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Monumental Memorial Cycling Weekend - NE

USA, May 27-29, 2006

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Stage 1 - May 27: Road race, 74 miles

Swanson Holds Off Field For Stage One Win at Monumental Memorial

By Sean Weide

Nature Valley/Penn Cycle's Dan Swanson of Plymouth, Minn., stayed clear of a charging field Saturday to win the first stage of the inaugural Monumental Memorial Cycling Weekend.

Swanson finished one second ahead of a pack of 12 riders, including two riders from nearby Lincoln, Neb. - Lincoln Plating-Lemond's Jon Randell, who finished second, and Team Kaos' Jarred Berger, who was third. The 74-mile race took nearly four hours to complete, due in part to riders straying off course and winds gusting to more than 30 mph.

More than 100 racers from eight states, as well as the Province of Manitoba in Canada, are competing in the three-day, four-stage race. Sunday, the racers will compete in two stages: a 20-mile individual time trial in the morning and a 65-mile road race in the afternoon. The final stage is a 75-minute criterium on Monday.

Confusion between a course marshal and a lead vehicle sent the field off course in the first 20 miles. After several miles of neutral riding, officials restarted the race.

"Unfortunately, wires were crossed between the lead vehicle and a course marshal," race promoter John Lefler, Jr. "But fortunately, we were able to quickly resolve a bad situation. I was impressed with the candor of the riders, considering the circumstances - and the heat."

With temperatures soaring into the mid-90s, Lincoln Plating-Lemond's Michael Munson and Joe McWilliams of Team Kaos formed a break after the restart and gained a lead of nearly three minutes at the 47-mile mark.

But the duo couldn't hold off the chasing efforts of three teams - Nature Valley/Penn Cycle, Grandstay/Out N About Gear and Team Manitoba/Woodcock Cycle - which reduced the lead to 40 seconds with less than eight miles remaining. The catch was made soon after and the lead group of 17 riders resigned themselves to sprinting it out at the finish.


