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Elite Team Signs Donny Lopez (10/1/98)
The Kissena Elite Team has landed 1996 Junior National Criterium Champion Donny Lopez for next season.  Currently attending Penn State University, Donny is a native of Manhattan.  His 1998 accomplishments include 3rd place in the Road Race and 2nd in the Omnium at the Collegiate National Road Championships and 9th place in the Espoire (under 23) category at the US National Road Championships.  "We are very pleased to add Donny to our roster," said Team Director Greg Avon, "he is a good all-around rider with a great attitude and tremendous potential.

Ramsey & Hadfield Sweep Tour de Greenwich (9/27/98)
Tim Hadfield
(Kissena) escaped from a small breakaway to earn a solo victory in the Tour de Greenwich Road Race.  Bill Innes (Kissena), who marked the competition when Hadfield broke away, took second place.  "This is my favorite race all year" proclaimed the jubilant Hadfield, "it has a party atmosphere being at the end of the season."  Darcy Ramsey (Kissena), an eight-time winner of the race, beat Michelle Gulliano by more than four minutes to defend her title and break the course record.  The Kissena Elite Team was at the event to support two of its sponsors, Threads & Treads, an athletic apparel and footwear retailer and the Spin Gym, an indoor cycling studio.  Both businesses are based in Greenwich and Threads & Treads is the promoter of the event. (Kissena) escaped from a small breakaway to earn a solo victory in the Tour de Greenwich Road Race.  Bill Innes (Kissena), who marked the competition when Hadfield broke away, took second place.  "This is my favorite race all year" proclaimed the jubilant Hadfield, "it has a party atmosphere being at the end of the season."  Darcy Ramsey (Kissena), an eight-time winner of the race, beat Michelle Gulliano by more than four minutes to defend her title and break the course record.  The Kissena Elite Team was at the event to support two of its sponsors, Threads & Treads, an athletic apparel and footwear retailer and the Spin Gym, an indoor cycling studio.  Both businesses are based in Greenwich and Threads & Treads is the promoter of the event.
Tour de Greenwich
Greenwich, CT, Sept. 27, 1998
Women:
1. Darcy Ramsey (Kissena)
Men
1. Tim Hadfield (Kissena)
2. Bill Innes (Kissena)

Innes Stars at Univest Grand Prix (9/19/98)
If you caught the coverage of the Univest Grand Prix on the Outdoor Life Network, you would swear you were watching the Bill Innes Show.  The first half of the TV coverage focused on Innes (Kissena) who broke away by himself after 15 miles of the 100 mile race on the technical and challenging course.  Billed as an "Amateur Classic", the race featured the top US amateurs and numerous international amateur squads.  The tough competition did not deter Innes, who maintained his lead for more than 25 miles while the 175 rider field was shattered by the chase of the lone rider.  When Innes was finally caught by the lead group of 15 riders, the winning move escaped containing Jon Hamblen (Axis), Andrew Randall (Jet Fuel Coffee) and two French riders.   When Jeff Rutter, Tim Hadfield (Kissena) and a few others bridged from the field, the chase group swelled to 20 riders including three from Kissena ( Innes, Hadfield &  Dominique Perras).   Apparently Innes had something left in his legs as he tried in vain to organize the chase.  The break lost Andrew Randall as it increased its lead to over a minute and stayed away to the finish with the French riders taking first and third. 
Univest Grand Prix
Pennsylvania, Sept. 19, 1998
Amateur Men 1-2
18. Bill Innes (Kissena)
21. Dominique Perras (Kissena)

24. Tim Hadfield (Kissena)

Team Gossip
While at the Killington (VT) Stage Race, a few of us had the opportunity to have dinner with former Kissena star Jennifer Evans (Shaklee & Team EDS) and her fiancé Chann McRae (Saturn).  The couple have planned a fall wedding and are building a house in Texas.  One small, but very pleasant complication, Chann has just signed with Mapei to race in Europe next year.

Nealy Takes 2nd at 'The Josh' (9/20/98)
Kissena's Sean Nealy powered his team to second place at the Great Josh
Billings RunAground

Billings RunAground
Bike/Canoe/Run race. (story from the Berkshire Eagle)

Pinate Shines at Junior Nationals
Carlos Pinate of Flushing, NY continued the tradition of fine
performances by Kissena riders in taking a 4th place medal in
the Men's 13-14 Criterium National Championship.  After suffering
a mishap in the Road Race, he still managed to place 11th.

