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June 3/06 9:17 am - Mt Hood Cycling Classic: Stage 3

Posted by Editoress on 06/3/06

Mt Hood Cycling Classic Hood River, Oregon
By Joe Zauner, Mt. Hood Cycling Classic media relations

If there's a chink in Nathan O'Neill's armor thus far at the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, it's not easy to spot.

On Friday near Hood River, Ore., the Health Net rider -- a burly man for climbing purposes -- climbed with the first group and sprinted for second place earning a 10-second time bonus and thus tightening his grip on the general classification.

How discouraging it must be to discover that one of the best time trialists in the world can stay with the best climbers at the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic on a 95-mile day when the course features 9,000 feet of elevation gain.

But if O'Neill is wearing armor, Navigator's Phil Zajicek may have found the can opener. Zajicek out sprinted O'Neill in the last 50 meters to take the stage win and a 15-second time bonus that vaulted him from seventh to second place on general classification, just 14 seconds behind the Commonwealth Games time trial champion.

"I felt awesome today," said Zajicek. "I was thinking about winning from the start."

Despite the elevation gain of Friday's stage, the school of thought relating to the course was, it does not favor small climbers. The pitches aren't steep. In fact, most of the climbing was contested over highway-grade roads, so to some, O'Neill's performance wasn't too surprising.

For many, Zajicek's performance marks him as a favorite along with O'Neill's teammate Scott Moninger for the overall given the last day of the Mt. Hood Cycling Classic features several storied climbs, steep pitches and 7,500 feet of elevation gain in just 75 miles.

Dotsie Bausch of the Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling team displayed her ability to go up hill on the same course as the men, just shorter. The women raced 56 miles Friday. Bausch won a hotly contested sprint, earning 15 bonus seconds and extending her lead over Alison Powers of the Rio Grande/Sports Garage team. Powers was second, earning her a 10-second time bonus towards the overall.

Within the men's and women's fields, the sense of urgency to race was not great. The weather at the start was regarded by some as horrid -- 55 degrees with a light drizzle that coated the roads and lasted throughout the day. The already tricky eight-mile descent, which was the first obstacle to greet the racers, proved nearly as divisive as the climb. After a few miles of the downhill, riders in both fields were gapped off the back. In the men's race three big groups formed with several smaller groups fighting to catch back on before the entire race came back together.

It was on the descent that the first break got clear. Adrian Hegyvary of Recycled Cycles and Chuck Coyle of Vitamin Cottage established a lead of 2 minutes 47 seconds after 36 miles of racing. According to Hegyvary's team manager Robert Trombley, the tactic was to establish a break with Hegyvary in it so his Recycled Cycles squad, comprised of regional talent mostly from the Seattle area, would not have to involved itself in a chase.

The plan worked... sort of. Recycled Cycles was definitely not involved in a chase effort, but then again neither was anyone else. On three of the five laps raced, the field stopped for agreed-upon nature breaks, after which the pace in the flats and the lower slopes of the climb was languid at best. It wasn't until one lap to race that the break was finally caught. The pair did scoop up all the KOM points on the day with Hegyvary taking the lead in that category.

On the last lap that the fireworks started. Navigator's Burke Swindlehurst launched an attack with about two miles of uphill left before the finish. Swindlehurst was retrieved by Moninger with about one mile to race. Moninger then set tempo with O'Neill on his wheel. O'Neill jumped with about 500 meters to race but Zajicek overhauled him, taking the win by a bike length.

The women's race stayed tightly bunched for most of the day, the exceptions being when Leah Goldstein of the Symmetrics team was hunting for QOM points and on the descent when the slick roads made for tricky cornering. It was the final time over the last miles of the climb that things heated up.

Brooke Ourada of the Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling team attacked with two miles to race. The gap was bridged by Powers with Bausch, Goldstein and Alisha Lion (Webcor Platinum) on her wheel. All five girls tried their hand at a winning move, but it came down to the final 100 meters when Bausch narrowly defeated Powers and Lions at the finish.

For Bausch is was a nervous day in the leader's jersey, not so much due to the competition, but because of the slick roads and lack of team fire power within the peloton.

"Everyone was very complacent today because of the wet roads," Bausch said. "People were getting dropped by five minutes on the descent but were still catching back on so there wasn't any real point in driving it hard. If I had my entire team here we would have drove it to the climb 10 miles out."

Saturday is a double stage day for both the men and women with a 10-mile time trial in the morning and a criterium in the evening. Sunday should prove decisive as both the men and women race 75 miles with 7,500 feet of climbing, much of it very steep with several technical descents.

