Watts and Pfuhler fastest at Sold-Out Gran Fondo Maryland

Gran Fondo National Series celebrated 10 Years of Gran Fondo Racing in Frederick, Maryland on September 19, 2021

A sold-out peloton of riders enjoyed perfect late-summer weather in Frederick, Maryland for the 10th Annual Gran Fondo Maryland. Riders completed their choice of three distances: the Gran route of 97 miles with 9,133 feet of climbing, the Medio route of 61 miles with 5718 feet of climbing, or the Piccolo route of 28 miles with 2,388 feet of climbing. All routes featured timed segment competitions, a hallmark of Colnago Gran Fondo National Series events, and there was fierce competition for the top spots. Jeffrey Watts and Ina Pfuhler rode away with the fastest combined times of all competitors, and all Age-Group Winners received custom winner’s cycling kits from DNA Cycling.

Whether racing others, challenging oneself, or sightseeing, the event had something for everyone. Routes took riders through several different state parks, municipal forests, protected watersheds, and the Catoctin Mountain National Park. Aid stations were stocked and staffed by members of the Lingonere Mountain Bike Team, one of the event’s local beneficiaries. And waiting for riders at the finish line were hot meals from Brewers Alley, beer from Monocacy Brewing Company, a “Recovery Zone” featuring Hyperice recovery devices, and hot showers in Baker Park.

Gran Fondo Maryland was a qualifying event for the 2022 USA Cycling Gran Fondo Series National Championship.

Results from the 2021 Gran Fondo Maryland also counted towards the best three finishes needed to compete in the season-long 2021 National Series Points Competition. Only one more partner points event (Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo) remains for riders to score 2021 Series points this season.

Gran Fondo National Series celebrated 10 Years of Gran Fondo Racing in Frederick, Maryland

100-mile Gran Fondo Winners

Custom “Race Winner” cycling kits by DNA cycling were awarded to all Gran Route age group category winners

Overall Men’s

1st Jeffery Watts
2nd Tyler Kirkwood
3rd Ryan Collins

Overall Women’s

1st Ina Pfuhler
2nd Annie Yeager
3rd Beth Leasure-Hudson
 

Men 23-

1st Nathan Surowiec
2nd Jacob Barrick
3rd Pushkin Crocker

 

 

Men 23-34

1st Jeffrey Watts
2nd Tyler Kirkwood
3rd Ryan Collins

Women 23-34

1st Annie Yeager
2nd Heather Hultzapple
3rd Alice Bechtol

Men 35-44

1st Lee Sobotkin
2nd Lucas Mccollum
3rd Clete Willems

Women 35-44

1st Heather Shapiro
2nd Rachel Liberatore
3rd Silvia de Rosa
 

Men 45-54

1st Abe Ehlers
2nd Frank Shewmaker
3rd Fabricio Quinones

Women 45-54

1st Ina Pfuhler
2nd Elizabeth Ginexi
3rd Lori Eig

Men 55-64

1st Stephen Tauber
2nd Michael Price
3rd Marc Lefkowitz

Women 55-64

1st Beth Leasure-Hudson
2nd Patty Fulton
3rd Suzanne Porter

Men 65+

1st John Ourisman
2nd Richard Mcintyre
3rd John Tonetti

Women 65+

1st Mia O’Connell
 

 

 

60-mile Medio Fondo Winners

Overall Men’s

1st Daniel Pessing
2nd Ryan Rudiger
3rd Alexandr Andreev

Overall Women’s

1st Angela Mccollum
2nd Chris Kelley
3rd Kat Brady
 

Men 23-

1st John Schley Jr.
2nd Malhar Mahajan
3rd Aditya Kompella

 

 

Men 23-34

1st Ryan Rudiger
2nd Alexandr Andreev
3rd Serkan Balkan

Women 23-34

1st Alejandra Trippet
 

Men 35-44

1st Daniel Pessing
2nd Jason Giffi
3rd Thomas Krispin

Women 35-44

1st Angela Mccollum
2nd Margit Jochmann
3rd Angela Gucwa
 

Men 45-54

1st Yon Lambert
2nd Christopher Garliss
3rd Huan Le

Women 45-54

1st Kat Brady
2nd Chiharu Owen
3rd Beth Skubis

Men 55-64

1st Dennis Crockett
2nd Steve Chatlin
3rd Steve Braig

Women 55-64

1st Chris Kelley
2nd Marni Harker
3rd Miriam Kranton

Men 65+

1st David Rattigan
2nd John Eidt
3rd John Olinski

Women 65+

1st Michelle Shinn
 

 

 

