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Wicks Leads All American Podium at Whitmore’s
October 7, 2007; Southampton, NY, USA: Barry Wicks (Kona/YourKey.com) took advantage of World Champion Erwin Vervecken’s derailleur failure with half a lap to go to take the win at the second day of the Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup, a UCI C2 event. Wicks and Vervecken were wheel to wheel for the lead when the Belgian’s derailleur snapped off his frame, not only beat the World Champion, but also the German National Champion, the Canadian National Champion and the U.S. National Champion (teammate Ryan Trebon). Wicks, who lost to Vervecken by a wheel in the previous day’s sprint finish, was never out of contention on the much more technical course featured on the second day at the Southampton Youth Services Center. Ryan Trebon, who also led much of the race, finished second with Jeremy Powers (CyclocrossWorld.com) a strong third. German National Champion Malte Urban (Heinz von Heiden) finished fifth behind Tim Johnson (Leer/Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com) while Canadian Champ Greg Reain (RWR/Colnago/Time) finished seventh. “It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t race it out to the win,” said Wicks. “But a win’s a win. Ryan didn’t feel too good after his efforts in the heat yesterday and I don’t think Erwin felt that good either.”
If nothing else, the weekend indicated that America’s domestic cyclocross program is growing in quality as well as quantity. No longer the “not ready for prime-time players”, the Americans surprised the contingent of Belgians who were on hand to witness the proceedings. Trebon and Wicks proved to be formidable competition for the three-time World Champion and other Americans, notably Jeremy Powers and Tim Johnson, also spent time in the lead and were serious players. “My legs just didn’t feel good,” said Vervecken in the locker room after the race. “Maybe it’s normal with the airplane trip and the heat yesterday.”
Long airline flights are one thing that is different about top-tier American cyclocross compare to the European sport. Whereas it was unusual for Erwin Vervecken and Malte Urban to fly seven hours to America, it’s almost routine for Wicks and Trebon to make an almost equally long flight from Oregon to the east coast -- something they do several times per year. “It was a five hour flight for us,” recounted Wicks before Saturday’s race, “And we got here the day after Erwin. So it’s about the same.”
How it unfolded: Sunday’s course featured much more climbing and required more technical skills than the previous day’s course. At the start, Trebon led Jesse Anthony and Malte Urban through the first turn, though the entire field was compact and nobody had a notable advantage. Powers moved to the front heading into “methane hill”, a short, steep hill with very loose, deep soil. Powers controlled the tempo of the race from the front for most of the first four laps before Trebon attacked from fourth place approaching the log-strewn run-up. Halfway through the race, the lead group of Trebon, Johnson, Vervecken, Wicks and Powers established itself as the wind picked-up and clouds began to build. The next time they approached the log run-up, Johnson and Powers were off the back of the lead group, with Malte Urban another 20 seconds behind them. As the temperature continued to drop (though still unseasonably warm), Wicks and Trebon started taking turns attacking Vervecken. It was a case of the tables being turned on Vervecken according to his Belgian supporters, as it is usually he who has the benefit of his Fidea Assurance teammates (like Bart Wellons) to try to isolate opponents. Trebon again attacked from behind approaching the log run-up with three-and-a-half laps to go, this time taking Wicks with him. As they crossed the line with three laps to go, Trebon and Wicks had a five second gap. However, Trebon bobbled up Methane Hill. This allowed Vervecken to catch him but Wicks was still clear by over four seconds. With two laps to go, all three were back together. They stayed together until the start of the last lap, where things change dramatically. Vervecken took the lead approaching Methane Hill. Immediately following the hill, Trebon was dropped. Then, 20 seconds later, the crowd yelled “OH!” as Vervecken crashed approaching the steepest hill on the course, a 20% monster. Wicks, who was right on his wheel, passed immediately and Trebon was close enough to pass before Vervecken could even get up. Soon it became obvious that Vervecken had suffered a mechanical problem, but he was too far away from the hill were the majority of spectators had congregated for anybody to realize that it was a broken derailleur. Vervecken slowly carried his bike to the edge of the course, ducked under the tape and stepped gracefully out of the race trying not to take the attention away from Wicks who rode cleanly the last half lap to take the win. “It was just bad luck,” said Vervecken afterward. “It happens maybe two times a year.” As he shrugged his shoulders, though, the look on his face belied his disappointment.
