Collegiate Road Season 2017 - Recap One


ACCC: Wolfpack Classic - Joshua Spokes

The ACCC started its season this past weekend with the Wolfpack Classic hosted by NC State. Sun shone down on the racers throughout the day on Saturday and temperatures rocked up into the 70s by the end of the day. The ACCC also welcomed its second Varsity team this year in Belmont-Abbey College. The conference is excited to have more able competitors.
The Men’s C, D and Women’s B/C kicked things off on Saturday. First to finish their race were the Men’s D where Henry Germaine (UMD) took the sprint with the podium rounded out by Owen Thomas (UMD) and Jack Fu (JHU). The Maryland sweep of that race was soon rectified when the Women’s B came through with Laura Leaton (UVA) winning the Women’s B followed by Bridget Thompson (W&M) and Madisen Grinnell (USNA). In the Women’s C, Austin Thompson (Duke) took the win followed by Megan Merryman (LU) and Silvana Alferi (NCSU).
The second wave of races included the Men’s A sandwiched between two open fields. After a myriad of probing moves, a break of four that consisted of Jesse Kooistra (BA), Clayton Travis (VT), Richard O’Briant (NCSU) and an App State rider managed to get space. Kooistra, Travis and O’Briant stayed away to the line with Kooistra taking the win over Travis and O’Briant coming in for third. Keith Mullaly (BA) took the field sprint for fourth.
In the last race of the day, a combined Men’s B/Women’s A field, all moves were kept on a short leash and in the end it came down to a field sprint. Oren Mizrahi (Duke) came away with the win followed by John Gracely (UM) and Taylor Adams (USNA). The Women finished with the Men and Annie Pharr (ASU) came out on top, followed by Emma Langley (W&M) and Erin Thamm (USNA).
The criterium on Sunday saw even warmer weather as the racers descended on Dorothea Dix Park. The Women’s A race started with rising temperatures and the 5 racers quickly fell into order. Attacks up the course’s climb by Emma Langley (W&M) resulted in some splits but they were all brought back. Near the end of the race, Langley and Pharr got away together with Langley eventually getting the better of Pharr. Maryann Riley (ASU) distanced the remaining riders for third.
The Men’s A race saw aggressive riding through a twisty course with no major moves until halfway through. At that point, Thomas Humphreys (UMD) broke away before being caught by a group of 6 including breakmates from Saturday, Travis (VT) and O’Briant (NCSU), and last year’s winner on the course, Charles Ramsbotham (ASU).  O’Briant went for an early move on the last lap but a pedal issue resulted in Humphreys taking the win over Keith Mullaly (BA) and O’Briant following them in for third. 

RMCCC: DU and Frostbite Weekend – Rees York

The RMCCC has finally started up their racing season!  First off was the Wyoming Frostbite Time Trial, followed by the Denver University City Park Criterium.  The Frostbite Time Trial is typically considered a very cold race, hence the name, but this weekend the cycling
gods were smiling down on us as all weekend it was mid-60’s and sunny. 
RMCCC riders get ready for the Frostbite TTT.
RMCCC riders get ready for the Frostbite TTT.

Colorado State University (CSU) Cycling Team took the Men’s Team Trial by storm, winning the Men’s A, B, and C categories.  In the Women’s A Team Time Trial, Fort Lewis College (FLC) took the win, with Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) following closely behind.

In the Men’s A category we had some fast racing on crit day.  Arne Egner of Colorado Mesa University and Noah Granigan of University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) attacked with 7 laps to go.  Arne Egner would hold off the field by 8 seconds for the win, with Noah Granigan taking 2nd place just ahead of 3rd placed George Simpson (CSU).  The Men’s B field splintered on the final lap with Austin Hinson (CU Boulder) outsprinting Derek Hall (USAFA) for the win.  They were followed 4 seconds later by Malik Mariano (FLC).  The Men’s C field had a break
of three get away with three laps to go, and stayed away with Michael Morton (CU Boulder) taking the win followed closely behind by Nevin Whittemore (CU Boulder) and Zackary Ghalayini (FLC).

On the Women’s side, Ariane Horbach (CMU) soloed to her first victory of the season while Colorado College’s (CC) Hayley Bates took the group sprint for second and Natalia Franco (CMU) right behind her.  In the Women’s B/C race a group of four, two B’s and two C’s got away.  This led to Ellen Campbell (FLC) taking the win in the Women’s B’s with Erin Paradis (CSU) just behind.  In the Women’s C’s Cassie Cohen (CC) won with Nicholle MacKeen (USAFA) just behind her.  Rounding out the podiums were Madeleine Hanley (CSM) for the Women’s B’s and Megan Osteen (UNC) for the Women’s C’s.
The RMCCC continues racing at Colorado State University with the Cobb Lake Road Race and CSU Oval Criterium.

NCCCC: Arkansas Classic – Jack Niewold

The second race weekend in the SCCCC was joined by teams from the NCCCC for large fields and good weather in the Arkansas Classic, hosted by the University of Arkansas. 

