New Jersey State Cyclo-Cross Championships
December 7, 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.
Team Beacon hosted the New Jersey State CX event for the second year running.
Folowing the trend from last year of severe weather for the race,
this year offered no less than 4 inches of snow, freezing temperatures and some
blistering winds by mid-day. The infamous "lake" section from 2002 was
formed again this year from previous rains, but with an added icy covering
and some deep mud underneath. 20 feet across and 2 feet deep, it was certainly
a challenge to ride this year. After the Men's C race had some difficulty
in navigating this section (rider over the bars, bike left standing upright in the mud),
the course was routed around it for the rest of the day. We didn't need any
hypothermia just to make the course challenging. As it is, the course was hard enough,
snowy, slippery, with 3 run-ups and some off camber sections and icy fire roads, the lap times
stretched out above 10 minutes.
With all other cyclo-cross races in the North-East cancelled due to snow, we had
a few extra riders from out of state brave the drive and the conditions. Most found
the efforts well worth it, just to ride this course was an experience they won't forget,
the smiles were beaming as the bikes were cleaned up and the layers of warm clothes put back on.
The Men's C race was lead from start to finish by Matthew McGregor from NY, maybe the
disc brakes on his bike helped him out. He went off course a little in one spot due
to wind blowing the tape down, but he managed to hold off a fast finishing Jim Watkins at the end.
The Women's Elite race was much the same for Saturn pro Sarah Uhl, leading from
the gun, the long back section of fire roads favoured her power and she cruised
in with a 4 minute gap over 2nd place.
Martin Jones had a great ride to blow away the Masters field as some of his regular
competitors took on the A race today instead, he increased his lead every lap in the slick conditions.
The host team took the win in the Men's B race with Wade Hess duelling Chris Samuel
and Tom Mains for the lead in the early stages before both of those riders had
trouble with flats. Wade took advantage and kept the hammer down, the gap was too
large for Mains to make up and he rolled in for 2nd place.
The Elite men's field have been racing each other all season long. Reynolds, Ferguson
and Yozell all finished in the top 10 of the overall standings in the Mid-Atlantic series this year.
The early laps were tight with those 3 switching leading at the front while the rest
tried to keep close contact. As the laps wore on, Yozell started to fade from the
group and Reynolds showed his strength to gradually pull
away from Ferguson (the 2002 Champ) to take the win. Andrew Wulfkuhle finished fast
to almost take 3rd place from Yozell but Mike held him off in the sprint to the line.
Another great day of cyclo-cross, make sure you are there when we do it all again in 2004.
Some pictures of the event:
1 Joe Reynolds Wissahickon 51:12(NJ rider)
2 Greg Ferguson Fort/GPOA 51:39(NJ rider)
3 Mike Yozell Wissahickon 52:47
4 Andrew Wulfkuhle Wissahickon 52:49
5 Joe Alachoyan YSG 53:49(NJ rider)
6 Kristopher Auer Trek/VW 54:01
7 Eric Schlauch Somerset 54:15(NJ rider)
8 Randall Root Annapolis Bicycle 56:33
9 Eric Morgan Wissahickon 61:03
10 Drew Guldalian Wissahickon 61:51
11 Nate Buyon YSG DNF(NJ rider)
1 Sarah Uhl Saturn 49:00
2 Megan Render Snow Valley 53:00
3 Kami Tremblay Essex County Velo 53:48
4 Brooke Wilson Somerset 63:00(NJ rider)
5 Erica Miller Wissahickon dnf
1 Matthew McGregor Black Cross 41:35
2 Jim Watkins Somerset 41:39(NJ rider)
3 Eric Lowenstein unattached 42:40(NJ rider)
4 Rolf Windh unattached 45:45
5 Matt Peterson HP Hermes 47:01(NJ rider)
1 Adam Schlauch Somerset 43:45(NJ rider)
1 Wade Hess Beacon Cycling 48:57(NJ rider)
2 Tom Mains Ready Pac 50:50(NJ rider)
3 Garvin Louie Union Velo 51:40(NJ rider)
4 Alec Riendeau HP Hermes 53:08(NJ rider)
5 Chris Samuel Pro Pedals dnf(NJ rider)
1 Martin Jones(35+) Somerset 45:36(NJ rider)
2 Kelly Cline(35+) Wissahickon 48:16
3 Mark Elsasser Wissahickon 48:41
4 Doug Gray(35+) FSVS 49:46
5 Kevin Breckenmaker(45+) Harrisburg 53:32
6 Marc Bechtold(35+) Breakwaway 55:00(NJ rider)
7 Nunzio Dibiasi(45+) Harrisburg 57:03
8 Alan Remefelt(45+) Lateral Stress 51:56 -1lap
9 Rod Murray(45+) Somerset 51:58 -1lap(NJ rider)