W.E. Stedman Co. Grand Prix of Cyclo Cross - Verge NECCS #5

South Kingstown, RI

Saturday, December 20, 2003

W.E. Stedman Co. Grand Prix of Cyclo Cross - Verge NECCS #5
South Kingstown, RI
December 20, 2003

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.

Gullickson and McConneloug Return with a Bang

In cold December New England weather, both of last year's Verge NECCS
champions returned after missing the most recent round of the series, and
both claimed important victories as the series moves into its final round.
Marc Gullickson and Mary McConneloug returned to New England cyclo-cross in
S. Kingstown, RI, each vowing to not let their titles from a year ago change
hands without a battle.

Gullickson Storms to the Win

From the starting whistle the Men's Elite race was on fire.  The current
Verge NECCS overall leader Mark McCormack (Saturn) got the hole shot on the
uphill sprint start, with newly crowned Under-23 National Champion Jesse
Anthony (Hot Tubes) right on his wheel.  By the end of the first lap a lead
group containing McCormack, Anthony, Marc Gullickson (Redline), Ben Turner
(7-Up/Maxxis), and Zak Grabowski (Hot Tubes), had formed, and the rest of
the field had detonated in their wake.  Midway through the second lap,
Gullickson threw down the gauntlet with a strong attack that none of the
other riders could follow.  As he gradually stretched his lead out,
Grabowski began to fall off the pace, losing time in the slippery turns,
leaving the other three to chase the leader.  With three laps to go, Turner
was gapped by McCormack and Anthony, and crashed as he gassed it trying to
catch them.  With the chase group down to two riders, Gullickson's grip on
the win was secure, leaving just a race for 2nd place.  Coming through the
start finish with one lap to go, Anthony attacked McCormack, but was unable
to shake him, and in the finishing sprint McCormack won the race for 2nd.
Grabowski managed to catch Turner and eventually crossed the line for 4th,
while Turner picked up the remaining UCI points with 5th place. With the
win, Gullickson inched closer to taking the jersey back from McCormack in
Sunday's double points finale in Merrimack, NH, where McCormack has to at
least finish second again if Gullickson wins to keep the lead.

McConneloug Reasserts her Dominance

With three newly crowned national champions in the elite women's field, Mary
McConneloug (Seven Cycles) had her work cut out for her.  Not to mention
that for the first time in two years, the Verge NECCS leader's jersey was on
the shoulders of a rider other than herself, namely Anna Milkowski
(Gearworks/SpinArts).  And when the start whistle blew, it was clear that
these other riders fully intended to make life difficult for McConneloug.
Marianne Stover (Gearworks/SpinArts) won the start with a fierce uphill
sprint, and promptly built a gap between herself and the field.  Behind her,
McConneloug was chasing hard, with Milkowski and Sinead Fitzgibbon (EAS)
just behind her.  By the midpoint of the first lap, McConneloug had caught
Stover, and then sprinted away from her as they came to the end of the lap.
After two laps, Milkowski and Fitzgibbon had caught Stover and set off in a
vain pursuit of the leader.  McConneloug stretched her lead further every
lap, eventually winning by a sizable margin.  Milkowski sprinted home in 2nd
place, but it was not enough to maintain her hold on the leader's jersey,
which passed back into the hands of McConneloug.  Fitzgibbon finished in
3rd, just in front of Stover

Other winners on the day included Konrad Lebas (Richard Sachs) in the Junior
race; Jonny Bold (CCCC/Corner Cycle) in the Masters 35+; Scott Wade
(Gearworks/SpinArts) in the Masters 45+; and Alan Starrett (Bikeman.com) in
the B Mens race.

Tomorrow's Verge NECCS Round 6 in Merrimack, New Hampshire features double
points, meaning that none of the series leader's jerseys are secure.
Anything can happen, especially with the expected mix of cold and mud that
will greet the racers.  Expect Gullickson to go all out in an attempt to
regain the leader's jersey, and McCormack to do the same to hold onto it.
And with just a 6 point margin over 2nd place, Mary McConneloug is by no
means assured of another series victory.

The Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series is presented by Clif
Bar and Cycle-Smart: Solutions for Cycling. Series sponsors include Verge
Sport, makers of quality custom cycling apparel; Maxxis Tires; Pedro's USA;
BikeReg.com; Intensepicts.com; and The Ride Magazine.

