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Weekend ‘CrossWrap: Mid-America Cup; Minnesota state champs; Oh Canada; Howe, Wells win in Pennsylvania

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.MISSOURI The fourth round of the Mid-America Cross Cup had a familarfeel with Shadd Smith (HRRC/Maclaren Racing) edging LBC/Highgear rider,Tony Wilhelm Sunday afternoon at Riverside Park in Kansas City, MO. The2-mile circuit featured a varied mix of terrain including a sand pit, plentyof muddy

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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.


MISSOURI The fourth round of the Mid-America Cross Cup had a familarfeel with Shadd Smith (HRRC/Maclaren Racing) edging LBC/Highgear rider,Tony Wilhelm Sunday afternoon at Riverside Park in Kansas City, MO. The2-mile circuit featured a varied mix of terrain including a sand pit, plentyof muddy sections and technical singletrack section and rocky run-up, whichSmith and Wilhelm traversed at amazing speed.After trying to break away midway through the 50 minute event, Wilhelmfound himself chasing Smith with only a few laps remaining. While Smithpicked up 10 points with his first place finish, Wilhelm’s second placegave him 9 points keeping him atop the Mid-America Cross Cup standingswith 37 points. Shad Smith has moved into third with 20 points, only fourpoints behind Scheels/Specialized’s, Mark Savery. After an impressive showingby the Kansas/Missouri riders in all categories, the points competitionoffers some interesting developments with two races remaining in the series.The Mid-America Cross Cup continues Sunday, November 28, 2004 in Lincolnat Pioneers Park.For more information on the 1st Annual Mid-America Cross Cup, visit:www.nebraskacycling.org.MINNESOTA The Minnesota State Cyclocross championships went off on Sunday at Bassett Creek Park in Crystal, MN on a course that featured a good mix of gravel road, dirt, one open face grassy runup, and the infamous Stairs that are known to put the hurt on many a racer.

In B-class action, hard charging junior Pat Lemieux (MNJRC) from Moorhead, MN took the overall win with the “Norwegian Freight Train”, Dag Selander (Alan), taking victory in the Master’s 45+ division, nipping on Lemieux’s heels the whole race.

In the main event, after recovering from some early mechanical troubles, local pro Doug Swanson (Trek/VW Midwest) attacked out of the lead pack with riders Lance Beuning (Out ‘N About Gear), junior man-child Bjorn Selander (Alan) and teammates Aric Hareland and Paul Ellis (Salsa Cycles/Superteam Racing) and soloed in for his third straight Minnesota State Cyclocross championship.

The Minnesota State Championships was the last race in an 8-race series which began in Moorhead, MN in September. Swanson was the overall series victor, taking wins at the Alan Factory Cup (Minneapolis, MN), MCT/Tonka Cycle CX (Orono, MN), Pork Chop Challenge (St Cloud, MN), Ham Lake CX (Ham Lake, MN), and Nature Valley CX (Rochester, MN) in addition to yesterday’s victory. Hareland and Ellis placed second and third in the series, respectively.
–Andrew KruseCanadian National Championships – Dieppe, New BrunswickTalk about the far north! The Maxxis-Giant CX team rolled straight north to the seaport town of Dieppe New Brunswick for the 2004 National Championship race. With cold temperatures and crazy powerful winds, tactics looked to be an
important factor for the hour-long event. 7-time reigning champ Peter Wedge (Kona) held the distinct home field advantage as well as a solid crowd base including his parents and family.At the gun, Wedge and Maxxis-Giant rider Geoff Kabush launched off the front of the field immediately opening a substantial gap. Wedge continued on the throttle and distanced himself from Kabush, a common theme throughout the
remainder of the race. Kabush maintained a gap of around 8 seconds for much of the race, yo-yoing back and forth. The fierce winds wreaked havoc during the long exposed sections forcing the riders to spin a smaller gear and higher wattage output. Through the muddy, boggy sections Kabush would close down the time split, forcing Wedge to accelerate on the smooth pea gravel fire roads.With only 3 laps remaining, the race for the jersey was down to two riders with a solid minute separating Kabush and Wedge from the chasing Greg Reain (Gears Racing).At 2 laps to go Wedge seemed to be slowing a bit as Kabush hit the accelerator. The time gap quickly dropped from 15 seconds to just a few meters. Kabush finally made contact with his former teammate at the base of the run-up and never again lost contact. The new Maxxis Locust proved to be an invaluable tire on the off-camber grassy sections allowing solid pedal strokes where other competitors needed to coast. With a lap and a half remaining, Kabush punched it and opened a small lead with a fading Wedge immediately losing his wheel. The Maxxis rider continued on his tear forcing his own pace and finishing a solid 20 seconds ahead of the silver medalist Wedge.This marks Geoff Kabush’s 2nd ever National Title, 2002 Cross Countryand now the 2004 Cyclo-Cross National Champion.Results
1. Geoff Kabush – Maxxis-Giant- Canadian National Champion
2. Peter Wedge – Kona
3. Greg Reain – Gears Racing

