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Trek-VW teammates Jeremiah Bishop and Sue Haywood won the Tacchino Cyclocross on Sunday at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, Virginia.
Lining up beside Haywood were some of the East Coast’s fastest women, including three-time Verge MAC champion Betsy Shogren (Fort Factory Team), defending BikeReg.com MABRAcross champion Lisa Vible, Team Kenda Tire’s Jennifer Maxwell, Vanderkitten’s Mandy Lozano and Libbey Sheldon of Tokyo Joe’s.
Roaring out of the prologue loop, Shogren and Maxwell had the advantage as they powered up the finishing-hill straight to begin the first of their laps. By the time they entered the backside of the course, which is out of sight from the main spectator area, Shogren had a decisive lead and Haywood, in her first cyclocross race in two years, was charging. And then things got weird.
“We were climbing the short, hard hill in the back, and I asked Sue what she thought the sound was that was coming from my bike,” said Shogren. Moments later, her left crankarm came off, with her foot still attached. Shortly afterward, the rest of her crankset fell off.
“It was pretty funny,” said Shogren.
As Shogren began running to the pit, a quarter lap away, Haywood powered away to a commanding lead with Maxwell, Lozano and Jessica Hill (Trail’s End Cycling) chasing.
Haywood extended her lead for a dominating win, while Maxwell attacked the chase group to finish second. But behind, Shogren — a half lap down — was working her way through traffic on her pit bike, an overgeared single-speed. She methodically passed rider after rider to take third, just seconds behind Maxwell.
With Bishop and Jonny Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies-Medifast) on the starting line for the elite men’s race, no one had any doubts about how difficult the race was going to be.
But MABRAcross regular Greg Wittwer (FORT Factory Team) wasn’t intimidated. He attacked from the start, forcing Bishop to respond, while a sizable portion of the field — including Sundt — was lying in a pile after a chain-reaction crash.
Up front, Wittwer matched every one of Bishop’s many accelerations as Sundt ripped through the field, trying to make up for lost time. Bishop finally seized the lead and began extending his margin, and while Wittwer appeared to be closing in the final laps, the Trek-VW rider held on to take his first ‘cross win of the year.
Sundt, who eventually caught Steve Cummings (Indiana Regional Medical Center) for third place in his first ‘cross race of the year, said that he was surviving on his road fitness. “I don’t have that top-end yet,” he said. “It’s hard to get that, because it hurts.” — Ken Getchell
Leesburg, VA. Nov. 4
1. Jeremiah Bishop, Trek-VW
2. Greg Wittwer, Fort Factory Team
3. Jonny Sundt, KBS-Medifast
4. Stephen Cummings, Indiana Regional Medical Center
5. Jeffrey Buckles, Alan
1. Sue Haywood, Trek-VW
2. Jennifer Maxwell, Team Kenda Tire
3. Betsy Shogren, Fort Factory Team
4. Mandy Lozano, Vanderkitten
5. Libbey Sheldon, Tokyo Joe’s
Sherer, Haskell win Campton Cross
Mike Sherer (Pony Shop) and Devon Haskell (Team Get A Grip Cycles) won the Campton Cross on Saturday in St. Charles, Illinois.
Holly Klug (Killjoy) edged June Upshaw (Verdigris Custom Homes) for second in the women’s race, while Scott McLaughlin (SRAM Factory) and Matt Stewart (Bicycle Heaven) rounded out the podium in the men’s race.
The Chicago Cyclocross Cup Race continues with round five November 18 in Lansing, Illinois. For more information, see www.chicrosscup.com. — Imelda March
St. Charles, IL. Nov. 3
1. Mike Sherer, Pony Shop
2. Scott McLaughlin, SRAM Factory
3. Matt Stewart, Bicycle Heaven
4. Luca Lenzi, Vision Quest
5. Brian Conant, Pony Shop
1. Devon Haskell. Get-a-Grip
2. Holly Klug, Killjoy
3. June Upshaw, Verdigris
4. Chrstine Raymo, SRAM
5. Debbie Pielet, Albertos
Sone doubles, Swanson and Selander split MN weekend
Linda Sone (Ridley) scored a double in Minnesota this past weekend, winning the Ham Lake CX on Saturday and Sunday’s ‘cross at the National Sports Center Velodrome.
Doug Swanson (Grandstay) took Saturday’s men’s race, while Bjorn Selander (Ridley) won on Sunday.
Swanson put in a killer performance on the wooded sections of Ham Lake, attacking Adam Bergman (Grand Performance) on the penultimate lap to take the victory by about 30 seconds. Bergman held on for second with with Aric Hareland (Hollywood) third.
On Sunday, Swanson, Selander, Hareland and Bergman took a hefty lead into the velodrome on the first lap, but Selander began to pull away on the muddy sections, running a mistake-free race while Swanson, Hareland and Bergman suffered a few crashes and rolled tubulars. Selander took the win ahead of Hareland with Bergman finishing off the podium.
Sone was untouchable in both women’s contests, holding sizable gaps over the rest of the field. — Tim Hayes
Barrett and Sawyer take Georgia Cross
Tim Barrett and Kim Sawyer won Sunday’s Georgia Cross Series races in Monroe, Georgia.
Barrett led from the gun with a dominating performance and held Thomas Turner at bay as he cruised to a 15-second win. Sawyer soloed away from the field early on with Holly Longley between her and series leader Ellen Carroll. — Adam T. Jones
UCI racing returning to Southern Ontario
The Midweek Cycling Club will present a weekend of UCI C2 Cyclocross action November 10 and 11 at Centennial Park in Toronto, Ontario.
Both days will offer full UCI points, $4200 in prize money for elite men and women, and a beer tent sponsored by Amsterdam Brewery.
For more information see www.midweekclub.ca.
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