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Weekend ‘Cross Wrap: Vardaros, McCormack in New York; Surprise winner in Redmond

The "Weekend 'Cross Wrap" is a service of VeloNews.com.Stories and results are provided by race promoters and are not producedby VeloNews or VeloNews.com. Promoters are welcome to submit race reportsthroughout the cyclo-cross season to Rosters@7Dogs.com.Reports may be edited for length and clarity.NEW YORK: Vardaros, McCormack take Whitmore's

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The “Weekend ‘Cross Wrap” is a service of VeloNews.com.Stories and results are provided by race promoters and are not producedby VeloNews or VeloNews.com. Promoters are welcome to submit race reportsthroughout the cyclo-cross season to Rosters@7Dogs.com.Reports may be edited for length and clarity.


NEW YORK: Vardaros, McCormack take Whitmore’s
Long Island, New York – A beautiful fall day on the east endof Long Island brought out some good competition in the east coast’s firstUCI race of the season, the 2004 Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup.The cross fanatics of the Hampton Velo Club sought to give the riders achallenge, and the riders were not disappointed in the toughness of thecourse.The women’s field was light but contained some heavy hitters, led byChristine Vardaros (Velo Bella), reigning state champion Anna Milkowski(Rona), and 30+ national champion Marianne Stover (Independent Fabrications).As has been the case in previous races, Stover got a great start and onlyVardaros was able to stay close by the end of the first lap.Milkowski wound up with a chase group containing local rider SineadFitzgibbon (CRCA/Aquafina) and Maureen Bruno (Cyclo-crossworld.com) andthe three riders managed to stay in touch with the leaders. But the technicalnature of the course took it’s toll on Stover, as a crash on lap 2 gaveVardaros the lead that she would never relinquish. Milkowski meanwhilefound her legs and dropped Fitzgibbon and Bruno and went after Stover.A second crash at the same location by Stover gave Milkowski all she neededto reel in and pass Stover as she powered away to a second place finish.Stover managed to hang on to third as a tiring Fitzgibbon could not keeppace at the end.The men lined up with 28 starters, with Mark McCormack (Clif Bar/Colavita)clearly being the favorite. However, it was Massachusetts native JohannesHuesby (FiorDiFrutta) who got the hole shot and led most of lap 1 withMcCormack staying close. But as Stover did in the women’s race, Huesbygot in trouble in the technical sections, allowing McCormack to go clearto stay. Northampton native Matt White (Northampton CC/BikeReg.com) startedslow but charged through the field and by the second lap was away fromthe bunch and only McCormack was not caught by the emerging espoir rider.After having settled down, Huesby was able to maintain a third placeposition and was not challenged for the rest of the race.The best race of the day was for fourth position, as a group containingBen Turner (TIAA-CREF), Tyler Johnson (Richard Sachs), and Adam Hodges-Myerson(Cycle-Smart) constantly fought each other tooth and nail through the twistytechnical sections and the fast flats for the entire second half of therace. The high paced action was eventually too much for Johnson, who droppedback on the last lap; just as Turner turned it up a notch and rode awayfrom Myerson to secure fourth spot. Myerson rounded out the top-five.Elite Men (28 starters)
1) Mark McCormack (USA) Clif Bar/Colavita – 57:31
2) Matt White (USA) Northampton CC/BikeReg.com – 58:27
3) Johannes Huesby (USA) FiorDiFrutta – 58:38
4) Ben Turner (USA) TIAA-CREF – 59:20
5) Adam Hodges-Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart – 59:30
6) Tyler Johnson (USA) Richard Sachs – 59:37
7) Jonathan Hamblen (USA) FiorDiFrutta – 59:43
8) Jon Bruno (USA) Independent Fabrications – 1:00:23
9) Ryan Leech (USA) Fort/GPOA – 1:00:28
10) Jonny Bold (USA) Corner Cycles CC – 1:00:45
11) John Hanson (USA) Northampton CC/BikeReg.com – 1:01:01
12) Joe Reynolds (USA) Wissahickon – 1:01:19
13) Kevin Molloy (USA) CRCA/Sakkonet – 1:03:00
14) John Verhuel (USA) Ideal Tile/Brielle’s Cyclery -1:03:391 lap behind
15) John Loehner (USA) CRCA/Sakkonet
16) William Ellison (USA) Ideal Tile/Brielle’s Cyclery
17) Matt Reale (USA) Hampton Velo Club
18) Ryan Broules (USA)
19) Rick Trojanowski (USA) Hampton Velo Club
20) Gary Keblish (USA) CRCA/Conrad’s
21) Abdullah Din (USA) Missing Link
22) Karl Rahn (USA) CRCA/Sakkonet
23) Basil Moutsopoulous (USA) CRCA/Sakkonet
24) Jerry Kapko (SVK)
25) Jon Hansen (USA) Embestida
26) J.P. Partland (USA) Kissena Cycling ClubElite Women (10 starters)
1) Christine Vardaros (USA) Velo Bella – 47:20
2) Anna Milkowski (USA) Rona – 48:02
3) Marianne Stover (USA) Independent Fabrications – 48:13
4) Maureen Bruno (USA) Cyclo-crossworld.com – 48:26
5) Sinead Fitzgibbon (USA) CRCA/Aquafina – 48:42
6) Alicia Genest (USA) Richard Sachs – 51:46
7) Pauline Franscone (USA) Mystic Velo – 52:02
8) Lisa Most (USA) Wissahickon – 54:531 lap behind
9) Sami Fournier (USA) Velo Bella
10) Tammy Ebersole (USA) EvolutionIOWA: Wilhelm wins at Union Park
