Joe Dombrowski (Haymarket Bicycles-SEAVS) and Erin Silliman (Fruit66/Artemis) took convincing wins in the elite races at the 2010 Breast Cancer Awareness Cyclocross Challenge presented by Antietam Velo Club. Debuting a new venue, the BikeReg.com MABRAcross series race #2 offered riders sunny skies but a rain-drenched, muddy course. Riders with power and an ability to ride through the slop fared best on the grounds of historic Fort Ritchie in Cascade, Md.
The men’s race followed the same script as last week’s MABRAcross series race. Haymarket’s Jared Nieters attacked early forcing former USA National Champ in short track and marathon MTB, Jeremiah Bishop (Monavie-Cannondale) to chase. Close on Bishop’s wheel was Nieter’s teammate Dombrowski. As soon as Bishop made contact with Nieters, Dombrowski countered and the race was on. Bishop was able to claw his way back to Dombrowski for a lap but with six to go, the elastic snapped and Dombrowski was on his way to a commanding win. Nieters marked Bishop for several laps before putting in his own attack and taking second ahead of Bishop.
In the women’s race, Erin Silliman relied on power gained during the road season to ride everyone in the field off her wheel. Silliman claims to still be figuring out how to ride ‘cross after only competing in a handful of events, but seems to be a fast learner. Chasing hard in the race was Patricia Buerkle (Haymarket Bicyles), who put her road and MTB skills to good use on the muddy sections of the course. MABRAcross points leader Jennifer Maxwell (Van Dessel) held on for third and kept the leaders jersey for another day.
In other racing, Dave Weaver (ALAN) took the top spot in the masters elite race. Laurel Larsen (Syn-Fit Race Team) won the women’s 3 and Stephen Mull took the men’s 3/4. Fred Wittwer (ALAN) won the masters 55+ and John Scott (Team BBC) won the masters 35+ 3/4.
Race #3 of the BikeReg.com MABRAcross Series takes place Sunday, October 3 and race #4 is next Sunday in Hyattsville, Md. For more information and full results visit MABRAcross.org.