Events and Activities

July 28, 2002
George Street Bike Challenge
George and Main Streets
Worcester, MA

    Fifty-five cyclists pedaled up one of Worcester’s steepest hills, one rider at a time against the clock, in the first George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor, presented by Barney's Bicycle and the Seven Hills Wheelmen. Major Taylor, "the Worcester Whirlwind," was known for training on the 500-foot street, where the average grade is 18 percent. The event raised nearly $2,000 for the Major Taylor Association, and organizers hope to make it an annual event.

    Riders in the 2002 Challenge ranged in age from 13 to 74, and medals were awarded in various categories. Each rider received a free Major Taylor poster, and Dan Delorey of Paxton won a Trek 4300 mountain bike in the Barney’s raffle. Mike Orsi, 18, of Auburn, from Team Bike Alley, posted the fastest time, 23.56 seconds. Click here for complete results and photos.

    Numerous sponsors and volunteers helped make the George Street Bike Challenge happen. See our Friends page for links to many new supporters, as well as longtime friends.

Race Results

Men ages 18-34
Rank Time Name Age City/Town Placement
1 23.56 Mike Orsi 18 Auburn 1
2 26.19 Dan Langlois 26 Worcester 2
3 27.22 Jacob Vellaccio 18 Worcester 3
4 28.15 Sam Talbot 30 Sterling 7
5 28.18 Jim Kokernak 32 Webster 8
6 28.47 Dan Zamis 31 Charlton 9
7 29.44 Bo Daley 28 Worcester 10
8 32.56 Brian Spring 33 Sutton 16
9 32.75 Kevin Morrissey 25 Worcester 17
10 32.97 David Spring 23 Jefferson 18
11 35.13 Jeff Hughes 31 Worcester 20
12 43.66 Tim Larose 24 Worcester 38
13 45.62 Kevin Furrow 31 Marlboro 39
14 74.44 David Maciewski 29 Worcester 54
Men ages 35 & up
Rank Time Name Age City/Town Placement
1 30.50 Jim Lucier 37 West Boylston 11
2 31.19 Jack Dolmat-Connell 42 Princeton 12
3 31.34 Peter Howard 42 Worcester 13
4 31.69 Mark Rocheford 48 Worcester 14
5 31.87 Geoff Martin 36 Watertown 15
6 33.09 Jon Fielding 43 Leominster 19
7 35.31 Bill Meduski 40 Worcester 21
8 35.69 Bob Rice 53 Gardner 22
9 36.00 Bob McKenney 41 Paxton 23
10 36.13 Dan Harrington 43 Bradford 24
11 36.66 Greg Raber 38 Sterling 25
12 37.09 Jim Convery 45 Worcester 26
13 37.09 Glen Cunningham 44 Newburyport 27
14 37.22 Chris Rehm 41 Worcester 28
15 38.82 Tom Swenson 41 Boylston 30
16 38.84 Richard Krasnick 41 Worcester 31
17 39.37 Dan Delorey 32 Paxton 32
18 39.75 Chris Fuhrmann 50 Holden 33
19 40.78 Rich Lachapelle 46 Worcester 36
20 41.47 Don Thompson 43 Holden 37
21 48.40 Jim Gonzalez 37 Worcester 41
22 49.34 John David 66 Worcester 42
23 50.38 Russ Weymouth 51 Auburn 43
24 54.44 Bill Baller 52 Worcester 44
25 55.43 Roy Westall 49 Dudley 45
26 55.91 Rich Whalen 44 Framingham 46
27 56.56 Peter Bocon 47 Shrewsbury 48
28 56.94 Jerry Debiase 50 Milford 49
29 61.60 Tom Crowley 47 Worcester 51
30 71.18 AJ Overton 74 Worcester 53
31 DNF Rodney Witkos 39 Wheelwright
Boys ages 12-17 
Rank Time Name Age City/Town Placement
1 27.56 Dean Rheaume 16 Whitinsville 4
2 27.57 Scott Dolmat-Connell 15 Princeton 5
3 27.81 Spencer Skerry 16 Shirley 6
4 38.18 Charles Kaneb 16 Worcester 29
5 40.54 Justin Duffy 17 Worcester 35
6 64.71 Mike Chaplin 13 Westminster 52
Women ages 18-34
Rank Time Name Age City/Town Placement
1 40.41 Kelly Robison 33 Webster 34
WOMEN ages 35 & up 
Rank Time Name Age City/Town Placement
1 48.19 Ellen Gugel 43 Westboro 40
2 56.42 Elizabeth Mort 44 Boston 47
3 60.69 Lynne Tolman 39 Worcester 50



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