Des Moines, Iowa – Anthony Wilhelm (LBC-Higher Gear) made thetrip to central Iowa and left with his first win of the season, a convincingone over a strong Category 1-2-3 field at Union Park in the ‘Cross OutCrohn’s: Survivorcross’ presented by Jacobson Companies and DMOS/MortgageSolutions racing team. Wilhelm kicked it into high gear at the start ofthe race, immediately opening a gap on Kevin Hankens (Alan Factory), LeeVenteicher (Cyclefarm.com), Chad Vandelune (DMOS/Mortgage Solutions) andMarc Hollander (DMOS/Mortgage Solutions) on the challenging course. Wilhelmeventually lapped the entire field except for Hankens, who finished second.Venteicher won the sprint for third place, pulling around Hollander inthe final fifty meters. Cross Out Crohn’s Survivorcross
01 – Anthony William, LBC-Higher Gear
02 – Kevin Hankens, Alan Factory
03 – Lee Ventiecher, Cyclefarm.com
04 – Marc Hollander DMOS/Mortgage Solutions
05 – Chad Vandelune DMOS/Mortgage SolutionsIOWA: Venteicher tops at Ewing Park
Des Moines, Iowa – Lee Venteicher (Cyclefarm.com) had a littlesteam left over from Saturday night’s race and pulled out another sprintover Cam Kirkpatrick (QCP-Trek) at Ewing Park in the ‘Cross Out Crohn’s:Morning-After’ presented by Jacobson Companies and DMOS/Mortgage Solutionsracing team. After a hard race on Saturday night, racers were surprisedwith an unforgiving loop around the park including switchbacked climbs,a water crossing, and very little terrain to fully recover on. After alap and a half, the field was shattered with Venteicher, Kirkpatrick andKevin Hankens (Alan Factory) taking the lead. Venteicher and Kirkpatrickproceeded to power over the course with Hankens chasing. Going into thefinal water crossing, Venteicher opened a small lead, but Kirkpatrick closedthe gap for the final climb to the finish line. With a 100 meter sprintto the line, Venteicher closed the deal with Kirkpatrick taking secondand Cully Todd (Cannondale) fourth.
01 – Lee Ventiecher, Cyclefarm.com
02 – Cam Kirkpatrick, QCP-Trek
03 – Kevin Hankens, Alan Factory
04 – Cully Todd, Cannondale
05 – Lane Anderson, DMOS/Mortgage SolutionsMICHIGAN: Weinert takes Rabe ‘cross
Rochester Hills, Michigan – Fall weather came just in time forthe second annual Michael R. Rabe Cyclo-Cross Race. This UCI Class2 event saw riders from all over the Midwest and Canada toe the line forsome of the first UCI points up for grabs in the 2004 season.Unlike last year’s event that saw tight group racing at Bloomer Park,this year’s venue saw just the oppposite as the Elite Men were spread allover the place. Waterford Hills Speedway offered two sets of naturalobstacles in addition to the one set of barriers allowed by the UCI.The first obstacle of the day was a gravel pit that proved impossible toride, while the second was a set of logs that some of the more talentedriders were able to bunnyhop. The course also had more
changes in elevation compared to last year, forcing more of a naturalselection.Jeff Weinert (Cane Creek/Tailwind.net) won the holeshot and never lookedback. The fight for Weinert’s wheel was taken up by Jer Walker (CaneCreek/Tailwind.net), Nathan Chown (Gears Racing/Fuji), Phil Noble (Airborne.net),Ben Turner (TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar), and Jake Stechmann (Subway-Express).Walker was the first to go with a rolled tire. Chown would chase,but crashed later and lost contact. Turner went next and got theclosest, but would also crash. He chased steadily and held on forsecond. Up front, Weinert seemed to be the only rider not experiencingany bad luck as he rode smoothly, padding his gap slowly as each lap woreon.The battle for third would get exciting as former Collegiate NationalChampion Jed Schneider (Alan Factory Team) made contact with Noble andStechmann. Stechmann was the next victim of bad luck as he crashedheavily. Noble and Schneider would ride together until the closinglaps, when Noble pulled away to cinch third place. Scneider wouldhold onto fourth with Stechmann coming in fifth.Coming off a win the week before, Weinert (former Master’s NationalChampion) was able to cruise to his first UCI victory with a margin of1:04.Elite Men
1. Jeff Weinert (Cane Creek/Tailwind.net) 1:04:48
2. Ben Turner (TIAA-CREF)/Clif Bar)1:04
3. Phil Noble (Airborne.net)1:51
4. Jed Schneider (Alan Factory Team)2:04
5. Jacob Stechmann (Subway-Express)2:34
6. Bjorn Selander (Alan Factory Team)4:22
7. Nathan Chown (Gears Racing/Fuji)4:37
8. Ryan Myers (PBF Cycling)4:45
9. Jer Walker (Cane Creek/Tailwind.net)4:45
10. Jeff Bannink (Bike Fit)5:09
11. Mark Hekman (Wolverine Sports)6:02
12. Al Senft (Nuvo/Bap)6:041 lap behind
13. Vince Roberge (AAVC/Team Bikesport)
14. Nathanael Ziccardi (Wolverine Sports)
15. Steve Mlujeak (U.S. Armed Forces)
16. Jason Lummis (Bells Beer/Trek)
17. Joe Bellante (Biowheels Racing)
18. Billy Holmes (Intense Factory)
19. Nathan Griffith (Ford/Giant Bikes)
20. Todd Turner (Airborne.net)WASHINGTON: Decker Surprise Winner at Toña Cerveza/Giant
Redmond, Washington – It was a wild ride to the finish of Saturdaynight’s Toña Cerveza / Giant Star Crossed Cyclo-cross under thelights of the Group Health Velodrome in Redmond. In the end it was CarlDecker, triple podium finisher at last week’s U.S. Mountain Bike Nationals,who outrode his opponents to victory.

