Ross grabs first in time trials

Chaz Ross of Clifford takes off from the time trial start of Sunday’s bike race. At left is USA Cycling official Stephen Condora and behind Ross is race volunteer Phil Cable. Ross took a state championship medal in the Men’s Category 5 in Sunday’s time trials in Nicholson. STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER

Chaz Ross of Clifford takes off from the time trial start of Sunday’s bike race. At left is USA Cycling official Stephen Condora and behind Ross is race volunteer Phil Cable. Ross took a state championship medal in the Men’s Category 5 in Sunday’s time trials in Nicholson. STAFF PHOTO/ROBERT BAKER

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

A 29-year-old Philadelphia man took top spot in Saturday’s Pennsylvania State Individual Time Trial Championships held in Nicholson.

The course started about 100 yards north of the Nicholson Valero station with a backdrop of the huge Tunkhannock Creek Viaduct, and extended north up Rt. 11 for a little over 12 miles (or 20 kilometers) and back.

Brett Kielick, representing Breakaway Bikes out of Philadelphia, finished the course in 53minutes and 22 seconds, about 9 seconds faster than his 2011 pace when he took third.

Second place this time went to Jonathan D.’Alba, also of Philadelphia, and representing Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV, whose 53:59 was 37 seconds off the winning pace.

Men 01 and 02 Time Trial: 1-Brett Kielick, Philadelphia, 53:22; 2-Jonathan D’Alba, Philadelphia; Ryan Rapolas, Phoenixville, 56:43; 4-Meurig James, Philadelphia, 56:44; 5-Nicholas Roeder, Kunkletown; 6-Christopher Kautz, Danbury, Conn., 1:00:32; 7-David Dawson, Springfield, 1:02:29.
Men 03 Time Trial: 1-Patrick Walter, Philadelphia, 55:12; 2-Colin McKenna, Mechanicsburg, 55:35; 3-J.B. Haglund, Ardmore, 56:48; 4-Damian Radock, Fairview, 58:54; 5-Frank Ortiz, Philadelphia, 59:23; 6-Jay Gaunt, Lock Haven, 59:24; 7-Luke Lucas, Courtdale, 59:47; 8-Jesse Gydosh, Wyoming, 1:02:32; 9-Erik Mitchell, Phoenixville, 1:06:20; 10-Kevin Greene, Philadelphia, 1:07.19. 11. Errol Walcott, Scranton, 1:20:46.

Men 04 Time Trial: 1-Aaron Garrity, Fairview, 55:53; 2-John Newton, Kennett Square, 56:07; 3-Michael Lambert, Lancaster, 56:57; 4-Lee Sobotkin, King of Prussia, 57:28; 5-Greg Korbich, Sunbury, 58:50; Steve Owens, Friendship, Md., 59:54; 7-Stephen Olenchock, Bethlehem, 1:00:38; 8-Rick Maynard, West Chester, 1:01:08; 9-Robert Sands, Perkasie, 1:03:22; 10-Joseph Liparela, Harveys Lake, 1:05:09; 11-Richard Fay, Easton, 1:05:15; 12-Cory Schaeffer, Palmyra, 1:05:51.

Men 05 Time Trial: 1-Andrew Berster, Sarasota, Fla., 58:03; 2-Chaz Ross, Clifford, 59:22; 3-Andy McDonald, Kingston, 59:26; 4-Charles Fino, Taylor, 59:41; Bruce Hiltunen, Quincy, Mass, 1:00:49; 6-J.C. Wilkinson, Carlisle, 1:03:21; 7-Kyle Brazen, Scranton, 1:05:44; 8-Philip Aiken, Media, 1:07.13; 9-Matthew Vinetti, Tunkhannock, 1:07:16; 10-John Tulaney, Dunmore, 1:09:04; 11-Matthew Nesmith, Denver, Colo., 1:09:31; 12-Jeff Bolcavage, Harford, 1:10:03; 13-Mike Peter, Binghamton, N.Y., 1:20:36. Did not finish (Tom Boylan).

Women 01/02/03 Time Trial: 1-Shannon Caplan, Philadelphia, 059:49; 2-Missy Ruthven, Austin, Texas, 1:02:50; 3-Dana Walton, East Norriton, 1:03:47; 4-Sabina Olenchock, Bethlehem, 1:07.41.

Women 04 Time Trial: 1-Lisa Perkins, East Windsor, Conn., 1:01:42; 2-Melissa Lee, Yukon, 1:03:03; 3-Jen Goldsack, Newtown Square, 1:05:24; 4-Jane Pearson, Pound Ridge, N.Y., 1:12:00; 5-Raymonda Yeh, Potomac, Md., 1:20:17.

Brenda Novak, one of the organizers of the time trial noted that only Pennsylvania residents were eligible to compete for state titles, even though a number of out-of-staters participated in the race Sunday.

The State Champions and runners up are as follows:
Women Cat 4: 1-Melissa Lee, 2-Jen Goldsack.
Women Cat 1,2,3: 1-Shannon Kaplan, 2-Dana Walton, 30-Sabina Olenchock.
Men Cat 5: 1-Chaz Ross, 2-Andy Mcdonald, 3-Charles Fino.
Men Cat 4: 1-Aaron Garrity, 2-John Newton; 3-Michael Lambert.
Men Cat 3: Patrick Walter; 2-Colin McKenna; 3-JB Haglund.
Men Cat 1,2: 1-Brett Kielick; 2-Jonathan D’Alba; 3-Ryan Rapolas.