by Matt Brancheau

Elkridge, MD – Following the hard day of racing Saturday at Howard County Double Cross in Schooley Mill Cross, racers returned for the third edition of Rockburn Cross with continued mild weather but soggy terrain in Elkridge, MD. A newly designed course met with with an improved start and pit that featured punchy climbs and greasy turns.

In the Women’s race, C3-Athletes Serving Athletes’ Leanore Pipes sought to establish herself as the woman to beat by taking the holeshot ahead of Julie Kuliecza of Alan North America Cycling and Jennifer Maxwell of ATAC Sportswear presented by the Bike Rack of Washington DC.  But Maxwell, returning from her victory the previous day at Schooley Mill Cross, would not be caught off-guard.  The lead traded between Pipes, Kuliecza and Maxwell; but Maxwell and Pipes established a lead group of two early in the race.  Maxwell attacked Pipes, but the most recent addition to C3-Athletes Serving Athletes’ formidable elite women’s team was able to respond to Maxwell’s surge.  Maxwell attacked again, dropping Pipes and opening a gap.  Pipes dug deep to regain virtually all of the ground she had lost to Maxwell, but time was against her as Maxwell was able to hold the gap to the end.  Two-time defending Rockburn champion Betsy Shogren of Cannondale Factory Racing/Backyard Bike Club rounded out the top three.

In the men’s race, Wes Schempf of C3-Athletes Serving Athletes dominated the elite men’s field with a solo victory.  Schempf, the returning victor at Rockburn and the reigning champion of the MABRAcross Series took the holeshot and began distancing himself from all his rivals, ultimately finishing 1 minute 43 seconds ahead of the next finisher from a chase group of four that contained Stephen Cummings of Indiana Regional Medical Center, teammates Greg Wittwer and Dave Weaver of ALAN North America Cycling Team, and Jared Nieters of Haymarket Bicycles/HomeVisit, who led the MABRAcross points leaderboard coming off of Urban Cross on November 15.  The chase would prove hard-fought for second through fifth with Cummings finishing second only 6 seconds ahead of Wittwer, who himself was just one second ahead of Weaver.

The MABRAcross series concludes the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend
with the MABRA Championships worth 50% more points in Taneytown, MD.

Elite Women Results

10:35:01JENNIFERMAXWELLATAC Sportswear p/b Bike Rack DC
20:35:15LenorePipesC3 Athletes Serving Athletes
30:35:21BetsyShogrenCannondale Factory Racing/Backyard Bike club
40:35:34LibbySheldonTeam Fuji
50:36:27JulieKulieczaAlan North America Cycling
60:37:04ElizabethHarlowC3 Athletes Serving Athletes
70:37:29TerriSpanogleNCVC/Inova Health System
80:37:37LisaMostEngine Cycles Wissahickon
90:38:37KristinaAdamsNVRC/Cardio Sports Lab
100:39:05MarniParkerTeam Kenda
110:39:45NicoleRaspaHub Racing
120:40:14DianeGrimC3 – Athletes Serving Athletes
130:41:07TracyLeaT.E.A.M. FUJI
DNFSarahGordonTeam Fuji
DNFKathrinSchumacherGuy’s Racing
DNSHeidivon TeitenbergC3-Athletes Serving Athletes
DNSJeanWoodrowSquadra Coppi/IM Saab

Elite Men Results

10:59:19WESTONSCHEMPFC3-Athletes Serving Athletes
21:01:02stephencummingsIndiana Regional Medical Center
31:01:08GregWittwerALAN North America Cycling Team
41:01:09DaveWeaverALAN North America Cycling Team
51:01:21JaredNietersHaymarket Bicycles/HomeVisit
71:03:20TomJeffreyTeam Natures Path/3Sports
81:03:40JonathanGdowikTrek Racing Co-Op
91:04:22ChrisMayhewJBV Coaching
101:05:12AdamDriscollAdventures For the Cure
111:06:58GonzaloEscobarHaymarket Home Visit
13StevenKendallNCVC/Inova Health System
14BrianFoucheTeam Latitude/ABRT
15NathanWilsonKelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Amateur Racing
17CJCongroveTeam Invisible Bike
18DanTilleFulcrum Coaching
DNFJosephDombrowskiHaymarket Bicycles/Home Visit
DNFAuerKrisC3-Athletes Serving Athletes Bicycles
DNSIanMathiasTeam BBC