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By Bryan Jew, VeloNews Senior Writer
The National Racing Calendar is drawing to a close, with the final weeks of racing hitting the south and southeast regions of the country. This past weekend saw a pair of NRC events, the Mercy Celebrity Classic in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and the CycleFest 2001 in West Palm Beach, Florida. At the Mercy Celebrity Classic, Chris Horner (Prime Alliance) and Rachel Purvis (Athlete’s by Design) took the men’s and women’s races respectively. In West Palm Beach, Ivan Dominguez (Saturn) and Rebecca McClintock (jane Cosmetics) took the wins in the NRC event on Sunday.
Sunday’s Bill Bone Grand Prix NRC event in West Palm Beach was part of a bigger three-day omnium in which Roberto Gaggioli (DeFeet) and Lynn Brotzman (DeFeet) took the overall wins.
In Fort Smith, Horner, with teammate Jonas Carney, overcame the superior numbers of the 7UP-Colorado Cyclist and hometown Mercy Cycling teams. 7UP put three riders in the top five, including Kevin Monahan in second, while Mercy had three in the top 10. Mercury’s Scott Moninger was third, behind Horner and Monahan.
Mercy Celebrity Classic, Fort Smith, AK;
Men:; 1. Chris Horner, Prime Alliance; 2. Kevin Monahan, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist; 3. Scott Moninger, Mercury; 4. John Lieswyn, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist; 5. Dave McCook, 7UP-Colorado Cyclist; 6. Brice Jones, Mercy Cycling; 7. Aron Huerta, Mercy Cycling; 8. Jed Schneider, KCBC; 9. Jonas Carney, Prime Alliance; 10. Steve Cate, Mercy Cycling.;
Women:; 1. Rachel Purvis, Athletes by Design; 2. Mary McLaurin, Mercy Cycling; 3. Mina Pizzini, Procter & Gamble; 4. Catherine Walberg, Trek-Volkswagen; 5. Anne Rollings, TDS Telecom; 6. Shawn Heidgen, Athletes by Design; 7. Beth Leasure, unattached; 8. Natalie Visser, Lawrence Bicycle; 9. Suzanne Johnson, Museum Cycling Team; 10. Courtney Bollman, Mercy Cycling.;
CycleFest 2001, West Palm Beach, FL;
Bill Bone Grand Prix;
Men:;1. Ivan Dominguez, Saturn; 2. Joel Chavez, CycleScience-Trek-VW; 3. Roberto Gaggioli, DeFeet; 4. Frank Travieso, Damiani-MBB; 5. Andrew Crates, Realitybikes.com; 6. Hugh Moran, CycleScience-Trek-VW; 7. Jason Snow, Fuji Racing Team; 8. Ricardo Hernandez, Rubio’s Bike Team; 9. Chris Frederick, Jamis-Access-HealthCare; 10. Bill Pryor, unttached.;
Women:;1. Rebecca McClintock, jane Cosmetics; 2. Lynn Brotzman, DeFeet; 3. Robin Kavan, BBC-Schwinn; 4. Stephanie Cuningham, Orlando Velo; 5. Sherri Stedje, BBC-Schwinn; 6. Debra Vanderlaan, Team Bill Bone; 7. Sharon Penn, BBC; 8. Amy Kaye, Big Wheel; 9. Diane Sudduth, BBC.;