US Junior National Championships
San Diego, CA, August 13-16, 1998
Men 13-14 Criterium

1 FARRAR, Tyler (Team Washington) 27:45.0
2 MEZA, Rigoberto (Hansen's/Canyon Velo) @1.30
3 CALDWELL, Blake (Chippers Cycling Tm) @7.10
    4 PINATE, Carlos (Kissena CC) same time
    5 WOOMER, Trevor (East Coast Velo) same time

Men 13-14 Road Race
1 FARRAR, Tyler (Team Washington) 27:45.0
11 PINATE, Carlos (Kissena CC) same time

Great Lakes Cycling Classic (8/23/98)
Buffalo, NY hosts one of the youngest big-money criteriums in the US and a race that this year produced an outstanding performance by two of Kissena's Elite Team riders.  The decisive six-man break, including Bill Innes, escaped with 12 laps to go in the 40 mile Pro-1-2 event.  A four-man chase group went clear at 5 laps to go with another Kissena rider, Tim Hadfield.   A solo attack from the lead group by Eric Wohlberg (Shaklee) proved to be the winning move as Innes took fifth.  Hadfield won the sprint from the chase group, taking seventh and another good payday for the Kissena squad.
Great Lakes Cycling Classic
August 23, 1998, Buffalo, NY
Pro-1-2
1. Eric Wohlberg (Shaklee)
5. Bill Innes (Kissena)
7. Tim Hadfield (Kissena)

New York City Championship Standings (8/8/98)

Kissena wins 2nd National Championship
as Hadfield takes Canadian Madison (7/27/98)
Tim Hadfield partnered with Yannick Cojan to win the Madison event at
the Canadian National Track Championships.  In the Team Pursuit, the
Kissena-sponsored squad, led by Hadfield took the Silver Medal with
a time of 4:35.  Tim also managed 6th in the Individual Pursuit (1/10 of a
second out of 3rd place).

You Can Take Kissenas Out of New York,
But You Can't Take New York Out of a Kissena.

by Sydney Schuster

Ramsey Wins National Road Championship (7/16/98)
Taylor Takes Criterium Bronze
Kissena's Darcy Ramsey (pictured above) outsprinted a group of 17 riders
to take the stars & stripes jersey in the Women's 35-39 US Road
Championships in Tallahassee, FL.  In the Men's 35-39 Criterium, Tony
Taylor

Taylor
bridged to an 8-man breakaway with three laps remaining and then
narrowly missed the gold taking third in the final sprint.
US Masters National Championships
Women 35-39 Road Race
1. Darcy Ramsey (Kissena)
Men 35-39 Criterium
3. Anthony Taylor (Kissena)
Men 35-39 Road Race
10. Anthony Taylor (Kissena)

Hincapie in 2nd place at Tour De France (7/16/98)
When he was a junior with Kissena, we knew he would be good,
but how many of us thought he would be within 11 seconds (after Stage 5)

of the Yellow Jersey?  That is exactly where he is with an awesome
3rd place finish in Stage 3.

Fabulous Fitchburg
Taylor & Nealy star at Fitchburg Longsjo Stage Race
With help from Masters 35+ teammate Greg Shinn,
Anthony Taylor captured the Sprint Competition, won
Stage 2 and took second in the final stage.
 
Sean Nealy
found himself placed among the top names
in American cycling at one of the most prestigious
events in the U.S.  He placed 16th overall with the help of
Tim Hadfield and Bill Innes.
found himself placed among the top names
in American cycling at one of the most prestigious
events in the U.S.  He placed 16th overall with the help of
Tim Hadfield and Bill Innes.

Fitchburg, MA, July 2-5, 1998
Smart Fuel KOM Sprint Competition
Masters 35+
1. Anthony Taylor (Kissena)
Best Western/Royal Plaza Time Trial (Stage 1)
Pro-1-2
1. Brian Walton (Saturn)
27. Sean Nealy (Kissena)
62. Tim Hadfield (Kissena)
94. Bill Innes (Kissena)
Masters 35+
1. Roger Friend
15. Anthony Taylor (Kissena)
40 Greg Shinn (Kissena)

Aubuchon-Glidden Circuit Race (Stage 2)
Pro-1-2
1. John Peters (Mercury Cycling Team)
29. Sean Nealy (Kissena)
58. Tim Hadfield (Kissena)
59. Bill Innes (Kissena)
Masters 35+


1. Anthony Taylor
44. Greg Shinn

Unitil / FG&E Road Race at Wachusset Mountain (Stage 3)
Pro-1-2
1. Roy Knickman Mercury Cycling Team
17. Sean Nealy (Kissena)
57. Tim Hadfield (Kissena)
DNF Bill Innes - crashed
Final General Classification
Pro-1-2
1. Frank McCormack (Saturn)
16. Sean Nealy (Kissena)

48. Tim Hadfield (Kissena).

Harlem Skyscraper Classic
New York, NY, 6/21/98
Pro-1-2
1. Jonas Carney (Shaklee)
12. Anthony Taylor (Kissena)
Masters 30+
4. Anthony Taylor (Kissena)

Kissena Moves into 10th in National Racing Calendar Standings
US National Racing Calendar Standings as of 6/15/98
1. 1435 Mercury
2. 1050 United States Postal Service
3. 946 Saturn
4. 589 Navigators
5. 405 OilMe
10. 127 Kissena

Hadfield & Nealy take on Beauce
The GP Cycliste de Beauce (June 16-21) is the toughest stage race
in North America (rated a 2.4 by the UCI).
Kissena's Sean Nealy (20th place in 1997) departed before the final

stage in order to prepare for the upcoming US Road Championships.
Unfortunately, Tim Hadfield was forced to retire due to illness.

