September 27, 2009; Adamstown, MD, USA:  Arley Kemmerer and West Schempf  took opposite paths to victory in today’s opening race of the 2009 MABRAcross Series.  The Ed Sander Memorial Cyclocross, held every year to commemorate National Capital Velo Club member Ed Sander who died in a training accident, is a scholarship fund raiser for Sander’s son Chris and takes place at the Lilypons Water Gardens where Sander was the property manager.  This year, overnight and early morning rains turned what is normally mostly hard and easy-rolling soil into a surface that racers repeatedly described as “peanut butter.”

Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing) utterly dominated the Women’s event, taking the holeshot and extending her lead throughout the 40 minute race to take her first major win by over a minute.  Afterward, she would attribute her success in the difficult conditions to her previous sport, “I was a downhill skier for 16 years,” she said in her post race interview.  “One thing you learn in alpine skiing is how to read lines and assess conditions quickly.  The track was changing a lot today because of the sun.  We also had juniors on the track at the same time and they really flattened it out because they’ll run everywhere rather than just on the single line, which actually made the track better.  I didn’t always make the right line choice today, but I committed aggressively to my lines and it paid off.”

While Kemmerer found success for the first time, newlywed Wes Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) came into the race as the defending series champion and two-time race winner.  The two races couldn’t have been more different.  Where Kemmerer took a huge solo win, Schempf waged a race long duel with Joe Dombroski (Haymarket Bicycles/Trakkers) that came down to a sprint that was decided in the final few meters.  Soon after the start, Schempf and Dombroski, along with Schempf’s teammate “Bad” Andy Wulfkuhle and Dombroski’s teammate Jared Nieters pulled away from the rest of the field.  Wulfkuhle was the first to drop off the lead group, giving the Haymarket team a two-on-one advantage.  Then Nieters, who was racing with strained ligaments in his left knee, succumbed to the effort required on the heavy surface and started to fall back.  This forced Schempf to lead as he couldn’t risk Nieters catching back up to assist the surprisingly strong 18 year old Dombroski.  When the leaders came back into view, the situation had flip-flopped as it was now Wulfkuhle in third and on the charge, forcing Dombroski to lead.  Eventually, both Wulfkuhle and Nieters, who finished third and fourth, respectively, dropped back out of sight and it was a one-on-one duel for the remainder of the race.

The heavy surface completely changed the complexion of many of the races throughout the day, but none more than the tactics in Elite Men’s race, which is usually decided by an attack and a long chase with two or three laps remaining.  “With the heavy soil, you just couldn’t get away,” said Dombroski afterwards.  Schempf agreed, “With this heavy surface, there was no way I could go long.  I tried a couple of seated accelerations, but Joe covered those pretty easily.  He attacked on the final climb up the power line hill and that hurt, so props to him.  But I was able to cover it.”  With both racers together after the last major obstacle, the race came down to a man-on-man road sprint.  Dombroski led through the chicanes and the 90 degree gravel corner around the Lillypons store 75 meters from the finish.  Dombroski looked over his left shoulder just as Schempf pulled up on his right.  Dombroski tried to squeeze Schempf, but pulled his left foot out of the pedal, giving Schempf his third Ed Sander Memorial Elite victory.

The MABRAcross Series continues with a two-race weekend on October 3 and 4.  The traditional Breast Cancer Awareness Cyclocross kicks-off world-wide Breast Cancer Awareness month with a race at the Hagerstown, Maryland Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 3.  The following day, the MABRA series will move down the road a few miles for the Kelley Acres Cyclocross in Middletown, Maryland.  Information for these and all races in the MABRAcross Series can be found at

Full Elite Results:

Elite Women:
PlaceTimeBib #Last NameFirst NameTeamHometownSTAge
137:30207kemmererarleyHub RacingSilver SpringMD25
239:55210HarlowElizabethC3 Athletes Serving AthletesBaltimoreMD45
3212BayerLindsayPotomac Velo Club/Seven Cycles
6205SpanogleTerriNCVC/Inova Health SystemAlexandriaVA44
742:49209GrimDianeC3 – Athletes Serving AthletesBoyertownPA50
843;12202ColsantJeanSquadra Coppi/IM SaabArlingtonVA39
943:21201HillesheimLindseySquadra Coppi/IM SaabArlingtonVA32
1045:34206WulfkuhleKathleenC3-Athletes Serving AthletesLancasterPA28
1146:25200LeaTracyT.E.A.M. FUJI56
DNF211childsStephanieEvolution CyclingFairfaxVA47
DNS203BrisenoChristinaCycleLife p/b SpecializedWashingtonDC40
DNS204ShogrenElizabethBackyard Bike clubMORGANTOWNWV33
PlaceTimeBib #Last NameFirst NameTeamHometownSTAge
11:01:3614SchempfWestonC3-Athletes Serving AthletesBETHESDAMD32
29DombrowskiJosephHaymarket Bicycles/TrakkersMarshallVA18
31:03:3719WulfkuhleAndrewC3-Athletes Serving AthletesLancasterPA27
41:04:551DriscollAdamAdventures For the CureHalethorpeMD28
517NietersJaredHaymarket Bicycles/TrakkersHaymarketVA32
61:06:1311WeaverDaveALAN North America Cycling TeamTowsonMD38
71:07:022MathiasIanTeam BBCBALTIMOREMD27
81:07:4513FaderEvanKelly Benefit Strategies/LSVTakoma ParkMD29
91:08:1120AdamsZachC3-Athletes Serving AthletesCarlislePA19
1018BroadwaterMarkC3-Athletes Serving AthletesCockeysvilleMD25
111:08:288ClarksonCharlesEllsworth / Whole Foods Market / Central Coffee RoastersCharlottesvilleVA28
121:09:3323EscobarGonzaloHaymarket p/b TrackersFalls ChurchVA23
131:10:276GdowikJonathanTrek Racing Co-OpBaltimoreMD27
1521FoucheBrianTeam Latitude/ABRTHagerstownMD26
1724SeymourNateEvolution Cycling ClubAlexandriaVA35
1825DanielTilleFulam Loading
dnf12ButtsBrianBattley Harley-Davidson/SonomaArlingtonVA30
dnf3EllicottEvanBike Doctor / Bayside VeloTakoma ParkMD35
dns4RunnalsMichaelJRVS/Casey Auto GroupNewport NewsVA36
dnf5JonesTaylorInland Construction/BTDWashingtonDC25
dnf7SaundersBlairBen’s Performance Bike’s/RidleyNewarkDE44