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Blue Diamond Park 'Cross New Castle, Delaware November 20, 2003 These results are provided for informational purposes only. Please note that the protest period for this event has expired and no changes can or will be made to these results.Uhl and Leech Rock at Blue Diamond Park 'Cross
The 2003 Vergegear.com Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series wrapped up with racing action at Blue Diamond Park 'Cross in New Castle, Delaware. This first time venue scored a big thumbs -up from both Mid-Atlantic 'crossers and spectators as it was one of the most interesting and diverse courses this season. The host team, First State Velo Sport, made great use of the BMX/Motocross Park terrain while still keeping the course "cross-friendly". That said, good technical skills were still a must for the day.
With the sound of motocross bikes in the background, the Elite Women charged off the line, led by Sarah Uhl (Saturn). When the pack hit the first left turn off the pavement, chaos broke loose mid-field as several riders got tangled when the course narrowed. That distraction mid-field allowed the leaders to open up gaps immediately. Uhl opened up the early lead she had established but Amber Itle (Wissahickon) still had Uhl in sight and was working hard to bring her back. Behind Itle, a group of riders battled back and forth for the majority of the race. Contained within that group was Erica Miller (Wissahickon), Megan Render (Snow Valley), Deidre Winfield (Extreme Racing) and current Vergegear.com series leader, Betsy Schauer (Fort/GPOA). Schauer eventually broke away from the group but not without a fight from Render. Render kept the race close but was unable to overtake Schauer. Uhl, the 2003 Vergegear.com Series Champion in the U-23 category held on to take the win. Itle soled in for second and Schauer took third. Schauer's third place finish locked up her points lead and made her the 2003 Elite Women's Champion. Render took fourth place and Winfield finished fifth.
In the Elite Men's race, it was Glen Turner (Mainline Cycling) that took the hole shot off the line. Turner had a huge gap coming off the road but his recent string of bad luck continued as he snapped his chain soon after he left the pavement. With Turner gone, the field stayed together for the first half of the lap then it was Les Leach (Wissahickon) who took a flyer off the front. Leach's lead held for a lap or two but he was eventually reeled back by a group that had formed behind him. Within that group was Leach's teammate, Mike Yozell who was the next to attack. Yozell broke free and opened up a gap that he held until he was caught and passed by Ryan Leech (Fort/GPOA). With Leech clear, Yozell went back to the group behind and worked in support of teammate Joe Reynolds. Besides Turner's previously mentioned string of mechanicals, Reynolds must be next in terms of bad luck as he has also had a few tough weeks. The worst being a flat on the final lap at Raccoon 'Cross one week ago that denied him a chance in the final sprint for the win. With Yozell looking to bring Reynolds up to Leech, Reynolds' chances were looking good until a rider attempting to pass on the inside of a tight corner locked bars with Yozell and took him down. With that Yozell was out. Springing free from the pack was cyclo-cross new-comer and top mountain bike rider, Greg Marini (Bike Doctor). Marini slowly closed the gap to Leech and made contact at the start of the bell lap. As Leech and Marini headed out onto the course for the last lap, Marini got in front of Leech and it appeared for a moment that Marini was capable of leaving Leech behind. Leech found another gear and closed the distance to Marini's wheel. As the riders headed out to the back section of the course, Marini was still leading. When they came back in sight, he was still leading but as they hit the run-up for the final time, Leech hit the top first. Leech was first down the descent and first to hit the road for the final stretch to the finish. Marini was not ready to give up and took the fight all the way to the line. It was Leech crossing first with Marini a very close second. Third place was won by Greg Wittwer (LSV/Trek) in a sprint over Reynolds who claimed fourth. Kyle Wamsley (Fuji) rounded out the top five.
Eric Schlauch (Somerset Wheelmen) dominated the Masters' 35+ class to take the win and the Vergegear.com Series title. Schlauch and Rob Hacker (Lite Bites) were tied for the lead coming into the last race but Hacker was a no-show due to illness and that made the day a little easier for Schlauch.
With the final points being tallied, look for announcement of all the 2003 Vergegear.com Mid-Atlantic Series winners this coming week.