Men 1/2/3
1 Dan Swanson (Nature Valley/Penn Cycle)             3.54.31
2 Jon Randell (Lincoln Plating Lemond)                  0.01
3 Jarred Berger (Team Kaos Cycling)                         
4 Micheal Grabinger (Team Fresh Start)                      
5 Daniel Nemetchek (Team Manitoba/ Woodcock Cycle)          
6 Daniel Casper (GrandStay/ Out N About Gear)               
7 Jeremy Reimer (Lincoln Plating/Lemond)                    
8 Chris Spence (Team Kaos Cycling)                          
9 Tim Farnham (Team Kaos Cycling)                           
10 Bowen Neuhofer (Team Manitoba/ Woodcock Cycle)           
11 Matt Williams (GrandStay/ Out N About Gear)              
12 Andrew Minier (Nature Valley/Penn Cycle)                 
13 Joseph McWilliams (Team Kaos Cycling)                    
14 Marc Walter (Lincoln Plating/lemond)                 0.11
15 Michael Munson (Lincoln Plating/Lemond)              0.15
16 Peter Morey (Bianchi Grand Performance)              0.17
17 Kevin Burke (Slimenundgrossen/Trek Of KC)            0.48
18 Troy Krause (Slimenundgrossen/Trek Of KC)            5.57
19 Corey Whalen (Team Fresh Start)                     17.02
20 Mike Schroden (GrandStay/ Out N About Gear)         17.06
21 Kent Throlson (Great Plains Cycling)                     
22 Trevor Kosa (unattached)                            17.28
23 Ian Robertson (Team Kaos Cycling)                   20.33
24 Trey Harrison (River City Racing Club)              23.33
25 Dave Bucholz (Bianchi Grand Performance)                 
DNF James Blake (Team Kaos Cycling)                  6.05.28
1 Lindsay Argue (Alter Ego)                          3.20.00
2 Megan Hottman (MRRC-TREK/VW MIDWEST)                  0.08
3 Linda Sone (Silver Cycling Hollywood Racing)          0.17
4 Betsy Cordes (Team Giant/Black Hills Domestiques)     1.02
5 Morgan Chaffin (Team Kaos)                            1.47
6 Dawn McPherson (Defined Fitness Training, LLC)        2.47
7 Angela Axmann (Team Fresh Start)                          
8 Barbara Harick (VeloBellaKona)                            
9 Emily Farnham (Team Kaos)                             5.00
Men 35+
1 James Adams (CyclingClubofNebraska)                3.20.02
2 James Berry (FreshStart)                                  
3 Jeff Luedtke (Husker Road Club)                           
4 Craig Schmidt (Lincoln Plating-Lemond)                    
5 Sean Craig (Lincoln Plating-Lemond)                       
6 Todd Nesvold (MCTTonkaCycle)                              
7 Mark Mettler (MinnesotaCyclingTeam)                       
Men 4
1 Jason Doverspike (Team Manitoba/Woodcock Cycle)    3.06.16
2 Devin Bethune (Elkhorn Valley Race Team)                  
3 Ian Gray (UNL Cycling)                                    
4 Marshall Verbrugge (Team Manitoba/Woodcock Cycle)         
5 Bradley Sullivan (unattached)                             
6 Nathanael Elmer (Ciao Baby Cycling)                       
7 Zach Rogers (Blue River Bicycle Club)                     
8 Jay Foss (Team Fresh Start)                           0.27
9 Kurt Muehlebach (GP Velotek)                          3.50
10 Chet Henry (UNL Cycling)                             5.15
11 Charles Daniel (Ciao Baby Cycling)                   5.29
12 Don Raskey (GDI)                                         
13 Tj Carmichael (Slimenundgrossen/Trek Of KC)          5.47
14 Duane Blair (Elkhorn Valley Race Team)               6.57
15 Scott Kiddoo (Ciao Baby Cycling)                     8.34
16 Daniel Peters (Team Manitoba/Woodcock Cycle)         9.27
17 James Buckley (unattached)                          11.20
18 John Hanson (Great Plains Cycling)                  11.35
19 Al Provorse (UNL Cycling)                           12.10
20 Tom Nider (Ciao Baby Cycling)                       13.08
21 Greg Wollenhaupt (Husker Road Club)                 16.14
22 Robert Rolle (LoonStateCyclists)                    16.30
23 Paul Mueller (ICCC)                                 22.41
DNF Joseph Savoie (Team Kaos)                               
Men 5
1 Rich Anderson (The Bike Way Racing)                3.14.49
2 Michael Kosco (unatttached)                               
3 Scott Blair (Elkhorn Valley Cycling)                  0.13
4 Bill Becker (unatttached)                                 
5 Adrian Olivera (TeamFIRE)                                 
6 Rob Hruska (TeamFIRE)                                     
7 Michael Tellier (unatttached)                         8.02
8 Scott Aalfs (unatttached)                            10.32
9 Aaron Gammel (TeamFire)                              11.54
10 Cody Cleveland (Elkhorn Valley Cycling)             14.39
11 Gary Nebeker (Cycling Club Of Nebraska)             17.34
12 Joseph Gauthier (unatttached)                       23.36
Men 45+
1 Thomas Price (Trek KC/Local           3.09.10
2 Tedd Jacobson (Peace Coffee Racing)                   0.05
3 Marian Pyszczek (Team Manitoba/ Woodcock Cycle)           
4 Eric Piche (Bianchi/GrandPerformance)                 5.12
5 Bruce Harick (Bianchi/GrandPerformance)               5.39
6 J. Ron Nelson (Ciao Baby Racing)                          
7 John Vondracek (Ciao Baby Racing)                         
8 Robert Mairs (Bianchi/GrandPerformance)                   
9 Randall Crist (Omaha Velo Club)                       5.52
10 Bill Gottberg (Unattached)                               
11 Timm Jacobson (Peace Coffee Racing)                 13.47
12 Kevin Lancer (Unattached)                           20.18
13 Peter Zandbergen (Ciao Baby Racing)                 26.16
Men 55+
1 Ken Benusis (Black Hills Domestiques)              3.14.49
2 Jeff G Hart (Unattached)                              7.21
3 John Dean (Cycling Club of Nebraska)                 11.17
4 Rich Pearson (Team Kaos Cycling)                     16.39
5 Douglas Weyer (Unattached)                           27.14