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CAT 1/2/3 RACE REPORT by Stephan P. Dioslaki, Team Metra / Victor Homes / Wendy’s / MHP (Maximum Human Performance)
Erdelyi…Lisbon…Roosevelt…Wilson…Durso…Burrowes (plural)…names synonymous with passion and power. If it came down to it….who would it be?? Who would you be betting on?!? A tough call….
Despite Ephrata going on in PA, this powerful bunch is just a small sampling of what the Tour de Bellville attracted. In all, just shy of 50 came out to contest the $2,000 purse. Did someone say Branchbrook Park?!? Yup…Branchbrook Park was where this race was being held but nothing like the Branchbrook races you and I have come to know and love. Not a chance…this was an entirely new course several miles away from the usual loop. A new and improved MONSTER I may add. It had all the makings of a power packed course.
Picture this…start off with some mild rollers…throw in a few false flats…nice park setting – bridges cherry blossoms etc…a big ring climb to a 180 degree turn around then repeat but going in the opposite direction…bang a hard right, short power climb, then a hard left and you’re “in the hood” – not too pretty and not a place you want to be stuck with a flat – then down an undulating hill into a down hill 90 degree roller-coaster like left turn & back to the start finish…that’s the MONSTER I’m referring to!! Another great venue by Ray Smith. If you weren’t fortunate enough be part of it…oh well…not to worry, it will occur again – keep an eye out!!
A big shout out to Dave Somerville & his Sommerville Sports World Team squad for showing up well represented, on form, and in style…(Dave – sorry for dissin’ you in last week’s right up callin’ you by the wrong team …my bad…)
It was a pleasure seeing my man Christian Young (Team Metra, owner of Cycles 54) a major advocate of this sport…this passion…this obsession!!
All right…enough of that…how did it all go down???
There was a distinct lack of warmth in the air as racers broke out arm warmers and leg warmers…just as we all thought (hoped) they’d be packed away for the season…The course had just dried up from the morning precip as the gun went off…good thing!!
Lisbon went up the road solo…should I go with him…still hurtin’ from last weeks crash???...Shut up!!…yup…bridge the gap…ok got ‘em…that hurt…field is too damn close…time for judgment call…should we try it or will it be another futile attempt and waste of energy…too damn many questions…too early and the 2 of us can’t possibly last…but LISBON keeps goin goin goin!!! Not worth the effort…I’ll fade back to the field and he’ll surely get caught.
BAD CALL!!! Back to the field and BAM – there goes Erdelyi then Burrows…then ??? who’s that??? BANG…A Mengoni guy à GONE!! And so it unfolded that way. A 4 man break. Always within site but visibly opening the gap up wider and wider as the laps went by.
In the main field there was a mixed bag as the 4-man breakaway was not wholly represented by the various teams and talents in presence. The ravenous main field was not satisfied!! The Somerville Guys gutted it out as did I, Ziminski, and Durso just to name a few. Get a chase group…keep attacking!!! Something’s just got to give if ya keep this up!!! KEEP ON ATTACKING!! (Keeping in mind all the while… “The only time you can’t afford to fail is the last time you try!!”) Countering that mentality, that pent up rage was a whole lot of force!! Lisbon’s CRCA squad worked hard hoping to keep the breakaway group safe knowing their sprinter was in there and up for the task!! Mengoni was also well represented and hindered numerous attempts to chase down the breakaway group coveted by many in the main field. Needless to say, the Burrows family was blocking as well for their bro up ahead. Erdelyi was the only Rite Aid guy today so he was just pushing the break hoping other squads would do the work block for their guys in the break!!
Attacks were frequent but none were permanent. The breakaway group worked well together…chipping away…steady-steady-steady…all the while, slightly but steadily increasing their lead. The field however never wanted to settle in and accept the fact that they were gone!!
Coming into the final lap saw a monster move from Thomas Bencivengo, of Somerville Sports. He opened a nice solo gap on the field hoping desperately hoping to land 5th behind the breakaway group. Soloing and hammering – on he went!!
Meanwhile, in the finish line sprint for 1st place, it was LISBON!! Followed by Meran of Mengoni - the new guy who will now be not so new and a marked man, then Erdelyi and finally Burrows rounding out the breakaway group!!
What of the main field…???....props to Bencivengo who held on to his gap …sticking it…getting a very respectable 5th!! GOOD MOVE MAN!!
The “field sprint” for 6th went to Ryan Oelkers.
Durso was next….
According to my compu, race came in just under 40 miles with an average speed of 25 and change – a great course and NICE PURSE (especially to Lisbon)!!
Congrats to ALL!!
