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2008 CherryBlossom Challenge
Newark Branchbrook Park, NJ
Saturday, April 19, 2008
2008 CherryBlossom Challenge Presented by Premiere Cycling Promotions Newark Branchbrook Park, NJ Saturday, April 19, 2008
CAT 1/2/3 RACE REPORT by Stephan P. Dioslaki, Team Metra / Victor Homes / Wendy�s / MHP (Maximum Human Performance)

�Whatever doesn�t kill you makes you stronger�, Nietzsche

That�s my motto for the day in this week�s battle for the 100 KM Cherry Blossom Pro 1-2-3 Race win!!

It�s Ray Smith again but this time assisted by brother Jeff Smith puttin� on the show!! Yup � and what a show it was!! We were graced by some picture perfect weather conditions for this Saturday spectacle! Yes the Cherry Blossoms were out�and just shy of 70 contenders showed up for the P123 race�but not to enjoy the scenery�nope�rather�to take that oh so sweet $3,000 purse going out to the top 20 finishers!! And maybe�.just maybe visions and dreams of the $750 1st place prize!!! It was the bragging rights and battle we came for!! No time to stop and smell the roses!!

With Rite Aid again showing up in their fancy team car with a strong and ready presence, everyone knew it would be attacks galore!! That�s exactly what it was � right from the gun I may add!! Several smaller breaks went, but with an average speed hovering around 28 mph, they all were getting reeled right back in!! (A Big shout out to Barry Nazarian putting in a great effort and riding strong in this race after winning his race earlier this day in the Master�s 55 +!!)

Out of nowhere it came�.the crash�the grinding, the twisting the turning�the bouncing of bodies & bikes (ouch � hence the opening motto)�right there in front of me and pretty much in the middle of a nice tight peloton. Some poor guy right in front of me sliding around like a big log that fell off of a truck - out of control�slow motion�frame by frame�assume crash position�freeze frame�end over�and BAM!!! Up and over I go�learning to fly�BAM�asphalt�get up quick�check it out�wheels still spinning????...yup not too pretty and not too true but still spinning�feel ok???�umm???...good enough�adrenaline pumping heavy�.get up, get up, get up�.go�get to the wheel pit�change it out�check things out�nothing is fine�nothing�s all right�shut up!! Here they come�get ready�get ready�and go again!!

That�s how it went. My guess is around 6 or so hit it pretty hard in that maylay. I was able to cut through & get to the wheel pit ahead of the pack somehow � didn�t even take the �full free lap�. That�s when I noticed�front ZIPP totally trashed � saddle broken up a bit�bars turned a bit�.still�adrenaline pumping heavier than ever so all still good enough�change it out and go. Settle back in � another 25 or so miles or so & it�ll be all over�it�s all good�back into the fray�

From there, a strong group of 4 or 5 managed to get away including a Rite Aid guy. Paul Ziminski made a big effort to make it across and catch on but couldn�t quite get it. Back into the main field he went. Then it was Rosenhaus�huge, long effort to bridge the gap�looked like he was going to make it at one point�.but no. So close but yet so far. That group of 4 or 5 actually got dangerously far ahead of the main field. But again the average speed remained high and the ravenous main field kept going goin� goin� taking chunks out of what once was a huge gap. Before we knew it, there they were�right in front of us. I saw big efforts from Mengioni�s Eugene Bonoromow and Team Metra�s Paulie Ziminski helping that to be brought back.

Then it was attack and counterattack time once again. Elliston�Durso�Lisbon�Jason Walters� Erdelyi�Champion Systems (in their hot new all White Kits) throwing it down hard!! Somehow I was able to gather my faculties and roll with the punches�and even throw down several hard shots myself!! Through all this bludgeoning the field grew a bit wary and a big split opened up. Nineteen guys managed to get away � glad to say, myself included. There were 4 from Rite Aid (holy SH _ _ !!), Durso & Light from Liberty, Rosenhaus, Stewart, & Shimmel from Northeast (no Raffie � he was down and out from the crash scene described above), David Somerville, Chad Buts & Adam from Champion Systems, myself & Walters from Metra, Lisbon and Igor from CRCA plus a few other lone rangers�Simes, Burrows, and Gomez�so the break was set and very well represented!!

