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International Cycling Classic - Superweek - NE

USA, July 9-25, 2004

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Race 5 - July 13: Point Beer MGA Proving Grounds Road Race

Emile Abraham
Photo ©: Kristy Scrymgeour

Emile Abraham (Monex), Rebecca Much (XXX Racing) and Zach Taylor (Hot Tubes) won their respective races at day five of Superweek in Burlington, Wisconsin today. On another day of hot and humid conditions, the heat was the biggest obstacle for most riders along with the wind.

The course was a loop of just under 10 miles amongst beautiful cornfields. The roads were twisty and undulating, but there were no really tough hills. The finishing straight was on a long wide road on the MGA proving grounds.

In the men's race a very early break proved to be the decisive move of the day. Right from the gun Jonas Carney (Jelly Belly) attacked taking Paul Richards (MGZT) with him and established a convincing gap. Slowly in twos and threes, riders bridged to join the break and eventually two laps into the race a solid break of 15 riders drove the break. The break worked well together with the occasional sprinter like Carney and Walter Perez (Argentinian National Team) resting their legs a little, but it was certain from the get go that this was the break of the day.

Harm Jansen (Helen's), who saw the break go said "once you see the right combo go up the road you just have to go."

Men's podium
Photo ©: Kristy Scrymgeour

It was with one and a half laps to go that the action started in the break. Attacks kept going and eventually it was Abraham that rode away to get a gap of 40 seconds. He held this gap till the end, winning solo and walking his bike across the line just for something different. Coming in solo just behind him was Carlos Vargas (Endeavour) with Neil Shirley (Seasilver) again coming in solo for third place.

Abraham was exhausted after the race saying that it was "the hardest two laps" he has ridden in a long while. "I got a gap and I kept it rolling," he said. "I still barely made it to the line, but I kept within myself and I made it." This is my style of race," he added. "The wind makes it extremely difficult and it's just a matter of who is the strongest and the luckiest of the day. A lot of people were supporting me out there and that really helps you to give that little bit extra."

In the women's race, the heat made for a relatively uneventful race. The bunch stuck together most of the way with a few attacks from America's Dairyland midway through the race being reeled back in. It was with two laps to go that 18 year old Rebecca Much attacked and managed to solo away and hold off a strong bunch of women for two laps to take her first win against the senior women.

Much said that she wanted to attack because the race yesterday was boring. "I wanted to do something because everyone was just rolling around. The second lap was a little hard," she added, "but I just gave it everything."

Much is hoping to make the World Championship to represent the US this year by qualifying at Nationals next month.

Rebecca Much
Photo ©: Kristy Scrymgeour

The junior race was again a part of the points series that will qualify two riders for the World Championships. The Hot Tubes team took the win again working well together to get yet another win. This time it was Zach Taylor who took the win and moves into the lead in points with his two teammates currently Zach Bolian and Brad Armstrong in second and third place.

The race started with yet another early attack. Armstrong took off in the first lap with one other riders and stayed away for four laps. When he was caught, Bolian immediately countered and got away himself for two laps setting the race up perfectly for his teammate Taylor.

"When he got caught, I went," Taylor explained. "I was tired from yesterday but I prefer to go steady rather than constant changes in speed, so it wasn't bad to be away. Once I got away and out of sight, I was pretty confident that I could hold it because I was pretty sure that the guys who would be chasing would be tired from chasing all day."

Tomorrow's race is another road race, however it is more like a big criterium as it is an enclosed circuit race within Whitnall Park.


