Fair Hill Cyclocross

Elkton, MD

Sunday, December 4, 2005

Fair Hill Cyclocross
Presented by
First State Velo Sport
Elkton, MD
Sunday, December 04, 2005

December 4, 2005; Fair Hill, MD, USA: When the Fort Frames/Greater Pittsburgh Orthopedic Associates team traveled to the final stop of the 2005 Verge Mid Atlantic cyclocross series on December 4, they had one goal -- �defend the fort!� With defending champions in both pro classes, and a dominator in the Master�s class, the Fort/GPOA team had their eyes on championships in all three money classes and the team championship. Ryan Leech and Mike Yozell pedaled their Fort bicycles into the record books, but Kona�s Georgia Gould was fast enough to penetrate the fort before the drawbridge was pulled up, taking her first cyclocross championship.

Race day downed to greet racers with a cold, damp, overcast day with wind and fog. An overnight mix of rain and snow, compounded by the previous day�s MABRA championship races that used many of the same sections of the park, turned most of the track into slippery mud. It was the kind of day that even professional meteorologists might describe as �icky�. And, with relatively little elevation change, it was also a good course for the growing contingent of single-speed racers. This was in evidence in the day�s opening race for Class C Men, where Tim Bowman of Trophy Bike/Team Shiftless beat out local racer James Ambagis of Fort/GPOA. Team Shiftless placed two riders in the top three, and three riders in the top six. The concurrent B Women and Junior 10-16 races were won by Amy Breyla (Henry�s Bikes) and Morgan Gerlak (Alan Mid Atlantic).

Fort/GPOA�s first big test came in the Master�s race with Mike Yozell. Yozell, a long-time Elite rider and husband of Pennsylvania Champion Erica Yozell, started the first two races of the season in the Elite class. But, a severely sprained ankle changed his season. �My first race back was Granouge,� said Yozell, �but I didn�t want to come back with a sprained ankle in a C1 race. So, I did Masters.� He won Granouge in the most exciting sprint of the year, and backed it up by winning the following day�s Wissahickon race to take over the points lead. Coming into Fair Hill, he had a remarkable string of 5 consecutive wins in the Verge MAC Masters -- which he extended to six with a wire-to-wire victory.

In the B-race, Verge MAC stalwart Adam Szczepanski (Bike & Blade - Serfs) took his first win over yet another Fort/GPOA rider, Chris Mayhew, by 17 seconds. For Mayhew, the series� principal PA announcer, it was the best finish of the season.

Coming into the Elite Women�s race, Kona�s Georgia Gould of Idaho held a slim lead in the points standings over two-time and defending champion Betsy Schauer from West Virginia and Fort/GPOA. A confirmed mudder, Gould loved the conditions, starting strong and extending her lead throughout the race to finish with a comfortable 3 minute, 25 second advantage over Schauer. It was the first major championship for ever-smiling Gould, who started racing �cross only last year and who quickly endeared herself among her fellow racers. Such was the relationship that when Gould realized that her number wasn�t pinned on properly while standing on the start line, she turned to her closest competitor Schauer -- who carefully pinned it back in place, without drawing blood. The surprise of the race, if not the entire season, was the performance of Marilyn Galegher of Hunt Valley Bicycles. Moving up to the Elite field for the first time, Galegher put in a strong and composed performance to finish third ahead of many established Verge MAC competitors.

The Elite Men, the final race of the 2005 Verge MAC season, started with Fort/GPOA�s Ryan Leech needing only to finish the race to defend his championship, but he was more concerned with honoring unofficial MAC photographer Dennis Smith. Taking the starter�s megaphone on the start line, Leech awarded �Den� with a certificate of appreciation and a cash gift collected from the MAC brotherhood. An hour later, Leech came across the finish line hand-in-hand with Fort/GPOA teammate Gunnar Shogren to clinch the 2005 Verge MAC Championships for both Elite Men and Overall Team. Roger Aspholm (Westwood Video) was able to make a small dent in the fort by beating out Weston Schempf for third place to avoid a 1-2-3 finish by the Fort/GPOA team.

Winning any championship series, let alone a series as prestigious as the Verge Mid Atlantic Cyclocross Series is cool. After her race, Georgia Gould was seen beaming ear-to-ear. Asked if she was smiling because of the championship or because she got to play in the mud, Gould replied, �Both,� then laughed and said, �Actually, it�s not really a smile -- it�s more of a grimace. I�m so cold.� And so, the new champ proved that racing in the Verge MAC is �way cool�.

