Weekly Collegiate Race Recap April 8, 2014


ACCC: Virginia Tech Race Weekend - Trevor Holmes

It was a tough weekend of racing in the ACCC at Virginia Tech with rolling
hills, punchy climbs, and a criterium that was hard and
The finish of a men's race at the Virginia Tech event.
The finish of a men's race at the Virginia Tech event (Photo Credit: Richard Lang).
fast. The Men’s A road race was filled with breakaways, chases, and more breakaways. On the last lap George Garvick (ASU) managed to make a break and come across the finish line solo. Bryan Lewis (UVA) and Evan Lang (VCU) brought the pack in at second and third. Women’s A Nina Laughlin (ASU) managed a win at the road race this weekend.

Team time trials proved difficult with rolling hills and a little bit of wind. The Men’s A field was close with Duke in the lead by twelve seconds, ASU and VT only 3 seconds apart. Women’s A had UNC Chapel Hill ahead of ASU by thirty seconds. Enjoying a great grass fed beef burger grilled on location completed the road race and TTT!

Virginia Tech, once again, hosted a great criterium with a punchy climb into the finish line. Men’s A started with Evan Lang (VCU) and Corey Davis (JMU) off the front with a six second lead in the first lap. Ten minutes into the race and they had fifty seconds on the field. At twenty minutes, of the seventy-five minute race, Evan and Corey had worked together to lap the field. It didn’t end there as a break started with Evan, Corey, George Garvick (ASU), and David Fuentes (GMU) and they gained a twenty second advantage on the field. With 10 laps to go George attacked giving himself a considerable lead and securing third place. The sprint between Evan and Corey ended with Evan Lang winning by a wheel length. Women’s A started fast with everyone taking a turn on the front pushing the pace hard. Nina Laughlin was in the lead as they took the last turn with Adelaide Tillinghast (American University) and Tate Devlin (UNCW) close behind. Adelaide and Tate managed to push hard on the final stretch securing first and second place with Tess Senty (WVU) close behind for third. 


SWCCC: Conference Championships - Allison Alterman

As riders waited at the start line of the Conference Championship ITT in Albuquerque, NM before our respective starts, feeling the wind and seeing the hills, we each knew that the only predictable outcome in the last inner-conference weekend of racing would be pain.  No leader's jersey was secure. 
A men's podium during the SWCCC conference championships (Photo Credit: Allison Alterman).
A men's podium during the SWCCC conference championships (Photo Credit: Allison Alterman).

The tough conditions of the 20k ITT proved advantageous to UA's Joey Iuliano in the Men's A race, his double-points win enhancing his likelihood of earning a podium place in the season omnium.  Behind him were teammates David Carlson and (points leader) Max Rich.  In the Women's A ITT, ASU's Stefanie Sichler finished first, Allison Alterman placed second for UA, and ASU's Sarah Muench was third.

The wind only grew stronger into the afternoon for the criterium races.  Rich powered through in the men's race, collecting important points primes throughout the hour, and sprinted away from Iuliano in the final moments of the race.  Carlson, who stood second in the season standings, was set back slightly by his third place finish.  The women's crit podium matched that of the TT.
The ferocious wind and brutal hills on Sunday's road race made the final race of the season a true test of will and strength.  Rich, Carlson and Iuliano were able to pull off a podium sweep for UA.  Anona Whitley took the women's title for UNM, Allison Alterman finished second, and UA's Shelby Hoglund finished third.

In the end, UA was able to defend the team omnium title for the season, holding off ASU and NAU with consistency and numbers.  Individually, UA men swept the podium for the season, Rich coming out on top, Carlson a close second, and Iuliano taking third.  Allison Alterman was able to snag the jersey from ASU's Lindsey Ryder who took second, and Sichler (ASU) placed third.


MWCCC: Red Hawks Rippin' Road Weekend - Chris Curran

The MWCCC traveled to Ripon, Wisconsin for a one day event hosted by Ripon College including a team time trial and criterium. The team time trial featured a 10 mile out-and-back course on rolling rural roads. Marion University won the men’s and women’s category A team time trial.

The criterium was atypical featuring rolling roads with gradual turns through a developing neighborhood. The women’s category A field was scattered throughout the course as attacks from Lindenwood and Marion separated riders. Emily Elbers (Marian University) took the win, followed by Riley Missel (Marian), and Carrie Karas (Marian) in third. Coryn Rivera (Marian) maintains the conference omnium lead.

