Weekly Collegiate Racing Wrap - April 17, 2012


WCCC: Conference Championships at UNR – by Robbie Seldomridge

The D2 and D1 men's conference champions and the D1 women's winner.
The D2 and D1 men's conference champions and the D1 women's winner.
This past weekend marked the closing of the WCCC racing season. University of Nevada, Reno was the destination for the conference championships, and with mild temperatures and soft roads, the stage was set for an illustrious weekend of racing. Saturday’s racing included a morning team time trial, where the Stanford men A’s coasted into a victory with roughly 40 seconds over the second place finishers, Davis. The same results followed for the women’s As, Stanford first followed by Davis, but for these women, the margin was slightly wider. Later in the day, racers arrived at the UNR campus for the criterium. The 0.7-mile course consisted of a little climbing and some fairly swift parts. The Davis men would use the momentum from the TTT to help secure first and second place with Sam Bassetti and John Piasta. Davis’ reign of the criterium spilled over into the women’s A’s with Danielle Haulman walking away with the victory followed by UC Berkley’s Joanna Bechtel.

After a good night’s rest, the racers showed up Sunday for their last chance of victory in the WCCC. The men’s A’s put themselves to the test with an intense 88 miles of racing where Sam Bassetti once again squeezed out a win over UC Santa Cruz’s Nicholas Newcomb. The women’s A’s started roughly 15 minutes after the men, and with 69 miles under their spandex, Joanna Bechtel proved to everyone that she was not destined for second place by taking the win followed by UC Los Angeles’ Sara Kappus. The WCCC could not ask for a better closing to the race season; and as some racers prepare for nationals, others will return to their studies and couches and await next year’s season.  

MWCCC: Purdue Race Weekend – by Michael Kubancsek

Photo by Keith Miller
Photo by Keith Miller

The Midwest conference stayed in Indiana for another weekend for a road race and circuit race hosted by Purdue University. The penultimate event of conference racing meant individual standings were hotly contested and Saturday’s weather led to challenging racing. Alexander Meyer (UW-Madison) took his second win of the season in stormy conditions. Weston Luzadder (Marian) took his second win as well on Sunday’s four-mile circuit after a long breakaway with teammate Isaiah Newkirk; the Marian women also won both days with Jackie Kurth on Saturday and Katie Antonneau on Sunday. Purdue and Notre Dame were successful as well, with wins in the men’s B and C fields both days. Up next for MWCCC racers is the Regional Championships hosted by Notre Dame, the last stop on the way to Collegiate Nationals in Ogden, UT.

ECCC: USMA Race Weekend – by Garrett Lynch

The United State Military Academy put together an impressive schedule of races in the Hudson River valley.
Saturday MIT continued their stranglehold on the team time trial winning the men’s and women’s A races.  Later in the day, a short 2.2 mile challenging circuit race through West Point’s military training facility Camp Buckner, a course which saw numerous flats and crashes, left many riders with road rash and a few unlucky broken bones.  Samson McHugh (Pitt) won the men’s A while Christian Birch (MIT) won the women’s A/B.

Sunday’s beautiful weather coupled with the amazing scenery of the USMA campus helped create a festive atmosphere for the on-campus action.  To begin the schedule a demanding 2.5 mile Hill Climb ITT up from the Hudson River to the top of West Point featured multiple pitches of 10+% grades.  Katie Quinn (MIT) blew away the women’s A putting a minute between her and second place, as Daniel Holmdahl (Dartmouth) edged out a strong field in the men’s A.  The 1k three corner crit was fast and furious with a short uphill sprint finish to keep things interesting.  As we have seen a few times this season the home team was able to pull out a thrilling bunch sprint victory in the end of weekend criterium as Gabriella Allong (USMA) won the women’s A/B and Nick Garcia (USMA) men’s A.   