 PENNSYLVANIA: Howe, Wells win at Westra-Lower Allen Classic
Barbara Howe (Velo Bella) and Todd Wells (GT-Hyundai) won the third edition of the Westra-Lower Allen Classic on Saturday at Lower Allen Park in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Howe continued her tear through the Mid-Atlantic region, scoring her third straight win in the Verge Mid-Atlantic cyclo-cross series after back-to-back wins at Granogue and Wissahickon.

Howe took command from the start, and as usual the only rider able to challenge her was Anna Milkowski (Rona), while Verge Mid-Atlantic series leader Betsy Schauer (Fort-GPAO) suffered a dropped chain and a bobble that took her out of contention for the top spots.

Behind the leading duo, Sami Fournier (Velo Bella) methodically moved up through the field and eventually settled into third place. As Fournier was moving up, Howe rode Milkowski off her wheel and built a lead she would hold until the end, soloing in for the win. Milkowski held on for second and Fournier finished third.

In the men’s elite race, Wells started fast and never looked back. By the end of the first lap he had a five-second lead over his brother Troy (Kona-CCA-Easton) and Jed Schneider (Alan Factory) who were in a close battle for second place.

The first lap of the technical course took its toll on several riders, including Fort-GPOA rider Ryan Leech, who crashed on an off-camber section, dropped a chain and spent the rest of the day trying to make up time.

By the end of lap three, Todd Wells’s lead over Schneider and his brother was continuing to grow. Joshua Snead (Rock Lobster-Jeff Traugott Guitars) joined the two chasers, and as the riders came into sight at the start of the next lap, Todd Wells had opened his lead up to 20 seconds and Schneider attacked hard, dropping Troy Wells, Snead and Jeff Weinert (Cane Creek-Saturn of Toledo).

With two laps to go, Todd Wells had extended his lead to 50 seconds over Schneider and the group of Troy Wells, Snead and Weinert was still intact. With one to go, Todd Wells and Schneider were still sitting first and second and Troy Wells led Weinert across the line. Snead had fallen off the pace and was now sitting alone in fifth.

As Troy Wells and Weinert descended to the barriers for the last time, Wells attacked, got a small gap, bunny-hopped the barriers, rode the run-up, and opened the gap a little more. Weinert was not willing to give up and clawed his way back onto his rival’s wheel. Then, as the riders hit the backstretch for the last time, Weinert launched his own attack, seizing a slight advantage going into the final portion of road before the finish.

At the finish, it was Todd Wells rolling in alone for the win with Schneider 46 seconds back in second. Weinert attacked all the way until the end, staying clear of Troy Wells and earning a hard-fought third place.

Other winners of the day included Chris Ruhl (Team Rio Grande) in the iuniors 17-18 race; Nick Bax (Artemis) in juniors 10-16; Ransom Weaver (Guys Bicycles) in masters 35+; Chris Long (Independent Fabrications) in masters 45+; Wes Schempf (Fort-GPOA) in men’s B; Lynda Maldonado (Amorosos-Victory Brewing) in women’s B; Nina Santiago (Liberty Cycle) in junior women; and Mark Fucciani (Independent) in men’s C.

The Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross comes to the Mid-Atlantic region November 20 and 21. Full results and series details can be found at www.monkeyhillscs.com


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.