Stage 3: Cooper Spur Circuit Race

Pro 1/2 Men: 95 miles/152.8km
1. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insurance4:12:41
2. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net
3. Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net
4. Morgan Schmitt (USA) Broadmark / Hagens-Berman
5. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
6. Ryan Trebon (USA) AEG-Tobisha-Jetnetwork-Kona
7. Marsh Cooper (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
8. Russell Stevenson (USA) Benaroya Research Cycling Team
9. Ian McKissick (USA) Recycled Cycles / Raleigh
10. Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance
11. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
12. Mike Olheiser (USA) MMW/CARVE
13. Barry Wicks (USA) AEG-Tobisha-Jetnetwork-Kona
14. John Hunt (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler
15. Brent Miller (Aus) Arete' Racing/Vellum Cyclesall s.t.
16. Andrew Fischer (USA) Broadmark / Hagens-Berman0:11
17. Andrew McDermid (USA) Broadmark / Hagens-Berman0:13
18. Collin Becker (USA) Maverick/CIBER
19. James Mattis (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler
20. Greg Drake (USA)
21. Cam Evans (Can) Symmetrics Cyclingall s.t.
22. Damien Waugh (Can) Masi-Adobe0:24
23. Kevin Rowe (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler
24. Jonathan Baker (USA) Vitamin Cottageboth s.t.
25. Scott Nydam (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage0:27
26. Jake Rosenbarger (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage0:30
27. Jesse Moore (USA) Davis Bike Club0:33
28. Eric Tonkin (USA) Team S&M/Kona0:45
29. Jackson Buehler (Can) Symmetrics Cycling0:49
30. Todd Hageman (USA) Park City Cycling Academy
31. Marco Antonio Rios (USA) Kahala LaGrangeboth s.t.
32. Dan Porter (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage0:55
33. Daniel Vinson (USA) Kahala LaGrange
34. Brian Buchholz (USA) Webcor / Alto Velo
35. Ted Huang (USA) Webcor / Alto Velo
36. Christopher Jones (USA) Champion System
37. Derik Archibald (USA) Hyde Park Cycle Sport Elite
38. Peter Knoop (USA) MMW/CARVE
39. Mike Porter (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage
40. Kenny Williams (USA) First Rate Mortgage
41. Jason Bethel (USA) Garage
42. Taylor Kneuven (USA) Broadmark
43. Matt Weyen (USA) Hyde Park Cycle Sport Elite
44. Trevor Connor (Can) Chris Cookies/Swan Cyclesall s.t.
45. Michael Telega (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler1:05
46. Daniel Harm (USA) Recycled Cycles / Raleigh1:09
47. Michael Gallagher (USA) Hyde Park Cycle Sport Elite
48. Frank Breure (USA) MMW/CARVEboth s.t.
49. Stephen Shepherd (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage1:19
50. Michael Margraf (USA) Webcor / Alto Velo1:22
51. Omer Kem (USA) Recycled Cycles / Raleigh1:32
52. Jon Tarkington (USA) Vitamin Cottage1:35
53. Jonny Sundt (USA) Recycled Cycles / Raleigh1:40
54. Max Jenkins (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler1:53
55. Kiel Reijnen (USA) Benaroya Research Cycling Team2:02
56. Jeff Sherstobitoff (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
57. Jacob Erker (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
58. Nathan Smith (USA) Garage
59. Joey Carpisassi (USA) Bicycle Postall s.t.
60. Samuel Starr (USA) Claremont Colleges2:08
61. Matthew Willinger (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler2:10
62. Dario Falquier (USA) Webcor / Alto Velo2:16
63. Peter Cazalet (USA) Webcor / Alto Velos.t.
64. Harrison Tripp (USA) Kahala LaGrange2:25