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. Category: Elite Men starters 21 Place U23 Time Last Name First Name Team Hometown ST 1 0:00:00 LEECH Ryan Fort-GPOA ! Philadelphia PA 2 0:00:00 SHOGREN Gunnar FORT-GPOA! Morgantown WV 3 0:00:35 ASPHOLM Roger Westwood Velo Haworth NJ 4 0:01:04 SCHEMPF Weston FORT-GPOA! Sinking Spring PA 5 0:03:01 WULFKUHLE Andrew Alan Mid-Atlantic Lititz PA 6 0:03:28 WILSON Dan Henrys Bikes Wilmington DE 7 0:04:42 WITTWER Greg FORT-GPOA! Charlottesville VA 8 0:05:03 DEIBERT Nathan Evolution Racing Hummelstown PA 9 0:05:50 SCOTT Chris SMT Harrisonburg PA 10 0:07:40 PICCILLO Joseph Evolution Racing Doylestown PA 11 0:07:58 MARINI Greg Coffee Plus FNC Columbia MD 12 0:08:17 SPONSEL Alistair Colavita Racing Princeton NJ 13 0:08:39 GALEGHER Sean Hunt Valley Bicycles Towson MD 14 0:09:20 REYNOLDS Joe Wissahickon Folsom NJ 15 U23 0:09:43 WHITTLOCK Peter Team Siegler Imports/CVCC MD 16 0:12:26 NEWELL Chris Hunt Valley Bicycle Club/HVB Reisterstown MD 17 -1lap 3:44 SEYMOUR Nate PVC Alexandria VA 18 -1lap 4:50 DOWNS Jay FORT-GPOA! Greensburg PA dnf HANSEN Jon Richmond Ciclismo Potomac MD dnf WREN Tyler Colavita/Sutter Home Rosemont PA dns LEA Bobby Northwestern Mortgage Mertztown PA Category: Elite Women starters 13 Place U23 35+ Time Last Name First Name Team Hometown ST 1 0:00:00 GOULD Georgia Kona Ketchum ID 2 0:03:25 SCHAUER Betsy FORT- GPOA ! Morgantown WV 3 0:07:02 GALEGHER Marilyn Hunt Valley Bicycles Towson MD 4 0:07:34 VON TEITENBERG Heidi Alan Baltimore MD 5 35+ 0:08:27 MOST Lisa Wissahickon Philadelphia PA 6 0:08:57 YOZELL Erica FORT- GPOA ! Philadelphia PA 7 35+ 0:09:53 VIBLE Lisa Velo Bella Wilmington DE 8 35+ 0:10:03 EBERSOLE Tammy Evolution Warminster PA 9 0:12:40 STARK Laura Somerset Wheelmen Princeton NJ 10 0:14:15 CHURCH Kristine Human Zoom 35+ dns MALDONADO Lynda Tri State Velo/Amoroso's/Victory RaciPhiladelphia PA 35+ dns MASON Beth NCVC Silver Spring MD dns SCHULTZ Krista Hunt Valley Bicycles Baltimore MD Category: Masters 35+ starters 46 Place 45+ 55+ Time Last Name First Name Team Hometown ST 1 0:00:00 YOZELL Mike FORT-GPOA! Philadelphia PA 2 45+ 0:00:21 LONG Christopher Independent Fabrication/Gotham Woodside NY 3 0:00:38 AUER Kris Alan Racing Baltimore MD 4 0:00:48 RUGGERY Joseph Freddie Fu Greensburg PA 5 0:00:52 HEBE Mike Fort-GPOA Etters PA 6 0:01:23 SAUNDERS Blair Henry's Bikes Newark DE 7 45+ 0:01:32 ROOT Randall Team Snow Valley/SIBEX Sterling VA 8 0:01:42 LUX John Hunt Valley Bicycles/HVB Cornwall PA 9 0:01:44 SCHLAUCH Eric Somerset Wheelmen/Van Dessel Califon NJ 10 0:02:47 CLINE Kelly Wissahickon Glenside PA 11 45+ 0:03:05 CORDISCO Jeff CAPOforma Kennett Square PA 12 45+ 0:03:16 GRAY Douglass First State Velo Sport Elizabethtown PA 13 0:03:20 LYON III Robert HUNT VALLEY BICYCLE CLUB York PA 14 0:04:06 VETTORI Marc Secret Henry's Team | Spot Brand Elkton