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Women's & Cross Roundup - October 29, 2003
 
By Becky Leidy
Date: 10/29/2003
Women's & Cross Roundup - October 29, 2003
 
WORS RETURNS TO NORBA

Bay Area Women's Cycling News

 

The October ride with the Berkeley Bicycle Club and Left Coast Cyclery was great, lots of beautiful scenery, hills, descents, good conversation. Katie Kelley and her friends put together a well-organized ride through Kensington, El Cerrito, Richmond, and El Sobrante. Read on for news on the November ride (an East Bay ride again!)

November Ride

WHAT: Hilly 25-mile ride starting in Oakland, going along Skyline and through Grass Valley (if you’re interested in leading the 50-mile option, please let the ride leader know -- Nadia.Borisova@ttemi.com.)

DATE: Saturday, November 1, 2003

TIME: Meet at 8:30am. Ride starts at 9:00am.

WHERE: meet near main entrance at Lake Temescal (6500 Broadway, Oakland) . Do not go into the parking lot (there is a fee to use the park), just park along the road near the main entrance

DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From San Francisco: Take Highway I-80 East. Take the I-580 East/Downtown Oakland (CA-24) exit towards Hayward/Stockton. Take the CA-24 EAST exit towards Berkeley/Walnut Creek. Take the CA-24 EAST exit towards Walnut Creek. Take the CA-13 South exit towards Hayward. Take the Broadway Ter exit towards Broadway Ter. Bear right on Broadway Ter.

From East Bay: From Oakland, take the CA-24 EAST exit towards Berkeley/Walnut Creek. Take the CA-24 EAST exit towards Walnut Creek. Take the CA-13 South exit towards Hayward. Take the Broadway Ter exit towards Broadway Ter. Bear right on Broadway Ter.

From Marin: Get onto I-580 East. Continue on I-80 West/I-580 East. Continue on I-580 East towards Alameda/downtown Oakland/Hayward/San Jose/Stockton. Take the I-580 East exit towards downtown Oakland/Hayward/San Jose/Stockton.
Take the CA-24 East exit towards Berkeley/Walnut Creek. Take the CA-24 East exit towards Walnut Creek. Take the CA-13 South exit towards Hayward. Take the Broadway Ter exit towards Broadway Ter. Bear right on Broadway Ter.

FOR WHOM: For women only; no men this ride -- sorry.

LED BY: Nadia Borisova and friends.

RSVP OR CONTACT: Not necessary, but you can email Nadia Borisova at 510.915.2627 or nadia_ca999@yahoo.com.

Looking for a Webmaster/graphic designer for the Bay Area Women’s Cycling Website (www.BAWcycling.com)

Do you have a flair for graphic design and enjoy updating websites? Are you looking for a way volunteer and support women’s cycling? We have the opportunity for you. We need someone who can donate their time and update our site between 1-3 times a month (closer to 3 times a month in the Spring and Summer). If interested, please e-mail Brooke Kuhn

Looking for More Monthly Women’s Ride Leaders

Are you interested in leading a woman’s ride the first Saturday of the month? You could lead it once or many times, depending on your interest. The location would be up to you. The rides leave at 9am and have a 25-mile option as well as a 50-mile option. If interested, please e-mail Brooke Kuhn .

McGuire Women’s Bicycle Racing Team Seeks New Women Racers

McGuire Bicycle Racing Team's women's squad is a SF-based team committed to expanding opportunities for women in road racing.  We can help you learn more about the sport so you can assess your interest.  Come out and join us for a friendly, conversational-paced ride in San Francisco and the East Bay: Sunday, November 2, 9am, Golden Gate Bridge snack bar, about 30 miles RSVP to Sarah.

For more information about McGuire Real Estate Bicycle Racing team, go to their website and click on the Women’s Team section or email Sarah Lightfoot.

Areté Racing Women's Team Seeks New Racers

Be a part of this amazing team that took 2nd Place in Race Across America this year!

