Gully scores another Verge series win

Marc Gullickson (Mongoose-Hyundai) won his second straight Verge New England championship cyclo-cross series race of the year at the ECV Cyclo-cross in Gloucester, MA. Unlike last week when "Gully" attacked on the opening lap and rode alone for the rest of the race, this was a tactical win where U.S. National Champion Todd Wells was instrumental in setting up his teammate's victory.

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By John Verhuel, Special to

Marc Gullickson (Mongoose-Hyundai) won his second straight Verge New England championship cyclo-cross series race of the year at the ECV Cyclo-cross in Gloucester, MA. Unlike last week when “Gully” attacked on the opening lap and rode alone for the rest of the race, this was a tactical win where U.S. National Champion Todd Wells was instrumental in setting up his teammate’s victory.

An early leader was the fast-starting Jonny Sundt (K2), who was looking to make up for a poor showing the day before. Sundt led for much of the first two laps of the misty, sandy course overlooking the Atlantic.

“Sometimes I have to ride from the front just to prove to myself I should be there” said Sundt. “I need my head to communicate with my legs sometimes though.”

On Sundt’s wheel, an impressive front group formed including Gullickson, Wells, Saturn’s Mark McCormack, Jonathan Page (Richard Sachs), and Jackson Stewart (Clif Bar). As Sundt started to fade, Stewart and Page were surprisingly forcing the pace.

Perhaps the key moment occurred mid-race, as the barrier-hopping Wells had a mechanical problem coming through the rideable sand pit on the course’s second half. It took the Mongoose rider over a lap to regain the lead group, all the time with Gullickson checking back on his teammate’s progress.

“It seemed like I was chasing the whole race” Wells later said.

As soon as he caught back to the leading foursome, Wells launched an attack that forced Mark McCormack to chase. With McCormack unable to quickly close the gap and Page eventually falling off the pace, it was only a matter of time before Gullickson would make his final attack of the day – joining Wells off the front in the closing laps and then taking the victory.

Gullickson retains his Verge New England Championship Cyclo-cross Series leader’s jersey with two wins in two races.

“I’m wearing this thing every day now!” proclaimed Gullickson, who was not surprised at all that McCormack emerged the toughest rider to challenge the Mongoose duo. “Mark’s always better the second day, and a fast course like this suits him.”

McCormack was the only one of all the top elite riders to run the sandpit each lap, but it did not stop him from finishing a close third behind Wells and Gullickson.

Jackson Stewart and Canadian Champion Peter Wedge (Kona) rounded out the top five on the day, while Jackson Stewart (Clif Bar), Adam Craig (Giant), and Alan Obye (Devo) were the top three U23 finishers.

On the women’s side, Mary McConnelough (Seven Cycles) started the day with the bullseye of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-cross Series leader’s jersey. For the second day in a row, her main competition was in the form of the bright red Clif Bar skinsuits of Carmen D’Alusio and Gina Hall. The three riders rode much of the first half of the race together, until McConnelough and D’Alusio pulled away from Hall.

The gap back to Hall continued to grow, although she would eventually hang on for third place in front of an impressive Shauna Gillies-Smith, who had made contact with the lead group before a jammed chain forced her to run into pit No. 1 for a hasty bike change from her Gearworks-SRP crew.

Back up front, McConnelough and D’Alusio were evenly matched throughout the course – a sprint finish seemed inevitable.

“Everyone says what a great sprinter Carmen is, I tried not to think about that” said McConnelough, who normally spends most of her time racing mountain bikes. “That’s the first sprint finish I’ve done this year!”

While the Seven rider was perfectly positioned behind D’Alusio coming onto the final uphill, headwind sprint, D’Alusio lived up to her reputation by handily taking a well deserved win.

McConnelough retains her Verge Series leader’s jersey. Anna Milkowski of Gearworks-SRP charged past Kathryn Roszko ( for fifth on the day.

