Weekly Collegiate Race Recap January 28, 2014


SWCCC: Northern Arizona University Race Weekend- by Alex Winkler

Bike Haus Women's B Start
Bike Haus Women's B Start  Photo: Fred Hules
Off to an exciting start for the road season in the Southwest. With every team trying to set the tone at the first two races of the 2014 season, competition was high. The first race of the season was The Bike Haus Crit co-hosted by NAU. Many of the teams came in full strength and showed the whole venue how exciting collegiate racing can be. During the Men’s CAT A race, Max Rich (UA) stole first place from ASU’s Ryan Petry. The Women’s CAT A race was a battle between Amy Chandos, the lone solider from NAU, and Lindsey Ryder (ASU). The difference was hardly even a wheel length when Lindsey struck from behind and took first from Amy. Racing would go late into the night and would continue in the early hours the next day.

As the desert sun started to bear down on the racers Sunday morning, it became clear that many racers were about out to hammer down the wattage during the time trial race. After taking the lead during the crit, UA looked to widen the gap between their main opponents ASU and NAU. Teams and individuals went off at break neck speed clocking in the 10 mile course in just under 30 minutes. After all that excitement, UA came out on top, with ASU right behind them and NAU at a close 3rd place. Next week the conference looks to Tucson. With home field advantage, this is bound to be UA best race, but will ASU or NAU deal an upset to UA on their own turf? Much more is to come for what is bound to be an exhilarating road season in the Southwest.