I totally understand why the switch- I actually agree with it! I was just pointing out that it is a new thing and some people aren't psyched about it while others are. After watching the crowds at elite races dwindle in the past years, I think it was a really smart move. (I also say that as a new elite racer who REALLY liked the crowd being around cheering like crazy.) Let's have a beer or something at Granogue and discuss/heckle.
Charm City: Euros Wyman and Field Continue the European UCI Points Grab
Charm City in Baltimore, Maryland, has been hot and dry for the fast few years, which makes sense since as the second race weekend of the season, it’s still practically summertime. However, in keeping with the streak of bad weather on the East Coast for the past month, the race opened with a chilly, drizzling morning: perfect cyclocross weather. Racers and spectators alike complained about the cooler conditions, since this early in the season, the legwarmers are still buried in attics and basements. However, the cooler weather didn’t seem to hurt the Euro visitors, and Helen Wyman and Ian Field repeated their stellar performances from last week at Nittany Lion Cross.
Helen Wyman (Kona) took an early and commanding lead in the Elite Women’s race, which started with a long uphill road section into a sharp left-hand turn where the screech of carbon wheels on brakes and the smell of burned rubber are palpable. She developed a gap quickly, though last year’s MAC champion, Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom/C3), developed a gap of her own in second place trying to chase Wyman down. In the chase group were five women: last weekend’s second place Joyce Vanderbeken from Belgium, UK racer Gabby Day (Renner Custom CX), Joyce Van der Beken (Cycling Team Vermeeren), and Arley Kemmerer (C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes). The group chased Van Gilder but unlike last week, Van Gilder would not be caught by the Belgian.
The podium was rounded out by Joyce van der Beken, with Kemmerer in fourth and Day in fifth.
Cyclocross Magazine caught up with Wyman immediately after her race to get the scoop on her US early season dominance. She said, “It was good. It was really twisty! There were a thousand corners, and you’d be like, ‘dammit, I forgot that corner.’ But it was fun! You had to sprint every second and a half.”
Compared to last week, Wyman said that this course “held her interest because you never knew what would happen next.”
We also chatted with the hometown favorite, Laura van Gilder, who, until the Euro invasion, dominated the MAC series. Happy with her second place finish, van Gilder said, “It felt great today. I like all these courses that we’ve been doing but I especially like the Charm City course. I felt like I had really good flow and a lot of power today. I’m very satisfied … It was all about not making mistakes. I was just trying to be really consistent and gauge my results.”
The men’s race started like a road race, the men stayed in a pack through the sharp turn and remained in what was essentially a peleton for the rest of the first lap. Ian Field (Hargoves Cycles) and Tom van den Bosch (Aa Drink/Leontien.Nl) developed a fast lead, working together, though Field pulled away fairly quickly. A chase group of ten men followed, including some of the Philadelphia Cyclocross School men and Team Mountain Khakis’ Travis Livermon.
By the second lap, the gap between Field and van den Bosch had increased to ten seconds, and the chase group was ten seconds behind van den Bosch.
By the middle of the Elite Men’s race, Field had developed an even bigger gap on his one competitor, Tom van den Bosch, the Belgian racer. These racers held a gap of over a minute on third through fifth, Mike Garrigan (Lapierre Canada), Eric Brungger (Philadelphia Cyclocross School U19) and Tim Van Nuffel (Dcm-Gb Vorselaar), after 40 minutes of racing.
Field took the uncontested win, with van den Bosch easily picking up second. Third was claimed by Garrigan, with Brungger right on his wheel, looking disappointed with his finish.
After the race, we chatted with Field, who said, “It’s nice to travel all this way and get a win. It’s different for me racing for the win. I really only get to do that in the UK once, twice a year. You change your mentality of racing, just because in Belgium you’re constantly pressing on the pedals and chasing, chasing, chasing. So it’s really nice to get the experience of winning at cross. And winning is a habit, so…”
Van den Bosch was also excited to talk about his stay in America and racing so far: “People are very friendly here. The tracks are a bit different than they are in Europe, it’s crazy. Today it was a race of many corners, I think too much corners.”
When asked if he was going for the win tomorrow, he said, “I hope so.”
In addition to having Euros in attendance at the first few MAC races, there are a few changes. This season the MAC series has been trying something new, by having the 2/3/4 Men’s race following the Elite fields. In doing so, they hope to address the problem of a lack of spectators for the elite races, and it’s been met with mixed feelings from the racers. Additionally, rather than having two days of UCI racing per MAC weekend, only Saturday is a UCI race, making Sunday’s race less dense in terms of elite racers looking for UCI points. This is just one of the many changes throughout the East Coast cyclocross season.