SCCCC: MSU Race Weekend - by Kim Aeschlimann

High winds and severe storm systems raged across Oklahoma and Texas threatening to unleash on collegiate racers at MSU. A few brave souls ventured forth and were thus rewarded with high winds for both road race and time trial.

The road race course was mostly flat with a slight incline on the back stretch. Heavy cross winds forced riders to work together to survive and made breakaways difficult in most fields. An epic breakaway occurred in the Men's B when Pierce Young from A&M pulled away from the pack in the first half and held the break for the entire duration of the race, finishing over 4 minutes in front of the main field. In the women's A, Claire Routledge (MSU) stayed with the Men's B pack to win first place. Off the back of the men's field, Danielle Bradley (Baylor) outsprinted Loren Eggenschwiler (MSU) at the line for second.

The wind picked up for the time trial and blasted riders with gusts up to 45 mph, making corners treacherous and straight-aways hellacious.

Tornadoes blew through Oklahoma overnight causing severe damage, but it was mostly wind and rain in Wichita Falls, TX. By Sunday morning the storm had moved on and it was blue skies for the criterium. Corners were damp in the morning but dried out quickly thanks to the hard work of volunteers. In the men’s A race, Shane Haga (Texas A&M) and Evan Bybee (MSU) broke away and lapped the field. The field strung out behind Haga and Bybee as a few chase groups formed, with Michael Sheehan (Texas State) and Tor Berge (Houston) pulling hard. No chase group managed to lap the field, and the main pack - including Bybee and Haga - finished with a field sprint. Bybee outsprinted Haga by a few centimeters to win.

LSU hosts the last SCCCC race of the season - Conference Championships - next weekend in Baton Rouge, Lousiana.

NWCCC: CWU Race Weekend – by Evan Schmitt

The NW conference travelled to Ellensburg, Washington this weekend for a wind powered omnium hosted by the Wildcats of Central Washington University.

The road race took place on a 19 mile loop out in Badger Pocket and had winds reaching up to 40 miles per hour. On the women's side, Kelly Plese (Washington) continued her stellar first collegiate season winning ahead of Oregon rival Aleah Davis and Western Washington's Kirsten Moore. On the men's side, Montana's Nate Keck kicked in the final sprint for the win ahead of Western Washington's Ryan Short and Oregon's David Kuhns.

The women and men of Washington won the afternoon team time trial. The Sunday criterium took place on a course out by the airport and the entire course was visible from the finish line.

Plese jumped clear on the final lap and won by several bike lengths in the Women's race. Her teammates Devon Simpson and Jesse Opp cleaned up the podium spots for the sweep for Washington. On the men's side, Short jumped clear on the final back straightaway and held on for the win ahead of Jake MacArthur (Washington State) and Washington's Matt Pence.

Heading into the final weekend, the overall standings are still left to be decided. Plese leads Davis by 42 points and Jacquie Spoon (Montana State) is in third. On the men's side, MacArthur leads Short by 43 points, but MacArthur is skipping next weekend's championships for the Tour of Walla Walla so Short may win the overall on the final weekend.

The NWCCC heads to its final weekend of the season in the wheat lands of eastern Washington. The championships are co-hosted by the clubs of Washington State University and the University of Idaho.

IMCCC: Tour of the Depot – by Shay Asay

The IMCCC headed to Tooele County for the Tour of the Depot, one of Utah's largest stage races. The race provided a time trial, road race, and criterium full of hills, wind, and low temperatures.

Highlights for the IMCCC include Cortlan Brown's (SLCCC) 5th place GC finish for the Cat 1-2 men. Tyler Matson (WSU) placed 4th in the GC for the Cat 3 men while Connor Johnson (UoU) placed 5th in the GC for the Cat 4 men. Several other strong individual stage results were provided by Michael Booth (UVU), Jared Brewer (UVU), Tanner Robison (USU), and N. Shay Asay (SUU).

The IMCCC will head to Logan, UT next week for the conference championships.

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