04 | JAN
(September 19, 2005) - With the book nearly closed
on the 2005 season, the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada Professional Cycling
Team sent a contingent of four riders to the final event on the National
Racing Calendar, the Univest Grand Prix in Pennsylvania.
Dominique Perras, Pete Lopinto, Jackson Stewart and Scott Zwizanski represented
Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada in Saturday's 100-mile road race in Souderton
and in Sunday's 50-mile criterium in Doylestown.
In the road race, which covers a hilly 60-mile loop followed by 13 tough
3-mile circuits, Perras and Lopinto were part of a 13-rider group that
went clear of the field at the first KOM, 17 miles in.
Although the hills took their toll on Lopinto and other members of the
breakaway, Perras' strength was evident as he led the chase after solo
leader Melito Heredia (GS Gotham-Toga). But Perras' day would come to
an abrupt end, as he crashed out of the race while negotiating a sharp
ñDom was riding really well and was pretty much the only one chasing Heredia,î
noted Ian Dille, who was on hand to cover the race for VeloNews
magazine after a chronic knee injury cut short his first pro season with
Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada.
After Perras' crash, Zwizanski made a series of unsuccessful attempts
to bridge up to the breakaway on the finishing circuits, although he did
roll in ahead of the main field in 19th place.
Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Pennsylvania native was on the attack again
in Sunday's criterium, where he was part of a four-man breakaway with
Dan Bowman (TIAA-CREF) and Advantage Benefits-Endeavour's Frank Pipp and
The quartet held a lead of around 30 seconds for almost the entire race,
but were caught inside the last ten laps before the winning break of three
riders went clear. Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada's Pete Lopinto finished
Chase Orion Jacques-Maynes was born on Friday evening at 7:18 pm, weighing
in at 8 lbs. 9 oz. Ben reports that "He's healthy, happy, has ten
very big toes and sleeps like a baby." Congratulations to Ben and
Buoyed by strong performances in the Barclays Global Investors Grand Prix
SF and the Cougar Mountain Classic, Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada moved
into sixth place in the National Racing Calendar standings released this
morning, with a 20-point lead over Discovery Channel.
For the final races on the Kodak Gallery/Sierra Nevada schedule, Pete
Lopinto, Jackson Stewart and Scott Zwizanski will contest the Bermuda
Grand Prix starting on Thursday, while Glen Mitchell, Russell Hamby and
Dan Schmatz will head to Ft. Smith, Arkansas for the Mercy Celebrity Classic