September 27, 2009; Adamstown, MD, USA:  Arley Kemmerer and West Schempf  took opposite paths to victory in today’s opening race of the 2009 MABRAcross Series.  The Ed Sander Memorial Cyclocross, held every year to commemorate National Capital Velo Club member Ed Sander who died in a training accident, is a scholarship fund raiser for Sander’s son Chris and takes place at the Lilypons Water Gardens where Sander was the property manager.  This year, overnight and early morning rains turned what is normally mostly hard and easy-rolling soil into a surface that racers repeatedly described as “peanut butter.”

Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing) utterly dominated the Women’s event, taking the holeshot and extending her lead throughout the 40 minute race to take her first major win by over a minute.  Afterward, she would attribute her success in the difficult conditions to her previous sport, “I was a downhill skier for 16 years,” she said in her post race interview.  “One thing you learn in alpine skiing is how to read lines and assess conditions quickly.  The track was changing a lot today because of the sun.  We also had juniors on the track at the same time and they really flattened it out because they’ll run everywhere rather than just on the single line, which actually made the track better.  I didn’t always make the right line choice today, but I committed aggressively to my lines and it paid off.”

While Kemmerer found success for the first time, newlywed Wes Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) came into the race as the defending series champion and two-time race winner.  The two races couldn’t have been more different.  Where Kemmerer took a huge solo win, Schempf waged a race long duel with Joe Dombroski (Haymarket Bicycles/Trakkers) that came down to a sprint that was decided in the final few meters.  Soon after the start, Schempf and Dombroski, along with Schempf’s teammate “Bad” Andy Wulfkuhle and Dombroski’s teammate Jared Nieters pulled away from the rest of the field.  Wulfkuhle was the first to drop off the lead group, giving the Haymarket team a two-on-one advantage.  Then Nieters, who was racing with strained ligaments in his left knee, succumbed to the effort required on the heavy surface and started to fall back.  This forced Schempf to lead as he couldn’t risk Nieters catching back up to assist the surprisingly strong 18 year old Dombroski.  When the leaders came back into view, the situation had flip-flopped as it was now Wulfkuhle in third and on the charge, forcing Dombroski to lead.  Eventually, both Wulfkuhle and Nieters, who finished third and fourth, respectively, dropped back out of sight and it was a one-on-one duel for the remainder of the race.

The heavy surface completely changed the complexion of many of the races throughout the day, but none more than the tactics in Elite Men’s race, which is usually decided by an attack and a long chase with two or three laps remaining.  “With the heavy soil, you just couldn’t get away,” said Dombroski afterwards.  Schempf agreed, “With this heavy surface, there was no way I could go long.  I tried a couple of seated accelerations, but Joe covered those pretty easily.  He attacked on the final climb up the power line hill and that hurt, so props to him.  But I was able to cover it.”  With both racers together after the last major obstacle, the race came down to a man-on-man road sprint.  Dombroski led through the chicanes and the 90 degree gravel corner around the Lillypons store 75 meters from the finish.  Dombroski looked over his left shoulder just as Schempf pulled up on his right.  Dombroski tried to squeeze Schempf, but pulled his left foot out of the pedal, giving Schempf his third Ed Sander Memorial Elite victory.

The MABRAcross Series continues with a two-race weekend on October 3 and 4.  The traditional Breast Cancer Awareness Cyclocross kicks-off world-wide Breast Cancer Awareness month with a race at the Hagerstown, Maryland Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 3.  The following day, the MABRA series will move down the road a few miles for the Kelley Acres Cyclocross in Middletown, Maryland.  Information for these and all races in the MABRAcross Series can be found at

Full Elite Results:

Elite Women:
Place Time Bib # Last Name First Name Team Hometown ST Age
1 37:30 207 kemmerer arley Hub Racing Silver Spring MD 25
2 39:55 210 Harlow Elizabeth C3 Athletes Serving Athletes Baltimore MD 45
3 212 Bayer Lindsay Potomac Velo Club/Seven Cycles
4 40:00 213 Sheldon Libby
5 208 Pipes Lenore unattached Philadelphia PA 24
6 205 Spanogle Terri NCVC/Inova Health System Alexandria VA 44
7 42:49 209 Grim Diane C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes Boyertown PA 50
8 43;12 202 Colsant Jean Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 39
9 43:21 201 Hillesheim Lindsey Squadra Coppi/IM Saab Arlington VA 32
10 45:34 206 Wulfkuhle Kathleen C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Lancaster PA 28
11 46:25 200 Lea Tracy T.E.A.M. FUJI 56
DNF 211 childs Stephanie Evolution Cycling Fairfax VA 47
DNS 203 Briseno Christina CycleLife p/b Specialized Washington DC 40
DNS 204 Shogren Elizabeth Backyard Bike club MORGANTOWN WV 33
Elite Men:
Place Time Bib # Last Name First Name Team Hometown ST Age
1 1:01:36 14 Schempf Weston C3-Athletes Serving Athletes BETHESDA MD 32
2 9 Dombrowski Joseph Haymarket Bicycles/Trakkers Marshall VA 18
3 1:03:37 19 Wulfkuhle Andrew C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Lancaster PA 27
4 1:04:55 1 Driscoll Adam Adventures For the Cure Halethorpe MD 28
5 17 Nieters Jared Haymarket Bicycles/Trakkers Haymarket VA 32
6 1:06:13 11 Weaver Dave ALAN North America Cycling Team Towson MD 38
7 1:07:02 2 Mathias Ian Team BBC BALTIMORE MD 27
8 1:07:45 13 Fader Evan Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV Takoma Park MD 29
9 1:08:11 20 Adams Zach C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Carlisle PA 19
10 18 Broadwater Mark C3-Athletes Serving Athletes Cockeysville MD 25
11 1:08:28 8 Clarkson Charles Ellsworth / Whole Foods Market / Central Coffee Roasters Charlottesville VA 28
12 1:09:33 23 Escobar Gonzalo Haymarket p/b Trackers Falls Church VA 23
13 1:10:27 6 Gdowik Jonathan Trek Racing Co-Op Baltimore MD 27
14 1:10:31 22 Kahlenberg Jordan Southampton PA 28
15 21 Fouche Brian Team Latitude/ABRT Hagerstown MD 26
16 10 Ingram Callum Charlottesville VA 25
17 24 Seymour Nate Evolution Cycling Club Alexandria VA 35
18 25 Daniel Tille Fulam Loading
dnf 12 Butts Brian Battley Harley-Davidson/Sonoma Arlington VA 30
dnf 3 Ellicott Evan Bike Doctor / Bayside Velo Takoma Park MD 35
dns 4 Runnals Michael JRVS/Casey Auto Group Newport News VA 36
dnf 5 Jones Taylor Inland Construction/BTD Washington DC 25
dnf 7 Saunders Blair Ben’s Performance Bike’s/Ridley Newark DE 44