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 Lisban Quintero CRCA/Foundation Cycling Maspeth NY 2 Rafael Meran GS Mengoni Fort Lee NJ 3 Jonathan Erdelyi Rite Aid Pro Cycling Bradley Beach NJ 4 Jermaine Burrowes We Stand United (W.S.) Brooklyn NY 5 Thomas Bencivengo Sommerville Sports World Team Brooklyn NY 6 Ryan Oelkers Cadence Cycling Wynnewood PA 7 John Durso Liberty Cycle Morris Plains NJ 8 Alejandro Guzman CRCA / FOUNDATION Sunnyside NY 9 Salvatore Scotto Divetta Sommerville Sports World Team Brooklyn NY 10 Roselvert Marte GS Mengoni Fort Lee NJ 11 Brent Arthurs Evolution Cycling Club Stamford CT 12 Wilson Vasquez Gs Mengoni Usa Piermont NY 13 Luis Aquino Unattached New York NY 14 Lewis Almonte G.S. Mengoni U.S.A. New York NY 15 Paul Burrowes We Stand United (W.S.) Brooklyn NY 16 Stephan Dioslaki Team Metra/Wendys/Victor Homes Wayne NJ 17 Juan Pablo Castro Third Nature Crca Chester NY 18 Paul Ziminski Team Metra / Wendy's / Victor Homes Piscataway NJ 19 Matt Inconiglios Stage 1 / Fusionthink Stamford CT 20 Christian Mambelli Colavita Racing Matawan NJ 21 Brian Cooblall We Stand United (W.S.) Massapequa NY 22 Horace Burrowes We Stand United (W.S.) Brooklyn NY 23 J.P. Partland Kissena Cycling Club New York NY 24 David Sommerville Sommerville Sports Brooklyn NY 25 Daniel Sullivan Team Metra / Wendy's / Victor Homes Bloomfield NJ 26 Euri Madera G.S. Mengoni U.S.A. New York NY 27 Brian Gristick Skylands/ACT Budd Lake NJ 28 Louis Devlin Watchung Wheelmen Nazareth PA 29 John Olsen Bennetts Bicycle Staten Island NY 30 Robert Wing Sommerville Sports World Team Brooklyn NY 31 Ricky Gargiulo Colavita Racing Summit NJ 32 Brian Girard Stage 1/Fusionthink Philadelphia PA 33 Jared Strowbridge Liberty Cycle Sparta NJ 34 Marco Kelsey Watchung Wheelmen Paterson NJ 35 R Scott Snyder Kraft Genie Cycling.Inc. Colonia NJ 36 Christian Young Team Metra / Wendy's / Victor Homes Bricktown NJ Cat 3/4 1 Andy Munas Dynaflo Nazareth PA 2 Ricky Gargiulo Colavita Racing Summit NJ 3 Brian Gristick Skylands/ACT Budd Lake NJ 4 John Olsen Bennetts Bicycle Staten Island NY 5 Cameron Reider Gotham Cyclists Easton PA 6 Chris Rodgers Colavita Racing Lawrenceville NJ 7 Samuel Martinez We Stand United (W.S.) Ozone Park NY 8 Patrick Gellineau Team Squiggle Brooklyn NY 9 Anthony Diaz Liberty Cycle Verona NJ 10 Mark Fontanilla Liberty Cycle E Hanover NJ 11 Alexander Vanplantinga Rutgers Cycling Princeton NJ 12 Michael Karr Montclair Cyclists Boonton NJ Cat 4/5 1 Alexander Vanplantinga Rutgers Cycling Princeton NJ 2 Denis Leinhart Montclair Cyclists Oradell NJ 3 Jared Mazur Monmouth University Parlin NJ 4 Geraldo Rivera 3D / Tom's Atlantic Cyclery Roselle NJ 5 Bladdymir Coronel Unattached Bloomingdale NJ 6 Marc Innella Westwood Velo Somerville NJ 7 Nick Iacovelli Colavita Racing Maplewood NJ 8 Elias Ramirez Gs Retro Velo Englewood NJ 9 Ryan Phelan Unattached Lyndhurst NJ 10 Leonardo Chao Bobby Vann New Milford NJ 11 James Mccabe Colavita Racing Bridgewater NJ 13 Harrison Krupnick 3D / Tom's Atlantic Cyclery Ocean Township NJ 14 Juan Nunez Signaturecycles/DKNY Washingtonville NY 15 Chris Redmond Rutgers Cycling New Brunswick NJ Masters 45+ 1 Larry Towner Liberty Cycle Pompton Plains NJ 2 Christopher Dimattio Bethel Cycle Sport Club Wilton CT 3 Eric Hallander Rocket Racing/YSG Racing Little Silver NJ 4 Patrick Gellineau Team Squiggle Brooklyn NY 5 Michael Karr Montclair Cyclists Boonton NJ 6 Michael Shapanka Watchung Wheelmen Somerville NJ 7 Joseph Zuppa Colavita Racing Rumson NJ Masters 35+ 1 Steve Sambrano Main Line Cycling - Bikyle Lansdale PA 2 David Kahl Liberty Cycle West Milford NJ 3 David Whitney Somerset Wheelmen Green Brook NJ 4 Igor Bystrycky Cycle Craft Racing Livingston NJ