Results and Reports for November 24 - 25, 2001


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Washington State Championships

Lincoln Park, Seattle, Washington, November 25, 2001

The team of KONA/Voicestream including Dale Knapp (1st man) Erik Tonkin (3rd) and Ann Grande (1st woman) earned the bulk of the medals in the elite field with the only serious threat coming from K2's Jonny Sundt who led the first few lap before the revitalized grand papa of NW cross, Knapp, put the hammer to the medal and the sparks flew.

62 racers under the age of 18 competed and many walked away with state championship medals or raffle prizes from REI and Aaron's Bike Repair, our race day sponsor. This was a new course and nobody could have predicted, except for the creative course master Pat Bentson, that power would be the premium commodity on a course that made most of it's elevation gain in one long, painful pitch of climbing with a few short respites. Every rider gained respect for this course in short order, and either listed the deceptively long climb their favorite, or most dreaded part of their bid for the state title.

A strong contingent from Oregon that placed 4 riders in the top 10 added flavor to the elite men's race. Just like Steilacoom it was Jonny "the Cat" Sundt that took it out from the gun and put the hurt on the field for the first lap as every rider struggled to find his rhythm and a wheel to follow as things quickly spread thin. Knapp was the first one to chase down the Cat in a repeat of the last few races and the best match up in years. Jonny is quick with excellent skills, Dale is pure power with the determination of a pit bull. The Cat and the Dog battled again, but Dale had an ally in teammate Erik Tonkin, who also caught Sundt and then slowed him as Dale got a gap and then held it for the next 50 minutes for the long awaited win after overcoming early season injuries. Good to see Papa back. Loren Hanson (ATT Wireless) earned the Bronze medal ahead of Ronnie Schmeer (ATT) and "Home from college to win the Espoir Title" Mr. Toby Swanson.

The women's race was won by Ann Grande (Kona/Voicestream) who seems to be finding good form as we head into the end of the domestic season. Jeanette Nussbaum (Bianchi) was 2nd and Ingrid Spies (K2) was 3rd for the Bronze. The Women's B state champion is Nicole Mann, who overcame the ferocious start and first lap lead of Joyce LaGow (Armondo's) who eventually finished with the Bronze after log wrestling with a barrier and giving Kathy Smith (Ti Cycles) a chance to gap and go for the Silver.

The Masters 30-39 age field was again our largest as roadie, mountain biker and trackie all joined in the muddy fun. Jim "Big Daddy" Brown (RAD racing) combined forces with teammate Dale Plant (Kona) and they quickly established a gap. The two swapped leads and worked together lap after lap to build a lead over the hard chasing Dan Peterson (Aurora) who finished with a Bronze after a relentless chase that just couldn't erase the gap established in the first half of the race. Jake McCarter from Spokane stayed ahead of Todd Anderson (Enumclaw) for 4th and 5th to round out the podium. Gold went to Jim Brown, silver Dale Plant. Great racing with smiles galore for the new course as designer Pat Benson finished 8th after giving a great effort in bringing this new course to life over the last few months. Three cheers to Pat from the whole community for his hard work.

The Masters 40-49 race was poached by Oregon rider Rich Cramer who obviously couldn't win the Washington State Title (despite racing brilliantly), so the Gold went to Randy Daniels who fought a hard race and was seriously challenged by Ted Mittlestat (K2) who eventually fell of the pace but still managed to stay ahead of two time national champion Tim Rutledge (REDLINE) and the phoenix-like rise of Eugene Pitcher, a long time contributor to the local scene making a nice comeback this season. 5th place in the state went to Michael Guthrie from Buckley.

Masters age 50 plus was also won by a Oregon rider, Larry Smith, but State Champion was Tom Frank from Des Moines, followed by Brian Volkert who won the Silver.

Single Speed State Champion is Jesse Carbaugh, who after eating a nutritious breakfast of chocolate donuts showed why he is a guy to watch next year when he upgrades to that new K2 he is asking Santa for, this one maybe with gears? Big Adrain Hegyvary from Bellevue won the silver, and Mr. Style Matt Kanaly took home the bronze in the "guys with one gear" category.

In our fastest junior category we had the race of the Heat Mizer and the Cold Mizer from Christmas Story lore, as the tall and lanky Aaron Menenberg (Ti Cycles), aka Cold Mizer, capitalized on a rolled tire by the fiery Aaron Bradford (RAD Racing), aka Heat Mizer, and established an early gap. These two always seem to find a way to please the crowd and fight like brothers over a new toy and this was no exception. Mr. Bradford chased and chased but the 10-15 second gap wouldn't go away, and Mr. Menenberg rode a flawless race to hold off the Heat Mizer Bradford for the exciting win. Trevor Morman (RAD Racing) won the Bronze ahead of 4th place Mikkel Bossen and 5th place Aaron Wilkinson.

Mickey Buckly from Olympia (RAD Racing) won the gold for Girls 17-18. RAD Racing took the entire podium in the junior 15-16 Boys as David "Mr. Fan Club" Fleishauer struck gold ahead of Tucker Thomas, Stephen Howard, Mike Wentz (All RAD Racing) and single speed cross over Adrian Hegyvary.

Leanna Gerrard from Sumner won the Girls 15-16 year title ahead of Tela Crane from Sammamish. Collin Carbaugh (RAD Racing) took his usual spot on top of the podium for Boys 13-14 year olds ahead of Jody Nace from Ferndale and John Larsey from Mercer Island. Girls of the same age were won by Amara Boursaw and the silver went to Lauren Tarte. The 10-12 year old category was won by Grant Boursaw followed by Jonathan Skeehan from Tacoma and Ian Crane, Justin Kerr and Bryan Graver.

