Thursday, December 3, 2009

Howard County Double Cross by the Numbers and the Photos and the Blogs and the YouTube and the Quotes and the Pie



When people heard that Rockburn was spawning a double, they thought we were nuts. They were right, but the result was an awesome weekend off sweet, sweet cross.  But rather than take my word for it, read what other people wrote and see what other people saw.  Keep scrolling, there is TONS of stuff.

"Loved the course, loved the location. I'll be back next year. I had a blast. " - Josh P.

"Nice course today....power sapping and did you run sprinklers on the back side hill - what hills HOLD water? Geesshhh." - Jeff A.

"I liked the course, hated the run-up....of course, I don't like any run-ups." - Steve W.

"I had a blast. can't wait until next year. Oh.....and the pie??? DAMN! that was good stuff. " - Carlo A.

"Thanks for a great weekend of racing!" - Mike B.

"That was a great day. I loved the course and the event was well organized. Great people, great weather, great racing, what else can I say?" - Bill O'K.

"Thanks to the organizers and volunteers to make a great race weekend. Loved today's course! Great job HoCo2xCx crew!" - Rusty W.

"It was a most excellent adventure. The course was a challenge, and that makes for a great day." - Jim K.

"Thanks to BBC for putting it together!" - James D.

"Well done Rockburn Cross. A good weekend of racing. Both events beat the tar out of me. Can't wait for the 2010 editions." - James K.

"Couldn't have picked a better race to try out cyclocross than this weekend! Both races were soooo family friendly (key when you have 4 kids!) and full of twisty turny, mud cakey, grassy goodness! " - EstroJen

"Nice job everyone involved. Great races and pulling it off b2b is crazy." - Barry H.

"great couple of race - thanks for doing this." - Jim B.

"Good course, food, turnout, and weather!" - Mike W.

"I think it went awesomely. Difficult course, great food, great people: great job! Thanks for your efforts in putting together a great weekend of cyclocross!" - Mike N.

"I thought the old rockburn was perfect but truthfully this incarnation was so much better....." - Karl C.

"great events! thanks for a great pair of races :)" - Marc G.

"Perfect Cx weekend! Thanks for organizing it." - Alain P.

"You folks put on a great race.  The tweaks to the course were perfect.  One of the best race courses this year." - Gary K.

"I've attended all of the Rockburn CX races so far as well as the MTB race in the spring. As long as you have these races, I'll be there. I especially liked the course change this year at Rockburn. The food vendors were pretty good and were not outrageously priced as had been the case at other races. You've got my vote with a 2 thumbs up! It was definitely a good weekend." - Jay D.

"Fantastic re-design of the course...All I heard were positive remarks from riders in all races. Well done!" - Matt H.

"Great job this weekend. Perfect weather, fun racing, pie. Thank you." - Bill S.

"Matt, I'm not sure if you promoted/organized both races this weekend, but they were both awesome! Thanks for the work you put into everything, both events are keepers with great courses, I'll definitely be back next year for both." - Neil S.

"It really had a great flow about the course. The transitions were much better than before. It was one of my top favorites of the year." - Dave W.

          "Thanks again for putting together one of my favorite races of the year (Rockburn). My 26th place was not quite as good as my 3rd place finish last year in the Cat 4 race, but I moved up to the 35+ masters and those front dudes are just too fast for me.
          "The new addition of Schooley Mill Park was great kind of. Now my wife wants to get a horse after seeing that facility! You know how many bikes you can get for the cost of 1 horse. Also, she now wants to move from downtown (Capitol Hill) to Howard County. I love that she comes to every race, but I did not anticipate having to pick-up house to move out to the country so we can have horses. Though the good thing would be that my commute to work at the Department of Commerce would be around 60 miles a day which is pretty nice for training purposes.
          "Note: Pass along to the food vendors: Custard Creme pie is amazing and more Sweet Potato Fries. Dangerously Delicious pies should be a hallmark at every MABRA Race, I would like to have them at Hyattsville CX next year.
          "Thanks again." - Ryan D.

"I did the Sun race--- I did last year too. love it. I liked the course this year. Will return if you do it in 2010. Thanks for putting it on." - Marni H.

"Great races! Excellent venues and promotion! It was especially nice to have food at the events. Thanks for your efforts." - Peter H.

"Great weekend and congratulations of a fantastic event." - John H.

"Rockburn was a great race, awesome location. Thanks for putting it on and supporting cyclocross." - Rich Z.

"Thank you very much for setting up these two great races. The contrast between the 2 courses was fantastic, really serving up different cx flavors." - John R.

"thanks to Rockburn Cross and Schooley Mill Cross for another awesome weekend of mabra cx racing" - Steve R.

"Rockburn Cross threw an amazing race weekend, one of the best races of the year. (Thanks!)" - Edge Vacation

"Next year I'm coming w/ my hatchet and taking care of that stupid root!" - Gunnar S.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Maxwell repeats, Schempf dominates at Day 2 of Howard County Double Cross

November 22, 2009
Elkridge, MD

Following the hard day of racing Saturday at Howard County Double Cross in Schooley Mill Cross, racers returned for the third addition of Rockburn Cross with continued mild weather but soggy terrain in Elkridge, MD. Racer were met with a newly designed course with an improved start and pit that featured punchy climbs and greasy turns.

In the Women's race, C3-Athlete Serving Athletes' Leanore Pipes sought to establish herself as the woman to beat by taking the holeshot ahead of Julie Kuliecza of Alan North America Cycling and Jennifer Maxwell of ATAC Sportswear presented by the Bike Rack of Washington DC. But Maxwell, returning from her victory the previous day at Schooley Mill Cross would not be caught off guard. The lead traded between Pipes, Kuliecza, and Maxwell, but Maxwell and Pipes established a lead group of two early in the race. Maxwell attacked Pipes, but the most recent addition to C3-Athletes Serving Athletes formidable elite women's team was able to respond to Maxwell's surge. Maxwell attacked again dropping Pipes and opening a gap. Pipes dug deep to regain virtually all of the ground she had lost to Maxwell, but time was against her as Maxwell was able to hold the gap to the end. Two-time defending Rockburn champion Betsy Shogren of Cannondale Factory Racing/Backyard Bike Club rounded out the top three.

In the men's race, Wes Schempf of C3-Athletes Serving Athletes dominated the elite men's field with a solo victory. Schempf, the returning victor at Rockburn and the reigning champion of the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series took the holeshot and began distancing himself from all his rivals, ultimately finishing 1 minute 43 seconds ahead of the next finisher from a chase group of 4 that contained Stephen Cummings of Indiana Regional Medical Center, teammates Greg Wittwer and Dave Weaver of ALAN North America Cycling Team, and Jared Nieters of Haymarket Bicycles/HomeVisit who led the MABRAcross points leaderboard coming of Urban Cross on November 15. The chase would prove hard fought for 2nd through 5th with Cummings finishing 2nd only 6 seconds ahead of Wittwer who himself was 1 second ahead of Weaver.

The MABRAcross series concludes this Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend with the Championships worth 50% more points in Taneytown, MD.

Results
RbCx Cat 4 Men
PLACE TIME BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM CITY STATE AGE
1 0:26:13 633 Lea Syd T.E.A.M. Fuji TANEYTOWN MD 24
2 0:26:31 631 Doroshenko Andrey UMBC Baltimore MD 28
3 0:26:35 629 Tucker Matt Washington DC 35
4 0:26:35 638 Beatley Erik Winchester Wheelmen Racing Team Winchester VA 34
5 0:27:05 607 Hicks Jon Winchester Wheelmen Race Team Winchester VA 47
6 0:27:07 665 Trinh Jeff Georgetown University Vienna VA 25
7 0:27:23 639 Smith Cory Winchester Wheelmen Winchester VA 42
8 0:27:31 605 Luckeroth Kevin Adventures For The Cure Glen Burnie MD 22
9 0:27:37 630 Stahl Mark SEAVS RACING/Bens Performance Bikes Vienna VA 46
10 0:27:46 610 Dull James Adventures for the Cure Halethorpe MD 29
11 0:27:47 649 Patterson Brooke Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 34
12 0:27:53 616 Moore Thom Potomac Velo/Bike Lane Arlington VA 44
13 0:27:57 656 McCullough Israel GungHo/Springhouse Dover PA 30
14 0:28:05 619 Frederick Aric Shea Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Baltimore MD 33
15 0:28:12 640 dempster eric Winchester Wheelmen Racing Team Winchester VA 37
16 0:28:14 626 daly craig Ellicott City MD 38
17 0:28:30 642 Grube Craig Bayside Velo / Bike Doctor Arnold MD 32
18 0:28:34 657 Wallace Allan Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling Lutherville MD 25
19 0:28:42 634 Georgantas Robert Joe's Mt Washington Bike Shop Gaithersburg MD 40
20 0:28:44 632 Taylor Nicholas Lanterne Rouge Arlington VA 28
21 0:28:54 676 Mata Alex Evolution Cycling Club Reston VA 43
22 0:29:01 672 Miller Curtis Team DRT/Deep Blue Wilmington DE 33
23 0:29:05 641 Fogg James Kensington MD 32
24 0:29:05 662 Smith Micah Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 30
25 0:29:15 659 Irias Roberto Adventures For the Cure Arbutus MD 30
26 0:29:21 655 Sterner Gary HUP United Lewisberry PA 39
27 0:29:22 651 Mazzarese Michael Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Reisterstown MD 34
28 0:29:24 671 Pearlman Jason The Bike Rack Silver Spring MD 38
29 0:29:30 617 Lewandowski Adam The Bike Lane Catonsville MD 33
30 0:29:32 679 Brown Rob Team DRT / Deep Blue Chadds Ford PA 39
31 0:29:32 680 Mauch Justin NCVC Sterling VA 15
32 0:29:38 648 Ghais Aaron ALL-AMERICAN BICYCLE CLUB Potomac MD 44
33 0:29:45 681 Franko Mitch Jim Thorpe PA 16
34 0:29:46 652 Sieverts Christian Towson MD 39
35 0:30:13 684 Knight Sherman Washington DC 37
36 0:30:49 602 Archer Brian NCVC/Inova Health System Arlington VA 37
37 0:31:12 682 Koniowsky Joseph Route 1 Velo Washington DC 25
38 0:31:17 608 Caputi Michael Adventures for the Cure Halethorpe MD 28
39 0:31:26 653 Schmidl Hans Towson MD 39
40 0:31:30 635 Edwards Ron washington DC 38
41 0:32:01 675 Traylor Allen Baltimore MD 32
42 0:32:20 644 Webb Rick Baltimore Bush Doctors Catonsville MD 34
43 0:32:24 667 Hastings Alistair Herndon VA 33
44 0:32:40 654 couslin eric curtis bay md MD 31
45 0:32:48 646 Tambeaux Lars Adventures for the Cure Columbia MD 16
46 0:33:18 643 Arnold Delmar Winchester Wheelmen race team Winchester VA 45
47 0:33:24 663 Magyar Levi Jeffersonton VA 28
48 0:33:51 620 Blankenship George NCVC/Inova Health System Alexandria VA 31
49 0:33:52 604 Ivins Jonathan Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Germantown MD 49
50 0:34:05 612 Hilfiger Christopher Adventures for the Cure Baltimore MD 33
51 0:34:07 650 Roschke Guilherme Washington DC 35
52 0:34:10 673 Pressman Jonathan Signature Cycles/ Rockstar Games Cherry Hill NJ 23
53 0:34:12 636 Poche Thomas NA Bethesda MD 47
54 0:34:38 664 Townsend Daniel Bike Doctor/ Bayside Velo Waldorf MD 43
55 0:34:43 661 davis graham Proteus Bicycles kensington MD 41
56 0:35:41 614 ventosa joseph proteus bicycles baltimore MD 36
57 0:35:50 621 Chou Leon Prince William Elite Racing Manassas VA 35
58 0:36:10 674 Bell Daniel Racerheads SLC Washington DC 17
59 0:36:10 618 Chambers Warren Ellicott City MD 47
60 0:36:11 668 Dean Jason Frederick MD 32
61 0:36:27 670 Davis Bill Potomac Velo Club/The Bike Lane Centreville VA 50
62 0:36:39 669 Bidle Zach Team Weak Sauce Frederick MD 29
63 0:37:19 678 Jones Thomas Proteus Bicycles Edgewater MD 37
DNF 622 Ludicke John AABC Severna Park MD 41
DNF 606 Murby Richard The Bike Rack Washington DC 32
DNF 683 Spencer Stephen 1213 Racing Washington DC 24
DNS 666 Turney Brent Hyattsville MD 30
DNS 660 Steckhan Uwe Blubberbande Washington DC 32
DNS 613 Saylor Gregory Adventures For The Cure Frederick MD 29
DNS 623 Runge Conor Gaithersburg MD 32
DNS 625 Vickers william Capital Bicycle/AFC crownsville MD 45
DNS 609 Schiavo Mike Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 44
DNS 628 Pitman Kyle Team Latitude/ABRT Annapolis MD 34
DNS 645 Montanus Paul Cape Fear Cyclists Alexandria VA 44
DNS 677 Mikulcik Stephen Team DRT - Deep Blue Hockessin DE 30
DNS 627 Whittaker Robert Adventures For The Cure Sykesville MD 39
DNS 603 Marks Jeffery Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling Baltimore MD 34
DNS 615 Kamps Jason C3 / Athletes Serving Athletes Ellicott City MD 44
DNS 611 Halley Devon NCVC/Inova Health System Washington DC 30
DNS 624 Correal Andres Team BBC Timonium MD 38
DNS 601 Battan David Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB Bethesda MD 46
DNS 647 Ankrah Rodges Route 1 Velo /Arrow Bicycles Hyattsville MD 47
DNS 637 Maxwell Stephen AABC gaithersburg MD 32

