Great Alexandria Bike Race nets 150
Two days of racing wrapped up this past Sunday as racers came from as far as Germany to take part in the Great Alexandria Bike Race on Saturday and Sunday.
Inclement weather forced race organizers to call the road race early on Saturday before every racer could cross the finish line on the 36-mile course.
That did not stop Angie Johnson from winning the race in the women's three and four category. Johnson, racing as a Bike and Fitness Company club member, won with a time of 1:53.07.006. She just beat out Zoe Reker of the St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club, who finished in 1:53.07.870. Alexandria's Morgan Ledermann was ninth.
Jordan Riley locked up in a race that was just as close in the juniors road race. Riley finished a fraction of a second off the lead with his time of 1:45:09.494. Aaron Shaw of Minnesota Junior Cycling Inc. won with a time of 1:45:09.443. Kyle Johnson of the Bike and Fitness Company came in fourth, a little less than two seconds off the winning time.
Justin Schoenack, Jorge (George) Odio and Jorge Odio Jr. set the pace for the Alexandria cyclists in the men's road race. The three finished right behind each other in fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively. Schoenack came across in a time of 1:34:06.796. Odio finished in 1:34:07.369, while Odio Jr. was right behind him in a time of 1:34:07.544.
Alexandria's Steve Gromatka took 20th in the men's division, crossing the finish line in 1:34:15.715. Erick Stark finished 30th with a time of 1:50:03.838. Alexandria's Josh Doebbert also started the road race but did not get very far before the race was called because of weather.
Odio Jr. and Gromatka locked up in a close battle for the top spot in the Men's Category Five criterium race on Sunday. The two local racers finished with a total time that was a fraction of a second apart. Odio won with a time of 31:35.463 and Gromatka was 0.334 seconds off that mark.
Johnson followed up her win in the road race on Saturday with another win in the criterium race in the Women's 3 and 4 category on Sunday. Johnson was again locked up in a tight battle, this time with Bonnie Donzella of the St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club. Johnson beat out Donzella by 0.272 seconds, finishing with a winning total time of 26:45.135.
The Great Alexandria Bike Race featured close to 150 racers. Malte Meintrup came the furthest to take part in the event, coming from Germany to race in the Men's Category 1, 2, and 3 criterium race on Sunday. He finished 10th in that event with a total time of 55:36.323. The event also featured cyclists from Oregon, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Tennessee.
"It was very successful," local race promoter Michelle Erickson said. "I had good comments from a lot of the racers. I look forward to doing it again next year and it will be even better next year."
(Top 10 and Alexandria results)
MEN'S CATEGORY 4 AND 5 - Ryan Waterfall - 1:34:06.295; Brady Prenzlow - 1:34:06.340; Alex Pausteck - 1:34:06.397; Justin Schoenack - 1:34:06.796; George Odio - 1:34:07.369; George Odio Jr. - 1:34:07.544; Even Kemp - 1:34:07.574; Carl Schneider - 1:34:07.724; Rick Olson - 1:34:08.144; Brad Bolin - 1:34:08.260; Steve Gromatka - 20th place, 1:34:15.715; Erick Stark - 30th place, 1:50:03.838; Josh Doebbert - 33rd place, one lap, 10.462
WOMEN'S CATEGORY 3 AND 4 - Angie Johnson - 1:53:07.006; Zoe Reker - 1:53:07.870; Niki Reker - 1:53:11.284; Kit Oslin - 1:54:24. 265; Bonnie Donzella - 1:54:24.339; Sherry Berde Townsend - 1:54:24.731; Rachel Lathrup - 1:54:45.733; Dana Johnson - 1:55:48.366; Morgan Ledermann - 1:56:08.729; Megan Kelly - 2:01:37.134
JUNIORS - Aaron Shaw - 1:45:09.443; Jordan Riley - 1:45:09.494; Ryan Shaw - 1:45:10.693; Kyle Johnson - 1:45:11.227; Mitch Nordahl - 1:45:20.053; David Hart - 1:49:59.443; Josey Weik - 1:51:37.757; Daniel Svedberg - 1:51:40. 095; Samuel Knuth - 1:55:11.855; Aaron Randall - 1:55:16.356
(Top 10 and Alexandria Results)
JUNIORS UNDER 14 - Samuel Roden - 29:01.480; Josey Weik - 29:02.308; Jacob Uhl - 30:20.418
JUNIORS - Aaron Shaw - 30:24.964; Ryan Shaw - 31:35.632; Kyle Johnson - 31:35.758; Mitch Nordahl - 31:35.758; Jordan Riley - 31:36.969; David Hart - 31:38.803; Samuel Knuth - 31:38.836; Wyatt Lien - 32:05.836
MEN'S CATEGORY 5 - George Odio Jr. - 31:35.463; Steve Gromatka - 31:35.797
WOMEN'S CATEGORY 1, 2 AND 3 - Teresa Moriarty - 30:45.919; Anne Grabowski - 31:28.751; Terra James - 32:03.022; Sherry Berde Townsend - 32:11.477
MEN'S CATEGORY 1, 2 AND 3 - Jonathan Toftoy - 55:37.813; Brandon Krawczyk - 55:34.462; Marc Kermisch - 55:34.920; David Jones - 55:34.947; Merrill Lutsky - 55:35.458; Paul Harrison - 55:35.197; Fred Mills - 55:35.945; Adam Hanson - 55:35.989; Eric Sundstrom - 55:36.253; Malte Meintrup - 55:36.323
MEN'S MAST. 30-PLUS - Bryan Loecken - 37:57.967; Sinthang Has - 37:58.180; Ryan Waterfall - 37:58.583; George Odio - 37:58.983; Rick Wegener - 37:59.187; Troy Erlandson - 37:59.953; Even Reiter - 38:00.064
MEN'S CATEGORY 4 - Steve Wentz - 36:56.587; Alex Pausteck - 37:58.374; Erik Sanders - 37:58.455; Kyle Johnson - 37:59.239; Jordan Riley - 37:59.962; Jonathon Cousin - 25 laps; Chad Boehm - 38:00.532; Daniel Svedberg - 38:02.393; Josey Weik - 38:41.059; Mitch Nordahl - 38:10.351
MASTERS 35-PLUS AND 50-PLUS - Chad Weisgram - 43:50.639; Jim Bell - 43:51.241; Charlie Schad - 43:38.792; Rick Laliberte - 43:43.057; Todd Peterson - 43:43.391; Mark Halstrom - 43:56.100
WOMEN'S CATEGORY 3 AND 4 - Angie Johnson - 26:45.135; Bonnie Donzella - 26:45.407; Kit Oslin - 27:19.971; Sherry Berde Townsend - 27:20.217; Cheryl Barker - 27:20.321; Morgan Ledermann - 27:23.632; Megan Kelly - 27:15.129; Melissa Gregg - 27:19.521