by Ken Getchell and Josh Liberles
Southampton, NY – Even though The Hamptons are one of the eastern-most places in the United States, it was like a wild west show at the second day of the Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup. Amy Dombroski (Schlamm presented by Clement & Primus Mootry) won an old-fashioned duel with Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) in a women’s race that was dominated by riders from Colorado. Then, after the women had their shootout, the Three Amigos of Cannondale/CyclocrossWorld.com rode into town and laid down the law.
Temperatures in the 40’s and hard ground rolled smooth by the previous week’s Nor’easter made for blisteringly fast laps. The leaders of the Elite Men’s race were frequently lapping the course in under five-and-a-half minutes. While the track wasn’t fast enough to create a true peloton, drafting was the order of the day in both the Men’s and Women’s Elite races.
Gunning for her second consecutive MAC title, Laura Van Gilder took the holeshot, but by the time the field got to the dreaded Methane Hill, newly-crowned NACT Champion Natasha Elliot (Louis Garneau) had the lead and a gap. By the end of the first lap, the selection had been made as Gould and Dombroski joined Elliot, who faded shortly afterward. Gould and Dombroski dueled for the remainder of the race, with Gould having the advantage on the climbs and technical features of the course, while Dombroski (who rides road for the Webcor Builders pro team) had the horsepower on the flats. There’s an old hot-rod maxim that says, “you can’t beat cubic inches, except with more cubic inches.” With the very fast conditions of the day’s course, the cliché proved true as Dombroski was able to gap Gould on the long, paved sprint to complete her weekend sweep of two of the richest races on the women’s circuit. Kelli Emmett (Giant Factory Team) finished third ahead of Van Gilder while Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes), who had been battling for third with Emmett, eventually faded to fifth.
“I haven’t had a win this year until this weekend, so it’s a really good feeling,” said Dombroski after claiming her first two victories.
“It’s not often that I get to do the road racing tactics, but it was fun,” said Gould. “I made some dumb mistakes at the end and [Dombroski] got a gap on the pavement. I blew the last corner onto the pavement. It was a good race, it was hard.”
In the Men’s race, Tim Johnson survived a first-lap dab on Methane Hill, numerous attacks by Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA) and a battle with one of his own teammates to collect his second UCI win in as many days and tenth for the season. With the extremely fast course, and without the help of teammate Barry Wicks who didn’t make the cross-continent trip to Long Island, Trebon was clearly compromised tactically as Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com’s “Three Amigos” tag-teamed him early in the race and went on to again sweep the podium with Jeremy Powers and Jamey Driscoll following Johnson home. Eventually Trebon faded to sixth, behind Giant’s Adam Craig and Swiss U23 sensation Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles-Scott-Newwork). With his fifth place finish, Scherz sews-up the MAC U23 title and becomes almost untouchable in MAC’s overall Elite Championship with only the Capital Cross Classic in suburban Washington DC on December 6 remaining. Not a bad short stay here in the States for the young rider from Epalinges who came to America to race and improve his English before fulfilling his mandatory military service commitment next year.
“I had tired legs from riding a lot this week, I rode the two first laps really fast to see how that would work,” said Trebon. “Portland and Nationals are the two things that really matter for me for the rest of the year.”
When asked about whether Johnson considered himself a favorite for nationals, the NACT overall series winner responded, “I feel confident, but I’d say Jonathan [Page] is the favorite for sure. I’d always put him number one. I’d probably put Ryan number two, probably, just because he is always capable of some pretty serious rides and Todd [Wells] is the domestic dark horse.”
The MAC Series next moves south to suburban Washington DC for the 11th annual Capital Cross Classic presented by The Bike Lane in Reston, Virginia on December 6th. Taking place just two weeks before the winter solstice, the traditional MAC season-ending event will see a slightly revised race-day program to ensure that all classes have the opportunity to complete full races on one of the shortest days of the year. For more information, visit the event website.
Full Results after Photo Gallery
Visit our coverage of Whitmore Day 1 here.
