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VERONA, WISCONSIN — As the sun started setting, the last race of the day hit the course to steadily dropping temperatures, and the track progressively was becoming more tacky. The 30-34 “Baby” Masters race featured several of the Elite Men in the mix, including Jake Wells (Stan’s No Tubes), Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) and last year’s winner Matt Pacocha (Bikeradar.com).
“Mayhem breaking out,” as Richard Fries intoned from his radio microphone, reporting from the course half-a-lap in. “These guys have been getting beat up all season by the Elite guys,” he added, mentioning that this race offers these working men a chance at glory.Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) may have registered last for the race, but he certainly didn’t finish that way. Achieving his first National Championship title in the Masters 30-34 race was a great warm-up for the Elite race less that 24 hours from when he crossed the finish line today, and he was happy with his result: a first place with a nearly two-minute gap on the rest of the field.
While McNicholas missed the holeshot, within less than half-a-lap, he had found his way to the front and had started driving the race. Behind him, Matthew Pacocha (BikeRadar.com) and Jake Wells (Stan’s No Tubes) chased furiously.
Within a lap, McNicholas had opened up a gap ticking up to 20 seconds.
Behind the top three, a group featuring John Curry (Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club), Kevin McConnell (Iowa City Cycling) and Andrew Wulfkuhle (Charm City Cycling) chased, and six seconds behind them was a group of four riders, including Robert Marion (American Classic Pro Team), Andrew Coe (Ethos Racing), Matthew Fox (Silverado Gallery) and Damian Schmitt.
As racers saw three to go, McNicholas had increased his lead to over a minute ahead of Pacocha, who had shed Wells. Behind them, Marion had bridged up to the group led by Curry.McNicholas plowed on, creating the largest gap from first to second of the day in the “baby masters” field. “Dylan McNicholas is on a different planet right now,” the announcer intoned as he raced by with well over a minute and a half between him and the silver medalist.
Behind the top three, Curry, McConnell and Marion were fighting for fourth place.
“In Wisconsin, it’s illegal to spank your children as hard as McNicholas is spanking the rest of the field right now,” announcer David Towle frantically shouted as McNicholas blazed by, heading into the final lap. Pacocha went through minutes later, shaking his head slightly as he looked at the clock and saw the time gap. Wells, who had almost been caught by the trio behind him, continued to hold his own, now in no man’s land between Pacocha and the chasers, including Marion, who attacked the group and began to chase Wells in earnest. Brad Cole (KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team) also blazed through, chasing and closing.McNicholas came in smiling as he took his first National Championship, trailed by Pacocha for second. Marion caught Wells on the last lap, taking the third podium spot, leaving Wells in fourth and Cole in fifth.
“I was able to tone it back for the last lap and try to just not fall down,” McNicholas said. “It’s nice to do some laps at race speed on the course. It was tough to start in the back … to win, I’m psyched.”
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2012 National Cyclocross Championship: Masters Men 30-34 Results
01 Dylan MCNICHOLAS (1 - Cat1) Stratham, NH 445 Cyclocrossworld/Cannondale Cyclocrossworld 02 Matthew PACOCHA (2 - Cat1) Boulder, CO 426 BikeRadar.com 03 Robert MARION (3 - Cat1) Mount Airy, NC 19 American Classic Pro Team 04 Jake WELLS (4 - Cat1) Avon, CO 404 Stan's NoTubes 05 Brad COLE (1 - Cat2) Fort Collins, CO 406 KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires 05 Kevin MCCONNELL (5 - Cat1) Iowa City, IA 430 Iowa City Cycling Club/Mercy-Specialized 07 Andrew WULFKUHLE (6 - Cat1) Lancaster, PA 433 Charm City Cycling LLC 08 John CURRY (7 - Cat1) Bozeman, MT 414 Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Gallatin Alpine Sports/Intrinsik Archite 09 Tom BURKE (8 - Cat1) Grand Rapids, MI 425 Midwest Cycling Group 10 Andrew COE (9 - Cat1) Mission, KS 439 Ethos Racing 11 Damian SCHMITT (10 - Cat1) Bend, OR 408 0 12 Stephen CUMMINGS (11 - Cat1) Pittsburgh, PA 440 Charm City Cycling LLC 13 William IAIA (12 - Cat1) Englewood, CO 420 0 14 Matthew FOX (13 - Cat1) Bend, OR 405 Silverado Gallery/ Sunnyside Sports 15 Michael HEMME (14 - Cat1) Chicago, IL 