2016 Collegiate Road Season Recap #4


SWCCC: Southern Arizona Omnium - Cherry Niel

Amongst others, Men’s B riders approach the feed zone on a hot Arizona course. Photo credit: Marielle Smith
Amongst others, Men’s B riders approach the feed zone on a hot Arizona course. Photo credit: Marielle Smith
Based around two beautiful Arizona state parks, the Southern Arizona Omnium consisted of a time trial at the base of Picacho Peak State Park and a road race right outside of Colossal Cave Mountain Park on February 27th to 28th. With temperature highs reaching 90° F, both days heated up quickly, as did the competition. Arizona State University (ASU), University of Arizona (UA), Northern Arizona University (NAU), and University of New Mexico (UNM) battled it out in the dry Tucson heat.
On Saturday, the TT course was a flat, out-and-back 20K course, with a mild crosswind that rose slightly throughout the day. In the morning, the collegiate teams demonstrated their teamwork abilities in the Team Time Trial. Men’s B and C were both dominated by ASU. UA and UNM followed in the B category, and both UA’s C teams took second and third in the C. ASU also took the win in the Women’s A TTT, with UA in second, but in the Women’s B the teams saw a switch-up, with UA in first and ASU in second. UA clenched the Men’s A TTT with a large gap over ASU, and then NAU.
Individually, three schools split the ITT results. In Men’s C, Alex Lubbock (NAU) took first, followed by Connor Schmitt (ASU), and Patricio Becerra (UA). ASU swept the Men’s B podium with Joshua Watts, Daniel Frost, and Scott Jones. Cherry Niel (UA) won the Women’s B, with Anna Moretti (ASU) and Rebecca Rogers (UA) not far behind. Newly upgraded rider Tori Riemersma (ASU) claimed the Women’s A first place, with Sarah Posner (UA) in second and Elisa Woody (UNM) in third. UA’s men also swept a podium, with David Greif, Joseph Iuliano, and Joshua Pratt-Ferguson dominating the Men’s A category. By the end of the day, UA and ASU were tied in the team omnium standings, but that soon changed after the road race.
On Sunday, riders braved high temperatures on a 9-mile looped course, ending with a sprint finish to the top of the infamous Pistol Hill. UA’s Shelby Hoglund remarked, “Other than the repetitiveness… the course was ideal for any rider that doesn’t mind a hill here or there.” Holgund went on to win the Women’s A race after breaking away from the collegiate field and riding nearly the entire race solo. ASU teammates Meggie Townsend and Alissa Albrecht worked together for second and third. Cherry Niel (UA) took first in Women’s B, closely tailed by Anna Moretti (ASU) and Christina Azzolina (UA). UA men Thomas Valente and Carl Patterson-Markowitz were chased by Alex Lubbock (NAU) for the Men’s C podium. Bryan Little (UA) took the Men’s B field by storm, winning on a solo break, and followed by Zachary Morrison (NAU) and Tyler Baker (UA). Racing at the hottest point in the day, the Men’s A field strung out and separated from the pro peloton within a few laps. UA’s David Greif and Joshua Pratt-Ferguson went 1-2, with ASU’s Rhys Louis in third. Winning every category gave UA the final push to trump ASU in team standings, while David Greif (UA) held onto the men’s leader jersey and rivals Sarah Posner (UA) and Alissa Albrecht (ASU) tied for the women’s.

SCCCC: Tulane Green Wave Classic - Bill Ash

Men's podium from the Green Wave Classic.
Men's podium from the Green Wave Classic.
The Tulane Green Wave classic omnium marked the beginning of the SCCCC conference with beautiful weather and lots of eager bike racers excited to test early season form. With only four conference races this year, riders from all over made the long trip to Louisiana to claim points towards the coveted green conference leaders jersey. Riders from Midwestern State University, University North Texas, University of Texas Dallas, Tulane, University of Arkansas, University of Houston, Louisiana State University, Centenary College of Louisiana and Rice University were all in attendance with riders from MSU making up the majority of the fields.

The weekend kicked off with a beautiful rolling road race on a 17 mile circuit through the swamps of Louisiana. Perfect weather for the men’s D field made for great racing for many of the first time racers with John Smith of LSU taking the field sprint ahead of first time competitor Jason Perkins of MSU. The women's A field combined with the Men's B field seeing MSU’s Hannah Ross hanging on to the lead group of men after a field split winning the women's A race and John Grapevine of University of North Texas taking the field sprint from a reduced group after the 68 mile race. The men’s A field, largely dominated by MSU, saw a break go in the first mile successfully staying away and finishing 15 minutes ahead of the peloton with Josh Buschel, Tice Porterfield and Pablo Cruz taking the top 3 spots.

Later that afternoon, riders tackled a short, violent time trial battling battling vicious winds. Competitors were able to use the event to amass points towards the overall omnium. Similar to the earlier road race, many riders from MSU took the top spots with Bill Ash winning in the men's A field and Hanna Ross winning the women's A with times of 8:26 and 9:51 respectively. Notable mention goes to the Louisiana State University rider Bryan Mutel. After an impressive ride averaging 389 watts for 8 minutes and 49 seconds according to the popular social media, networking and fitness website strava, was able to secure the win in the men’s B field and would have landed 4th in the men's A field with his official time.

