By Kirsten Robbins in Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Cold conditions but sunny skies greeted riders at the Verge Mid Atlantic Cyclo-cross Series' penultimate race in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Alec Donahue (Joe's Garage) celebrated a paramount victory in his cycling career after he rode away from a four-man battle to take a solo victory. Second placed today, Charles Pendry (Inland Construction) pulled through with a long overdue podium placing after he won a bunch sprint ahead of third placed Jon Hamblen (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) and 2006 MAC series winner, Wes Schempf (C3-Sollay).
"There were a lot of attacks on the back section," said Donahue in regards to the final three-lap showdown between the four leading riders. "I started attacking over the run up in the back and when I had a gap I kept the pressure on through all the corners and stayed away from Pendry, Hamblen and Schempf."
With many of the east coast's top gun cross riders competing in the final USGP round in Portland, Oregon, there was plenty of opportunity to claim some much needed UCI points, that would secure riders a better start position for the upcoming US national championships to be held in Kansas later this month.