RbCx Cat 3,4 Master 35+/45+*
1 0:34:00 302 Sapp Neal Ben's Performance Bikes Chadds Ford PA 48
2 0:34:10 305 stahl scott SEAVS RACING/Ben's Performance Bikes Fairfax VA 47
3 0:34:11 304 Seibold Jonathan Family Bike Shop Crofton MD 39
4 0:34:13 393 Fife Steve Bike Doctor Reston VA 35
5 0:34:14 308 Thompson Scott Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 44
6 0:34:28 306 Morris Kenneth Winchester Wheelmen Racing Team Middletown VA 42
7 0:34:49 307 Buckley Bruce THE Bike Lane Reston VA 40
8 0:34:52 316 Carroll Matt Evolution Cycling Ashburn VA 37
9 0:34:56 303 Anderson Jeff HPC/List Vienna VA 48
10 0:34:57 309 Michel Matt NCVC / Inova Health System Oak Hill VA 40
11 0:34:59 310 Wolfe Thori Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 46
12 0:35:01 345 Gutzeit Andreas HPC List Washington DC 43
13 0:35:02 312 Kay David Clean Currents p/b Don Beyer Volvo Washington DC 48
14 0:35:13 329 Zangmeister Chris All American Bicycle Club Gaithersburg MD 39
15 0:35:14 351 Beshore Michael Team Cycle Works York PA 42
16 0:35:18 364 Monaco Anthony Team SCARR - Ommegang Millersville MD 42
17 0:35:29 375 Greene Albert Yellow Breeches Racing Woodbridge VA 48
18 0:35:33 317 Schirmer Neil Silver Spring MD 38
19 0:35:40 313 Kensinger Karl NCVC/Inova Health System Arlington VA 50
20 0:35:41 321 Sloman Eric NCVC/Inova Health System Ashburn VA 50
21 0:35:42 369 Bauer Todd Single Speed Outlaw Factory Team/Bicycle Escape Germantown MD 44
22 0:35:43 320 kamenick john evolution cycling ashburn VA 44
23 0:35:43 314 Parse Dave Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 43
24 0:35:44 311 Cernich Scott Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 36
25 0:35:44 334 Douglas Ryan Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycles Washington DC 35
26 0:35:59 326 bayne paul Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Racing annapolis MD 34
27 0:36:01 353 Bricker Blake Team Cycle Works Hellam PA 41
28 0:36:01 328 wrona marc kelly benefits strategies/lsv lutherville MD 41
29 0:36:13 350 Engblom Thor NCVC/Inova Health System Frederick MD 44
30 0:36:22 373 OKeefe Bill C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes Baltimore MD 48
31 0:36:24 378 frazer marc Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Team owings mills MD 46
32 0:36:25 349 Biro Charles Team Get a Grip Washington DC 38
33 0:36:27 315 Schieken William Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 41
34 0:36:40 388 smith dennis Secret Henry's Team newark DE 53
35 0:36:40 344 Zoeller Michael NCVC/Inova Health System Washington DC 50
36 0:36:50 391 Evanitus Clark Gung Ho/Springhouse York PA 40
37 0:36:58 341 gwadz joel DCMTB:Family Bike Shop washington DC 43
38 0:37:12 343 Kotun Joseph Evolution Cycling Falls Church VA 49
39 0:37:38 337 Varga Paul Bicycle Place Velo Club Silver Spring MD 41
40 0:37:55 352 McCasland William US Air Force Alexandria VA 53
41 0:37:56 387 Marciniak Bill Bike Doctor/SEAVS Racing Ellicott City MD 48
42 0:38:01 366 Carlisle James Battlefield Velo Frederick MD 46
43 0:38:11 323 West Michael AdventuresForTheCure/TMR ellicott city MD 41
44 0:38:18 380 Ryan Chas Potomac Velo Club Annandale VA 49
45 0:38:34 346 Browne William Bike Doctor/Bayside Velo Waldorf MD 44
46 0:38:35 336 Philippe Alain CW/King Pawn/Joe's Bike Shop Lutherville MD 43
47 0:38:42 384 Zachary Rich NCVC/Inova Health System Silver Spring MD 40
48 0:38:49 379 Drajem Mark DCMTB Silver Spring MD 43
49 0:38:51 390 JINKS MIKE BikeWorks Racing Stafford VA 48
50 0:39:28 370 Heywood John 1412 Velo Club Washington DC 40
51 0:39:29 397 Cerbis Tim Mt. Airy MD 40
52 0:39:44 394 Blandford Bill RBCX Elkridge MD 40
53 0:39:45 338 Bae Eric Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Elkridge MD 40
54 0:39:54 358 O'Byrne Matthew Baltimore MD 41
55 0:40:00 363 Klender Jim AdventuresForTheCure/TMR Ellicott City MD 50
56 0:40:02 392 Hoffman Greg Have Bike Lets Travel Shrewsbury PA 44
57 0:40:05 362 Breeden Steve Winchester Wheelmen Winchester VA 54
58 0:40:15 360 owens douglas NCVC/Inova Health System arlington VA 38
59 0:40:27 376 Sanchez Gustavo Evolution Racing Wrightstown PA 49
60 0:40:32 395 Smith Andrew C3 Silver Spring MD 40
61 0:40:52 389 adair chris ABRT/latitude annapoils MD 42
62 0:41:14 332 Krawczel Mike Artemis Rockville MD 44
63 0:41:56 335 Kline James Artemis Edgewater MD 41
64 0:42:03 372 Alfano Carlo Brunswick MD 40
65 0:42:16 359 Wanco Mark HUP United New Cumberland PA 51
66 0:42:28 396 Hardin Todd Rockville MD 47
67 0:43:26 398 Allmon William Woodbar MD 42
68 0:43:45 357 Johnson Tim Vertigo Cycles Catonsville MD 38
69 0:43:58 340 Han Kenneth All American Bicycle Club Silver Spring MD 39
70 0:44:30 367 Mellendick Rick Baltimore MD 36
71 0:44:41 347 Neary Mike Ben's Performance Bicycles Eldersburg MD 40
72 0:45:27 399 McNeely James Squadra Coppi Crofton MD 42
73 0:46:01 381 Frey Don Snakebite Racing South Euclid OH 41
74 400 Gruenberger Pete Ellicott City MD 50
75 368 blumenfeld shawn Hub Racing silver spring MD 40
76 383 Kelley Gary Bean's Bikes Carlisle PA 53
77 325 Esempio Phillip Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Nazareth PA 42
78 377 Nixon Randall Chesapeake Wheelmen West Friendship MD 54
79 385 schott sol los pariahs Arlington VA 42
80 386 Romefelt Alan C3 - Athletes serving Athletes Catonsville MD 53
81 361 Maisto John Bicycle Place Velo Club Silver Spring MD 45
DNF 331 ventosa joseph proteus bicycles baltimore MD 36
DNF 322 Saunders Will HPC Rockville MD 35
DNF 401 Tambeaux David Adventures for the Cure Columbia MD 51
DNF 382 Bannon Ryan The Bike Lane Reston VA 38
DNF 327 Klose Steve Adventures For The Cure Ellicott City MD 50
DNF 356 Beaty Geoffrey Whole Wheel Velo Club Herndon VA 37
DNF 318 Trust Jason NCVC/Inova Health System Herndon VA 41
DNS 330 Erler Jeff Evolution Cycling Club Reston VA 44
DNS 324 frost geoffrey Team BBC baltimore MD 36
DNS 319 Mabry Scott NCVC/ Inova Health System Arlington VA 49
DNS 348 gunter wade laurel MD 52
DNS 354 Phillips Timothy Team BBC Ellicott City MD 40
DNS 342 Drummond Kyle Chesapeake Wheelmen/King Pawn/Joe's Bike Shop Ellicott City MD 40
DNS 374 buki charles Johnny Utah alexandria VA 47
DNS 355 Woodrow Kenneth Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 44
DNS 333 Kralec James Team BBC White Hall MD 35
DNS 371 Penano Joe The Bike Lane Fairfax Station VA 40
DNS 339 Humphrey Glenn Columbia MD 38

