WHITMORE’S DAY 1: COMPTON DOMINATES, VERVECKEN DOESN’T
October 7, 2007; Southampton, NY, USA: Don’t call Katie Compton a ‘Drama Queen’. The amiable U.S. National Champion quietly pulled into the Southampton Youth Services Center on Saturday looking relaxed and hanging out with her parents. Then she quietly stomped any drama out of the Elite UCI race to take the biggest slice of the richest prize purse ever offered for a women’s Cyclocross by a large margin. By the end of the first lap, Compton (Spike Shooter) had a 19 second lead. In the process, she had won $100 for being the first racer over the barriers on the first lap. The race, along with Bessette’s chain, blew apart on the third lap. Broken chains would turn out to e a recurring theme for the afternoon. When asked later if she knew that Bessette had broken her chain, Compton replied, “No, but I knew something was wrong because I can’t pull away from her that fast.” Compton eventually won by 2:30 over Bessette. Velo Bella’s Barbara Howe worked her way past racers throughout the race to place third.
If the women lacked for drama, the men’s race had enough theatrics to fill a Broadway theater. The start list included World Champion Erwin Vervecken (Fidea Assurance) and no fewer than three reigning National Champions: American Ryan Trebon (Kona/YourKey), Canadian Greg Reain (RWR/Colnago/Time) and German Malte Urban (Heinz von Heiden). Also present were a contingent of Belgian fans who had flown to New York just to watch the races. Despite the unseasonable heat, they proudly wore their bright red “Erwin Vervecken Supporters” jackets, prompting an immediate response from friends of American racer Robert Campos who made hand-written “Supporters of Robert Campos” signs from note paper and safety pinned them onto the backs of as many moving bodies as possible.
But the real drama was just beginning. The Americans, particularly Trebon, Wicks and Tim Johnson (Leer/Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com) proved that they are more than ready for prime time as they gave the World Champ every thing he could handle. “I’ve raced five times before in the U.S., and this was the hardest", said Vervecken later. Asked if he was surprised at how competitive the Americans were, he answered, “Yeah! I knew from before when I came to America that the first day is the hardest, and my legs weren’t the best. But that was hard.” The four, who were joined by Urban and Matt White (Fiordifrutta) during the first half, battled on a course that was not conducive to solo attacks, but nonetheless provided much entertainment for the fans and TV reporters in attendance. Trebon crashed on the lead up to the 20% hill on lap two, but was able to regain the leaders. Then with 5 laps to go, Trebon dropped his chain and everybody thought he was done, but he electrified the crowd with a blazing effort to rejoin his teammate Wicks and leader Vervecken with two laps to go. The two towering riders worked over the World Champion as they have so often done to domestic riders, before Trebon fell back on the last lap. “My legs were done from the two chases,” he said later. “I knew I wasn’t going to win, I just wanted to get up there and help Barry.” It was a one-on-one duel in the sun between Wicks and Vervecken for the final half lap. Wicks led through the woods and onto the long, paved road with Vervecken on his wheel. Wicks was still leading through the final, 45 degree corner onto the flat finishing straight. With only 40 meters to go, Vervecken made a daring move to the inside of Wicks through the final chicane and they roared up the finish road side-by-side with Vervecken taking the win by less than a bike length and Wicks, acknowledging later that he had gone too soon, slamming his handlebars in frustration.
After the race, the World Champion acknowledged the improvements in American Cyclocross racing. “One of the reasons I came here, not the main reason but one of the reasons, is that I’m part of the UCI Cyclocross Commission and they’re always talking about how to grow the sport in different places. When I raced here last time, I always won by 30-40 seconds.” But on this day, he won y less than a second in a race that had enough drama for two races.