65. Trevor Mays (USA) First Rate Mortgage2:39
66. Salvador Borrego-Crum (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler3:29
67. Mack Chew (USA) Arete' Racing/Vellum Cycles3:34
68. Chuck Coyle (USA) Vitamin Cottage3:43
69. John Tzinberg (USA) Kahala LaGrange
70. Alex Rock (USA) Park City Cycling Academyboth s.t.
71. Aaron Tuckerman (NZl) Team Rubicon/Gleukos3:51
72. Carl Decker (Can) Broadmark / Hagens-Berman4:09
73. Emmet Hogan (USA) Arete' Racing/Vellum Cycles4:16
74. Bernard Van Ulden (USA) Navigators Insurances.t.
75. Chris Hamilton (USA)4:27
76. Paul Reichardt (USA) Team Spine4:36
77. Greg Henderson (NZl) Health Net4:43
78. Roman Kilun (USA) Health Nets.t.
79. Paul Bourceir (USA) Hutch's5:59
80. Adrian Hegyvary (USA) Recycled Cycles / Raleighs.t.
81. Chris DuBois (USA) Claremont Colleges6:51
82. Aaron Sander (USA) Half Fast Velo7:31
83. Joshua Horowitz (USA) Kahala LaGrange8:13
84. Lang Reynolds (USA) Recycled Cycles / Raleigh8:33
85. Eric Pardyjak (USA) Park City Cycling Academy9:58
86. Bruce Copeland (Can) Juventus
87. Jesse Gordon (USA) Park City Cycling Academyboth s.t.
88. Joel Charles (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage11:44
89. Logan Hunn (NZl) Team Rubicon/Gleukoss.t.
90. Mike Zagorski (USA) Quick Release11:51
91. Jiri Skrobanek (USA) Cambiamento D'Andaturo-Team Core Hawaii12:36
92. Braden Bingham (USA) CenturyTel / VRAD15:57
93. Evan Lawrence (USA) Broadmark / Hagens-Berman17:10
94. Michael Hutchinson (USA) Team Spine17:59
95. Joe Holmes (USA) Benaroya Research Cycling Team18:47
96. Jesse Mendonca (USA)
97. Chad Nikolz (USA) Broadmark / Hagens-Bermanboth s.t.
98. Patrick Dunaway (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler18:56
99. Kirk Carlsen (USA) Team Rubicon/Gleukos20:54
100. Daniel Quirk (USA) Veloce / Felt21:39
101. Adam Currg (NZl) Broadmark / Hagens-Berman23:16
102. Brandon Archibald (USA) Hyde Park Cycle Sport Elite28:49
103. Tad Hamilton (USA) Hyde Park Cycle Sport Elites.t.
104. Robert MacNeill (USA) Webcor / Alto Velo33:45
105. Matt Quann (USA) Recycled Cycles / Raleigh33:49
106. Jason Williams (USA) Team Spines.t.
107. Roy Pickavance (USA) CenturyTel / VRAD46:15
108. Allen Krughoff (USA) Team Century Tels.t.
109. Shaun Adamson (Can) Juventus50:45
DNF Kevin Faris Schlueter (USA) Kahala LaGrange
DNF Calvin Allen (USA) BODE
DNF Michael Murdin (USA) Garage
DNF Patrick Ramirez (USA) Park City Cycling Academy
DNF Richard Speer (NZl) Team Rubicon/Gleukos
DNF Kacey Chamberlin (USA) Benaroya Research Cycling Team
DNF Matthew Colligan (USA) KMK
DNF Tyler Ofstad (USA) Kahala LaGrange
DNF Joshua Smith (USA) CenturyTel / VRAD
DNF Alton Dunnigan (USA) Team Spine
Pro 1/2/3 Women:56 miles/90.1km
1. Dotsie Bausch (USA) Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team2:54:33
2. Alison Powers (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage
3. Alisha Lion (USA) Webcor-Platinum
4. Mara Abbott (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage
5. Leah Goldstein (Isr) Symmetrics Cyclingall s.t.
6. Brooke Ourada (USA) Colavita/ Cooking Light Cycling Team0:13
7. Amber Rais (USA) Webcor-Platinum0:32
8. Victoria Vallstrom (USA) PABW powered by TIBCO
9. Lisa Matlock (USA) JR Engineering
10. Beverley Harper (USA) Touchstone Climbing
11. Heidi Goldberg (USA) HPC/LIST
12. Gabriela Gonzalez-Ferrat (Mex) Hi-Tech/5. Star Fish
13. Leiselot Decroix (USA) Velo Bella-Kona
14. Sharon Allpress (USA) TRIAall s.t.
15. Jane Ziegler (USA) Velo Bella-Kona
16. Suz Weldon (USA) TRIA0:54
17. Melodie Metzger (USA) McGuire Cycling Teams.t.
18. Jenn Reither (USA) TRIA0:56
