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Evo Cross 2004 Verge Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series Race #2 Presented by Evolution Racing None Such Farm, Buckingham, PA Sunday, October 17, 2004 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.Fort/GPOA owns Evo Cross as Yozell and Schauer Chalk Up Wins.
The 2004 Verge Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Championship Series moved into round two today completing the opening weekend double. A series of overnight thunderstorms ushered in a cold front that made today’s racing conditions at Evo Cross much different than those experienced yesterday at Blue Diamond. Not only was it one of the coldest days so far this season, unexpected high winds added to the bitterness. The course, a new one this year, looked like a fast one at first glance. But, appearances can be deceiving, and riders were treated to one of the more punishing courses around. The course allowed no room for rest and the high winds made pack riding a necessity for survival.
The Elite women’s race provided a great deal of crowd excitement as the battle for the top three spots came down to the final lap. Early in the race, a group five started riding away from the remainder of the field. Contained within that group was yesterday’s winner at Blue Diamond Park Cross, Amber Itle (Yellow Breeches Racing), Melanie Swartz (Squadra Coppi), Betsy Schauer (Fort/GPOA) Caroline Hacker (Evolution Racing) and Sami Fournier (Velo Bella). Dangling close behind was Megan Clark ( Cycle-Smart). As the pace quickened, Fournier came off followed soon by Hacker. While the leaders focused on each other, no one was paying attention to the fact that a rider was charging through the field after getting a less than perfect start. First-time cross racer, Melissa Maurer (unattached), powered across the course, picking off riders at a surprising speed. Maurer made contact with the front trio of Schauer, Swartz and Itle and then sparks began to fly. Surprised by the appearance of Maurer, the original three ramped the pace up a bit, hoping to drop Maurer. Instead it was Swartz who faltered and lost contact. The hard pace continued to take its toll and on the last lap, Itle started to fade and struggled to maintain contact with Schauer and Maurer. Coming off the road and onto the grass for the final time, Schauer launched an attack that gapped Maurer. Hitting the barriers before the final turn for home, Schauer was over the barriers quickly but Maurer, still learning technique, bobbled badly. That bobble gave Schauer all the time she needed to round the corner and cross the line for the win. Maurer’s difficulties at the barriers almost cost her a position as hard charging Itle closed the gap and had Maurer in her sights. With Itle breathing down her neck, Maurer managed to hang on for second and Itle crossed the line three seconds behind for third. Although Swartz had to battle the strong, gusty winds alone for the last portion of the race, she held on for fourth crossing nine seconds after Itle. Hacker rounded out the top five.
With twenty-nine riders on the start line and the cold winds still howling across the course, the Elite Men’s race promised to be another good one. Greg Wittwer (Cyclocrossworld.com) got off the line first but carried way too much speed into the first turn, resulting in a struggle to stay on course and allowing Glenn Turner (Evolution Racing) to take the lead. Turner’s lead was short-lived as Mike Yozell (Fort/GPOA) came flying past him. Close behind Yozell was teammate Ryan Leech. With Leech doing the lion’s share of the work, the pair started increasing the distance between themselves and a group containing Wittwer, Joe Reynolds (Wissahickon) and another Fort/GPOA teammate, Gunnar Shogren. Just as everyone thought that Leech and Yozell were gone for good, Wittwer dropped into another gear, jumped away from Shogren and Reynolds and bridged to the Fort/GPOA duo up front. Not content to simply make contact, Wittwer immediately attacked again. Yozell matched his acceleration but it was too much for Leech who was unable to go with the charging duo. Yozell not only matched Wittwer’s jump, he continued to drive the pace upward, eventually riding away from the Charlottesville, Virginia rider. Behind the Yozell - Wittwer battle, Shogren and Reynolds had been joined by Greg Marini (Bike Doctor). Shogren, Reynolds and now Marini, passed a fading Leech and soon a fading Wittwer. As one spectator observed out loud “there was a whole lot of detonation taking place out there.” With only Yozell ahead of them, it became a three-way battle for second place. Reynolds started to run out of steam late in the race, leaving Marini and Shogren to fight over the order of the top three. At the end, it was Yozell racking up his second straight Evo Cross win and Marini riding in ahead of Shogren for second place. Reynolds finished behind Shogren for fourth. Fifth place was claimed by Kris Auer (Alan MidAtlantic) who passed a struggling Wittwer within sight of the finish line. Wittwer finished sixth and was also the first U-23 rider across the line.