In the preceding women’s event, the women competitors were once again racing for a purse equal to that of the men. The two-day purse of over $6400 is believed to be the biggest prize list ever offered for a women’s cyclocross anywhere in the world. Once again it was Katie Compton (Spike Shooter) and Lyne Bessette (CyclocrossWorld.com) who dominated the proceedings. The two were together for the first half of the race, neither able to gain and hold a substantial advantage until Compton began to pull away at about half-race. Once gone, Compton dominated to score her second consecutive victory for the weekend and the lion’s share of the purse. Behind Bessette, a race-long dual for third between two west-coasters drew the crowd’s attention. Californian Barbara Howe (Velo Bella Kona) appeared to be away for third by the end of the second lap, only to have Bend, Oregon’s Megan Elliott come out of the remains of the pack to catch her. The two were never more that a bike length apart for the remainder of the race until Howe pulled away in the last quarter of the last lap to take the final podium position.
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 36 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Barry WICKS Kona Coravllis OR 1:04:07 2 Ryan TREBON Kona Ventura CA 1:04:24 3 Jeremy POWERS Cyclocrossworld.com Niantic CT 1:04:37 4 Timothy JOHNSON Team Leer/Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Middleton MA 1:05:02 5 Malte URBAN 32049-herford 1:06:11 6 Matt WHITE FiordiFrutta Elite Cycling Team Hadley MA 1:06:21 7 Greg REAIN RWR/Colnago/Time 1:06:21 8 Mathieu TOULOUSE Maxxis Montreal PQ 1:06:28 9 Matt SHRIVER Jittery Joe's/Sonic Cyclocross Durango CO 1:06:43 10 Jamey DRISCOLL FiordiFrutta Elite Cycling Team Jericho VT 1:07:36 11 ChristopherJONES Nerac Pro Cycling New Haven CT 1:07:49 12 Jesse ANTHONY Jamis Beverly MA 1:08:16 13 Troy WELLS Team CLIF BAR Cyclocross Durango CO 1:09:42 14 Ryan LEECH GPOA-Cannondale State College PA 1:09:57 15 Adam MYERSON Nerac Pro Cycling Ditson MA 1:09:57 16 Weston SCHEMPF C3-Sollay.com Sinking Spring PA 1:10:08 17 Alec DONAHUE Joe's Garage Hadley MA 1:10:39 18 Jerome TOWNSEND Ridley Factory Team Princeton MA 1:10:45 19 Toby MARZOT Fiordifrutta Hanover NH 1:10:45 20 Josh DILLON Fiordifrutta Essex Junction VT 1:10:55 21 Mark BATTY TeamRace.com Brooklin ON 1:11:00 22 Kevin WOLFSON CL Noonan/Coast to Coast/KAM Belmont MA 1:11:20 23 Derrick ST JOHN The Cyclery Ottawa ON 1:11:13 24 Matt KRAUS RGM Watches / Richard Sachs Arlington MA lap 25 Dan NEYENS Hagens-Berman Cycling Team Seattle WA lap 26 Andrew WULFKUHLE C3/Sollay.com Lancaster PA lap 27 Ethan GILMOUR Jittery-Joe's/Sonic Ludlow VT lap 28 Peter RUBIJONO Cambridge bike/Igleheart frames Boston MA lap 29 Kyle DOUGLAS 3 Rox Racing Ashburn ON lap 30 Jamie PAIR Alan North American Cycling Team Forest Park GA lap 31 Myles ROMANOW wildthyme/IF Southampton NY lap Elite Women 27 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Katie