RbCx Cat 1,2,3,4 Master 55+*
1 0:35:23 199 Wittwer Fred ALAN North American Cycling Team charlottesville VA 59
2 0:37:41 196 Connair Mike Christiana Care PT+/FSVS Elkton MD 56
3 0:40:07 198 Czapiewski Peter AMVC/DND Inc Alexandria VA 55
4 0:40:59 194 Lea Rob T.E.A.M FUJI Taneytown MD 68
5 0:41:05 187 DiBiasi Nunzio Yellow Breeches Racing Elizabethtown PA 58
6 0:41:32 191 Dugovich Gary Beaver Valley Velo Monaca PA 56
7 0:41:50 195 Harris Mike ABRT Catonsville MD 56
8 0:43:16 190 Marks Erik AFC Ellicott City MD 58
9 0:43:27 188 thompson mark upperville VA 55
10 0:43:37 197 Carlson James Potomac Velo Club Springfield VA 62
11 0:45:34 186 Anderson Cindy AMVC Alexandria VA 45
12 192 Wynnyk Michael Bowie MD 56
13 185 Krawczel Frank Berwin Heights MD 67
DNS 193 Williams Ben ABRT/Redline Dumfries VA 67
DNS 189 Crough Ray Orbital Sciences Corporation Frederick MD 56

RbCx Cat 3,4 Men
1 0:40:30 504 Welch Andrew Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 29
2 0:40:39 506 Rades Paul Artemis Silver Spring MD 38
3 0:40:53 538 Brown Timothy The Bike Rack Washington DC 24
4 0:40:58 508 Williford Rusty Fulcrum Coaching/WWVC Springfield VA 34
5 0:41:02 511 Wahl Stephen Team Latitude / ABRT Frederick MD 35
6 0:41:04 503 Murphy Kyle The Bike Lane Washington DC 27
7 0:41:24 501 Blair Patrick Adventures For The Cure Elkridge MD 29
8 0:41:28 524 morali jay C3-Athletes Serving Athletes cooksville MD 40
9 0:41:29 509 Donahue Matthew DCMTB/Whole Foods Market Washington DC 34
10 0:41:30 561 Sparks Jack Bikeworks Racing Fredericksburg VA 26
11 0:42:07 543 ESMONDE MIKE CycleLife DC washington DC 31
12 0:42:09 512 Kennedy Peter C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Timonium MD 28
13 0:42:33 550 Hilgartner Samuel VCU Richmond VA 19
14 0:42:34 552 Lamb Tim Team Invisible Bike Richmond VA 21
15 0:42:40 513 Brown Russell NCVC/Inova Heath System Gaithersburg MD 21
16 0:42:45 502 Karnes Tyler Pioneer-SM Chesapeake VA 19
17 0:42:53 547 Riskus Stephen AABC silver spring MD 33
18 0:42:59 558 Hennessy Matthew Team BBC Baltimore MD 32
19 0:43:01 562 Bryant Gary Bike Doctor Baltimore MD 29
20 0:43:14 515 Walencikowski Judd Bike Doctor Washington DC 33
21 0:43:22 510 Hermanson Charly Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling Columbia MD 30
22 0:43:24 541 Eicholtz Jason Philadelphia Ciclismo East Norriton PA 41
23 0:43:36 542 Thomas Jason Elizabethtown PA 32
24 0:43:39 556 Lundgren Eric Iron City Bikes Pittsburgh PA 26
25 0:44:02 551 Atkins Daniel Adventures for the Cure Catonsville MD 22
26 0:44:21 514 Resnick Justin The Bike Rack of Washington DC Washington DC 27
27 0:44:24 527 Carraway Chris NCVC/Inova Health System Washington DC 26
28 0:44:26 525 Shattuck Trevor Team BBC Lutherville MD 32
29 0:44:39 526 Bickling Todd Bike Doctor/Bayside Velo Edgewater MD 37
30 0:44:42 534 Siemer Rich Velo del Norte/Bike n Sport Racing Washington DC 41
31 0:44:55 519 Klose Jimmy Adventures For The Cure Ellicott City MD 17
32 0:45:02 544 Hostetter III John C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Perryville MD 36
33 0:45:12 540 Reckner Jason Quaker City Wheelmen/Breakawaybikes.com Philadelphia PA 34
34 0:45:16 553 Horvath Aaron Princeton University Fairfax Station VA 22
35 0:45:20 521 Glodek John Twin Six Germantown MD 31
36 0:45:21 555 Plotz Mark Hub Racing Washington DC 35
37 0:45:25 536 Capelle Greg Tom's Shoes p/b Kind Human Sports Ellicott City MD 29
38 0:45:51 539 Patterson Brooke Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 34
39 0:45:55 560 Nutt steven Cooler Than you ellicott city MD 25
40 0:46:00 518 Brancheau Matthew C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes Baltimore MD 27
41 0:46:01 557 Robinson Evan Pro Bikes Pittsburgh PA 26
42 0:47:01 545 Hardy Ryan C3-Athletes Serving Athletes N. Potomac MD 25
43 0:48:51 523 Price Christopher C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Baltimore MD 32
44 0:49:27 520 Wolfe Thori Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 46
45 0:49:47 564 Dishman Michael Tri-Fam Racing Lexington MO 27
46 0:50:26 548 George Robert Oakton VA 30
47 0:50:45 549 Leary Kevin Arlington VA 30
48 0:51:07 563 norris scott herndon VA 24
49 559 Jackson Alex Adventures for the Cure Columbia MD 20
DNF 533 Georgantas Robert Joe's Mt Washington Bike Shop Gaithersburg MD 40
DNF 531 Darwick Tim Freeze Thaw Cycles State College PA 22
DNF 529 Williams Adam Winchester Wheelmen Race Team Stephens City VA 27
DNF 528 Tucker Matt Washington DC 35
DNF 532 Steen Joel Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle Laurel MD 37
DNF 530 Schieken William Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 41
DNF 517 Faber Greg NCVC/Inova Health System Washington DC 31
DNF 535 GOLLRAD glen Colavita Racing Marblehead MA 40
DNF 537 Henry Peter Carytown Bicycle Company Richmond VA 37
DNF 516 Billington Bryan Toms Shoes falls church VA 40
DNF 522 Even Matthew Hub Racing Washington DC 34
DNS 505 Mackay Thomas C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Crofton MD 20
DNS 554 Valaitis Saulius Team Invisible Bike Alexandria VA 22
DNS 546 Nicoll Peter Squadra Coppi/ IM Saab Alexandria VA 35

RbCx Junior Boys 15-18*
1 0:47:34 494 Lortz Charles KBS Monkton MD 17
2 497 Wilson Avery NCVC Arlington VA 15
3 495 Byer Max Artemis Potomac MD 15
4 499 Klose Tommy Adventures for the Cure Ellicott City MD 15
5 498 Mauch Justin NCVC Sterling VA 15
DNF 496 Mauch Justin NCVC Sterling VA 15

RbCx Cat 1,2,3 Masters 35+/45+*
1 0:39:33 201 Fuentes Dave Battley Harley Davidson-Sonoma Herndon VA 37
2 0:39:34 210 Saunders Blair Ben's Performance Bike's/Ridley Newark DE 45
3 0:39:36 203 Runnals Michael JRVS/Casey Auto Group Newport News VA 37
4 0:40:00 209 Auer Kristopher C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Baltimore MD 38
5 0:40:07 240 Shogren gunnar Cannondale Factory Racing/Backyard Bike club Morgantown WV 47
6 0:40:11 212 Nystrom Chris C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes Ellicott City MD 39
7 0:40:14 211 Birner Michael Ben's Performance Bikes/BMC Woodbine MD 39
8 0:40:31 206 Shiao Bernie Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV sparks glencoe MD 50
9 0:40:37 202 Ellicott Evan Bike Doctor / Bayside Velo Takoma Park MD 36
10 0:40:46 224 Culbertson Chad Guy's Racing Pennington NJ 36
11 0:40:57 205 Huebner Ron Potomac Velo Club Waterford VA 49
12 0:41:08 216 connolly karl Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Baltimore MD 42
13 0:41:17 214 Mealey Sean Gung Ho /Springhouse York PA 39
14 0:41:33 220 Vettori Marc C3-athletes serving athletes Elkton MD 38
15 0:41:36 208 Gwadz Marc DCMTB- Whole Foods Market Washington DC 44
16 0:41:38 242 Rohr Keith Adventures for the Cure Ellicott City MD 43
17 0:41:44 204 Root Randall Evolution Cycling Club Sterling VA 55
18 0:41:50 219 Rojas Raul DCMTB-Fueled by Whole Foods Market Rockville MD 39
19 0:41:51 243 Cutler John CycleLife DC Washington DC 35
20 0:41:57 239 Prentice Jed Bike Doctor Takoma Park MD 42
21 0:42:05 237 Kolb Michael C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Newark DE 46
22 0:42:09 225 parse matt Route 1 Velo / Arrow Bicycles Hillsboro VA 40
23 0:42:12 241 may johnny C3-Athletes Serving Athletes lutherville MD 41
24 0:42:18 230 MCGIll Chris CANNONDALE FACTORY RACING/Backyard BikeClub Washington DC 36
25 0:42:19 228 Anemone Ben Christiana Care PT+/FSVS Wilmington DE 41
26 0:42:33 221 Lillibridge Joe C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes Finksburg MD 38
27 0:42:41 217 Monte-Sano Alex Silver Spring MD 38
28 0:42:44 222 Downing Shawn Chesapeake Wheelmen/Joe's Bike/King Pawn Baltimore MD 51
29 0:42:46 232 Lortz Chip Kelly Benefits Statagies Monkton MD 48
30 0:42:59 218 Rogers John DCMTB--Fueled by Whole Foods Market Takoma Park MD 50
31 0:43:01 235 Poochigian Brian DCMTB - Whole Foods Market Washington DC 40
32 0:43:01 229 Bronson Jim LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies Gaithersburg MD 54
33 0:43:02 227 Milne Judd Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Reston VA 38
34 0:43:15 213 Houghton Jonathan Adventures for the Cure Baltimore MD 41
35 0:43:32 223 Brach Norman C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes Sykesville MD 40
36 0:45:07 233 Blodgett David Ben's Performance Bikes Ellicottt City MD 42
37 0:45:34 238 Buchness Michael The Bike Lane Reston VA 43
38 0:45:41 245 Crossin Kevin Oasis Bike Works Fairfax VA 41
39 244 Boyle Denny All American 48
40 234 Downs Jay WVU Healthcare Greensburg PA 45
DNF 215 Holman Barry Team Fuji Washington DC 43
DNF 226 Pittman Todd Ellicott City MD 42
DNF 231 Zorn Jay CHRISTIANA CARE PT+/FSVS Fort Collins CO 38
DNS 207 Holland Cameron JRVS/Casey Auto Group Newport News VA 36
DNS 236 Leaver Erik NCVC/Inova Health System Silver Spring MD 38

