Weekly Collegiate Racing Wrap - October 2, 2012


IMCCC: Sherwood Hills Cross Country – by Joan Meiners

The burgeoning Intermountain Conference held its one and only mountain bike race of the 2012 season this past Saturday at Sherwood Hills Resort near Logan, Utah.  The mild, sunny weather and the spectacular fall leaves made for a fun and photogenic race.  Cyclists traveled from the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College to compete in the event hosted by Utah State University, completing either two, three, or four 5-mile laps on the winding, flowing singletrack through the foothills of Utah's Wellsville Mountains.  Mitchell Peterson (UU), Kodey Myers (USU), and Mike Trussel (SLCC) tackled the Men's A race, while Joan Meiners (USU) and Wesley Geer (UU) battled it out in the Women's A division.  In the B division races, Claire O'Donnell (UU) completed her first collegiate race against an unattached rider and Brendan Money (UU) beat two other unattached riders to the finish.  Chris Brouiller (UU) and Aaron Payne (SLCC) climbed up through the woods and descended through Sherwood's meadows with an unattached rider in the Men's C division.

The IMCCC has sent riders to the other side of the Rockies to race in the RMCCC in previous weekends this season and will make a showing at RMCCC's Grand Junction race this coming weekend.  Look for a few jerseys from Utah at Nationals in New Mexico and more to come in the future as we make use of abundant mountains and trails to continue to build local collegiate racing.

WCCC: UNR Race Weekend – by Erika Pearsons

Crossing the border into Nevada, heading towards Reno, the elevation gain begins to rise rather quickly. At 7,000 feet we arrive at the quaint sky park called Sky Tavern and check out a bit of the cross country course before settling in for the night. After some very late arrivals (UCSB and a broken down team van) it was an early rise to the brisk morning air.

Photo courtesy Will Scheel
Photo courtesy Will Scheel
The day opened with cross country hitting the course with Men A’s. The course starts with a long accent up the fire road with sweeping views of the “Biggest Little City in the World”. After reaching the top of the ski run, riders snaked down through a mixture of narrow single track, sandy descents, and fast fire roads to the finish line. UNR’s own Trevor DeRuise (Men’s A) took an impressive 1st place followed by Steven Pearl from HSU in a grueling three lap finish, While Cal Poly SLO’s Maren Cosens placed 1st for Women’s A.

Dual Slalom was next on the list in the afternoon, accompanied with a nice increase in temperature. Aren’t those of us on the West Coast so lucky? Just a short walk from the top of the peak was the very newly made slalom course. With tight turns the course opens at the bottom making for a race to middle of the slalom for the best position. The right side of the course proved to be a bit more of a challenge for some of the riders with a banked turn with a lot of wash out, taking with it some of the competition. UNR’s own team President Casey Coffman (Men’s A) wiped out the competition in an impressive show for first place, followed by team mate Trevor Thomassen and the infamous Bobby Zidek from Chico for third. Ariana Altier (Chico) and Laura Brayfield (CSUS) displayed an impressive battle for 1st and 2nd, respectfully.

Sunday, the conclusion to an awesome weekend opened with Short Track, a mix of road and dirt making it a fast, fast competition. Men’s A Steven Pearl (HSU), Paul Summers (Stanford) and Ben Palmer (UCD) took the first three places respectively while the women’s A field, small but strong, was lead out by Eileen Mazzochette of Stanford followed by Erica Greif (UNR) and Elizabeth Solomon (UCB). Last up we ventured back up the ski lift to the start of the Down Hill course, proving to be a challenge. “It’s like a double black diamond run at Northstar” one rider stated as he headed back up the mountain for one last pre-ride. The very fast, steep and sandy course left many riders stepping out of the competition. Regardless it was a very impressive show from Alfonso Garcia (SDSU) and Casey Coffman (UNR) finishing a close 2.8 seconds apart.

Check out the rest of the results on wcccycling.org.

ACCC: Virginia Tech Race Weekend – by Sequoya Moore

Photo courtesy Scott Gardner Photography
Photo courtesy Scott Gardner Photography
Fall seemed to settle over Blacksburg, VA this weekend for the Virginia Tech Mountain Bike Race. Partly cloudy skies, cooler temps, and falling leaves made starting off the day with a grueling 1.14 mile uphill TT almost bearable. Once at the top, racers faced off in a fast and flowy short track which gave teams a chance to cheer on their members. Derek Whitescarver (ASU) gained a huge gap on the field for an impressive win in the Men’s A category. After the short track, racers had the satisfaction of schralping back down the uphill TT course in a fun Super D. To finish up the day, gravity-lovers were able to show off their skills in a head-to-head Dual Slalom. The double-doubles and table tops allowed riders ample opportunities to awe the crowd gathered around to watch.  

Sunday was short and sweet with a cross-country race at Mountain Lake Resort, where Dirty Dancing was filmed. The 5.5 mile loop featured amazing descents on rocky single track, a few technical climbs, and long fire road climbs which gave you a chance to appreciate your surroundings. Liz Spencer (VCU) and Megan Morse (W&M) battled it out for Women’s B through the entire race with Liz winning in the sprint by a “dog’s breath.” Way to go ladies!

I would like to thank all the parents who came out to support their kids this weekend. Even though we are college students, it is nice to know our parents will still come to our sporting events. Also, thank you to all the ladies for coming out; having you around makes for a better weekend.

Next weekend we will be wrapping up our season with Conference Champs hosted by West Virginia University. As always, it should be a good time, so come on out!

SCCCC: UT-Austin Race Weekend – by Jon Huey

Peter Hartwig of TAMU wheelies across the ST finish line.
Peter Hartwig of TAMU wheelies across the ST finish line.
Once again, rain poured down on the SCCCC this weekend, but by Saturday morning the sun came out to preserve the team relay course.  As riders came in, the next teammate had to skip to their bicycle in order to begin the course.  Some teams consisted of an intermingling of school participants, which brought about a playful element to the racing atmosphere.  The University of Texas team came out with the best time.  The short track course was a pleasantly challenging mix of climbing, cornering, and flowing descent which made for a fast and exciting race.  "Hospital Hill," a short two foot drop added a bit of excitement to every lap.  Elliot Minick of the University of North Texas came out in front for the Men's A category, while Linnea Nasman of UT dominated the Women's A category.

The cross country course was soft with a good amount of tack, along with a few rocky sections.  The course had a more than generous portion of climbing, with a few fast descents.  Liz Lurz of Abilene Christian University finished first for the women's A.

Texas Tech made an appearance this weekend after a long break from mountain competition, and all were glad to see them.  This was an excellent weekend both to compete and socialize among college student athletes.

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