Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series

Amherst, MA

Sunday, October 27, 2002

Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series
Round 2 - Cycle-Smart Amherst International Cyclo-Cross
Amherst, MA
UCI Category 2
October 27, 2002

D'Alusio dominates, Gullickson goes 3 for 3 in Verge Series

Marc Gullickson of Mongoose/Hyundai won his third straight Verge New England
Championship Cyclo-Cross Series race of the year at the Cycle-Smart Amherst
International Cyclo-Cross, Amherst, MA. As in his last Verge Series win two
weeks ago in Gloucester, MA, his teammate Todd Wells had a lot to do with
the final result.

The elite men's race started out looking much like the Clif Bar domination
of the women's elite race, fast starters Andy Jaques-Maynes and Jackson
Stewart in the red Clif Bar skinsuits took turns leading and forcing the
pace for much of the first two laps. Meanwhile, Gullickson had a small slip
on one of the more innocuous corners during lap one, leaving him chasing
back onto the lead group for much of the next lap. When he did get on during
lap two, that made a very full lead group of seven riders: Jaques-Maynes and
Stewart from Clif Bar, Gullickson and Wells from Mongoose/Hyundai, the
Saturn Pair of Tim Johnson and Mark McCormack, and lone K2 rider Jonny "The
Cat" Sundt.

This was clearly too large a group to peacefully co-exist on a course
combining long grassy power sections with deceivingly slick corners, made so
by the previous day's rain. Two sets of barriers and an unrideable
off-camber added to the obstacles in a race where the leaders averaged lap
times of under six minutes.

As soon as it was clear Gully was in contact and recovered, the
barrier-hopping Wells attacked at the end of lap two and stayed out front
for the next lap himself. Behind, Tim Johnson rode everyone save Gullickson
off his wheel in pursuit, but was unable to close the gap. Coming to the end
of lap three, the inevitable attack came on the hardest climb of the course.
As soon as the Mongoose/Hyundai pair came together, it was off to the races.
Gullickson took the victory over his teammate, in front of family and
friends over from his hometown of New Paltz, NY.

Behind the winning pair, Tim Johnson rode a steady race alone to finish a
strong third. 2001 race winner Mark McCormack was eventually re-caught by
Jaques-Maynes and Stewart with just a couple laps to go, but fended off an
explosive Jaques-Maynes attack on the final lap to pick up 4th on the day.
Andy Jaques-Maynes held on for 5th. Having won all three Verge New England
Championship Cyclo-Cross Series this season, Marc Gullickson retains his
series leadership.

The top U23 rider was no surprise, with Giant/Balance Bar's Adam Craig, the
current U23 National champion, finishing ahead of Josh Anthony
( and the improving Jeremy Powers (DEVO/Balance Bar).
Along with Wells, Craig was one of the few riders consistently able to hop
the second set of barriers.

On the women's side, group racing was the expected order of the day, and the
favorites did not disappoint. A fast start and several early attacks from
2001 winner Lyne Bessette ( were matched by Verge Series
leader Mary McConneloug (Seven Cycles) and the Clif Bar duo of Carmen
D'Alusio and Gina Hall.

The story of the day turned out to be the dominance of Carmen D'Alusio.
Bolstered with the confidence of two wins over Bessette the previous weekend
in Delaware, D'Alusio used her clear technical superiority and impressive
power to attack Bessette on the second lap, and never be challenged again.
Clearly D'Alusio is a woman on a mission, and with her performances so far
this season she has established herself as the top cyclo-crosser in North

While D'Alusio ran away with the win, Lyne Bessette made a strong effort to
chase her for several laps, but was eventually caught by Hall and
McConneloug. Repeated slips on the course's technical sections cost her
precious energy, and she eventually had to settle for fourth. Gina Hall
looked to have the advantage over McConneloug, hitting the paved finishing
straight first on the final lap, but the Seven Cycles rider showed again
what an explosive sprinter she is, coming by Hall in the final meters.

