Weekly Collegiate Race Recap February 4, 2014
WCCC: Boulevard Road Race Weekend - by Erika Pearsons
The WCCC started the season this past Saturday with the much anticipated Boulevard Road Race. The long loop course featured a start line dissent, rail road crossings, uphill finish, and the occasional border patrol sighting. A university from Mexico joined us as they work their way to collegiate worlds in Europe this summer. And men's A, Robert Rodriguez, proved just what it takes bringing first place home to UABC. Representing the WCCC, Andrew Ulvestad, UCSD took second. We saw a huge turnout for the first weekend thanks to UCSD's support for putting on a successful race as we look forward to continued success at Cal Poly's campus crit.
SWCCC: UA Race Weekend - by Alison Alterman
As athletes prepped for the SWCCC’s second collegiate racing weekend, it seemed that UA would hold a strong advantage on our backyard crit course. When riders awoke to an unusually rainy, cold Tucson on race morning, however, the Wildcat’s fair-weather riding tendencies questioned that edge. After sizing up each other’s’ fitness last week on a technically easy racing track, riders now got the chance to compare handling skills on a course featuring four sharp and wet 90 degree corners. A strong wind prevented breaks and made drops final. These conditions proved advantageous to a teammate-less Alexis Gannis of GCU who took the Women’s A win, out-sprinting ASU’s Lindsey Ryder and UA’s Kim Truitt. In the Men’s A field it was UA’s Quinn Keogh with a clear win, besting teammate Max ‘Turbo’ Rich and a seemingly lost-in-the-desert Devin Clark of Lindenwood University.
Sunday morning brought a chilly six-mile TTT, in which UA out-paced ASU in the Men’s A and B categories, and a promising new NAU C team took the win. On the women’s side, UA was out-ridden by ASU’s A Team, but took an uncontested title in the B’s.
An hour later saw the start of UA’s inaugural Oracle Road Race. The course, which featured 1,700 feet of climbing per 20-mile loop and a realized potential for strong wind, drew huge fields containing collegiate, category, and professional riders alike. As the Col. A riders were started with the Pro/1/2/3 fields, the collegiate races boiled down to a matter of who could hold onto the pack the longest. UA’s Quinn Keogh took his second win of the weekend, finishing solo by virtue of a “breakaway off the back” of the professional pack. Dueling it out in the final climbs of their 80-mile ride to round out the podium were ASU’s Constantin Schreiber (2nd) and UA’s Max Rich (3rd). It was NAU’s Amy Chandos who was able to hold on at the front of the race on the women’s side, with ASU’s Lindsey Ryder and GCU’s Alexis Gannis strongly finishing their 60-mile rides behind her.