SF-based Areté Racing bike racing team seeks new women racers! Come out and join us for some friendly, conversational-paced rides in San Francisco and Marin! We are looking for strong, experienced riders to join our existing women for a fun season of training and racing! For more info about the women's team and future recruitment rides, please
email Sandy.

Velo Girls™ Embarks on Junior Girls Initiative

Velo Girls™, the only women’s cycling club in the San Francisco Bay Area, is on a mission to get more young girls out there riding their bikes for recreational and fitness purposes. Beginning in November, the club has added a monthly junior girls ride to their already busy calendar of rides and events. There will be a dedicated ride leader for the junior group and the route will be chosen and modified to fit the needs of the girls. While this is a road ride, girls are encouraged to participate on any type of bike they may have. Velo Girls™ also has a number of bikes available to borrow if a girl doesn’t have a bike of her own.

One of the Velo Girls™ goals for 2004 is to increase participation by young girls aged 12 years old and older. While many young girls ride a bike for transportation, not many ride for fitness, recreation, or competition. The goal is to encourage more young girls to ride on a regular basis, help them meet other girls who also ride, have fun, and realize the health benefits associated with riding a bicycle. The program will begin with a monthly road ride, and will expand to more rides in others areas and mountain bike rides as the program grows.

Many of the women involved with Velo Girls™ have expressed that, although they may have ridden a bicycle in their youth, something happened in their teenage years that kept them off the bike. And before they know it, they're a 30-year old woman who hasn't been on the bike in a decade. This isn't unique to Velo Girls™ or to the San Francisco Bay Area, so one of the club’s goals for 2004 is to encourage more girls to ride for recreational and fitness purposes.

Velo Girls™, founded in March 2002, counts almost 250 women and girls as members, hosts an online community of almost 600 women, and has a very active calendar of rides and events. The youngest member is 11 ½ years old and the oldest is 76. Among members, 39 women will race with Velo Girls™ during the 2004 race season (including two junior racers). More information on this and other Velo Girls™ programs can be found at the official website!

Greensboro Prepares Hot First Course of Cyclocross Action

Credit to Dahron Johnson, who says:
NOTE:  Your intrepid, but never-quite-impartial, race reporter of the North Carolina scene promoted and organized the Greensboro event.  Leave notions of objectivity at the door.

Sunny skies and warm temperatures in the days prior to Sunday's "Bury Me at Bur-Mill" Cyclocross Kick-Off, held in Greensboro, NC, fooled many into thinking they'd have a dry run of things-North State rather than Northern Europe.  By the time races started at 11AM, though, heavy fog transformed to drizzle, and drizzle eventually gave way to sporadic heavy rain.  And while the temperatures stayed comfortable, the phrase "classic cyclocross conditions" was heard from an ever-increasing number of grinning, muddy, faces as the day went on.  A North Carolina record 141 racers tackled the slick grass descents, off-camber twists & turns, and tough, grinding climbs of Bur-Mil Park in the day's events, many times fighting it out elbow-to-elbow with their challengers. Even in this first event, riders came ready to serve up fierce racing and hot competition. It is safe to say that with appetites whetted from this first course of the seven race North Carolina Championship series, and with a taste of the series battles to come, James Beard and Julia Child never had it so good.

In the Men's A race, no one knew for sure what would cook up from the curious mix of racers on hand.  Certainly, long-time series regulars like Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet's Colin Barry, Cycling Spoken Here's Rob Moran and John Degele, as well as Sandhills Cycling's Michael Ventola could be counted on to spice up the action.  However, without the punch of such 'cross powerhouses as Charlie Storm, Andy Applegate, and Ryan Trebon-all of whom were testing their mettle at the back-to-back UCI events in Delaware and Pennsylvania-predicting outcomes seemed a risky business.  And to confound things further, mountain biking strongman Charles Pendry of Team Fuji/Diet Cheerwine and North Augusta, SC's T.J. Behm joined the fray, both new faces in the North Carolina cyclocross scene.