With plenty of blockers in the main field, the split quickly opened up to a HUGE and insurmountable gap. Rite Aid made it all too clear that they wouldn�t be satisfied with the breakaway as it stood. Once established, attacks started anew. This 19-man group would have none of that though!! It went shot for shot and punch for punch right down to the wire � things got a bit heated and a bit ugly here and there (it�s all good though). For each one of Rite Aid�s assaults, someone would respond - and so it unfolded�it came down to a sprint for the finish � 1st place was any man�s game going into the final lap!!

It was Rite Aid with a big old exclamation point!!! Not only 1st place, but 2nd as well!! John Erdelyi took home the prize followed up by Stephen Kincaid in 2nd. Next in line was Lisbon, then Light, then Simes, then my man J Walter � Team Metra � for 6th!! Rounding out the top 10 were Stewart, Igor, Chad Butts, and then me - Bruised but not broken!!

Behind the other 9 in the breakaway group came Wilson with his sprinting prowess taking the field sprint for 19th!!

Hope to see you all next week @ another one of Ray�s awesome races � Tour de Belleville @ Branchbrook!!

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     Jonathan      Erdelyi           Rite Aid Presented By Shebell & Shebell        Bradley Beach          NJ
2     Stephan       Kincaid           Rite Aid Presented By Shebell & Shebell        Pottstown              PA
3     Lisban        Quintero          CRCA/Foundation                                Maspeth                NY
4     Mark          Light             Liberty Cycle                                  Hackettstown           NJ
5     Jackie        Simes             Time Pro Cycling                               Breiningsville         PA
6     Jason         Walters           Team Metra/Wendy's P/B Victor Homes            Old Bridge             NJ
7     Daniel        Stewart           Northeastern Hardware/ Cjct                    Phillipsburg           NJ
8     Igor          Misicki           CRCA/Foundation                                Locust Valley          NY
9     Chad          Butts             Champion Systems                               Danbury                CT
10    Stephan       Dioslaki          Team Metra / Victor Homes/Wendy's / Mhp        Wayne                  NJ
11    Paul          Burrowes          Ws United/Sheepshead Cycle                     Brooklyn               NY
12    John          Durso             Liberty                                        Morris Plains          NJ
13    Gilberth      Gomez Valverde    Van Dessel Factory Team Nj                     Somerville             NJ
14    David         Sommerville       Sommerville Sports                             Brooklyn               NY
15    Marc          Adam              Champion Systems                               New York               NY
16    Miles         Watson            Rite Aid Presented By Shebell & Shebell
17    Michael       Rosenhaus         Northeastern Hardware/Cjct                     Morristown             NJ
18    Richard       Geng              Rite Aid Presented By Shebell & Shebell
19    Wilson        Vasquez           GS Mengoni                                     Piermont               NY
20    Alejandro     Guzman            Crca/Foundation                                Sunnyside              NY
21    Guido         Palma             Rite Aid Presented By Shebell & Shebell
22    Rodney        Santiago          Colavita                                       Allentown              PA
23    Bill          Elliston          Rite Aid Presented By Shebell & Shebell        Easton                 PA
24    Glenroy       Griffith          CRCA Foundation                                Brooklyn               NY
25    Christian     Mambelli          Colavita Racing                                Matawan                NJ
26    Christopher   Kaiser            Unattached                                     New York               NY
27    Anthony       Lowe              Ws United                                      Brooklyn               NY
28    Glenn         Schneider         Team Beacom                                    Lake Worth             FL
29    Jason         Snow              YSG/ Metra/Wendy's/Victor Homes                Charlottesville        VA
30    Paul          Ziminski          Team Metra / Wendys/Pb Victor Homes            Piscataway             NJ
31    Salvatore     Scotto Divetta    Sommerville Sports World Team                  Brooklyn               NY
32    Earl          Perretti          Momtclair Cyclists                             Upper Montclair        NJ
33    Edwin         Bull              Van Dessel Factory Team                        Mendham                NJ
34    Brian         Doroshuk          Northeastern Hardware/Cjct                     Denville               NJ
35    John          Olsen             Bennetts Bicycle                               Staten Island          NY
36    Scott         Snyder            Champion System                                Colonia                NJ
37    David         Wilson            Northeastern Hardware / Cjct                   Morristown             NJ
38    John          Bertolini         Liberty Cycle                                  Basking Ridge          NJ