With U.S. junior national champion Jesse Anthony riding with the elite men for the second day in a row, Rad Racing’s David Fleishhauser took the win over Jamey Driscoll (GMBC-Invensys) and Joey Thompson (Devo) in a three way sprint.

Other winners on the day were Rad Racing’s top man Jim Brown in Men’s 35+, Tim Groesbeck in Men’s 45+, and Ron Colavolpe in the Men’s B race. The Men’s C race winner was Ethan Fogg, while Erica Miller won the Women’s B race and Ryan Barlow the Cub Junior race.

Sam Morse and Matt Hersey retain their Verge Series leader’s jerseys in Men’s 35+, and Men’s B. Paul Curley and Tim Groesbeck are tied for the Men’s 45+ Verge Series lead, each with a first and a second.

Round 3 of the 2002 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-cross Series will be the Cycle-Smart Amherst International, held on Sunday, Oct. 27 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Like the first two rounds of the Verge Series, it is a U.S. team selection event for the World Championships and a UCI Category 2


Placing – Time – RaceNumber – Name – Hometown – Team

Placing – Time – RaceNumber – Name – Hometown – Team

Elite Men

1 57:44 3 Marc Gullickson Boulder CO Mongoose-Hundyai

2 57:46 1 Todd Wells Durango CO Mongoose-Hundyai

3 57:59 2 Mark McCormack N. Easton MA Saturn

4 (U-23) 58:09 33 Jackson Stewart Los Gatos CA Clif Bar

5 58:15 36 Peter Wedge Frederickson NB Kona

6 58:24 38 Jonathan Page Northfield NH Richard Sachs

7 (U-23) 59:12 26 Adam Craig Corinth ME Giant

8 (U-23) 59:29 42 Alan Obye Mendon VT Devo

9 45 Jonny Sundt Redmond WA K2 Bike

10 58:46 28 Michael Broderick Chilmark MA Seven Cycles

11 58:50 32 Justin Lille Lebanon NH Trek-VW-Goodales

12 39 Doug Swanson Minnetonka MN Trek-VW

13 58:55 34 Andy Jacques-Mayne Berkeley CA Clif Bar

14 (U-23) 1:00:17 48 Jesse Anthony Beverly MA Saturn Development

15 35 David Wyandt Scotts Valley CA Clif Bar

16 (U-23) 1:00:50 44 Josh Anthony Beverly MA Saturn Development

17 1:00:51 43 Johs Huesby Medford MA Independent Fabrication

18 (U-23) 1:01:09 37 Michael Mueller Northfield NH Cannondale-Wheelworks

19 19 Matthew Svatek Carlisle MA Cannondale-Wheelworks

20 (U-23) 1:01:16 51 Jeremy Powers Niantic CT Devo

21 (U-23) 1:01:20 23 David Werling West Hartford CT NECSA-Mike Fraysee’s Sports

22 1:01:28 24 Michael Yozell Philadelphia PA Guy’s Bicycle Club

23 1:01:34 52 Chris Peck Southbury CT Cannondale-Wheelworks

24 27 Kirt Fitzpatrick Keene NH Trek-VW-Goodales

25 1:01:39 40 Jacob Stechmann Red Wing MN Flanders

26 1:01:49 6 Brandon Dwight Boulder CO Excel Sports-Ritchey

27 1:01:56 10 Rob Hult Harvard MA O’Neils

28 (U-23) 1:02:07 53 Brian Astell Hampstead NH CCB International

29 1:02:16 8 Sean Groom Arlington VA Team Snow Valley

30 1:02:17 49 Jonathan Bruno Somerville MA Boston Cross

31 1:02:36 14 Geoff Proctor Helena MT Montana Velo