Elite Men Place Name Team Name Espoirs 1 Ryan Leech Fort/GPOA 2 Greg Marini Bike Doctor 3 Greg Wittwer LSV/Trek 1st 4 Joseph Reynolds Wissahickon 5 Kyle Wamsley TEAM Fuji 6 Gunnar Shogren Fort/GPOA 7 Bobby Lea TEAM Fuji 2nd 8 Les Leach Wissahickon 9 Greg Ferguson Fort/GPOA 10 Kristopher Auer LSV/Trek 11 Bill Elliston Ideal Tile 12 Joey Thompson Balance Bar/Devo 3rd 13 Joseph Alachoyan Ideal Tile 14 Andrew Wulfkuhle Wissahickon 4th 15 Joseph Piccillo Evolution 16 Jonathan Hansen Snow Valley Elite Women RacePlace Name Team 35+ 1 Sara Uhl Saturn 2 Amber Itle Wissahickon 3 Betsy Schauer Fort/GPOA 4 Megan Render Snow Valley 5 Deidre Winfield Extreme Sport 6 Erica Miller Wissahickon 7 Sami Fournier Velo Bella 1st 8 Lisa Most Wissahickon 9 Donna Anderson Evolution 2nd 10 Tammy Ebersole Evolution 3rd 11 Tracy Lea TEAM Fuji 4th 12 Erica Allar TEAM Fuji 13 Bonnie Stoeckl Evolution 5th 14 Kristine Church University of Colorado Juniors RacePlace Name 1 Syd Lea T.E.A.M. Fuji Masters RacePlace Name Team 45+ 1 Eric Schlauch Somerset Wheelman 2 Blair Saunders FSVS 3 Ransom Weaver Guys 4 Randall Root Snow Valley 1st 5 Mike Hebe Monex 6 Kelly Kline Wissahickon 7 John Lux First Capitol Velo 8 Kirk Reisinger Wissahickon 9 Stephen Caffrey FSVS 10 Jim Bronson Power Mama 2nd 11 Rob Frederick Evolution 12 Doug Gray FSVS 13 Fred Wittwer Charlottesville 3rd 14 Scott Wilson Evolution 15 Todd Pittman 16 Tom McDaniel Wooden Wheels 17 Mark Laser Yellow Breeches 18 Mark Elsasser Wissahickon 19 Kevin Breckenmaker Team Harrisburg 4th 20 Chris Houston Yellow Breeches 5th 21 Leo Pizzini FSVS 6th 22 Chris Stutz SVVC 23 Scott Seifert Team Harrisburg 24 Steve Hede First Capitol Velo 7th 25 Scott Reynolds Evolution 8th 26 Patrick Leonard Evolution 27 Stephen Blacklocks Kissena 28 Ronnie Irving TEAM Fuji 9th 29 Nunzio Dibiasi Team Harrisburg 30 Robert Lyon First Capitol Velo Men B # Place Name Team 1 Weston Schempf 2 Jesse Semancheck FSVS 3 Sean Galeghar Tri Speed 4 Chris Samuel Team X-press 5 Tom Mains Ready Pac 6 Wade Hess Beacon 7 Brian Wisowaty Bike Doctor 8 Bruce Freehoff Beacon 9 Baron Kirk Green Mountain 10 Mike Babcock Nittany Velo 11 Eric Morgan Wissahickon 12 Nick Rinkor First Capital Velo 13 Drew Guldalian Wissahickon 14 Ethan Townsend LSV 15 Chip Sovek Potomac 16 Andrew Albright Monkey Hill 17 Chris Evans Wissahickon 18 Garvin Louie Union Velo 19 Nunzio Dibasi Team Harrisburg Women B RacePlace Name Team 1 Krista Schulte Tri Speed 2 Trish Cundiff Pedros 3 Nina Santiago Men C RacePlace Name Team 1 John Miller Guys 2 Joe Wentzell Breakaway 3 Gary Cundiff CC Pedros/K2 4 Brian Webster SVVC 5 Mark Featherman Breakaway 6 David Stauffer Cycleworks 7 Jim Watkins Somerset 8 Andrew Jakubowitch 9 Chad Totaro 10 Rob Lea TEAM Fuji 11 Robert Sands Evolution 12 Ron Hermann Lateral Stress 13 Christopher Berbert Hoya Velo 14 Todd Chewning LSV 15 Rolf Windh 16 James Ambagis Wooden Wheels 17 Gary Kelly Yellow Breeches 18 Gustavo Sanchez Evolution 19 Matt Perterson HP Hermes 20 Joseph Manning 21 Mark Vareschi HP Hermes 22 Harry Langdon