Weekly Collegiate Race Recap April 29, 2014


ECCC: Easterns Road Weekend p/b Rhode Island Schools - Dominic Caiazzo

For the  final stop on the Eastern Conference’s road  to Richmond,
Brown University, RISD and Providence College teamed up to
The Women's A race during the final weekend of the ECCC road season (Photo Credit: André Rauh)
The Women's A race during the final weekend of the ECCC road season (Photo Credit: André Rauh)
put on a spectacular weekend in Rhode Island.  Saturday brought miserable weather to Scituate, with rain coming down most of the day and temperatures in the mid 40s.  The Massachusetts Institute of Technology won both the women’s and men’s race in the wet TTT, momentum that they will surely carry to nationals this coming weekend.  The road race was a memorable one, complete with three dirt sections on a 24 mile loop that would get messier as the day went on. Coupled with the mud, the weather made the race a battle of the hardest.  After nonstop attacks from the peloton on lap 1, Craig Richey (Bentley University) successfully broke away alone on lap 2, eventually coming in solo over 7 minutes ahead of the field.  Middlebury’s Kai Wiggins would edge out Thomas Barnett (Providence) for the field sprint.  For the first time this season, a women’s B racer won the combined A/B race.  From host school Brown University, Rebecca Fahringer outkicked her 4 woman breakaway to win, with Cecilia Davis-Hayes (Columbia) and Michelle Khare (Dartmouth) taking 2nd and 3rd.  Following racing, riders warmed up and washed the mud off to gear up for a downtown criterium in Providence the next day.

Sunday’s crit was a perfect course, with four corners and a fast chicane.  The finishing stretch was lined with spectators and food trucks throughout the day as racers fought for the title of eastern conference criterium champion.  Rebecca Fahringer (Brown University) was clearly motivated to win at home this weekend, as she led out and won the sprint.  Cecilia Davis-Hayes (Columbia) took 2nd, as well as every intermediate sprint, locking up the green jersey for the season.  Shaena Berlin (MIT) finished 3rd, enough to hold on to her season omnium and carry the yellow jersey to Richmond.   In the men’s race, a three man break escaped containing Thomas Barnett (Providence), Greg Ratzell (Penn State) and Saturday’s champion, Craig Richey (Bentley).  Despite Barnett’s efforts to jump on the last lap, it came down to a three-up sprint.  Ratzell came out on top, with Barnett taking second by inches over Richey.  Daniel Holmdahl (Dartmouth) finished 6th, and will carry both the yellow and green jerseys to Richmond. MIT won the team omnium once again, followed by Dartmouth and UVM.


ACCC: Conference Championships at Navy - Trevor Holmes

The finish at Navy during the final weekend of the ACCC road season (Photo Credit: Neil Singh)
The finish at Navy during the final weekend of the ACCC road season (Photo Credit: Neil Singh)

This week in the ACCC cyclists competed in the Conference Championship host by the U.S. Naval Academy. They provided a beautiful road course in Prince William Forest Park that proved to be challenging for all racers with a long false flat and two punchy climbs. An outstanding show of athleticism came from Luke Woodard from Virginia Tech when he made a break in the Men’s B race and finished first place three minutes ahead of the main field. The competition for points was continued the Women’s A category ending in a field sprint with Adelaide Tillinghast pulling a half wheel ahead of Alena Pugacheva. The Men’s A race proved to be a tough one when Chris Jones (VCU) and Miles Hubbard (ASU) attempted to make a break at mile 11 of 60, and it stuck. With both teams having members controlling any breaks from the peloton the break stuck and a gap increased to 6 minutes. Chris Jones pulled ahead of Miles in the final 200 meters for the win.

At the circuit race this weekend all fields made bike racing interesting. The Women’s A field broke with 3 ladies pulling ahead and pushing the pace away from the group. The race ended in a sprint finish between these three ladies with Alena Pugacheva (VCU) taking first, Adelaide Tillinghast (American University) taking second, and Tess Senty (WVU) right on her wheel for third. The Men’s A field was full of small breaks trying to get away during the first 3 laps when finally a five man break was made. With a group of five in front of the field, and most schools being represented, the pace slowed considerably in the peloton.  There was an impressive display of teamwork when four riders from Duke University fell off the back but managed to practice their team time trial skills to get within 20 seconds of the field. When rider flatted on the backside of the course another dropped back from the peloton to help pull their team back into contention. Amazing teamwork and determination to get back in the group! It wasn’t long until the break lapped the field and finished in a field sprint with Dave Fuentes (GMU) taking first place, Alan Garvick (ASU) for second, and Evan Lang (VCU) close behind for third place. 


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