Series information and complete results for Evo Cross can be found at www.monkeyhillcs.com/mac/mac2004/
Elite Men Place Rider Team 1 Mike Yozell FORT-GPOA ! 2 Greg Marini Bike Doctor 3 gunnar Shogren FORT-GPOA ! 4 Joe Reynolds Wissahickon 5 Kris Auer Alan MidAtlantic 6 gregory wittwer cyclocrossworld.com 7 chris samuel Pro Pedals 8 Kyle Wamsley FUJI 9 Al Senft NUVO/Bicycle Action Project 10 John Verheul Ideal Tile/Brielle Cyclery 11 Nathan Deibert G.D. Campos Lorca 12 Les Leach Wissahickon 13 Harlan Price Team America 14 Jon Hansen Embestida 15 Glenn Turner Evolution Racing 16 Ailisair Sponsel Colavita 17 Nicholas Shaffer Evolution Racing 18 Martin Jones Somerset Wheelmen 19 Joe Piccillo Evolution Racing 20 Ryan Leech FORT-GPOA ! 21 JD Bilodeau NCC/BikeReg.com 22 Nate Seymour PVC 23 Jay Downs FORT-GPOA ! dnf Andrew Wulfkuhle Alan MidAtlantic dnf Ryan DeWald Snow Valley dnf Greg Ferguson FORT-GPOA ! dnf Peter Schildt Wissahickon dnf Ed Bush Wissahickon dnf Judd Milne Squadra Coppi Elite Women 1 Betsy Schauer FORT/GPOA! 2 Melissa Maurer Unattached 3 Amber Itle YBR 4 Melanie Swartz Squadra Coppi/IM Saab 5 Caroline Hacker Evolution Racing 6 Sami Fournier Velo Bella 7 Megan Clark Cycle-Smart 8 Lisa Most Wissahickon 9 Sheila Senft CITGO/PBF 10 Lisa Vible First State Velo Sport 11 Tammy Ebersole Evolution Racing 12 Jill Neumann Evolution Racing 13 Bonnie Stoeckl Evolution Racing 14 Lauri Jenkins First State Velo Sport dns Donna Anderson Evolution Racing Junior Men 1 Evan Piche Necsa/Cuevas 2 Patrick Ryland Rad Racing Northwest 3 Michael Garretson Yellow Breeches 4 Michael Tessler unattached 5 Zach Adams Yellow Breeches Racing 6 Jake Sitler Gung Ho 7 Bradley Quinnan Evolution Racing Masters 35+ 45+ placing 1 Bill Alcorn Speedgoat 2 Ransom Weaver Guys Bicycles 3 Eric Schlauch Somerset Wheelmen 4 1 Randall Root Team Snow Valley 5 Kirk Reisinger Club Wissahickon 6 Richard Mihills First State Velo Sport 7 Erik Scott NVC 8 2 Christopher Long Independent Fabrication/Gotham 9 John Lux First Capital Velo 10 3 fred wittwer charlottesville racing club 11 Mark Podgurski Mt. Nittant Wheelworks 12 4 rob frederick Evolution Racing 13 Alan Buday rotations racing 14 N. Johan Anestad Evolution Racing 15 5 Kevin Saint Clair QCW/Bike Addicts 16 Gary Keblish CRCA Conrads 17 Fred Handel Nittany Velo 18 6 Scott Wilson Evolution Racing 19 Stephen Caffrey First State Velo Sport 20 chris stutz susquehanna valley velo club 21 James Perren Wissahickon Cyclery/Yards Brewing Company 22 7 Kevin Breckenmaker Team Harrisburg 23 Kelly Cline Wissahickon 24 Mark Dontigny NVC 25 8 Leo Pizzini FSVS 26 9 Scott Reynolds Tailwind 27 Bob Piacine Guys Bicycles 28 ROB LYON FIRST CAPITAL VELO 29 Paul Incognito First State Velo Sport 30 David Jablonski Husker Road Club 31 Andrew Albright Aquafina 32 Greg Gorel Somerset Wheelmen 33 Mark Zach Evolution Racing 34 10 Donald Morrison Wissahickon/Comcast 35 11 Gary Dugovich Snitgers/ACA 36 Malcomb Toynbee Evolution Racing 37 Gary Mangee High Gear 38 12 Joseph Kenas Guy's Racing 39 13 Nunzio DiBiasi Team Harrisburg 40 14 Richard Bauch Colavita-Bolla Racing 41 15 Steve Heede FIRST CAPITAL VELO 42 16 jeffrey wanerman