Images by Kristy Scrymgeour/


1 Emile Abraham (Team Monex)                                  
2 Carlos Vargas (Endeavour Cycling Team)                      
3 Neil Shirley (Team Seasilver)                               
4 Andrew Crater (Team Monex)                                  
5 Harm Jansen (Helens RPM)                                    
6 David Fuentes (Morgan Stanley)                              
7 Garrett Peltonen (Endeavour Cycling Team)                   
8 Walter Perez (National Team Argentina)                      
9 Josh Goodwin (Team Monex)                                   
10 Davide Frattini (Team Monex)                               
11 Brian Sheedy (Team Seasilver)                              
12 Danny In't Ven (Antwerpse VC)                              
13 Brian Jensen (HRRC)                                        
14 Eduardo Vicencio (Aidas/Zeta Gas)                          
15 Juan Gaspari (National team aregentina)                    
16 Brad Edmunds (Team MGZT)                                   
17 Aron Huerta (Village Peddler)                              
18 Daniel Ramsey (Seasilver)                                  
19 Reid Mumford (XXX Racing/AthletiCo)                        
20 Thomas Hallock (Northwest Cycling Club)                    
21 Ryan Blickem (Aidas/Zeta Gas)                              
22 Paul Ellis (Jelly Belly)                                   
23 Ryan Gamma                                                 
24 Peter Knudsen (Team Seasilver)                             
25 Steen Rose (Northwest Cycling Club/Alkek Velodrome)        
26 Martin Adamczyk (Long John Silver's Cycling Team)          
27 Michael Busq                                               
28 Zachary Davies (Great Dane Velo Club)                      
29 Evanlo Zimmerman                                           
30 Leandro Contreras (Cyclists Warehouse)                     
31 Jay Ku                                                     
32 Zach Fiocca (Higher Gear)                                  
33 John Stevens (Fort Lewis College)                          
34 Jason Wagner (Rapid Transit)                               
35 Raul Bello (Cyclists Warehouse)                            
36 Shane Peltonen (Eclipse Racing)                            
37 John Bergmann (McGuire Cycling)                            
38 Brian Dziewa (Long John Silvers)                           
39 Jai Crawford (Team MGZT)                                   
40 Tim Swain (Savage Hill Cycling)                            
41 Scott Walters (Long John Silvers)                          
1 Rebecca Much (XXX Racing/AthletiCo)                         
2 Tina Pic (Genesis Scuba/FFCC)                               
3 Magen Long (                                 
4 Andrea Hannos (RONA)                                        
5 Christina DeKraay (Team Fuji)                               
6 Lynn Gaggioli (T-Mobile)                                    
7 Sima Trapp (Tamarack/Goldy's)                               
8 Catherine Walberg (KENDA)                                   
9 Mindi Martin (Team Kendra Tire)                             
10 Brooke O'connor (Colavita-Bolla Racing)                    
11 Kerry Soraci (TDS/Schwalbe)                                
12 Sarah Tillotson (Athletes By Design)                       
13 Elizabeth Morse (                           
14 Liza Rachetto (America's Dairyland)                        
15 Cheryl Roth (Helens/Trek/VW)                               
16 Kelly Benjamin (ABD Cycling Team)                          
17 Elizabeth Wencel-Stone (Cycle Warehouse)                   
18 Alison McNulty (Dent Wizard/Maplewood Bicycle)             
19 Megan Monroe (TDS/Schwalbe)                                
20 Brenda Lyons (Velo Bella)                                  
21 Natalie Klemko (Athletes By Design)                        
22 Stacey Bertsch (Mercy Cycling Team)                        
23 Pam Hinton (Dent Wizard)                                   
24 Jana Repulski (Tamarack/Goldy's)                           
25 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)                                  
26 Suzanne Sonye (Helens Trek/VW)                             
27 Emily Westbrook (Tamarack/Goldy's)                         
28 Kristi Lewis (Sun & Ski Sports)                            
29 Lindsay Wetzel (Mercy-Specialized)                         
30 Ellen Hall (Team Kenda Tire)                               
31 Martina Patella (Los Gatos Bike Racing Club)               
32 Lauren Trull (Genesis Scuba/FFCC)                          
33 Emily Gloeckner (TDS/Schwalbe)                             
34 Katie Weber (Team Kenda Tire)                              
35 Francine Haas (Alberto's Sport)                            
36 Alexis Brown (Genesis Scuba/FFCC)                          
37 Rachel Couch (America's Dairyland)                         
38 Alisha Little (ABD Cycling Team)                           
39 Kerry Cohen (Athletes By Design)                           
40 Cynthia Pike-Biegunski (XXX Racing/AthletiCo)              
41 Elizabeth Tenuto (Team City/Lyon Real Estate)              
Junior men
1 Zachary Taylor (Hot Tubes)