The hardest working men in the mud, the B's, was won by Seth Davis who now has graduated to permanent A status with a decisive win. Silver went to Alvin Nucum (Bianchi) and uber dad Mark Howlett with the Bronze.

Beginning men was won by another guy ready to graduate to bigger things, August Wheeler from Seattle, in an impressive solo ride to victory. He was smiling way too much for us to believe he suffered. Silver medallist was the hard working Jeff Moran followed by Paul Anderson poaching from Oregon, so Joseph Ferazza from Tacoma was the Bronze medallist in this category. Chris Johns and Dave Reed (Bikefit) finished out the podium for the beginners.


Hyun Lee was once again there to record the action in the mud of the Pacific Northwest


Men A
1 Dale Knapp 
2 Jonny Sundt 
3 Erik Tonkin 
4 Barry Wicks 
5 Loren Hanson 
6 Ronnie Schmeer 
7 Shannon Skerrit 
8 Toby Swanson (first Espoir) 
9 Derl Miller 
10 John Flack 
11 Mark Hanson 
12 Steve Crossier 
13 Rich McClung 
14 Jeff Struck 
15 Joseph Brown 
16 Rick Rodland 
17 Matt Rainey 
18 Ben Smith 
19 Dave Harrison 
20 Chris Hale 
21 John Weller 
22 Alex Duxbury 
Women A 
1 Anne Grande 
2 Jeanette Nussbaum 
3 Ingrid Spies 
4 Kele Hulser 
5 Alice Pennington 
Beginner Men
1 August Wheeler 
2 Jeff Moran 
3 Paul Anderson 
4 Joseph Ferazza 
5 Chris Johns 
6 Dave Reed 
7 Ken Embry 
8 Steve Crawford 
9 Robert Larson 
10 Ben Arstad 
11 Peter Braughn 
12 Jeff Coopersmith 
13 Andrew Wilson 
14 Kevin Judson 
15 Dodd grande 
16 Duane Ziegler  
Beginner Women
1 Robyn Embry 
2 Jodi Hess 
3 Rachel Roberts 
4 Cindy Chowdry 
B Women
1 Nicola Mann 
2 Kathy Smith 
3 Joyce Lagow 
B Men
1 Seth Davis 
2 Alvin Nucum 
3 Mark Howlett 
4 Mr no name!! 
5 Michael Murdin 
6 Mike Rolcik 
7 David Stonich 
8 Nathan Hull 
9 Mike Jancola 
10 Brian Carver 
11 Dean Burton 
12 Cory Hoeger 
13 Larry Doll 
14 Brian Doll 
15 RJ Remand 
16 Calvin Hu 
17 David Sullivan 
18 James Healey 
19 Jon Perry 
20 Matt Cary 
21 Edward Lemka 
Junior 10-12
1 Grant Boursaw 
2 Johnathan Skeehan 
3 Ian Crane 
4 Justin Kerr 
5 Bryen Graver 
6 Spencer Mahan 
Junior 13-14 Girls 
1 Amara Boursaw 
2 Lauren Tarte 
Junior 13-14 Boys 
1 Collin Carbaugh (Rad Racing NW)
2 Jody Nace 
3 John Larsen 
Junior 15-16 Girls
1 Leanna Gerrard (JF2 Racing) 
2 Tela Crane 
Junior 15-16 Boys
1 David Fleischhauer (Rad Racing NW)
2 Tucker Thomas (Rad Racing NW)
3 Stephen Howard (Rad Racing NW)
4 Mike Wentz (Rad Racing NW)
5 Adrian Hegyvary 
6 Will Freeman (Rad Racing NW)
7 Devin Anderson (Rad Racing NW)
8 Walker Duval (Rad Racing NW)
9 David Volkert 
10 Adam Sutherland 
11 Keith Robinson 
12 Joshua Hanson (Rad Racing NW)
13 Jonathan Jenner 
14 Chris Buckley (Rad Racing NW)
15 Grady Nace 
Junior 17-18 Girls
1 Micki Buckley (Rad Racing NW)
Junior 17-18 Boys
1 Aaron Menenberg (Ti Cycles) 
2 Aaron Bradford (Rad Racing NW)
3 Trevor Morman (Rad Racing NW)
4 Mikkel Bossen 
5 Aaron Wilkinson (Rad Racing NW)
6 Jeremy Soltow 
Single Speed 
1 Jesse Carbaugh 
2 Adrian Hegyvary 
3 Matt Kenaly 
Masters 30-39 
1 Jim Brown 
2 Dale Plant 
3 Dan Peterson 
4 Jake Carter 
5 Todd Anderson 
6 Robert Ballinger 
7 Mark Knokey 
8 Kurt Sorenson  
9 Pat Bentson (Rad Racing NW)
10 Dana Parnello 
11 Doug Graver 
12 Ed Arthur 
13 Mr X
14 Dave Harrison 
15 David Bruning 
16 Derek Shirks 
17 David Krattli 
18 Michael Smith 
19 Tim Mason 
20 Mark Reudink 
Master 40-49 
1 Rich Cramer 
2 Randy Daniels 
3 Ted Mittelstadt 
4 Tim Rutledge 
5 Eugene Pitcher 
6 Michael Guthrie 
7 Pat Weiler 
8 Kevin Rose 
9 Dave Hull 
10 Glen Conley 
11 Tom Holmes 
12 Kevin Myette 
13 Virgil Long 
14 Brian Wentz (Rad Racing NW)
15 David Graves 
16 Andrew Malakoff 
17 Dave Stanton 
18 Kevin Groff 
19 Jess Sotelo 
Masters 50+ 
1 Larry Smith 
2 Tom Frank 
3 Brian Volkert 
Master Women
1 Wanda Howlett