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October 31/05 11:53 am - Alberta 'Cross Provincials, Gloucester 'Cross Story

Posted by Editor on 10/31/05

2005 Alberta Provincial Cyclo-cross Championships - Red Deer
Courtesy Andy Holmwood

In excess of 80 riders contested the 2005 Alberta Provincial Cyclo-cross Championships, held Sunday on a fast, dry course in Red Deer. Newly-crowned Provincial Champions include Tim Heemskerk (United Cycle) and Mical Dyck (Terrascape) in the Elite Men and Elite Women categories respectively. Heemskerk, who has dominated the Alberta 'cross season, is not eligible to compete at the Canadian National Championships next weekend in Ontario as he is a Dutch citizen. Congratulations also to the Juventus club, winners of 5 of 6 medals in the U17 and Junior categories, and their champions Samantha Grover (U17 Women), David Larson (U17 Men), and '04 National medalist Mike Bidniak (Junior Men). Thanks to Bob McKerrell and the Central Alberta Bicycle Club for a great course and a fine race.

Master A Men
1Craig DeBellefeuilleSynergy47m22s
2Craig GoodSynergy47m58s
3Lonn BateTerrascape47m59s
4Brys FrancisUnited Cycle48m40s
5Dan WoodERTC/redbike48m47s
6Phil MacDonaldCalgary Cycle48m58s
7Marty MachacekSynergy49m15s
8Shane RushVelocity49m36s
9Gunnar GieseUnited Cycle50m00s
10Keith BaylyDeadgoat50m32s
11Tim RiessPedalhead50m59s
12Sandy HiltonPedalhead Road/Sleeman51m39s
13Rod WalkerCrankmastersst
14John EncarnacaoUnited Cycle53m56s
15Trevor PombertUnited Cycleat 1 lap
dnfReid CummingsCyclemeisters/Bow Cyclednf
dnfCurtis RoperVelocitydnf
dnfBrennan BagdanPedalhead Road/Sleemandnf
Master B Men
1Peter TothERTC/redbike40m21s
2Peter LawrenceTeam Pusch41m28s
3Tracy ShearerJuventus42m18s
4John RiessPedalhead Road/Sleeman42m20s
5Michael JohnsCABC/Projekt 142m21s
6Gary BrownRundle Mountain CC43m15s
7Roger ClemensUnited Cycle43m45s
8Zbigniew SzymanskiUnited Cycle44m40s
9Ed GarvinBlacksheep44m59s
10Kevin RokoshERTC/redbike45m18s
11Tommy MakEurotech45m55s
12Finn PedersenTeam Pusch46m05s
13Gary MiddletonJuventusst
14Lance AdamsonUnited Cycle46m17s
15Michael MeeresCABC/Projekt 146m38s
16Doug UrnessCABC/Projekt 146m58s
17Gus RuestPedalhead Road/Sleeman47m20s
18Derrill ShuttleworthPedalheadat 1 lap
19Michael KohlenbergUnited Cycleat 1 lap
20Richard VervoortPedalhead Road/Sleemanat 1 lap
21Ted DahmsPedalhead Road/Sleemanat 1 lap
Master C Men
1Don FoxJuventus44m59s
2Claude Breaubicisport45m50s
3Michael ZelenskyTerrascape46m00s
4Pat FerrisBlizzard46m05s
5Wayne LongUnited Cycleat 1 lap
Elite Men
1Tim HeemskerkUnited Cycle1h00m31s
2Shaun Adamson*United Cycle1h01m46s
3Nick FriesenThe Bike Shop1h02m03s
4Ryan Hopping*ERTC/redbike1h02m17s
5Sean BarrPedalhead Road/Sleeman1h02m48s
6Jesse Collinsbicisport1h03m13s
7Andre SuttonHardcore1h03m36s
8Cyrus KangarlooSynergy1h03m49s
9Evan ShermanUnited Cycle1h04m02s
10Per Strom*bicisport1h04m12s
11Mike SarneckiUnited Cycle1h06m13s
12cp WalshSynergyat 1 lap
13Mark MacDonald*Sport Chekat 1 lap
14Anthony SteenbergenBow Cycle/Cyclemeistersat 1 lap
15Robin BaillieCycledeliaat 1 lap
16Cam McKnightERTC/redbikeat 1 lap
18Bruce CopelandJuventusat 1 lap
19Jason FrankCABC/Projekt 1at 1 lap
20Chris Stipdonk*United Cycleat 1 lap
21Brian KullmanSynergyat 1 lap
22Lance Harris*Juventusat 2 laps
dnfBrent JohnsonIndependentdnf
dnfStephen Ferris*ERTC/redbikednf
* Espoir
1Mical DyckTerrascapeElite W38m33s
2Marg FedynaERTC/redbikeElite W40m09s
3Madelaine BateTerrascapeElite W41m18s
4Natasha KuzmakSynergyElite W44m05s
5Joanne BreaubicisportMaster Wat 1 lap
6Samantha GroverJuventusU17 Wat 1 lap
U17 and Junior Men
1Mike BidniakJuventusJunior M42m02s
2Spencer SmithemanJuventusJunior M42m56s
3Brian RobinsonBow Cycle/CyclemeistersJunior M44m52s
4David LarsonJuventusU17 Men45m26s
5Malcolm BrentnallIndependentJunior M48m28s
6Kyle HarrisJuventusU17 Menat 1 lap
7Connor WitzkeJuventusU17 Menat 1 lap
8Mac GarvinBlacksheepU17 Menat 2 laps
dnfAndrew ScheitzschUnited CycleJunior Mdnf