Category:    Elite Men                 17                   starters

Place  U23   Time         Rider                             Team
1            52:13        Marc         Gullickson           Redline
2            52:26        Mark         McCormack            Team Saturn
3      1                  Jesse        Anthony              Hot Tubes Cycling Team
4      2     53:05        Zak          Grabowski            Hot Tubes Cycling Team
5            53:10        Ben          Turner               7up/Maxxis
6            54:57        Jon          Bruno                ECV
7            55:20        Jacob        Stechmann            Alan Factory Team
8            55:36        Michael      Broderick            Seven Cycles
9            55:37        Johannes     Huseby               Fiordi Frutta
10           56:34        Adam         Hodges Myerson       Cycle-Smart
11           57:34        Jeff         Leake                NCC/BikeReg.com
12           57:43        Noah         Taylor
13           59:22        Curtis       Boivin               Providence Velo
14     3     1:00:02      Troy         Wells                Team Devo
15     4     -1 lap       John         Hanson               Benidorm/Createx

Category:    Elite Women  14           starters

Place  U23   Time         Rider                             Team
1            35:15        Mary         McConnelog           Seven Cycles
2            35:58        Anna         Milkowski            Gearworks/SpinArts
3            36:57        Sinead       Fitzgibbon           EAS/ CRCA
4            37:33        Marianne     Stover               Gearworks/Spinarts
5            37:38        Celeste      Drumm                Mean Wheels Bike Shop
6            37:52        Pauline      Frascone             Arc-en-ciel
7            38:04        Maryann      Martinez             CCB/Volkswagen
8            38:29        Sara         Cushman              Gear Works/Spin Arts
9            39:00        Susan        MacLean              Gear Works/Spin Arts
10     x     39:35        Stephanie    White                Dansko/Wheelworks
11           39:56        Katherine    Farago               NEBC/Cycleloft
12           40:33        Rebecca      Wellons              NEBC/Cycleloft
13           40:55        Rebecca      Sox                  CCB/Volkswagen
14           44:23        Kerry        Litka                Dansko/Wheelworks

Category:    Masters 35+  33           starters

Place  45+   Time         Rider                             Team
1            40:11        Jonny        Bold                 CCCC/Corner Cycle
2            40:57        Christopher  Long
3                         Michael      Ward                 BCA/TOSK
4            41:11        Michael      Bernard              Gearworks/Spinarts
5      1     41:17        Scott        Wade                 Gearworks/Spinarts
6            41:23        John         Verheul              Cycle-Smart
7            41:49        Mark         Stotz                Cyclonauts
8      2     41:57        William      Sawyer               Gearworks
9            42:17        Paul         Boudreau             Essex County Velo
10           42:36        eric         marro                Team BOB/Skofield Builders
11     3                  Timothy      Groesbeck
12     4                  Paul         Curley               TEAM Gearworks/Spinarts
13           43:24        Paul         Lynch                Bicycle Link
14           43:46        Christopher  Brown                Corner Cycle
15                        James        Walsh                Cox Communications Cycling Team
16                        kevin        callahan             bicycle link
17     5     44:14        david        schachte             Providence Velo Club
18     6     44:21        Tom          Stevens              Gear Works/Spin Arts
19     7     44:37        geoff        sullivan             Eastern Bloc/Benidorm
20           45:25        Gene         Garneau
21           45:30        Tim          Crowley              CTS
22           45:48        Christopher  Smith
23           45:58        Bob          Bisson               Gearworks/Spinarts
24           46:09        James        Haitz                Cox Communications Cycling Team
25     8     46:29        Bruce        McCowan
26           46:45        Steven       Bonadio              NEBC/Cycle Loft
27           47:15        Michael      Dameron              Cox Communications Cycling Team
28           48:35        Kelly        Cline                Wissahikon Cyclery
29           48:41        Chris        Daigneault
30           49:37        Wayne        Cunningham           NEBC/Cycle Loft
31           50:53        Stephen      Cruickshank          Boston Road Club/ATA Cycles
32           -1 lap       Bill         Hurley               Slick Willy Bike Lube

