CAT 1/2/3 RACE REPORT by Stephan P. Dioslaki, Team Metra / Victor Homes / Wendy’s / MHP (Maximum Human Performance)
“The Beatings will continue until morale improves!”
AAAHhhhh YES!!! Can ya’ hear me now?? I’m sayin’ it! I’m hearin’ it!! Why??? You ask – “WHY”. I think we all know the answer…because (as the legendary Knute Rockne – who?!?! – so elegantly said it…) “Show me a good and gracious looser and I’ll show you a failure”. OR, maybe better yet, “Success comes to the person willing to get up one more time than he or she is knocked down – NEVER GIVE UP.” And I’m guessin’ there’s a considerable bunch that knows just what I’m talkin’ about!!!!
No beatings for Harley Davidson - at least not for today though!! They put on quite the show. Sweeping both 1st & 2nd place…against the odds I may add.
Here’s a recap from what I was able to comprehend while beating myself into delirium during this Pro 123, PNC Bank Art Center race…
A stacked field just shy of 90 starters came out to Holmdel NJ from far & wide to contest the handsome $2,000 purse up for grabs. Some donning new kits & new high tech equipment. The field went strong and deep!! The start line was a rainbow explosion of colors typical of a mid-season full blown race event. Big shout out to Race Promoter and Organizer Ray Smith for putting on such a great event! If you weren’t lucky enough to make this one, you missed out! (Westwood…hint). Make sure you don’t miss the next @ PNC – this truly is a perfect CHALLENGING course. It’s got it all goin’ on…concentrated and compressed into a perfect little 1-mile + monster loop. Scenery…(not that we’re able to enjoy or even see any of that), a 2-step power-hill and a head wind stretch (somehow always present…even if its not windy out?!?!). Thanks for the suffer-fest Ray!! Be there for the next one or miss out!!
It was nice to see quite a few strong squadrons from New York who came out and landed on the scenic PNC course (Mengoni, Empire, Champion Systems just to name a few). The weather gods were cooperative as the sun was out for the most part, however the winds played in to today’s game pretty heavy.
This race was the “real deal” – balls out from the GUN!! Click…click…boom!!!! Off we went. Although advertised only as a 90 minute race, we added a little “insult to injury” by bringing it in just under 100 minutes – I clocked it in at an average speed of 25.2 mph and showed 41.53 miles on my compu at the end.
If you weren’t in the right slip stream today you were hanging out in the wind to suffer. And everyone wanted to be there and of course…not enough room. Elliston, Erdelyi, and the Rite-Aid boys came out today in force and right on form, fresh off their last week’s training camp – and it showed!! So did the Empire gang – looking cool & collected rolling up in their white team van. The attacks came strong and hard right from lap 1. Durso, Rosenhaus, Gavi Epstein, Schimmel…all lookin’ lean & mean and all seemingly on form!! I saw Beamon, a lot of Lisbon (fresh off his victory earlier this morning – hoping for a repeat performance), Light, Wilson, Urzadowski, Jason Walters…all throwin’ it down hard and animating it!! Several breaks went but were reeled back in. None of these warriors (nor myself) were fortunate enough to be in the one elusive coveted break…the one that counted. Rite Aid’s strong presence of around half-a-dozen was really tearin’ things up all day long. Then as the field was already gasping…I saw it go…around 2/3 of the way into the race, Erdelyi went super hard at the base of the hill…up the road he went and a strong 7-man break formed. 2 from Harley Davidson, 2 from Rite Aid, 2 from Empire, and 1 from Bissel. If I were a betting man, I’d of put my money on _ _ _ _ A _ D (Let’s keep it at lease a little bit mysterious.). And believe me, that’s meant as a compliment – but, I would have lost my $$$$.
The Empire Boys (also extremely on form) and the Rite Aid crew worked hard keeping things somewhat contained and under control in the main field as numerous attempts were made to bridge and the average speeds remained consistently high. The break-away was always “close-enough”and in sight however all attempts were thwarted by the blockers. It was just dangling there in front of us…kind of like…“you can put your foot in the pool, but you just can’t swim”!! With not a lot (but perhaps enough) to go, Rosenhaus threw down a major all out effort pulling for 1-solid lap…through the wind, up over the hill…making it hurt. Rite Aid was right on it though, and it dissolved.
