Masters and Emerging Squad's Teens Gain Top Results
NEWARK, N.J., March 8, 2016 -- Montclair Bikery Racing kicked off the 2016 competitive
season at the Branchbrook Park Spring Series, held in Newark, N.J., the morning of Saturday,
March 5th. "This was a great start to our season Saturday," said Dave Adornato, the team
president and also owner of the sponsoring bike shop, Montclair Bikery. "Our team had multiple
top-10 placings throughout the categories, as well as admirable efforts by all to help the larger
Coached by the seasoned Bill Brunner, Montclair Bikery Racing reported the following results
- Bill Brunner had the highest placing of the day with a podium and third-place finish in the Masters 45-Plus field.
- Javier Mereles placed fourth in the highly contested Masters 35-Plus race and he finished first in the field sprint for that race, behind a three-man break up the road.
- Standout junior racer Matt Jogodnik, 16 years old, took second in the field sprint and placed 8th overall in the Pro-1-2-3 race, the most advanced category raced at the series.
earned bonus points for intermediate sprints, which count toward the Green Jersey competition, a
key feature of the Branchbrook Park Spring Series.
"All of our Junior racers had a great day," said Bill Brunner, a certified USA Cycling coach who
serves as director of the Montclair Bikery Development Team, which cultivates teen racers
Among the highlights:
- Genaro Manzano finished in the top 20. He earned 16th place in the highly competitive Pro-1-2-3 race (see photo).
- Manzano and Jogodnik raced competitively against the same tough senior men's field.
- Ben Douglas and Miles Whitford rode strong races, finishing in the field in their Category 4 races.
Other racers with Montclair Bikery Racing included Bill Launder, who placed 8th and 6th respectively in the two Category 4 races of the day. Gerard Livielli placed 12th in the first
Category 4 heat. Others racing competitively in the Category 4/5 races included Dave Menez,
Tristan Morel L'Horset, and Isaac Guzman. For Guzman and Menez, this was their first
completed race sanctioned by USA Cycling, and they finished in fine form.
"There were many individual contributions to the team efforts in the 35-Plus, 45-Plus and
Category 4 races," says Brunner. These included animated performances and team support by
Didier Forero, Jim Read, Gavin Oag, Tom Clisby, Dave Goldstein, Chris Sullivan and Dave
Adornato in the 35-Plus field.
Matt Jogodnik taking the field sprint in the 1, 2, 3, race Saturday.
"Specifically, our team had Forero, Read, Oag and Clisby often working at the front, attempting
bridges to various break groups and working to keep 2015 state champions Javier Mereles and
Bill Brunner safe throughout the race," Adornato explains. "They and other Montclair Bikery
Racing teammates worked at the front at various times throughout the race to keep the field
strung out, especially during prime laps, which resulted in three racers earning prime points for
the series Green Jersey competition."
For More Information
For additional details on the growing racing powerhouse of Montclair Bikery Racing and its
successful junior squad Montclair Bikery Development, please contact C.C. Sullivan. To learn
about the regional club, Montclair Cyclists, or the corporate sponsor Montclair Bikery -- a
leading northeast U.S. retailer of high-quality cycling equipment and apparel -- please visit
www.MontclairCyclists.com and www.MontclairBikery.com
PCG Coach Bill Brunner and his team