Christine Vardaros, riding for new cyclo-cross sponsor, was
hampered by a poor start. She eventually fought her way through the early
traffic however, finishing a strong fifth. Mary McConneloug retains her
Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross series leader's jersey with a win
and two second places in three events.

U.S. junior national champion Jesse Anthony (Saturn Development) took an
expected victory in the Laughing Dog Cyclery junior race, by nearly a minute
over CCB's Konrad LeBas and GMBC's Jamey Driscoll. Todd Well's younger
brother Troy, riding for Kingston Cyclery, picked up fourth ahead of Joey
Thompson (DEVO/Balance Bar).

2001 Verge Series Champion made a return to the top step of the podium in
the Serotta Men's 35+race, while Sam Morse retains the series lead. U.S.
National Champion Paul Curley picked up the win and the Verge Series lead in
Men's 45+. Matt White won the men's B race with Matt Hersey keeping the
series lead. The PB Computing C men's race winner was Tom Hopper, while Kate
Northcott won the Integrity Development and Construction women's C race and
Ryan Barlow the Cub Junior race.

With over $25,000 in prize money, six internationally sanctioned rounds in
five states, and all events world-class, the Verge New England Championship
Cyclo-Cross Series is once again the premier cyclo-cross racing series in
the U.S. Verge, the title Sponsor of the New England Cyclo-Cross Series
produces custom jerseys, shorts, knickers, tights, armwarmers and other
cycling-related accessories.  Look for the Verge New England Championship
Cyclo-Cross Series jersey on the backs of the Series Leaders, and look for
the Verge truck at the races.

Race sponsors included Cycle-Smart Coaching, Promotions, & Management, Inc.,
Serotta Cycles, local Serotta dealer Laughing Dog Bicycles, Pure Rock -
Laser 99.3, The Valley Advocate, Maplewood Farms Restaurant, Bewery, and
Bakery, Thai Corner, Integrity Builders, Litmus Designs, Florence Savings
Bank, and PB Computing Services.

Other series supporters include Cycle-Smart coaching, promotions &
management; Time Sport USA, designer and manufacturer of cycling pedals,
shoes and forks; The Ride Magazine, exhaustively covering East Coast Bike
Culture; Honey Stinger, convenient honey-based energy foods; and, the premier on-line registration company for cycling events.

Round 4 of the 2002 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series will
be the UCI Cat 3 ChainBiter Cyclo-Cross, held on Saturday, Nov 24 in
Farmington, CT.  Like the first three rounds of the Verge Series, it is a
U.S. team selection event for the World Championships.


Elite Men
1 Marc Gullickson Boulder CO Mongoose/Hyundai  55:46
2 Todd Wells Tucson AZ Mongoose/Hyundai  55:47
3 Tim Johnson Middleton MA Saturn  57:00
4 Mark McCormack N Easton MA Saturn  57:37
5 Andy Jaques-Maynes Berkeley CA Clif Bar  57:42
6 Jackson Stewart Los Gatos CA Clif Bar  57:43
7 Jonny Sundt Redmond WA K2 Bike  58:27
8 Justin Robinson Santa Cruz CA Bullion Stil/Santa Cruz Spokesman  58:37
9 (U23) Adam Craig Corninth ME Giant  58:40
10 Johannes Huseby Medford MA CCB/VW  58:57
11 Chris Peck Southbury CT Wheelworks/Cannondale  59:07
12 Dave Wyandt Saratoga CA Clif Bar  s.t.
13 Jonathan Hamblen Pelham MA Wheelworks/Cannondale  59:08
14 Kirk Fitzpatrick Keene NH Trek VW/Goodales  59:35
15 (U23) Josh Anthony Beverly MA Cyclocross World  59:53
16 Adam Hodges Myerson Northampton MA NCC /  1:00:02
17 Michael Broderick Chilmore ME Seven Cycles  s.t.
18 Rob Hult Harvard MA O'Neils  1:00:09
19 (U23) Jeremy Powers Niantic CT Team Devo  1:00:35
20 Alex Donahue Northampton MA NCC /  1:00:45
21 Matthew Svatek Carlisle MA Cannondale/Wheelworks  1:00:55
22 Todd Bowden Guilford CT CVC Pig Iron  1:01:12
23 Troy Michaud York ME Eurotek  1:01:16
24 Donny Mills Exeter NH Wheelworks/Cannondale  -1 lap
25 Eugene Ruiter Nashua NH Trek VW/Goodales  -1 lap
26 Dan Coady Derrfield MA NCC /  -1 lap
27 Nathan Rice Burlington VT Catamount Cycling Club  -1 lap
28 JD Bilodeau Northampton MA NCC /  -1 lap

