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November 4, 2007; Leesburg, VA, USA: The BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series wrapped-up it’s weekend double header in the beautiful southern town of Leesburg, Virginia with another strong entry that showed quality as well as quantity. Earlier in the day, during the first of the amateur classes, organizers received word that Trek-VW superstars Jeremiah Bishop and Sue Haywood had phoned and said they were coming to the race. What they didn’t realize was that another ‘cross superstar, Jonne Sundt (Kelly Benefit Strategies/Medifast) had decided that it was time to start his 2007 cyclocross program following a few recovery weeks from a long road season and was also headed to the course.
In all, well over 200 racers swarmed the hilly Ida Lee Park on a comfortable autumn day despite the fact that the race was the second half of a BikeReg.com MABRAcross weekend doubleheader, and was over two hours away from the previous day’s “Wayne Scott Memorial”. An indication of the continued growth of the “fastest-growing cycling series in America” is that half of all entries were in the novice classes, with the men’s Category 4 race accounting for 91 entries alone.
ELITE WOMEN: STOMP, THINK AND THE DRAMA QUEEN
The featured Elite Classes started with the Women’s race. Lining up beside Sue Haywood were some of the East Coast’s fastest women, including three-time Verge MAC champion Betsy Shogren (Fort Factory Team), defending BikeReg.com MABRAcross champion Lisa Vible, Team Kenda Tire’s Jennifer Maxwell, Vanderkitten’s Mandy Lozano and Libbey Sheldon of Tokyo Joe’s. Roaring out of the prologue loop, Shogren and Maxwell had the advantage as they powered up the finishing hill straight to begin the first of their laps. By the time they entered the backside of the course, which is out-of sight from the main spectator area, Shogren had a decisive lead and Haywood, in her first cyclocross race in two years, was charging. And then things got weird.
“We were climbing the short, hard hill in the back,” said Shogren after the race, “and I asked Sue what she thought the sound was that was coming from my bike.” Haywood’s quick assessment was that the sound was coming from Shogren’s cassette -- it wasn’t. Moments later, Shogren’s left crankarm came off, with her foot still attached. Shortly afterwards the rest of her crankset fell off. “It was pretty funny,” said Shogren.
With Shogren running a quarter of the lap (after first retrieving the crankarm!), Haywood powered away and by the time they came back into view, Haywood had a commanding lead with Maxwell, Lozano and Jessica Hill (Trail’s End Cycling) forming the chase group. By the time Shogren ran to the pits, she was nearly half a lap behind. Up front, Haywood continued to grow her lead until the end of the race for a dominating win. Maxwell used a well-thought attack to separate herself from the other chasers and finished second. Eventually, however, the attention shifted back to Shogren.
Riding her single-speed pit bike that was significantly over-geared for the hilly course, Shogren began reeling in the riders in front of her. No stranger to single-speed riding (she finished 11th at this year’s XC mountain bike National Championships on a single speed), Shogren was dubbed the “drama queen” by race announcer Ken Getchell as she methodically passed rider after rider, eventually finishing third just seconds behind Maxwell.
Elite Men’s Race: Goin’ for it
With Jeremiah Bishop and Jonne Sundt on the starting line, none of the riders in the Elite men’s field had any illusions about how difficult the race was going to be. But BikeReg.com MABRAcross regular Greg Wittwer (FORT Factory Team) knew that it was going to be even more difficult the others thought because he had already decided that he was going to control the pace. “I haven’t won a race yet this year, and this is the race I wanted to win!” he said afterward. From the start, Wittwer attacked and forced Bishop to respond. Meanwhile, a good portion of the field, including Sundt, was lying in a pile between the barriers following a chain reaction crash. No injuries occurred and not much time was lost, but Sundt lost many positions.
Up front Wittwer matched every one of Bishop’s many accelerations. Riding above his usual level, Wittwer was determined not to let Bishop in front. Meanwhile, Sundt was laying down accelerations of his own as he ripped through the field. Eventually, Bishop did get into the lead, but Wittwer responded. After trading off the lead several times, Bishop was able to gap Wittwer just enough to prevent a counter attack. Once firmly in the lead, Bishop was able to extend the time gap. It appeared that Wittwer was closing in the final laps, but Bishop responded to take his first ‘cross win of the year.
Sundt eventually caught third place rider Steve Cummings (Indiana Regional Medical Center). Racing in his first ‘cross race of the year, Sundt said that he was surviving on his road fitness. “I don’t have that top-end yet,” he said. “It’s hard to get that, because it hurts.” Still, fitness and world-class technique help and Sundt was able to separate himself from Cummings for a third place finish.