The weekend kicked off Saturday morning with a 6.4 mile uphill time trial rolling around picturesque Lake Fort Smith. In the Men's A field, Sam Fritz (Minnesota-Duluth) blitzed the course with a winning time of 21:06 followed by Ben Bradley (Tulane) and Jack Niewold (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities). The top eight men all finished within one minute of Sam Fritz, setting the stage for what would be an evenly matched and exciting weekend.

In the Women's A Time Trial, Annika Teschke took the win with Ashley Weaver and Maxyna Cottam rounding out the podium. 
That afternoon at the Road Race, the Men's A field rolled out first for a three 24 mile laps of a relatively technical and very hilly circuit with three steep climbs. After a pile up in the first lap which delayed all of the successive races and caused the Men's A field to be neutralized for a lap, a group containing Hugh Gill (Lindenwood), Sam Fritz (Minnesota-Duluth), and Chase Wark (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities) coalesced off the front. With a gap of almost two minutes into the last lap, the move looked pretty good to go to the end. However, Lindenwood, seemingly unsatisfied with the composition of the break, whipped up the chase and the two groups combined in the last lap. Ben Bradley (Tulane) won out of the selective lead group, followed by Jonah Mead-VanCort (Lindenwood) and Sam Fritz (Minnesota-Duluth).

In the Women's A, Ashley Weaver and Annika Teschke went one-two for Lindenwood, with Solymar Rivera (UNT) bringing home the bronze.

In the Men's B, Ryan Chien (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) took a dramatic solo victory after riding in the break of four all day. Joy Jason (Tulane) took the win in Women's B. 

The criterium was a technical kilometer circuit on an overcast Sunday morning. The largest field of the day was Men's C, which split up after some aggressive riding early in the day, the win being taken by Andy Heuser (UNT). Christin Stuschka (Minnesota-Twin Cities) took her third win of the weekend in the crit solo in the Women's C.

The Men's A race started off hectically until Chase Wark (Minnesota-Twin Cities), Sam Fritz (Minnesota-Duluth), Pablo Cruz (MSU) and Ben Bradley (Tulane) broke away. Several laps later, Jack Niewold (Minnesota-Twin Cities) bridged to the move, seemingly feeling good even after his crash in the Road Race. With the top three from the TT represented, the move quickly gained time on the field. When Cruz (MSU) flatted out of the break, things looked good for Minnesota-Twin Cities. However, when Fritz attacked hard, only Ben Bradley was able to follow as Wark and Niewold floundered off the back of the move. Fritz took the win ahead of Bradley with Niewold repeating his 3rd place from the Time Trial.

In the Women's A, the absence of the powerful Lindenwood duo opened the door for Maxyna Cottam (MSU) to take a strong win followed by Solymar Rivera (UNT) and Amy Floyd (MSU).


MWCCC: Louisville Race Weekend - Alex Renny

The University of Louisville hosted a great double-header weekend that made the most of the surprisingly cold weather. Thankfully the organizers were able to bring in some great coffee from Heine Brothers’ Coffee to keep everyone warm before the races heated up. Saturday saw the racers circling Long Run Park, situated in the rolling hills of one of the posher parts of suburban Louisville. Sunday was a NASCAR style crit with sweeping corners making it hard for breaks to get established – but not for wont of trying from several teams. Most fields compensated for the cold weather by
sticking together for the duration and settling on bunch sprints, though there were some standout performances
to be sure. 
Midwest riders take to the course for the first race of the season.
Midwest riders take to the course for the first race of the season.

The men’s B field saw promising solo breaks on Saturday and Sunday, but both were reeled in to end as bunch sprints. Saturday saw Cade Bickmore (Marian) try the solo move before being brought back with Kyle Bohnsack (Lindenwood) taking the top step. Adam Johnston of Case Western Reserve University continued his solo break tradition from last year on Sunday, but Brad Klingele (Indiana University – Bloomington) prevailed in the sprint. 

The biggest excitement for Saturday was in the men’s and women’s A fields. John MeadVanCort (Lindenwood) won by a tire width over Brice Brookshire (Marian), last year’s conference winner. Just before in the women’s race, Kyrstin Bluhm (Lindenwood) and Emma Swartz (Marian) shot off in a late break with two to go, but Kyrstin was able to roll away in the closing stages and ended around 10 seconds up on the line with Emma Swartz hanging on for second in front of the group.

Sunday saw many attempts from Marian to get a solo break up the road in the men’s A race, but things didn’t go there way and everything came back together in the closing stages. A big crash in the beginning of the last lap took out much of the UW-Madison team – but this didn’t stop Max Ackerman (UW-Madison) from playing his hand to perfection. Lindenwood had a great leadout for Jonah MeadVanCort but Ackerman stuck on his wheel and outsprinted him at the last second to grab the win.

The breakout performance of the weekend, however, must go to Lily Williams of Northwestern University. While she’s new to the collegiate road scene, she was able to take the strength from cross (where she got 2nd in Collegiate Club Nationals in January) and her time at Vanderbilt racing middle distance on the track and translate that into THREE wins on the weekend. Saturday saw her solo away from the C field, and Sunday saw her do the same in the B field. She then doubled up on Sunday to race the women’s A, where she led out and won the sprint there to wrap up a successful weekend. Lily Williams is the one to watch this season – we’ll see soon how she copes with the longer distances in the upcoming road races in the MWCCC. 

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