Elite Women
1 Carmen D'Aluisio Watsonville CA Clif Bar 40:43
2 Mary  McConneloug Chilmark MA Seven Cycles @ :45
3 Gina Hall Richmond CA Clif Bar s.t.
4 Lyne Bessette Canada  Cyclocross World :59
5 Christine Vardaros Mill Valley CA 1:36
6 Shauna Gillies-Smith Somerville MA Gearworks/SRP 2:25
7 Jodi Groesbeck Keene NH Putney/West Hill 2:31
8 Kathryn Roszko Northampton MA NCC / 3:40
9 Alicia Genest Amherst MA Richard Sachs 3:52
10 Mariana Stover Portland ME Gearworks/SRP 4:09
11 Sarah Uhl Perkasie PA Indy Fab 4:15
12 Anna Milkowski Putney VT Gearworks - SRP 4:19
13 Susan MacLean Plaistow NH BOB 4:26
14 Sheila Vibert Mont Vernon NH Redhook 5:09
15 Sara Cushman North Grafton MA Gearworks/SRP 5:57
16 MaryAnn Martinez Concord MA NEBC Cycleloft 6:02
17 Kerry Litka Sanbornton NH Wheelworks IF 6:05
18 Becky Sox Wakefield MA Dansko/Wheelworks
19 Kathy Savary Lunenburg MA MidState Cycling
20 Celeste Drumm Lenox MA Mean Wheels Bike Shop 7:05
21 Karyn Labbe Durham NH UNH
22 Michelle Kersberger Florence MA NCC / -1 lap
23 Caroline Hacker Doylestown PA Evolution Racing -1 lap
24 Kitty Farago Burlington MA NEBC / CycleLoft -1 lap
25 Catherine Dudley New Ipswich NH  -1 lap

Laughing Dog Cyclery Junior Men
1 Jesse Anthony Beverly MA Saturn Development 39:24
2 Konrad LeBas Ansonia CT CCB International 40:22
3 Jamey Driscoll Jericho VT GMBC Invensys 40:35
4 Troy Wells Grafton MA Kingston Cyclery 41:50
5 Joey Thompson Avondale PA Balance Bar/Devo 42:18
6 Kevin Wolfson Belmont MA NEBC / CycleLoft 42:32
7 David Fleischhauer Olympia WA Rad Racing Northwest 42:42
8 Adam Snider Westminster MA Balance Bar/Devo 42:45
9 Perry Paolini Haverhill MA Balance Bar/Devo
10 Morgan MacLeod Cumberland ME Portland Velo Club 44:37
11 Charles Marzot Middleboro MA Corner Cycle Cycling Club 45:54
12 Mark Intelisano Pittsfield MA BCA 46:50
13 Tucker Olander Windham NH Peerless/HNECC -1 lap
14 Noah Harwood Bedford NH NHJCA -1 lap
15 Robert Crowther Northampton MA NCC / BikeReg -1 lap
16 Jon Belcher S Walpole MA MLBC -1 lap
17 Ryan Carney Enfield NH NHJCA -1 lap