32 18 Eugene Ruiter Nashua NH Trek-VW-Goodales

33 1:02:57 21 Jer Walker Farminton Hills MI Suburban Homes

34 1:03:01 5 Daniel Coady Deerfield MA

35 4 J.D. Bilodeau Northampton MA

36 12 Adam Hodges Myerson Northampton MA

37 1:03:03 7 Bill Elliston Easton PA Jaeger

38 15 Nathan Rice Burlington VT Catamount Cycling Club

39 1:03:10 31 Christophe Chesaux Montreal PQ Espoir de Laval

40 1:03:16 13 Lawrence Perera Boston MA CCB International

41 1:05:19 25 Mukunda Feldman Glendale MA

42 17 Todd Rowell Nashua NH

43 -1 lap 30 John Foley N. Brookfield MA Bike Alley

44 (U-23) -1 lap 9 John Hanson West Hartford CT NECSA-MFSR

45 (U-23) -1 lap 29 Ben Peters Burlington VT NECSA

Elite Women

1 44:31 Carmen D’Alusio Watsonville CA Clif Bar

2 Mary McConneloug Chilmark MA Seven Cycles

3 45:55 Gina Hall Richmond CA Clif Bar

4 46:31 Shauna Gilles-Smith Somerville MA Gearworks-SRP

5 46:49 Anna Milkowski Putney VT Gearworks-SRP

6 47:21 Kathryn Roszko Northampton MA

7 47:26 Darcy Cornell N. Brookfield MA Bike Alley

8 47:30 Sara Cushman North Grafton MA Gearworks-SRP

9 48:04 Cori Page Northfield NH Richard Sachs

10 48:18 Alicia Genest Amherst MA Richard Sachs

11 48:25 Mary Ann Martinez Concord MA NEBC-Cycleloft

12 49:14 Sheila Vibert Mt. Vernon NH Redhook

13 49:22 Marianne Stover Portland ME Gearworks-SRP

14 49:42 Susan MacLean Plaistow NH BOB

15 50:27 Steph Roussos Belmont MA 7-Up

16 50:48 Elizabeth LeFavour Cambridge MA Dansko-IF-Wheelworks

17 51:04 Kerry Litka Sanborton NH New Hampshire Cycling Club

18 51:40 Rebecca Sox Wakefield MA Dansko-IF-Wheelworks

19 51:57 Melanie Swartz Reston VA Potomac Velo

20 52:52 Samantha Derry Danvers MA ProCycles

21 -1 lap Jennifer Rhodes Boston MA Dansko-IF-Wheelworks

Junior Men

1 42:48 David Fleishhauser Olympia WA Rad Racing NW

2 Jamey Driscoll Jericho VT GMBC-Invensys

3 Joes Thompson Avondale PA Balance Bar-Devo

4 42:52 Konrad LeBas Ansonia CT CCB International

5 43:58 Troy Wells Ulster Park NY Kingston Cyclery

6 44:08 Kevin Wolfson Belmont MA NEBC-Cycleloft

7 45:08 Adam Snyder Westminster MA Balance Bar-Devo

8 45:10 Morgan MacLeod Cumberland ME Portland Velo Club

9 45:21 Geoffrey Johnson Cumberland ME Portland Velo Club

10 46:20 Art Rand Waban MA CCB International

11 48:04 Ethan Tieger Manchester MA Essex County Velo

12 -1 lap Jonathan Foster Saco ME Southern Maine Cycling Club

35+-45+ Men

1 42:00 Jim Brown Olympia WA Rad Racing NW

2 42:15 Michael Bernard Millbury MA Arc-En-Ceil

3 42:19 Sam Morse Cohasset MA Mass Bay Road Club

4 42:37 Tim Haitz Charlestown RI Team Dupont-Ritchey

5 John Verheul Northampton MA Ideal Tile

6 43:14 Scott Wade Putney VT Gearworks-SRP

7 43:17 Mike Umbrell Waltham MA Minuteman Road Club

8 Robert Bisson Fall River MA Gearworks-SRP

9 Dan Massucco Northborough MA Minuteman Road Club

10 Eric Marro Nashua NH BOB

11 43:28 Joel Brown Wakefield RI Cox Communications

