Randall Makes a Run for Glory at the International
Altoona, PA, August 4
Andrew Randall has continued his run of success at the
International. After his 5th place finish in the opening road stage, he
demonstrated that his early performances weren't flukes by hopping in the
six-man race-winning break in Stage Five. After a hard-fought sprint, he came
home in 4th place. However, even more importantly, he earned enough points
during the day's intermediate sprints to don the blue leader's jersey in the
Showing his savvy, he managed to defend the jersey until the
last stage, where he was finally overwhelmed by Charles Dionne and the dogged
determination of the 7UP/Nutra-Fig squad.
Cameron Hughes also put in a fine performance for Kissena at
the International. While Andrew blasted away, Hughes rode a smart race, riding
his way to 12th place in the classification. This placing marked his second
top-fifteen result at a National Calendar event since joining the team.
Randall and Kissena Getting it Done in Altoona
Altoona, PA, July 31
Andrew Randall has continued to deliver for Kissena, this
time at The International (formerly known as the Tour de 'Toona). After a
strong ride in the opening 4 mile prologue landed him in 10th place, 19
seconds behind Svein Tuft (Prime Alliance), Randall remained patient in the
first stage, a 118 km circuit race. As a powerful, but ultimately doomed
breakaway, tried to take the field by surprise Randall waited for the
inevitable. And when things came back together, he was ready to finish things
off, grabbing 5th on the day and crossing the line as the first amateur.
Yamamoto Second at Clam Festival
Yarmouth, ME, July 21
Yasuhiro Yamamoto continues to ride exceptionally well for
Kissena, this time with a strong performance near his adopted home of Lewiston,
ME. Toeing the line at the Yarmouth Clam Festival Road Race, Yamamoto hung
tough to finish second behind Shawn McCormack (Trek/Goodales).
Randall and Yamamoto Strong at Tour of the Hilltowns
Windsor, MA, July 20
Andrew Randall and Yasuhiro Yamamoto took on the aptly named
Tour of the Hilltowns and tackled the punishing course with great success.
Emerging with the lead group of seven riders at the crest of East Hawley Road,
a winding 9 km climb rising 400 m in altitude which traditionally sees the
day's selection, the pair rode well to the finish in the scorching July heat
with Randall claiming third and Yamamoto fifth on the day.
Kissena Rides Their New and Old Horses to Success at
Fitchburg, MA, June 27-30
Kissena capped off one of its more successful efforts in
recent years at the Fitchburg Stage Race. Indeed each stage saw riders from
the team in or near the top-20, and the team had a couple of serious
flirtations with the podium.
Stage one saw Billy Innes and Andrew Randall get the better
of a handful of pros as well as being the top two amateur finishers, with
Innes snagging 17th place (17:10) and Randall 15th (17:08).
Stage Two saw Yasuhiro Yamamoto come home near the front of
the hard-charging field to grab 23rd on the day and third in the bunch sprint
behind sprinter extraordinaire, Ivan Dominguez (Saturn).
In Stage Three, Cameron Hughes quickly began earning his
keep with a spectacular 7th place finish on top of Mt. Wachusset, just 51
seconds back of the stage winner Chris Horner (Prime Alliance).
Then, on the 4th and final stage, Andrew Randall rubbed
elbows with the cream of the sprinting world to come home in 6th spot, taking
honors as the first amateur. Yasuhiro Yamamoto continued to show his wily ways
and grabbed 15th on the last day to complement Randall's fine performance.
In the classification, Kissena put in a fine performance as
well, with only a handful of seconds separating some of the team's riders from
the top-fifteen spots. Cameron Hughes finished a fine 23rd overall, Yasuhiro
Yamamoto took home 28th place, and Nat Faulkner snagged 30th.
Kissena Adds Two New Riders
Kissena has capitalized on the folding of several smaller
teams at the mid-point of the season by picking up two new talented riders.