With an unusual first lap prime up for grabs, the racing was furious from the gun.  De Oro's Barry jumped out to a quick lead in the opening third of his home course, but Pendry jumped ahead shortly thereafter.  Degele sensed this had the marks of a winning move, and surged trying to join Pendry, but managed only to come around Barry.  Pendry went on to take the first lap, and every lap thereafter, collecting the win in convincing style.  Degele fought hard, and had one of his most impressive rides in several series, finishing a strong second.  His face displaying the price of his early efforts, Barry continued to fade, eventually finishing in fifth.  Ahead of him, Hendersonville's Michael Scholtz and Rob Moran of Cycling Spoken Here
took third and fourth respectively.

There was an equally dominating display of power in the Women's A race. Riding a mountain bike, Genesis Scuba's Candice Blickem obviously had no problem in transferring her late season road form (that led her to wins at Greenville, SC's Michelin Classic weekend) to the slick grass and tricky barriers that dominated the Bur-Mil course.  After winning an opening lap prime for tasty adult beverages supplied by one of the race's contributors, Blickem stayed in the lead for the remainder of the race.  Behind her, though, Team Fuji/Diet Cheerwine's Kathleen Billington turned in a stellar performance, taking second-an especially surprising feat considering she had felt unsure enough of her cyclocross skills that she took part in the previous day's skills clinic.  A new entrant into the Women's A race ranks, Mandy Lozano of Raleigh, NC raced herself into third, while Chapel Hill's Daniele Staskal and perennial A-series contender, Amber Krieger of the Cycling Spoken Here squad, rounded out the top five.

Familiar faces mixed with those not so frequently seen in the Masters 35+ and Masters 45+ categories.  Derek Powers of Cat's Cradle/Donut Boy Racing seems to only get faster each year, and his strong time-trialing skills-like being able to put out tremendous power at redline for extended periods-worked to his advantage, as he fought his way to a well-earned win in the 35+ race.  Behind him, years of cyclocross experience helped Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet racer Peter Hymas take second, even though he had not even decided to race until the night before.  With Hymas now focusing on his work towards a Masters in Library Science, his participation in the fall series will be spotty.  This is especially noticeable, as Hymas has been a top-five series contender in either the Men's A or 35+ categories for the last two years.  With him taking a back seat, it opens up the field for other challengers-like Cycling Spoken Here's Jimmy Breuner, Sandhills Cycling Club's Marcus Jones, and series promoter/Asheville Bicycle Racing Club's Tim Hopkin.  These three took 3rd through 5th, and will certainly be watching each other warily heading into next weekend's race in Cary.

In the Masters 45+ event, the lanky mountain man Martin Visser, racing for Nantahala Outdoor Center, made his way down from the hills for a rare appearance and a sweet victory, as he outpaced a field loaded with exceptional racers.  Kerry Shields of Winston Salem, NC, who dominated last fall's series winning every race but one, looked to be somewhat off his best form, riding hard but only managing fourth.  However, two of his fiercest rivals showed they were ready to duke it out for the overall title this years, with Charlotte's Arthur Reaves taking second, and Statesville's Andrew Ammon riding neatly into third in conditions that were probably the worst of the day.

Many Men's B veterans looked shocked when hitting the starting line.  After consecutive years of inexplicably low turnouts in this usually hotly contested class, 34 racers crowded the opening chute of Sunday's race.  The competition seemed to shake things up a bit, as a bevy of new faces took the top places.  After spending most of the race duking it out with Christiansburg, VA's David Goodwin-who was putting his trusty old Bridgestone mountain bike through the paces-Jacob Brimlow of Raleigh, NC was able to finally pull away and take the victory.  Matt Skeen, a up-and-coming junior expert mountain biker for Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet, showed that his dominant performance in last January's Winter Cup was no fluke, taking a solid third.  Another Virginia resident made an impression by taking fourth-Brian Segar, a regular riding partner of second place Goodwin's.  Sometime-ultramarathoner Kenneth Borgeson guided a beautiful Waterford 'cross bike into fifth.