12 45+ 43:49 Tim Groesbeck Sharon NH CCB International

13 Paul Boudreau Salem MA Essex County Velo

14 44:01 Paul Lynch Marshfield MA Missing Link Bicycle Club

15 44:04 Michael Shore Exeter NH BOB

16 45+ 44:15 Paul Curley Taunton MA Gearworks-SRP

17 44:29 Philip Kenealy Bedford NH New Hamphire Cycling Club

18 Scott Collins Coventry MA Squadra Casterama

19 45+ Malcolm Toynbee Haverhill MA BOB

20 Robert Kramer Boston MA Mass Bay Road Club

21 Michael Barrett N. Easton MA Gearworks-SRP

22 Doug Aspinwall Easthampton MA

23 Craig Harrison Bartlett NH New Hampshire Cycling Club

24 Chris Milliman Lyme NH Putney-West Hill

25 Christopher Smith Roslindale MA Harpoon-Rage-Int’l Bike

26 Gene Garneau Attleboro MA Mercy Cycling Team

27 45+ William Sawyer Lexington MA Gearworks-SRP

28 Paul Weiss Falmouth ME Portland Velo Club

29 44:31 John Mosher Boxboro MA NEBC-Cycleloft

30 45+ David Schacte Woonsocket RI Providence Velo Club

31 Andrew Whelan Portland ME Portland Velo Club

32 Kevin Callahan Norwell MA Bicycle Link

33 44:48 James Black Wenham MA Essex County Velo

34 David Carlsen MA BOB

35 Paul Nyberg Avon CT Benidorm-Eastern Bloc

36 45+ 46:45 David Genest Jamestown RI Richard Sachs

37 45+ Garabed Minasian Nashua NH unattached

38 46:52 Richard J. Perrotti Jr. Medfield MA Travis Cycle

39 47:04 Jeff Cohen Florence MA

40 Larry Bettencourt Peabody MA CCB International

41 Wil Malonson Woburn ME Travis Cycle

42 47:28 Wayne Cunningham Wayland MA NEBC-Cycleloft

43 48:10 Brian McInnes Medford MA Travis Cycle

44 45+ Richard Costa Brimfield MA Bontrager

45 Stephen Cruickshank Medfield MA Boston Road Club-ATA

46 James Paterson Cambridge MA unattached

47 45+ 48:24 John Jansen Pittsfield MA Berkshire Cycling Association

48 45+ Bruce Thompson Sudbury MA Minuteman Road Club

49 48:35 John Coscia Lexington MA NEBC-Cycleloft

50 Michael Oster Narragansett RI Swamp Yankee Road Club

51 49:00 Theo Kindermans Waltham MA unattached

52 Kurt Loell Rehoboth MA East Bay Cycling Club

53 49:30 Richard Wolfe Bedford MA unattached

54 49:50 Daniel Russell Norwell MA Missing Link Bicycle Club

55 45+ Timothy Bailey Bridgewater MA Missing Link Bicycle Club

56 50:05 Peter Wilson Springfield MA Cyclonauts

57 50:23 John Modder Hopedale MA

58 50:39 Micheal Jink Salem MA Essex County Velo

59 45+ 51:08 Thomas Cormier Derry NH BOB

60 45+ 51:11 James Quinn Marshfield MA The Bicycle Link

61 53:30 Bill Hurley Needham MA Boston Road Club-ATA

62 45+ -1 lap Sean LeBas Ansonia CT Laurel Bicycle Club

63 45+ -1 lap Dan Tieger Manchester MA Essex County Velo

64 -1 lap David Leeberg Chelmsford MA Gearworks-SRP

65 45+ -1 lap Brian Bicki Chepachet RI Team Hawaiian

66 -1 lap Brian Geddes Rocky Hill CT

67 45+ -1 lap Jim Titone Seabrook NH unattached

68 45+ -1 lap Thomas Downey Plymouth MA MBRC

