Schempf and Dowidchuk Capture BikeReg.com MABRAcross Championship Titles

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Wes Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) enroute to his second straight MABRAcross Championship. © Schieken/CXHairs.com

Wes Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) enroute to his second straight MABRAcross Championship. © Schieken/CXHairs.com

by FatMarc Vanderbacon

Taneytown, Md — Crisp cool temperatures and sunny skies greeted the MABRAcross Constituency as they converged in Taneytown, Maryland, for the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Championships, which also served as the Delaware and Maryland/DC State Championships. The Bobby Lea designed course was a balanced affair that rewarded cross racers with a well rounded skill set. Rain earlier in the week made some of the turns a bit greasy, which put a premium on strong cornering skills.

The Elite Master’s race was a two man showdown for the overall Verge Sport leader jersey. Mike Birner (Ben’s Performance Bicycles) led the series and needed to finish no more than one spot behind his closest series rival Kris Auer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes). On the first lap Birner encountered trouble and Auer went up the road with Andy Gorski and Birner’s teammate Blair Saunders. Saunders eventually flatted, leaving Gorski and Auer to battle for the win. Gorski would take the top step, with Auer taking the silver. Fighting back from a disastrous first lap, and clinching the overall series championship, Birner rounded out the podium in third. Auer said of Birner, “the guy showed the heart of a lion today for sure.”The elite women’s race saw Katrina Dowidchuk (Team TBB Deep Blue) take a stranglehold on the race at the end of the first lap and never look back. She built a 30-second lead and successfully held it to the line. Meanwhile, the battle for second heated up as four women each took their turn fighting for the silver medal. In the end, Evie Boswell-Vilt (Performance Bicycle Racing) would out fight her fellow chasers Allyson Tufano (cardio lab), Elizabeth Harlow (C3- Athletes Serving Athletes) and Amy Breyla (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) to claim the silver medal.

In the elite men’s race a group of five formed at the front containing Wes Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes), Bobby Lea (Van Dessel),Ryan Leech (Dieter’s Fashion Shop), Adam Driscoll (Adventures for the Cure) and Sam “The Hammer” O’Keefe (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes). Jared Nieters the 2010 Verge Sport MABRAcross Series Champion dangled off the group early on. Schempf was able to separate himself from the group with three laps to go. He would build a 23 second gap, and carry that to the finish. Behind him track Olympian Bobby Lea was able to edge out 2x National Champion Ryan Leech (Hilton Head Cycling) to nail down the silver medal.

Full results from the MABRAcross Championship are available at on bikereg.com.

Stay tuned for a BikeReg.com MABRAcross season wrap-up including final Verge Sport Leader Jersey winners and points standings.

Full Results

Elite Men

PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeam
13WESTONSCHEMPFC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES
22BOBBYLEAVAN DESSEL FACTORY TEAM
313RYLEECHHILTON HEAD CYCLING
46ADAMDRISCOLLADVENTURES FOR THE CURE
59SAMOKEEFEC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES
610DAVEWEAVERALAN N. AMERICAN CYCLING TEAM
74PATRICKBLAIRADVENTURES FOR THE CURE
816BLAIRSAUNDERSBENNS BIKES
912RYANFAWLEYTREK MTN CO-OP
101MATTHEWBARTLETTTOMS SHOES P/B KINDHUMAN SPORTS
115KURTWOLFGANGCYCLELIFE / RAW TALENT RANCH RACING
1211JAREDNIETERSHAYMARKET / SEAVS
137THOMASMACKAYC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES
1414ANDREWWELCHSQUADRA COPPI
1515SEANO’DONNELLTOMS SHOES P/B KINDHUMAN SPORTS

Elite Women

PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeam
145KATRINADOWIDCHUKTEAM TBB/DEEP BLUE
242EVIEEDWARDSPERFORMANCE BICYCLE RACING
346ALISONTUFANOCARDIO SPORT LAB
444AMYBREYLAC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES
541ELIZABETHHARLOWC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES
643REBECCAFREDERICKKELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES/LSV

 

 

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