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Cyclists tested in time trial championships

August 9, 2017
By JUSTIN A. LEVINE - Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

UPPER JAY - When people think of a bike race, it's usually rider pitted against rider. But on Sunday, nearly 100 bicyclists gathered in Upper Jay to take on their biggest challenger: themselves.

The West-Woodward Memorial time trial took place on Sunday, with the winners crowned as New York State champions in a number of age and distance categories.

"I'm up here with some friends training for Ironman Louisville and the Lake Placid half Ironman," Bill Haas said after his race. Haas, who lives in Derby, won his 15.3-kilometer race with a time of 25 minutes, 14.31 seconds. "It was great. It's a little hillier than I'm used to, so it was great to get some benefit from my extra weight on the downhills.

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Eric Kreckel, from Morrisonville, races against the clock during the West-Woodward Memorial time trials on Sunday in Upper Jay.
(News photo — Justin A. Levine)

"It's really a race against yourself because you don't know where everyone else is in the race, so it's really pushing you to get every last drop out of the tank, and that's what I'm good at."

The race was split up according to age and distance, and some locals did quite well. Saranac Lake resident Jonah Seleni won the boys 9-10 age division with a 29:19.5 on the 12-kilometer course while Ryan Recchia of Keeseville finished second behind Bill Haas in the men's Citizen division with a time of 25:19.07. Lake Placid's Timothy McCarthy placed third in 25:28.04.

Wilmington resident Caitlin Skufca won the Women 5 division, completing 15.3k in 27:33.05, while Kevin Bouchard-Hall of Wadhams won the gold medal in the men's 1/2 divison. Bouchard-Hall finished the 27.2-kilometer course in just 35:06.01. Bill McGreevy, who lives in Wilmington, also won gold in the Men 50-54 division with a time of 37:06.2 on the 27.2k course.

Saranac Lake's Amanda Zullo also won gold as the lone woman in the 35-39 age division and Saranac Lake's Nicholas Seleni won bronze in the men's 4 division, completing the 27.2k course in 38:37.68.

"The time trial is known as the race of truth, because each rider rides it individually without anyone else around," organizer Jim Walker said. "It's just a matter of going as hard as you can, but not too hard: keeping a pace and ending the race with nothing left in the tank."

Walker took first place in the men's 55-59 division after covering 27.2k in 38:23.10.

Each rider started out at one minute intervals, with the younger kids competing on the shortest course. Riders, depending on their category and age, could compete on a short (12k), middle (15.3k) or long-distance (27.2k) course.

The time trials were named in honor of Scott Woodward and Don West, a pair of North Country riders who participated in time trials at Point Au Roche near Plattsburgh. Each man loomed large in the North Country bicycling scene before they died.

"We thought, let's honor them; let's have the time trial," Walker said. "We didn't bring it to Point Au Roche because we decided it's a narrow lake road. But we want to honor these guys."

The time trials were also the New York state championships, with winners earning bragging rights that they are likely to be the fastest cyclist in their respective divisions. While the state championship isn't a qualifier for anything else, riders get a state champion jersey and winner's medal.

"We've had a pretty good sign up, we had about 90 pre-registered (before the race) and hopefully we're going to go over the 100 mark," Walker said. "[Lake] Placid and that area is pretty big for triathletes and just cyclists in general. Maybe they don't race, but they like to go fast."