Cat's Cradle/Donut Boy Racing continued to make an impact in other categories, as their racer Sarah Worthington took home the win in the Women's B race.  She was followed by Sara Legrand of Charlotte, NC, and Corrie Hanscom up from Spartanburg, SC.  In the Men's C race, another big field saw heated battles, with Cross Creek Racing's Dave Standridge eventually taking first.  Asheville Bicycle Racing Club's Lloyd Jones grabbed second, while Daniel Ingram of Raleigh rode into third.

Greensboro Velo Club's "Bury Me at Bur-Mil" Cyclocross Kick-Off weekend-replete with a clinic, swap meet, and eight different races-convincingly demonstrated just how popular and exciting North Carolina cyclocross racing can be, and in turn, hopefully prepared the table for an equally thrilling and well-attended series.  Racers and spectators alike now await what delicious action will be served up in the second race of the series in Cary, NC next weekend.  But with some of the big names
returning-Trebon, Storm, and Applegate for the men; Cara McCauley in the women's-an especially tasty course of hot racing is sure to be on the menu.

Greensboro Velo Club's "Bury Me at Bur-Mill" Cyclocross Kick-Off
Greensboro, NC-Bur-Mil Park; 26.October.2003
Race #1, North Carolina Cyclocross Championship Series
141 Total Racers

Men's A; Field Size:  17; Winning Time:  1:02:50

1:  Charles Pendry; Hays, NC; Team Fuji/Diet Cheerwine
2:  John Degele; Durham, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
3:  Michael Scholtz; Hendersonville, NC;
4:  Rob Moran; Cary, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
5:  Colin Barry; Winston Salem, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
6:  Kevin Hall; Charlotte, NC;
7:  Michael Ventola; Southern Pines, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
8:  Richard Harper; Raleigh, NC; Cane Creek
9:  T.J. Behm; North Augusta, SC;
10:  Mark Johnson; Johnson City, TN;
11:  Dan Miller; Asheville, NC;
12:  Chad Gibson; Greensboro, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
13:  Tim Hopkin; Flat Rock, NC;
14:  Andrew Oishi; Durham, NC;
15:  Jody Dumond; Cary, NC; Capitol City Cycling
16:  Jeremy Waldrop; Greensboro, NC;
DNF:  James Hyatt; Irmo, SC;

Women's A; Field Size:  12; Winning Time:  39:15

1:  Candice Blickem; Winston Salem, NC; Genesis Scuba
2:  Kathleen Billington; Banner Elk, NC; Team Fuji/Diet Cheerwine
3:  Mandy Lozano; Raleigh, NC;
4:  Daniele Staskal; Chapel Hill, NC;
5:  Amber Krieger; Cary, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
6:  Anne Bolyea; Team Fuji/Diet Cheerwine
7:  Bess Arendall; Asheville, NC
8:  Laura Weislo; Raleigh, NC; Spin Cycle Racing
9:  Lauren Trull; Greensboro, NC; Carolina Cyclocross Association/Kona
10:  Annette Bednosky; Boone, NC
11:  Sylvia Hiller; Chapel Hill, NC
12:  Maureen Chambers; Chapel Hill, NC