39    Vladimir      Borovkov          Team Somerset                                  South River            NJ
40    Abdul         Kabia             Targetraining                                  Hartsdale              NY
41    Jermaine      Burrowes          Ws United/Sheepshead Cycle                     Brooklyn               NY
42    Mike          Chevett           Unattached                                     Long Island City       NY
43    Ken           Walsh             K2-Talksoft-Shirks Racing                      Bala Cynwyd            PA
44    Thomas        Dolan             Sommer Swill Sports                            New York               NY
45    Robert        Lattanzi          Sid's - Cannondale                             New York               NY
46    Robert        Wing              Sommerville Sports                             Brooklyn               NY
47    Gavin         Robertson         Foundation/CRCA                                Brooklyn               NY
48    Austin        Roach             Princeton University Cycling                   Princeton              NJ
49    John          Tomlinson         Deno's Wonder Wheel Cycling                    New York               NY
50    Raphael       Diaz-Granados     GS Gotham                                      Leonia                 NJ
Cat 3/4
1     Maurice       Gamanho           Unattached                                     Lebanon                NJ
2     Carl          Maslag            Team Norwood Agency-The Peddler                North Arlington        NJ
3     Brendan       Conk              Montclair Cyclists                             South Orange           NJ
4     Patrick       Gellineau         Team Squiggle                                  Brooklyn               NY
5     Daniel        Schmalz           Merrill Lynch-Hincapie Sportswear              Ridgewood              NJ
6     Christopher   Labrecque         Team Norwood Agency-The Peddler                Oceanport              NJ
7     William       Federico                                                         Whitehouse Station     NJ
8     Harold        Francis           Team Squiggle                                  Baldwin                NY
9     Johann        Burrowes          We Stand United                                Brooklyn               NY
10    Neal          Stoeckel          Seacoast Builders/Brielle Cyclery/DCM          Monroe                 NJ
11    Earl          Perretti          Momtclair Cyclists                             Upper Montclair        NJ
12    Andrew        Walsh                                                            Queens                 NY
13    Wayne         Lumkong           Jersey Rock & Road                             Andover                NJ
14    Willie        Payton            Team United Homes                              Bklyn                  NY
15    Alex          Binder            Riptide Racing / Seacoast Builders             Long Branch            NJ
16    Tatsuo        Imaishi           Sotheby's/Strictly Bicycles                    Englewood              NJ
17    Darren        Lange             3D Racingteam / Tom's Atlantic Cyclery         N Brunswick            NJ
18    Frank         Ferrarese         Montclair Cyclists                             West Caldwell          NJ
19    Rick          Delgado           Sotheby's International Realty                 Fort Lee               NJ
20    Edward        Zimmermann        Crca/Die Hard-Think Racing                     Brooklyn               NY
21    Ricky         Dominguez         Northeastern Hardware                          Clifton                NJ
22    Angel         Martinez          3D Racing Team/Tom's Atlantic Cyclery          Morganville            NJ
23    Myles         Fennell           3D Racing Team/Tom's Atlantic Cyclery          Monroe                 NJ
24    Skender       Sakajani          Team Sotherby's / Strictly Bicycles            Roselle Park           NJ
25    George        Bicking           Heart House/Cadv/Cc Evesham                    Basking Ridge          NJ
26    Mark          Curran            Seacoast Builders/Brielle Cyclery/Dcm/Riptide  Titusville             NJ
27    Andrew        Celin             Atlantic Bicycle Club                          Yardville              NJ
28    Anthony       Diaz              Liberty Cycle                                  Verona                 NJ
29    Eric          Perkins           Westwood Velo - MCRA                           Oradell                NJ
30    John          Forgatch          Liberty Cycle                                  Far Hills              NJ
31    Jackson       Wandres           Deno's Wonder Wheel Cycling                    Brooklyn               NY
32    Robert        Malovany          Gs Retrovelo                                   Tenafly                NJ
33    Johnson       Beattie           Sotheby's International Realty                 Hasbrouck Heights      NJ
34    Mark          Fontanilla        Liberty Cycle                                  East Hanover           NJ
35    Richard       Gonzalez          Global Locate/CRCA                             Bayonne                NJ
36    George        Burpee            Team Norwood Agency-The Peddler                Fair Haven             NJ
37    James         Furman            Van Dessel Factory Team                        Hopatcong              NJ