RbCx Kids 9 and Under*
Desmarais Jay Simpsonville MD 9
Peach Garrett Elkridge MD 11
Hilfiger Lily Adventures for the Cure Baltimore MD 3
Gwadz Dean DCMTB washington DC 9
Desmarais Chantal Simpsonville MD 7
Holt Griffin West Friendship MD 10
Parse Frederick Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 7
Poochigian Ofori Washington DC 6
Thompson Liam Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 9
Parse Luke Arrow Bicycle Washington DC 5
Gwadz Grant DCMTB washington DC 6
Chng Ryan Ellicott City MD 6
Kralec William Team BBC White Hall MD 4
O'Loughlin Shea Ellicott City MD 6
Nystrom Thor AFC/TMR Syndicate Ellicott City MD 5
Lausch Ben Mini Cow Tri Club Mount Airy MD 8
Kralec Zachary Team BBC White Hall MD 7
Blandford Benson Adventures For the Cure Elkridge MD 8

RbCx Cat 1,2,3 Women
1 0:35:01 101 MAXWELL JENNIFER ATAC Sportswear p/b Bike Rack DC WASHINGTON DC 43
2 0:35:15 102 Pipes Lenore C3 Athletes Serving Athletes Philadelphia PA 25
3 0:35:21 112 Shogren Betsy Cannondale Factory Racing/Backyard Bike club Morgantown WV 33
4 0:35:34 114 Sheldon Libby Team Fuji Washington DC 43
5 0:36:27 104 Kuliecza Julie Alan North America Cycling Richmond VA 30
6 0:37:04 103 Harlow Elizabeth C3 Athletes Serving Athletes Baltimore MD 45
7 0:37:29 105 Spanogle Terri NCVC/Inova Health System Alexandria VA 45
8 0:37:37 113 Most Lisa Engine Cycles Wissahickon Philadelphia PA 39
9 0:38:37 109 Adams Kristina NVRC/Cardio Sports Lab Columbia MD 37
10 0:39:05 117 Parker Marni Team Kenda 48
11 0:39:45 116 Raspa Nicole Hub Racing Washington DC 28
12 0:40:14 108 Grim Diane C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes Boyertown PA 51
13 0:41:07 107 Lea Tracy T.E.A.M. FUJI Taneytown MD 56
DNF 115 Gordon Sarah Team Fuji Washington DC 28
DNF 111 Schumacher Kathrin Guy's Racing Pennington NJ 37
DNS 110 von Teitenberg Heidi C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Baltimore MD 34
DNS 106 Woodrow Jean Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 40

RbCx Cat 4 Women
1 0:39:08 447 May Jennifer Washington DC 28
2 0:39:26 436 Tufano Allyson NVRC/Cardio Sports Lab Columbia MD 30
3 0:40:40 437 Stauffer Tammi Baltimore MD 45
4 0:40:54 448 Larsen Laurel Evolution Cycling Club Vienna VA 27
5 0:41:06 426 Frederick Rebecca Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Baltimore MD 31
6 0:41:19 443 Wehlburg Christine Team Latitude/ABRT Herndon VA 46
7 0:42:05 445 Hom Melanie Team Fuji Washington DC 25
8 0:42:41 425 Petersan Doron Charm City Cycling-Athletes Serving Athletes Washington DC 38
9 0:43:06 438 Blandford Jennifer Adventures For the Cure Elkridge MD 40
10 0:43:44 449 Wimmer Kristen Columbia MD 34
11 0:44:11 431 Kochie Julia Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Elkridge MD 31
12 0:44:43 442 Dugovich Lindsay BBC Owings MIlls MD 25
13 0:45:16 432 schaftel esther Team BBC baltimore MD 46
14 0:45:48 450 Kilday Lisa Washington DC 34
15 439 Zink Alexis Bethesda MD 21
16 435 Linko Jennifer Oakton VA 36
17 444 Franko Jennifer Proteus Bicycles Washington DC 26
18 446 Zolman Bridget Potomac Velo Club Alexandria VA 55
19 434 Kessel Ellen Artemis Greenbelt MD 19
20 433 Buckley Michele Arlington VA 43
21 429 Clearwater Denise Arnold MD 51
DNF 441 Holman Julie T.E.A.M. Fuji Washington DC 37
DNF 430 Brooks Stacia Alexandria VA 39
DNS 428 Parent Thea Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon Philadelphia PA 32
DNS 427 Richardson Kolleen Columbia MD 30
DNS 440 Huebner Christina Potomac Velo Club Waterford VA 44

RbCx Junior Boys 10-14*
1 0:23:34 73 Bell Noah RacerHeads SLC Washington DC 14
2 0:23:43 74 Thompson Jake Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 13
3 0:24:40 81 Merriam Caleb Team Fuji Washington DC 13
4 0:26:05 76 Schumacher Nathan Clarskville MD 14
5 0:26:17 80 Boyle Zach All American 13
6 0:33:47 77 West Alec Adventures for the Cure ellicott city MD 11
7 0:34:40 75 Engblom Nicholas NCVC/Inova Health System Frederick MD 11

RbCx Junior Girls 10-14*
1 0:30:31 79 Rohr Avy Adventures for the Cure Ellicott City MD 11

RbCx Cat 1,2,3 Men
1 0:59:19 6 Schempf Weston C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Centre Hall PA 32
2 1:01:02 8 cummings stephen Indiana Regional Medical Center pittsburgh PA 30
3 1:01:08 5 Wittwer Greg ALAN North America Cycling Team richmond VA 27
4 1:01:09 3 Weaver Dave ALAN North America Cycling Team Towson MD 39
5 1:01:21 22 Nieters Jared Haymarket Bicycles/HomeVisit Haymarket VA 33
6 1:01:44 21 O'Keefe Samuel C3 Baltimore MD 15
7 1:03:20 18 Jeffrey Tom Team Natures Path/3Sports Richmond VA 37
8 1:03:40 14 Gdowik Jonathan Trek Racing Co-Op Baltimore MD 28
9 1:04:22 12 Mayhew Chris JBV Coaching pittsburgh PA 34
10 1:05:12 2 Driscoll Adam Adventures For the Cure Halethorpe MD 29
11 1:06:58 19 Escobar Gonzalo Haymarket Home Visit Falls Church VA
12 1:07:26 20 Rothmeyer Brett Kraynicks Pittsburgh PA 32
13 15 Kendall Steven NCVC/Inova Health System Fairfax VA 17
14 7 Fouche Brian Team Latitude/ABRT Hagerstown MD 27
15 16 Wilson Nathan Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Racing Arlington VA 19
16 10 Ingram Callum Charlottesville VA 26
17 17 Congrove CJ Team Invisible Bike Hampton VA 25
18 9 Tille Dan Fulcrum Coaching Waldorf MD 31
DNF 4 Dombrowski Joseph Haymarket Bicycles/Home Visit Marshall VA 19
DNF 24 Kris Auer C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Baltimore MD 39
DNF 11 Kahlenberg Jordan Breakawaybikes.com/Giant Bicycles Southampton PA 29
DNS 13 Mathias Ian Team BBC Baltimore MD 27

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Maxwell and Dombroski work to distance their competition in the MABRA overall points race

Highland, MD
November 21, 2009

The elite men and women navigated a challenging new course at Schooley Mill Cross in Highland, MD on Saturday. The 7th race in the MABRA cross series, hosted by Team BBC, was contested in crisp and clear weather, which made for some very fast racing. Despite some soggy sections on the back side of the course, courtesy of the heavy rains the area had late in the week, the undulating slalom style course favored those who could generate a steady amount of wattage.

In the women's race Julie Kuliecza of Team Alan North America Cycling stomped up the starting straightaway to grab the hole shot by more than 4 bike lengths in front of the field of 17 women. She held that gap for half a lap before the field closed in and a nice pack formed at the front. As they hit the pavement at the end of the lap Jennifer Maxwell of Team ATAC Sportswear/Bike Rack had worked her way up to the front of the field, and once she got there she wasted little time before she started pulling away in what would end up being a solo ride to victory. Behind her Julie was fighting it out with Lenore Pipes of C3/Athletes Serving Athletes when Libbey Sheldon of T.E.A.M Fuji stormed past them to take control of second place. Lenore's teammate Elizabeth Harlow joined the group fighting for 3rd and one lap later would pull away with Julie to set up a sprint finish that Julie would win by a bike length. Lenore rolled in 15 seconds later to claim the last podium spot.

The talk around the park before the start of the men's race was focused on the tight MABRA points standings. All the major contenders were on hand to fight it out, including Jared Nieters and Joe Dombroski of Haymarket Cycles, Adam Driscoll of Adventures for the Cure, and the Alan North American Cycling team duo of Dave Weaver and Greg Wittwer. If any one man could win a couple of the last 3 races then he could take the overall points jersey home with him at the end of the season.

With that said, the hole shot was hotly contested and won by Dave Weaver and Adam Driscoll. The main contenders would jostle for position at the front for the first 2 laps before Haymarket Cycles teammates Joe Dombroski and Jared Nieters would push off the front together. Behind them Greg Wittwer solidified himself in 3rd and Wes Shempf and Jeff Bahnson teamed up to lock down 4th and 5th. Very little changed among the top 5 until lap 4 when Joe got the gap he needed to ensure a long solo ride for the win. Then on lap 6 Greg Wittwer caught a fading Nieters and took over 2nd place for good while the biggest mover of the day, Tom Jeffrey of Team Natures Path/3Sports, reeled in and passed the duo of Shempf and Bahnson to claim 3rd. Shempf eventually shook Bahnson loose and the both finished off the podium in 4th and 5th respectively.

