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Gateway Cup - NE

St Louis, Missouri, USA, August 29-September 1, 2003

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Stage 2 - August 30: Greentree Park

7Up dominates; Kelly makes it look easy

By John Musselman,

John Lieswyn
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Saturday's event was held in this park setting. It represented the only course of the weekend with some true climbing. The rain had stopped but cloudy skies still threatened to cut loose a few showers but never did. No surprises here at this venue. Dan Schmatz said before the race that his team would take it easy until half way through the race before "whacking 'em".

Kerry Soraci
Photo ©: John Musselman

Most racers had little sleep to contemplate the results. It was a team effort for the 7up/Maxxis team. Lead groups would attack then get caught wearing out the competitors. Favorite local cat 2 riders took their 10 minutes of glory by attacking up the hill only to get caught time after time. The pace kept increasing forcing more riders to simply drop off and eventfully drop out posting a big dnf next to their name. The lead group would slow a bit only to attach again and again with devastating results to the less forceful riders.

As the race was nearing the point of "5 laps to go" the 7up/Maxxis team flexed their muscles and took charge sometimes riding 4 or 5 in a row in a sea of 7up green. The finish line is at the top of the climb and sprinter Dan Schmatz took the win almost as scheduled. It was a textbook finish.

Diet Rite's Kori Kelly won easily in the women's Pro 1, 2 categories. Half way through the race she attacked and detached herself from the field and never had to look back. She made it look almost easy.


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Men Pro,1,2 
1 Dan Schmatz 
2 Greg Henderson 
3 Jason McCartney 
4 Aaron Hubbell 
5 John Lieswyn 
6 Alex Robles 
7 Paul Nilsen 
8 Frank Pipp 
9 Mark Southland 
10 Eric Pirtle 
11 Charles Huff 
12 Jeff Hartman 
13 Todd Cornelius 
14 Ainslie Mac Eachran 
15 Chad Cagle 
16 Erik Tomlinson 
17 Mike Kehrberg 
18 Luca Fagundes 
19 Ben Weaver 
20 Ryan Nenninger 
Women P,1,2,3 
1 Kori Kelly 
2 Kerry Soraci 
3 Kelly Benjamin 
4 Nancy Daigler 
5 Stephanie Hannos 
6 Ali Mc Nulty 
7 Megan Elliot 
8 Stacey Bertsch 
9 Katie Arehart 
10 Liz Cazer 
Men 3 
1 Ronnie Cookson 
2 Lance Sulzen 
3 Steve Muhle 
4 Mike Kincaide 
5 Kevin Schroder 
6 Sven Sprogoe 
7 Jeremiah Strohman 
8 Eric Lambi 
9 Ryan Hermsmeyer 
10 Mark Murawski 
11 Andy Chocha 
12 Brian Shoemaker 
13 Ulric DeYoung 
14 Rob Dirnbeck 
15 John Danzer 
Men 4 
1 Jeremy Sievers 
2 Carlos Garcia 
3 James Pirtle 
4 Nick Coil 
5 Aaron Johnson 
6 Johnny Merli 
7 Dan Bruns 
8 Jon Randell 
9 Nicholas Kempin 
10 Ben Beger 
Women 4 
1 Laura Starr 
2 Julie Tatar 
3 Pam Hinton 
4 Megan Hottman 
5 Jill Thole 
6 Michelle Jensen 
7 Marilyn Cullinane 
8 Catherine Scott 
Men 5 
1 Lee Cable 
2 George Godet 
3 Andrew Singleton 
4 Dan Stutts 
5 Dave Breslin 
6 Michael Rickey 
7 Jeff Davis 
8 Mark Hunsaker 
Masters 40+ 
1 Mark Swartzendruber 
2 Greg Harper 
3 Peter Erdos 
4 Evan Wykes 
5 Gary Doering 
6 Kenneth Smith 
7 Craig Farrell 
8 Lonnie Kennedy 
Masters 50+ 
1 Ben Thigpen 
2 Jim McDonald 
3 Bruce Gary 
4 Brad Reid 
5 Mike Vonnahmen