Ed Sander Memorial Cyclocross took place September 26 at the Lilypons Water Gardens, Adamstown, Md. Although early rain threatened to give over 500 racers another year of battling it out in the mud, clear skies prevailed and the racing was fast and furious. Hosted by NCVC and United Healthcare,the Ed Sander race was the first event in the eleven race BikeReg.com MABRAcross series.
Taking home top prizes and the first Verge Sport MABRAcross leaders in the elite fields were Joe Dombrowski (Haymarket Bicycles) and Jennifer Maxwell (Van Dessel Sterke Meiden). Both Dombrowski and Maxwell were able to open up time gaps on the field and lay down the power to take the win.
Dombrowski made his winning move by countering an early surge by his Haymarket teammate, Jared Nieters. Dombrowski capitalized on his road fitness gained by putting in many hard miles after signing with Trek-Livestrong. While Dombrowski powered on up front, Nieters played the good teammate and sat on defending MABRAcross champion Wes Schempf (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes). Taking advantage of an opportunity to ride Wes’ wheels for half the race, Nieters put in a strong attack in the last lap to secure second place. Schempf finished in third.
Maxwell also was able to use road fitness and power to separate herself from most of the field with only Patricia Buerkle (River City Women’s Racing, Fruit 66/Artemis) able to keep pace. She successfully defended the MABRAcross leaders jersey she won in 2009. Buerkle held on for second and Lindsay Honaker (Potomac Velo Club) picked up third.
In the men’s master elite field, Michael Magur, founder of Verge Sport, made good use of his trip down to Maryland to check out the MABRAcross series and see the leaders jersey his company created and sponsors. Magur established himself at the front of a strong field and came away with the win and one of his own coveted jerseys. Michael Birner (Ben’s Performance Bikes) and Yanni Papadopoulos rounded out the top three fields in that field.
Round two of the Bikereg.com MABRAcross series takes place October 2 in Hagerstown, Md. with the Breast Cancer Awareness Cyclocross Challenge. Round 3 takes place the next day with the second annual Winchester Apple Harvest Cross.
Verge Sport MABRAcross Jersey leaders after race #1:
- Joe Dombrowski (Haymarket Bicycle)—Cat 1,2,3 men
- Jennifer Maxwell ((Van Dessel Sterke Meiden)—Cat 1,2 women
- Alyson Tufano (NVRC/Cardio Sports Lab)—Cat 3 women
- Robert Sheffield (NCVC/United Health Group)—Cat 3,4 men
- Mike Magur (Verge Sport)—Cat 1,2,3 masters men
- Steve Fife (Bike Doctor/Bayside Velo)—Cat 3,4 masters men
- Fred Wittwer (Van Dessel Factory Team)—Masters 55+ men