38    Gene          Victori           Skylands Cycling                               Hackettstown           NJ
39    Haluk         Sarci             Sotheby's International Realty                 Cresskill              NJ
40    Julio         Teixeiro          Unattached                                     Elizabeth              NJ
41    Lawrence      Totton            Van Dessel Factory Team                        Morristown             NJ
42    Wilson        Andrade           Cycle Craft                                    Westfield              NJ
43    Ben           Tufford           Riptide Cycling                                Robbinsville           NJ
44    Russell       Young             Wonder Wheel                                   Summit                 NJ
45    Richard       Kassan            Rutgers University Cycling Team                Westfield              NJ
46    Charles       La Punzina        Kissena Cycling Club                           Brooklyn               NY
47    Charles       Thompson          Rutgers University Cycling Team                Ewing                  NJ
48    Fabian        Autedo            Cycle Craft Racing                             Parsippany             NJ
49    Christopher   Shaw              Avenue A Razorfish Cycling                     New York               NY
50    Jim           Kaeli             Colavita Racing                                Rockaway               NJ
51    Franklin      Saillot           Colavita Racing                                Berkeley Heights       NJ
52    Curtis        Lightburn         Liberty Cycle                                  Florham Park           NJ
Cat 4/5
1     Ryan          Phelan            Unattached                                     Lyndhurst              NJ
2     Gene          Victori           Skylands Cycling                               Hackettstown           NJ
3     Philip        Nerges            Team Fitness                                   Bloomfield             NJ
4     Steven        Sillett           Team Somerset                                  Phillipsburg           NJ
5     Matthew       Finlay            Liberty Cycle                                  Far Hills              NJ
6     John          Arias             Team Norwood                                   Neptune                NJ
7     Marc          Innella           Westwood Velo                                  Somerville             NJ
8     Denis         Leinhart          Lionheart Cycling                              Oradell                NJ
9     Geraldo       Rivera            Team Atlantic                                  Roselle                NJ
10    Paul          Aemisegeo         Lehigh Wheelmen Assoc                          Easton                 PA
11    Edward        Glasser           Colavita Racing                                Stanton                NJ
12    Eric          Chi               Princeton University Cycling                   Princeton              NJ
13    Zach          Koop              Team Campmor                                   Ridgefield Park        NJ
14    Karl          Fenske            Colavita Racing                                Morristown             NJ
15    Ricky         Dominguez         Northeastern Hardware                          Clifton                NJ
16    David         Mendonca          Montclair Cyclists                             Montclair              NJ
17    Alex          Rossano           Rocket Racing                                  Red Bank               NJ
18    Jerry         Truppelli         PSR-Peddlers Shop Racing                       Ringoes                NJ
19    James         Mccabe            Colavita Racing                                Bridgewater            NJ
20    Roy           Vaccaro           Team Fitness                                   Staten Island          NY
21    Daniel        Weinick           Colavita Racing                                Whitehouse Station     NJ
22    Jared         Mazur             Monmouth University                            Parlin                 NJ
23    Tom           Keeth             Unattached                                     Flemington             NJ
24    John          Milone            Team Fitness                                   Cliffside Park         NJ
25    Andrew        Park              Zteam                                          Jersey City            NJ
26    George        Vlahogiannis      Team Fitness Mission/Allwood Bicycles          Rutherford             NJ
27    Anthony       Paone             Norwood Agency/The Peddler                     Lake Hiawatha          NJ
28    Jerry         Ascolese          Team Norwood The Peddler                       Oceanport              NJ
29    Mauricio      Melo              Team Norwood Agency-The Peddler                Long Branch            NJ
30    John          Jackson           Skylands Cycling                               Hamburg                NJ
31    Brian         Bauer             Liberty Cycle                                  Basking Ridge          NJ
32    John          Smertneck         Team Norwood Agency / The Peddler              Neptune                NJ
33    Dean          Telson            Team Norwood Agency/Peddler                    West Long Branch       NJ
34    Anthony       Skorochod         Gotham Cyclists                                Wind Gap               PA
