Weighall and McConneloug Grab UCI Wins at Beacon Cross – Updated – Photo Gallery

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Broderick and Weighall on the run-up. © Tom Olesnevich / www.tso-photo.com

October 31, 2009; Conshohocken, PA, USA:  The Beatles could have provided the soundtrack for MAC’s Beacon Cyclocross today.  Seattle’s Nick Weighall (California Giant Strawberries – Specialized) outdueled Mike Broderick to win the UCI Elite Men’s division on the long and winding roads through the woods of Bridgeton New Jersey’s Central Park.  Meanwhile, Mary McConneloug might well have been singing “You Say Hello, I Say Goodbye”.

McConneloug and Broderick (KENDA-Seven-NoTubes) were once regulars on the MAC circuit, but this was there first visit since 2004.  It gave lots of people a chance to say “hello”.  But once the Elite women’s race started, it was simply a case of “goodbye” as McConneloug went to the front and rode away.  It was a stacked Women’s field, with defending MAC champion Laura Van Gilder and perennial front runner Dee Winfield of C3 Athletes Serving Athletes, 2008 MAC champion Mo Bruno-Roy (MM Racing presented by Seven Cycles) and proven race winners Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing), Jennifer Maxwell (ATAC Sportwear present by The Bike Rack) and Carolyn Popovic (guest riding for the promoting Beacon-Cape Atlantic club), among others.  “This is a fast and smooth race course, which I love,” said McConneloug afterward.  “But I knew I had to pin it from the start.”  Pin it she did, winning by over a minute.  Behind her, the race looked more like an Australian Pursuit, with Bruno-Roy and Van Gilder time-trialing to second and third place, respectively.

As happy as she was with her first cyclocross victory of the season, it paled in comparison to the excitement McConneloug exhibited as her husband, mechanic, manager and teammate Mike Broderick dueled with Nick Weighall for his first win of any sort in a number of years.  Unlike the women’s race, the men stayed together for several laps before the first selection was made when Swiss rider Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles-Scott- Newwork) crashed.  The early morning misty rain compacted the sandy soil of the park’s network of single-lane roads, making for perhaps the fastest conditions ever for the annual race.  Riders found themselves in pacelines on the winding roads.  Weighall, frustrated with the lack of effort by some in the large lead group, attacked.  Broderick went with him and the two worked together to establish a gap that proved insurmountable.  Though working together just enough to maintain their lead of the chase group, the two still were able to engage in one of the most intriguing duels of the year, especially in the area surrounding the venue’s signature obstacle: the two-story high “Amphitheater of Pain” run-up.

Like McConneloug, Broderick was using a tubeless set-up based on Stan’s No-Tubes 29er wheels and Kenda clincher tires, and was able to consistently pass Weighall on the sketchy outside line on the approach to the amphitheater run-up, and then hold it on the short, twisty woods section leading into the final turn leading onto the long, paved, uphill finish straight.  This final turn started with a short, steep dirt drop through deeper sand before transitioning onto asphalt as it bent 180 degrees onto the finish straight.  It was here that the Weighall – Broderick duel was at its most spectacular.  On the fourth lap, Broderick took a wide approach, stuck his leg out, heaved his bike to the side and rocketed away from Weighall.  This happened several more laps, before Weighall decided he’d had enough and duplicated the line.  For the next three laps, the two riders rocketed and raced through this corner legs out and bike hung way over like speedway motorcycle racers.  With little more than two laps to go, Weighall was able to take the line away from Broderick on the amphitheater approach.  “I have short legs, and he was able to run away from me up the steps,” said Broderick afterward.  Weighall, realizing that Broderick suddenly wasn’t next to him, literally ran away from Broderick who was never again able to make contact.  Behind them, the battle for third came down to a sprint with Battley Davidson’s Ryan Dewald holding off Cycle Smart’s Adam Myerson for the third step on the podium after a race-long battle that also included Jonny Sundt and Adam McGrath.

Win or lose, though, Sundt figures to be an important part of tomorrow’s MAC Cat and Kitten Cross presented by HPCX in Jamesburg New Jersey — the race is also the official, if belated, reception party for Sundt’s marriage to former Elite racer Mandy Lozano.