Serotta 35+/45+ Men (partial, for full results check back at
1 Scott Wade Putney VT Gearworks / SRP
2 Mike Ward Pittsfield MA BCA/Tosk
3 John McKone Burlington VT GMBC/Invensys
4 Peter Brennan Nashua NH Trek/VW
5 Sam Morse Cohasset MA Mass Bay Road Club
6 John Verheul Northampton MA Ideal Tile

B Men
1 Matt White Longmeadow MA CVC 40:18
2 Curtis Boivin Providence RI Providence Velo @ :08
3 Noah Taylor Peterboro NH Unatttached :13
4 Conor Coffey Westerly RI CCB/Volkswagon :16
5 Robert Campos ronkonkoma NY So Ho Capital :40
6 Brant Hornberger Stow MA NCC / s.t.
7 matt hersey so. portland ME liquid motion  s.t.
8 Jamie Belchak Killington VT True Wheels/Killington s.t.
9 David    McCutcheon Saugerties NY Verge Test Pilot 1:10
10 Jonathan Laurence Portland ME Unatttached 1:18
11 Samuel Wheeler-Martenis Belmont MA CCB International 1:25
12 Alan Starrett Portland ME Bikeman/Bath Cycle 1:36
13 Matt Kraus Cambridge MA Independent Fabrications 1:45
14 Matt DeMeis Pawtucket RI
15 Brendan Sullivan Andover MA Boston Cross 2:01
16 Byron Holt Somerville MA Boston Cross 2:04
17 Josh Garland Bangor ME  2:06
18 Mark Robson Willington CT Team Bicycle Alley
19 shepherd Myers Ithaca NY finger lakes cycling club 2:17
20 Wade Summers Southington CT / HVVC
21 Greg Montello Winchester MA ECV 2:23
22 David F. Keefe Newton MA Boston Bicycle Club 2:26
23 Steven Lombardo Springfield MA CVC 2:30
24 Gary Keblish Brooklyn MA Century-SBCG 2:32
25 Peter Rubijono Jamaica Plain MA Boston Bicycle Club 2:34
26 Matt Wilson Littleton NH The Bicycle Link 2:44
27 Pete Martel Lebanon NH NCC / 2:50
28 Todd Cassan NYC NY Unatttached 3:07
29 Rodney Nobrega Exter NH S&W Sports 3:18
30 Ryan Rumsey Portland ME Team Liquid Motion 3:23
31 Christopher White Windham NH B.O.B. 3:28
32 Matt Nalesnik Wellesley MA unattached 3:37
33 Chris Harnish East Falmouth MA People Cycle-Green Team 3:40
34 Zac Daab Somerville MA Seven Cycles 3:47
35 Lee Moser Smithtown NY CRCA/SoHo Capital 3:51
36 Daniel Abbe Warren MA Team Mountain City 3:59
37 Matthew Mollo Trumbell CT  4:03
38 Mickey Denoncourt Easthampton MA NCC/BikeReg 4:10
39 Arthur Roti Vernon CT Team Hurst 4:14
40 William Turner Northboro MA Landry's 4:20
41 David Schachte Woonsocket RI Prov Velo 4:29
42 Nathan Smith Latham NY CrankRacing 4:35
43 Jerry Hughes Framingham MA unattached 4:40
44 Nate Simms Troy NY unattached 4:45
45 Euclides Amado Pawtucket RI Cox Communications 4:52
46 Ian Everard Ottawa ON Velocity Racing
47 Don Vescio Grafton MA Arc-en-Ciel
49 marvin wang jamaica plain MA Boston Road Club 5:18
50 Brad Shuford Easthampton MA NCC / 5:24
51 John Frey Northampton MA NCC / BikeReg
52 Leyton Murray Brooklyn NY Kreb Bicycle 5:30
53 Paul Everard Somerville MA B2C/Community 5:38
54 Richard Brown North Andover MA  5:44
55 keith button nottingham NH  6:10
56 Ryan Themig Arlington MA B2C/Community 6:13
57 Scott Livingston Vernon CT Team Horst Engineering 6:33
58 Jude DeMeis Westford MA unattached 6:35
59 Darren Crupi brooklyn NY Heart of New England Cycling Club 6:45
60 David Peckinpaugh Hadley MA unattached 7:03
61 Brinn Dahlmann Boston MA B2C/Community -1 lap
62 John Fox Hyde Park NY HVVC/Web -1 lap
63 Todd Crisafulli Rensselaer NY Boston Bicycle Club/Community Bike -1 lap

