Arley Kemmerer of Hub Racing and Ryan DeWald of Battley Harley-Davidson
won the elite races in the third annual DCCX cyclocross race in
Washington, D.C., this weekend.
The race, which is run by the DCMTB biking team with Family Bike Shop as the title sponsor, had a record 533 racers on a course carved into the landscape of the seldom seen Armed Forces Retirement Home.
In the women’s race sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Kemmerer powered up the opening blacktop climb to take the head of a lead group, and then pulled away from her chasers Lenore Pipes and Julie Kuliecza at the tricky uphill dismount on the first lap for a convincing win.
“I dropped them by the barriers, and put down the hammer,” Kemmerer said. “I didn’t let up after that.”
To be fair to the her competitors, Kemmerer knew the twists and turns of the DCCX course well after leading a clinic for novice women riders the afternoon before — in a rainstorm — on the tricks of remounts, off cambers and starts. At least for this race, none of her pupils could best her effort.
DeWald was part of a group of three, including 18-year-old phenom Joseph
Dombrowski, which established a gap over the rest of the elite men’s field early on.
With three laps to go he powered up that same blacktop climb, riding away from both Dombrowski, who raced cross with the national team in Belgium last winter, and Greg Wittwer. He then rode solo to the finish, putting on a show for the crowd with a wheelie after the finish.
“DeWald is so strong on the road, it’s hard to even sit on his wheel,” Dombrowski said. “He started ramping it up; the gap got big and then it just exploded.”
Men’s results | Click for: ( Women’s results )
1 Ryan DEWALD Battley HARLEY-DAVIDSON
2 Joseph DOMBROWSKI Haymarket Bicycles/Home Visit
3 Greg WITTWER ALAN North America Cycling Team
4 Adam DRISCOLL Adventures For the Cure
5 Dave WEAVER ALAN North America Cycling Team
6 Jeffrey BUCKLES ALAN / Radio Shack Pro Cycling
7 Jared NIETERS Haymarket Bicycles/HomeVisit
8 Mark BROADNATZ C3
9 Jordan KAHLENBERG Breakawaybikes.com/Giant Bicycles
10 Collin BECKER Walt Works/Fuentes Design
Women’s results | ( Men’s results )
1 Arley KEMMERER Hub Racing
2 Julie KULIECZA Alan North America Cycling
3 Lenore PIPES Unattached
4 Libbey SHELDON T.E.A.M. Fuji
5 Jennifer MAXWELL ATAC Sportswear p/b The Bike Rack DC
6 Beth MASON Verge Test Pilot
7 Elizabeth HARIOW C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes
8 Terri SPANOGLE NCVC/Inova Health System
9 Lindsey HILLESHEIM Squadra Coppi/IM Saab
10 Heidi VON TEITENBERG C3-Athletes Serving Athletes