After a hard day of racing, Sunday meant a close to the weekend with a short, technical 6 corner crit around Lake Shore HIgh school. Hanna Ross was able to hang on again to the men’s B field again mixing it up in the sprint and beating out most of the guys to secure her third win for the weekend. Narrowly avoiding a late race crash, Bryan Mutell was able to take his second win of the weekend over the men’s B field. First time racers took the start early clocking some fast lap times seeing Jonathan Graham of the university of Houston taking the win for the men’s D field. Gabriel Lodge of the University of Arkansas was able to take the win for the men’s C field as well as securing the KOM on strava. MSU dominated the men’s A criterium with three riders taking two laps early and an additional lap later in the race. They took the extended podium finishing first thru fifth with Pablo Cruez, the team's designated sprinter, taking the win with an impressive 1,700 watt sprint over Josh Buschell. Look out for Pablo mixing it up in future sprints.
Next week the SCCC looks forward to the hilly terrain at the Arkansas Classic hosted by University of Arkansas. 

SECCC: Auburn Weekend - Danielle Clark

The SECCC headed down to Auburn this past weekend to battle it out in the second conference road race of the season. Greeted with colder than expected temperatures, the Women’s A field was the first race to go (along with the Men’s B and C fields). After a mellow first lap with everyone warming up, a break of Victoria Kanizer of Milligan University, Danielle Clark from Furman Univeristy, and Mackenzie Koth from University of Florida formed and stuck for the remaining 30 miles of the race, as all teams from the field were represented. Victoria Kanizer went on to win the sprint, and the field sprint was won with a bike throw by Julia Fresne of Furman. The Men’s B field stayed together for the majority of the race, with Alec Harp taking the field sprint.
The Men’s A race followed, and had many breaks going throughout the race. Derek Schanze, from UF, ended up staging a solo break and holding out for several laps to finish solo, despite many groups trying to catch him. The chase group had many of the big schools represented, with Fletcher Lydick from Milligan taking the sprint.
The TTT was run in the afternoon with a single lap of the course and was won by the Men’s Furman A Team (with the only sub 18 min time) and the Women’s Milligan A team (who came in 7 minutes before the second place women’s team).
The Criterium began with warmer weather and sunny skies, and was bound to be an interesting race for all due to a 4 cornered course including a cobbled straightaway. The day was started by the Men’s C and Women’s B races, won by Peter Gacek and Carlee Hemmerlein respectively. The Women’s A field was the next to go, and began with an early break of Stephanie Cucaz and Zoe Mullins from Milligan, and Julia Fresne from Furman. The field followed, and several attacks were made but none were able to stick. Stephanie Cucaz won out of the riders in the breakaway, and Danielle Clark from Furman took the field sprint.
The Men’s B race followed, and culminated in a field sprint on a slightly uphill finish, with Samuel Wentworth from Milligan taking the win.
The Men’s A race began with an early break of 7 riders representing most of the big teams, 6 of whom ended up lapping the field. Nate Morse from Furman University wasn’t able to stay with the break, but ended off holding off the pack for 30 min to finish right ahead of the field in 7th. The field sprint, including the riders who had lapped the field, was taken by Grayson Brookshire with a bike throw for the win. 

WCCC: Berkeley Weekend - Jeff Dahlen @jedahlen

In the third weekend of WCCC racing UCLA and UCSD ran the show. On Saturday the UCLA Bruins had a great day at the grueling Boulevard Road Race, while on Sunday the UCSD Tritons came up big on their home turf at the lightning fast Rock’em Shock’em Triton Grand Prix.

For the Boulevard Road Race, a small field combined led the Women’s A to be combined with the women P/1/2/3. This led to the race being determined by whoever could hold onto the P/1/2/3 field the longest, with Channel Islands’ Amy Benner coming in first, followed by UCSD’s Kat Ellis and UC Davis’ Danielle Haulman in second and third.

The Men’s A garnered a larger field than the Women. Following the long descent, the climbers quickly took control on the first lap and thinned the field. UCLA’s Eric Bryan claimed the victory with his teammate Robert Pearce claiming third. Alex Bumpers of UCSD took second.

The combined group of Women’s B and C kept together through the descent and first half of the race. With ten miles to go, UCLA’s Maddy Ward and UCSD’s Alexandra Reich (both B’s) broke from the group. Ward put time into Reich up the finishing climb to secure the B's for another UCLA win. In the chase group, Katherine Nadler broke away from the rest of the C’s to claim first for UCSD.

With a small group, the Men’s B stayed together until the final climb where Sam Quinby sprinted to a first place finish for UC Davis.

Lastly, the Men’s C/D combined group saw a pack finish leaving UCLA’s Alex DeRoche taking first for the C’s, and UCSD’s Jeff Dahlen taking first for the D’s.

The next day, undoubtedly the most exciting race was the Men’s A. Immediately after starting the race the attacks began from UCLA and UC Davis. After 20 minutes of racing one of the repeated attacks was able to stick for the rest of the race, lapping the remainder of the field. In the final sprint it was UCSD’s Eric Geier that rode away with the victory, followed by UC Davis’ Scott Cohen and UCLA’s Matt Ojeda in second and third.

Again in the Women’s A there were repeated attacks throughout the race, though none of them lasted much more than a lap due to the small size of the field. In the final lap of the race UCSD teammates Esther Walker and Kat Ellis were able to form a small break in the final turn to take first and second, followed shortly by Channel Islands’ Amy Benner.


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