Masters 35+; Field Size:  18; Winning Time:  41:15

1:  Derek Powers; Chapel Hill, NC; Cat's Cradle/Donut Boy Racing
2:  Peter Hymas; Durham, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
3:  Jimmy Bruner; Cary, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
4:  Marcus Jones; Southern Pines, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
5:  Tim Hopkin; Flat Rock, NC; Asheville Bicycle Racing Club
6:  Stephen Weiler; Hillsborough, NC;
7:  Guy Spiher; Winston Salem, NC;
8:  Jason Thompkins; Augusta, GA;
9:  Farrell Smith; Sophia, NC;
10:  Jarrett Deerwester; Southern Pines, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
11:  Lonnie Brooks; Raleigh, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
12:  Mike Warren; Southern Pines, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
13:  Mike Culpepper; Augusta, GA;
14:  Howard Rhyne; Southern Pines, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
15:  Douglas Powell; Winston Salem, NC;
16:  John Kuenck; Fayetteville, NC;
17:  Dana Johnson; Cary, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
18:  Charles Ball; Raleigh, NC 

Masters 45+; Field Size: 15; Winning Time:  Not Listed

1:  Martin Visser; Bryson City, NC; Nantahala Outdoor Center
2:  Arthur Reaves; Charlotte, NC;
3:  Andrew Ammon; Statesville, NC;
4:  Kerry Shields; Winston Salem, NC;
5:  Dean Lyons; Boone, NC; Boone Velo Club
6:  Dale Bryant; Carthage, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
7:  John McBurney; Spartanburg, NC; Freewheelers of Spartanburg
8:  Todd Thornton; Durham, NC;
9:  David Hall; Davidson, NC;
10:  Gary Trull; Greensboro, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
11:  Tony Patriode; Southern Pines, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
12:  Dave Fuller; Greensboro, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
13:  Howard Hesterberg; Hickory, NC; Magic Cycles Racing
14:  Steve Baker; Raleigh, NC; Spin Cycle 

Men's B; Field Size:  34; Winning Time:  36:19

1:  Jacob Brimlow; Raleigh, NC;
2:  David Goodwin; Christianburg, VA;
3:  Matt Skeen; Summerfield, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
4:  Brian Segal; Blacksburg, VA;
5:  Kenneth Borgeson; Colfax, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
6:  Mike Seek; Blacksburg, VA;
7:  Jim Molnar; Cary, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
8:  Andrew Raab; Charlotte, NC;
9:  Shaw Brown; Boone, NC; Boone Velo Club
10:  Todd Hanscom; Spartanburg, SC; Freewheelers of Spartanburg
11:  Andrew Mitcheltree; Greensboro, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chev
12:  Steven Levine; Cary, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
13:  Max Shute; Elizabethton, NC;
14:  Aaron Brown; Fayetteville, NC;
15:  Alec Durrell; Chapel Hill, NC;
16:  Scott Hill; Greensboro, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
17:  Line Dempsey; Durham, NC; DeFeet Racing
18:  Chris Wade; Indian Trail, NC; Easton/Clif Bar Race Team
19:  David Matyjasik; Cary, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
20:  Skip Salo; Chapel Hill, NC;
21:  Steve Drake; Kernersville, NC;
22:  Shawn Kane; Jacksonville, NC;
23:  Mike Lockhart; Morrisville, NC;
24:  George Santucci; Boone, NC;
25:  Douglas Pearson; Kenansville, NC
26:  Jared Reed; Randleman, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
27:  Tim Jackson; Sanford, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
28:  Billy Bradshaw; Greensboro, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chev
29:  Jim Laudolff; Raleigh, NC;
30:  John Golden; Raleigh, NC;
31:  Randy Dockery; Cary, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
32:  Emory Ball; Raleigh, NC;
33:  Colin Middleton: Durham, NC;
DNF:  Timothy "Bo" Glenn; Apex, NC;

Women's B; Field Size:  11; Winning Time:  28:48

1:  Sarah Worthington; Chapel Hill, NC; Cat's Cradle/Donut Boy Racing
2:  Sara LeGrand; Charlotte, NC;
3:  Corrie Hanscom; Spartanburg, NC;
4:  Cathy Beck; Greensboro, NC;
5:  Sarah Althum; Goldsboro, NC;
6:  Trish Durrell; Southern Pines, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
7:  Janet Edgerton; Raleigh, NC;
8:  Hope Ann Snyder; Winston Salem, NC; Paul's Schwinn/Aquafina
9:  Stephanie Swinerton; Christiansburg, VA;
10:  Shannon Goff; Raleigh, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
11:  Amanda Mabry; Carrboro, NC;