• 18 Year old sensation Nick Bax (Hot Tubes) was hounded all race by impressive 17 year-old newcomer Stephen Koebl of Blue Competition Cycles. Koebl was competing in just his second cyclocross race, and his first at the Elite level.
• Gunnar Shogren (FORT Factory Team), won the Elite Masters Category ahead of Randy Root (ABRT/Latitude) and points leader Marc Gwadz (DCMTB/City Bikes)
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. Men Cat1/2/3 21 starters Place Bib # First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 517 Jeremiah Bishop Trek / VW Harrisburg VA 2 504 Greg WITTWER FORT Factory Team Richmond VA 3 516 Jonne Sundt KBS Medifast Chanceville 0 4 511 Stephen Cummings Indiana Regional Medical Center Pittsburg PA 5 519 Jeffrey Buckles Alan N. America Richmond VA 6 505 John BREWER Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB Arlington VA 7 503 Dave WEAVER Towson MD 8 520 Nick Bax Hot Tubes Bethesda MD 9 515 Stephen Koelbl Blue Competetition 10 509 James W. WAGNER Bethesda MD 11 507 Justin RAYNES bikes unlimited Toano VA 12 514 Brian Fouche AVL Hagerstown MD 13 512 Michael Hosana Tripower VA Beach VA 14 518 David Duke Page Valley Cycling Luray VA 15 506 Chris MCGILL FORT Factory Team Washington DC 16 510 Jared Nieters Haymarket Bicycle Haymarket VA 17 508 Eric RUSSELL Clif Bar Alexandria VA 18 521 Morgan Gerlak C3 Sollary Baltimore MD Women Cat1/2/3 9 starters Place 35+ Bib # First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 35+ 566 Sue Haywood Trek / VW 2 35+ 562 Jennifer MAXWELL TEAM KENDA TIRE Washington DC 3 560 Betsy SHOGREN Fort Factory Team Morgantown WV 4 567 Mandy Lozano Vanderkitten Charlottsville va 5 35+ 568 Libbey Sheldon Tokyo Joe's Washington DC 6 564 Jessica Hill Trails End Cycling Upperville VA 7 35+ 563 Terri SPANOGLE NCVC/Inova Health System Alexandria VA 8 35+ 561 Lisa VIBLE C3-Sollay.com Wilmington DE 9 35+ 565 Beth Mason C3-Sollay.com Ft Meade md Men Cat3/4 31 starters Place Bib # First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 429 Eric Linder Marathon Roofing Baltimore MD 2 410 Taylor JONES Inland Construction/AU Cycling Washington DC 3 403 Robert CAMPBELL NCVC/Inova Health System Kensington MD 4 428 Andy McKeegan KBS / LSU Harrisonburg VA 5 426 Chris Mayhew Wissatickon Pom PA 6 419 Kyle MURPHY The Bike Lane Washington DC 7 421 Kevin HORVATH Tri-Power Chesapeake VA 8 404 David CROUSE The Bike Lane Springfield VA 9 402 Steve FIFE ETS / Silver Cycles Reston VA 10 417 George MILINKOVIC Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Falls Church VA 11 411 Alex MONTE-SANO Silver Spring MD 12 406 Sean YEAGER Richmond Ciclismo Richmond VA 13 424 Jonathan HOUGHTON Baltimore MD 14 409 Dave CHAMBLIN Sprint Club RVA Richmond VA 15 423 Michael SCARDAVILLE DCMTB/City Bikes Washington DC 16 430 Kenneth McDowell ABRT / Latitude North Bethesda MD 17 415 Matthew DONAHUE DCMTB/City Bikes Washington DC 18 412 Andrew TROY VCU Cycling Team Charlottesville VA 19 408 Matthew MARCHAL Team Altius Richmond VA 20 420 Charly HERMANSON Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling Columbia MD 21 425 Ryan Newill Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Alexandria VA 22 422 Syd LEA T.E.A.M FUJI Taneytown MD 23 427 Joshua Goyet VA Beach Wheelmen VA Beach VA Women Cat3/4 17 starters Place Bib # First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 102 Jean COLSANT Squadra Coppi Arlington VA 2 101 Christina BRISENO Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes Washington DC 3 113 Cynthia Anderson AMVC alexandria VA 4 103 Lynda ARTUSIO Frederick MD 5 108 Tracy LEA T.E.A.M. FUJI Taneytown MD 6 105 Cynthia JOHNSON Artemis Washington DC 7 109 Lindsey