Bell-clanging spectators around the track cheered as their favoritestook the lead, and collectively groaned as one after another they fell.As the dew point dropped, so did the riders. First Josh Anthony, U-23 NationalChampion, lost his early lead to a slick grassy turn. The course also claimedearly frontrunners Barry Wicks (Kona), local favorite Jonny Sundt, andNORBA series champ Geoff Kabush, leaving Todd Wells solo off the front.Marc Gullickson (Redline), due to a mechanical that made him run the goodpart of a lap with his bike hitched over his shoulder, was unable to defendhis Star-Crossed title. Kabush and Sundt (Maxxis/Giant teammates) recovered,chasing hard, while Decker, handicapped by a poor start at the back ofthe pack, worked his way up through the field.

The last ten minutes of the race kept the zealous beer garden crowdraving as Decker (Giant/Pearl Izumi) and former US National ‘Cross ChampionTodd Wells (GT/Hyundai) entered the velodrome wheel to wheel. Decker’sgutsy jump to the blue line on the south turn banking and subsequent diveonto the infield grass underneath his opponent proved to be the race-winningmove. The gap established from this fast line would hold for Decker throughthe maze-like path all the way to the spectator-lined finish straight foran exciting win, Wells just seconds behind. Kabush and Sundt rode in afew seconds later for third and fourth place finishes.
– by Terry BuchananElite Men
1. Carl Decker – Giant/Pearl Izumi
2. Todd Wells – GT/Hyundai
3. Geoff Kabush – Maxxis/Giant
4. Jonny Sundt – Maxxis/Giant
5. Russell Stevenson – Benaroya Research Institute

Past Winners
2003 – Marc Gullickson
2002 – Jonny Sundt

NEBRASKA: Schlake wins Mid-America Cross Cup series opener
Lincoln, Nebraska – Darin Schlake (Scheels/Specialized) brokeaway from a three-man breakaway to win the Mid-America Cross Cup openersunday afternoon at Pioneers Park in Lincoln.The 60-minute event started at a breakneck pace with the field coveringtheir first 1.3mile circuit in 4:45. At the end of lap one, Schlake andLBC/Highgear rider, Jay Thomas established a 10 second gap on the field,which held until Thomas rolled a tire near the midway point of the raceand dropped out. Scheels/Specialized rider, Mark Savery capitalized onthe Thomas mishap to take over second position. Meanwhile, Anthony Wilhelm(LBC/Highgear) was powering his way through the field after a slow startto pull within 20 seconds of second place with 4 laps to go. With two lapsto go, Wilhelm took over second place with Savery holding on to securethird.The top five was rounded out with teammates Kevin Wilkins and Joe McWilliamsof Team Kaos Cycling finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.The Mid-America Cross Cup continues Sunday, October 10th with the LaterneRouge Cross in Leavenworth, KS.Results
1. Darin Schlake, Scheels/Specialized
2. Anthony Wilhelm, LBC/Highgear
3. Mark Savery, Scheels/Specialized
4. Kevin Wilkins, Team Kaos Cycling
5. Joe McWilliams, Team Kaos Cycling


The “Weekend ‘Cross Wrap” is a service of VeloNews.com.Stories and results are provided by race promoters and are not producedby VeloNews or VeloNews.com. Promoters are welcome to submit race reportsthroughout the cyclo-cross season to Rosters@7Dogs.com.Reports may be edited for length and clarity.