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Ecology Center Classic - NE

Missoula, Montana, USA, May 23-26, 2003

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Stage 2 - May 24: Perma Road Race, 104/52 miles

Leader jerseys handed over between team-mates after stage 2

Louder & Rachetto take the lead

After Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators) and Becky Broeder (Intermountain Cycling) won the Men Pro/1/2 and Women Open events on Day One of the five-stage Ecology Center Classic, it was expected that the rest of the men's and women's fields would step up and challenge them in today's Burke & Associates, CPAs Perma Road Race. But, as it turned out, the biggest 'challenge' on this day came from their own teammates, as Jeff Louder and Liza Rachetto made it two for two for the respective teams in the 2003 Ecology Center Classic.

Perhaps in part because of Stage One being shortened, the Pro/1/2 Men's field was feeling especially frisky today, which would explain why a six-man breakaway attacked virtually from the gun and had gained six-and-a-half minutes before the end of the first of two 52-mile loops. But that was as much time as they were allowed to get; once the second lap began, the Navigators team of race leader Swindlehurst took up the chase, with New Zealander Glen Mitchell and the Belgian-domiciled Jeff Louder doing the lion's share of the work. Though they lost Mitchell, who popped on one of the two Category 3 climbs the racers did per lap, the breakaway was caught. . . and then the real race began. Louder attacked, covered by teenage sensation Angetti Sheldrake (5280/Subaru Development) and Marc Bomhof (Ciclismo/Headwinds), and that was the race; the field, which thought that it would catch the trio in the valley after the final climb, never saw them again till the finish, by which time Louder had won by five seconds over Sheldrake, with Bomhof in third. Second-overall Colby Pearce (5280/Subaru Development) won a 12-man group sprint for fourth, followed closely by Rusty Beall (Health Net) and yellow jersey wearer Swindlehurst. Overall, Swindlehurst retained his 40-second advantage over Pearce.

As for the women, it was a much closer race than yesterday's solo win by Broeder. In fact, Broeder actually missed today's move, losing 52 seconds to several potential challengers. It was a bit of a surprise, particularly given that the day started off quietly enough, with no serious attacks until the first climb, when the first separation began. One rider who fell off the pace- quite literally- was Broeder, who crashed during the ascent and had to put in a big effort to get back in contact with the lead pack. It was an effort that would cost her later, as Broeder was dropped on the second climb of the day, which saw the front group whittled down to just six racers. But things were still going right for the Intermountain Cycling team, as Broeder's teammate Liza Rachetto took the six-up sprint from Katheryn Curi (Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club), with Renee Eastman (Vitamin Cottage Cycling) snagging third. Broeder would end up finishing eleventh on the day. Overall, Broeder would remain in first place, with Rachetto moving up to second at 2:06, and Team Stampede/Five Valley Velo's Eva Karau slipping into third place at 3:09.

The 2003 Ecology Center Classic continues on Sunday, May 25 with two stages: the Missoula Bicycle Works Time Trial and the Frenchtown Circuit Race.


