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‘Cross Examination: Dickey, White claim Cycle-Smart; Frattini, Dickey take Chainbiter; Stolte, Jensen top Riverside fest

Dickey, White triumph at Cycle-Smart
A new generation of New England cyclo-crossers broke through at round four of the 2006 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series, the 16th Annual Cycle-Smart International in Northampton, Massachusetts,

Mackenzie Dickey (Verge) and Matt White (FiordiFrutta), both under 25, turned in dominant performances on the Look Park course, which featured endless twists and turns.

Dickey rode a nearly flawless race, pushing the pace from the first lap and forcing her rivals into mistakes along the way. Amy Wallace (RGM Watches-Richards Sachs-Rex Chiu) looked to be gaining some momentum in her pursuit of Dickey when she slid out on a bed of pine needles and lost the pace for good. Rebecca Wellons (Gearworks-SpinArts), who’d earlier cartwheeled over the barriers, slotted in for second behind Dickey.

“The Connecticut/Northampton weekend has always been one of my favorites,” said Dickey, who has signed with the Colavita-Cooking Light pro road team for 2007. “The races are really different but I like them both, I guess it showed this weekend.”

White’s hometown win came to fruition with a dash of living dangerously and some help from his friends. White, well known in New England for his fast starts, went off the front on the first lap again in Northampton. But as the laps wore on and White’s lead went over the 30-second mark, the 10-rider chase group figured perhaps the fast starter was turning into a fast finisher and tried to get organized enough to catch the solo breakaway.

White had two aces up his sleeve, however — teammates Johs Huseby and Mike Cody, who did their best to break up the chase. Round three Verge NECCS winner Davide Frattini (Colavita-Sutter Home) finally set off in pursuit but it was too little, too late, as White coasted home with nearly 20 seconds in hand. Huseby won the sprint for third.

“It felt like a long time to be off the front,” said White. “When they started showing lap cards and it said nine to go I wasn’t sure if I could stay out there. I could see Johs and Mike slowing things down there for me, which made it better for me.”

White’s win gave him the Verge NECCS leader’s jersey, though he and Mark McCormack (Clif Bar) are tied on points, and Dickey’s pair of weekend wins vaults her over the absent Lyne Bessette (Cyclocrossworld.com) into the Elite Women’s Verge NECCS leadership.

The Verge NECCS continues November 25 with the Bay State Cyclocross in Sterling, Massachusetts. For more information, see www.necyclocross.com.

16th annual Cycle-Smart International
Round #4 Verge NECCS
Elite men

1. Matt White (FiordiFrutta), 59:42
2. Davide Frattini (Colavita-Sutter Home), 1:00:01
3. Johannes Huseby (FiordiFrutta), 1:00:25
4. Mark McCormack (Clif Bar), 1:00:26
5. Jonny Sundt (HagensBerman LLP), 1:00:32

Elite women
1. Mackenzie Dickey (Verge), 38:23
2. Rebecca Wellons (Gearworks-SpinArts), 38:39
3. Amy Wallace (RGM Watches-Richards Sachs-Rex Chiu), 38:48
4. Betsy Shogren (FORT Factory), 39:02
5. Perri Mertens (Harris Cyclery-Igleheart), 39:16

Frattini, Dickey take Chainbiter
Round three of the 2006 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series on Saturday proved a race for the strong as Davide Frattini (Colavita-Sutter Home) and Mackenzie Dickey (unattached) won the Chainbiter 8.0 in Farmington, Connecticut.

Frattini slipped off the front of the 40-rider elite men’s field and held off a late-race surge by Mark McCormack (Clif Bar), who won the sprint for second out of a three-rider chase with Matt White (FiordiFrutta) third.

Always one of the fastest starters on the circuit, Dickey produced a strong race for the duration to win her second-ever Verge NECCS race ahead of Amy Wallace (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs-Rex Chiu) with a once-again healthy Rebecca Wellons (Gearworks-Spin Arts) rounding out the podium.

Rutgers extends collegiate lead
The Rutgers University Cycling Team extended its conference lead this weekend in the inaugural season of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference’s Cyclocross Series.

Saturday’s racing saw the team in action at NECCS series race Chainbiter 8.0 in Farmington, Connecticut, where they took the Division 1 team overall amid fierce New England competition.

Sunday saw the team in action closer to home at Penn State’s Nittany Lion ‘Cross on the Lehigh Valley campus of Penn State University. In the collegiate men’s category, UPenn rider Robert Sprague took the win, but Rutgers rounded out the top four with Mark Vareschi second, Charles Florek third and Don Yungher fourth to take first in the team overall competition.

The ECCC Cyclocross Series continues next weekend with the ECCC Easterns on the campus of UNH in Durham, NH on Saturday and the HPCX in Jamesburg, NJ on Sunday.

For more information on collegiate cycling see www.eccc-info.com.

Stolte, Jensen top Riverside fest
Trek-VW Midwest’s Bill Stolte is the new King of the Riverside Cyclocross Festival at Kansas City’s E.H. Young Riverfront Park along the Missouri River.

Day one on Saturday belonged to his teammate, Shadd Smith, has he won his 4th Riverside event in a row. But for Sunday’s event, Stolte put on a ’cross clinic navigating the Riverside course and its many natural obstacles with precision.

In the women race it was Michelle Jensen who wore the crown with a win on Saturday and a strong second place on Sunday behind Sydney Brown (Lincoln Plating-LeMond), who took fourth in the Cat. 4 men’s race, then won the women’s race — all on a single-speeder.

Riverside Cyclocross Festival
Day one
Pro/1-3 men

1. Shadd Smith
2. Bill Stolte
3. Brad Sullivan
4. Mark Studnicki
5. Tige Lamb

Cat 1-3 women
1. Michelle Jensen
2. Jennifer Herrell
3. Glenda Taylor
4. Elisabeth Heal
5. Trudi Rebsamen

Other winners
Cat. 3-4:
Chris Hansen
Cat. 4 Men: Justin Andrews
Cat. 4 Women: Valerie Hart
Juniors: Christopher Locke

Day two
Pro/1-3 men
1. Bill Stolte
2. Chris Hall
3. Brad Sullivan
4. Ethan Froese
5. Mark Studnicki

Cat 1-3 Women
1. Sydney Brown
2. Michelle Jensen
3. Jennifer Herrell
4. Elisabeth Heal
5. Trudi Rebsaman

Other winners
Cat 3-4 men:
Daniel Fuhrmann
Cat 4 men: Toby Wilcoxon
Cat 4 women: Stacey Lapresta
Juniors: Christopher Locke
Junior men 16-18: Tony Murrill
Junior women 16-18: Jessica Reick
Master 35+: Troy Krause
Master 45+: Tom Price
Master 55+: Dean Parker

Daugherty, Felts beat ‘em at Bubba Cross
Jack Daugherty (Labor Power) and Anne Felts (CBC) took top honors at the Bubba Cross No. 4 on Sunday at Jefferson Barracks Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

Chris Harre (Big Shark Racing) took second in the men’s A race with Kurt Fletcher (Dent Wizard) third.

In the women’s race, Amy Strahan (Big Shark Racing) took second followed by Becky Cato (Velo Force).

Other winners included:
B Race: Alex Moore
C Race: Brian Kindel (Big Shark Racing)
Juniors: Mike Noble (Dent Wizard)

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