2 Michael Sheppard (Major Motion)
3 Jimmy Feely (MNJRC)
4 Reno Garcia (Team Swift)
5 Bjorn Selander (ALAN)
6 Jason Carr (Nova/IS Corp)
7 Zach Bolian (Hot Tubes)
8 Nick Frey (Hot Tubes)
9 Chad Beyer (Domenics/Team Strada)
10 Elliot Gaunt (MainLine Cycling Club)
11 Luke Pennington (Bike Gallery)
12 Chris Stockburger (Team Rio Grande)
13 Todd Elenz (Advantage Benefits Group)
14 Alex Boyd (Major Motion Cycling Club)
15 Taylor Lane (Team Rio Grande)
16 Guy East (NUVO)
17 Adam Switters (Lombardi/Klein)
18 Chase Renick (Team Swift)
19 Peter Stetina (TIAA-CREF/5280)
20 Ulric DeYoung (UW Health/Trek/Digisound)
21 Benjamin Silk (Team Power Train/Tulsa world)
22 William Dehli (Stone Creek Coffee/One Percent More Racing)
23 Gabriel Mendez (TopPro)
24 (unknown rider)
25 Mike Margraf (Team Swift)
26 Jens Brabbit (Minnesota Junior Cycling)
27 Tucker Olander (Team Rio Grande)
28 Tom French (PowerTrain)
29 Alex Welch (Power Train)
30 Spencer Beamer (Hot Tubes)
31 Mike Souers (PBF/Citgo)
Standings after race 5
Men's overall
1 Carlos Vargas (Endeavour Cycling Team)                   114 pts
2 Emile Abraham (Team Monex)                                71
3 Harm Jansen (Helens RPM)                                  70
4 Jacob Nielsen (Glud & Marstrand Horsens)                  70
5 Davide Frattini (Team Monex)                              64
6 Brian Sheedy (Team Seasilver)                             62
7 Frank Dierking (ABD Cycling Team)                         62
8 Walter Perez (National Team Argentina)                    58
9 Brian Jensen (HRRC)                                       55
10 Andrew Crater (Team Monex)                               50
11 David Fuentes (Morgan Stanley)                           48
12 Neil Shirley (Team Seasilver)                            48
13 Danny In't Ven (Antwerpse VC)                            40
14 Richard England (Team MGZT)                              39
15 Steve Tilford (BikeSource)                               36
16 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Glud & Marstrand Horsens)    34
17 Dave McCook (McGuire Pro Cycling)                        33
18 Garrett Peltonen (Endeavour Cycling Team)                33
19 Nicholas Reistad (Endeavour Cycling Team)                32
20 Ben Raby (ABD Cycling Team)                              27
21 Jimmy Hansen (Glud & Marstrand Horsens)                  26
22 Robbert Van Der Stelt (Van Hemert-Eurogifts)             25
23 Wes Hartman (Team Mack)                                  24
24 Juan Gaspari (National team aregentina)                  24
25 Josh Goodwin (Team Monex)                                23
26 Jeremiah Wiscovitch (LaGrange)                           21
27 Ricardo Hernandez (JC Investors Racing Team)             21
28 Robbie Ventura (US Postal Service)                       20
29 Karl Menzies (Team MGZT)                                 20
30 Ryan Nenninger (ABD Cycling Team)                        20
31 Aron Huerta (Village Peddler)                            20
32 Eduardo Vicencio (Aidas/Zeta Gas)                        13
33 Burno Nella (Nella Madison)                              11
34 Gavin Chilcott (Dewar's Racing Team)                     10
35 Brad Edmunds (Team MGZT)                                 10
36 Sam Horn (Intermountain)                                 10
37 John Semmelhack (ABD Cycling Team)                        9
38 Michael Ebert (ABD Cycling Team)                          9
39 Sterling Magnell (Sierra Nevada)                          9
40 Jay Ku                                                    8
41 Daniel Ramsey (Seasilver)                                 8
42 Bryce Mead (Bianchi/Grand Performance)                    8
43 Marvin Van Der Pluym (Van Hemert - EuroGifts)             7
44 John Puffer (ABD Cycling Team)                            7
45 Reid Mumford (XXX Racing/AthletiCo)                       7
46 Fran Travieso (Cyclist Warehouse)                         6
47 Adam Curry (Revolution Cycling Team)                      6
48 Steen Rose (Northwest Cycling Club/Alkek Velodrome)       6
49 Thomas Hallock (Northwest Cycling Club)                   6
50 Zach Fiocca (Higher Gear)                                 5
51 Ryan Blickem (Aidas/Zeta Gas)                             5
52 Granam Howard (ABD Cycling Team)                          5
53 Frank Pipp (Endeavour Cycling Team)                       4
54 Paul Ellis (Jelly Belly)                                  4
55 Ryan Gamma                                                3
56 Brian Schaning (PCW Cycling)                              3
57 Jamiel Danesh (McGuire Pro Cycling)                       2
58 Karl Bordine (Team Monex)                                 2
59 Peter Knudsen (Team Seasilver)                            2
60 Stefano Barberi (JC Investors)                            2
61 Victor Ayala (LaGrange)                                   1
62 Brant Hendler (West Michigan Coast Riders)                1
Men's sprint
1 David Fuentes (Morgan Stanley)                            71 pts
2 Victor Ayala (LaGrange)                                   40
3 Frank Pipp (Endeavour Cycling Team)                       40
4 John Puffer (ABD Cycling Team)                            33