Men's C; Field Size:  34; Winning Time:  33:38

1:  Dave Standridge; Fayetteville, NC; Cross Creek
2:  Llloyd Jones; Fletcher, NC;  Asheville Bicycle Racing Club
3:  Daniel Ingram; Raleigh, NC;
4:  Abram Woodward; Blacksburg, VA; Virginia Tech Racing Team
5:  Dwight Wyatt; Fairview, NC;
6:  Hans Ramm; Winston-Salem, NC; Paceline Bicycles
7:  Anthony Dorage; Linville, NC; Boone Velo Club
8:  Chris Young; Saluda, NC;
9:  Sean Kurdys; Raleigh, NC; DeFeet Racing
10:  Brad Smythe; Raleigh, NC
11:  Charles Durrell; Southern Pines, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
12:  Alan Johnson; Charlotte, NC;
13:  Michael Cobler; Clemmons, NC; Paul's Schwinn/Aquafina Racing
14:  Chris Craig; Greensboro, NC; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
15:  Matt Tynan; Raleigh, NC; Cycling Spoken Here
16:  Robert Libbert; State Road, NC;
17:  Joshua Motta; Carthage, NC;
18:  Christopher Green; Aberdeen, NC; Sandhills Cycling Club
19:  Robert Prestwood; Winston Salem, NC; Paul's Schwinn/Aquafina
20:  Eric Peterson; Greensboro, NC; RideAnalyzer.com Race Squad
21:  Mario Enriquez; Harlem, GA; Outspoken Racing
22:  Gordon Limb; New Bern, NC;
23:  Pete Wade; Indian Trail, NC; Easton/Clif Bar Racing
24:  Mike Smithy; Millers Creek, NC;
25:  Ken Gillie; Danville, VA; Cycles De Oro/NorthState Chevrolet
26:  Jeremy Goldstein; Hometown Not Recorded;
27:  Greg Atchison; Chapel Hill, NC; Tricyclists Racing Team
28:  Shannon Stewart; Wilmington, NC; DeFeet
29:  Sean Bir; Greensboro, NC; Paul's Schwinn/Aquafina Racing
30:  Tommy Jonas; Greensboro, NC;
31:  Jim Smalley; East Bend, NC; Paul's Schwinn/Aquafina Racing
DNF:  Ray Brooks; Raleigh, NC;
DNF:  Brendon Eller; Purlear, NC
DNF:  Kevin Westwood; Winston Salem, NC;
 
Vergegear.com Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series

Round 5:  Beacon Cyclo-Cross, Bridgeton, New Jersey – November 2, 2003

Beacon Cyclo-Cross is the next stop in the 2003 Vergegear.com Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series (MAC).  Coming off a tough UCI double weekend that drew top riders from all over the country, MAC riders have now turned their focus to the challenging Bridgeton course. The course in South Jersey includes fast, hard packed roads, a large sand pit, a few tricky technical areas and a leg-burning long terraced run-up.

The influx of UCI point-hunters last weekend really shook things up in the overall series rankings. In the Elite Men’s category, the series lead is now being shared by Todd Wells (Mongoose/Hyundai) and Ryan Trebon (Kona).  Wells and Trebon each scored a win and a second place finish last weekend.  That vaulted them right past previous leader Ryan Leech (Fort/GPOA) who now sits in third. Closing in on Leech is teammate and current Masters National Champion,  Gunnar Shogren who also had two good rides at Granogue and Prophecy Creek.  Joe Reynolds (Wissahickon) who has impressed everyone with his fitness this season is sitting in fifth position.  Leech, Shogren and Reynolds are all expected to be on the start line in Bridgeton.  Greg Wittwer (CRC/Extreme Sports) who is currently in ninth position in the Elite category is also the top-ranked Mid-Atlantic Espoir.  Joey Thompson (Balance Bar/Devo) holds down second place in the Espoir category and is also sitting in eleventh position in Elite.