MD 15 45+ 0:06:30 KAUFMAN Larry Velocity Sports/CCE Trenton NJ 16 45+ 0:07:05 SAINT CLAIR Kevin QCW/Bike Addicts Philadelphia PA 17 0:07:36 MILLER John Guys Bicycles Glen Mills PA 18 45+ 0:07:53 FREDERICK Rob Evolution Racing Doylestown PA 19 45+ 55+ 0:08:06 MORRISON Donald Wissahickon West Brandywine PA 20 0:08:19 LEONARD Patrick evolution racing Holland PA 21 0:08:20 LOWE David Human Zoom Bala Cynwyd PA 22 45+ 0:08:21 CZUPRYNA Michael First State Velo Sport Newark DE 23 0:08:34 EVANS Chris Wissahickon Philadelphia PA 24 45+ 0:08:40 SARMOUSAKIS John WWR Newark DE 25 45+ 0:09:11 BRECKENMAKER Kevin Yellow Breeches Racing Hershey PA 26 0:09:22 WINDH Rolf Guy's Racing Philadelphia PA 27 45+ 0:12:15 FEASLEY Bill DC Velo Tacoma Park MD 28 45+ 0:12:29 WILSON Scott Evolution Racing Warminster PA 29 0:12:30 INCOGNITO Paul QCW/Spot Brand Wilmington DE 30 45+ -1lap 0:10 KELLY Gary South Mountain Velo Carlise PA 31 45+ -1lap 3:17 HEEDE Steve Hunt Valley Bicycles York PA 32 45+ 55+ -1lap 8:37 WILLIAMS R. Michael Wilmington Velocity Wilmington DE 33 45+ 55+ -2laps DITTEBRANDT Karl kissena cycling club New York NY 45+ dnf BAUCH Richard Colavita Racing Team Califon NJ 45+ dnf CONNAIR Mike First State Velo Sport Elkton MD 45+ dnf SANCHEZ Gustavo Evolution Racing Wrightstown PA dnf TREMPER Henry First State Velo Sport Arden DE dnf FEATHERMAN Mark Guys Bicycles Philadelphia PA dns ERNDL Charles 3- D Racing Englishtown NJ 45+ dns KUTNEY Mark Charlottesville Racing Club Charlottesville VA 45+ 55+ dns LEA Rob TEAM Fuji 45+ dns REYNOLDS Scott Guy's Racing Perkiomenville PA 45+ dns SHIAO Bernie LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies Sparks Glencoe MD dns SOVEK Chip Potomac Velo Club Centreville VA dns WARMUTH Ralf Highland Park Hermes Highland Park NJ dns WIECZOREK Brian Freddie Fu Ligonier Township PA Category: B Men starters 34 Place Time Last Name First Name Team Hometown ST Racing Age 1 0:00:00 SZCZEPANSKI Adam Bike & Blade - Serfs Collegeville PA 27 2 0:00:17 MAYHEW Chris FORT/GPOA Pittsburgh PA 30 3 0:00:39 MEALEY Sean Hunt Valley Bicycles/HVB York PA 35 4 0:01:05 LABARR Dusty ALAN Mid-Atlantic 5 0:01:41 OHARA Mike LSV/Kelly 6 0:02:24 MAINS Tom Velocity Sports/CCE Hamilton NJ 35 7 0:02:31 FOLEY Joseph City Bikes 8 0:02:46 HOSTETTER III John ALAN Mid-Atlantic Perryville MD 32 9 0:03:03 HUGES PJ 10 0:03:16 CHICHESTER Charles CRC OF A Titusville NJ 38 11 0:03:21 HARSAMAN Chris Team Snow Valley 12 0:03:28 LOUSTAY Emerson 13 0:03:41 ALLEN Christopher Action Wheels Mount Laurel NJ 30 14 0:03:42 BRILL Daniel Team Beacon South River NJ 34 15 0:03:46 MORGAN Eric Wissahickon Philadelphia PA 16 0:03:54 RIENDEAU Alec Highland Park Hermes Highland Park NJ 28 17 0:04:18 MAY Johnny Joe's Bike Shop 18 0:04:25 MCKEON Marty Green Mountain Cyclery Lancaster PA 27 19 0:05:27 VARESCHI Mark Rutgers Cycling Highland Park NJ 26 20 