5 Juan Curuchet (National Team Argentina)                   28
6 Andrew Crater (Team Monex)                                24
7 Nicholas Reistad (Endeavour Cycling Team)                 23
8 Carlos Vargas (Endeavour Cycling Team)                    17
9 Robbie Ventura (US Postal Service)                        16
10 Paul Richards (Team MGZT)                                16
11 Troy Critchlow                                           15
12 Frank Dierking (ABD Cycling Team)                        12
13 Karl Menzies (Team MGZT)                                 11
14 Richard England (Team MGZT)                               8
15 Jacob Nielsen (Glud & Marstrand Horsens)                  8
16 Walter Perez (National Team Argentina)                    7
17 Gregg Medinilla (Team Monex)                              6
18 Sterling Magnell (Sierra Nevada)                          5
19 Adam Curry (Revolution Cycling Team)                      5
20 Brian Jensen (HRRC)                                       4
21 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Glud & Marstrand Horsens)     4
22 Davide Frattini (Team Monex)                              3
23 Karl Bordine (Team Monex)                                 2
24 Garrett Peltonen (Endeavour Cycling Team)                 2
25 Emile Abraham (Team Monex)                                2
26 John Cimbura (AST Cycling)                                2
27 Wes Hartman (Team Mack)                                   2
28 Fran Travieso (Cyclist Warehouse)                         2
29 Jim Baldesare (ABD Cycling Team)                          2
30 Ryan Nenninger (ABD Cycling Team)                         2
31 Neil Shirley (Team Seasilver)                             2
32 Brian Hammer (Hampshire Cycle Club)                       1
33 Peter Knudsen (Team Seasilver)                            1
34 Max Clauson (GS Ciao)                                     1
35 Stefano Barberi (JC Investors)                            1
36 Jeremiah Wiscovitch (LaGrange)                            1
Women's overall
1 Tina Pic (Genesis Scuba/FFCC)                            115 pts
2 Andrea Hannos (RONA)                                     108
3 Christina DeKraay (Team Fuji)                             89
4 Kerry Soraci (TDS/Schwalbe)                               80
5 Magen Long (                               70
6 Brenda Lyons (Velo Bella)                                 69
7 Brooke O'connor (Colavita-Bolla Racing)                   68
8 Rebecca Much (XXX Racing/AthletiCo)                       63
9 Catherine Walberg (KENDA)                                 61
10 Elizabeth Morse (                         60
11 Kelly Benjamin (ABD Cycling Team)                        38
12 Emily Gloeckner (TDS/Schwalbe)                           34
13 Mindi Martin (Team Kendra Tire)                          31
14 Megan Monroe (TDS/Schwalbe)                              31
15 Cheryl Roth (Helens/Trek/VW)                             30
16 Lynn Gaggioli (T-Mobile)                                 29
17 Jennifer Yaeso (Vitamin Cottage Cycling Team)            27
18 Sima Trapp (Tamarack/Goldy's)                            27
19 Sarah Tillotson (Athletes By Design)                     24
20 Suzanne Sonye (Helens Trek/VW)                           23
21 Alisha Little (ABD Cycling Team)                         23
22 Alison McNulty (Dent Wizard/Maplewood Bicycle)           19
23 Rebecca Anderson (America's Dairyland)                   18
24 Leigh Ann Valletti (Genesis Scuba/FFCC)                  17
25 Kimberly Strom (Bianchi/Grand Performance)               17
26 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)                                16
27 Liza Rachetto (America's Dairyland)                      13
28 Pam Hinton (Dent Wizard)                                 13
29 Julie Tatar (America's Dairyland)                        12
30 CarrieAnn Kopernik (Coyote Cycling)                      11
31 Stacey Bertsch (Mercy Cycling Team)                      11
32 Elizabeth Wencel-Stone (Cycle Warehouse)                  9
33 Lauren Trull (Genesis Scuba/FFCC)                         8
34 Kerry Cohen (Athletes By Design)                          5
35 Natalie Klemko (Athletes By Design)                       5
36 Jana Repulski (Tamarack/Goldy's)                          2
37 Chelsea Harris (Stone creek coffe/1% more! Racing)        2
38 Katie Weber (Team Kenda Tire)                             1
Women's sprint
1 Tina Pic (Genesis Scuba/FFCC)                             25 pts
2 Emily Gloeckner (TDS/Schwalbe)                            14
3 Magen Long (                               13
4 Andrea Hannos (RONA)                                       8
5 Kerry Soraci (TDS/Schwalbe)                                7
6 Brenda Lyons (Velo Bella)                                  6
7 Brooke O'connor (Colavita-Bolla Racing)                    6
8 Leigh Ann Valletti (Genesis Scuba/FFCC)                    3
9 Kelly Benjamin (ABD Cycling Team)                          3
10 Christina DeKraay (Team Fuji)                             2
11 Sheba Farrin (Hub Racing)                                 1
12 Alisha Little (ABD Cycling Team)                          1
13 Alexis Brown (Genesis Scuba/FFCC)                         1