Upshaw Escapes, Sherer Slaughters at Chicago’s Cross for Life

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June Upshaw (Verdigris) winning Cross for Lifeby Julie Popper, photos © Amy Dykema

Sunday’s Ed Brophy Memorial Cross for Life, a chilly roller-coaster of a race in Woodstock, IL, brought a fierce battle for the win in the Women’s 1/2/3 field and a landslide victory in the Men’s 1/2/3. Fans were out in force with the not-USAC-legal hot dog and beverage handups, and some vicious transitions from grass to pavement had riders running for the pit. The race benefited the Leukemia Society and organizers from North Branch Cycling put their hearts into building a hilly course with some great singletrack sections and some steep but serious climbs.

In the Women’s 1/2/3, from the first lap a battle between June Upshaw (Verdigris), Jessica Hill (Trail’s End), and Holly Klug (Killjoy) found its way off the front. They traded places for a lap or so before Upshaw began to make a gap on Klug and held off for the win. This promises an exciting series finale at Montrose, with Upshaw just 45 points ahead in the series standing, a gap Klug could make up with a little luck and some smart riding.

In the Men’s 1/2/3, nationally ranked Mike Sherer (Pony Shop) made the trip up north to once again slaughter the field from the beginning, lapping all but a handful of the field even on the long 2.1 mile loop. The real race was for second but was decided when a flat took contender Kevin Klug (Killjoy) off Scott McLaughlin’s (SRAM) wheel and back to DFL. He battled valiantly to come back for a fifth place finish, but McLaughlin seized the opportunity and rode a solid race solo for second, followed by Brian Conant (Pony Shop) in third. McLaughlin has officially clinched the series title in this category, but the state championship jersey will be up for grabs at Montrose.

Rider Andrew Nordyk (Chicago Cuttin’ Crew) made his presence in the Men’s 1/2/3 race known by riding past his team’s signature school bus and calling out his orders for handups: hot dogs, polish sausages, and beverages. His team kept him well fueled through the race with a reported three root beers and two hot dogs, resulting in his relegation from last place in the race to last place due to breaking not one but three USAC rules: two of them being support only in the pit, and no glass containers on the course. The Cuttin’ Crew has been bringing their brand of superfandom to the ChiCrossCup all season long and has raised the bar for noisemaking.The Pony Shop also made their mark at Woodstock with wins in not just the Men’s 1/2/3 but also in the Master’s 30+ and registering Pony riders for a whopping 18 races. For a small team, their commitment to cross speaks for itself!

With just one race remaining in the ChiCrossCup series, winners have locked the series title in all but the Women’s and Category 4 races. Still, racers will take the line at traditionally frigid Montrose Beach in two weeks to vie for the state championship title while fans try desperately to fight what’s always been a sub-zero windchill.

Full results:

