November 12, 2007; Sykesville, MD, USA: Sunny skies greeted the true MABRAcross faithful, as Race Pace Bike Shops and Sykesville, Maryland played host to race number six of the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series. Sunny skies were a welcome site as the Friday and early Saturday rains threatened to make Sunday’s race a muddy affair. However, the morning sun was strong enough to burn off the frost and moisture that greeted the earlier competitors on this expanded, and very challenging, course.
A lot of riders got up close and personal with the slippery grass surface during early warm-ups, and the Women’s Category 4 race saw an early lead change due the slippery conditions. Mountain bike veteran and hole-shot winner Lynda Artusio saw her early race lead vanish as she went head-over-heels half-way through lap two. Lynda recovered quickly to stay in second place, but was unable to gain any ground on “Ms. Consistency” Christine Briseno of Route 1Velo/Captial Hill Bikes. Kristina Adams of the All American Bicycle Center selected a mountain bike as her rig for the day rounded out the top three. Cynthia Johnson of Artemis and Jean Colsant of Squadra Coppi came in forth and fifth respectively.
Warm-ups for the Men’s Category 4 Race saw more riders hitting the ground as the surface had yet to dry out. At one point, four riders formed their own human pyramid of bikes and bodies in the tricky off-camber downhill section of the course. Ryan Bannon of The Bike Lane moved out to an early race lead, but was caught before the conclusion of the first lap and Stephen Wahl won yet another hole-shot prime. Eventual winner Luke Sandusky got off to a bad start, but eventually reeled in Wahl, Bannon and Christopher King of Route 1Velo/Captial Hill Bikes. This quartet of athletes moved clear of the field as super junior Steven Kendall (NCVC) and Ronald Barry (AABC) waged their own personal battle for the fifth and final podium position. Ronald Barry had a losing battle with a fence that just wouldn’t get out of his way, which left the door open for the youngster from NCVC to secure the fifth position. Mid-race accelerations from Luke Sandusky and Christopher King allowed them to take first and second, while Stephen Wahl secured third and Ryan Bannon faded to fourth.
The course began to dry out as the day progressed, and this proved beneficial for veterans such as Chris Nystrom of C3-Sollay.com, who was the eventual winner of the 35+-45+ event. Racing in basically his backyard; Chris used the hole shot as a springboard to drag Barry Holman, Karl Connolly and Ron Huebner away from a hard charging field. It took a couple of laps for this quartet to gain a significant lead on the competition. But there still was another battle for fifth that was between Albert Greene of Yellow Breeches, Davie Blodgett of AABC and his teammate Rodger Masse. Rodger clearly showed signs of being tired and could never get on terms with Albert Greene or his teammate. Blodgett held the fifth and final spot for most of the race, but faded late to the hard charging Albert Green. Nystrom attacked late in the race and soloed for the win and Barry Holman (Team Fuji) separated himself late in the race to take second on the day. Karl Connolly of Kelly Benefits Strategies took third on the day.
The Men’s category 2/3/4 race was blown to bits early as road star Steve Fife of ETS-Silver Cycles hit the “go” button early in hopes to snag the coveted BikeReg.com hole-shot prime. Fife came up short on the hole-shot competition as Inland Construction/BTD rider Taylor Jones took the mug and the money, as well as the win. This race became a pursuit event early as Jones moved out to a significant lead while others attempted to maintain their own spots within the picking order. Rob Campbell proved the he can do more than just promote a great race as the NCVC rider soloed for second on the day. Trevor Shattuck proudly flew the flag for Hunt Valley Bicycle/Marathon Roofing, as he managed a hard fought third. Steve Fife took fourth and big Chris Harshman of ABRT Latitude knocked out the final podium spot.
Tokyo Joe’s rider Libby Sheldon went from the gun and was never challenged in the Elite Women’s race. Jessica Hill (Trail’s End) was clearly on her way to a second place finish before relinquishing that position due to a mechanical. Yellow Breeches rider, Cathy Large took advantage of Hill’s misfortune and time trialed in for a surprising second place finish.
The Elite Men’s race was entertaining from start to finish. Todd Hesel (HVB), Kyle Hammaker (Cadence), Dave Weaver (unattached) and Jeff Buckle (Alan North America) attempted to leave the party early, but were closely pursued by a hard charging field. Hot Tube rider “Slick Nick” Bax jumped from the field and managed to find his way in the lead group. Misfortune struck Todd Hesel twice as he flatted twice and eventually had to abandon the event. Bad luck struck Nick Bax as he had a bobble late in the race. Hammaker, Buckles and Weaver pounced of the opportunity to drop Bax, who was clearly a danger of the lead quartet. Hammaker kept the pressure on late in the race and eventually moved clear of Buckles and Weaver to secure the win. Buckles used his road racing experience and a will-timed attacked to get clear of Dave Weaver as the two came in second and third. Nick Bax sealed the fourth spot and Gregory Lindstrom (HVB) came in fifth.
