Weekly Collegiate Race Recap - September 10, 2013

  
  


ACCC: NC State and Wake Forest Race Weekend – by Charles Ramsbotham

ACCC mountain bike racers 9/9/13
 

This year the ACCC started off the mountain bike season with a tough weekend hosted by NC State and Wake Forest.  We began Saturday at San Lee park with NC State's half of the weekend.  The first race of the day was a long and technical cross country event.  Many thought the key to this course was digging deep and sticking with it.  Sandy soil, creek crossings, rock gardens, roots, and other features kept riders on their toes during a 10 mile lap.  After the men's A race ended, won by a JMU rider, staging for the time trial began.  The time trial was a quick loop with some punchy sandy climbs and a fast finish.  The two fastest overall times came out of the men's B field.

Sunday found the ACCC in Westfield, NC for Wake Forest's portion of the weekend.  It all started with an exciting short track race.  The race brought riders up a dry gravel climb into the woods where they found a tight section that wasn't too technical.  After the first wooded section they dropped down into a stretch with some rocks perfect for clipping pedals and roots to slip on.  To pass, riders had to push hard on the gravel climb or be smart in the rock section.  Mile's Hubbard (ASU) came out on top for the men's A in this event.  Shortly after short track the uphill time trial kicked off.  In just under a mile with 300ft elevation gain this was a good test of how everyone's legs were feeling.  At the top of the time trial rider's came to the staging location for Super D.  A nice finish to a great weekend, riders flew down the trail and then back to school.
 

MWCCCC: Track and Mountain race at Marian University – by Casey Hildebrandt

MWCCC track racer 9/9/13
 

Marian University hosted this past weekend’s double-header of racing starting off Friday night on the Major Taylor Velodrome, part of the Indy Cycloplex just a block down from Marian’s campus.  

Saturday morning started bright and early with some more events on the track and later in the afternoon spectators took a short hike out of the velodrome over to the other side of the parking lot to watch the brutal short track racing.  The course featured an optional log drop at the bottom of the downhill to mix things up.  Last weekend’s winner and current conference omnium leader, Kaitlin Antonneau (Marian University), took the win again while her teammate, Coryn Rivera, came in behind Corrie Osborne (Ripon College) for third place.  Josh Johnson (Marian University) took the win after a showdown with his teammate Drew Dillman, while their teammate Jason Blodgett fought for third. 

Shortly after short track finished up everyone headed over to the BMX track for the four cross races where defending dual slalom national champ, Bryce Hocking, took charge of the announcing rather than racing due to an arm injury.   The brackets were stacked with world-class riders in both the men and women’s races.  Teammates Chase Hines and Justin Posey (Marian University) took the top two spots while Jarrod Adcock (Northern Illinois University) rolled in content with third.  Junior BMX World Champion, Felicia Stancil (Marian University), finished her first collegiate race off with a win and teammate Kristin Bob came in for second.  Brittany Bates (Lindenwood University) rolled in for third on the day. 

Sunday morning featured the XC races on a super fast and flowy course that wound down and around multiple rivers and creeks.  The top three Women were the same as a week ago at Ripon’s MWCCC season opener.  Antonneau with the win followed by the freshman duo of Osborne and Sophia Marchiando (Ripon College).  The men’s race was very similar to the day before in short track with Johnson and Dillman ending up first and second, while freshman teammate Alek Minkis battled for a majority of the race and fought for a third place finish. 

Riders have a short break in the schedule now and some will be headed to Cross Vegas, China’s first UCI cross race, and Track Nationals before heading back to conference racing at Mizzou in a few weeks.   

Cover photo courtesy Chris Jones, track photo courtesy Andrew Rizzo
 

SECCC: ETSU Race Weekend – by Spencer Lowden

SECCC MTB racers 9/9/13
 

The second weekend of SECCC mountain bike racing in Johnson City, TN, known as “The Dirty South Throwdown” lived up to the name showing cyclists from near and far that the local trails on ETSU’s campus don’t mess around. The fast and furious downhill started the weekend off with a bang, testing rider’s abilities on multiple levels. Spectators and racers alike enjoyed the early morning and it set an exciting start for the races to come.

Mid-afternoon brought along the short track races, always a spectator’s favorite, especially with the infamous gap jump that can easily be a deciding factor if one were to opt out of the “A” line or have the unfortunate luck of crashing on it. Kerry Werner (Lees-Mcrae College) and Erica Zaveta (Brevard College) took the wins in the A race. Kerry coming back from Worlds in South Africa showed he still had plenty in the tank and battled from the very back to edge out Zach Valdez (Brevard College), while Erica took the hole-shot and never looked back.

Saturday was wrapped up with the always exciting 4-Cross event. High flyers from all the conferences showed that they weren’t afraid to go big while racing side by side in a tight and fast track. Lindsey Wilson showed why they are one of the best in 4-Cross events by having Stephanie Caluag and Corey Ross taking wins in both the women’s and men’s A races.

The final event, XC started Sunday morning with a tight, twisty, and demanding 5 mile course. Kerry Werner continued his weekend dominance with another win followed by Cypress Gorry (Brevard College), while in the women’s race Kaysee Armstrong of King’s College took the win. 

The next SECCC mountain bike race will be held by Georgia Tech in Conyers, GA





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