Elite Men Results:
|1||FIELD Ian||Hargroves Cycles|
|2||VAN DEN BOSCH Tom||Aa Drink/Leontien.Nl|
|3||GARRIGAN Mike||Lapierre Canada|
|4||BRUNGGER Eric||Philadelphia Cyclocross School U19|
|5||VAN NUFFEL Tim||Dcm-Gb Vorselaar|
|6||FAWLEY Bryan||Orbea Usa|
|7||WULFKUHLE Andrew||C3-Athletes Serving Athletes|
|8||SCHEMPF Weston||C3 Athletes Serving Athletes P/B Twenty20 Cycling|
|9||KNAPP Ryan||Bob’S Red Mill Cyclocross|
|10||LIVERMON Travis||Smart Stop-Mock Orange P/B Ridley|
|11||WITTWER Greg||Alan N. America Cycling Team|
|12||WINTERBERG Lukas||Philadelphia Cyclocross School U19|
|13||MULLER Lukas||Philadelphia Cyclocross School U19|
|14||MIHALIK Michael||Freddie Fu Cycling Team|
|16||CUMMINGS Stephen||C3-Athletes Serving Athletes|
|18||BLAIR Patrick||Adventures For The Cure|
|19||HAMBLEN Jon||Smartstop/Mock Orange Bikes P/B Ridley|
|20||DRISCOLL Adam||Adventures For The Cure|
|21||WYATT Nathanael||Carolina Fatz Cycling Center Pb Industry Nine|
|22||BRADLEY Patrick||Philadelphia Cyclocross School U19|
|24||ADASAVAGE Gerald||Bicycle Therapy/Melitta|
|25||ORDONS Steven||Human Zoom|
|26||NIWINSKI Noah||Carroll Composites Factory|
|28||SEMIAN Zachary||Van Dessel Factory Team|
|29||STORM Charlie||Storm Racing Team|
|30||MACKAY Thomas||C3-Athletes Serving Athletes|
|31||STATMAN Katriel||Van Dessel Factory Team/West End Bikes|
|32||BECKER Collin||Race Pace Bike Shop|
|33||BERGEY Gunnar||C3 Athletes Serving Athletes|
|-3||KAHLENBERG Jordan||Adventures For The Cure/Giant Bicycles|
|-4||SHAW Andrew||Ncvc / Unitedhealthcare|
|-4||SHANEFELT Gregg||Bob’S Red Mill|
Elite Women’s Results:
|1||WYMAN Helen||Kona Factory Racing|
|2||VAN GILDER Laura||C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes|
|3||VANDERBEKEN Joyce||Cycling Team Vermeeren|
|4||KEMMERER Arley||C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes|
|5||DAY Gabriella||Team Scott Contessa|
|6||THIEMANN Nicole||Team Cf|
|7||GAVIN Kristin||Team Cystic Fibrosis|
|8||POPOVIC Carolyn||Team Cf|
|9||SILLIMAN Erin||Alan N. America Cycling Team|
|10||BUERKLE Patty||Va Asset Group P/B Artemis/Trek|
|11||BARBOSSA Stacey||Elite Endurance Training Systems|
|12||DOWIDCHUK Katrina||Team Tbb/Deep Blue|
|13||TUFANO Allyson||Whcc/Sportif Coaching Group|
|14||SHIELDS Emily||Smartstop/Mock Orange Bikes P/B Ridley|
|15||SHIELDS Katherine||Smartstop/Mock Orange Bikes P/B Ridley|
|16||FREDERICK Rebecca||Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv|
|17||MASCELLI Erin||Elite Endurance Training Systems|
|18||BOWMAN Brittlee||Crossresults.Com P/B Jra Cycles|
|19||BISHOP Michelle||Cannondale Cadence Women’S Racing|
|20||HARLOW Elizabeth||C3-Athletes Serving Athletes|
|21||WULFKUHLE Kathleen||C3-Athletes Serving Athletes|
|22||POPE Jennifer||Vanderkitten Racing|
|23||DUBECK Kimberly||Trestle Bridge Racing|
|24||SCHEFFENACKER Kristy||C3- Athletes Serving Athletes|
|25||STEVENS Angelina||Garneau Custom P/B Powerbar|
|26||LARSEN Laurel||November Bicycles Cx Experience|
|27||HURFORD Molly||Team Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles|
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@Fatmarc please don't think im complaining. I realize it's just my opinion. I'm gonna keep showing up for B races not matter what time. 3:45 still beats being in the C race first thing! :-) Thanks for all your hard work support the MAC scene!
Minor correction. both days of Charm City and both days of Granogue are UCI, This is not a new format for the MAC... As for having the 2/3/4 race last, pretty much everyone except the 2/3/4's likes it. No one wants to race last; but someone has to. Besides, now the master's racers have some beer left vs. those damn killer B's drinking it all! Cpt, last time I checked elite men have families too!
Yeah I'm not a fan of such late B races (I race the B's in the MAC and was at Charm today). Since I race after the elites I now have to miss that race. I prefer we go back to the 12pm start for the B's. I know a lot of racers with families would like that too.