Greg Wittwer (C3/Twenty-20 Cycling Co) leads Nick Waite (Pro Tested Gear) into the barriers.

Greg Wittwer (C3/Twenty-20 Cycling Co) leads Nick Waite (Pro Tested Gear) into the barriers. © Neil Schirmer

By Neil Schirmer

HIGHLAND, MD — Team BBC and the Baltimore Bicycle Works welcomed about 560 pre-registered racers to Schooley Mill park on Sunday for what shaped up to be another great round of cyclocross in the Bikereg Super 8 series. Many locals scraped frost off of their windshields for the first time this season while loading up their cars that morning. Brisk temperatures, overcast skies, and even a few flurries mixed in helped to set the mood for some great battles.

Race promoters made the most of the park land at Schooley Mill to dial up a challenging course that included two dismounts, and several off-camber turning sections connected by several long stretches of varying elevation. Add in a little wind, and this track favored riders who could lay down the power.

U15 Boys
Early in the day, many of the Masters and Juniors fields provided some of the most entertaining races and outcomes. August Milliken (Rock Creek Velo) notched his fourth win of the season in the U15 Boys race, continuing a string of wonderful results.

Men’s 45+
In the Men’s 45+ race, Gary Rodosta (Pro Mountain Outfitters) took the victory over Jay Morali (Sportif Coaching Group) who was forced to finish the race as an impromptu one-legged drill when one of his pedals broke off of the crank arm between the pit and the finish line on the final lap.

Men’s 35+
Men’s 35+ winner Paul Rades (November Bicycles) would overcome a back row start and a jammed chain to ride through the entire field and take the victory 20 seconds ahead of second place finisher, Daniel Proulx (Kelly Benefits). After being off his bike to address the chain issue, Rades just, “..kept calm and rode as hard as I could to rejoin the race.”

Elite Women
In the featured Elite races of the day, a second Rodosta win occurred in the women’s race when Traci Rodosta (Pro Mountain Outfitters) beat out Julie Kuliecza (Pepper Palace Pro Cycling) by 9 seconds, with Allyson Tufano (Sportif Coaching Group) rounding out the top three.

Elite Men
In the Elite Men’s group, the decisive selection took place early with Nick Waite (Pro Tested Gear) and Greg Wittwer (C3/Twenty20 Cycling Co.) separating themselves from the rest of the field before two laps were complete. In the end, Waite would find separation and took the victory 15 seconds ahead of Wittwer, with Pat Blair (Adventures for the Cure) taking third.

With that victory, Waite maintains his status as VergeSport jersey competition leader among the elite men. Full VergeSport jersey competition standings for all eligible fields can be found here at Full race day results for Schooley Mill are available here.

Series leaders will look to extend those margins this weekend at the first ever UCI-sanctioned cyclocross race in DC. Crosshairs Cycling and DCMTB are teaming up again to bring back another edition of DCCX at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. As with last year, two full race days are on tap, with plenty of amateur and age-graded fields each day. New this year will be UCI elite races for men and women each day, with C2 UCI points up for grabs. Come for the racing, stay for the food and the beer!

2015 Bikereg Super 8 Round Two Elite Men's Cyclocross Race Results

1Nicholas Waite (1 - Cat1)54:44.6Pro Tested Gear
2Greg Wittwer (2 - Cat1)54:59.6Charm City Cycling LLC/
3Patrick Blair (3 - Cat1)56:41.0Unattached
4lance byrd (1 - Cat3)56:57.4Unattached
5Eric Voigt (2 - Cat3)57:30.2National Capital Velo Club/UnitedHealthcare/NCVC/UnitedHealthcare
6Michael Mihalik (4 - Cat1)57:30.9J Mac Cycling LLC
7Scott McGill (3 - Cat3)58:39.8Unattached
8Ryan Knight (4 - Cat3)59:23.8Adventures for the Cure
9John Dove (5 - Cat3)59:41.2Crosshairs Cycling
10Elliott Caldwell (1 - Cat2)59:42.6Crosshairs Cycling
11Chris Dobroth (6 - Cat3)59:59.5Unattached
12Scott Myers (2 - Cat2)00:16.2Baltimore Bicycle Club/Team BBC
13David Short (3 - Cat2)00:35.3J Mac Cycling LLC
14Brian Swehla (7 - Cat3)01:05.1Baltimore Bicycle Club/Team BBC
15Jonathan Jones (4 - Cat2)54:14.3Crosshairs Cycling
16Mattison Brady (5 - Cat2)54:45.7District Velocity Racing/District Velocity Racing p/b Bicycle Pro Shop
DNFDan WolfDNFUnattached
DNFJustin MauchDNFUnattached
DNFLarry MillerDNFCrosshairs Cycling

2015 Bikereg Super 8 Round Two Elite Women's Cyclocross Race Results

1Traci Rodosta (1 - Cat1)40:14.3Pro Mountain Outfitters
2Julie Kuliecza (2 - Cat1)40:23.9Pepper Palace Pro Cycling/UCI WPT: Pepper Palace Pro Cycling presented by The Ha
3Allyson Tufano (3 - Cat1)41:10.8Western Howard County Cycling/Sportif Coaching Grp/Patapsco Bicycles
4Jennifer Maxwell (4 - Cat1)41:34.4Colavita Racing Inc.
5Karen TalleyMead (1 - Cat2)41:38.7Two Wheel Fixation
6Alice Henriques (2 - Cat2)41:44.0Zanconato Racing
7melissa presnell (3 - Cat2)42:00.5Rogue Velo Racing
8Mindy Simmons (4 - Cat2)42:35.4Colavita Racing Inc./Mid-Atlantic Colavita Women's Team
9Elizabeth Sheldon (5 - Cat2)42:45.9Crosshairs Cycling
10Evie Edwards (5 - Cat1)44:40.2SpokesWomen Syndicate Inc.
11Lisa Jancy (6 - Cat2)46:06.3Crosshairs Cycling