Cameron Hughes, an Australian riding for the Pharmacia team, and Andrew
Randall, a Canadian riding for Jetfuel, have joined the Kissena ranks and will
see action with the team at Fitchburg.
Yamamoto and Kissena Victorious at Tour of Southeast Ohio
Columbus, OH, June 18-23
The Kissena boys traveled west this past week to compete in
the six-day Adelphia Tour of Southeast Ohio. The race, one of the only amateur
only stage races in the country, is a place for up-and-coming riders to shine.
Kissena represented itself well throughout the race, with Billy Innes narrowly
missing the podium on the second stage in fourth spot, Nat Faulkner finishing
7th overall, and Yasuhiro Yamamoto winning the last stage en route to a sixth
place finish overall.
Innes Crowned Regional Time Trial Champion
Colebrook, CT, June 15
In miserably wet and cool conditions, Billy Innes blitzed
the smooth asphalt of Route 8 in Southern Massachusetts as he eked out a
magnificent victory in the New England Regional Time Trial Championship.
Smashing the course record previously held by Kissena's Sean Nealy, Billy came
home in 52:27 to best Curt Davis (Wheelworks/Cannondale) by 5 seconds. In
addition to the praise and admiration of his peers, Innes also won a coveted
Festina watch. Keith Miller also represented Kissena at the event, grabbing
11th in the Pro/1/2/3 event.
Innes 7th, Faulkner 8th at Housatonic Hills Road Race
Southbury, CT, June 16
Faulkner 4th at Lake Falls Criterium, Hawkins 7th
Auburn, ME, June 9
Once again, Nat Faulkner took top honors for Kissena,
grabbing 4th in the bucolic town of Auburn. Ably lead out by teammate Matt
Hawkins, Faulkner made a mad dash for the line. Hawkins, managed to hang on
after his lead-out for 7th place.
Faulkner 2nd at Auburn Road Race
Auburn, ME, June 8
Nat Faulkner attacked hard to grab second place in a
particularly grueling edition of this Maine Classic that saw only 27 of 120
starters finish the 66 mile test. Faulkner took off in pursuit of an
untouchable John Hamblen (Wheelworks/Cannondale) with 15 miles to go winning a
two-up sprint at the line. Yasuhiro Yamamoto, aggressive throughout the race,
nailed down 7th on the day as well. In addition, Matt Hawkins became the Maine
State Champion by virtue of his 16th place finish
Faulkner and Kissena Victorious at Bear Mountain Spring
Harriman State Park, NY, May 12
On one of the most unforgiving circuits in North America,
Nat Faulkner won Sparta Cycling’s Bear Mountain Spring Classic in commanding
fashion. The race, held at Bear Mountain State Park in Harriman, NY, featured
a cold, driving rain for much of the 98-mile Pro-1-2-3 contest, turning this
race into an epic event.
After an uneventful first lap, which saw some minor
shuffling in the main pack, the field hit the climb on lap two and the
selection was made: Derek Bouchard-Hall (Mercury), Charlie Issendorf, Adam
Myerson (both G.S. Mengoni), Billy Innes, Ben Stafford, Eneas Freyre (all
Kissena) and Mike Jones (Wheelworks), three members of a visiting team from
Holland, as well as some other strong men, rode to a two minute gap in short
fashion. The rain began to pour from the hovering clouds and the temperature
dropped to around 50 degrees. All the group could do to keep warm was ride
harder, yet, despite their efforts, the gap never grew to more than a couple
of minutes. After a few more laps, Freyre and Innes began attacking the
breakaway group in the hopes of softening things up. Bouchard-Hall made it his
mission to chase things down and the efforts of Freyre and Innes were short
lived. Nevertheless, a few riders were dropped as the gap to the remnants of
the field slowly dwindled. Alex Weil (Kissena), sensing a perfect opportunity,
excitedly bridged the gap, followed shortly thereafter by a brilliant solo
move on the climb by Kissena's Faulkner.