69 45+ -1 lap Vincent Donahue Worcester MA Worcester CC

B Women

1 32:39 Erica Miller Philadelphia PA

2 Stephanie White Bedford NH New Hampshire Junior Cycling Academy

3 33:14 Celeste Drumm Lenox MA Mean Wheels

4 34:21 Jess Truslow Cambridge MA NEBC-Cycleloft

5 35:14 Michelle Kersbergen Florence MA

6 36:02 Regina Hammond New York NY CRCA-Miya Shoji

7 36:49 Jennifer Klafin Boston MA

8 37:34 Martha Wilson Littleton NH Dansko-IF-Wheelworks

9 37:57 Lori Whynot Arlington MA NEBC-Cycleloft

10 38:39 Donna LeCasse Lanesboro MA Berkshire Cycling Association

11 -1 lap Jean Cunningham Wayland MA NEBC-Cycleloft

B Men

1 42:12 Ron Colavolpe North Yarmouth ME Portland Velo Club

2 42:26 Matt Hersey S. Portland ME Liquid Motion

3 42:42 Byron Holt Somerville MA Boston Cross

4 42:48 Matt DeMeis Pawtucket RI

5 43:05 Matt Kraus Cambridge MA Boston Road Club-ATA

6 43:27 Christopher White Windham NH BOB

7 43:28 John Meerse Portland ME Buffalo Bicycling Club

8 43:45 Brendan Sullivan Andover MA Boston Cross

9 Brant Hornberger Stowe MA

10 43:52 Jonathan Lawrence Portland ME

11 Josh Begin Needham MA Independent Fabrication

12 43:56 Dan Davenport Chester CT Richard Sachs

13 44:01 Peter Martel Lebanon NH

14 44:05 Josh Garland Bangor ME

15 44:16 Sean Sullivan Newburyport MA Essex County Velo

16 44:25 Juston Manville Manchester CT C.S. Ardagna

17 Greg Montello Winchester MA Essex County Velo

18 David F. Keefe Newton MA Boston Bicycle Club

19 44:34 Robert Campos Ronkonoma NY So Ho Capital

20 Matt Nalesnik Wellesley MA

21 44:37 Joel Dexter Falmouth ME Team Bikeman

22 44:39 Matt Wilson Littleton NH The Bicycle Link

23 44:44 Michael Cole Ashland MA Landry’s-Litespeed

24 44:48 Paul Rhodes Goffstown NH C.S. Ardagna

25 Peter Rubijono Jamaica Plain MA Boston Bicycle Club

26 John Burns Hingham MA

27 Rodney Nobrega Exeter NH SW Sports

28 44:56 Ethan Parsons Cambridge MA

29 45:08 Ian Everand Ottawa ON Velocity Racing

30 45:16 Ross Brody Orono ME University of Maine

31 45:52 Alan Starrett Portland ME Bikeman-Bath Cycle

32 45:54 Mark Donahue S. Portland ME Southern Maine Cycling Club

33 45:56 Shepherd Myers Ithaca NY Finger Lakes Cycling Club

34 46:04 Euclides Arnado Pawtucket RI Cox Communications

35 46:12 Zac Daab Somerville MA Seven Cycles

36 46:13 David Connery Watertown MA Boston Bicycle Club

37 46:30 Richard Battaglia Arlington MA Southern Maine Cycling Club

38 46:31 Joshua Bardige Somerville MA Boston Road Club-ATA

39 46:39 Samuel Wheeler-Martenis Belmont MA CCB International

40 46:44 John Gadrow S. Kingston RI Squadra Casterama

41 46:45 Art Trapotsis Arlington MA Boston Road Club-ATA

42 46:57 Bruce Pierce Malden MA Boston Bicycle Club

43 46:58 Elliot Lander Beverly MA Essex County Velo

44 47:04 Richard Kotch Rehoboth MA Union Velo Club

45 47:22 Andrew McAllister Dublin IR BikeZone

46 47:23 John Legere Bloomfield CT Eastern Bloc