35    Keith         Mackay            Colavita Racing                                Maplewood              NJ
Masters 45+
1     Patrick       Gellineau         Team Squiggle                                  Brooklyn               NY
2     Raphael       Diaz-Granados     GS Gotham                                      Leonia                 NJ
3     Aubrey        Gordon            Liberty Cycle                                  Reading                PA
4     Michael       Maclaga           Colavita Racing                                Chatham                NJ
5     Robert L      Brown             Crca/Majortaylor Iron Riders                   Brooklyn               NY
6     Earl          Perretti          Montclair Cyclists                             Montclair              NJ
7     William       Borghard          SEACOAST BUILDERS/RIPTIDE                      Farmingdale            NJ
8     Wayne         Lumkong           Jersey Rock & Road                             Andover                NJ
9     Christopher   Castaldi          Wonder Wheel                                   Brooklyn               NY
10    Joseph        Zuppa             Colavita Racing                                Rumson                 NJ
11    Doug          Hover             Rocket Racing/ Ysg Racing                      Leonardo               NJ
12    Barrie        Drabble           Colavita Racing                                Flemington             NJ
13    Jim           Escobar           ECFA/Honeywell                                 Stamford               CT
14    Chris         Dimattio          Bethel Sport Club                              Wilton                 CT
15    Greg          Avon              Aardvark Consulting/Kissena Sports             Thornwood              NY
16    Robert        Kowal             Team Somerset                                  Hillsborough           NJ
17    Marty         Friedman          Watchung Wheelmen                              Basking Ridge          NJ
18    Vince         Marrone           Unione Sportiva Italiana                       New Rochelle           NY
19    Edward        Glasser           Colavita Racing                                Stanton                NJ
20    Timothy       Doherty           Watchung Wheelmen                              Boonton                NJ
21    Gerry         Ryerson           Skylands Cycling                               Sparta                 NJ
22    Mike          Wilpizeski        Kissena                                        Forest Hills           NY
23    Michael       Shapanka          Watchung Wheelmen                              Somerville             NJ
24    Michael       Joseph            Colavita Racing                                South Orange           NJ
25    David         Michaud           Seacoast Builders/Brielle Cyclery/Dcm          Colts Neck             NJ
26    Stephen       Shine             Seacoast Builders/Riptide Cycling              Howell                 NJ
27    Ian           Stanley           Unattached                                     Rosedale               NY
28    Richard       Bauch             Colavita Racing                                Califon                NJ
29    David         Stokes            Kissena                                        New York               NY
30    Brian         Gristick          Skylands/ACT                                   Budd lake              NJ
31    Katherine     Russell           Team Somerset                                  Cranbury               NJ
32    Michael       Karr              Montclair Cyclists                             Boonton                NJ
33    Dusan         Strika            Kissena Cycling Team                           Parlin                 NJ
34    Elaine        Molinaro          Montclair Cyclists                             Montclair              NJ
35    Jim           Kaeli             Colavita racing                                Rockaway               NJ
36    Eric          Hallander         Rocket Racing                                  Little Silver          NJ
37    Haluk         Sarci             Sotheby's International Realty                 Cresskill              NJ
38    Robin         Kinney            Big Wheel Sunrise, Florida                     Skillman               NJ
39    Ken           Hochman           Deno's Wonder Wheel                            Brooklyn               NY
40    John          Raheb             Unattached                                     Montvale               NJ
41    James         Joseph            We Stand United (W.S.)                         BROOKLYN               NY
Women Cat 4
1     Cynthia       Steiner           Montclair Cyclists                             Montclair              NJ
2     Joy           Smith             Somerset                                       Mendham                NJ
3     Meredith      Johnsen           Rocket Racing/YSG                              Oceanport              NJ
4     Elizabeth     Daro-Kaftan       Somerset Wheelmen                              Pennington             NJ
5     Jan           Curran            EPS/CSS/Riptide Cycling                        Titusville             NJ
6     Tara          Clarke            EPS/CSS/Riptide Cycling                        Colts Neck             NJ