It was here that the attacking breakaway started to get
loose, as the weather and rolling hills began to take its toll. Nat was
clearly riding very well, just dancing on the pedals, and the remaining
Kissena members in the breakaway group tried their best to keep him out of
trouble. With two laps to go, the Tiorati Climb got the best of Innes, Jones
and few others, leaving Nat and Alex alone with Bouchard-Hall, Issendorf (who
had rolled to 45 second solo lead), as well as a few other tough riders. The
climb seemed to be no problem for Nat and, after Charlie Issendorf was caught,
Faulkner ripped off the front. Powering a massive gear, he initially brought
Todd Herriot with him, before soloing away from the other rider with 15km to
go. Cutting through the howling wind and rain on the final lap, Kissena’s
Faulkner built a lead of 1:15. Crossing the finish line alone with a big
smile, Nat raised his arms at his first big win this young season. Not to be
outdone, Alex Weil squashed any would-be chasers behind Nat while nailing down
4th place on the day in the process.
Faulkner 4th at Sterling Road Race
Sterling, MA, May 11
Capitalizing on his great form, Nat Faulkner journeyed to
the Sterling Road Race in search of more May success. After Derek
Bouchard-Hall (Mercury) forged the race-winning move, Nat sat tight in the
second group and handily won the bunch sprint for 4th with his eyes focused
squarely on the Bear Mountain Road Race the next day.
Faulkner 2nd at Jiminy Peak Road Race
Hancock, MA, May 4
With a full contingent of eight riders present and accounted
for, Kissena went to work at this inaugural season-opening classic. Attacking
hard and early, Kissena helped keep the pace high and other teams on their
toes all of which helped set up Nat Faulkner for a powerful 2nd place finish.
Read all about the race in Keith Miller's
Faulkner 4th at Monson Road Race
Monson, MA, April 24
With Kissena operating at half-power, as a few riders were
still en route to New England, Nat Faulkner managed to find his legs in the
later stages of the race and escape in a small group, ultimately garnering 4th
place on the day. Meanwhile, Alex Weil rode strongly behind Nat nailing down
Read all about the race in Keith Miller's
Innes Strong at Madera Stage Race
Madera, CA, April 19-21
Billy Innes turned in a fine performance under the scorching
sun of California's central valley at the Madera Stage Race. Battling full
squads from professional outfits O-foto/Lombardi's and Sierra-Nevada, Innes
finished 5th in the criterium and 8th in the 100 mile road race en route to an
11th place in the classification in the three-day, four-stage event.
Kissena Keeps Sharp at Wards Ferry Road Race
Sonora, CA, April 8
Ben Stafford represented Kissena well this past weekend in
the foothills of the Sierra-Nevada mountains. The technical and extremely
undulating 12 mile course guaranteed it would be a race of attrition and, as
the peloton splintered, Ben placed himself in the pivotal move of the 75 mile
race. Mercury's Steve Flynn took home the top spot while Ben came home in
Kissena Finishes West Coast Trip
Fairfield, CA, March 30
Kissena closed the book on its early season campaign as the
team finished up a grueling 6 week period of racing with the Solano Bicycle
Classic in Fairfield, CA. April will see the team migrate back to the east
coast to head up the racing campaign as the season opens in early May.
Kissena Victorious Across the Country
Branchbrook, NJ, March 24
Keith Miller began the 2002 season right where he left off
the 2001 season - with a fine performance. This time, Keith blasted across to
the winning break, helped whittle it down to 5 guys, and then dusted everybody
in the sprint to claim victory.
Kissena Victorious at Another Dam Race
Parker, AZ, March 23
One of Kissena's newest riders, Matt Hawkins, got the ball
rolling for Kissena early this year, scoring a victory in the opening stage of
the Another Dam Race Stage Race. Attacking with 30 km to go, Matt soloed home
for victory and possession of the leader's jersey.
1st - Matt Hawkins - Kissena Sports - 3:58:32
2nd - Oliver Stiler-Cote - Saturn Developmental - @ 8 seconds
3rd - Cody Harple - Essex County Velo - @ 19 seconds