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Team West Virginia - UPDATED with pictures and links!
 
By Becky Leidy
Date: 1/21/2003
Team West Virginia - UPDATED with pictures and links!
 

West Virginia – Go Mart was the #1 ranked amateur elite team of 2003, so it was a natural progression for them to launch a new D-3 team, Team West Virginia. Coming over from the elite team will be Patrick O’Donnell, Scottie Weiss, Benjamin Sharp, Wes Seigler, and Jim Baldesare. Joining them from Wheelworks/Cannondale will be Mike Jones and Johathan Hamblen, Jacob Fetty from ABC-Aitos, Tim Henry from Homeland Communities/Realitybikes.com, Conor Hurley from Trek/Volkswagen East Coast Factory Team, and David Wenger from Mathis Brothers Racing. The team will be participating mostly in races from the Pro Tour and those listed on the National Race Calendar, such as the Tour of Georgia and San Francisco Grand Prix.

Photo courtesy of
WV-GoMart

Jim Baldesare
Born: January 19,1970
Hometown: Kent, OH
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 170 lbs.
NRC Ranking: 84th
Pro Since: 2003
Teams: 2002 Team West Virginia-Gomart
Career Highlights:
2002: 1st National Criterium Championships, 1st Tour of Richland County
2001: 1st Ohio Road Race Championship, 1st stage 1 Tour of Southeast Ohio, 1st stage 3 Tour of Southeast Ohio, 2nd Burlington/Burlington Road Race.

Photo courtesy of
iplayoutside.com.

Jacob Fetty
Born: November 29, 1978
Hometown: Charleston, WV
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 159 lbs.
Pro Since: 2000
Teams: 2002 ABC-Aitos; 2002 US National Team; 2001 Zaxby’s
Career Hightlights:
2002: 32nd GC Tryptique-Ardennias Stage Race – top American
2000: 1st Tour of S.E. Ohio Stage 1; 3rd National Collegiate Criterium Championships
Interview with Georg of Syklingensverden (in English).
A race write-up on the Daily Peloton by Jacob.

Photo courtesy of
Wheelworks-Cannondale
team.

Jonathan Hamblen
Born: November 26,1975
Hometown: Amherst, MA
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 133 lbs.
Pro Since: 1999
Teams: 2002 Wheelworks Cannondale
Career Highlights:
2002: 1st North Jersey Cycling Classic, 1st prologue Green Mountain Stage Race, 2nd Elite Men’s National Road Race Championship, 7th GC Altoona Stage Race.
2001: 1st GC Tour of Southeast Ohio, 1st Stage win Tour of Southeast Ohio, 3rd prologue Green Mountain Stage Race, 4th BMC Arlington GP.

Tim Henry
Born: August 16, 1982
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 155
Pro Since: 2003
Teams: 2002 Homeland Communities/Realitybikes.com
Career Highlights:
2002: 1st Georgia State Criterium Championship, 1st Georgia State Road Race Championship, 5th US 100K Classic

Photo courtesy of
Forwardthought.com.

Conor Hurley
Born: January 26,1980
Hometown: Durham, NH
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Pro Since: 2003
NRC Ranking: 155
Teams: 2002
2001 Trek/Volkswagon East Coast Factory Team
Career Highlights:
2001-2002: 1st Nocturne de Gagney (France), 2nd Ercuis Kermesse (France), 4th Argenteuil Criterium (France), 4th Prix d’ Ully St. Georges (France), 4th Grand Prix de Premery (France), 5th Noctunre de St. Denis (France), 5th US National U23 Criterium, 6th Four Bridges of Elgin, 8th Transversale de l’Ain GC

Photo courtesy of
Wheelworks-Cannondale
team.

Mike Jones
Born: January 19, 1978
Hometown: Harpursville, NY
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 168 lbs.
Pro Since: 2003
Teams: 2002 Wheelworks Cannondale
Career Highlights:
2002: 2nd GC Tour of Southeast Ohio, 2nd circuit race Green Mountain Stage Race, 9th time trial The International
2001: 1st NYS Elite Men’s Road Championships, 1st North Atlantic Road Race Championships
Mike’s diary on Spokepost.com.

Photo courtesy of
WV-GoMart

Patrick O’Donnell
Born: July 9, 1976
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 175 lbs.
Pro Since: 2003
Teams: 2002 Team West Virginia-Gomart
Career Highlights:
2002: 1st IN/KY State Criterium Championships, 1st Muncie Criterium, 1st Mooresville Fall Finale, 1st Renaissance Park Criterium, 2nd American Velodrome Challenge 10 mile, 2nd BCC Road Race, 2nd Park Forest Criterium

Photo courtesy of
WV-GoMart

Wes Seigler
Born: November 18, 1973
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Pro Since: 2003
Teams: 2002 Pharmacia; West Virginia-Gomart
2001 West Virginia-Gomart
2000 Piels-BMW
1998-’99 Tegeltoko,NL
Career Highlights:
2002: 3rd Noel Wick Memorial, 5th Athens Twilight Circuit Race, 5th Tour de Moore, 6th McLane Pacific Road Race, 10th Festival of Speed Criterium
2001: 1st GC Highland Rim Classic, 1st VA State Criterium Championship, 2nd Omloop Dwars door Hagelland (Bel), 10th Ronde Van Groningen NL

Photo courtesy of
WV-GoMart

Benjamin Sharp
Born: June 13, 1972
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 165 lbs.
Pro Since: 2003
Teams: 2002 Pharmacia, Team West Virginia-Gomart
Career Highlights:
2002: 3rd stage 4 Wendy’s International
2001: 1st Elite Men’s National Criterium Championship, 1st 2 stages Superweek International Cycling Classic, 2nd Michelin Cycling Classic, 3rd Elite National Madison Championship

Photo courtesy of
WV-GoMart

Scottie Weiss
Born: September, 8, 1971
Hometown: Radford, VA
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 128 lbs.
NRC Ranking: 32nd
Pro Since: 1999
Teams: 1999-2001 Zaxby’s; 2002 Team West Virginia-Gomart
Career Highlights:
2002: 1st Elite Men’s National Road Race Championship, 11th Elite Men’s National TT Championship, 10th Univest GP, 3rd GC Tour of S.E. Ohio, 8th GC The International
2001: 4th Housatonic
2000: 5th National Time Trial Championship

Photo courtesy of
the Miami Flyers.

David Wenger
Born: April 2, 1980
Hometown: North Lima, OH
Height: 5’8”
Weight: 155 lbs.
Pro Since: 2003
Teams: 2002 USA Cycling U23 Team, Belgium; 2002 Mathis Brothers Racing, USA
Career Highlights:
2002: 1st Sprint Competition Four Bridges of Elgin,, 1st overall Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference, 4th individual TT U.S. Espoir Road Championship
2001: 1st points race Collegiate National Championships, 1st overall Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference, 1st Dayton Pro-AM, 1st Peerless Criterium, 3rd overall Four Bridges of Elgin, 3rd GC Tour of S.E. Ohio.
I have to brag that David and I rode for the same college team, the Miami Flyers!
A race write-up.

We wish Team West Virginia all the best of luck in 2003!

Team Sponsors:
West Virginia Tourism Bureau
GoMart Convenience Stores
Merlin bicycles
Cane Creek wheels
ITM handlebars, stems and seatposts
Fizik saddles
Speedplay pedals
Limar helmets
Biemme cycling wear
Northwave shoes

 
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