West-Woodward Memorial
2017 New York State Time Trial Championship
Sunday’s Results
Upper Jay
12 kilometers
Boys 9-10
1. Zane del Pozo (Burlington Police Department, Burlington)21:23.36
2. Jonah Seleni (Team Placid Planet, Saranac Lake)29:19.50
3. Owen Hackett (West Rutland, Vt.)29:50.64
Girls 13-14
1. Mariana Rinaldo (Bike Loft East, Baldwinsville)20:02.71
15.3 kilometers
Girls 15-16
1. Madeline Smith (KMS Cycling — Killington Mountain School, Colton)30:50.36
Girls 17-18
1. Jessie Brooks (Amsterdam)32:45.50
Men 5/Citizen
1. Bill Haas (TBS Racing, Derby)25:14.31
2. Ryan Recchia (Keeseville)25:19.07
3. Timothy McCarthy (Bennetts Bikes, Lake Placid)25:28.04
4. Chris Grant (Lake Placid)27:59.36
5. Michael Kiernan (Watertown)29:22.33
Men 60-64
1. Chris Welch (GS MVBC, Barneveld)23:10.71
2. Gene Primomo (CBRC, Delmar)23:40.89
3. Robert Stern (New York, NY)24:20.07
4. Dominick Audi (HRRT, BSpa)24:33.54
5. Robert Leyendecker (New York Flyers, Long Beach)28:40.78
Men 65-69
1. Mark McCarthy (Pittsford Painting/Towpath Bike, Rochester)23:58.61
2. Richard Camping (Team Towpath)24:07.38
3. Kenneth McGuinness (Capital Bicycle Racing Club, Albany)27:34.23
4. Philip Gallo (Saranac Lake)33:53.06
DNF John Hawley (Syracuse Bicycle, Chittenango)
Men 70+
1. Ron Cooke (A Still Small Voice, E. Greenbush)
2. Philip Thompson (Mohawk Valley Bicycling Club, Clinton)32:30.40
3. William Barnes (Wilmington)43:15.77
Women 55+
1. Nancy Ford (FinKraft Women’s Cycling Team, Pound Ridge)24:25.45
2. Margaret Thompson (Team Hammer Nutrition, Clinton)25:18.41
3. Jane Fyffe (Marcellus)25:31.01
4. Christine Barnes (Wilmington)40:57.82
Women 5
1. Caitlin Skufca (Wilmington)27:33.05
2. Kiersten Kotronis (Team ODZ, Wilmington)31:13.57
27.2 kilometers
Men 1/2
1. Kevin Bouchard-Hall (Wrenegade Sports/
Farm to Fork Fondo, Wadhams)35:06.01
2. Christopher Welch (Killington Mountain School, Barneveld)36:33.68
3. Hoel Wiesner (Duke University, Rensselae)36:34.96
Men 3
1. Randy Hadzor (Mello Velo/Variety Studios/Rabin Law, Syracuse)38:33.64
2. Jeff Krywanczyk (Capital Bicycle Racing Club, Rensselaer)38:42.98
3. David Tate (Syracuse Bicycle Race Team, Camillus)38:47.26
4. Scott Cimato (TBS Racing/Buffalo Bicycling Club, East Concord)38:58.09
5. Marc Kingsley (CNYC/NYCM Insurance, Cooperstown)39:38.43
Men 4
1. Joshua Graves (Syracuse Bicycle Race Team, Baldwinsville)36:54.07
2. Joseph Rogalski (TBS Racing, Buffalo)
3. Nicholas Seleni (Team Placid Planet, Saranac Lake)38:37.68
4. Colin Delaney (High Peaks Cyclery, Lake Placid)39:01.36
5. Richard Rutishauser (Whitesboro)41:45.57
6. W. Jason Amoriell (Placid Planet, Peru)
Men U23
1. Spencer Perry (Premium Mortgage Cycling Team, Nassau)40:46.90
2. Brandon Russell (Pink Rhino Racing & Team Lyfted, Brooklyn)45:48.58
Men 35-39
1. George Morse (Urban South Racing, Niskayuna)38:47.76
2. Alejandro Guzman (CRCA/Foundation, New York, NY)39:02.30
3. Steven Hendricks (Team Bicycle Doctor, Beacon)42:39.90
4. Thomas Murphy (Keeseville)52:43.40
Men 40-44
1. Robert Rakowitz (CRCA/RBNY Racing, New York, NY)37:42.21
2. John Michael (Hackett Peaks Coaching Group, West Rutland VT)37:58.12
3. Vlad Preoteasa (Industry Giant, Brooklyn)
4. Edward Armstrong (Plattsburgh)45:56.56
5. Brandon del Pozo (Burlington Police, Burlington)46:21.49
Men 45-49
1. Bruce Raymer (Bicycles Plus, Whitby, ON)
2. James Duval (Marcy)37:30.00
3. Rob Murray (HRRT, Rotterdam)38:04.69
4. Mariano Garcia (Chris Cookies/Swan Cycles, Ithaca)39:53.12
5. Paul Coluccio (CRCA/Team Houlihan Lokey, Huntington Station)42:31.73
6. Jerry Macner (Team Placid Planet, Plattsburgh)42:37.18
7. Eric Kreckel (Team Placid Planet, Morrisonville)42:59.77
8. Brian White (Plattsburgh)45:33.11
Men 50-54
1. Bill McGreevy (Team Placid Planet, Wilmington)37:06.20
2. George Suter (CRCA/ASHE, New York, NY)
3. Anthony Pharo (CBRC, Schenectady)38:53.69
4. Charles Brooks (Pachyderm Ground Pounders, Amsterdam)39:07.91
5. Mark Williams (Sonne’s Racing/MVBC, Clinton)40:26.03
6. David Balestrini (Placid Planet, Lake Placid)
7. John Stack (Saranac Lake)49:05.44
Men 55-59
1. James Walker (Team Placid Planet, Lake Placid)38:23.10
2. Richard Karaz (GS MVBC, Remsen)39:37.50
3. Stephen Hudyncia (Fort Plain)40:24.54
4. Brian Collins (TeamExtreme, Fairfield, CT)
5. Richard Wolf (CRCA/Foundation, New York, NY)40:34.14
6. Robert Stern (CRCA/Ashe, New York, NY)41:40.93
7. Larry Roberts (Maui North, Plattsburgh)48:46.34
Women 1/2
1. Audrey Friedrichsen (FinKraft Women’s Cycling Team, Beacon)40:43.36
2. Caitlin Dowd (Velo Classic, Smithtown)
Women 3
1. Erika Zazzara (CORK MONKEY, East Manlius)43:14.88
Women 35-39
1. Amanda Zullo (Team Placid Planet, Saranac Lake)47:25.72
Women 40-44
1. Sarah Carnevale (BPD Family Racing, Burlington)51:05.59
Women 50-54
1. Dee Barbic (1K2GO, Hinesburg VT)46:11.66
2. Janice Williams (MVBC, Clinton)51:43.43
Tandem Open
1. Alejandro Guzman/Richard Wolf40:05.47
2. David Paccone/Kent Goben44:28.99
DNF Bill McGreevy/James Walker
Tandem Paracycling Open
1. Griffin Pinkow/Brandon Russell46:37.96



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