Johnson, Powers and Driscoll mirror their Saturday places © Tom Olesnevich

Johnson, Powers and Driscoll mirror their Saturday places © Tom Olesnevich

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/ 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.

Dombroski and Gould over the barriers © Tom Olesnevich

Dombroski and Gould over the barriers © Tom Olesnevich

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.”

Johnson bridges to Powers, makes a pass © Tom Olesnevich

Johnson bridges to Powers, makes a pass © Tom Olesnevich

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’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

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Full Results

Elite Men
PlaceU23BibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeamCityStateElite
111:00:47TimJohnsonCannondale Cyclocrossworld.comBeverlyMA120
231:01:04JeremyPowersCannondale Cyclocrossworld.comEasthamptonMA90
321:01:23JameyDriscollCannondale Cyclocrossworld.comJerichoVT80
4121:02:10AdamCraigGiant Factory RacingBendOR75
751:03:16ChristopherJonesTeam Champion SystemsAuburnCA62
871:03:31JoachimParboCCV Leopard cyclesAarhosDE60
9171:03:39TylerTraceTrek Red TruckVictoriaBC58
1061:03:48DerrickSt JohnGarneau Club Chaussures OgilvyCornwallON56
11151:03:48CarlDeckerGiant Factory RacingBendOR54
12101:04:57MichaelGarriganLa Bicicletta/ JetpowerKing CityON52
13351:05:00JoshuaDillonRICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIXEssex JunctionVT50
14311:05:09RyanHoppingUnited CycleCalgaryAB48
16201:05:29KevinNoilesLa Bicicletta Pro ShopVancouverBC44
17181:05:33AndrewWulfkuhleC3-Athletes Serving AthletesLancasterPA43
182161:06:20GavinMannionHot Tubes Junior Development TeamDedhamMA42
19281:06:28ShannonSkerrittThe Vanilla Workship/Speedvagen RacingPortlandOR41
20191:08:20KirtFitzpatrickSexual CamelSan FranciscoCA40
21291LKevinHulickThe Vanilla Workship/Speedvagen RacingPortlandOR39
22342LPeterBradshawEmbrocation Cycling JournalBostonMA38
2422AndrewCrooksNYC VeloNew YorkNY36
25330ChrisHurstTeam Wheel and SprocketLake GenevaWI35
27253LPavelGondaNew York UniversityNew YorkNY35
28334LColinReuterInternational Bicycle/crossresults.comSomervilleMA35
294365LPatrickBradleyRutgers University Cycling TeamRichwoodNJ35
3037RichardVisinskiExodus Road RacingBridgeportCT35
3132ChristopherHamlinUVM CyclingRichmondVT35
325216LZachAdamsC3-Athletes Serving AthletesCarlislePA35
3338MylesRomanowHampton Velo ClubSouthamptonNY35
Eilte Women
Place35+BibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeamCityState
140:37:12AmyDombroskiSchlamm p/b Clement&Primus MootryBoulderCO
2230:37:18GeorgiaGouldLuna ChixFort CollinsCO90
360:38:13KelliEmmettGiant Factory TeamColorado SpringsCO80
4120:38:28LauraVan GilderC3 Athletes Serving AthletesCrescoPA75
610:39:30NatashaElliottGarneau Club Chaussures OgilvyCornwallON65 Landrys BicyclesArlingtonMA62
850:40:11AndreaSmithMinuteman Road ClubMedfordMA60
9110:41:04LinneaKoonsOctober Factory RacingSomervilleMA58
104120:41:30SallyAnnisHub RacingNashuaNH56
1190:42:03AnnaBarensfeldMinuteman Road ClubBrooklineMA54
12210:43:01ChristinaTamilioMinuteman Road ClubBrightonMA52 / Joe’s Garage / IFAndoverMA50
146140:43:50PerriMertensEmbrocation Cycling Journal / Mad AlchemyNorfolkMA48
15150:44:02EmmaBastCycle-Smart / NCCHinesburgVT46
16191LNataliaGardiolCambridge Bicycle / Igleheart FramesCambridgeMA44
17181LAmyBreylaC3 – Athletes Serving AthletesNew CastleDE43
18172LAndreaLuebbeHuman Zoom / Pabst Blue RibbonBethlehemPA42
dnf20AnnaYoungPioneer RacingSyracuseNY