Three riders contested the Masters 55+ race, and National Cyclocross Champion Rob Lea (Team Fuji) left to party early to make quick work of the competition. James Wagner (Clean Current presented by Don Byers Volvo) and Larry Dell (AVC Team Hagerstown/Washington County) were a distant second and third.
Both Junior event saw stiff competition as several riders were competing in their second event at this juncture of the day. Sam O’Keefe U18 of C3-Sollay.com and Steven Kendall U16 of NCVC both secured wins in their respective divisions.
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. Total Starters: 180 Men Cat1/2/3 10 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 Kyle Hammaker 2 Jeff Buckles Alan N. America 3 Dave WEAVER Towson MD 4 Nick Bax 5 Gregory LINDSTROM Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing Mount Wolf PA 6 Evan ELLICOTT team n-tieractive/Bike Doctor-Waldorf Takoma Park MD 7 Sean MEALEY Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing York PA 8 James W. WAGNER 0 Bethesda MD 9 Eric RUSSELL Clif Bar Alexandria VA Women Cat1/2/3 3 starters Place 35+ First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 35+ Libbey SHELDON Tokyo Joe's Washington DC 2 cathy large yellow breeches racing 3 jessica hill Trails End Cycling Men Cat3/4 19 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 Taylor JONES Inland Construction/BTD Washington DC 2 Robert CAMPBELL NCVC/Inova Health System Kensington MD 3 Trevor SHATTUCK Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing Lutherville MD 4 Steve FIFE ETS / Silver Cycles Reston VA 5 Chris HARSHMAN ABRT/Latitude Ellicott City MD 6 alex monteson 7 John Riley 8 George MILINKOVIC Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Falls Church VA 9 stephen wahl 10 Kenneth MCDOWELL ABRT/Latitude North Bethesda MD 11 Syd LEA Team Fuji Taneytown MD 12 Ed FISHER ShoreVelocity Hallwood VA 13 Charly HERMANSON Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling Columbia MD 14 Steve SCHWARZ Kuhl Cycling Team Rockville MD 15 Keith ROHR Adventures for the Cure Ellicott City MD 16 Bob GRIMWOOD World Cup Ski & Cycle Lewisberry PA 17 Gerald BURKETT III World Cup Ski & Cycle Middletown PA Women Cat3/4 16 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 Christina BRISENO Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes Washington DC 2 Lynda ARTUSIO Frederick MD 3 Kristina ADAMS All American Bicycle Center Glenwood MD 4 Cynthia JOHNSON Artemis Washington DC 5 Jean COLSANT Squadra Coppi Arlington VA 6 Lindsey HILLESHEIM Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 7 Rebecca LETWIN Team BBC Baltimore MD 8 Nicole SHUE Velo Bella-Kona Washington DC 9 Mary ZADNIK NEWELL Hunt Valley Bicycles/Marathon Roofing Reisterstown MD 10 Marisa Peacock 11 Yo KUMM Proteus Baltimore MD 12 Christina Hubner 13 Denise CLEARWATER Arnold MD Men Cat4 54 starters Place First Name Last Name Team Hometown ST 1 Luke SANDUSKY Towson MD 2 Christopher KING Route 1 Velo / Capitol Hill Bikes Washington DC 3 Stephen WAHL AVC/ Team Hagerstown-Washington Co Frederick MD 4 Ryan BANNON The Bike Lane Fairfax VA 5 Steven KENDALL NCVC/INOVA Health System Fairfax VA 6 Ronald BARRY All American Bicycle Club Gaithersburg MD 7 Bob GILLESPIE All American Bethesda MD 8 Todd BICKLING Team N~tieractive/Bike Doctor-Waldorf Churchton MD 9 Ryan DOUGLAS Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes Washington DC 10 David BATTAN Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB Bethesda MD 11 Chris MACON Kelly Benefits/LSV Baltimore MD 12 Jonathan Foley 13 John GLODEK NCVC/INOVA Health Systems Rockville MD 14 Todd GUE dhbd /bicycle place velo Glenwood MD 15 Norman BRACH C3-Sollay.com Sykesville MD 16 Stephen RISKUS Silver Spring MD 17 Richard GOLDBERG Hunt Valley Bicycles Cockeysville MD 18 Chris MATTINGLY Davidsonville MD 19 Jake DANOFF DCMTB/City Bikes Rockville MD 20 Chris ZANGMEISTER All American Bicycle Club Gaithersburg MD 21 Lyal TRESSLER Rockville MD 22 Scott Cernich 23 Chris ADAIR ABRT Annapoils MD 24 Larry MAUCH National Capital Velo Club/Inova Health System Sterling VA 25 Gary STERNER