Category:    Juniors      7            starters

Place        Time         Rider                             Team
1            39:47        Konrad       LeBas                Richard Sachs
2            41:28        Noah         Harwood              Daigel Corp/NHJCA
3            42:36        Charles      Marzot               Corner Cycle Cycling Club
4            43:40        Morgan       MacLeod              Portland Velo/Jamis
5            44:29        Ian          Gordon               Cox Communications Cycling Team
6            45:38        Tucker       Olander              Peerless/HNECC
7            48:08        Tim          Halliday

Category:    B Men        starters

Place        Time         Rider                             Team
1            41:44        Alan         Starrett             Bikeman.com
2            42:01        Ari          deWilde              Benidorm / Eastern Bloc
3            42:09        steve        rescigno             Bethel Cycle
4            42:10        Ryan         Amisault             University of Colorado
5            42:16        David        Keefe                Boston Bicycle Club
6            42:19        Peter        Rubijono             B2C/Community
7            42:34        Matt         DeMeis               bikeman.com
8            42:55        Tom          Hopper               REI/Team Novara
9            43:14        Todd         Cassan               Rocinant
10           43:24        Paul         Nyberg               Benidorm/Eastern Bloc
11           43:26        Brian        Rutter               Berlin Bike
12                        Jerome       Hughes               REI/Team Novara
13           43:43        Oscar        Purwin               NHCC/Team NH
14           44:05        Chris        Cyr                  bikeman.com
15           44:13        Christopher  Burke                Providence Velo
16           44:24        Jeff         Murray
17           44:29        Can          Gagliarde            MRB Mind.com
18           44:40        Brant        Hornberger           NCC / BikeReg.com
19           44:48        Wade         Summers              Benidorm / Eastern Bloc
20           44:54        Ethan        Parsons
21           45:36        Daniel       Abbe                 W.A.C.
22           45:42        Kyle         Wolfe                Bicycle Link
23                        Wayne        Maceyka              BRC/ATA Cycles
24           45:58        Matthew      Budd                 Boston Road Club
25           46:23        Michael      Cole                 Minuteman Road Club
26           46:27        Sam          Stevens              Berlin Bike
27           47:05        Michael      Harney
28           48:00        Matt         Bodziony             Team Casterama
29                        John         Gadrow               Team Casterama
30           48:25        Rich         Battuslia
31           50:30        Alvin        Nordell              NCC / BikeReg.com
32           51:13        John         Feinberg             hampton velo club
33           52:56        David        Salonen

Category:    B Women      3            starters

Place        Time         Rider                             Team
1            41:31        Heather      Owens                providence velo club
2            42:34        Rachel       Brown
3            43:51        lesli        comp                 Team Berlin Bike

Category:    B Masters                                      28

Place  45+   55+          Time         Rider
1                         37:20        James                Patterson
2      1                  37:26        Mike                 Tetreault
3      2                  37:39        Richard              Costa
4                         37:44        Michael              Keough
5                         37:55        Barry                Groton
6                         37:57        John                 Smey
7                         38:33        theo                 kindermans
8                         38:48        Mike                 Troisi
9                         39:10        Neil                 Scott
10                                     bob                  connors
11     3                  39:20        Dan                  Tieger
12                        39:26        Lawrence             King
13     4                  39:35        Thomas               Downey
14     5                  39:44        Brian                Bicki
15                                     Mako                 Saito
16                                     Clayton              Dennis
17                                     Robert               Desrosiers
18                                     Arnold T.            Kalmbach
19     6                  40:57        James                Themig
20     7                  41:37        Ron                  DeAngelis
21                        42:13        Gary                 Aspris
22                        43:16        David                Singleton
23           1            44:11        Herbert              Bates
24                                     Scott                McCulloch
25                        45:54        Richard              Tallberg
26                        47:40        Fafar                Bayat
27     8                  -1 lap       Garnbed              Minasian

Category:    Cub Juniors               6 starters

Place  Time  Rider                     Team                 Hometown
1      9:45  Stephanie    White        Dansko/Wheelworks    Bedford
2      10:01 Nick         Keough       Corner Cycle         Sandwich
3      10:19 Luke         Keough       Corner Cycle         Sandwich
4      10:49 Douglas      Hayes                             Hyannis
5      16:45 Madeline     Brown        Cox Communications   Wakefield