Day two of the Howard County Double Cross weekend continues with Rockburn Cross on Sunday. The 8th race on the MABRA calendar, hosted by C3-Athletes Serving Athletes at Rockburn Park in Elkridge, MD is expected to draw another 400+ cyclocross riders out for another spectacular day of racing in Maryland.

Results

Category 4 Men
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM
1 659 Trinh Jeff Georgetown University
2 630 Lea Syd T.E.A.M. Fuji
3 666 Kim Ellis
4 639 Grube Craig Bayside Velo / Bike Doctor
5 635 Beatley Erik Winchester Wheelmen Racing Team
6 609 Dull James Adventures for the Cure
7 626 Tucker Matt
8 676 Larsen Kristopher Evolution Cycling Club
9 637 dempster eric Winchester Wheelmen Racing Team
10 605 Luckeroth Kevin Adventures For The Cure
11 657 Remington Evan
12 683 Gaukel Rick
13 677 Glover David
14 607 Hicks Jon Winchester Wheelmen Race Team
15 648 Mazzarese Michael Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
16 627 Stahl Mark SEAVS RACING/Bens Performance Bikes
17 633 Smith Cory Winchester Wheelmen
18 624 daly craig
19 617 Frederick Aric Shea Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
20 652 Swift Luther ye ol natural selections
21 653 Wallace Allan Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling
22 615 Moore Thom Potomac Velo/Bike Lane
23 656 Smith Micah Squadra Coppi/IM Saab
24 636 Hindman Barry Ben's Performance Bicycles, Inc
25 611 Halley Devon NCVC/Inova Health System
26 631 Georgantas Robert Joe's Mt Washington Bike Shop
27 678 Dishman Michael
28 661 Irias Roberto Adventures For the Cure
29 665 Schmitt Sean Family Bike Shop
30 680 Newby Tyler DCMTB
31 606 Murby Richard The Bike Rack
32 641 Breeden Steve Winchester Wheelmen
33 638 Fogg James
34 640 Whitney Raymond
35 670 Franko Mitchell TOMS Shoes p/b KindHuman Sports
36 629 Taylor Ryan NCVC/Inova Health System
37 674 Williams Alven
38 681 Wilson Jeff UVA
39 662 Rogers Brishen The Bike Rack of Washington DC
40 612 Caputi Michael Adventures for the Cure
41 632 Edwards Ron
42 671 Long Charles NCVC
43 644 davis brad
44 672 Booth Jeffrey --
45 660 walsh ryan Team Rhino
46 679 Ferrer Josh
47 663 Curlett Tim
48 664 Holmes Todd
49 604 Ivins Jonathan Squadra Coppi/IM Saab
50 668 Mercado Raymond Chesapeake Cycle & Sport
51 647 Holland Peter
52 658 Townsend Daniel Bike Doctor/ Bayside Velo
53 654 davis graham Proteus Bicycles
54 645 Roschke Guilherme
55 618 Blankenship George NCVC/Inova Health System
56 634 Poche Thomas NA
57 667 Bell Daniel Racerheads SLC
58 669 Hilfiger Christopher Adventures for the Cure
59 616 Chambers Warren
60 613 ventosa joseph proteus bicycles
61 643 Lerch Wayne The Bike Rack
62 675 Picco Cesar Route 1 Velo
DNF 622 Correal Andres Team BBC
DNF 655 Hicks David
DNF 682 Roeper Eric
DNS 602 Archer Brian NCVC/Inova Health System
DNS 601 Battan David Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB
DNS 610 cantori eric
DNS 619 Chou Leon Prince William Elite Racing
DNS 651 Evans Eric Chesapeake Cycle & Sport
DNS 649 Hilsman William Westwood Velo - Trade Manage Racing
DNS 614 Kamps Jason C3 / Athletes Serving Athletes
DNS 620 Ludicke John AABC
DNS 603 Marks Jeffery Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling
DNS 650 McClain Rick Chesapeake Cycle & Sport
DNS 642 Patterson Brooke Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle
DNS 625 Pitman Kyle Team Latitude/ABRT
DNS 628 Robinson Matt
DNS 621 Runge Conor
DNS 608 Schiavo Mike Squadra Coppi/IM Saab
DNS 623 Vickers william Capital Bicycle/AFC

Master 35+/45+ Category 3/4 Men
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM Age 45+
1 301 Rohr Keith Adventures for the Cure 43
2 369 Goates Nathan Lost Boys Racing / In-Gear 37
3 365 Monte-Sano Alex 38
4 316 Gutzeit Andreas HPC List 43
5 364 Fife Steve Bike Doctor 36
6 319 kamenick john evolution cycling 44
7 303 Anderson Jeff HPC/List 48 X
8 350 Beaty Geoffrey Whole Wheel Velo Club 37
9 359 Greene Albert Yellow Breeches Racing 48 X
10 308 Thompson Scott Squadra Coppi/IM Saab 44
11 302 Sapp Neal Ben's Performance Bikes 48 X
12 320 Sloman Eric NCVC/Inova Health System 50 X
13 314 Schieken William Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle 41
14 325 Klose Steve Adventures For The Cure 50 X
15 363 Bannon Ryan The Bike Lane 38
16 309 Michel Matt NCVC / Inova Health System 40
17 332 Kline James Artemis 41
18 310 Wolfe Thori Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle 46 X
19 307 Buckley Bruce THE Bike Lane 40
20 317 Schirmer Neil 38
21 346 Beshore Michael Team Cycle Works 42
22 368 Berry Jason GRIPPED RACING 41
23 347 Bricker Blake Team Cycle Works 41
24 312 Lindeman Peter NCVC/Inova Health System 44
25 304 Seibold Jonathan Family Bike Shop 39
26 327 Zangmeister Chris All American Bicycle Club 39
27 311 Cernich Scott Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle 36
28 351 Johnson Tim Vertigo Cycles 38
29 331 Douglas Ryan Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycles 35
30 315 Carroll Matt Evolution Cycling 37
31 326 wrona marc kelly benefits strategies/lsv 41
32 313 Kensinger Karl NCVC/Inova Health System 50 X
33 324 bayne paul Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Racing 34
34 339 Zoeller Michael NCVC/Inova Health System 50 X
35 338 Kotun Joseph Evolution Cycling 49 X
36 345 Engblom Thor NCVC/Inova Health System 44
37 361 flynn brian team bbc 37
38 354 Tambeaux David Adventures for the Cure 51 X
39 360 frazer marc Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Team 46 X
40 357 OKeefe Bill C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 48 X
41 306 Morris Kenneth Winchester Wheelmen Racing Team 42
42 362 Ryan Chas Potomac Velo Club 49 X
43 355 Carlisle James Battlefield Velo 46 X
44 322 West Michael AdventuresForTheCure/TMR 41
45 334 Varga Paul Bicycle Place Velo Club 41
46 367 Mata Alex Evolution Cycling Club 43
47 352 owens douglas NCVC/Inova Health System 38
48 348 Philippe Alain CW/King Pawn/Joe's Bike Shop 43
49 371 Scharbach Albert QCW/breakawaybikes.com 38
50 330 Kralec James Team BBC 35
51 335 Bae Eric Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV 40
52 353 Klender Jim AdventuresForTheCure/TMR 50 X
53 329 Krawczel Mike Artemis 44
54 336 Han Kenneth All American Bicycle Club 39
55 318 Trust Jason NCVC/Inova Health System 41
56 356 Goldberg Richard C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 45 X
57 373 McClain Rick
58 374 Swead Chris Alan North AM
59 344 Eisenberg Christopher Kelly Benefits Solutions (LSV) 46 X
60 372 Evans Eric Chesapeake

Chesapeake Cycle and Sport
61 342 Neary Mike Ben's Performance Bicycles 40
62 370 Mellendick Rick 36
63 323 Esempio Phillip Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV 42
64 366 Gilman Daniel Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB 50 X
65 341 maguire sean 44
DNF 328 ventosa joseph proteus bicycles 36
DNF 375 Scott John Team BBC 41
DNS 321 Saunders Will HPC 35
DNS 337 Drummond Kyle Chesapeake Wheelmen/King Pawn/Joe's Bike Shop 40
DNS 333 Phillips Timothy Team BBC 40
DNS 340 Browne William Bike Doctor/Bayside Velo 44
DNS 349 Woodrow Kenneth Squadra Coppi/IM Saab 44
DNS 358 buki charles Johnny Utah 47 X
DNS 305 stahl scott SEAVS RACING/Ben's Performance Bikes 47 X
DNS 343 gunter wade 52 X

Masters 55+
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM Age
1 199 Wittwer Fred ALAN North American Cycling Team 59
2 195 Connair Mike Christiana Care PT+/FSVS 56
3 193 Lea Rob T.E.A.M FUJI 68
4 189 Speg Bill FSVS 64
5 198 Czapiewski Peter AMVC/DND Inc 55
6 197 DiBiasi Nunzio Yellow Breeches Racing 58
7 194 Harris Mike ABRT 56
8 196 Carlson James Potomac Velo Club 62
9 188 Dugovich Gary Beaver Valley Velo 56
10 191 thompson mark 55
11 170 Anderson Cindy AMVC
12 190 Wynnyk Michael 56
13 192 Williams Ben ABRT/Redline 67