Lewisberry PA 26 Thori WOLFE Washington DC 27 Joshua NADAS Proteus Washington DC 28 Paul BAYNE Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV Amateur Racing Annapolis MD 29 Tim BLANCHARD The Children in the Shoe Washington DC 30 Bradley KENDALL NCVC Inova Health Systems Fairfax VA 31 Charles BARNES Lanterne Rouge Vienna VA 32 Michael GIANCOLI Hub United Shippensburg PA 33 John LUDICKE Severna Park MD 34 Jason PEARLMAN The Bike Rack Silver Spring MD 35 Adam Lewandowski 36 Rich Cambell 37 Harry Langdon 38 Mike SCHIAVO Lanterne Rouge Arlington VA 39 Jonathan IVINS Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Germantown MD 40 Joseph VENTOSA proteus bicycles Baltimore MD 41 Greg MAZUR Proteus Columbia MD 42 James CARLISLE Frederick MD 43 Alfani Carto Master Men Cat1/2/3 14 starters Place 45+ First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 45+ Bernie SHIAO Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling Sparks Glencoe MD 2 Marc GWADZ DCMTB/City Bikes Washington DC 3 Sean MCCORMICK ETS/Silver Cycles Washington DC 4 Michael BIRNER All American Bicycle Center Woodbine MD 5 Michael BUCHNESS Pedal Shop/Old Dominion Brewing Company Reston VA 6 Erik LEAVER Silver Spring MD 7 45+ Roger MASSE All American Bicycle Club Bethesda MD 8 Christopher CLARKE DCMTB/CityBikes/Metro Gutter Washington DC 9 45+ Jim Bonson 10 45+ Denny Boyle Race Pace 11 45+ James McTernan Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling Men 35+/45+ - Cat3/4 46 starters Place 45+ First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 Chris NYSTROM C3-Sollay.com Ellicott City MD 2 Barry HOLMAN Team Fuji Washington DC 3 Karl CONNOLLY Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling Baltimore MD 4 45+ Ron HUEBNER Potomac Velo Club Waterford VA 5 45+ Albert GREENE Yellow Breeches Racing Woodbridge VA 6 David BLODGETT All American Bicycle Club Ellicott City MD 7 45+ Roger MASSE All American Bicycle Club Bethesda MD 8 phillip smith 9 Bernard MCDONALD C3/Sollay.com Baltimore MD 10 45+ Jeff ANDERSON HPC/List Vienna VA 11 Darren BERNARD Haymarket Bicycles Haymarket VA 12 Scott THOMPSON Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 13 Chip SOVEK Potomac Velo Club Centerville VA 14 Thor ENGBLOM NCVC/Inova Health System Frederick MD 15 Kenneth MCDOWELL ABRT/Latitude North Bethesda MD 16 45+ Karl KENSINGER NCVC/Inova Health System Arlington VA 17 45+ Bill MARCINIAK Family Bike Shop Ellicott City MD 18 George SCHULZ Evolution Cycling/Lardbutt Alexandria VA 19 45+ John ROGERS Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo Takoma Park MD 20 Jonny May 21 Ken WOODROW Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 22 chip lortz 23 Chris HUHN Evolution Cycling Leesburg VA 24 45+ Cary HUNTER Potomac Velo Club Waterford VA 25 Keith ROHR Adventures for the Cure Ellicott City MD 26 tom meyers 27 Bruce BUCKLEY THE Bike Lane Reston VA 28 Geoffrey HEINTZ The Children in the Shoe Chevy Chase MD 29 christopher sellman 30 Thori WOLFE Washington DC 31 45+ Kevin LEE Glenndale MD 32 45+ James BELLORA Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB Falls Church VA 33 45+ Mark WANCO World Cup Ski and Cycle cycling team New Cumberland PA 34 45+ Ronne IRVINE T.E.A.M. Fuji Ephrata PA 35 mike west 36 jim klender 37 greg hoffman 38 45+ Joshua SIMONDS Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo Kensington MD 39 James SAUNDERS Route 1 Velo/Capitol Hill Bikes Germantown MD Men 55+ 4 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 Rob LEA 2 James WAGNER Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo Arlington VA 3 larry dell MABRA Juniors (U18) 5 starters Place First Name Last Name Team Hometown ST 1 sam ofeeke 2 colin kennard 3 Justin MAUCH NCVC/Inova Health System Sterling VA 4 langston clarke 5 tyler stinson Juniors (U16) 9 starters Place First Name Last Name Team City ST 1 Steven KENDALL NCVC/INOVA Health System Fairfax VA 2 Justin MAUCH NCVC/Inova Health System Sterling VA 3 Caleb MERRIAM TEAM Fuji Washington DC 4 mark frazer 5 ezekifel rogers 6 dustin tucker 7 Holden ROHR Adventures for the Cure Ellicott City MD 8 zak boyle