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Dylan McNicholas dominated the Masters 30-34 race - 2012 Cyclocross National Championships. © Cyclocross Magazine

Dylan McNicholas dominated the Masters 30-34 race - 2012 Cyclocross National Championships. © Cyclocross Magazine

VERONA, WISCONSIN — As the sun started setting, the last race of the day hit the course to steadily dropping temperatures, and the track progressively was becoming more tacky. The 30-34 “Baby” Masters race featured several of the Elite Men in the mix, including Jake Wells (Stan’s No Tubes), Dylan McNicholas ( and last year’s winner Matt Pacocha (

“Mayhem breaking out,” as Richard Fries intoned from his radio microphone, reporting from the course half-a-lap in. “These guys have been getting beat up all season by the Elite guys,” he added, mentioning that this race offers these working men a chance at glory.

Master Men 30-34 racers head up hill on the first lap. ©Tim Westmore

Master Men 30-34 racers head up hill on the first lap. ©Tim Westmore

Dylan McNicholas ( may have registered last for the race, but he certainly didn’t finish that way. Achieving his first National Championship title in the Masters 30-34 race was a great warm-up for the Elite race less that 24 hours from when he crossed the finish line today, and he was happy with his result: a first place with a nearly two-minute gap on the rest of the field.

While McNicholas missed the holeshot, within less than half-a-lap, he had found his way to the front and had started driving the race. Behind him, Matthew Pacocha ( and Jake Wells (Stan’s No Tubes) chased furiously.

Within a lap, McNicholas had opened up a gap ticking up to 20 seconds.

Behind the top three, a group featuring John Curry (Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club), Kevin McConnell (Iowa City Cycling) and Andrew Wulfkuhle (Charm City Cycling) chased, and six seconds behind them was a group of four riders, including Robert Marion (American Classic Pro Team), Andrew Coe (Ethos Racing), Matthew Fox (Silverado Gallery) and Damian Schmitt.

As racers saw three to go, McNicholas had increased his lead to over a minute ahead of Pacocha, who had shed Wells. Behind them, Marion had bridged up to the group led by Curry.

Jake Wells Used His First Masters Race As A Tune Up for The Elite Race © Cyclocross Magazine

Jake Wells Used His First Masters Race As A Tune Up for The Elite Race © Cyclocross Magazine

McNicholas plowed on, creating the largest gap from first to second of the day in the “baby masters” field. “Dylan McNicholas is on a different planet right now,” the announcer intoned as he raced by with well over a minute and a half between him and the silver medalist.

Behind the top three, Curry, McConnell and Marion were fighting for fourth place.

“In Wisconsin, it’s illegal to spank your children as hard as McNicholas is spanking the rest of the field right now,” announcer David Towle frantically shouted as McNicholas blazed by, heading into the final lap. Pacocha went through minutes later, shaking his head slightly as he looked at the clock and saw the time gap. Wells, who had almost been caught by the trio behind him, continued to hold his own, now in no man’s land between Pacocha and the chasers, including Marion, who attacked the group and began to chase Wells in earnest. Brad Cole (KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team) also blazed through, chasing and closing.

McNicholas Never Let Up Once During the race © Cyclocross Magazine

McNicholas Never Let Up Once During the race © Cyclocross Magazine

McNicholas came in smiling as he took his first National Championship, trailed by Pacocha for second. Marion caught Wells on the last lap, taking the third podium spot, leaving Wells in fourth and Cole in fifth.

“I was able to tone it back for the last lap and try to just not fall down,” McNicholas said. “It’s nice to do some laps at race speed on the course. It was tough to start in the back … to win, I’m psyched.”

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Full Results:

2012 National Cyclocross Championship: Masters Men 30-34 Results

01Dylan MCNICHOLAS (1 - Cat1)Stratham, NH445Cyclocrossworld/Cannondale Cyclocrossworld
02Matthew PACOCHA (2 - Cat1)Boulder,
03Robert MARION (3 - Cat1)Mount Airy, NC19American Classic Pro Team
04Jake WELLS (4 - Cat1)Avon, CO404Stan's NoTubes
05Brad COLE (1 - Cat2)Fort Collins, CO406KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires
05Kevin MCCONNELL (5 - Cat1)Iowa City, IA430Iowa City Cycling Club/Mercy-Specialized
07Andrew WULFKUHLE (6 - Cat1)Lancaster, PA433Charm City Cycling LLC
08John CURRY (7 - Cat1)Bozeman, MT414Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Gallatin Alpine Sports/Intrinsik Archite
09Tom BURKE (8 - Cat1)Grand Rapids, MI425Midwest Cycling Group
10Andrew COE (9 - Cat1)Mission, KS439Ethos Racing
11Damian SCHMITT (10 - Cat1)Bend, OR4080
12Stephen CUMMINGS (11 - Cat1)Pittsburgh, PA440Charm City Cycling LLC
13William IAIA (12 - Cat1)Englewood, CO4200
14Matthew FOX (13 - Cat1)Bend, OR405Silverado Gallery/ Sunnyside Sports
15Michael HEMME (14 - Cat1)Chicago, IL4070
16Daniel MILLER (2 - Cat2)Columbia, MO415Walt's Bike Shop
17Christopher FISHER (15 - Cat1)Inver Grove Heights, MN428Crossniacs
18Colin REUTER (3 - Cat2)Somerville, p/b JRA Cycles
19Richard BARDWELL (4 - Cat2)Stonington, CT438Cycle-Smart Inc.
20Christopher BAGG (5 - Cat2)Portland, OR403Cyclocross Magazine
21Brett PIRIE (6 - Cat2)Denver,
22Ross CERNIGLIA (7 - Cat2)Wauwatosa, WI432My Wife Inc
23John KURTZ (8 - Cat2)Lombard, IL443Flatlandia Cycling Team
24Jason KNAUFF (9 - Cat2)Chicago, IL402Burnham Racing
25Luke WINGER (10 - Cat2)Banner Elk, NC418Lees-McRae College
26Jon HERNANDEZ (1 - Cat3)Kirkland,
27Scott SMITH (11 - Cat2)Knoxville, TN436TVB Race/ Tomato Head
28Jess PARKER (2 - Cat3)Jenks, OK431Scuderia Superleggera
29Jay KWAN (3 - Cat3)Carlsbad, CA412The TEAM /The TEAM - SoCalCross
30Colby LASH (4 - Cat3)Marquette, MI4100
31Ted BURGER (5 - Cat3)Chicago, IL409Flatlandia Cycling Team
32Marc WOLMAN (6 - Cat3)Philadelphia, PA437Campanohvac/
33Chad CHEENEY (12 - Cat2)Durango, CO444Durango Devo
34Benjamin DEMONG (7 - Cat3)Chicago, IL411ABD Cycling Club/ABD Cycling Team
35Edwin BAGLEY (8 - Cat3)Chicago, IL442Rhythm Racing
36Michael ROECKLEIN (9 - Cat3)Lake Forest, CA434Stage 17 Racing
37Brian FUHRMANN (10 - Cat3)Waukon, IA4010
DNSMatthew BARTLETTWashington, DC4240
DNSPatrick BLAIRHalethorpe, MD416Adventures for the Cure
DNSMicheal JERNIGANLexington, KY422Team Kappius
DNSDaniel POLLARDChicago, IL427Rhythm Racing
DNSJordan VILLELLAPittsburgh, PA413Team CF
DNFDaniel DOLNEYMilwaukee, WI421V.C. Bikesport

2012 Nationals Master Men 30-34 Startlist

MensMaster 30-34 Cat 1/2/3  
NameTeamCity, StateBib
Christopher BaggPortland, OR403
Edwin BagleyRhythm RacingChicago, IL442
Richard BardwellCycle-Smart, Inc.Stonington, CT438
Matthew BartlettWashington, DC424
Patrick BlairAdventures for the CureHalethorpe, MD416
Ted BurgerFlatlandia Cycling TeamChicago, IL409
Tom BurkeMidwest Cycling GroupGrand Rapids, MI425
Ross CernigliaMy Wife, IncWauwatosa, WI432
Chad CheeneyDurango DevoDurango, CO444
Andrew CoeEthos RacingMission, KS439
Brad ColeKCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge TiresFort Collins, CO406
Stephen CummingsCharm City Cycling, LLCPittsburgh, PA440
John CurryGallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Gallatin Alpine Sports/Intrinsik ArchiteBozeman, MT414
Benjamin DeMongABD Cycle Club/ABD Cycling TeamChicago, IL411
Daniel DolneyV.C. BikesportMilwaukee, WI421
Christopher FisherCrossniacsInver Grove Heights, MN428
Matthew FoxSilverado Gallery/ Sunnyside SportsBend, OR405
Brian FuhrmannWaukon, IA401
Michael HemmeChicago, IL407
Jon HernandezCyclocrossracing.comKirkland, WA419
Judson HeugelCharm City Cycling, LLCRockville, MD441
William IaiaEnglewood, CO420
Micheal JerniganTeam KappiusLexington, KY422
Jason KnauffBurnham RacingChicago, IL402
John KurtzFlatlandia Cycling TeamLombard, IL443
Jay KwanThe TEAM /The TEAM - SoCalCrossCarlsbad, CA412
Colby LashMarquette, MI410
Robert MarionAmerican Classic Pro TeamMount Airy, NC19
Kevin McConnellIowa City Cycling Club/Mercy-SpecializedIowa City, IA430
Daniel MillerWalt's Bike ShopColumbia, MO415
Matthew PacochaBikeRadar.comBoulder, CO426
Jess ParkerScuderia SuperleggeraJenks, OK431
Brett PirieColoBikeLaw.comDenver, CO417
Daniel PollardRhythm RacingChicago, IL427
Colin p/b JRA CyclesSomerville, MA429
Michael RoeckleinFriends CyclingLake Forest, CA434
Damian SchmittBend, OR408
Scott SmithTVB Race/ Tomato HeadKnoxville, TN436
cory swihartINDIEBIKE.COMIndianapolis, IN423
Jordan VillellaTeam CFPittsburgh, PA413
Jake WellsStan'sNoTubesAvon, CO404
Luke WingerLees-McRae CollegeBanner Elk, NC418
Marc WolmanCampanohvac/, PA437
Andrew WulfkuhleCharm City Cycling, LLCLancaster, PA433