Results Courtesy of 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. Elite Men 41 starters PlaceFirst Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Erwin VERVECKEN Fidea 1:00:11 2 Barry WICKS Kona Coravllis OR 1:00:11 3 Ryan TREBON Kona Ventura CA 1:00:36 4 Timothy JOHNSON Team Leer/Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Middleton MA 1:00:49 5 Jeremy POWERS Cyclocrossworld.com Niantic CT 1:01:50 6 Malte URBAN 32049-herford 1:02:23 7 Matt WHITE FiordiFrutta Elite Cycling Team Hadley MA 1:02:39 8 Greg REAIN RWR/Colnago/Time 1:02:58 9 Ryan LEECH GPOA-Cannondale State College PA 1:03:24 10 Mathieu TOULOUSE Maxxis Montreal PQ 1:03:24 11 Troy WELLS Team CLIF BAR Cyclocross Durango CO 1:03:54 12 Jamey DRISCOLL FiordiFrutta Elite Cycling Team Jericho VT 1:04:03 13 Matt SHRIVER Jittery Joe's/Sonic Cyclocross Durango CO 1:04:10 14 Tyler JOHNSON ALAN NORTH AMERICAN CYCLING TEAM Chester CT 1:04:40 15 Jonathan Hamblin Richard Sachs/RGM Winston-Salem NC 1:04:40 16 Jonathan BAKER Primus Mootry Boulder CO 1:05:29 17 Weston SCHEMPF C3-Sollay.com Sinking Spring PA 1:06:15 18 Alec DONAHUE Joe's Garage Hadley MA lap 19 Matt KRAUS RGM Watches / Richard Sachs Arlington MA lap 20 Dan NEYENS Hagens-Berman Cycling Team Seattle WA lap 21 Josh DILLON Fiordifrutta Essex Junction VT lap 22 Toby MARZOT Fiordifrutta Hanover NH lap 23 Kevin WOLFSON CL Noonan/Coast to Coast/KAM Belmont MA lap 24 Kyle DOUGLAS 3 Rox Racing Ashburn ON lap 25 Derrick ST JOHN The Cyclery Ottawa ON lap 26 Andrew WULFKUHLE C3/Sollay.com Lancaster PA lap 27 Mark BATTY TeamRace.com Brooklin ON lap Elite Women 27 starters PlaceFirst Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Katie COMPTON Spike Shooter Colorado Springs CO 40:07 2 Lyne BESSETTE Cyclocrossworld.com Middleton MA 42:37 3 Barbara HOWE Velo Bella Kona Larkspur CA 44:43 4 Anna MILKOWSKI Velo Bella-Kona New Haven CT 44:48 5 Maureen BRUNO-ROY IF/Wheelworks Arlington MA 45:12 6 Megan ELLIOTT unattached Bend OR 45:41 7 Rebecca WELLONS Ridley Factory Team Woburn MA 45:44 8 Natasha ELLIOTT Stevens Cross Ottawa ON 45:56 9 Amanda SIN 3 Rox Racing Sudbury ON 46:28 10 Erica YOZELL FORT Factory Team Emmaus PA 46:51 11 Amy WALLACE RGM Watches / Richard Sachs Medford MA lap 12 Marci TITUS HALL DeSalvo Custom Cycles Groton MA lap 13 Cris ROTHFUSS NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental Medford MA lap 14 Jennifer MAXWELL Team Kenda Tire Washington DC lap 15 Pauline FRASCONE Independent Fabrication/Kempner Plainfield CT lap 16 Arley KEMMERER Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon Palmerton PA lap 17 Perri MERTENS Cambridge Bicycle/Igleheart Frames Norfolk MA lap 18 Melanie SWARTZ Velo Bella - Kona Reston VA lap 19 Stephanie WHITE Velo Bella/Kona Bedford NH lap 20 Alie KENZER RGM Watches / Richard Sachs Medford MA lap 21 Megan BILODEAU Hup United Easthampton MA lap 22 Rebecca Much Ridley Factory Team Chicago IL lap 23 Heidi VON TEITENBERC3-Sollay.com Baltimore MD lap 24 Jennifer STEBBINS Worker's Comp Solutions/Everactive Portsmouth NH lap 25 Brenda BAHNSON Independent Fabrication Great Barrington MA lap 26 Kim BLODGETT Ridley Factory Team Somerville MA lap 27 Beth MASON C3-Sollay.com Ft. Meade MD lap 2/3 Men 22 starters PlaceFirst Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 John BREWER Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB Arlington VA 47:25 2 Don Snoop Verge Sport/Test Pilot Monroe NY 00:13 3 Brian WOLFF GBSC/Carl Hart Bicycles Port Jefferson StatioNY 00:22 4 Gregory LINDSTROM Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon RoofingMount Wolf PA 00:48 5 J Gabriel Lloyd CRCA/ReMax New York NY 00:59 6 Colin SANDBERG Meredith Group/GPOA Cannondale Philadelphia PA 01:10 7 Jeremy DUNN Cambridge Bicycle Cambridge MA 01:43 8 Charlie Rey East End/Kreb Cycle Laurel NY 02:04 9 Peter BRADSHAW Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames Arlington MA 02:09 10 Mark Bavineau Essex County Velo Gloucester MA 02:49 11 Tom Buttner Verge Sport/Test Pilot Cornwall NY 04:14 12 Wade SUMMERS Horst-Benidorm-Property Research CorpSouthington CT 04:14 13 Kansas WAUGH CRCA/Jonathan Adler Racing Brooklyn NY 04:42 14 Frank ZGODA Skylands Cycling Sussex NJ 05:51 15 Jason PARKIN CRCA/Blue Ribbon-Translations.com New York NY 06:18 16 Robert WOLFF