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Sunday, December 2, 2001 -- Reston, VA
VACycloX Series Finals - VA Cyclo-Cross #4 (iPO Event Id#: 4656)
Story and photos by Dana Harshberger

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Jeremiah makes the turn
The first Sunday of December brought on the fourth and final installment in the Virginia Cyclo-Cross Series. After a two-visit stint at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, the race returned to many racers favorite course at Lake Fairfax. The weather was mostly co-operative, although the wind and the clouds made it a bit chilly for the spectators!

Starting off the festivities was the 10am race, consisting of the "C"'s, and the Juniors. Taking the Junior win for the day was Adam Steelman, and in the Open C class we saw Brad DeVries.

A bit later on were the "B's". In this category was one Greg Whitwer capturing the win. Mr. Whitwer, who usually races in the Junior class, decided to step it up a bit today, since he had already established his hold on the series title for the Juniors. In great cat and mouse style he and eventual 2nd place finisher, Zack Moldenhaur, gave the spectators a great race to watch!

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Over the barriers and through the woods
And on to the Women and the Men's Masters, where we saw another Wonder Whitwer, this time Fred. It was no surprise that the elder Mr. Fred Whitwer took the lead at the gun and ran with it for the 50+ race and series win. He and 40+ winner Richard Pence, rolled around the course at a breakneck pace, causing lots of "Go DAD!!'s" to be heard. Could it be from James and Greg? Or Nick? Or even Fulton?

For the Women, Jessie Peil took the win, and was kept going by the sight of newbie Erin North, who was right behind her on every twist and turn. Jessie mentioned her earlier attendance at a yoga church service (I think we heard that right) was a little bit difficult to transition from, but she managed to kick it into gear for the race. For the B Women, Cara Coolbaugh captured the win.

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Cyclo-cross, not just a man's game
And then the A Men: The big guns were out in force with Jeremiah Bishop, Jr National Pursuit Champion Bobby Lea, and a subdued (where's the flowered frock?) Ryan McKinney. This was McKinney's first race back from a broken collarbone and can we say that 3rd is not bad for a comeback after an injury! The three finished in that order, although there was some shuffling around at the start. Bishop had a conservative start and picked his way through the pack traffic to get and maintain the lead. He rode defensively and practiced tactics. At some point he developed some chain problems, and decided with one lap to go, to try and establish as much of a distance from Lea and McKinney as he could and went for broke to the line. Bishop grabbed the series win as well.

Many thanks should go out to Chip Sovek and Richard Pence, and all those with the Potamac Velo Club and Charlottesville Racing Club for all their hard work in setting up the course, timing and all the details that go into putting on a great race.

A Note from Race Director Chip Sovek:

Thanks to everyone who came out [December 2nd] to battle for "Virginia Cyclocross Series" places as the series wrapped up in Reston, VA. The weather was more exceptable for cross as the temperature was chilly and the course was certainly more 'cross-like' with it's slippery conditions. Potomac Velo Club would especially like to thank "Charlottesville Racing Club" for co-promoting this years series along with Extreme Sports and A1 Cycling for being supporting shops. in addition REDLINE, Rudy Project, White Lighting, TUFO, and the fairfax county park authority. For pictures of all the action please visit as Dana came out in her sandles and stuck through the entire day. Full results and lap times are posted to, series results will be posted mid-week.

There is still more racing in VA as the D42 cross champs are December 8th in Charlottesville and the "Chimborazo Grand Prix" is December 9th.

See you in 2002 for more Virginia Cyclocross series racing! ...on to Nationals/Supercup!