Weekly Collegiate Racing Wrap - September 4, 2012
SCCCC: Camp Eagle Classic - by Jon Huey
The SCCCC made its 2012 mountain bike season debut at the Camp Eagle Classic in Rocksprings, TX, claimed to be the largest mountain bike festival in the state. This event brings a wide variety of racers, even including a unicycle race.
The collegiate short track course was relatively smooth with a couple of sandy areas, and scattered changes in elevation; the middle end provided a bit of wooded and rocky single track. Texas State dominated the Men’s A category, with Brian Barrow finishing first and Alex “Cub” Garza following just behind. The Super D was quite an unusual event for this conference, but it was a welcome challenge. This was a mass start event, providing quite a time for the largest category of Men’s C, with seventeen participants. The cross-country course incorporated a fair amount of climbing at the start, leading to beautiful views from the top and down to a technical stone riverbed.
An impressive aspect of this season opener was the number of women riders in attendance. This conference has had small numbers in the recent past, but this event brought enough participants to have Women’s A, B, and C categories. There were many new and eager faces in the Men’s C category as well.
The fun family atmosphere of this event acted as the perfect setting for the rekindling of many friendly rivalries.
MWCCC: Red Hawks Romp - by Casey Hildebrandt
The Midwest Conference opened their mountain bike season this past weekend at Nordic Mountain, where Conference Championships were the previous two seasons and also home of the Subaru Cup Pro XCT. Ripon College put on the race holding downhill, short track cross country, as well as cross country using the mountain as a great set up for various styles of racing. Saturday kicked off with downhill practice followed by the real deal. Lindsey Wilson College had the top four riders in the Men’s A, Michigan Tech University took the win in the B category, and Purdue grabbed the C category. Lindsey Wilson College had two women contest each other in the B category. Short Track Cross Country was up next with Lindsey Wilson College grabbing wins in the C and B category. In the A race Joseph Maloney from the University of Wisconsin - Madison took the win after establishing a breakaway with Casey Hildebrandt of Ripon College. Hayley Olson from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, won the Women’s A short track and Zoe Reker from Winona State University won the B race.
Sunday had even more riders come out to contest the cross-country events. Margaret Robinson of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, won the women’s B race and the A race by Saturday's short track winner, Hayley Olson. Lindsey Wilson College took the wins in both the Men's C and B races, just as they did on Saturday in the short track. The Men's A field took off at a very fast start as they attacked the ski hill. Joe Maloney, Saturday's winner, took the early lead. After 5 laps on a similar course to the Subaru Cup Pro XCT, Casey Hildebrandt came out with the win, followed by Maloney. Next up on the mountain bike calendar is Michigan Technological University's home race in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
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