What went down in the breakaway group…? I couldn’t really say in any detail beyond what I caught post race. Erdelyi pulled hard for most of the final lap in hopes to lead out teammate Richard Geng. However, coming up the hill with about ¼ lap to go came the big surprise from Dave Fuentes who jumped hard and wide at the base of the hill. Turns out that his move was launched with perfect timing…without an immediate response from the remaining 6, Fuentes was able to hold on and win the race. To make it 1 better, it was Harley’s Ryan Dewald again for 2nd followed by John Minuturn-Empire, Richard Geng-Rite Aid, Joao Corrie-Bissel, John Erdelyi-Rite Aid and finally John Chordroff-Empire rounding out the breakaway group for 7th.
As far as the field sprint for 8th…it went to Empire’s Matt Johnson. Elliston looking on form snatched up the next place followed up by Epstein who was next…followed up by my man Jason Walters of Metra/Victor Homes / Wendys / MHP grabbing a very respectable piece of the pie.
Hope to see you all next week @ Branchbrook’s Cherry Blossom Race!! Until then, keep on hammerin!!!!!!!
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. Pro 1,2,3 1 Dave Fuentes VA Battley Cycles/Harley Davison 2 Ryan Dewald PA Battley Harley Davidson-Gaithersburg MD 3 John Minutrn PA CRCA/Empire Cycling Team 4 Richard Geng Rite Aid presented by Shebell & Shebell 5 Joao Correia NY Bissell Pro Cycling Team 6 Jonathan Erdelyi NJ Rite Aid presented by Shebell & Shebell 7 Jonathan Chodroff PA EMPIRE CYCLING 8 Matthew Johnson CT CRCA/Empire Cycling Team 9 Bill Elliston PA Rite Aid presented by Shebell & Shebell 10 Gavriel Epstein NJ Sakonnet Technology 11 Jason Walters NJ Team Metra/Wendy's p/b Victor Homes 12 John (Jackie) Simes Iv PA 13 Mark Light NJ Liberty Cycle 14 Lisban Quintero NY CRCA/FOUNDATION 15 Evan Fader PA Battley Harley-Davidson 16 Igor Misicki NY CRCA/FOUNDATION 17 Jason Snow VA YSG/ metra/wendy's/victor homes 18 Bobby Lea MD Rite Aid presented by Shebell & Shebell 19 J Gabriel Lloyd NY Team Alliance Environmental 20 Nick Friesen NY GS MENGONI 21 Rich Uliana PA 22 Stephan Dioslaki NJ Team Metra / Wendy's / Victor Homes 23 Louis Schimmel NJ Northeastern Hardware 24 John Durso NJ Liberty 25 John Loehner NY CRCA/Empire Cycling Team 26 Franklin Burgos NY Champion Systems 27 Rashad Guerra NY Kissena Cycling Club 28 J Partland NY Watchung Wheelmen 29 Michael Sherry NY CRCA/Empire Cycling Team 30 Martin Lechowicz NY CRCA/FOUNDATION 31 Timothy Gresh PA Team Alliance Environmental 32 Brian Cooblall NY 33 Michael Rosenhaus NJ Northeastern Hardware/CJCT 34 Kenneth Lundgren NJ Northeastern Hardware 35 Thomas Bencivengo NY Sommerville Sports World Team 36 Rafal Urzedowski NJ Northeastern Hardware 37 Michael Miller PA Team Alliance Environmental 38 Karl Rahn NY CRCA/Empire Cycling Team 39 Miles Watson 40 David Wilson NJ Northeastern Hardware / CJCT 41 Paul Ziminski NJ Team Metra / Wendy's / Victor Homes 