Carmen D’Aluisio (Clif Bar) has a stronghold on the top of the Elite Women’s category.  Back to back wins last weekend landed her in the top spot.  Second place belongs to Mid-Atlantic rider Betsy Schauer (Fort/GPOA) who rode well last weekend despite a first lap crash on Saturday that left her with a nasty case of road rash.  Clif Bar owns first place and third place right now as Gina Hall sits in third based on her two UCI second place finishes. Amber Itle (Wissahickon) missed the first race of the 2003 series but has logged good rides in the last three races and appears to be one to watch as the series continues.   Another rider who has steadily improved her game is Megan Render (Snow Valley).  Render had bad luck at Prophecy Creek when she flatted mid-race. Without the bad luck, Render would probably be sitting a spot or two higher in the overall.

Besides leading the Elite Women’s category, D’Aluisio also holds the lead in the Women’s 35+ class.  Sarah Uhl (Saturn) leads the Espoir category.

The Masters 35+ class is always super competitive and this year is no exception.  Right now Eric Schlauch (Somerset Wheelmen) is in first but a mere five points behind him is Rob Hacker  (Lite Bites).   Hacker won at Prophecy Creek by throwing down an attack that neither Chris D’Aluisio (Clif Bar) nor John Verheul (Cycle-Smart) could counter. Hacker appears to be focused on climbing to the top and taking over the Vergegear.com leader’s jersey.  Verheul and D’Aluisio sit in third and fourth spot respectively.  Mike Hebe (Monex) rounds out the top five.

Fred Wittwer (Charlottesville Racing) leads the Masters 45+ class.

Other series leaders include Jamey Driscoll (GMBC) who won at both Granogue and Prophecy Creek, Todd Cassan (Rociante) in the Men’s B class and Erica Allar (Fuji) in the Women’s B class.

Racing gets underway at Beacon Cross at 10 am. For race details or additional series details, please go to the MAC website.

For race registration, please visit BikeReg.com.

Vergegear.com, the series’ title sponsor, is the on-line source for Verge Sport's custom cycling apparel. Cycle-Smart – Solutions for Cycling, also a sponsor of the series, provides coaching, promotions & management services.  Cycle-Smart coaches will be holding a cyclo-cross clinic prior to the start of racing at the November 15, Highland Park race.  Additional information is available at the Cycle-Smart website and Cycle-Smart clothing is available at Vergegear.com

Other 2003 series sponsors include Honey Stinger, convenient honey-based energy foods; and BikeReg.com, the premier on-line registration company for cycling events.

2003 Vergegear.com Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series

Round 5 November 2 Beacon Cross Bridgeton NJ

Round 6 November 8 Saturn Classic (UCI) Camp Hill PA

Round 7 November 9 Rockville Bridge Marysville PA

Round 8 November 15 Highland Park (UCI) Highland Park NJ

Round 9 November 22 Raccoon Twp Cross Beaver County PA

Round 10 November 30 Blue Diamond Park Cross New Castle, DE

Current Series Standings - Top 5

Elite Men

1. Todd Wells (Mongoose/Hyundai) & Ryan Trebon (Kona)

3. Ryan Leech (FORT/GPOA)

4. Gunnar Shogren (FORT/GPOA)

5. Joseph Reynolds (Wissahickon)

Elite Women

1. Carmen D'Aluisio (Clif Bar)

2. Betsy Schauer (FORT/GPOA)

3. Gina Hall (Clif Bar)

4. Amber Itle (Wissahickon)

5. Megan Render (Snow Valley)

 


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