Hincapie Takes US Pro Championship
Former Kissena star erases memory of '97 disappointment.
June 7, 1998, Philadelphia, PA

Mercury Too Tough at Enchanted Mountain
Enchanted Mountain Stage Race
May 29-31, 1998, Olean, NY
A National Racing Calendar Event, this race has drawn many
of the top pros from all over the U.S.  Mat Anand of Team Mercury took

the overall title as Bill Innes battled a virus and Sean Nealy managed a
respectable 10th place overall.
Stage 1, Time Trial (8.4 miles)
9. Sean Nealy (Kissena)
17. Bill Innes (Kissena)

Stage 2, Road Race
19. Sean Nealy (Kissena)
29. Bill Innes (Kissena)

Final G.C.
1. Mat Anand (Mercury)
10. Sean Nealy (Kissena)
39. Bill Innes (Kissena)

Tour of Woodbridge
Woodbridge, NJ, May 31, 1998
Women
1. Barb Gradley
2. Laura Van Gilder
3. Vickie Huffman (Kissena)

Connecticut State Road Championships
May 31, 1998
Women
4. Darcy Ramsey (Kissena)

Hadfield in near miss at Tour of Somerville
Tim Hadfield broke away with two other riders with nine laps to go in the
feature race.  The trio built a 15 second lead and picked up a few $100
premes before being caught with a little more than one lap remaining. 
May 25, 1998, Somerville, NJ
Pro-1-2
1. Jonas Carney (Shaklee)
15. Tim Hadfield (Kissena)

Women 35+
3. Darcy Ramsey

Tour Of Nutley
May 24, 1998, Nutley, NJ
Pro-1-2
4. Tim Hadfield (Kissena)
12. Bill Innes (Kissena)
17. Tony Taylor (Kissena)

The Hartford Criterium
May 24, 1998, Hartford, CT
Women
2. Darcy Ramsey (Kissena)

Brinken Strikes Again, Takes Hillburn Criterium
May 17, 1998, Hillburn, NY
Pro-1-2
1. Mark Brinken (Kissena)
Women
2. Darcy Ramsey (Kissena)

Miltone Cycling Challenge goes to Kissena's Brinken
May 16, 1998, Brooklyn, NY 
Category 1-2-3
1. Mark Brinken (Kissena)

Kissena Dominates NY Spring Festival
as Hadfield and Innes take 1st & 2nd in Pro-1-2 race
Tim Hadfield won by over 5 minutes over 2nd place teammate Bill Innes
on one of the areas toughest courses.  With one 14 mile loop remaining in
this 70 mile race, Hadfield had already built up his winning margin of 5 +
minutes, so Innes attacked on the final ascent of the Tiorati climb and
put one minute on the chase group by the finish.

May 10, 1998, Harriman, NY
Pro-1-2
1. Tim Hadfield (Kissena)
2. Bill Innes (Kissena)

Pro Bike Circuit Race, MA
April 25, 1998
Pro/1/2/3

1.  John Hamblen (Snow Valley)
2.  Keith Casserly
3.  Nathaniel Hammond (Eurotek)
4.  Bill Yabroudy (Z-Tek)
5.  Sean Nealy (Kissena)

Pro Bike Road Race, MA
April 26, 1998
PRO/1/2/3

1.  Shawn McCormack (Wheelworks)
2.  Nathaniel Hammond (Eurotek)
3.  Sean Nealy (Kissena)

Hadfield surprises euro-pros, places 7th at Tour of Morocco (4/26/98)
Click here for his diary from the race.

Innes shines at Tour of Wilammette (Oregon), places 12th

Hadfield wins Congress-Yarnell, Arizona Road Race

Innes takes 5th at Visalia (Ca) Criterium

Sean Nealy named to US National Team (3/1/98)

Cycling Shorts (8/7/97)

Kissena Dominates NY Spring Festival (5/11/97)

My Personal Giro
(Tim Hadfield's report on racing in Italy - 5/2/97)

Curt Davis Wins Falmouth Road Race,
takes second at Otis Spring Classic (4/24/97)

Wayne Boudreau Wins Tucson Bike Classic (4/12/97)

Kissena Conquers Redlands (3/25/97)

Kissena to Compete in Redlands Bicycle Classic (3/4/97)

Andrew Lewis dukes it out with the Pro's
at California's McLane-Pacific Classic (3/1/97)

1997 New York Cycling Series schedule announced.(2/8/97)

America's Top Amateur Squad: The Kissena Elite Team (revised 1/25/97).

R & A Cycles to sponsor Elite Team. (1/1/97)

Curt Davis signs with Kissena Elite Team. (12/26/96)

Elite Team adds Betteridge Jewelers as sponsor. (11/15/96)


 


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