GBSC/Carl Hart Bicycles Middle Island NY lap 17 David CHIU NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental Arlington MA lap Masters 35+ 28 starters PlaceFirst Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Roger ASPHOLM Westwood Velo Haworth NJ 45:11 2 Todd CASSAN Westwood Velo New York NY 46:45 3 Matthew HOWARD GS Gotham New York NY 47:33 4 Keith GAUVIN cyclonaut racers Ellington CT 48:15 5 ChristopherLONG Independent Fabrication/Gotham Woodside NY 48:44 6 Reuben Kline wildthyme/IF Southampton NY 49:05 7 Aaron RICHER Claremont Cycle Depot/Team Pinnacle Milton MA 50:41 8 Basil MOUTSOPOULOS CRCA/Sakonnet Technology New York NY 51:04 9 Paul NYBERG Horst-Benidorm-Property Research CorpAvon CT 51:04 10 Glenn TURNER Human Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon Newtown Sq PA 51:50 11 Eric RAGOT Kissena Cycling Club Brooklyn NY lap 12 Steven KANE Byron Lake/East End Cycling Team Brightwaters NY lap 13 Eric MARRO BOB/Shift-Stonyfield Farm-Ariza-GoodaNashua NH lap 14 Timothy SHEA BOB/Shift-Stonyfield Farm-Ariza-GoodaAmherst NH lap 15 Gary GIACCHETTO East End/Kreb Cycle East Moriches NY lap 16 David Sanossian Garden City NY lap 17 Douglas DICKS Bennett's Bikes Staten Island NY lap 18 Donald CATLIN Tokeneke Road Club Fairfield CT lap 19 Oscar ROSALES GS Gotham/Toga New York NY lap 20 Perce Zahl SBRA Rocky Point NY lap 21 Richard SACHS RGM Watches / Richard Sachs Chester CT lap 22 Charles LA PUNZINA Kissena Cycling Club Brooklyn NY lap 23 Eben WEISS GS Gotham Brooklyn NY lap 24 Phil PILE East End Cycling Team Bellport NY lap 25 Neil ROSS Kissena Brooklyn NY lap Juniors 15-18 2 starters starters PlaceFirst Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Matthew SPINKS Skylands Cycling Layton NJ 49:07 2 Joseph FAVARA Hampton Velo Macungie PA lap 3/4 Men 33 starters PlaceFirst Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Eric MARRO BOB/Shift-Stonyfield Farm-Ariza-GoodaNashua NH 38:25 2 Ben Miller Penn State State College PA 00:05 3 Kim RISETH CRCA / Jonathan Adler Racing New York NY 00:34 4 George MILINKOVIC Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Falls Church VA 00:58 5 Brian LAWNEY Cornell Nordic Ithaca NY 01:27 6 Mark POHNDORF Colavita Racing Pottersville NJ 01:43 7 Jacob Sisson Hampton Velo Mattituck NY 02:26 8 Kevin HORAN Colavita New York NY 02:32 9 Dylan SCHLOTT BikeHampton New York NY 02:32 10 Jonathan SEBAT Cold Spring Harbor NY 02:53 11 Nicholas MASHBURN Cambridge Bicycle/ Igleheart Frames Cambridge MA 03:29 12 Rob SPILLMAN Deno's Wonder Wheel Brooklyn NY 03:29 13 Erik PETERSON Cambridge/Igleheart Boston MA 04:18 14 Joseph TRAMONTANO Connecticut Coast Cycling Milford CT 05:12 15 Chad CASSELMAN NY Velocity/CRCA Bronx NY 05:41 16 Christophe JAMMET CRCA/ NYVELOCITY New York NY 06:11 17 Saverio FIORINO DC Racing/Danny's Cycles Harrison NY 07:03 18 Todd MCLOUGHLIN Kissena New York NY 07:03 19 Joshua STORCK Brooklyn Velo Force Brooklyn NY lap 20 Jay MONGILLO Keltic Construction / Zanes Cycles Clinton CT lap 21 Todd SILSKI Auburn CA lap 22 Jason GAY CRCA/Brooklyn Velo Force Brooklyn NY lap 23 Eric GOTTESMAN www.ergottwheels.com Islip NY lap 24 Frank DIONISIO Kissena Cycling Club Stamford CT lap 25 Richard BRAVO CRCA/NYVelocity Brooklyn NY lap 26 Harry SKENE Sickler's Wyoming PA lap 27 Matthew SNOW BREAKING AWAY BICYCLES Fairfield CT lap 28 John PARBST East End/Kreb Cycle Setauket NY lap 29 Dwight Merriman Hampton Velo New York NY lap 30 Todd SEPLAVY Iron Horse Bikes Rocky Point NY lap 3/4 Women 8 starters PlaceFirst Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Martha BUSH CRCA/Sanchez-Metro Brooklyn NY 30:24 2 Cecelia PLEVA CRCA/Radical Media New York NY 00:33 3 Liz SEWARD CRCA/Third Nature New York NY 02:37 4 Jessica Brewer Arlington VA 02:50 5 Kathleen WULFKUHLE C3-Sollay.com Lancaster PA 05:31 6 Kyra KENWOOD Carl Hart/GSBC Miller Place NY lap 7 Leah PAPPAS-BARNESIndependent Fabrication/Kittenpants! Arlington MA lap 8 Cathy WILSON GBSC/Carl Hart Bicycles Middle Island NY lap Cub Juniors 4 starters PlaceFirst Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Tommy GOGUEN Minuteman Road Club Hopedale MA 14:13 2 Peter GOGUEN Minuteman Road Club Hopedale MA 00:59 3 Elizabeth White NEBC Bedford NH 01:27 4 Zach BENDER GS Park Ridge / Team Cyclesport Glen Rock NJ 01:39