47 47:48 James McCowan Whitinsville AL

48 47:51 John Poland Fairport NY GVCC

49 47:57 Garvin Louie N. Attleboro MA Union Velo Club

50 48:04 Ryan Themig Arlington MA Boston Bicycle Club

51 48:07 Jude DeMets Westford MA

52 48:09 Lee Moser Smithtown NY CRCA-SoHo Capital

53 48:10 Darren Crupi Brooklyn NY HNECC-Peerless

54 48:14 Judd Milne Alexandria VA Potomac Velo

55 48:15 Brian Dahlmann Boston MA Boston Bicycle Club

56 48:16 Phil Brubaker Putney VT Putney-West Hill

57 48:25 Robert Frechette Portland ME CRUM

58 48:55 Matthew Crews Petersboro NH

59 48:59 John Fox Hyde Park NY

60 49:02 Todd Crisafulli Albany NY Boston Cross

61 49:05 Jay Francis Merrimack NH NEBC-Cycleloft

62 49:07 Matthew Odachowski Lynnfield MA Boston Bicycle Club

63 50:02 Mark Wysocki Worcester MA Pedros

64 -1 lap John Reilly Cambridge MA Boston Road Club-ATA

C Men

1 29:27 Ethan Fogg Bar Harbor ME

2 30:04 Jerome Hughes Framingham MA

3 30:06 Tim Hopper Medway MA Boston Cross

4 30:24 David Drumm Lenox MA Mean Wheels

5 Brian Bigelow Nashua NH BOB

6 30:34 David Frederickson Stoneham MA unattached

7 31:20 Ryan Davenport Belmont MA Team Psycho

8 31:30 Kevin Kerwood Sunderland MA

9 31:31 Matthew Shoemaker Watertown MA

10 31:39 Edward Dishong Francestown NH New Hamphire Cycling Club

11 31:41 Hans Fernsebner Winchester MA Essex County Velo

12 31:50 Peter Hutchins

13 31:53 Kalle Karu Cambridge MA Harpoon-Rage-Int’l Bike

14 31:55 Nathan Mealey Westfield MA

15 31:57 Stephen Kelley North Easton MA

16 32:14 George Bennington South ME Portland Velo Club

17 32:30 Michael Ross Campton NH

18 32:27 Dave Mazur Andover MA Minuteman Road Club

19 32:36 John Beaudoin Bowdoinham ME Southern Maine Cycling Club

20 33:39 Stuart Beaulieu Salem MA Salem Cycles

21 32:44 Harold Chan Malden MA

22 32:56 Chris McKernan Boston MA Hind

23 33:07 Daniel Warchol Newburyport MA

24 Michael Olbrys Newton MA NEBC-Cycleloft

25 Jason Hughes Worcester MA

26 33:21 Michael Pavlov Manchester MA Essex County Velo

27 33:24 Jamie Young Gloucester MA

28 James McDonald Northfield MA

29 Paul Brais Chepachet RI Hawaiian

30 Zach Johnson Manchester MA

31 Justin Saxby S. Hamilton MA

32 33:39 Bob Edwards Marstons Mills MA

33 34:23 Lawrence King Cranston RI Providence Velo Club

34 34:55 Anthony Velleco Marblehead MA Harpoon-Rage-Int’l Bike

35 35:21 Francis Blake-Dillard Brookline MA Boston Cross

36 Ben Johnson Manchester MA

37 35:42 Peter Richardson Cape Elizabeth ME Southern Maine Cycling Club

38 37:18 Bob Jenney Wellesley MA Gate City Velo

39 38:04 Robert Lindberg Rockport MA

40 -1 lap Timothy Alty Hyannis MA BikeZone

Cub Juniors

1 35:00 Ryan Barlow Lyme NH Coyote Hill

2 -1 lap Samantha Barlow Lyme NH Coyote Hill

3 -1 lap Silas Anthony Beverly MA Essex County Velo

4 -1 lap Alyssa Crowther Northampton MA

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