by Dr. Craig Callan and Champion System MAC staff

The Champion System MAC Series moved up the New Jersey Turnpike to the town of Jamesburg for HPCX and the second round of MAC’s UCI New Jersey double-header weekend. 451 riders took the start this year, a 28% increase over last year’s entry.

The mens race was an exciting one as Switzerland’s Champion System MAC Points Leader Valentin Scherz (CYFAC/Champion System/Revolution Wheelworks) and Italy’s Luca Damiani (Kenda/Geargrinder) broke out to an early lead, chased by a six man chase group that eventually swelled to eight members. As the gap grew in the early leads, it became clear that there were two races on the track:  the race for first and the race for third. On lap three Damiani attacked and quickly distanced Scherz. It seemed as though the first two spots were sewn up when, with one-and-a-half laps to go, Damiani rolled a tire. Realizing that Damiani had no pit bike, Scherz, in a very classy move, yelled to his crew to give his to Damiani. But the Italian couldn’t clip into the pedals on Scherz’s pit bike and was caught by the chase group. Scherz rode solo to victory, while Adam Myerson (Cycle Smart) won the exciting four-man sprint up the steep finish hill.

In the Women’s race, C3-Athletes Serving Athletes again lived up to the team’s Halloween-edition Star Wars Storm Trooper skin suits by sweeping the podium for the second straight day. From the start, the three teammates, current UCI #1 ranked Laura van Gilder, Arley Kemmerer and yesterday’s winner Dee Dee Winfield, broke away with only Kristin Gavin of Team Cystic Fibrosis able to challenge.  Gavin would be sent off the back of the lead group on the second lap and spend the rest of the race in a tight battle with Carolyn Popovic (  A lap later, Kemmerer was out of the lead group.  Winfield and Van Gilder would trade attacks the rest of the race, with Van Gilder winning in a sprint.  Gavin would hold of Popovic by just one second for fourth.

The Champion System MAC returns to action next Saturday for the First State Velo Sport Xross in Fair Hill Natural Resource Area, located in Elkton, Maryland, just just across the state line from Newark, Delaware and the University of Delaware.

Elite Men Results

PlaceU23TimeFirst NameLast NameTeam
11:01:57ValentinSCHERZCyfac-Champion System P/B Revolution Wheelworks
20:00:25AdamMYERSONCycle-Smart p/b Blue / Joe’s Garage / Scott
50:00:32AdamMCGRATHThule/Van Dessel Cyclocross
70:01:09LucaDAMIANIKenda p/b Geargrinder
820:01:19NicholasKEOUGHChampion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross
90:01:25ChristianFAVATAFavata’s Tablerock Tours and Bikes
100:02:03AndrewWULFKUHLEC3-Athletes Serving Athletes
110:02:26WestonSCHEMPFC3-Athletes Serving Athletes
120:02:50JonnySUNDTKenda Pro Cycling
1330:02:56SteveFISHERRad Racing NW / Hagens Berman LLP
150:04:04GuillaumeNELESSENVan Dessel Factory Team
160:04:08MichaelJENKSHighland Park Hermes p/b Kim’s Bike Shop
180:05:05MarkBROADWATERC3-Athletes Serving Athletes
190:05:35MattSPOHNCyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks
210:06:28JesseKEOUGHChampion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross
220:06:41AndrewCROOKSNYC Velo
230:07:55ChristopherCONSORTOLouis Garneau
2442 lapPatrickBRADLEYRutgers University | Raleigh | Kim’s Bike Shop
2552 lapPeterHAGERTYRochester Institute of Technology
262 lapDavidSOMMERVILLECyfac-Champion System P/B Revolution Wheelworks

Elite Women Results

Placem35+BibTimeFirst NameLast Name
110:38:30LauraVAN GILDERC3 Athletes Serving Athletes
220:00:00DeidreWINFIELDC3 – Athletes Serving Athletes
30:00:34ArleyKEMMERERC3 – Athletes Serving Athletes
40:00:59KristinGAVINTeam Cystic Fibrosis
60:01:35PattyBUERKLEHaymarket / SEAVS
70:01:39NicoleTHIEMANNTeam CF
80:01:55EmilyTHURSTONMissing Link/ 3rd Rail
930:03:07JenniferMAXWELLVan Dessel Factory Team p/b Sterke Meiden
1040:03:37KatrinaDOWIDCHUKTeam TBB/Deep Blue
110:03:47KristineCHURCHHuman Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon
130:04:22AndreaLUEBBEHuman Zoom / Pabst Blue Ribbon
1460:04:39LauriWEBBERSecret Henrys Team
1570:05:08StaceyBARBOSSAMontclair Cyclists
160:05:21AmyCUTLERTeam EPS/CSS p/b Brielle Cyclery
1780:06:48KathrinSCHUMACHERGuy’s Racing
181 lapNina*SANTIAGOWatchung Wheelmen