Category 3/4 Men
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM
1 506 Cutler John CycleLife DC
2 505 Rades Paul Artemis
3 503 Welch Andrew Squadra Coppi/IM Saab
4 512 Brown Timothy The Bike Rack
5 502 Karnes Tyler Pioneer-SM
6 560 Grantham Jake Pro Bikes
7 511 Kennedy Peter C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
8 510 Wahl Stephen Team Latitude / ABRT
9 508 Donahue Matthew DCMTB/Whole Foods Market
10 507 Williford Rusty Fulcrum Coaching/WWVC
11 562 Hilgartner Sam Team Invisible Bike
12 525 Bartlett Matthew TOMS Shoes p/b Kindhuman Sports
13 547 Bryant Gary Bike Doctor
14 517 Faber Greg NCVC/Inova Health System
15 556 Hennessy Matthew Team BBC
16 523 morali jay C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
17 546 Riskus Stephen AABC
18 540 Eicholtz Jason Philadelphia Ciclismo
19 514 Walencikowski Judd Bike Doctor
20 513 Resnick Justin The Bike Rack of Washington DC
21 501 Blair Patrick Adventures For The Cure
22 529 Williams Adam Winchester Wheelmen Race Team
23 531 Darwick Tim Freeze Thaw Cycles
24 549 Horvath Aaron Princeton University
25 564 Cross Jordan Squadra Coppi
26 555 Lundgren Eric Iron City Bikes
27 544 Hardy Ryan C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
28 521 Even Matthew Hub Racing
29 561 Adasavage Gerald Bicycle Therapy
30 535 GOLLRAD glen Colavita Racing
31 527 Carraway Chris NCVC/Inova Health System
32 548 Lamb Tim Team Invisible Bike
33 553 Plotz Mark Hub Racing
34 534 Siemer Rich Velo del Norte/Bike n Sport Racing
35 536 Capelle Greg Tom's Shoes p/b Kind Human Sports
36 524 Shattuck Trevor Team BBC
37 539 Reckner Jason Quaker City Wheelmen/Breakawaybikes.com
38 542 McGrath Brendan Bicycle Therapy
39 538 Patterson Brooke Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle
40 526 Bickling Todd Bike Doctor/Bayside Velo
41 509 Hermanson Charly Kelly Benefits Strategies/LSV Amateur Cycling
42 522 Price Christopher C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
43 558 Schoeni Todd Pro Bikes
44 520 Glodek John Twin Six
45 532 Steen Joel Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle
46 554 Hunter Cary PCV/The Bike Lane
47 528 Tucker Matt
48 557 Robinson Evan Pro Bikes
49 559 Nutt steven Cooler Than you
50 545 Nicoll Peter Squadra Coppi/ IM Saab
51 543 Hostetter III John C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
52 518 Brancheau Matthew C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes
53 537 Henry Peter Carytown Bicycle Company
54 541 Bradshaw Dave ABRT
55 563 Rojas Milton
56 552 Steigerwalt Craig Switchbacks 2 Sixpacks
57 551 Williams Thomas Switchbacks 2 sixpacks
DNF 533 Georgantas Robert Joe's Mt Washington Bike Shop
DNF 516 Klose Jimmy Adventures For The Cure
DNF 530 Schieken William Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle
DNF 519 Wolfe Thori Route 1 Velo/Arrow Bicycle
DNS 515 Billington Bryan Toms Shoes
DNS 504 Mackay Thomas C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
DNS 550 Valaitis Saulius Team Invisible Bike

Junior Boys 15-18
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM
1 491 Lortz III Charles Kelly Benefits/LSV
2 496 Mauch Justin NCVC
3 497 Franko Mitchell TOMS Shoes p/b KindHuman Sports
4 499 Klose Tommy Adventures for the Cure
5 498 Kirton John Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Racing

Master 35+/45+ Category 1/2/3 Men
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM Age 45+
1 211 Saunders Blair Ben's Performance Bike's/Ridley 45 X
2 203 Runnals Michael JRVS/Casey Auto Group 37
3 202 Ellicott Evan Bike Doctor / Bayside Velo 36
4 204 Root Randall Evolution Cycling Club 55 X
5 210 Auer Kristopher C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 38
6 201 Fuentes Dave Battley Harley Davidson-Sonoma 37
7 206 Shiao Bernie Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV 50 X
8 212 Nystrom Chris C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 39
9 215 Rojas Raul DCMTB-Fueled by Whole Foods Market 39
10 205 Huebner Ron Potomac Velo Club 49 X
11 209 connolly karl Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV 42
12 223 Culbertson Chad Guy's Racing 36
13 220 Downing Shawn Chesapeake Wheelmen/Joe's Bike/King Pawn 51 X
14 237 Robinson Stephen Squadra Coppi/IM SAAB 38
15 216 Lillibridge Joe C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 38
16 231 Birner Michael Ben's Performance Bikes/BMC 39
17 214 Holman Barry Team Fuji 43
18 238 Prentice Jed Bike Doctor 42
19 208 Gwadz Marc DCMTB- Whole Foods Market 44
20 236 Kolb Michael C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 46 X
21 240 Benitez Ramon Artemis 46 X
22 213 Houghton Jonathan Adventures for the Cure 41
23 227 Bronson Jim LSV/Kelly Benefit Strategies 54 X
24 239 may johnny C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 41
25 226 Anemone Ben Christiana Care PT+/FSVS 41
26 221 Leaver Erik NCVC/Inova Health System 38
27 222 Brach Norman C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 40
28 224 Pittman Todd 42
29 218 Rogers John DCMTB--Fueled by Whole Foods Market 50 X
30 232 Lortz Chip Kelly Benefits Statagies 48 X
31 233 Blodgett David Ben's Performance Bikes 42
32 228 MCGIll Chris CANNONDALE FACTORY RACING/Backyard BikeClub 36
33 235 Mudd Jim Team BBC 37
34 225 Milne Judd Squadra Coppi/IM Saab 38
35 230 Zorn Jay CHRISTIANA CARE PT+/FSVS 38
36 229 McCormick Sean Silver Cycles 41
DNF 219 Vettori Marc C3-athletes serving athletes 38
DNS 207 Holland Cameron JRVS/Casey Auto Group 36
DNS 217 Monte-Sano Alex 38

Category 1/2/3/ Women
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM
1 101 MAXWELL JENNIFER ATAC Sportswear p/b Bike Rack DC
2 115 Sheldon Libbey Team Fuji
3 104 Kuliecza Julie Alan North America Cycling
4 103 Harlow Elizabeth C3 Athletes Serving Athletes
5 102 Pipes Lenore C3 Athletes Serving Athletes
6 110 dowidchuk katrina Deep Blue
7 114 Hanlon Laura Team Fuji
8 113 Schumacher Kathrin Guy's Racing
9 109 Adams Kristina NVRC/Cardio Sports Lab
10 105 Spanogle Terri NCVC/Inova Health System
11 106 Woodrow Jean Squadra Coppi/IM Saab
12 108 Grim Diane C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes
13 107 Lea Tracy T.E.A.M. FUJI
14 116 Johnson Cythia Artemis
15 112 Zadnik Newell Mary Sublime Athletics Velo
DNF 117 Briseno Christina Cycle Life
DNS 111 von Teitenberg Heidi C3-Athletes Serving Athletes

Category 4 Women
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM
1 435 Tufano Allyson NVRC/Cardio Sports Lab
2 450 Curran Katy
3 447 Larsen Laurel Evolution Cycling Club
4 448 Hom Melani Team Fuji
5 425 Petersan Doron Charm City Cycling-Athletes Serving Athletes
6 426 Frederick Rebecca Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
7 444 Dugovich Lindsay BBC
8 451 Buckethal Dori Cardio Sports Lab
9 437 Blandford Jennifer Adventures For the Cure
10 430 schaftel esther Team BBC
11 434 Madeira Lindsay
12 445 Wehlburg Christine Team Latitude/ABRT
13 429 Kochie Julia Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
14 440 Petyak Kari Adventures for the Cure
15 443 Holman Julie T.E.A.M. Fuji
16 431 Genay Tina Winchester Wheelmen
17 441 Fletcher Bonnie Artemis
18 438 Egizi Evelyn Artemis
19 428 Brooks Stacia
20 436 morey jessie
21 433 wrona laurie
22 446 Franko Jennifer Proteus Bicycles
23 449 Richardson Sharee
24 432 Kessel Ellen Artemis
25 427 Clearwater Denise
DNF 439 Simpson Stephanie Switchbacks 2 Sixpacks
DNS 442 Huebner Christina Potomac Velo Club

Junior Boys 10-14
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM
1 77 Bell Noah RacerHeads SLC
2 75 Thompson Jake Squadra Coppi/IM Saab
3 80 Caleb Merriam John Team Fuji
4 79 Yager Nolan Artemis
5 78 Long Chas NCVC
6 76 Schumacher Nathan
7 74 Engblom Nicholas NCVC/Inova Health System
DNF 73 West Alec Adventures for the Cure

Category 1/2/3 Men
PLACE BIB LAST NAME FIRST NAME TEAM
1 4 Dombrowski Joseph Haymarket Bicycles/Home Visit
2 5 Wittwer Greg ALAN North America Cycling Team
3 1 Nieters Jared Haymarket Bicycles/HomeVisit
4 13 Jeffrey Tom Team Natures Path/3Sports
5 6 Schempf Weston C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
6 18 Bahnson Jeffrey Thule / Van Dessel
7 17 Langlois Dan Embrocation Cycling Journal
8 8 cummings stephen Indiana Regional Medical Center
9 24 Becker Collin Waltworks
10 2 Driscoll Adam Adventures For the Cure
11 3 Weaver Dave ALAN North America Cycling Team
12 19 Newell Chris Sublime Athletics Velo
13 12 Mayhew Chris JBV Coaching
14 15 Gdowik Jonathan Trek Racing Co-Op
15 11 Kahlenberg Jordan Breakawaybikes.com/Giant Bicycles
16 22 Escobar Gonzalo Haymarket Home Visit
17 20 Rothmeyer Brett Kraynicks
18 16 Lindstrom Gregory Gung Ho/Spring House
19 7 Fouche Brian Team Latitude/ABRT
20 10 Ingram Callum
21 9 Tille Dan Fulcrum Coaching
DNF 21 Brown Timothy The Bike Rack
DNF 23 Downs Jay WVU Healthcare
DNS 14 Mathias Ian Team BBC

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

~ The Menu ~

For those of you who will be dining with us at both days of Howard County Double Cross, Chef Phyllis and her staff with Sunshine Concessions will be serving a broad menu to please all your festive and dietary inclinations.  So bring lunch (and/or breakfast and/or dinner) money and come hungry for tasty fare from the finest chuck wagon in regional cross.

Thanksgiving:
Grilled Turkey Cranberry Arugula Sandwich  ~  $6.00
Sweet Potato Fries with Cinnamon and Sugar  ~  $3.50

Vegetarian:
Grilled Portobello Sandwich on Foci Bread with Roasted Red Pepper and Spinach Herb Cheese Sauce  ~  $6.00
Grilled Veggie Pita  ~  $5.00
Grilled Veggie Burger  ~  $5.00

Breakfast:
Egg with choice of Bacon, Sausage, Ham and Cheese on Fresh Roll  ~  $3.75

Lunch and Dinner:
Half Pound Fresh Black Angus Burgers  ~  $4.75
Sweet Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions  ~  $3.50
All Beef Hot Dog  ~  $2.00
Grilled Chicken Pita  ~  $5.00

Sides:
French Fries with Old Bay and Vinegar  ~  $3.50
Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara  ~  $4.75
Assorted Candy Bars (Snickers, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Twix)  ~  $1.00
Powerbars  ~  $2.00
Fresh Fruit  ~  $2.00
Assorted Chips, Candy and Nuts  ~  $1.00

Beverage Service:
Coffee or Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream  ~  $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, or Mountain Dew  ~  $1.00
Assorted Gatorades  ~  $2.00
Diet Green Tea  ~  $2.00

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Victory on the Sunlit Fields of Schooley Mill Cross.