0:05:45 PROCOPOS Theo Wissahickon 21 0:08:04 NORVELL Montana Wissahickon 22 0:09:38 CALLAN Craig Highland Park Hermes 23 0:10:21 STRIKA Dusan Kissena Cycling Team Parlin NJ 46 24 0:11:48 COVELL David Guy's cycling club Newtown Square PA 26 25 0:12:33 FISHER Ed ShoreVelocity Hallwood VA 45 26 dnf RIOS Rodney Tem Beacon 27 dns ADAMS Zach Yellow Breeches Racing Carlisle PA 16 28 dns BILSON Richard Newtown Square PA 33 29 dns NYSTROM Chris ALAN Mid-Atlantic Baltimore MD 35 30 dns SAUDER Luke Hunt Valley Bicycles/HVB Mt. Wolf PA 35 31 dns SCOTT Wayne First State Velo Sport Elkton MD 36 32 dns TOTARO Chad Team Human Zoom Philadelphia PA 32 33 dns WICHMAN Todd All American Bicycle Club Silver Spring MD 37 34 dns WIECZOREK Brian Freddie Fu Ligonier Township PA 39 Category: C Men starters 29 Place Time Last Name First Name Team Hometown ST 1 0:00:00 BOWMAN Tim Trophy Bikes - Shiftless Philadelphia PA 2 0:00:45 AMBAGIS James FORT-GPOA! Newark DE 3 0:00:46 Wiedziocha Daniel Trophy Bikes - Shiftless 4 0:01:27 Troop Dave FSVS 5 0:01:31 Webster Andreww UDEL 6 0:01:56 Dalkner Peter Trophy Bikes - Shiftless 7 0:02:01 GINN Mark Landenberg PA 8 0:02:10 ELY Keith First State Velo Sport Kennett Square PA 9 0:02:25 LEA Syd TEAM Fuji 10 0:02:30 Whitemore Timothy All American Bike Center 11 0:02:48 Hendrickson John FSVS 12 0:03:14 BURKE Steven Hunt Valley Bicycles Baltimore MD 13 0:03:47 LOPEZ Andre Peddler's Shop Racing Maple Shade NJ 14 0:05:37 Prudente Jay Guys Racing 15 0:06:41 Croce Sean 16 0:07:18 Orsini Joseph Cycle Works 17 0:07:23 Fitzwater Mark Wooden Wheels 18 0:08:43 Herman Ron LSV/Kelly 19 0:09:46 FALCONIO Jason Gaithersburg MD 20 0:12:40 Gillham Patrick Ferehouse Bike dns D'AMELIO Louis Century Road Club of America Belle Mead NJ dns DAVIES Gordon NCVC/Edge Technologies Gaithersburg MD dns DILLARD Kevin NCVC/Edge Technologies Washington DC dns DONOVAN Terry Lido Beach NY dns HOSTETTER JR John ALAN MID ATLANTIC Aberdeen MD dns LAWSON David Guy's Racing Fort Washington PA dns MORAN Edward Pittsgrove NJ dns SMITH Andrew Washington DC dns WENTZELL Joseph Breakaway Endurance Sports Club Philadelphia PA Category: B Women starters 9 Place Time Last Name First Name Team Hometown ST 1 0:02:32 BREYLA Amy Henry's Bikes New Castle DE 2 0:03:14 SINGERMAN Jessica Lehigh Valley Bike Line Newark DE 3 0:05:28 SCHULTZ Krista Hunt Valley Bicycles Baltimore MD 4 0:06:28 CSIRA Laura Trophy Bikes Team Shiftless/singlespeed Philadelphia PA 5 0:07:03 TOURIAN Karen Club Wissahickon Philadelphia PA 6 0:11:52 LEA Tracy TEAM Fuji 7 0:12:41 Rock Anne NA -2laps Fite Kat Alan Factory Team dns POLIWODA Sally Sturdy Girl Cycling Philaelphia PA Category: Jun 10-16 starters 3 Time Last Name First Name Team Hometown ST 0:00:19 GERLAK Morgan Alan Mid-Atlantic Baltimore MD -1lap BROWN Tyler First State Velo Sport DE dnf MILLER Eric Guys Racing Club Glen Mills PA