19. Brooke Miller (USA) PABW powered by TIBCO
20. Cynthia Mommsen (USA) The Olympic Club
21. Katie London (USA) Metro Mintall s.t.
22. Laura Brown (Can) CMC/Bow Cycle1:03
23. Rachel Oconnell (USA) Bicycle John's Serious Cycling1:06
24. Emily Van Meter (USA) Metromint Cycling1:08
25. Gwen Erffmeyer (USA) JR Engineerings.t.
26. Martina Patella (USA) McGuire Cycling Team1:13
27. Heather Holmes (USA) Ivory Homess.t.
28. Jennifer Chapman (USA) Velo Bella-Kona1:15
29. Lisa Hunt (USA) The Olympic Club
30. Stacy Spencer (Can) Colavita/Cooking Light
31. Allison Beall (USA) TRIA
32. Stacy Marple (USA) McGuire Cycling Teamall s.t.
33. Cat Malone (USA) Webcor-Platinum1:29
34. Kele Murdin (USA) Velo Bella-Kona1:37
35. Susan Copeland (Can) Juventus2:01
36. Alice Pennington (USA) Desalvo Custom Cycles2:13
37. Trish Heisdorffer (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage2:17
38. SyRae Weikle (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage
39. Marni Hambleton (Can) Symmetrics Cycling
40. Yukie Nakamura (USA) PABW powered by TIBCO
41. Kendra Keeley (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage2:35
42. India Sanjuan (USA) Touchstone Climbing
43. Flavia Oliveira (USA) PABW powered by TIBCOboth s.t.
44. Lisa Dunnwald (USA) Team Group Health2:53
45. Kelly Crawford (USA) Intermountain Sports Medicine/LRC2:57
46. Kristi Berg (USA) Team Group Health3:12
47. Susan Hefler (USA) HPC/LIST4:06
48. Jadine Riley (USA) Team Group Health5:05
49. Jenner Yaeso (USA) JR Engineering5:47
50. Elizabeth Nettles (USA) Ti Cycles/Avanti Racing7:34
51. Jennifer Joynt (USA) Velo Bella-Kona10:27
52. Dana Robertson Halter (USA) Team Group Healths.t.
53. Maria Lee (Can) Symmetrics Cycling10:38
54. Maria Monica (USA) McGuire Cycling Team12:30
55. Carrie Eller (USA) Ti Cycles/Avanti Racing13:00
56. Kim Weins (USA) Velo Girls13:32
57. Diane Miller (USA) HPC/LIST14:20
58. Amy Campbell (USA) River City Bicycles14:48
59. Sami Fourneir (USA) Velo Bella-Kona15:20
60. Jenette Williams (USA) HPC/LIST16:45
61. Kathy Robinson (USA) Intermountain Sports Medicine/LRC20:04
62. Laura Danley (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage20:13
63. Annette Hanson (USA) 1st Rate Mortgage22:51
64. Cheryl Moffett (USA) JR Engineering27:03
65. Tracy Thomas (USA) Team Group Health28:59
OTL Tracey Ford (USA) PABW powered by TIBCO49:38
DNF Nicole Evans (USA) FFKR Architects /
DNS Martha Walsh (USA) TRIA
DNF Norrene Godfrey (USA) Team Rubicon
DNF Debbie Preller (USA) Jet City Velo
DNF Elizabeth Wistrom (USA) PABW powered by TIBCO
Men GC
1. Nathan O'Neill (Aus) Health Net7:28:39
2. Phil Zajicek (USA) Navigators Insuranceat 0:14
3. Ryan Trebon (USA) AEG-Tobisha-Jetnetwork-Kona0:19
4. Andrew Pinfold (Can) Symmetrics Cycling0:26
5. Ian McKissick (USA) Recycled Cycles / Raleighs.t.
6. Russell Stevenson (USA) Benaroya Research Cycling Team0:27
7. Scott Moninger (USA) Health Net0:28
8. Barry Wicks (USA) AEG-Tobisha-Jetnetwork-Konas.t.
9. Christian Meier (Can) Symmetrics Cycling0:39
10. Morgan Schmitt (USA) Broadmark / Hagens-Berman0:41
11. Mike Olheiser (USA) MMW/CARVE0:43
12. Burke Swindlehurst (USA) Navigators Insurance0:44
13. Marsh Cooper (Can) Symmetrics Cycling0:50
14. John Hunt (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler0:55
15. James Mattis (USA) California Giant/Village Peddler0:58
16. Andrew McDermid (USA) Broadmark / Hagens-Berman1:00
17. Scott Nydam (USA) Rio Grande/Sports Garage1:07
18. Collin Becker (USA) Maverick/CIBER1:08


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