Men Pro/1/2
1 Jeff Louder (Navigators)                           4.11.03
2 Angetti Sheldrake (5280/Subaru Development)           0.05
3 Marc Bomhof (Ciclismo/Headwinds)
4 Colby Pearce (5280/Subaru Development)                1.20
5 Rusty Beall (Health Net)
6 Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators)
7 Frank Overton (Pro Peloton Velo)
8 Andrew Minier (Share the Roads Racing)
9 Zak Grabowski (Hot Tubes Cycling Team)
10 Tom Crawford (Broadmark Capital)
11 Jonathan Baker (Pro Peloton Velo)
12 Scott Herzig (Montana Velo)
13 Ian Prichard (Schwab Cycles/Torelli)
14 Jim Rucker (Saturn for Seattle)
15 Ryan Guay (Navigators)
16 Timmy Duggan (Duane Duggan ReMax/Pake)               4.57
17 Ian MacGregor (Duane Duggan ReMax/Pake)
18 Eric Flynn (First Endurance/Contender)               6.24
19 Jason Bethel (Aurora Cycling Club)                   8.20
20 Mikkel Bossen (Team Oregon)                         10.54
General classification after Stage 2
1 Burke Swindlehurst (Navigators)                    6.42.27
2 Colby Pearce (5280/Subaru Development)                0.40
3 Marc Bomhof (Ciclismo/Headwinds)                      0.58
4 Rusty Beall (Health Net)                              1.54
5 Ryan Guay (Navigators)
6 Zak Grabowski (Hot Tubes Cycling Team)                2.18
7 Andrew Minier (Share the Roads Racing)                2.28
8 Scott Herzig (Montana Velo)                           4.09
9 Jonathan Baker (Pro Peloton Velo)                     5.32
10 Frank Overton (Pro Peloton Velo)                     6.31
11 Jim Rucker (Saturn for Seattle)                      6.37
12 Ian MacGregor (Duane Duggan ReMax/Pake)              6.40
13 Jeff Louder (Navigators)                             8.28
14 Angetti Sheldrake (5280/Subaru Development)          9.02
15 Cameron McKnight (Edmonton Road and Track)          11.38
16 Robert Veroba (Bicisport Calgary)                   11.47
17 Glen Mitchell (Navigators)                          11.47
18 Tom Crawford (Broadmark Capital)                    11.55
19 Eric Pardyjak (First Endurance/Contender)           12.08
20 Eric Flynn (First Endurance/Contender)              12.51
Women Open
1 Liza Rachetto (Intermountain Cycling)              2.19.35
2 Katheryn Curi (Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club)
3 Renee Eastman (Vitamin Cottage Cycling)
4 Allison Beall (
5 Joy Shaffer (Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club)
6 Suz Weldon (Ashmead/King)
7 Eva Karau (Team Stampede/Five Valley Velo)            0.52
8 Eryn Hanna (Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club)
9 Sima Trapp (Team Goldy’s)
10 Becky Broeder (Intermountain Cycling)
11 Mary Kneeland (Intermountain Cycling)
12 Martha Meyer (Vitamin Cottage Cycling)               4.04
13 Kim Sawyer (Nalley Automotive Group)
14 Marianne Holt (Nalley Automotive Group)              5.08
15 Carolyn Eller (Recycled Cycles Racing)               5.19
16 Kathleen Jones (Intermountain Cycling)               5.32
17 Heidi Stamm (Intermountain Cycling)
18 Troy Watson (Cycle Couriers of San Francisco)        8.00
19 Elizabeth Nettles (Recycled Cycles Racing)
20 Margie Legg (Team Stampede/Five Valley Velo)         9.46
General classification after Stage 2
1 Becky Broeder (Intermountain Cycling)              5.07.10
2 Liza Rachetto (Intermountain Cycling)                 2.06
3 Eva Karau (Team Stampede/Five Valley Velo)            3.09
4 Mary Kneeland (Intermountain Cycling)                 3.12
5 Sima Trapp (Team Goldy’s)                             4.11
6 Katheryn Curi (Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club)         4.29
7 Joy Shaffer (Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club)           6.22
8 Suz Weldon (Ashmead/King)
9 Eryn Hanna (Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club)            8.18
10 Renee Eastman (Vitamin Cottage Cycling)             10.07
11 Kim Sawyer (Nalley Automotive Group)                10.44
12 Heidi Stamm (Intermountain Cycling)                 13.13
14 Allison Beall (                       15.03
15 Marianne Holt (Nalley Automotive Group)             19.21
16 Kathleen Jones (Intermountain Cycling)              19.58
17 Martha Meyer (Vitamin Cottage Cycling)              25.00
18 Troy Watson (Cycle Couriers of San Francisco)       38.40
19 Elizabeth Nettles (Recycled Cycles Racing)
20 Margie Legg (Team Stampede/Five Valley Velo)        51.35