Supercross 2012 Pro Men’s Race Report
Saturday December 8, 2012. Eisenhower Park, Long Island New York. Many of the best cyclo-cross racers from the mid-Atlantic and New England regions lined up to compete for valuable UCI C2 points on a foggy, damp December day.
Canadian Michael Garrigan (Stage-Race/Blacksmith Cycle) grabbed the hole shot, with chief rivals Dan Timmerman (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) and Nicolas Keough (www.keoughcyclocross.com) hot on his heels. On a course that appeared to primarily favor the powerful, muddy off-camber sweeping turns ensured that the bike drivers would have their chance too.
Early on in this 10-lap slug-fest, the front group included many of the region’s top crossers. In addition to the podium favorites Timmerman, Garrigan, and Keough, the first group included Adam Myerson (Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis), Dan Chabanov and Christian Favata (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs), Anthony Clark, Alec Donahue, and Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria), Kerry Werner Jr. (BMC U23), Edwin Bull (Van Dessel Factory Team) among others.
But the field’s best were having none of it. Timmerman began to turn the screws, stretching out the field and leaving fractured groups to fight amongst themselves. Garrigan, racing for his shot at representing Canada at World’s, never left the top 4. Nicolas Keough and Werner added valuable horsepower to the lead group that steadily increased its gap over their chasers.
In the end it was Timmerman and Garrigan alone. A closing lap bobble forced Garrigan to lose Timmerman’s wheel. The chase was on. And when the two made the sharp left onto the short, rising paved finish, the rider who calls the Finger Lakes region home had just enough power to hold off the Canadian by a wheel and secure his first win of the year. Completing the podium was Kerry Werner Jr. in 3rd, Nicolas Keough in 4th and Stephen Hyde in 5th.
Hurricane Sandy may have postponed it, but the women came out full force for the first race of the weekend at Super Cross 2012.
Like clockwork, Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) takes her place: leading Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) out for lap #1.
The ladies dismount for the first climb
The riders hop the hurdles on the way up
Showing strength in numbers, Arley, Laura and Nicole Thiemann (Team CF) take the barriers with ease
Despite best efforts, Nicole Thieman (Team CF) lost contact with the lead group.
NY local rider, BrittLee Bowman (pedalpowertraining.com) makes Brooklyn proud by breaking into the top 10.
Driving the train with all her energy, Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) manages to push the pace hard enough to out gun the elite men’s first lap!
Tri State’s own, Stacey Barbossa (Colavita/espnWNJ) gets up off the saddle to give a maximum effort.
Popping her guns, Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) has them all lined up picture perfect…
…but LVG, showing us just how she’s been able to win over 200 races, slips right past and takes the lead away. Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) once again wears the first place crown.
Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) takes 2nd place, Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) wins 1st place, Nicole Thiemann (Team CF) is 3rd.
.(RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) Dan Timmerman quickly pulls a group out on the first lap-splitting the pack into bunches.
Mike Garrigan (Stage-Race/Blacksmith cycle) arrives from Toronto to garner UCI points for his bid for the worlds.
Adam “smooth moves” Myerson (Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis) dismounts to begin the barriers. He takes “best moves” for the day.
Brooklyn boy Dan Chabanov (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) concentrates over the barriers.
The men take the barriers with RGM Watches-Richard Sachs still holding the lead.
It’s a long way from Canada, but Mike Garrigan (Stage-Race/Blacksmith cycle) is one step closer to Louisville, KY after this race.
Kerry Werner Jr. (USA BMC U23 Development Team) put in a great effort and carries that bike with style over the barriers.
Bullrider, Edwin Bull (Van Dessel Factory Team) charges up the hill “horns-out”.
Nick Keough (www.keoghcyclocross.com) tries to hang on the top three.
Race promoter, Myles Romanow put on a great race today – AND put on his jersey and got on the bike. His ability to work through the issues of the last month is a testament to his great love of cycle cross. Thanks Myles!
The rain and fog cleared early and you can still see Sandy’s effects further down the course.
The sprint starts with Garrigan (Stage-Race/Blacksmith cycles) making a furious push for the lead.
He could not beat the hill, or Dan Timmerman (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) who takes the win.
Mike Garrigan (Stage-Race/Blacksmith cycle) takes 2nd place, Dan Timmerman (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) wins 1st place. Kerry Werner Jr. (USA BMC U23 Development Team) is 3rd.