Look out your window right now.

What do you see?

If you're between Richmond and New York, you probably see grey, grim, bleak rain. Rain that makes your bike, sitting in your basement/garage/mantle plead, "Please, not the trainer on Saturday. Please!"

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Not only are clear skies predicted for this weekend, but the 10-day forecast for Schooley Mill Cross has come into view promising more sun and moderate temps. Granted: the weathermen (I won't throw the weatherwomen under this bus) will change their minds three times between now and then, but you are a crosser, and the fickle hearts of men in front of green screens will not deter you from seizing victory on the sunlit fields of Howard County. Let the sun shine on your long-sleeve skinsuit and embro'd legs, and hope that Rockburn will provide more of the same!

Go to BikeReg, and be counted:
http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=8979

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Press Release: CYCLOCROSS RACERS RETURN TO HOWARD COUNTY FOR EXPANDED RACE

Press Contact Information: BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series

SpectaSport LLC; KenG@SpectaSport.com
Ken Getchell, Account Manager, 610-397-1950


November 10, 2009; Conshohocken, PA, USA: The annual cyclocross bicycle races in Howard County’s Rockburn Branch Park has become so popular among professional and amateur racers that it has expanded to two days of racing in two different parks this year. The races, which are free to watch for local families and residents, take place on November 21 and 22 at Schooley Mill Park and Rockburn Branch Park. Both events will include food and free kid’s races, as well as hundreds of the fastest off-road bicycle riders in the East.

Cyclocross is a form of off-road bicycle racing that takes place on courses that are shorter and faster than mountain bike race courses, and has often been called the “steeplechase of bicycle racing”. The sport has a devoted following, its own publications and a nationwide web of regional, national and international series. The races in Howard County will be part of one of the most recognizable of those organizations: the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series. One of the characteristics of the sport, which typically takes place in the fall and winter months, is that bad weather doesn’t stop the racers. In fact, the sport originated in the 1920’s when bike racers started taking their racing bikes into the woods so they could periodically get off and run to warm up their frozen feet. Today’s version of the sport includes sand pits, water crossings, and even hurdles that force racers to carry their bikes over portions of the course. Like a horse race, each race day’s event will consist of a number of races for different classes.

Schooley Mill and Rockburn Branch Parks are two of the best parks to watch the races, according to Matt Brancheau who, along with the Howard County Recreation and Parks Department, organizes and promotes the event. “Both parks are fantastic places to have a fall picnic. There is a lot of terrain to challenge the riders, and lots of room to design race tracks to international standards, and we’ve designed them for great spectating. Plus, both courses have playgrounds in the infield and we are constructing separate Kid’s Tracks at both venues. There will be great food and music, and we’ll have an announcer to keep people up-to-date and explain what’s happening in the races.”

Both race days start at 9:00 in the morning and culminate with the Pro-Elite Men’s race starting at 2:30 each day. The races on Saturday, November 21 will take place at Schooley Mill Park, located at 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD 20777. The races on Sunday, November 22 will take place at Rockburn Branch Park at 6105 Montgomery Road, Elkridge, MD 21075. Admission is free and the races continue regardless of weather. For more information, visit http://www.hoco2xcx.com/ or email hoco2xcx@gmail.com.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Course Map!

Here is the final version of Rockburn this year.  Turns out its *only* 3.2 km (not the previously advertised 3.3).  I've already touted the big changes, so see below to get in the know.  The barriers will be right next to the pit on the northwest side (most likely).



Now go register!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Enter the Octagon

One of the most important parts--some would say *the* most important part--of any cross race is the start. The sprint is at the start and getting a good position early means passing fewer riders and having the choice of better lines, blah, blah, blah.

The UCI and USA Cycling both have rules, very clear rules, about things like the width and the length and the elevation and the surface and the arrangement of everything down the centimeter. The salient points are that the start chute should be 200 meters long and 6 meters wide. Most promoters, when they layout the course, take this into consideration and try to find the best arrangement for the start that ensure a fair and safe commencement to the race.

For the past two years at Rockburn, we have flagrantly cast these hopes aside.

There is a nice long road through the park, but unfortunately its curbed on both sides and really doesn't pass near the open areas where we want the race to go.  So instead we have had the starts in a parking lot, or as I like to think of it: The Octagon.  We would set-up a proper grid, 8 rows wide, in the back corner of the lot.  But when the gun goes off, riders would cut sideways into the lot that is actually 60-feet wide, but only 50 meters long to the sketchy hole shot that is maybe 12 feet wide.  Jim McNeely said it well,
"The prologue could have used a better start - the right hand turn off the tarmac was utter mayhem.  If you're funneling the course down from 20 rider's width to 8 wide, features that slow the pack down before the bottleneck might help avoid the wheel rubbing and rider shoving."
The first year this start ran through a long prologue loop that was muddy and downhill and out of sight.  The second year the prologue actually crossed the course (daring or dumb, you be the judge), which nearly caused wrecks in the stagger-start women and juniors race.

So the start and holeshot was short, narrow, and unsatisfying.  This year, its going to be long, wide, and black.  Both Schooley Mill and Rockburn have the same problem: plenty of road, but its all curbed.  So we're building ramps, 25-30 feet wide ramps, to get over the curb for the holeshot.  The ramps will be 4-feet deep, so the slope will be very gentle, and the surface will be solid, black grip tape--better traction than dry asphalt and and way more trustworthy in wet conditions.  By doing this, we get both starts over 250 meters, regulation width (or wider), with a wide hole shot.  Schooley Mill starts flat then slopes up hill.  Rockburn starts uphill, then levels out.

Now, should you still need to uncage your pent-up UFC aggression on the course, there will still be plenty of places to hog the line around a corner, pass savagely on a power-straight, and dive-bomb an off-camber.

So if you haven't done so already, register!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

3.3 km vs. 3.0 km

3.3 km is the current length of the Rockburn Cross course.

3.0 km is the distance from the Race Hotel to Rockburn.  That's right, its closer than the course is long.

So, now, you may be thinking to yourself, "Self, why would races 5-10 minutes off I-95, smack between the beltways, need a race hotel?" Admittedly, we're not expecting to fill the hotel, so we didn't reserve a lot of rooms, but we have had racers and their entourages from the far-flung hinterlands visit us for past races.  Those folks may appreciate such ridonkulous convenience.  You may appreciate such convenience too, so here are some reasons you may want to mull:

1. You want to make a family weekend of it (playgrounds in both infields, stuff to do nearby).
2. You want to get away from your family for the weekend.
3. The booking service has a better refund/cancellation policy than the hotel itself.
4. The booking service gives the promoter a cash-money kickback for every room booked.  Hey, this is what sponsorship is all about right?
5. The hotel will have a place to wash your bike (so will Schooley Mill Cross).
6. Somebody else has to wash the sheets and towels (please don't trash the rooms).
7. Unlimited ice for your recovery ice bath.
8. Free breakfast.  (FWIW, the chuck wagon also has awesome breakfast sandwiches, and there is a bagel shop between the hotel and the race, among other restaurants, like sushi.)
9. Free WiFi so you can plot vengence on your nemesis overnight.
10. You hate the beltways and you'd rather spend that hour sleeping.

Anyway, the rate is competitive, and then they give some of the money back, how cool is that?  A little symbiosis and they support our crosser community.  And you know we're just going to spend it back on you, our cross brethren and sisthren.  I mean, have you seen the cars we drive?  My car is definitely worth less than the prize list.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Endoplasmic Reticulum

In our inaugural 2007 season, Rockburn was the absolute last local race of the year, so we were doing everything we could to draw attention to our new event.  Generally speaking, a lot of our hype was pretty much par for the course, but we caused a little bit of stir with the press release below...

NO ENDOPLASMIC RETICULUM AT ROCKBURN CROSS
November 30, 2007; Conshohocken, PA, USA: Matt Brancheau and his Lateral Stress Velo crew have pulled out all the stops for the first running of Rockburn Cross in Elkridge, Maryland on December 9. Most impressive is the relationship LSV has developed with the government of Howard County, which owns the Rockburn Branch Park where the race will be held. Rather than the usual tenant-landlord relationship, Howard County has come on board as a full-blown co-promoter of the race. “They want to see more people using their park facilities,” said Brancheau, “and they’re excited about co-hosting this race.”
It’s clear that LSV has put just as much thought and effort into the course design itself. "From talking to a lot of racers, the most important thing to them is really the course. Is it fun and hard? When we first went to Rockburn, we thought, "What can we make of this place?" So, we utilized the octopus-on-shamrocks school of design which features large out-and-back loops as opposed to a tight, folded, endoplasmic reticulum layout." This, of course, is highly welcome and anticipated news for longsuffering racers who have been patiently awaiting a race that didn’t utilize an endoplasmic reticulum layout. 
However, and at the risk of appearing ignorant, we asked Brancheau if he might describe LSV's Rockburn Branch Park course using slightly more commonplace terms. Fortunately, Brancheau was happy to oblige. "Big loops make for a longer, faster, flowing course that covers a lot of different terrain. After a few recon trips we had strung together a course that was about 13 minutes or around 5km, give or take, before adding any corners. Of course, this was too long and not technical enough. So we had to start lopping parts off and adding corners and barriers and the like. Our coursemeister Bernie Shiao whittled the course down to 3.3km with the help of Chip Sovek, Kris Auer, Chris Nystrom, Chris Harshman, Shawn Downing, Elizabeth Harlow, a bunch of LSV-ers, and one race-speed scrimmage. The Elite Men should be able to turn it in 8 minutes. Visibility is better and the course is more compact."
Designed not only to be a great circuit to close the Mid-Atlantic season, but to also be an excellent warm-up to the following week’s U.S. National Championships, Brancheau is undeniably proud of LSV's layout. "There’s something at Rockburn to refine every skill, with surfaces ranging from tarmac to sand. There are tight corners and long flowing sections, lots of climbing but also active recovery sections, sustained efforts and explosive bursts, barriers and off-camber corners. This course has everything," says Brancheau, grinning, “except endoplasmic reticulum; its not eukaryotic."

The whole idea of "endoplasmic reticulum" actually germinated when I looked at a course map for Wissahickon.  But anyone who has ever attempted to design a cross course inevitably starts scouring other races' course maps, and when I looked at Wissahickon (long before I had raced it), I was taken back to freshman Biology (don't ask me how) and thought, "Huh.  That looks like an endoplasmic reticulum."  Wissahickon is really compact with lots of 180's and the famous Death Spiral, and I can tell you that the spectating is some of the best, made better by free beer.