30 mile Piccolo Fondo Winners

Overall Men’s

1st Will Moseley
2nd Mike Mason
3rd Oliver Quinn

Overall Women’s

1st Darci Miller
2nd Ashley Shapiro
3rd Allison Wong
 

Men 23-

1st Cleveland Wall
 

 

 

Men 23-34

1st Luis Gomez
2nd David Le

Women 23-34


 

Men 35-44

1st Will Moseley
2nd Mike Mason
3rd Oliver Quinn

Women 35-44

1st Ashley Shapiro
2nd Allison Wong
3rd Molly Cobbs
 

Men 45-54

1st Frank Boardwick
2nd Richard Hartman
3rd Joseph Hall

Women 45-54

1st Darci Miller
2nd Melissa Murray
3rd Tracey Buckethal

Men 55-64

1st Dennis Crockett
2nd Scott Anthony
3rd Antonio Ortiz

Women 55-64

1st Lib Rood
2nd Lois Arend
 

Men 65+

1st Steven Gagliano



 

 

 

Team Winners

To win the Team Competition at Colnago Gran Fondo National Series, a team’s top three riders have their time’s combined, and then bonus seconds are deducted from each team’s time based on the total number of teammates who finished the event. The top 3 results from the Team Competition at the Maryland Gran Fondo were:

First place: Team Bike Doctor (4 members)
Second place: Blue Bell Wealth Management p/b Cannondale (4 members)
Third Place: Redshift Racing (6 members)

The full results for the 2021 Gran Fondo Maryland can be viewed here.

2021 National Series Points Standings

Results from the 2021 Gran Fondo Maryland also counted towards the best three finishes needed to compete in the season-long 2021 National Series Points Competition. The upcoming Virginia Blue Ridge Gran Fondo in Newcastle, Virginia on October 10 will be the final opportunity for riders to earn points in the 2021 series.

2021 Gran Fondo National Series Standings (as of Gran Fondo Maryland)

 

Women 23-

1st Zoe Eckman

 

Men 23-34

1st Christopher Pulomena
2nd Kevin Valenski
3rd Andres Sola

Women 23-34

1st Heather Hultzapple
2nd Madeline Hanley
 

Men 35-44

1st Lee Sobotkin
2nd Mark Detweiler
3rd Nick Glavac

Women 35-44

1st Debora Finger
2nd Stephanie Smith

 

Men 45-54

1st Michael King
2nd William Strebel
3rd Jon Livengood

Women 45-54

1st Amy Phillips           
2nd Renee Eastman
3rd Ina Pfuhler

Men 55-64

1st Jay Trojan
2nd Stefan Pfuhler
3rd Jim Foster

Women 55-64

1st Beth Leasure-Hudson
 

Men 65+

1st Geoff Cooper
2nd Ralph Schmook
3rd Tom Gee



 

 

 

The full standings for the 2021 National Series Points Competition can be viewed here.

Prize Raffle

The popular Colnago Gran Fondo National Series Raffle was held after the podium awards. Prizes from Series sponsors included: Sourwood Inn, Hyperice Hypervolt, Industry Nine hubset, components from Cane Creek, Swiftwick socks, Shimano products, a Lazer helmet, Shimano components, Wahoo smart trainer, a holiday at Garda Bike Hotel in Italy, as well as other prizes.

Raffle Prizes:

- Hyperice Hypervolt
- Hyperice Hypersphere
- 4-night Stay for 2 at Garda Bike Hotel in Italy
- Wahoo smart trainer
- Industry Nine hubset
- Lazer Sphere MIPS helmet
- Cane Creek components
- Bike Flights travel voucher
- Shimano pedals
- Swiftwick socks
- Shott Performance coaching package
- DNA Cycling Mid Pack Attack (awarded to rider in the exact middle of the overall results)

The popular Colnago Gran Fondo National Series Raffle was held after the podium awards

The 2022 Gran Fondo National Series Calendar will be released in October, and registration for 2022 events will be open in October. For more information on the 2021 Colnago Gran Fondo National Series, please visit: https://www.granfondonationalseries.com

Register Now for Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo 

The Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo, taking place on October 10th in Fincastle, Virginia, will feature three different routes - 33, 45, and 75 miles.

Each route has been carefully created to showcase Botetourt's County's rich scenic beauty and it's warm & welcoming communities.

Riders will enjoy the area's natural beauty including the rolling terrain, open farmland, forested mountains, and the James River. Each route will also feature memorable aid stations and charming small towns.

Only Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo remains for riders to score 2021 Series points this season, that count towards the season-long 2021 National Series Points Competition.

For more information, please visit: http://www.muddysquirrel.com/gran-fondo.html or click the button below to register now:

Register Now for Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo

 

 
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