During the mens race an early attack went up the road with Lindenwood and Marian both represented, and the field sat up as riders made the effort to bridge across the gap to the break. Jos Chalmers (Marian) crossed the line first, followed by Stephan Hirsch (Marian), and Zachary Carlson (Marian) in third. Matt Brandt (Lindenwood) holds on to his first place conference omnium standing. 


ECCC: Army Spring Classic - Dominic Caiazzo 

The Army Spring Classic brought racers out to West Point, New York for the toughest weekend yet in the ECCC. Racing kicked off early Saturday with the classic hill climb ITT up Stony Lonesome on West Point’s campus. Erik Levinsohn (Yale) ran off with the men’s race in the 3 mile suffer-fest, torching 2nd place Craig Richey (Bentley) by 45 seconds. Shaena Berlin (MIT) stole victory by just 5 seconds over Michelle Khare of Dartmouth. While not quite warm, the sun was out for the later circuit races at Camp Buckner. Following what has nearly become tradition at Army races, a DJ in fatigues was set up at turn one with what must have been military grade speakers to blast the racers with a crosswind of bass as they flew by. Levinsohn was again the man to beat, escaping the field early with Daniel Lazier (Bucknell). Despite several chase efforts, the two put in a 45 second gap on the field and were never seen again. Levinsohn took the win by several bike lengths over Lazier, and Julian Georg (Syracuse) handily took the field sprint for 3rd. Despite a stacked field and several promising moves, the women’s race stayed together and ended with a thrilling field sprint. Katherine Wymbs (MIT) took the win over Rose Long (Icahn School of Med. at Mt. Sinai) and Elspeth Huyett (Kutztown).

Boston area schools took the win in both elite fields of Sunday’s 7 mile team time trial. In the men’s field, Northeastern bested Dartmouth while MIT beat out Columbia University in the women’s field. The weather was finally warm and sunny for the hilly road race through Harriman State Park. After a late race attack, Levinsohn sealed his dominating weekend performance and snatched the yellow jersey from MIT’s Zach Ulissi with a solo win in the 70 mile road race. Brett Wachtendorf (Penn State) and Daniel Holmdahl (Darthmouth) slipped away from the front chase group and held off for 2nd and 3rd. Michelle Khare (Dartmouth) earned the glory in the women’s race, winning a two-up sprint against Monica Volk (Penn State). Bailey Semian (Kutztown) rounded out the podium about 15 seconds back. While Ulissi has been dethroned by Levinsohn as conference leader, Shaena Berlin holds the yellow jersey for the women, and MIT still sits atop the team standings.


NWCCC: Whitman Race Weekend - Lucas Sokolsky

Walla Walla in itself is a beautiful place, with the sun shining it is a beautiful place for bike racing. The windy and hilly back end of the course made things the course both interesting and difficult. In the Men’s A race, Alexis Cartier of University of Idaho got a long awaited win after bridging alone to the breakaway. His luck didn’t hold through the weekend however, as he crashed twice in the crit the next day, nonetheless holding strong and finishing an impressive fifth.

Rosalyn Rombauer of WSU leads the women through the criterium course during the sixth week of the NWCCC (Photo Credit: Lucas Sokolsky).
Rosalyn Rombauer of WSU leads the women through the criterium course during the sixth week of the NWCCC (Photo Credit: Lucas Sokolsky).

Rosalyn Rombauer of Washington State University continued to impress in the Women’s A field, this weekend winning both the road race and the criterium. Her teammate Zach Bowden took the Men’s A crit win from a breakaway that had dwindled to six riders. 
In the Men’s B field, the incredibly powerful Sean Mathew of Western Washington University took the sprint after a tough race of cat and mouse where countless attacks into the wind revved up the pace but ultimately failed. Duncan Clark of University of Washington, dropped on the last big climb of the road race took the win in the crit after a group of 13 riders took advantage of the highly technical course on bumpy pavement to distance rest of the pack.
Sophia Andrews took both the road race and criterium win in the Women’s B field, taking the sprint in a nerve-racking sprint that redefined the word close. Devon Wright of Western Washington University took the Men’s C win in the road race ahead of Ryan Burks of Eastern Washington University. Burks won the crit the next day, after Wright crashed out with a few laps to go.
Host school Whitman college won the Team Time Trial in the Men’s and Women’s A field, as well as Women’s B. Montana State powered to the Men’s B win, and Eastern Washington took the win in the Men’s C field.
With just one weekend of racing in the conference left, Rosalyn Rombauer holds the title of conference leader with a convincing lead. Joel Fletcher of Portland State University has only to worry about teammate Cole Lalomia, but will likely not lose the jersey. Portland State University also leads the team competition, and will continue to unless University of Washington has serious results next weekend. 

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