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Timmerman Takes Syracuse Grand Prix
by Matt Howey
Published: 10/18/2006

Photos courtesy Brian Kiggens

SYRACUSE, NY (October 15, 2006) - Dan Timmerman (Fiordifruitta) scored his second victory in as many races in race 2 of the Louis Garneau Central New York Cyclocross Series. Timmerman, just off his victory at race one of the Louis Garneau Central New York Cyclocross Series, as well as two top-10 places in two weekends at big UCI 'cross races, took control of the race early-on.

The 2006 edition of the Onondaga Cycling Club's marquee cyclocross event, the Syracuse Grand Prix, started in decent weather, but with much cooler temperatures in the lower 50's, Timmerman, Pierre Roussel (Vc Chaumontais), and Ted King (Priority Health) took an early lead after a small slip caused Paul Komanecky (Preferred Care) and Matt Dickinson (Placid Planet) to become chasers.

Dan Timmerman (left) hops over the barriers in front of Priority Health's Ted King.


Two Styles: Dickinson hops, Komanecky runs.


Timmerman, King, Roussel and Dickinson jumped out to the early lead on lap 1.


Just trailing Timmerman, Dickinson, Roussel, and King -- Geoff Bergmark and Paul Komanecky lead the field over the first set of barriers on the first lap.


A trio of riders, including Phil McCarthy and Bryan Blake, is about to be lapped by the duo of Matt Dickinson and Paul Komanecky (in background) as they run-up the Syracuse Grand Prix's tough, sandy, run-up.


Roussel, unable to keep pace with the flying Timmerman and King, dropped back to no-man's land and would stay there for the remainder of the race, to end up in 3rd place. Ahead, Timmerman punched the gas with a couple laps to go in order to rid himself the persistent King to come in for convincing solo victory here at Longbranch Park, Syracuse, NY.

SpokePost.com rider, Scott Hannan (10th), bunny hops the barrier at the base of the run-up.


SpokePost.com rider, Scott Hannan (10th place), shows that the hill IS rideable.


Behind, Komanecky and Dickinson rode together for almost the entire race with Komanecky conceding 4th place to Dickinson. Komanecky showed some grit, taking 5th in his first official cyclocross race, in a field stacked with solid competitors.

SpokePost.com rider, Jason Haight (15th), charges up the run-up ahead of Karl Faruzel who would later come in 17th after his 5th place finish in the Masters race!


Timmerman now has a commanding lead in the Louis Garneau Central New York Cyclocross Series, but will his UCI racing schedule permit him to stick around and defend his lead? If not, Pierre Roussel is poised to pounce on it with Matt Dickinson close in the chase as well.

Sponsors for todays race included: Syracuse Bicycle, Saratoga Spring Water, SpokePost.com and Cyclocross World.

The Louis Garneau Central New York Cyclocross Series continues next week with the Wildcat 'Crossing Fall Festival & Cyclocross Races in Camillus, NY. More information about this race can be viewed at the official race website: www.wildcatcrossing.com. The Wildcat 'Crossing Cyclocross Race has a fantastic course on-tap with features including the sure-to-be-epic "SpokePost.com Ditch Crossing" as well as a closed section of road dedicated to the race.

The Wildcat 'Crossing Fall Festival & Cyclocross Race is a fund-raiser for the West Genesee Middle School Outdoor Club as well as the Sprockids Mountain Bike Club. Please support these organizations by spending generously at the bake sale and by buying pumpkins (assuming the crop has any left to sell!). Your support is appreciated!

Syracuse Grand Prix Cyclocross 2006
Race 2 of the Louis Garneau Central New York Cyclocross Series
Open Men Top-10 Results

1st - Dan Timmerman (Fiordifruitta)
2nd - Ted King (Priority Health)
3rd - Pierre Roussel (Vc Chaumontais)
4th - Matt Dickinson (Placid Planet)
5th - Paul Komanecky (Preferred Care)
6th - Jeremy Gardner
7th - Michael Kumiega (RUUD Racing)
8th - Geoffrey Bergmark (SpokePost.com)
9th - Matthew DeLisa
10th - Scott Hannan (SpokePost.com)
11th – Erik Kish-Trier
12th – Nick Robertson
13th – John Ormsby
14th – John Compton (SpokePost.com)
15th – Jason Haight (SpokePost.com)

The Louis Garneau Central New York Cyclocross Series continues next week with the Wildcat 'Crossing Fall Festival & Cyclocross Races in Camillus, NY. More information about this race can be viewed at the official race website: http://www.wildcatcrossing.com . The Wildcat 'Crossing Cyclocross Race has a fantastic course on-tap with features including the sure-to-be-epic "SpokePost.com Ditch Crossing" as well as a closed section of road dedicated to the race.

The Wildcat 'Crossing Fall Festival & Cyclocross Race is a fund-raiser for the West Genesee Middle School Outdoor Club as well as the Sprockids Mountain Bike Club. Please support these organizations by spending generously at the bake sale and by buying pumpkins (assuming the crop has any left to sell!). Your support is appreciated!

About the Louis Garneau Central New York Cyclocross Series

Points will be awarded for the top 10 finishers in the Open Men’s, Open Women’s and Masters categories using the following structure:

1st - 16 points
2nd - 12 points
3rd - 9 points
4th - 7 points
5th - 6 points
6th - 5 points
7th - 4 points
8th - 3 points
9th - 2 points
10th - 1 point

The following races will be scored for cumulative points in the series:

October 1st – Swandrome Cyclocross, Ithaca, NY
October 15th – Syracuse Grand Prix, Syracuse, NY
October 22nd – SpokePost.com Wildcat ‘Crossing, Camillus, NY
November 5th – Green ‘Cross, Greene, NY
November 12th – Dave Panella Memorial ‘Cross, Endicott, NY

The Louis Garneau Central New York Cyclocross Champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the Dave Panella Memorial ‘Cross on November 12th. Series awards are still to be announced, but the prestige is already evident! For more information about the series please visit the Louis Garneau Central New York Cyclocross Series web page or for additional Northeast Cyclocross information, visit http://spokepost.com/cross/. See you at the races!


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