Elite Men
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 Mike Sherer 57 The Pony Shop
2 Scott McLaughlin 58 SRAM
3 Brian Conant 62 The Pony Shop
4 David Sachs 63 Vision Quest
5 Kevin Klug 56 Killjoy
6 Christando Lombardo 54 Verdigris
7 Michael Hemme 61 Killjoy
8 Eric Sondag 65 Vision Quest
9 Brad Zoller 149
10 Louis Kuhn 51 The Pony Shop
11 Bryan McVey 64 Vision Quest
12 Brian Parker 66 xXx Racing Athletico
13 Jacques Cartier 60 xXx Racing Athletico
14 Roman Mandzij 53 The Pony Shop
15 Ara Oggoian 67 Bicycle Heaven
16 Paolo Urizar 68 xXx Racing Athletico
17 James Brady 52 The Pony Shop
18 Andrew Nordyke 239 Chicago Cuttin Crew
Cat 3
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 Scott Arrigoni 234 Verdigris
2 Greg Heck 226 xXx Racing Athletico
3 Devon Haskell 220 The Pony Shop
4 Tim Yuska 235 Get A Grip
5 Dave Norton 232 Johnny Sprockets
6 Jacques Cartier 230 xXx Racing Athletico
7 Jason Schisler 59
8 Jeffrey Wat 223 Burnham vitamin water
9 Brian Parker 227 xXx Racing Athletico
10 Jason Knauff 216 Burnham vitamin water
11 Ryan Gingerich 228
12 Al Urbanski 237 Chicago Cuttin Crew
13 Jeff Holland 221 xXx Racing Athletico
14 Adam Clark 238 Chicago Cuttin Crew
15 Andrew Daley 218 Burnham vitamin water
16 Michael Seguin 222 xXx Racing Athletico
17 David Pilotto 219 Flatlandia Cycling Team
18 Geoffrey McFetridge 224 Mudfoot
19 Mark Feary 217 The Pony Shop
20 Michael Hoffart 225 Alberto’s
21 Paolo Urizar 233 xXx Racing Athletico
22 Adrian Silva 231 Half Acre Cycling
23 Andrew Nordyke 239 Chicago Cuttin Crew
24 Jason Para 236 The Pony Shop
25 Timothy Strege 240 Half Acre Cycling
26 Jason Alvarado 229 xXx Racing Athletico
Cat 4 A
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 Philip Szyjka 304 Johnny Sprockets
2 Maxwell Riordan 312 Chicago Cuttin Crew
3 Mike Conroy 305 Mission Bay
4 Garrison Riegel 336
5 Cliff Golz 301 The Pony Shop
6 Brandon Leach 302
7 Avi Neurohr 320 Chicago Cuttin Crew
8 John Kurtz 309
9 Troy Crady 306 Mission Bay
10 Ray Nelson 326 Clun Tread
11 Christopher Sherpitis 330 xXx Racing Athletico
12 John Lionberger 327 The Pony Shop
13 Samuel Schaefer 335 The Pony Shop
14 Colm Flannery 322 Boulder Cyclesport
15 Joshua Bartyzal 319
16 Martin Michaelwicz 328
17 Keith Ortiz 333 xXx Racing Athletico
18 Brian Stockmaster 317 xXx Racing Athletico
19 Brandon Feehery 307 South Chicago Wheelman
20 anthony rienks 316 Beverly Bike
21 Patrick Morgan 318 Beverly Bike
22 Ken Moll 314
23 Damon Nelson 315 Beverly Bike
24 Allan Thom 325 Mars/Twin Six
25 Helge Pedersen 303 Half Acre Cycling
26 Mike Grimm 329
27 Stephen Feehery 308 South Chicago Wheelman
28 Thomas Kenny 311 Team Extreme
29 Bret Potredo 323
30 Jason Blake 310
31 Ben Fietz 321 South Chicago Wheelman
32 Charles Rulich 332
33 Tom Noales 331
34 John Mohr 324
35 Robert Sliwinski 334
Master 4 B
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 Kyle Fleener 379 Iowa Orthopedic
2 Justin Merkey 356
3 Kyle Hagerman 374
4 mike morell 362 Chicago Cuttin Crew
5 Adrian Redd 375
6 Adam Menzel 363
7 Brandon Leach 353
8 Chris Strahm 378
9 Michael Gregor 377 Mud Rudders Roscoe Village
10 Lew Chin 354 Cycle Smithy
11 John Villena 355
12 Martin Michalowicz 368
13 Robert Curtis 359 Bicycle Heaven
14 Matthew Haiduk 358 Bicycle Heaven
15 Joseph Maxwell 370
16 Christopher Jensen 372
17 Cameron Peasz 371
18 Leonard Anelli 380
19 Jorge Cerritos 386 Beverly Bike
20 Joe Sutton 381
21 William McDade 376 xXx Racing Athletico
22 Arthur Miles 384
23 Scott Hitchison 382
24 Jeff Bernaeyge 364