Hillesheim Squadra Coppi Arlington va 8 116 ilana Knopf DC MTB team washington dc 9 115 Heather Ross The bike rack washington DC 10 112 laurie Johnston bianchi mid atlantic morgantown WV 11 110 Marisa Peacock Velo Bella Alexandria VA 12 107 Karen ASHBROOK-BARNES Vienna VA 13 104 Christie FINNEY The Children in the Shoe Washington Dc 20016 DC 14 111 Constaince Mack Leesburg VA 15 106 Christina HUEBNER Potomac Velo Club Waterford VA 16 117 zoraida Rodriquez mbw bike team washington dc 17 114 patricia Yriart trails End Cycling roundhill VBA Men Cat4 91 starters Place Bib # First Name Last Name Team Hometown ST 1 203 Christopher KING Route 1 Velo / Capitol Hill Bikes Washington DC 2 205 Matt PARSE Route 1 Velo / Capitol Hill Bikes Hillsboro VA 3 202 Darren BIGGS DCMTB\City Bikes Arlington VA 4 263 Ryan BANNON The Bike Lane Fairfax VA 5 268 Dave PARSE Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes Washington DC 6 250 James JOHNSON Germantown/Avalon/Fix Bikes Frederick MD 7 207 Corey TWYMAN Hub Racing Washington DC 8 258 Jackson BARR NCVC/Inova Health System Bethesda MD 9 201 Stephen WAHL AVC/ Team Hagerstown-Washington Co Frederick MD 10 288 Loren Vandivere The Bike Lane Manassas VA 11 234 Rodges ANKRAH Route 1 Velo /Capitol Hill Bicycles Hyattsville MD 12 245 Steven KENDALL NCVC/INOVA Health System Fairfax VA 13 220 Kevin LYNCH unattached Chantilly VA 14 271 Ronald BARRY All American Bicycle Club Gaithersburg MD 15 213 Ryan DOUGLAS Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes Washington DC 16 256 Steven BURKE Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing Baltimore MD 17 270 Benjamin BASSETT Silver Spring MD 18 239 Todd BICKLING Team N~tieractive/Bike Doctor-Waldorf Churchton MD 19 204 Kevin DILLARD C3-Sollay.com Washington DC 20 211 David BATTAN Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB Bethesda MD 21 240 Matthew HENNESSY Team BBC Baltimore MD 22 272 John BAVIER Washington DC 23 242 Brian GEARY All American Bicycle Club Rockville MD 24 249 Norman BRACH C3-Sollay.com Sykesville MD 25 223 Scott CERNICH Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes Washington DC 26 243 Ryan DELANEY Potomac Velo Club Burke VA 27 280 jeff peel Washington dc 28 255 Todd GUE dhbd /bicycle place velo Glenwood MD 29 235 Gary MORRIS Lanterne Rouge Arlington VA 30 277 michael Yriart trails end cycling round hill VA 31 218 Stephen RISKUS Silver Spring MD 32 219 Jake DANOFF DCMTB/City Bikes Rockville MD 33 241 Alan LEUNG Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Alexandria VA 34 221 Chris ZANGMEISTER All American Bicycle Club Gaithersburg MD 35 236 John HEYWOOD 1412 Velo Club Washington DC 36 229 Timothy PAUL Eldersburg MD 37 281 Justin Gordon Power Manassas VA 38 265 John GLODEK NCVC/INOVA Health Systems Rockville MD 39 238 Leon CHOU Prince William Elite Racing Manassas VA 41 261 Larry MAUCH National Capital Velo Club/Inova Health System Sterling VA 42 212 David LEE Unattached Falls Church VA 43 290 Jeffrey Cundiff UNAT Leesburg VA 44 246 Michael GIANCOLI Hub United Shippensburg PA 45 264 Jason PEARLMAN The Bike Rack Silver Spring MD 46 210 Aaron GHAIS ALL-AMERICAN BICYCLE CLUB Potomac MD 48 215 Rod ERICKSON Evolution Cycling Club Leesburg VA 49 252 Eric CICCORETTI Arlington VA 50 233 Will SAUNDERS HPC List Rockville MD 51 287 Adam LEWANDOWSKI The Bike Lane Catonsville MD 52 217 Dave PARRAMORE Cadence Cycling Alexandria VA 53 260 Mike DAVIS Conte's Bikes Arlington VA 54 276 steve harouff Bianch mid atlantic Morgantown WV 55 289 Joseph Mplin Landerne Rogue Arlington VA 56 285 Jonathan Nguyen-Weaver Carytown Bicycle Company Richmond VA 57 273 Douglas OWENS NCVC/Inova Health System Arlington VA Master