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September 15/10 8:52 am - MAC Nittany Lion Cross

Posted by Editoress on 09/15/10

Nittany Lion Cross on September 11th in Conshohocken, PA

Over 500 entries descended on the grounds surrounding the famous Trexlertown Velodrome at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center on September 11 for the Nittany Lion ‘Cross, the opening race for both the Champions System MAC Series and the worldwide UCI Cyclocross Calendar.

In a rare experimental format switch, the UCI Women and Men were moved up on the program, ahead of the 70-rider Elite Masters nightcap. In the UCI Women’s race, two competitors who represent the past three MAC season championships, rode away from the field of nearly 30 women from the start. Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) and Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill presented by Seven Cycles) rode together for most of the race, most often with Van Gilder taking the pacing position. Rather than relying on her powerful sprint, Van Gilder rode Bruno-Roy off her wheel with about half a lap remaining to finish solo, nine seconds ahead of Bruno-Roy. As with all UCI races in the Champion System MAC this year, the top three women were paid equal to the top three men. Philadelphia’s Kristin Gavin (Team CF), who continues to develop into one of the nation’s top riders, finished third to pull down the last of the increased paychecks.

The Men’s race had drama before the course was even set-up when Jeremy Powers emailed the organizers to tell them that he had to withdraw as the result of a broken finger. Without medical clearance to race, one of the most dominant riders in North America was out, and the race suddenly became wide-open on a course that was hard and fast as a result of the hot, dry summer. Luke Keough (Champion Systems), who finished third here last year, was a late addition to the field and had to start in the back row because the start order had already been submitted. It didn’t matter, though, because by the end of the first lap Keough was off the front of the race in a lead group that also contained Switzerland’s defending MAC champion Valentin Schertz (Cyfac-Champion System), veteran ‘cross promoter and road sprinter Adam Myerson (Team CycleSmart) and hard-luck rider of the day Ryan Knapp (

Knapp, the 2008 Zipp OVCX presented by Papa John’s season champion, made the ten-and-a-half hour drive to get some early season UCI points. He did, but he had to do it the hard way as various observers counted either three or four mechanicals that caused Knapp to drop out of the lead group. The Indiana strongman was able to rejoin the lead group following each incident and eventually finished fifth overall, just two seconds out of first place.

Only one rider was able to bridge the gap from the main chase group to the leaders. Alec Donohue of the Northampton Cycling Club hit the front of the group as soon as he made contact and rode pace for most of the final three laps with Myerson on his wheel before fading somewhat in the last half lap to finish fourth. The finish came down to sprint with Myerson leading out.

Keough found enough room on the inside of the final corner to sneak through and held on for the final 200 meters to take the win over Myerson with Schertz in third. The top three finishers were separated by only 1.1 seconds.

In the final race of the day, Bill Elliston (Van Dessel Factory Team), won the Champion System MAC Elite Masters race in his first Masters cyclocross race. There were 73 entries for the Elite Masters. In the concurrent Elite Junior race, multiple national champion Jeff Bahnson (Van Dessel Factory Team) took another commanding win.

The next races on the Champion System MAC Series are this weekend, September 18 and 19 in Baltimore for the two-day UCI Charm City Cyclocross. That will be followed on September 26 by MAC’s first non-UCI race of the year at the WhirlyBird ‘Cross at Pennsylvania’s Bryn Athyn College, which will feature fully equal prize lists for the Elite Men and Women. All Champion System MAC races can be entered through For more information on the Champion System MAC Series, see


