by Molly Hurford
GRANOGUE, DELAWARE—Thanks to the light rain all week, the course at Granogue promised the usual variety of twists, turns and mud, and a challenging run up toward a tower, followed by an off-camber descent. Still, the fields were full in the lower categories and a festive atmosphere reigned. Since the MAC Series had an off-weekend last week, racers from the region were well-rested and ready to take on the New Englanders who invaded Delaware Friday night and Saturday morning, hungry for cyclocross after the New England Holy Week of Cyclocross came to its conclusion at Providence Cyclocross Festival last weekend.
Justin Lindine (BikeReg.com/Joe’s Garage) continued the win streak that begin more than 10 days ago, soloing to victory nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the field. Mark Batty (Spidertech Powered by C10) took second place and Mitchell Hoke (Clif Bar Development Cyclocross Team) rounded out the podium.
We caught up with Mitchell Hoke post-race, and he was elated with his win.
“I didn’t get the best start but kept working up. I was right on Lindine’s wheel and we were moving up through the field. We got into a good group, with Mark, and my teammate Troy Wells, all riding solid. Then Mark and I got away but he dropped me at the top of the ride up at the top of the stairs with one and a half to go, he was riding so strong today.”
Most of the top riders seemed to favor the rocky section of the course, perhaps, as Hoke pointed out, because he “grew up mountain biking, so I liked that.”
This was his best result to date, saying, “third is my best finish ever in a UCI race, so I was psyched.”
We also snagged a beaming Lindine for a post-race interview. He’s been on a roll, taking wins at Night Weasels, and both days of Providence. In all of the cases, he rode away from the rest of the field. Still, he’s sedate about his victories, and when asked how many wins he’s stacked up, he had to think about it, replying, “I guess counting Night Weasels, four in a row.”
He told us a bit about how he felt in the race, again staying humble and saying, “It was hard to tell how big the gap was. It was kind of the same boat I’ve been in, taking a while to get going … I just don’t start well. Then, it was about getting to the front of the race and just trying to ride away from the race.”
Granogue Day One Men 2011
1 LINDINE Justin Bikereg.Com / Joe'S Garage USA 1:02:27 -- 2 BATTY Mark Spidertech Powered By C10 CAN 1:03:07 0:00:40 3 HOKE Mitchell Clif Bar Development Cyclo Cross Team USA 1:03:48 0:01:21 4 LIVERMON Travis Smart Stop-Mock Orange P/B Ridley USA 1:04:12 0:01:45 5 TOWNSEND Jerome USA 1:04:28 0:02:01 6 MULLER Lukas Philadelphia Cyclocross School Elite SUI 1:04:39 0:02:12 7 STAFFORD Jared Ride With Rendall CAN 1:04:49 0:02:22 8 WELLS Troy Team Clif Bar USA 1:04:58 0:02:31 9 FAVATA Christian Rgm Watches - Richard Sachs USA 1:04:59 0:02:32 10 MYERSON Adam Smartstop/Mob P/B Ridley USA 1:05:23 0:02:56 11 FREDERICK Ben Team Traveller USA 1:05:24 0:02:57 12 BAHNSON Jeffrey Van Dessel Factory Team USA 1:05:26 0:02:59 13 WITTWER Greg Alan N. America Cycling Team USA 1:06:00 0:03:33 14 MARION Robert American Classic/Blue USA 1:06:20 0:03:53 15 DEWALD Ryan Haymarket / Seavs USA 1:06:50 0:04:23 16 WINTERBERG Lukas Philadelphia Cyclocross School Elite SUI 1:07:01 0:04:34 17 CHABANOV Daniel Rgm Watches - Richard Sachs USA 1:07:03 0:04:36 18 CLARK Anthony J.A.M. Fund / Ncc USA 1:07:03 0:04:36 19 NIETERS Jared Haymarket/Seavs Racing USA 1:07:36 0:05:09 20 MIHALIK Michael Freddie Fu Cycling Team USA 1:07:49 0:05:22 21 LEECH Ryan Hilton Head Cycling USA 1:08:04 0:05:37 22 GREEN Donny Cycle-Smart USA 1:08:14 0:05:47 23 LARSEN Chris Industry Nine/Youngblood Bicycles USA 1:08:32 0:06:05 24 ADAMSON Shaun Cycle-Smart CAN 1:08:47 0:06:20 25 ORDONS Steven Human Zoom USA 1:09:16 0:06:49 26 BERGEY Gunnar C3 Athletes Serving Athletes USA 1:09:35 0:07:08 27 FRIDRICH Cary Embrocation Cycling Journal USA 1:09:56 0:07:29 28 MACKAY Thomas C3-Athletes Serving Athletes USA -24:00:00 0:00:00 29 DODGE Cameron Scott Rc/ Mountain Bike Team USA -24:00:00 0:00:00 30 CONSORTO Christopher Bike Line USA -24:00:00 0:00:00 31 BROWN Fred Mtbnj.Com-Halters Cycles USA -24:00:00 0:00:00 32 FARABAUGH Adam Team Deschuytter-Kwsc Westkerke USA -24:00:00 0:00:00 33 KAHLENBERG Jordan Adventures For The Cure/Giant Bicycles USA -24:00:00 0:00:00 34 ROACH Austin Metlife Cycling Team USA -24:00:00 0:00:00 35 STATMAN Katriel Van Dessel Factory Team/West End Bikes USA -24:00:00 0:00:00 36 SEMIAN Zach Van Dessel Factory Team USA -24:00:00 0:00:00 37 BRADLEY Patrick Philadelphia Cyclocross School Elite USA -48:00:00 0:00:00 38 GARRIGAN Mike Lapierre Canada, Giro, Shimano CAN -96:00:00 0:00:00 39 MURPHY Evan Nyc Velo USA -120:00:00 0:00:00 40 SPOHN Matt Philadelphia Cyclocross School Elite USA -120:00:00 0:00:00 DNF KEOUGH Luke Champion System P/B Keough Cyclocross USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF KEOUGH Nicholas Champion System P/B Keough Cyclocross USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF DILLON Joshua Rgm Watches - Richard Sachs USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF WULFKUHLE Andrew C3-Athletes Serving Athletes USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF BRUNGGER Eric Philadelphia Cyclocross School Elite SUI DNF 0:00:00 DNF DURRIN Jeremy J.A.M. Fund / Ncc USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF ADASAVAGE Gerald Bicycle Therapy / Melitta USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF KEOUGH Jesse Champion System P/B Keough Cyclocross USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF LEBAIR Craig Philadelphia Ciclismo USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF MINTURN John Stan'S Notubes / Axa Equitable / Crca USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF BLAIR Patrick Adventures For The Cure USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF REUTER Colin Crossresults.Com P/B Jra Cycles USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF PIERCE Stephen Embrocation Cycling Journal USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF WYATT Nathanael Carolina Fatz Cycling Center Pb Industry Nine USA DNF 0:00:00 DNF BROADWATER Mark C3-Athletes Serving Athletes USA DNF 0:00:00 DNS TISZA Zoltan Champion System Racing HUN DNS 0:00:00 DNS ST. JOHN Derrick Stevens P/B The Cyclery CAN DNS 0:00:00
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