Integrity Development and Construction C Women
1 Kate Northcott Walpole NH Putney / Westhill  42:40
2 Stephanie White Bedford NH NHJCA
3 Kristin Osborn Somerville MA NEBC
4 Donna LaCasse Lanesboro MA BCA
5 Patty Ann Simms Marshfield MA
6 Martha Wilson Littleton NH Dansko/Wheelworks/IF
7 Jean Cunningham Wayland MA Northeast Bicycle Club/Cycle Loft

PB Computing C Men
1 Tom Hopper Medway MA REI/Team Novara  37:00
2 Stephen Rescigno New Fairfield CT Bethel Cycle
3 David Drumm Lenox MA Mean Wheels Bike Shop
4 Dan Stasz Northampton MA NCC /
5 Chris  Northcott Walpole NH Putney / Westhill
6 Matthew Shoemaker Watertown MA
7 Peter Hutchins Northampton MA NCC /
8 Kevin Kerwood Sunderland MA NCC /
9 Ian Lanza Amherst MA
10 David Fredrickson Stoneham MA unattached
11 Nathan Mealey Westfield MA NCC/
12 Chris Owen Leverett MA NCC /
13 Peter Rondinone Goffstown NH NHCC
14 Jonathan  Parrott Lake Pleasant MA Putney / Westhill
15 Mark West Northampton MA NCC /
16 David Trant Bedford MA Wheelworks Multisport
17 Thomas Ball Framingham MA Minuteman RC
18 Stephen Kelley Northeaston MA BSTT
19 Christopher Parent West Springfield MA NCC/
20 Bill Doonan Cumberland RI
21 Robert Koning Peterboro NH Putney / Westhill
22 Coley Bryan Gloucester MA
23 Mark Romanovsky Peperell Jct. NY
24 Hunt Barrows Harrisville NH Sachs CYBC
25 Chip Kent Upton MA Bike Alley
26 Paul Brais Chepachet RI Team Hawaiian
27 Paul White Weehawken NJ CRCA
28 John Caton Wakefield MA Pro Cycles
29 Brian Bicki Chepachet RI Team Hawaiian
30 Francis Blake-Dillon Brookline MA Novara / REI
31 Anthony LaProto Stoddard NH HNECC
32 Aldo Tiboni Florence MA Ride Noho, Inc.
33 Ray Hoff E. Haddam CT
34 Don Marsh Concord MA
35 Dave Beals Niskayuna NY CBRC
36 rick comshaw middletown CT Capital Velo Club
37 Michael Lowry Walpole MA
38 christopher rehm northboro MA team bicycle alley
39 Richard Spaulding Bedford NH HNECC
40 Marc Vettori Bear DE Wooden Wheels
41 Ray Gengenbach Amherst MA
42 Mike Romanovsky Kingston NY
43 Michael Medas N. Dighton MA
44 Jamie Gonzalez Westbrook CT
45 John Fazzuoli W Brookfield MA

Cub Juniors
1  Ryan Barlow Lyme NH Coyote Hill  42:30
2  Ben Grenier Lewiston ME Maine Cycling Club
3  Nathan Belcher S. Walpole MA Bicycle Link
4  Keith Brown Lewiston ME Rainbow
5  Alyssa Crowther Northampton MA NCC /

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