Press release

Elite Men
1 Luke Keough (USA) Champion Systems 1:00:30.8
2 Adam Myerson (USA) Team: Cycle-Smart 1:00:31.1
3 Valentin Scherz (USA) CYFAC-Champion System Racing Team 1:00:31.9
4 Alec Donahue (USA) Northampton Cc 1:00:32.8
5 Ryan Knapp (USA) 1:00:32.9
6 Weston Schempf (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 1:00:42.7
7 Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 1:00:46.3
8 Peter Bradshaw (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal 1:00:54.0
9 Guillaume Nelessen (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 1:01:13.1
10 Ryan Dewald (USA) Haymarket / Seavs 1:01:18.8
11 Jeremy Durrin (USA) Wheelhouse / NCC 1:01:28.1
12 Stephen Cummings (USA) Haymarket Bicycles / Seavs 1:01:40.8
13 Eric Muehl (USA) Industry Nine Factory 1:01:49.9
14 Joseph Dombrowski (USA) Haymarket / Seavs 1:02:01.5
15 Anthony Grand (Sui) CYFAC-Champion System Racing Team 1:02:12.0
16 Greg Wittwer (USA) Alan North America Cycling Team 1:03:01.8
17 Dave Weaver (USA) Alan N. America Cycling Team 1:03:14.4
18 Mukunda Feldman (USA) Wheelhouse / NCC 1:03:23.6
19 Zach Adams (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 1:03:30.6
20 Matt Spohn (USA) CYFAC-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks 1:03:37.3
21 Mark Broadwater (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 1:03:48.3
22 Jessee Keough (USA) Champion Systems 1:04:16.3
23 Shaun Adamson (Can) Team: Cycle-Smart 1:04:45.6
24 Stephen Pierce (USA) Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames 1:05:03.2
25 Nicholas Keough (USA) Champion Systems 1:05:03.7
26 Christopher Consorto (USA) Guys Bikes 1:06:11.8
27 Zachary Semian (USA) Chester County Cycling Foundati 1:06:14.8
28 Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket / Seavs 1 lap
29 Michael Jenks (USA) Highland Park Hermes p/b Kim's Bike Shop 1 lap
30 Kyle Peppo (USA) CYFAC-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks 1 lap
31 Bradley Ford (USA) Classic Cycling Essentials CCE 2 laps
32 Charles Hanlon (USA) Guys Racing Club 2 laps
33 Dean Poshard (USA) Rocklobster 3 laps
34 David Sommerville (USA) CYFAC-Champion System p/b Revolution Wheelworks 4 laps
DNS Jeremy Powers (USA) Jelly Belly p/b Kenda
DNS Michael Yozell (USA)
DNF Daniel Chabanov (USA) / CBRC
DNF Zoltan Tisza (Hun) Unattached
DNF Richard Ball (USA) Watchung Wheelmen
Elite Women
1 Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 37:47.1
2 Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles 37:56.4
3 Kristin Gavin (USA) Team CF 38:34.5
4 Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 38:35.5
5 Rebecca Blatt (USA) Silver Bull/Central Wheel 38:38.4
6 Carolyn Popovic (USA) 38:49.0
7 Erica Yozell (USA) 38:51.3
8 Katrina Dowidchuk (USA) Team TBB/Deep Blue 38:53.1
9 Nikki Thiemann (USA) Team CF 39:01.1
10 Julie Kuliecza (USA) Alan North America Cycling 39:01.6
11 Lauri Webber (USA) Secret Henry's Team 39:02.2
12 Jennifer Maxwell (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 39:20.1
13 Erin Silliman (USA) Fruit66/Artemis 39:20.7
14 Lenore Pipes (USA) The Wistar Institute 40:01.0
15 Lynda Maldonado (USA) Cannondale/Cadence 40:04.3
16 Kristine Church (USA) Human Zoom/ Pabst Blue Ribbon 40:12.8
17 Christine Fennessy (USA) South Mountain Cycles 40:23.1
18 Lindsey Hillesheim (USA) Squadra Coppi 40:37.1
19 Vicki Thomas (Can) 40:46.1
20 Elizabeth Harlow (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 40:47.6
21 Amy Cutler (USA) Team Eps/Css p/b Brielle Cyclery 41:25.5
22 Patty Buerkle (USA) Haymarket Bicycles / Seavs 42:07.2
23 Selene Yeager (USA) Team CF 42:16.7
24 Jessica Hayes Conroy (USA) North American Velo 42:19.8
25 Kathrin Schumacher (USA) Guys Racing Club 42:26.2
26 Lisa Most (USA) Wissahickon/Engin Cycles 42:53.3
DNS Veronica Martinez (Arg) Unattached
DNS Kim Dubeck (USA) C3 Athletes Serving Athletes
DNF Amy Breyla (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes
ELite Masters