25 Jeffrey Perkins 360 Chicago Cuttin Crew
26 Lee Messersmith 387 Weelfast
27 guy graves 352 xXx Racing Athletico
28 Alex Tweedie 385
29 Kenneth Benavides 383
30 John Dufford 365
31 Emanuele Bianchi 388 xXx Racing Athletico
32 Mark Olson 373 xXx Racing Athletico
33 Justin Andrews 361
34 Toby Simmons 389
Master 30-39
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 Louis Kuhn 1 The Pony Shop
2 Christando Lombardo 3 Verdigris
3 Eric Sondag 2 Vision Quest
4 Chris Strout 4 World Bicycle Relief
5 Brian Dougherty 9 Verdigris
6 Michael Naughton 13 Guiness/Wheel Werks
7 Mark Feary 10 The Pony Shop
8 Jason Meshberg 19 Flatlandia Cycling Team
9 Edward Meyer 15
10 Walid Abu Ghazaleh 7 VanWagner
11 John Gatto 12 Mars/Twin Six
12 Ray Nelson 6 Club Tread
13 Bob Karlow 14
14 Marc Moeller 11 North Branch
15 Joseph Kallo 5 UCVC
16 Jeffrey Whiteman 8 Northbrook/Garner
17 Brad Dash 16
18 Kevin Perez 17 Turin Bicycling Society
19 Tim Hieber 18 Columbus Bicycles
Master 40-49
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 Tim Boundy 115 Verdigris
2 Christian Zauner 112 Verdigris
3 Wayne Simon 105 Verdigris
4 Thomas Taylor 106 PYOC
5 James Linn 127 Turin Bicycling Society
6 Chris Henning 120 Northbrook/Garner
7 Steel Bokhof 102 Turin Bicycling Society
8 Michael Stanley 110 xXx Racing Athletico
9 Wm Huntsberger 113 DICE
10 James Brady 103 The Pony Shop
11 Peter Rolewicz 116 Comcast/Higher Gear
12 Vincent Boyer 109 Village Cyclosport/Redline
13 James Nowak 107 ABD Cycling
14 Roman Mandzij 104 The Pony Shop
15 Brian Kavanagh 117 The Pony Shop
16 Andrew Hines 119 Team Mack
17 Richard Prodans 101 Colavita
18 Robert Schrank 129 Team Type I
19 Duane Higgs 111 Villiage Cycle Sport/Redline
20 Michael Stec 126
21 Scott Starbuck 128 The Pony Shop
22 Scott McClement 122 Guiness/Wheel Werks
23 Mark McNeill 121
24 Paul Rzewuski 118
25 Robert Antinelli 124 Colavita
26 Kevin Flowers 125
27 Jeff Provisor 123 North Branch
28 Chuck Judy 108 Turin Bicycling Society
Master 50+
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 Wayne Simon 80 Verdigris
2 Phillip Curran 83 DICE
3 Edward Bartley 93 Tower Racing
4 john duncker 84
5 Greg Youngen 88 Blue Competition
6 Albert Weigel 81 Velo Club Roubaix
7 Thomas Swatek 82
8 Mark Wirfs 90
9 Walter Stoops 87
10 Julian Coupland 85 Velo Club Roubaix
11 Tim Belton 92 Tati
12 Richard Kryszak 86 South Chicago Wheelman
13 Charles Carlson 89
Junior
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 Brandon Feehery 287 South Chicago Wheelmen
2 Josh Tromp 288 Turin Bicycling Society
3 David Lombardo 286 Verdigris
4 Daniel Gonzalez 290
5 Juan Carlos Gonzalez 291
6 Emmanuel Gonzalez 289
Women 1/2/3
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 June Upshaw 150 Verdigris
2 Holly Klug 141 Killjoy
3 Jessica Hill 148 Trails End Cycling
4 Leah Sanda 149 Flatlandia Cycling Team
5 Rebecca Much 146 xXx Racing Athletico
6 Pamela Loebig 142 Bikereg.com
7 Debbie Pielet 145 Alberto’s
8 Beth Christiansen 144 xXx Racing Athletico
9 Gina Kenny 151 ABD Cycling
10 Sue Semaszczuk 143 ABD Cycling
Place Name Time Bib Team
1 Emily Cocks 181 Vision Quest
2 Lara Mele 178
3 Tamara Fraser 171 xXx Racing Athletico
4 Caroline Schuster 172 Tati
5 Amy Comstock 179
6 Rosanna Lloyd 180
7 Anne Barnes 174 Turin Bicycling Society
8 Carolyn Golz 173 The Pony Shop
9 Mary Roe 182 Team Apache
10 Julie Popper 177 Half Acre Cycling
11 Jule Pusateri 176
12 Lynne Arrigoni 175 Villiage Cycle Sport/Redline

 

 

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