However, as the release mentioned, Rockburn in '07 was anything but compact.  Not including the prologue, the lap was easily the maximum of 3.5 km, and that was after we had *cut* more than a km and a half.  On race day, I remember crossing the course and hearing an elite woman tell a friend "longest course ever!" as she rode by.  The layout had these immense, sprawling loops that looked like a shamrock or an octopus, so I dubbed it "octopus-on-shamrocks".  Someone was even so bold as to compare Rockburn to Granogue, which was just unvarnished flattery, but still another sprawling course--although Tom McDaniels and the DCCoD apparently have some new tricks up their skinsuits this year. 

Anyway, ironically, when folks read this release, they latched onto "endoplasmic reticulum" harkening back to their own memories of being 14 years old studying high school Biology, but we were actually trying to say we weren't using that design.  Not that it's a bad design idea because equally ironic is that since then, we've actually gravitated toward exactly that design concept.  Not much shorter, but definitely more compact.

2009 seems to be becoming a watershed year in Mid-Atlantic course design.  Charm City kicked it off consummate flow.  The changes made to that course alone have revolutionized my understanding of course design.  Ed Sander as always was totally unique, then BCA and Kelley Acres both stepped it up a notch by shoe-horning in more twists (and more length) than anyone would have thought possible in relatively small venues.  Plus KAX had a flyover.  Now Hyattsville has come on the scene doing a whole lot more than one would expect from a flat park.

But what about the HoCo2xCx courses?  Maps are posted here, but, look folks, those maps will leave you surprised on race day.  We can't help but dial the flow and nail the sequence and tweak and shift and bend.  Schooley Mill is an unknown commodity, but its a little slice of cyclocross heaven.  Wide open spectating, natural barriers, indoor bathrooms.  Rockburn has always been great fun, but this year we've finally fixed the sketchy start, the pit is huge, and the barriers will be in a different place.  Still plenty of up and down and all around.  We hope you like them, and, by the way, go register!

These are salad days of shamrocks and endoplasmic reticulum.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

PSA: Venue Preservation

We are all very fortunate to have the enthusiastic support of local government bodies who allow us to use public spaces for racing. Most of these agencies are delighted to not only allow us to use their roads and parks for races, but also to enjoy them for spontaneous, recreational riding. However, as good residents or guests, these municipalities will only permit our continued event promotions if we all exercise respect and responsibility toward the resources provided by all tax-payers.

Put more succinctly, they'll only let us race if the grass grows back.

Now that cross season is in full swing, please feel free to pre-ride or post-ride the public venues that allow it (and please also respect the private or public venues that do not allow unsanctioned use). However, stay a few yards wide of the track worn-in from racing--and avoid creating a new track--so that we can all maintain good relations with our coveted venues. It'll give you better training anyway.

Cheers, and happy and safe racing.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The 2009 MABRAcross Series

This Sunday marks the start of the MABRAcross Series with Ed Sander Memorial Cyclocross at Lilypons Water Gardens in Buckeystown, MD.  The Series is the biggest it has ever been with 9 events sporting 13 categories apiece and increased field limits in most of them.  Check out the calendar and register for all of them!


9/27 Ed Sander Memorial Cyclocross
10/3 Breast Cancer Awareness -- Cyclocross Challenge
10/4 "Kelley Acres" Cross
10/25 DCCX Presented By Family Bike Shop
11/8 Tacchino Cyclocross
11/15 Urban Cross
11/21 Howard County Double Cross Day 1 - Schooley Mill Cross
11/22 Howard County Double Cross Day 2 - Rockburn Cross
11/29 MABRAchamps


MABRAland has serious cross fever with its own 9-race series, 4 of 10 MAC races, 3 independent races, and many more a short distance away.  We promoters ponder how on earth the region has managed 25% growth per year in cross with no signs of it slowing down.  Charm City itself grew nearly 35% this year.  Rockburn doubled between its first and second year, and in our third year we're adding another day at Schooley Mill.  DCCX has over 180 entries in a day and a half.  Craziness!


Anyway, the Series.  This year we're adding a team competition which will rank teams based on their top 10 points scorers at each race.  The Championship will be worth 50% more points in the individual standings.  The promoting clubs have already put over $11,000 on the line and more is coming.  Individuals points will go deeper, except for the Men 4's.


Oh, you poor 4's, we've got our eye on you.


4's will be scored on upgrade points directly, so it will become immediately evident when you need the boot to the B's.  As if stalking crossresults.com for sandbaggers wasn't enough.  Just between Charm City and Ed Sander, a number of riders have moved up after their first test of the legs.  We hope to see some ferocious competition in the elites, and rightly so.  Remember that $11,000 I mentioned above?  Yep, almost all for you guys and gals.


Of course, if cash money doesn't blow your skirt up, HoCo2xCx will also be awarding pie.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Charm City Cross @C3cx

Around the time when groundhogs are examining their shadows and pondering their own unremitting decline versus the risks of first foragings, the equally skittish Mid-Atlantic roadie shakes off the torpor of winter on some Trade Zones, and these upright ground squirrels--or perhaps "road squirrels"--begin to lust for what all marmots seek in La Primavera: Jeff Cup.

However, around the time when the foliage reverses its progression from green back to red and brown and eventually black and simpler forms fatten up for the winter, a more ferocious creature heightens its activity.  Like wolves prowling the woods and dales in the sharp air of autumnal dusk, we crossers hunger for the first trophy for our packs: Charm City Cross.

We are nothing short of ravenous with 512 entries on BikeReg, and probably more by the time you read this.  The scent of UCI points is attracting alpha crossers to the hunt, and there are only 5 days remaining to pre-register.  Charm City Cross is the ceremonial start of cyclocross season, and both the race and the season promise to be the biggest, baddest ever, fueled by rapacious fervor for embrocation and mastik gripping the Mid-Atlantic.  

So if you are pondering your own shadow, show it no fear and join the Mid-Atlantic Brotherhood (and Sisterhood) this Sunday, September 20 at Druid Hill Park to watch or race crossers who would devour your legs, but then have a beer with you afterwards!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Opening Day

Per my previous post, yesterday was Opening Day on BikeReg.  I was probably the most relaxed I've been on an opening day, but its still something that makes me nervous, and I neurotically check the confirmed rider list every ten minutes to see how it's doing and who's on it even though I get an email for every entry (that I neurotically check every five minutes).

Opening Day is the moment the race takes on a life of its own.  Since October last year, this hoopla has been something in my hands and the hands of a few others to shape and wield.  By the time all is said and done, 14 months after this all began, nigh on 70 to 80 people will have lent a hand, but I know most of them and I know what they are doing and how and why.  Some, by mutually beneficial agreement, as in the case of our sponsors who support what we do.  Some, hired professionals like our officials.  Some, out of the goodness of their heart and zeal for this sport and this race, as with our volunteers.

But Opening Day marks the day the race is born after a long and arduous though happy gestation and begins to support itself without me.  Total strangers sign up to race, and this fact boggles my mind because I did not bring it into being, and even more amazing is these strangers tell their friends who also come out to race.  These people get something out of this race, and I have no way of knowing what that something is (unless I ask, and I frequently do).  The other uncanny moment is the morning of the race when all of these people show up and do exactly what they are supposed to do: find registration, warm up, race, clean up, eat, cheer, pit for their friends.  All we did was run some tape and send a few emails, and this seemingly chaotic but highly functioning thing with no central conscience comes into being.  It's a silly bike race; it's amazing!

And it starts on Opening Day.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Registration is open!

Registration is open for Howard County Double Cross!  Get in while the gettin' is good--call-ups are based on points and order of pre-reg.

Go here:
http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=8979

Do it now!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rockburn's other half?

Have you heard about Rockburn Cross's other half, Schooley Mill Cross?

The good people of Howard County caught the cyclocross bug and wanted more.  The inaugural Rockburn Cross in December 2007, while relatively small at only 191 entries, significantly exceeded expectations and got rave feedback.  For '08 we joined the MABRAcross Series, moved a month earlier and anticipated even better attendance.  We started with a projected attendance baseline of 200, hoping for more like 250.  (We got 386, plus Li'l Belgians.)  Nonetheless, being the insatiable type, I began scouting satellite photos of Howard County's other large parks to see what other cross potential there may be.  I saw a few that looked like they may be able to fit a course, and picked Schooley Mill Park near Clarksville to visit in early October.

At the same time--a full month before Rockburn's second edition--the county contacted me asking if I could put on another race in March-ish.  I explained that cross is not a Spring sport but also suggested they consider a road or mountain bike race.  But I also asked if we could add another cross race in Fall.  They said "sure, have you ever been to Schooley Mill Park?"  It was meant to be.  Putting on another race is no easy thing, but Team BBC was in the hunt for a race to promote at the same time, so another star aligned when they agreed to take on the event.  Two venues only 20 minutes apart made for the perfect opportunity to create a real double weekend and so Howard County Double Cross was born.

Now, I may be biased, but Schooley Mill Park may be one of the best venues we've got.  It's as spectator-friendly as BCA Cross but as big as Rockburn.  It's rife with "natural" obstacles--so many that we actually won't even use half of them.  It will have indoor registration and heated bathrooms.  You can check out the course map here to see what the Boys in Pink of Team BBC have designed.  So mark your calendars and plan on spending the weekend on Howard County.  We are also working on a race hotel, so spend less time on the beltway and more time recovering for Rockburn!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

First it was BikeReg...

First it was BikeReg.  Then a website.  Then Facebook.  Then Facebook again.  Then Twitter.  Now our content has become so prodigious that it is time to stash it all in a Blog.  Here we will post race related news, history (all two years of it), side commentary, snide commentary, and perhaps the occasional musing on tire pressure and/or pie.  Check back when Facebook or Twitter tells you.


"Gird up thy tubulars now like a crosser: 
I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  

Wilt thou also disannul my obstacles? 
Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be victorious?  

Hast thou a leg like Nys? 
Or canst thou bunny-hop with a bike like him?  

Deck thyself now with alluvium and embrocation; 
And array thyself with grifo and skinsuit.  

Cast abroad the speed of thy wrath: 
And behold every one that is proud, and abase him.  

Look on every one that is quick, and bring him slow; 
And spin down the torpid in their place.  

Hide them in the sand together, 
And bind their chains in secret.  

Then will I confess unto thee 
That thine own right leg can save thee."