Women’s Highlight Video:
Men’s Highlight Video:
Videos courtesy CyclingDirt.
|Place||U23||Bib||Time||First Name||Last Name||Team||City||State||Elite|
|4||12||1:02:10||Adam||Craig||Giant Factory Racing||Bend||OR||75|
|7||5||1:03:16||Christopher||Jones||Team Champion Systems||Auburn||CA||62|
|8||7||1:03:31||Joachim||Parbo||CCV Leopard cycles||Aarhos||DE||60|
|9||17||1:03:39||Tyler||Trace||Trek Red Truck||Victoria||BC||58|
|10||6||1:03:48||Derrick||St John||Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy||Cornwall||ON||56|
|11||15||1:03:48||Carl||Decker||Giant Factory Racing||Bend||OR||54|
|12||10||1:04:57||Michael||Garrigan||La Bicicletta/ Jetpower||King City||ON||52|
|13||35||1:05:00||Joshua||Dillon||RICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX||Essex Junction||VT||50|
|16||20||1:05:29||Kevin||Noiles||La Bicicletta Pro Shop||Vancouver||BC||44|
|17||18||1:05:33||Andrew||Wulfkuhle||C3-Athletes Serving Athletes||Lancaster||PA||43|
|18||2||16||1:06:20||Gavin||Mannion||Hot Tubes Junior Development Team||Dedham||MA||42|
|19||28||1:06:28||Shannon||Skerritt||The Vanilla Workship/Speedvagen Racing||Portland||OR||41|
|20||19||1:08:20||Kirt||Fitzpatrick||Sexual Camel||San Francisco||CA||40|
|21||29||1L||Kevin||Hulick||The Vanilla Workship/Speedvagen Racing||Portland||OR||39|
|22||34||2L||Peter||Bradshaw||Embrocation Cycling Journal||Boston||MA||38|
|24||22||Andrew||Crooks||NYC Velo||New York||NY||36|
|25||3||30||Chris||Hurst||Team Wheel and Sprocket||Lake Geneva||WI||35|
|27||25||3L||Pavel||Gonda||New York University||New York||NY||35|
|29||4||36||5L||Patrick||Bradley||Rutgers University Cycling Team||Richwood||NJ||35|
|30||37||Richard||Visinski||Exodus Road Racing||Bridgeport||CT||35|
|32||5||21||6L||Zach||Adams||C3-Athletes Serving Athletes||Carlisle||PA||35|
|33||38||Myles||Romanow||Hampton Velo Club||Southampton||NY||35|
|Place||35+||Bib||Time||First Name||Last Name||Team||City||State|
|1||4||0:37:12||Amy||Dombroski||Schlamm p/b Clement&Primus Mootry||Boulder||CO|
|2||23||0:37:18||Georgia||Gould||Luna Chix||Fort Collins||CO||90|
|3||6||0:38:13||Kelli||Emmett||Giant Factory Team||Colorado Springs||CO||80|
|4||1||2||0:38:28||Laura||Van Gilder||C3 Athletes Serving Athletes||Cresco||PA||75|
|6||1||0:39:30||Natasha||Elliott||Garneau Club Chaussures Ogilvy||Cornwall||ON||65|
|7||3||7||0:39:53||Sara||Bresnick-Zocchi||Pedalpowercoaching.com/ Landrys Bicycles||Arlington||MA||62|
|8||5||0:40:11||Andrea||Smith||Minuteman Road Club||Medford||MA||60|
|9||11||0:41:04||Linnea||Koons||October Factory Racing||Somerville||MA||58|
|11||9||0:42:03||Anna||Barensfeld||Minuteman Road Club||Brookline||MA||54|
|12||21||0:43:01||Christina||Tamilio||Minuteman Road Club||Brighton||MA||52|
|13||5||13||0:43:20||Anna||Milkowski||BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF||Andover||MA||50|
|14||6||14||0:43:50||Perri||Mertens||Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy||Norfolk||MA||48|
|15||15||0:44:02||Emma||Bast||Cycle-Smart / NCC||Hinesburg||VT||46|
|16||19||1L||Natalia||Gardiol||Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames||Cambridge||MA||44|
|17||18||1L||Amy||Breyla||C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes||New Castle||DE||43|
|18||17||2L||Andrea||Luebbe||Human Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon||Bethlehem||PA||42|