Schulte-Lunzum claims Boston Rebellion Title

Strong Focus MTB Team on display

Markus Schulte-Lunzum (Focus) won the UCI-HC Boston Rebellion, aided by his team captain Florian Vogel (Focus) on a last lap effort. Vogel finished a strong second. Derek Zandstra (Scott 3Rox Racing) finished in third place, followed by Stephen Ettinger (Ridebiker Alliance) in fourth place. Christian Pfaffle (Stevens) rounded out the podium in fifth place.

Racing took place on Adams Farm, about twenty miles outside of Boston. Riders did six laps, mostly in dense forest with tight singletrack turns and several rock gardens. With only 338 feet of climbing per lap, it was a day for the power riders to strut their stuff.

Shulte-Lunzum and Vogel led out sixty-three pro men onto a starting loop. Everyone knew that it was important to get to the singletrack portion of the course near the front of the pack, since passing would be difficult in the woods.

A group of five that contained all the podium finishers quickly formed and consistently put time into their rivals. Former USA Champion Stephen Ettinger was very active at the front, but could not dislodge Vogel, who marked his every move.

Shulte-Lunzum commented on how it ended, "To be honest I didn't think I could get away on that last lap because the pace was so high and I was really suffering and trying to stay on someone's wheel. But, on the last lap Florian told me, Go for it. You can do it."

I told him, "No, I will ride for you. You are the team leader. If I can help you, I will."

But, Florian responded "Go for it. Go for it."

Vogel explained, "Yeah, Markus rode pretty strong the whole race and we could work together a bit. It was quite technical, especially at the end. I really enjoyed racing here and think it was pretty good preparation for the upcoming World Cup."

Both Zandstra and Ettinger had minor last lap problems that probably cost then the chance to compete for the victory. Zandstra has had some impressive World Cup outings this season. Given the competition level, this is one of Ettinger's strongest rides of the year.

The Pro Men will race short track on Sunday. The strong Focus Team is not expected to attend, as they plan to start their trip to Mt. Sainte-Anne. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Markus Schulte-Lunzum (Focus XC Team)1:42:13 
2Florian Vogel (Focus XC Team)0:00:04 
3Derek Zandstra (Scott 3 Rox Racing)0:00:05 
4Stephen Ettinger (RideBiker Alliance p/b Focus Bikes)0:01:10 
5Christian Pfäffle (Stevens MTB Racing Team)0:02:12 
6Jeremy Martin (Focus Bikes - iWill Pro Cycling)0:03:24 
7Martin Gujan (Wheeler Pro Team)0:04:48 
8Kerry Werner Jr. (Kona Endurance Team)0:05:14 
9Georg Egger (LEXWARE Mountainbike Team)0:05:44 
10Luca Schwarzbauer (LEXWARE Mountainbike Team)0:05:46 
11Ryan Woodall (Top Gear Bicycles / Felt)0:05:47 
12Cole House (Door County Brewing / Intelligentsia Coffee / FSA)0:05:56 
13Keegan Swenson (Cannondale 360fly p/b Sugoi)0:05:57 
14Felix Burke (Jo-Velo Tremblant)0:07:11 
15Cypress Gorry (Whole Athlete/Specialized)0:07:37 
16Christopher Hamlin (Bicycle Express Racing)0:08:04 
17Marcel Guerini (Focus XC Team)0:08:38 
18Alexandre Vialle (Specialized Canada)0:08:43 
19Noah Tautfest (Bicycle Express Racing)0:09:16 
20Nic Beechan (Trek Test Team)0:09:28 
21Alex Meucci (Bents Cycling/Atomik Carbon/Lake)0:09:53 
22Billy Melone (Ridebiker p/b Sho-Air)0:10:01 
23Russell Finsterwald (SRAM Troy Lee Designs Racing Team)0:10:08 
24Neal Burton (Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing)0:10:49 
25Guy Niv (Kraiot Cycling Club)0:11:17 
26Stephan Davoust (Giant/SRAM/Schwalbe)0:11:31 
27Luke Vrouwenvelder (Champion-System/Cannondale)0:11:33 
28Tom Sampson (Vittoria/Yeti Cycles)0:11:49 
29Liam Mulcahy (Team Progressive p/b 3Rox/Maverix Racing)0:11:58 
30Callum Carson0:12:30 
31Aaron Oakes (Wenzel Coaching)0:12:41 
32Jon Slaughter (Angry Johnny's CC p/b Norco LG)0:13:15 
33Nick Lando (Team Town Cycle)0:13:18 
34Matthew O'Keefe (Riverside Racing)0:13:43 
35Felix Smalley0:14:03 
36Jason Blodgett (Team RideBiker p/b Sho-Air)0:14:11 
37Ernie Watenpaugh (Jack Daniel's)0:14:15 
38Kenneth McNeill (B2C2 p/b Boloco)0:14:37 
39Byron Rice (Storm Racing Team)0:14:53 
40Michael Wissell (B2C2 p/b Boloco)0:15:03 
41Christopher Ziegler (NEXT-BMB)0:15:20 
42Payson McElveen (Team RideBiker p/b Sho-Air)0:16:07 
43Ian Gielar (JAM Fund / NCC)0:18:25 
44Sandy Floren0:21:14 
45Matt Clements (Bike Doctor Frederick)0:21:56 
46Mat Katz (Bicycle Express)  
47Andrew Lints (Bicycle Express Racing)  
48Will Ross (Chain Reaction Alaska/Smith Optics)  
49Bobby Nash (Fast Splits Multisports)  
50Diego Orlando Vasquez Vargas (Team Tabares FSA)  
51Hunter Resek (Giant Co-Factory Off Road Team)  
52Kyle Ellis (ABC Cycling)  
53Alex Wild (Trail Head Racing - Specialized)  
DNFLuke Brame  
DNFBryan Horsley (Sea Sports Cyclery)  
DNFMaximilian Brandl (Lexware Mountainbike Team / RV Viktoria Wombach)  
DNFMike Sampson (Competitive Cyclist MTB Team)  
DNFJerry Dufour (Bear Development Team)  
DNFRaphael Auclair (Pivot Cycles - OTE)  
DNFRyan Berliner  
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