Keough Wins Field Sprint, Van Gilder Solos to Early Season Wins at Nittany Lion ’Cross – Updated: Full Results and Photos

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And they're off! Nittany Lion ’Cross kicks off UCI season © Anthony Skorochod/CyclingCaptured.com

by Ken Getchell

September 13, 2010; Conshohocken, PA, USA:  Over 500 entries descended on the grounds surrounding the famous Trexlertown Velodrome at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center on September 11 for the Nittany Lion ‘Cross, the opening race for both the Champions System MAC Series and the worldwide UCI Cyclocross Calendar.

In a rare experimental format switch, the UCI Women and Men were moved up on the program, ahead of the 70-rider Elite Masters nightcap.  In the UCI Women’s race, two competitors who represent the past three MAC season championships, rode away from the field of nearly 30 women from the start.  Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) and Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill presented by Seven Cycles) rode together for most of the race, most often with Van Gilder taking the pacing position.  Rather than relying on her powerful sprint, Van Gilder rode Bruno-Roy off her wheel with about half a lap remaining to finish solo, nine seconds ahead of Bruno-Roy.  As with all UCI races in the Champion System MAC this year, the top three women were paid equal to the top three men.  Philadelphia’s Kristin Gavin (Team CF), who continues to develop into one of the nation’s top riders, finished third to pull down the last of the increased paychecks.

The Men’s race had drama before the course was even set-up when Jeremy Powers emailed the organizers to tell them that he had to withdraw as the result of a broken finger suffered on his road bike.  Without medical clearance to race, one of the most dominant riders in North America was out, and the race suddenly became wide-open on a course that was hard and fast as a result of the hot, dry summer.  Luke Keough (Champion Systems), who finished third here last year, was a late addition to the field, but had to start in the back row because the start order had already been submitted.  It didn’t matter, though, because by the end of the first lap Keough was off the front of the bike race in a lead group that also contained Switzerland’s defending MAC champion Valentin Schertz (Cyfac-Champion System), veteran ‘cross promoter and road sprinter Adam Myerson (Team CycleSmart) and hard-luck rider of the day Ryan Knapp (BikeReg.com). 

Knapp, the 2008 Zipp OVCX presented by Papa John’s season champion, made the ten-and-a-half hour drive to get some early season UCI point.  He did, but he had to do it the hard way as various observers counted either three or four mechanicals that caused Knapp to drop off the lead group.  The Indiana strong man was able to rejoin the lead group following each incident and eventually finished fifth overall, just two seconds out of first place.

Only one rider was able to bridge the gap from the main chase group to the leaders.  Alec Donohue of the Northampton Cycling Club hit the front of the group as soon as he made contact and rode pace for most of the final three laps with Myerson on his wheel before fading somewhat in the last half lap to finish fourth.  The finish came down to sprint with Myerson leading out.  Keough found enough room on the inside of the final corner to sneak through and held on for the final 200 meters to take the win over Myerson with Schertz in third.  The top three finishers were separated by only 1.1 seconds.

In the final race of the day, Bill Elliston (Van Dessel Factory Team), won the Champion System MAC Elite Masters race in his first Masters cyclocross race.  There were 73 entries for the Elite Masters.  In the concurrent Elite Junior race, multiple national champion Jeff Bahnson (Van Dessel Factory Team) took another commanding win.

The next races on the Champion System MAC Series are this weekend, September 18 and 19 in Baltimore for the two-day UCI Charm City Cyclocross.  That will be followed on September 26 by MAC’s first non-UCI race of the year at the WhirlyBird ‘Cross at Pennsylvania’s Bryn Athyn College, which will feature fully equal prize lists for the Elite Men and Women.  All Champion System MAC races can be entered through BikeReg.com.  For more information on the Champion System MAC Series, see www.MidAtlanticCross.com.

Full results below.

Photo Gallery:

Results:

Elite Men:

