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BMC Software New York City Cycling Championship - NE

USA, August 1, 2004

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Rain, rain, go away -- Holden goes it alone

Stormy weather can't cloud win for Holden in New York

By Mark Zalewski in New York City

Mari Holden
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Buckets of rain poured on the streets of downtown New York this morning, but that did not deter Mari Holden (T-Mobile) from soloing to victory at the second women's professional race of the BMC Software New York City Championships.

The 2000 World Time Trial Champion took the risk of riding in a pack around the wet technical course out of play by attacking with fifteen minutes left in the hour-long race. "There were times when you could barely see the road in front of you, it was raining so much!" second place Gina Grain (Victory Brewing) explained. "Each corner was slick -- there was somebody always going down. It was a tactical race for sure."

Shannon Hutchison (Colavita/Bolla) took third in the field sprint, but not after having a rough race. "I did try to stay near the front, but you never know what is going to happen. One time, a girl right next to me slid out and into me -- took me out. Another time a girl on the cobbles slid out and I tried to avoid her -- but of course it's on the cobbles, and I didn't move that much, and I slid out. Then after I got pushed back, I had a front flat and I had to go to the [Mavic] pit for a third time. So, thank you guys!"

Mari Holden was able to build enough of a gap to insure a proper salute to the crowd, something she never does for fear of doing something embarrassing. "It's so funny because my whole career, whenever I win, I'm so nervous that the field is going to catch me that I NEVER put my arms up or anything. And when I knew I was going to win, I was so excited that I couldn't believe it, so I was like, "I'm going to put my arms in the air for the last 100 meters to make sure I get the picture! I told my husband that if I win you better get the picture! Then I came through the finish and they told me that they didn't get the picture, and I'm like, 'You're kidding!' But they wanted to redo it so I came back through again with my arms up. So at least I'll get the picture -- it's not the original, but I can pretend."

But she won't have to pretend that she won.


Images by Robert Way/InMotion Event Photography

Images by Travis Drennen/www.tddesignimages.com


1 Marianne Holden (USA) T-Mobile Pro Cycling Team              54.21
2 Gina Grain (Can) Victory Brewing                              0.11
3 Shannon Hutchison (USA) Colavita Olive Oil                        
4 Lara Kroepsch (USA) T-Mobile Pro Cycling Team                     
5 Brenda Lyons (USA) Velo Bella                                     
6 Sarah Uhl (USA) Team Quark                                        
7 Laura Downey (USA) La Grange Dassani                              
8 Marianne Stover (USA) Ind Fabrications/SMRT Inc                   
9 Rebecca McClintock (USA) Colavita Olive Oil                   0.16
10 Sandy Espeseth (Can) Victory Brewing                         0.19
11 Brooke O'Conner (USA) Colavita Olive Oil                         
13 Leigh Valletti (USA) Genesis Scuba FFCC                          
14 Campbell Rook (USA) Genesis Scuba FFCC                           
15 Tracy Sproule (USA) Colavita Olive Oil                           
16 Kristy Scheffenacker (USA) Colavita Olive Oil                    
17 Emma Rickards (Aus) Victory Brewing                                   
18 Katrina Davis (USA) La Grange Dassani                            
19 Sheba Farrin (USA) LSV Kelly                                 0.33
20 Charm Breon (USA) Colavita Olive Oil                         0.52
23 Anna Milkowski (USA) Equipe Cycliste Rona                    1.47
24 Julie Hutsebaut (Can) Canadian National Team                 1.56
25 Nicole Brandt (USA) La Grange Dassani                        2.28
26 Catherine Powers (USA) La Grange Dassani                     2.31
27 Mindy Ziffen Hall (USA) Spin Cycle Duke Sports Medecine      2.35
28 Katy St Laurent (Can) Basis Aude                             2.37
29 ?
30 Jenette Williams (USA) LSV Kelly                             2.49
31 Heidi Goldberg (USA) MABRA/NCVC Edge Wells Revolution              
32 Nicole Raspa (USA) MABRA/NCVC Edge Wells Revolution              
33 Mandy Lozano (USA) Spin Cycle Duke Sports Medecine               
34 Sinead Fitzgibbon (USA) Spin Cycle Duke Sports Medecine          
35 Lisa Maxwell (USA) Ind Fabrications/SMRT Inc                     
36 Kathryn Roszko (USA) NCC Bikereg.com                             
37 Susan Hefler (USA) LSV Kelly                                     
38 Kelly Chang (USA) Verizon Wireless                               
39 Julie Monagle (USA) Verizon Wireless                             
40 Laury Saligman (USA) MABRA/NCVC Edge Wells Revolution            
41 Ann Marie Miller (USA) Verizon Wireless                          
42 Iona Wynter (Jam) Genesis Scuba FFCC                             
43 Lauren Gaffney (USA) Snow Valley                                 
44 Heather Peck (USA) Ind Fabrications/SMRT Inc                 3.08
45 Rosy McCall (USA) MABRA/NCVC Edge Wells Revolution           4.37
DNF Brenda Bahnson (USA) Ind Fabrications/SMRT Inc                  
DNF Elizabeth Begosh (USA) Velo Bella                               
DNF Susan Duff (USA) Tri State Velo Amoroso                         
DNF Alison Fischer (USA) East Coast Velo                            
DNF Amanda Lawrence (USA) Hudson Valley Velo                        
DNF Paula McNamara (USA) Verizon Wireless                           
DNF Tara Parsons (USA) Tri State Velo Amoroso                       
DNF Cassandra Ramirez (USA) Tri State Velo Amoroso                  
DNF Laura Summers (USA) Hudson Valley Velo                          
DNF Laura Weislo (USA) Spin Cycle Duke Sports Medecine              
DNF Kelly Yoder (USA) Freddie Fu Cycling