/Fuji rider, Rahsaan Bahati became the second junior rider (after Steve Scuron in 1985) to ever win an Elite National Championship (on the road) today in Downer's Grove. The Mercury JET's (Junior Elite Team) won five national Junior Championships this year, but for the South Central Los Angeles rider, this was his first Elite National win.

The 80 kilometre event was fiercely contested by those who survived yesterday's heats, and it was a battle between Mercury and Net Zero for much of the race. Although Net Zero had the numbers, on the last lap a crash messed up the situation and Bahati managed to avoid it, taking the win from Net Zero's Jaime Palonetti. In third place was CCB-Volkswagen's Shawn McCormack


1 Rahsaan Bahati (USA) Mercury           1.52.49 (42.55 km/h)
2 Jaime Palonetti (USA) Net Zero
3 Shawn McCormack (USA) CCB-Volkswagen 
4 Greg Medinilla (USA)
5 Jason Waddell (USA) Arlington Velo 
6 Dean LaBerge (USA) Echelon Wines-Napa Valley Velo
7 Russell Langley (USA) NCVC-Spokes Etc
8 Steve Cate (USA) Mercy Fitness
9 Dean Meyer (USA) GS
10 Kevin Miller (USA)
11 John Durso (USA) GS
12 Shawn Willard (USA) Defeet-Lemond
13 Earendel Fingerson (USA) City Scape-Higher Gear
14 John Green (USA) unattached
15 Andrew Broas (USA) LA Wings 
16 Aaron Quesnell (USA) LA Wings 
17 Josh Goodwin (USA)
18 David Wolfe (USA)
19 Tim Larkin (USA) GS
20 Derek Witte (USA)
21 Randall Coxworth (USA)
22 Kenny Williams (USA) Nutra Fig-Noni
23 Kenneth Toman (USA)
24 John Puffer (USA)
25 Randy Dreyer (USA)
26 Brian Forbes (USA)
27 Adam Krause (USA)
28 Pete Hanna (USA)
29 Ryan McKean (USA)
30 Chuck Coyle (USA)
31 George ("Skip") Menard (USA)
32 Steve Sonheim (USA)
33 Cody Hall (USA)
34 Scott Konicki (USA)
35 Banning Ostrow (USA)
36 Christain Davenport (USA)
37 Brice Jones (USA)
38 Andrew Dahl (USA)
39 Charlie Weisel (USA)
40 Greg Krisko (USA)
41 William Stolte (USA)
43 Darren Pipp (USA)
44 Andy Malcom (USA)
45 Joshua Carter (USA)
46 Alexander Candelario (USA)
47 Jeremy Sartain (USA)
48 Anthony Martin (USA)
49 Tim Carolan (USA)
50 Ed Beamon (USA) Navigators
51 Curtis Zimmerman (USA)
52 Robbie Higdon (USA)
53 Kevin Kremke (USA)
54 Vance James (USA)
55 Steve Meek (USA)
56 Patrik Heaney (USA)
57 Michael Ebert (USA)
58 Chris Daggs (USA)
59 Chris Frederick (USA)
60 Derrek Taber (USA)
61 Sterling Magnell (USA)
62 Micah Thompson (USA)
63 Jake Dufresne - Olson (USA)
64 Joe Baratto (USA)
65 James Hodnett (USA)
66 Nate Roark (USA)
67 Ryan Cady (USA)
68 Scott Pearson (USA)
69 Jonathan Wirsing (USA) Snow Valley
70 Josh Moslia (USA)

Past Winners


Year USPRO Criterium Champion           Race Winner

1991 Greg Oravetz (USA) Coors Light     Greg Oravetz (USA) Coors Light
1992 Mike McCarthy (USA) GS Mengoni     Stephen Swart (NZl) Coors Light
1993 Mike Engelman (USA) Coors Light    A. Mierzejewski (Pol) Chev/LA Sheriff
1994 Dave McCook (USA) Chev/LA Sheriff  Kris Wiatr (Pol) Guiltless Gourmet
1995 Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn       Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn
1996 Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn       Frank McCormack (USA) Saturn
1997 Jonas Carney (USA) Team Shaklee    Jonas Carney (USA) Team Shaklee
1998 Chann McRae (USA) Saturn           Julian Dean (NZl) Mercury
1999 Tony Cruz (USA) Independent        Gord Fraser (Can) Mercury


1999 Karen Dunne (USA)