PlaceTimeBib #Last NameFirst NameTeamCityST
11:00:30.835KEOUGHLUKECHAMPION SYSTEMS
21:00:31.14MYERSONADAMTEAM: CYCLE-SMARTBOSTONMA
31:00:31.93SCHERZVALENTINCYFAC-CHAMPION SYSTEM RACING TEAM
41:00:32.833DONAHUEALECNORTHAMPTON CC
51:00:32.95KNAPPRYANBIKEREG.COMCOLUMBUSIN
61:00:42.77SCHEMPFWESTONC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETESBETHESDAMD
71:00:46.38WULFKUHLEANDREWC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETESLANCASTERPA
81:00:54.012BRADSHAWPETEREMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNALBOSTONMA
91:01:13.111NELESSENGUILLAUMEVAN DESSEL FACTORY TEAMLAMBERTVILLENJ
101:01:18.86DEWALDRYANHAYMARKET / SEAVS
111:01:28.127DURRINJEREMYWHEELHOUSE / NCCAMHERSTMA
121:01:40.814CUMMINGSSTEPHENHAYMARKET BICYCLES  / SEAVSPITTSBURGHPA
131:01:49.921MUEHLERICINDUSTRY NINE FACTORYASHEVILLENC
141:02:01.517DOMBROWSKIJOSEPHHAYMARKET / SEAVS
151:02:12.02GRANDANTHONYCYFAC-CHAMPION SYSTEM RACING TEAM
161:03:01.810WITTWERGREGALAN NORTH AMERICA CYCLING TEAMRICHMONDVA
171:03:14.423WEAVERDAVEALAN N. AMERICA CYCLING TEAMTOWSONMD
181:03:23.631FELDMANMUKUNDAWHEELHOUSE / NCCEASTHAMPTONMA
191:03:30.615ADAMSZACHC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETESCARLISLEPA
201:03:37.319SPOHNMATTCYFAC-CHAMPION SYSTEM RACING TEAM P/B REVOLUTION WHEELWORKSWEST CHESTERPA
211:03:48.330BROADWATERMARKC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETESCOCKEYSVILLEMD
221:04:16.336KEOUGHJESSEECHAMPION SYSTEMS
231:04:45.69ADAMSONSHAUNTEAM: CYCLE-SMARTEDMONTONAB
241:05:03.224PIERCESTEPHENCAMBRIDGE BICYCLE / IGLEHEART FRAMESSOMERVILLEMA
251:05:03.734KEOUGHNICHOLASCHAMPION SYSTEMS
261:06:11.816CONSORTOCHRISTOPHERGUYS BIKESLANDENBERGPA
271:06:14.839SemianZacharyChester County Cycling Foundati
281 lap13NIETERSJAREDHAYMARKET / SEAVS
291 lap18JENKSMICHAELHIGHLAND PARK HERMES P/B KIM’S BIKE SHOPHIGHLAND PARKNJ
301 lap28PEPPOKYLECYFAC-CHAMPION SYSTEM RACING TEAM P/B REVOLUTION WHEELWORKSNEW YORKNY
312 laps20FORDBRADLEYCLASSIC CYCLING ESSENTIALS CCEZIONSVILLEPA
322 laps37HANLONCHARLESGUYS RACING CLUB
333 laps26POSHARDDEANROCKLOBSTERSANTA CRUZCA
344 laps25SOMMERVILLEDAVIDCYFAC-CHAMPION SYSTEM P/B REVOLUTION WHEELWORKSBROOKLYNNY
DNS1POWERSJEREMYJELLY BELLY P/B KENDAEASTHAMPTONMA
DNS22YOZELLMICHAELPAVALLEYS.COMEMMAUSPA
DNF29CHABANOVDANIELNYCROSS.COM / CBRCBROOKLYNNY
DNF32TISZAZOLTANUNATTACHED
DNF38BALLRICHARDWATCHUNG WHEELMEN

Elite Women:

PlaceTimeBib #Last NameFirst NameTeamCityST
137:47.152VAN GILDERLAURAC3 — ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETESCRESCOPA
237:56.451BRUNO ROYMAUREENBOB’S RED MILL P/B SEVEN CYCLESARLINGTONMA
338:34.554GAVINKRISTINTEAM CFPHILADELPHIPAPA
438:35.556KEMMERERARLEYC3 – ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETESSILVER SPRINGMD
538:38.460BLATTREBECCASILVER BULL/CENTRAL WHEELWEST HARTFORDCT
638:49.057POPOVICCAROLYNPAVALLEYS.COMEAST NORRITONPA
738:51.358YOZELLERICAPAVALLEYS.COMEMMAUSPA
838:53.169DOWIDCHUKKATRINATEAM TBB/DEEP BLUEWILMINGTONDE
939:01.155THIEMANNNIKKITEAM CFPHILADELPHIAPA
1039:01.666KULIECZAJULIEALAN NORTH AMERICA CYCLINGRICHMONDVA
1139:02.262WEBBERLAURISECRET HENRY’S TEAMNEWARKDE
1239:20.159MAXWELLJENNIFERVAN DESSEL FACTORY TEAMWASHINGTONDC
1339:20.777SILLIMANERINFRUIT66/ARTEMISWASHINGTONDC
1440:01.063PIPESLENORETHE WISTAR INSTITUTEPHILADELPHIAPA
1540:04.378MALDONADOLYNDACANNONDALE/CADENCE
1640:12.861CHURCHKRISTINEHUMAN ZOOM/ PABST BLUE RIBBONPHILADELPHIAPA
1740:23.170FENNESSYCHRISTINESOUTH MOUNTAIN CYCLESEMMAUSPA
1840:37.171HILLESHEIMLINDSEYSQUADRA COPPIARLINGTONVA
1940:46.153THOMASVICKIDISASTERRECOVERY.COMOTTAWAON
2040:47.668HARLOWELIZABETHC3 – ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETESBALTIMOREMD
2141:25.574CUTLERAMYTEAM EPS/CSS P/B BRIELLE CYCLERYMANVILLENJ
2242:07.264BUERKLEPATTYHAYMARKET BICYCLES / SEAVSPITTSBURGHPA
2342:16.776YEAGERSELENETEAM CFEMMAUSPA
2442:19.875HAYES CONROYJESSICANORTH AMERICAN VELOPROVIDENCERI
2542:26.279SCHUMACHERKATHRINGUYS RACING CLUB
2642:53.365MOSTLISAWISSAHICKON/ENGIN CYCLESPHILADELPHIAPA
DNS72MARTINEZVERONICAALLENTOWNPA
DNS73DUBECKKIMC3 ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETESWEST CHESTERPA
DNF67BREYLAAMYC3 – ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETESNEW CASTLEDE

Check back soon for more details, results and photos.

 

 

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