7     Nicole        Feddersen         Rocket Racing                                  Atlantic Highlands     NJ
8     Susan         Seyboldt          EPS/CSS/Riptide Cycling                        Roebling               NJ
9     Lisa          Agrusa            Crca/Avenuea/Razorfish                         New York               NY
10    Amanda        Friedman          Colavita Racing                                Basking Ridge          NJ
11    Dawn          Wylong            Colavita Racing                                Flemington             NJ
12    Susan         Aromin            Unattached                                     Green Brook            NJ
13    Lisa          Maxted            3D Racing Team                                 Middletown             NJ
Masters 35+
1     Patrick       Gellineau         Team Squiggle                                  Brooklyn               NY
2     David         Bonser            Gotham Cyclists                                Wind Gap               PA
3     John          Raheb             Unattached                                     Montvale               NJ
4     Chris         Dimattio          Bethel Sport Club                              Wilton                 CT
5     Todd          Stodolski         Rocket Racing                                  Colts Neck             NJ
6     Paul          Ganun             Rocket Racing                                  Fair Haven             NJ
7     Jim           Escobar           ECFA/Honeywell                                 Stamford               CT
8     Maurice       Gamanho           Unattached                                     Lebanon                NJ
9     Tom           Shebell           Rocket Racing/Ysg                              Fair Haven             NJ
10    Robert        Lattanzi          Sid's - Cannondale                             New York               NY
11    Johann        Burrowes          We Stand United                                Brooklyn               NY
12    Victor        Rallo             Rocket Racing/YSG                              Red Bank               NJ
13    Igor          Bystrycky         Cycle Craft Racing                             Livingston             NJ
14    Joseph        Zuppa             Colavita Racing                                Rumson                 NJ
15    Ken           Hochman           Deno's Wonder Wheel Cycling Team               Brooklyn               NY
16    Michael       Joseph            Colavita Racing                                South Orange           NJ
17    Robert        Kowal             Team Somerset                                  Hillsborough           NJ
18    Aubrey        Gordon            Liberty Cycle                                  Reading                PA
19    Abdul         Kabia             Targetraining                                  Hartsdale              NY
20    Curtis        Lightburn         Liberty Cycle                                  Florham Park           NJ
21    Greg          Avon              Aardvark Consulting/Kissena Sports             Thornwood              NY
22    David         Goldstein         The Montclair Cyclists                         Bloomfield             NJ
23    Gilberth      Gomez Valverde    Van Dessel Factory Team Nj                     Somerville             NJ
24    Christopher   Shaw              Avenue A Razorfish Cycling                     New York               NY
25    Michael       Karr              Montclair Cyclists                             Boonton                NJ
26    Scott         Reilly            Liberty Cycle                                  Glen Gardner           NJ
27    James         Russo             Wonder Wheel                                   Brooklyn               NY
Masters 55+
1     Barry         Nazarian          Montclair Cyclists                             Rutherford             NJ
2     Michael       Shapanka          Watchung Wheelmen                              Somerville             NJ
3     Gerry         Ryerson           Skylands Cycling                               Sparta                 NJ
4     Nate          Morgenstern       Montclair Cyclists                             Fair Lawn              NJ
5     Greg          Shutske           Somerset Wheelmen                              Pittstown              NJ
6     Robert        Malovany          GS Retrovelo                                   Tenafly                NJ
7     Cynthia       Steiner           Montclair Cyclists                             Montclair              NJ
W15-18
1     Nina          Santiago          High Gear/Watchung Wheelmen                    Dover                  NJ
2     Kristen       Railey            Colavita Racing                                Summit                 NJ
3     Jennifer      Brunner           Colavita Racing                                Fairfield              NJ
4     Abigail       Borah             Colavita Racing                                Belle Mead             NJ
M15-16
1     Dan           Blauvelt          Colavita Racing                                Flemington             NJ
2     Max           Kaplan            Colavita Racing                                Randolph               NJ
3     Thomas        Barnett           Cycles 54 / YSG Racing                         Freehold               NJ

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