Men Cat1/2/3 14 starters Place 45+ Bib # First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 45+ 604 Gunnar SHOGREN FORT Factory Team Morgantown WV 2 45+ 602 Randall ROOT ABRT/Latitude Merrifield VA 3 601 Marc GWADZ DCMTB/City Bikes Washington DC 4 605 Todd PITTMAN Ellicott City MD 5 45+ 608 Fred WITTWER Charlottesville Racing Club Charlottesville VA 6 613 Chris Scott Shenandoah Mnt Touring Harrisburg VA 7 610 Michael BUCHNESS Pedal Shop/Old Dominion Brewing Company Reston VA 8 45+ 612 Jim Bronson LSV Kelly Gaithersburg MD 9 609 Sean MCCORMICK ETS/Silver Cycles Washington DC 10 45+ 607 Tony BILOTTA Van Dessel Factory Team Earlysville VA Men 35+/45+ - Cat3/4 38 starters Place 45+ Bib # First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 45+ 304 Roger MASSE All American Bicycle Club Bethesda MD 2 333 Scott GIBBONS racing union Reston VA 3 45+ 302 Ron HUEBNER Potomac Velo Club Waterford VA 4 323 Barry HOLMAN Team Fuji Washington DC 5 326 Mark RUSSELL Independent Fabrication Staunton VA 6 45+ 314 Albert GREENE Yellow Breeches Racing Woodbridge VA 7 306 Matt MICHEL NCVC / Inova Health System Manassas VA 8 310 Scott THOMPSON Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 9 45+ 320 Karl KENSINGER NCVC/Inova Health System Arlington VA 10 45+ 309 Jeff ANDERSON HPC/List Vienna VA 11 45+ 307 John ROGERS Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo Takoma Park MD 12 316 Thor ENGBLOM NCVC/Inova Health System Frederick MD 13 305 Darren BERNARD Haymarket Bicycles Haymarket VA 14 308 Chip SOVEK Potomac Velo Club Centerville VA 15 336 Norman Kreiselmeier Team Army Myersville MD 16 45+ 330 Cary HUNTER Potomac Velo Club Waterford VA 17 332 Bryan BILLINGTON Racing Union Oakton VA 18 318 Bruce BUCKLEY THE Bike Lane Reston VA 19 334 Marc Fvazer Kelly Berefits / LSU Owings Mills MD 20 322 Chris SCHAEFER Yellow Breeches Racing Enola PA 21 45+ 324 Joseph KOTUN Lanterne Rouge Falls Church VA 22 329 Mark DRAJEM DCMTB/City Bikes Silver Spring MD 23 319 Geoffrey HEINTZ The Children in the Shoe Chevy Chase MD 24 312 Chris HUHN Evolution Cycling Leesburg VA 25 325 Thom MOORE Potomac Velo Arlington VA 26 45+ 337 Tony Thompson 3D Fitness WWVC Alexandria VA 27 321 Michael TAYLOR Yellow Breeches Racing Mechanicsburg PA 28 45+ 338 Ronnie Irvine Team Fugi 29 335 James MCNEELY Squadra Coppi / IM Saab Crofton MD 30 45+ 328 Steve BREEDEN Winchester Wheelmen Winchester VA 31 311 Ken WOODROW Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 32 45+ 313 Michael KINNEY Potomac Velo club Manassas VA Men 55+ 5 starters Place Bib # First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 705 Nunzio Dibiasi Yellow Breeches Racing Elizabethtown PA 2 702 James WAGNER Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo Arlington VA 3 701 James CARLSON Potomac Velo Club Springfield VA MABRA Juniors (U18) 3 starters Place Bib # First Name Last Name Team Hometown ST 1 761 James WITTWER Charlottesville Racing Club Charlottesville VA 2 762 Sam O'Keefe C3 Sollay Baltimore Md 3 760 Justin MAUCH NCVC/Inova Health System Sterling VA Juniors (U16) 9 starters Place Bib # First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 731 Steven KENDALL NCVC/INOVA Health System Fairfax VA 2 730 Justin MAUCH NCVC/Inova Health System Sterling VA 3 736 Jackson BARR NCVC/Inova Health System Bethesda MD 4 738 Dan Adler Trails End Cycling Purcellville VA 5 732 Avery WILSON NCVC/Inova Health System Arlington VA 6 737 Emily HUEBNER Potomac Velo Club Waterford VA 7 733 Zeke ROGERS Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo Takoma Park MD 8 734 Jake THOMPSON Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 9 735 Nicholas BATTAN squadra coppi Bethesda MD