42 Glenroy Griffith NY Foundation 43 Horace Burrowes NY We Stand United 44 Robert Wing NY Sommerville Sports World Team 45 Somraj Seepersaud NY Champion System Racing 46 Kevin Molloy NY CRCA/Empire Cycling Team 47 Stephan Kincaid PA Rite Aid Pro Cycling p/b Shebell & Shebell 48 Epes Harris PA 49 Fred Billet PA Team Alliance Environmental Cat 3,4 1 Filip Capala Caplala Brothers/ Polska 2 Luciano Bezerra MD 3 Peter Muto PA Gotham Cyclists 4 Dan Lavelle PA Philadelphia Ciclismo 5 Maurice Gamanho NJ 6 Joshua Soboti NJ Team Metra / Wendy's / Victor Homes 7 Angel Martinez NJ 8 Carl Maslag NJ Norwood Agency 9 John Forgatch NJ LIBERTY CYCLE 10 Dave Trimble NY 11 Darin Bedle NJ Seacoast Builders/Brielle Cyclery/DCM 12 Mark Fontanilla NJ Liberty Cycle 13 Neal Stoeckel NJ Colavita Racing 14 Kate Flore DC HPC powered by Altarum 15 Curtis Lightburn NJ LIBERTY CYCLE 16 Aaron Wolfe NY CRCA/SouthAfrica.net 17 Evan Cooper NJ CRCA JrDev/Orbea 18 Edward Zimmermann NY CRCA/Die Hard-Think Racing 19 James Furman NJ Van Dessel Factory Team 20 John Raheb NJ UNATTACHED 21 Thomas Kabacinski NY UNATTACHED 22 Bill Moss NY SouthAfrica.net 24 Jeff Lamb NJ LIBERTY CYCLE Masters 35+ 1 Dave Fuentes VA Battley Cycles/Harley Davison 2 Michael Miller PA Team Alliance Environmental 3 Aaron Wolfe NY CRCA/SouthAfrica.net 4 Vick Rallo NJ ROCKET RACING 5 Maurice Gamanho NJ Unattached 6 Edward Beamon NJ Team Type 1 7 Fred Billet PA Team Alliance Environmental 8 Scott Bodin, HH NY TARGETRAINING 9 Paul Ganun NJ Rocket Racing 10 John Raheb NJ UNATTACHED 11 Kenneth Hochman NY Wonder Wheel 12 Thomas Shebell NJ Rocket Racing 13 Thomas Kabacinski NY 14 Brett Hacpern CRCA 15 Robert Rallo NJ Rocket Racing 16 Howard Ross NJ Rocket Racing Masters 45+ 1 Scott Bodin, HH NY TARGETRAINING 2 John Raheb NJ UNATTACHED 3 Patrick Gellineau NY Team Squiggle 4 Michael Maclaga NJ Colavita Racing 5 Andy Keesler NJ BWT Marble & Granite/Pete's Bike & Fitn 6 William Borghard NJ SEACOAST BUILDERS/RIPTIDE 7 P Michavn 8 Ken HOCHMAN Deno's Wonder Wheel 9 Eric Hallander NJ Rocket Racing Women Cat 2,3,4 1 Christine Wehlburg VA NCVC/Inova Health System 2 Kat Motylenski NJ 3 Jacquelina Paull Watchung Wheelmen 4 Dawn Burrell NJ Colavita Racing 5 Abigail Borah NJ Colavita Racing 6 Elizabeth Tyrell NJ TEAM SOMERSET 7 Mary Costelloe PA South Mountain Cycles Cat 5, Citizen 1 Frederick Klenk NJ Evolution Racing 2 Ryan Phelan NJ 3 Julio Teixeira 4 5 Eric Vollmuth NJ Liberty Cycle 6 Tim Hall NJ 7 Jeff Lamb NJ Liberty Cycle 8 Alessandred Baldi Cat 4,5 1 Pedro Romeiro NJ 2 Luciano Bezerra MD 3 Ron Schildge CT 4 Stephan Wimmer NJ 5 David Kane NY 7 Rich Patterson NJ 8 Jeff Lamb NJ 9 Andrew Buchanan NJ 10 Nick Iacovelli NJ 11 Jerry Ascolese NJ 12 Donald Reinhardt NJ 13 Timothy Hall NJ 14 Bill Moss NY 15 James Russo NY 17 Andy Keesler NJ 18 David Stires NJ 19 George Vlahogiannis NJ 20 Ralph Smith NJ 21 Mauricio Melo 22 Eric Vollmuth NJ 23 Jeff Lamb NJ 24 Mario Medina 25 James O'Neill NJ