407 0 16 Daniel MILLER (2 - Cat2) Columbia, MO 415 Walt's Bike Shop 17 Christopher FISHER (15 - Cat1) Inver Grove Heights, MN 428 Crossniacs 18 Colin REUTER (3 - Cat2) Somerville, MA 429 crossresults.com/crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles 19 Richard BARDWELL (4 - Cat2) Stonington, CT 438 Cycle-Smart Inc. 20 Christopher BAGG (5 - Cat2) Portland, OR 403 Cyclocross Magazine 21 Brett PIRIE (6 - Cat2) Denver, CO 417 ColoBikeLaw.com 22 Ross CERNIGLIA (7 - Cat2) Wauwatosa, WI 432 My Wife Inc 23 John KURTZ (8 - Cat2) Lombard, IL 443 Flatlandia Cycling Team 24 Jason KNAUFF (9 - Cat2) Chicago, IL 402 Burnham Racing 25 Luke WINGER (10 - Cat2) Banner Elk, NC 418 Lees-McRae College 26 Jon HERNANDEZ (1 - Cat3) Kirkland, WA 419 Cyclocrossracing.com 27 Scott SMITH (11 - Cat2) Knoxville, TN 436 TVB Race/ Tomato Head 28 Jess PARKER (2 - Cat3) Jenks, OK 431 Scuderia Superleggera 29 Jay KWAN (3 - Cat3) Carlsbad, CA 412 The TEAM /The TEAM - SoCalCross 30 Colby LASH (4 - Cat3) Marquette, MI 410 0 31 Ted BURGER (5 - Cat3) Chicago, IL 409 Flatlandia Cycling Team 32 Marc WOLMAN (6 - Cat3) Philadelphia, PA 437 Campanohvac/Breakawaybikes.com/Campanohvac/breakawaybikes.com 33 Chad CHEENEY (12 - Cat2) Durango, CO 444 Durango Devo 34 Benjamin DEMONG (7 - Cat3) Chicago, IL 411 ABD Cycling Club/ABD Cycling Team 35 Edwin BAGLEY (8 - Cat3) Chicago, IL 442 Rhythm Racing 36 Michael ROECKLEIN (9 - Cat3) Lake Forest, CA 434 Stage 17 Racing 37 Brian FUHRMANN (10 - Cat3) Waukon, IA 401 0 DNS Matthew BARTLETT Washington, DC 424 0 DNS Patrick BLAIR Halethorpe, MD 416 Adventures for the Cure DNS Micheal JERNIGAN Lexington, KY 422 Team Kappius DNS Jeff KLUCK Sioux Falls, SD 435 SC Velo/POWERADE - INDEPENDENT FABRICATION DNS Daniel POLLARD Chicago, IL 427 Rhythm Racing DNS cory SWIHART Indianapolis, IN 423 INDIEBIKE.COM DNS Jordan VILLELLA Pittsburgh, PA 413 Team CF DNF Daniel DOLNEY Milwaukee, WI 421 V.C. Bikesport
2012 Nationals Master Men 30-34 Startlist
Master 30-34 Cat 1/2/3
|Christopher Bagg||Portland, OR||403|
|Edwin Bagley||Rhythm Racing||Chicago, IL||442|
|Richard Bardwell||Cycle-Smart, Inc.||Stonington, CT||438|
|Matthew Bartlett||Washington, DC||424|
|Patrick Blair||Adventures for the Cure||Halethorpe, MD||416|
|Ted Burger||Flatlandia Cycling Team||Chicago, IL||409|
|Tom Burke||Midwest Cycling Group||Grand Rapids, MI||425|
|Ross Cerniglia||My Wife, Inc||Wauwatosa, WI||432|
|Chad Cheeney||Durango Devo||Durango, CO||444|
|Andrew Coe||Ethos Racing||Mission, KS||439|
|Brad Cole||KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires||Fort Collins, CO||406|
|Stephen Cummings||Charm City Cycling, LLC||Pittsburgh, PA||440|
|John Curry||Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Gallatin Alpine Sports/Intrinsik Archite||Bozeman, MT||414|
|Benjamin DeMong||ABD Cycle Club/ABD Cycling Team||Chicago, IL||411|
|Daniel Dolney||V.C. Bikesport||Milwaukee, WI||421|
|Christopher Fisher||Crossniacs||Inver Grove Heights, MN||428|
|Matthew Fox||Silverado Gallery/ Sunnyside Sports||Bend, OR||405|
|Brian Fuhrmann||Waukon, IA||401|
|Michael Hemme||Chicago, IL||407|
|Jon Hernandez||Cyclocrossracing.com||Kirkland, WA||419|
|Judson Heugel||Charm City Cycling, LLC||Rockville, MD||441|
|William Iaia||Englewood, CO||420|
|Micheal Jernigan||Team Kappius||Lexington, KY||422|
|Jeff Kluck||SC Velo/POWERADE - INDEPENDENT FABRICATION||Sioux Falls, SD||435|
|Jason Knauff||Burnham Racing||Chicago, IL||402|
|John Kurtz||Flatlandia Cycling Team||Lombard, IL||443|
|Jay Kwan||The TEAM /The TEAM - SoCalCross||Carlsbad, CA||412|
|Colby Lash||Marquette, MI||410|
|Robert Marion||American Classic Pro Team||Mount Airy, NC||19|
|Kevin McConnell||Iowa City Cycling Club/Mercy-Specialized||Iowa City, IA||430|
|Daniel Miller||Walt's Bike Shop||Columbia, MO||415|
|Matthew Pacocha||BikeRadar.com||Boulder, CO||426|
|Jess Parker||Scuderia Superleggera||Jenks, OK||431|
|Brett Pirie||ColoBikeLaw.com||Denver, CO||417|
|Daniel Pollard||Rhythm Racing||Chicago, IL||427|
|Colin Reuter||crossresults.com/crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles||Somerville, MA||429|
|Michael Roecklein||Friends Cycling||Lake Forest, CA||434|
|Damian Schmitt||Bend, OR||408|
|Scott Smith||TVB Race/ Tomato Head||Knoxville, TN||436|
|cory swihart||INDIEBIKE.COM||Indianapolis, IN||423|
|Jordan Villella||Team CF||Pittsburgh, PA||413|
|Jake Wells||Stan'sNoTubes||Avon, CO||404|
|Luke Winger||Lees-McRae College||Banner Elk, NC||418|
|Marc Wolman||Campanohvac/Breakawaybikes.com/Campanohvac/breakawaybikes.com||Philadelphia, PA||437|
|Andrew Wulfkuhle||Charm City Cycling, LLC||Lancaster, PA||433|