Georgia Gould (Luna) took control early at Wissahickon.© Dennisbike

by Ken Getchell

October 18, 2009; Conshohocken, PA, USA:  Ryan Trebon summed up today’s Wissahickon in his typical straight-to-the-point manner, “It was cold and freakin’ windy.”  As in yesterday’s Granogue Cyclocross, Trebon led a Kona 1-2 and Gould won by a large margin.  But there were eye-opening gaps behind them.

The women started-off the second day of the UCI double-header, and despite the storm that turned the previous day’s course into a quagmire, the course at Wissahickon remained solid, though somewhat cooler than normal.  “This course is always exactly the same,” said Mo Bruno-Roy.  “It’s always flat and windy.  With the rain this weekend, it made it slightly boggier, but not much.  Fortunately, the rains stopped this morning.”

At the start of the women’s race, Rebecca Wellons (Team Plan C) took the early lead, but it wasn’t long before Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) asserted herself – and then fell down.  “It was after the two off-camber 180’s.  I got through the technical portion and thought ‘that wasn’t so bad’ because I hadn’t pre-ridden that section.  Then I just fell down and I was like, ‘Oh, that was a real professional move!'”  Even with the fall, Gould was untouchable for the second consecutive day.  Behind her, Mo Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing/Seven Cycles) was alone in second while a chase group consisting of yesterday’s revelation Amanda Carey (Kenda/Trainwitheric.com), the C3-Athletes Serving Athletes duo of Laura Van Gilder and Dee Dee Winfield, and Boston’s Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club), who was competing in her first MAC Powered by SRAM weekend.  Carey was dropped as Smith bridged-up to Bruno-Roy.  What followed was some of the most aggressive women’s racing seen in America in many years.  Time and again, the relatively unknown Smith (who has been racing ‘cross only since last year) would dive under Bruno-Roy, only to have the more experienced racer take away her line.  Bruno-Roy would counter every acceleration Smith made.  Smith eventually was able to get by for the first time heading into the show jumping ring with slightly less than 3 laps to go, but couldn’t ride Mo off her wheel.  The action came down to the long, paved uphill sprint about a minute after Gould crossed the line with a victory salute.  Smith led out the sprint from the front, accelerated late and sealed her best cyclocross performance to date with a second-place finish.

In the Men’s race, a crash at the start delayed a few riders while Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs/RGM Watches/Radix) took the holeshot ahead of Ryan Dewald (Battley Harley Davidson) and Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles Scott Newwork).  Asked after the race why they were getting beat off the line this weekend, Wicks and Trebon answered in unison, “Holeshots are overrated.”

Scherz led for a while, as did Wicks, but by halfway through the second lap Trebon was off the front and Wicks had a gap back to second.  The bearded Timmerman closed the gap to Wicks and made a race of it.  “I attacked Barry a couple of times,” said Timmerman, “but that plan backfired because then Barry attacked me.”  Still, Timmerman kept it close through the rest of the race, but Wicks never made a mistake large enough for Timmerman to get back in contact.

The MAC Powered by SRAM Series next moves to New Jersey on October 31 and November 1 for a weekend of UCI racing, Halloween costumes – and a wedding reception (really!).  Information on Beacon Cyclocross and HPCX can be found on BikeReg.com.

Race Notes:

1)      The large crowd near the beer tent amused themselves during the men’s race by planting money in the ground on the run-up for riders to grab while running by, something the backmarkers especially hope becomes a tradition.

2)      For the second day in a row, 15-year-old Sam “Sammy T. Hammer” O’Keefe of the C3-Athletes Serving Athletes team took a convincing win in the B-Men’s race.

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Full Results:

Category:40startersElite Men
PlaceBib #Last NameFirst NameTeam2TimeU3
412FrattiniDavideTeam Fuji58:09
525ScherzValentinPRO CYCLES-SCOTT-NEWWORK59:24U23
88SchempfWestonC3 Athletes Serving Atheletes1:00:00
106WrenTylerBoo Bicycles1:00:33
1131McGrathAdamThule/Van Dessel1:01:00U23
125DewaldRyanBattley HARLEY-DAVIDSON1:01:12
1338FawleyBryanHudz – Subaru1:01:50
1429KincaidStephanChampion System/Cannondale1:02:00
1513NietersJaredHaymarket Bicycles/HomeVisit1:02:40
169WittwerGregALAN North America Cycling Team1:02:57
1715BradleyPatrickRutgers University Cycling Team1:03:10U23
1844FitzpatrickKirtSexual Camel1:03:25
1918SpohnMattDynaflo Racing1:04:46
2014ConsortoChristopherSecret Henry’s Team1 lap
2116EllistonBillVan Dessel Factory Team1 lap
2220JenksMichaelHighland Park Hermes p/b Kim’s Bike Shop1 lap
2339MuehlEricIndustry Nine1 lap
2433GondaPavelCRCA / Pacifico Team1 lap
2530MihalikMichaelFreddie Fu Cycling Team1 lap
2623LangloisDanEmbrocation Cycling Journal1 lap
2710WulfkuhleAndrewC3-Athletes Serving Athletes1 lap
2840YozellMichaelVisitPA.com1 lap
2911VisinskiRickeyEchappe Equipment Elite Team1 lap
3024LloydJ GabrielEchappe Equipment Elite Team1 lap
3128CrooksandrewNYC Velo1 lap
3237FarabaughAdamHershey Cancer Institute-GPOA Cannondale1 lapU23
3334QuinteroLisbanCRCA/ Foundation1 lap
3443SnyderAaronScott Bicycles USA1 lap
DNF17MathiasIanTeam BBC
DNF22NelessenGuillaumeVan Dessel Factory Team
DNF35DombrowskiJosephHaymarket Bicycles/Home VisitU23
DNF36BucklesJeffreyALAN / Richmond Pro
DNS26CraddockElliottChampion SystemsU23
DNS32CummingsStephenIndiana Regional Medical Center
Category:24startersElite Women
PlaceBib #Last NameFirst NameTeamTimeU2335+
1103GOULDGEORGIALuna Pro Team41:24
2125SmithAndreaMinuteman Road Club42:08
3100Bruno RoyMaureenMM Racing42:08
4101Van GilderLauraC3 – Athletes Serving Athletes42:3835+
5105WinfieldDeidreC3 – Athletes Serving Athletes42:42
8109KemmererArleyHub Racing44:31
9122Yozell MillerEricaVisitPA.com44:4035+
10106ThiemannNikkiHuman Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon44:51
11102WellonsRebeccaTeam Plan C45:16
12108GavinKristinHuman Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon46:12
13113MAXWELLJENNIFERATAC Sportswear p/b The Bike Rack DC47:0235+
14127AnnisSallyHub Racing47:2135+
15116ChurchKristineHuman Zoom Cycling47:45
16112WebberLauriSecret Henry’s Team48:5835+
17114KulieczaJulieAlan North America Cycling49:08
18130BreylaAmyC3 – Athletes Serving Athletes49:17
20115GrimDianeC3 – Athletes Serving Athletes1 lap35+
21119WaggettJillGuy’s Racing Club1 lap35+
22124LuebbeAndreaHuman Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon1 lap
23121MostLisaWissahickon/Engin Cycles1 lap35+
24129ParsonsTaraCRCA1 lap35+
DNS111PopovicCarolynCape Atlantic Racing/beaconcycling.com
DNS118MASONBETHVerge Test Pilot35+
DNS123Boswell-ViltEvieInland Back To Dirt Racing
DNS128HarlowElizabethC3 Athletes Serving Athletes35+