As happy as she was with her first cyclocross victory of the season, it paled in comparison to the excitement McConneloug exhibited as her husband, mechanic, manager and teammate Mike Broderick dueled with Nick Weighall for his first win of any sort in a number of years.  Unlike the women’s race, the men stayed together for several laps before the first selection was made when Swiss rider Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles-Scott- Newwork) crashed.  The early morning misty rain compacted the sandy soil of the park’s network of single-lane roads, making for perhaps the fastest conditions ever for the annual race.  Riders found themselves in pacelines on the windy roads.  Weighall, frustrated with the lack of effort by some in the large lead group, attacked.  Broderick went with him and the two worked together to establish a gap that proved insurmountable.  Though working together just enough to maintain their lead of the chase group, the two still were able to engage in one of the most intriguing duels of the year, especially in the area surrounding the venue’s signature obstacle: the two-story high “Amphitheater of Pain” run-up.

Like McConneloug, Broderick was using a tubeless set-up based on Stan’s No-Tubes 29er wheels and Kenda clincher tires, and was able to consistently pass Weighall on the sketchy outside line on the approach to the amphitheater run-up, and then hold it on the short, twisty woods section leading into the final turn leading onto the long, paved, uphill finish straight.  This final turn started with a short, steep dirt drop through deeper sand before transitioning onto asphalt as it bent 180 degrees onto the finish straight.  It was here that the Weighall – Broderick duel was at its most spectacular.  On the fourth lap, B took a wide approach, stuck his leg out and heaved his bike to the side and rocketed away from Weighall.  This happened several more laps, until Weighall decided he’d had enough and duplicated the line.  For the next three laps, the two riders rocketed and raced through this corner like speedway motorcycle racers.  With little more than two laps to go, Weighall was able to take the line away from Broderick on the amphitheater approach.  “I have short legs, and he was able to run away from me up the steps,” said Broderick afterward.  Weighall, realizing that Broderick suddenly wasn’t next to him, literally ran away from Broderick who was never again able to make contact.  Behind them, the battle for third came down to a sprint with Battley Davidson’s Ryan Dewald holding off Cycle Smart’s Adam Myerson for the third step on the podium after a race-long battle that also included Jonny Sundt and Adam McGrath.

Win or lose, though, Sundt figures to be an important part of tomorrow’s MAC Cat and Kitten Cross presented by HPCX in Jamesburg New Jersey — the race is also the official, if belated, reception party for Sundt’s marriage to former Elite racer Mandy Lozano.

Photo Gallery:


Video of Elite Men’s First Lap:

Full Results:

Elite Men:

Rank Name Nat. Age* Result Points
1 Nicholas WEIGHALL USA 23 57:14 30
2 Michael BRODERICK USA 37 57:26 20
3 Ryan DEWALD USA 31 57:37 15
4 Adam MYERSON USA 38 57:38 12
5 Jonathan SUNDT USA 36 57:48 10
6 Adam MCGRATH USA 23 57:52 8
7 Valentin SCHERZ SUI 20 58:08 6
8 Travis LIVERMON USA 22 58:08 4
9 Guillaume NELESSEN USA 28 58:24 2
10 Andrew WULFKUHLE USA 28 58:33 1
11 Jerome TOWNSEND USA 21 59:23
12 Greg WITTWER USA 27 59:38
13 Joe DOMBROSKI USA 19 59:49
14 Weston SCHEMPF USA 33 59:56
15 Nathan WYATT USA 28 59:58
16 Stephen KINCAID USA 38 1:00:08
17 Rickey VISINSKI USA 25 1:00:39
18 Jeff BUCKLES USA 24 1:00:48
19 Adam DRISCOLL USA 29 1:00:56
20 William ELLISTON USA 41 1:01:11
21 Zachary ADAMS USA 20 1:01:25
22 John BURNS USA 34 1:02:28
23 Stephen CUMMINGS USA 30 1:03:36
24 Mike STUBNA USA 34 1:04:57
25 Patrick BRADLEY USA 20 1:05:47
26 Hunter PRONOVOST USA 32
27 Bradley FORD USA 44

Elite Women:

Rank Name Nat. Age* Result PaR
1 Mary MCCONNELOUG USA 39 38:39 20
2 Maureen BRUNO ROY USA 35 39:45 15
3 Laura VAN GILDER USA 46 40:07 12
4 Deidre WINFIELD USA 34 40:49 10
5 Kristin GAVIN USA 29 41:07 8
6 Amanda CAREY USA 32 41:43 5
7 Jennifer MAXWELL USA 43 42:55 4
8 Arley KEMMERER USA 26 43:32 3
9 Lauri WEBBER USA 46 43:51 2
10 Lenore PIPES USA 25 44:07 1
11 Beth MASON USA 41 44:15
12 Kristine CHURCH USA 31 44:41
13 Diane GRIM USA 55 45:36
14 Andrea LUEBBE USA 27 46:15
15 Jessica SINGERMAN USA 30 46:32
16 Lisa MOST USA 40 47:47

 

 

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