huntington bicycle club 43 Mark McCabe 3D 44 17 Tom Ekberg Liberty Cycle dnf Kevin Kuzas Squadra Coppi dnf Gustavo Sanchez Evolution Racing dnf Jay Downs Fort GPOA dnf Chuck Wahl dns Stephen Blacklocks Kissena dns patrick leonard evolution racing B Men 1 Weston Schempf Fort Factory Team 2 Sean Galegher First Capital Velo 3 Tom Mains Velocity Sports 4 Alvaro Arnal Ardmore Cycling 5 Eric Ragot Kissena Cycling Club 6 Jonathan Gibbs Bicycle Therapy 7 Ray Ignosh Gotham 8 Christopher Johnson Nittany Velo Club 9 Matthew Howard CRCA Blue Ribbon 10 Michael Babcock Yellow Breeches 11 Elliott McAllister Bikeline 12 Jeff Guy Fort GPOA 13 Chris Mayhew FORT/GPOA 14 James Revere Team Cobblestone 15 FJ Hughes Bike Doctor 16 Trevor Williams Guy's Bicycle Racing 17 John Brown Bikeline 18 chad totaro Breakaway Endurance Sports Club 19 Sean Mealey First Capital Velo 20 Alessandro de Souza Rutgers Cycling 21 Mark Featherman Breakaway Endurance Sports Club 22 Matt Bergerson unattached 23 Kenny King Team Bicycle Therapy 24 Joel Nace First Capital Velo 25 Luke Sauder cycleworks 26 Clifford Cantrell unattached 27 Kirk Palermo unattached 28 John Bernardi Action Wheels 29 David Lowe Ardmore Bikeline 30 Dusan Strika Kissena Cycling Team 31 Drew Guldalian Wissahickon 32 Wade Hess Team Beacon 33 Eric Lowenstein 34 Eben Weiss Gotham 35 David Stauffer Cycleworks 36 Zombor Zoltoni Alan MidAtlantic 37 Philip Didier Cranford Bike Team\CTS 38 Werner Fregmann Shirks 39 Theo Procopos Wissahickon 40 Chris Evans Wissahickon 41 kevin zutell Green Mountain/Aquafina 42 Adam Szczepanski Nittany Velo Club 43 Clark Evanitus Gung Ho 44 John Linvill MainLine 45 Craig Callan Highland Park Hermes 46 Noah Greenhill Kissena 47 Tom Kulzer BCRC 48 Paul DeBartolo GS Gotham/TOGA 49 Corey Lev Bikery/Shebell Shebell 50 Pete Smith unattached 51 David Smith CRCA 52 Jonathan Kahler Team Ardmore Bike Line 53 Charlie Goss Race Pace 54 Mark Kilgore First Capital Velo 55 Craig Goodstein CRCA 56 Paul Reiss dnf David Manhardt dnf Alec Riendeau Highland Park Hermes dnf Wayne Scott First State Velo Sport dnf marc vettori Spot Brand dnf Joel Hoerni cycleworks dns Bruce Freehoff Beacon dns Eric Morgan Wissahickon dns Javier Pazos Guy's Bicycle club dns Michael Rea dns Brent Biddle FSVS B Women Jr placing 1 Pamela Wahl Evolution Racing 2 Lynda Maldonado Tri State Velo 3 Janet Olney Team BBC 4 Marilyn Galegher First Capital Velo 5 Karen Tourian Club Wissahickon 6 Sandra Kerr 7 1 Nina Santiago Liberty Cycle 8 Laney Siegrist Bike Line dns Laura Tyson Skylands Cycling C Men 1 John Hostetter III ALAN Mid-Atlantic 2 Rolf Windh Guy's Racing 3 Charles Chichester 4 Henry Tremper 5 Keith Ely First State Velo Sport 6 Robert May Tailwind 7 Randy Marsola unattached 8 roland peterson 9 Jonathon Maley 10 Jamie Debuque Evolution Racing 11 Jim Milito Liberty Cycle 12 Matt peterson HP Hermes 13 Robert Perna Beans Bikes 14 Harris Finkelstein 15 Jeff Dubeck unattached 16 Mark Vareschi Rutgers University 17 Nicholas Nudy 18 Jay Rothberg Evolution Racing 19 David Lawson 20 Byron Ling 21 Robert Peiffer Evolution Racing dnf Lyle Trumball unattached dns John Bernardi Action Wheels dns Alan Connell Colavita