1 Bill Elliston (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 48:46.2
2 Ralf Warmuth (USA) Highland Park Hermes 48:47.6
3 Maurice Gamanho (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 48:50.9
4 Edwin Bull (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 49:04.6
5 Greg Ferguson (USA) Beacon Cycling/Cape Atlantic Racing 49:11.7
6 Marc Boudreau (Can) 49:18.5
7 Blair Saunders (USA) Ben's Performance Bike's/Ridley 49:30.7
8 Cliff Kenyon (USA) Expo/Superior Energy 49:40.6
9 Dan Larino (USA) Crcofa/Petes Bike/Bridgewater Marble & Granite 49:40.6
10 Robert Campos (USA) Gs Gotham/Toga 49:42.2
11 Andy Gorski (USA) Unattached 49:42.3
12 Glenn Turner (USA) Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon 49:43.3
13 Donald Snoop Jr. (USA) Verge Sport/Test Pilot 49:58.2
14 Michael Yozell (USA) 50:12.7
15 Stephan Kincaid (USA) Philadelphia Ciclismo 50:13.1
16 Bryan Kremer (USA) Philiadelphia Cyclismo 50:14.3
17 Troy Kimbaall (USA) Westwood Cycle/Trade Manage Capital 50:22.1
18 Jeff Bahnson (Fra) Van Dessel Factory Team 50:24.2
19 Daniel Brill (USA) Cape Atlantic Racing/ 50:32.3
20 Mark Kutney (USA) Van Dessel Cycles 50:42.6
21 Randall Root (USA) Evolution Cycling Club p/b Long And Foster 50:47.0
22 Rob Collins (USA) Secret Henry's Team 50:47.6
23 Dan Langlois (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal 50:48.1
24 Kristopher Auer (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 50:57.9
25 Kirk Reisinger (USA) Club Wissahickon / Engin Cycles 51:00.3
26 Samuel O'keefe (USA) Charm City Cycling Llc 51:12.0
27 Joseph Piccillo (USA) Evolution Racing 51:28.4
28 Jeff Appeltans (USA) Gocycling-D&Q/Mkracing 51:37.9
29 Barry Wahner (USA) 51:40.3
30 Kelly Cline (USA) Wissahickon 51:40.8
31 Robert Reuther (USA) Chester County Velo 51:45.4
32 N. Johan Anestad (USA) Evolution Racing 51:46.5
33 Eric Schlauch (USA) Team Somerset 51:47.9
34 Chad Culbertson (USA) Guy's Racing 51:49.6
35 Kevin Fryberger (USA) Pabst Blue Ribbon/Talksoft Racing 51:50.4
36 Charles Chichester (USA) Pure Energy Racing 51:57.9
37 Paul Wahner (USA) 52:05.2
38 Jasen Thorpe (USA) Wl Gore Ride On Cables 52:06.6
39 Todd Kruger (USA) Heart House/Cadv/Cc Evesham 52:08.7
40 David Hunt (USA) Team Somerset 52:14.9
41 Jonathan Tarbox (USA) Expo/Superior Energy 52:18.4
42 Ben Anemone (USA) Secret Henrys Team 52:21.3
43 Matthew Howard (USA) Finkraft 52:30.0
44 Chris Mcgill (USA) Dynamic Physical Therapy Cycling Team p/b Cannondale 52:34.1
45 Douglass Gray (USA) Christiana Care Pt+/Fsvs 52:38.6
46 David Lowe (USA) Human Zoom/Pabst Blue Ribbon 52:57.7
47 Christopher Long (USA) Gs Gotham/Toga!/Autonomia Racing 53:02.2
48 Bergey (USA) Unattached 53:05.4
49 Michael Birner (USA) Ben's Performance Bikes 53:05.5
50 Douglas Jones (USA) Shirks Racing Masters Team 53:11.9
51 Marc Vettori (USA) C3: Twenty 20 Cycling Company 53:30.5
52 265 (USA) Unattached 53:35.8
53 Jim Feehan (USA) Kissena 53:47.1
54 Charles Erndl (USA) Watchung Wheelman/High Gear Cyclery 54:02.3
55 Nathan Ruch (USA) Evolution Racing 54:15.7
56 Shawn Downing (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes 54:18.8
57 Werner Freymann (USA) Easy Riders Cycling 54:28.6
58 Mike Czupryna (USA) Christiana Care Pt+/Fsvs 55:03.6
59 Jay Downs (USA) Cham-Rahk Cycling 55:40.8
60 Dag Anderson (USA) Team Somerset 55:43.6
61 Justin Mauch (USA) Haymarket/Seavs 55:53.0
62 Zach Bender (USA) Cycle-Smart 56:07.6
63 Charles Mcdaniel (USA) Secret Henrys Team 56:33.3
64 Noah Granigan (USA) Team Somerset 59:54.2
DNF Wade Hess (USA) Cape Atlantic Racing/
DNF Kevin Breckenmaker (USA) Yellow Breeches Racing
DNF David Hildebrand (USA) Expo/Superior Energy
DNF Karl Kensinger (USA) Ncvc/United Health Group
DNF Jamie Bothwell (USA) Wolverine Sports Club
DNF Geoffrey House (USA) Unattached
DNS Chris Samuel (USA) Cape Atlantic / Beacon Cycling
DNS Mike Hebe (USA)
DNS Keith Rohr (USA) Adventures For The Cure



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