COMPTON Spike Shooter Colorado Springs CO 41:13 2 Lyne BESSETTE Cyclocrossworld.com Middleton MA 41:47 3 Barbara HOWE Velo Bella Kona Larkspur CA 45:11 4 Megan ELLIOTT unattached Bend OR 45:37 5 Anna MILKOWSKI Velo Bella-Kona New Haven CT 45:45 6 Amanda SIN 3 Rox Racing Sudbury ON 46:13 7 Natasha ELLIOTT Stevens Cross Ottawa ON 46:36 8 Rebecca WELLONS Ridley Factory Team Woburn MA 46:53 9 Marci TITUS HALL DeSalvo Custom Cycles Groton MA 47:00 10 Amy WALLACE RGM Watches / Richard Sachs Medford MA 47:32 11 Perri MERTENS Cambridge Bicycle/Igleheart Frames Norfolk MA 48:09 12 Cris ROTHFUSS NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental Medford MA 48:40 13 Pauline FRASCONE Independent Fabrication/Kempner Plainfield CT 49:04 14 Alie KENZER RGM Watches / Richard Sachs Medford MA 49:15 15 Jennifer MAXWELL Team Kenda Tire Washington DC 50:13 16 Melanie SWARTZ Velo Bella - Kona Reston VA 50:54 17 Arley KEMMERER Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon Palmerton PA 51:03 18 Stephanie WHITE Velo Bella/Kona Bedford NH 51:33 19 Heidi VON TEITENBERC3-Sollay.com Baltimore MD 52:31 20 Megan BILODEAU Hup United Easthampton MA lap 21 Kim BLODGETT Ridley Factory Team Somerville MA lap 22 Brenda BAHNSON Independent Fabrication Great Barrington MA lap 23 Jennifer STEBBINS Worker's Comp Solutions/Everactive Portsmouth NH lap 24 Beth MASON C3-Sollay.com Ft. Meade MD lap 25 Cecelia PLEVA CRCA/Radical Media New York NY lap 2/3 Men 23 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Peter BRADSHAW Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames Arlington MA 46:22 2 Gregory LINDSTROM Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon RoofingMount Wolf PA 01:11 3 Don Snoop Verge Sport/Test Pilot Monroe NY 01:28 4 Sean CAVANAUGH BETHEL CYCLE Bethel CT 01:34 5 John BREWER Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB Arlington VA 01:34 6 Brian WOLFF GBSC/Carl Hart Bicycles Port Jefferson StatioNY 01:34 7 Alex WHITMORE Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames Somerville MA 02:27 8 Matthew Budd New York NY 03:09 9 Jeremy DUNN Cambridge Bicycle Cambridge MA 03:51 10 Patrick GOGUEN cl noonan/coast to coast/kam Hopedale MA 04:38 11 ChristopherGagne Boston Road Club Arlington MA 04:51 12 J.P. Partland High Gear Cyclery/Watchung Wheelman New York NY 05:43 13 Todd KRUGER Hermes Highland Park NJ 06:16 14 Mark VARESCHI Rutgers University Cycling Team Highland Park NJ 07:26 15 Robert WOLFF GBSC/Carl Hart Bicycles Middle Island NY lap 16 ChristopherUGLIETTA CRCA /Jonathan Adler Racing New York NY lap 17 Tom Buttner Verge Sport/Test Pilot Cornwall NY lap 18 Frank ZGODA Skylands Cycling Sussex NJ lap 19 Charlie Ray lap 20 Mark ROBSON Nerac Cycling Danbury CT lap Masters 35+ 23 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Robert CAMPOS HVC/Jessies Nesconset NY 46:34 2 Kris Auer C3-Sollay.com Baltimore MD 46:34 3 ChristopherLONG Independent