Lyne Keeps Rolling, Tim Wins in Gloucester
Courtesy Millman Media

October 31, 2005

The weekend was circled in red pen from the day they started their comeback season, but Saturday's third stop on the Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Gloucester, Mass. still managed to exceed Tim Johnson and Lyne Bessette's wildest expectations. The Garneau duo chalked up a pair of wins in a freak snowstorm that coated the Stage Fort Park course in a wet blanket of snow. Twenty-four hours later, Sunday's race went off under warm and sunny conditions and Lyne tallied win number eight on the season while Tim finished fifth.

In his triumphant return to what he considers his home course, Tim rocketed off the front of the 100-rider Elite Men's field on the very first lap. As his main rivals struggled in the snowy and muddy conditions, Tim sailed away for one of the most fulfilling wins of his career. The win catapulted Tim into the U.S. Gran Prix leader's jersey, though he ceded the jersey back to Ryan Trebon (Kona) on Sunday after finishing fifth behind Trebon's win.

"I was not expecting this at all," said Tim after toweling off and warming his frozen body on Saturday. "Even if I ended my season today I'd consider it a success. To come back and win this race, in front of my family and friends, it was more than I had hoped for. My Louis Garneau SteepleX bikes were perfect and Stu Thorne did an incredible job keeping me going with new bikes in the pits."

Proving herself equally comfortable in the snow as on the fast dirt, Lyne ran away with both days' races. The only hiccup in her march towards an undefeated North American season came on the first lap of Saturday's race. Lyne hit the ground hard on the first off camber corner of the muddy, snowy course, but popped back up, went straight to the front of the Elite Women's field, and was off the front by the end of lap one. Even with freezing fingers and the accumulating snow Lyne stretched her lead to almost two minutes by the finish.

"Even with the bad conditions, I felt really good," said Lyne. "The mountain bike racing I did this year really made it possible for me to handle these conditions. I know I have the power from my road racing to go fast on fast courses, but now I know I can go fast in bad conditions too. To win and then have Tim win, it was a great day for us."

Tim and Lyne continue their 2005 season November 5-6 in New Jersey.

Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross #3
Michelob ULTRA Grand Prix of Cyclocross

Elite Men
1. Tim Johnson ( Garneau)
2. Adam Craig (Giant)
3. Troy Wells (TIAA-CREF)

Elite Women
1. Lyne Bessette ( Garneau)
2. Barbara Howe (Velo Bella)
3. Wendy Simms (Kona)

Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross #4
Michelob ULTRA Grand Prix of Cyclocross

Elite Men
1. Ryan Trebon (Kona), 59:09
2. Adam Craig (Giant), 1:00:39
3. Barry Wicks (Kona), 1:00:41
4. Tim Johnson ( Garneau), 1:01:05
5. Jesse Anthony (Team Clif Bar), 1:01:08

Elite Women
1. Lyne Bessette ( Garneau), 43:46
2. Ann Knapp (Kona), 44:12
3. Wendy Simms (Kona), 44:31
4. Melissa Thomas (Tokyo Joes/GoLite), 45:19
5. Barbara Howe (Velo Bella), 45:19


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