Fabrication/Gotham Woodside NY 47:29 4 Matt Howard CRCA/Gotham New York NY 47:55 5 Keith GAUVIN cyclonaut racers Ellington CT 48:29 6 Wade SUMMERS Horst-Benidorm-Property Research CorpSouthington CT 51:22 7 Paul NYBERG Horst-Benidorm-Property Research CorpAvon CT 51:23 8 Eric MARRO BOB/Shift-Stonyfield Farm-Ariza-GoodaNashua NH 51:23 9 Douglas DICKS bennetts bikes Staten Island NY 52:35 10 Steven KANE Byron Lake/East End Cycling Team Brightwaters NY 52:52 11 Timothy SHEA BOB/Shift-Stonyfield Farm-Ariza-GoodaAmherst NH 53:59 12 Eric Ragot Kissena Cycling Club Brooklyn NY lap 13 Percy Zahl Rocky Point NY lap 14 Mark Shenstone Finger Lakes Cycling Club Trumansberg NY lap 15 Charlie LaPunzina Kissena Cycling Club Brooklyn NY lap 16 George HEBNER Bethel Cycle Sport Club Easton CT lap 17 Jerry White Essex County Velo Bedford MA lap 18 Ian LANDAU Kissena Brooklyn NY lap 19 Oscar ROSALES GS Gotham/Toga New York NY lap Juniors 15-18 2 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Joseph FAVARA Hampton Velo Macungie PA 48:40 3/4 Men 30 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Ben Miller 34:41 2 Kenneth Boyle Babylon NY 02:02 3 Gary Giacchetto East End/Kreb Cycle East Moriches NY 02:27 4 Michael JENKS Highland Park Hermes Highland Park NJ 02:41 5 Nicholas MASHBURN Cambridge Bicycle/ Igleheart Frames Cambridge MA 03:42 6 Mark SALAZAR skylands cycling Succasunna NJ 04:00 7 Jonathan SEBAT Cold Spring Harbor NY 04:42 8 Ben Dailey Brooklyn Velo Force Brooklyn NY 05:07 9 Saverio FIORINO DC Racing/Danny's Cycles Harrison NY 05:26 10 Tommy GOGUEN Minuteman Road Club Hopedale MA 05:45 11 Erik PETERSON Cambridge/Igleheart Boston MA 05:51 12 Dusan STRIKA Kissena Cycling Team Parlin NJ 06:18 13 Todd MCLOUGHLIN Kissena New York NY 06:25 14 Chris Joinnides East End/Kreb Cycle Bellport NY 07:26 15 Jacob Smoller Boston MA 07:32 16 Jason GAY CRCA/Brooklyn Velo Force Brooklyn NY lap 17 Joshua STORCK Brooklyn Velo Force Brooklyn NY lap 18 Craig GOODSTEIN CRCA/Sanchez-Metro Merrick NY lap 19 Drew Tyger State College PA lap 20 Todd SILSKI Auburn Bike Works Auburn CA lap 21 Esteban VELASQUEZ White Plains NY lap 22 Philip Pile East End/Kreb Cycle Bellport NY lap 23 Kevin STAWIASZ Bethel Cycle Sport Club Bethel CT lap 24 Dwight Merriman Hampton Velo New York NY lap 3/4 Women 9 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Robin SHEA east end/kreb cycle Manorville NY 34:11 2 Elizabeth White NEBC Bedford MA 02:16 3 Kathleen WULFKUHLE C3-Sollay.com Lancaster PA 04:00 4 Kyra KENWOOD Carl Hart/GSBC Miller Place NY 04:12 5 Liz SEWARD CRCA/Third Nature New York NY 07:18 6 Kristine Jimenez Penn State Union NJ 10:01 7 Cathy WILSON GBSC/Carl Hart Bicycles Middle Island NY 10:01 8 Leah Pappas-BarnesIndependent Fabrication Arlington MA 10:01 Cub Juniors 2 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City StateTime 1 Tommy GOGUEN Minuteman Road Club Hopedale MA 14:20 2 Peter GOGUEN Minuteman Road Club Hopedale MA 01:17