Weekly Collegiate Racing Wrap - April 10, 2013


SECCC: Cobra Tornado Classic – by Kira Maicke

This weekend, the SEC riders traveled to the Tennessee/Virginia border to race at the Cobra Tornado Classic hosted by King College and Virginia Intermont. The time trial course was a relatively short, fast ride with Spencer Oswald placing first in the men’s A’s yet again with a time of 10:49 for the 5.6 mile ride. Rebecca Whitsitt of UCF took first for the women’s A’s ITT. Mars Hill had a great showing for the TTT’s, taking first place for both the men’s and women’s A’s. 
The riders made a short trip to downtown Bristol that afternoon for the criterium race. The course was flat and fast with four 90 degree turns. The majority of the women’s A field stayed together, leading to a fast sprint finish with Rebecca, the SECCC points leader, coming out on top for her second win of the day. The Lees McRae men dominated the crits all day with 1-2 finishes in every category. In the Men’s A race, Zac Felpel took first with teammate Iggy Silva coming in second.
The riders woke up Sunday to a beautiful sunny day for the road race. Katherine Shields of Lees McRae broke away early in the women’s A race and stayed away to secure the victory. After a few breakaway attempts in the men’s A race, one stuck, and Victor Alber of UF came out on top. Overall, the SECCC had a great weekend with some great weather to finish off the regular season of racing. The conference is getting ready for conference championships at Clemson next weekend.

IMCCC: Conference Criterium Championships at USU – by Scotty Bauer

The IMCCC headed up to Logan, Utah for the conference championship criterium. The course, an extremely technical, short course with 8 corners with uphill portions favored only those with superb bike handling skills.
In the men’s A race an attack right from the gun from Michael Trussell (SLCC), reminiscent of a cyclocross start, caught many riders off guard. By the 3rd corner gaps had already formed as riders got caught behind those who had trouble navigating the corners at high speed. Trussell, who has been sick, quickly blew up on the 2nd lap and fell behind. Mitchell Peterson(UofU) and Teal Buchi (UVU) were able to hold the pace set by Trussell and continued to open up time on the rest of the field. Half way through, Mitchell upped the pace and dropped Teal. Connor Johnson (UofU) attacked once Mitchell had lapped the field and the two worked together to try and catch Teal. Teal was able to hold off the duo to claim 2nd place. The final result: Mitchell Peterson, Teal Buchi, and Connor Johnson.
The women’s A race rode with the B men and the field shattered like most of the races up to that point. Joan Meiners (USU) was rockin' the course but had an unfortunate blowout which took her out of the lead pack. Nonetheless, she was able to hold on for the win while Mavis Irwin (UofU) took 2nd. Among category B women, Erin Kelly Mann showed some great sprinting, winning first place.  

ACCC: Appalachian State Race Weekend – by Will Massey

The thought of Boone, NC and their mountains lingered on the drive down for many teams this weekend as the ACCC headed to Appalachian State University for a grueling weekend.  The road race, with its nine mile laps, was first in the morning, and as temperatures in the ACCC continue to rise so does the speed and intensity of each race. 
App set out to do damage right away, with the field starting directly on the 20 minute climb. In the men’s race, App sent riders to the front shedding a large portion of the field on the first lap.  Duke then took its turn and lap after lap riders dropped until only about 11 were left.  A group of five made it over the last notch and pulled away on the descent and after one of the closest finishes of the year, Michael Mulvihill (Duke) took the win over Zeb King (ASU) by less than a tire.  Matt Howe (Duke) rounded out the podium.
 The women’s race would go in a similar fashion as the field whittled down  more and more each lap with many of the women’s A dropping a large portion of the Men’s B Field.  Over the lap climb Caroline Moakley (NCSU) cruised away for the win with Nina Laughlin (ASU) chasing hard for second and Ruth Bates (Navy) taking third. 
 The TTT was up next and again Duke showed why they are national champions winning by over 30 seconds.  Duke fielded two men’s A TTT teams and went 1 and 2 with VT coming in third.  The women’s TTT was won by a strong two women team from VT just seconds ahead of ASU with Navy taking the last step on the podium.
 As riders rolled out of bed exhausted from the previous day, someone definitely ate more Wheaties than the rest as after an extremely hard fought battle in the crit Matt Bruner (NCSU) went solo from the field.  ASU and Duke sent a rider up and the break stuck with Bruner taking the sprint for the win followed closely by Alan Garvick (ASU) and Robert Ferris (Duke) for 2nd and 3rd respectively.  The large women’s field this weekend would stay together for the crit despite multiple attacks and brief stints off the front coming down to a fast and furious field sprint with Tate Devlin (UNCW) edging out Nina Laughlin (ASU) and Kelly Perkins (ASU) for 1-3.

WCCC: Humboldt State Race Weekend – by Michael Nystrom

Photo courtesy Vicky Sama
Photo courtesy Vicky Sama
The cycling gods stepped in and intervened at Humboldt State University’s home time trial, road race, and criterium this weekend.  Instead of the daunting 100% chance of rain forecasted for the weekend’s festivities, racers from California and Nevada were greeted with glimpses of rare Northern California sunshine through the ever-present cloud cover.   
Racing on Saturday began with a brutal 5.5-mile individual time trial with 738 feet of elevation gain up Tompkins Hill Road.  Nicholas Jerabek and Adam O’Camb from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo finished first and second in the men’s A category.  UC Davis women’s A rider and current 2013 road leader, Danielle Haulman, finished over 30 seconds ahead of her teammate, Kristen Fauria, for first place.   
Following the time trial, racers headed to Loleta, Calif. for the 9.3-mile road race circuit course with 916 feet of climbing per lap.  Teams battled furious head and crosswinds as they wound through the rolling hills of the Loleta farmlands.  Paul Summers from Stanford placed first in the men’s A road race, followed by Adam O’Camb from Cal Poly.  Angharad Porteus from Stanford finished first in the women’s A road race, outsprinting Danielle Haulman of UC Davis and Stanford teammate Sara Bird to the line. 
HSU’s notorious campus criterium on Sunday tested racers as they climbed up B Street, wound through the library parking lot, rolled over speed bumps, and tried to stay upright on the wet brick corner before the finish line.  UC Berkeley rider Connor Benton outsprinted the charging men’s A field to the uphill finish line just ahead of UC Davis rider Daniel Kosykh and UCSD rider Daniel Zitter for first place.  Danielle Haulman rode away with a first place victory in the Women’s A field after sticking a breakaway.  Stanford rider Angharad Porteus placed second followed by Breana Hill from UC Davis. 
Next week UN Reno will host the final stop on the WCCC 2013 road race schedule before championships at UC Davis.  For more results, pictures and video, visit Humboldt State’s website at http://humboldtcycling.wordpress.com/.

SWCCC: Adoption Exchange Classic – by Joey Iuliano

The second to last race weekend in the SWCCC took the conference to Albuquerque, NM for the Adoption Exchange Classic- a TT, crit and road race.
The UA team, ASU, and the New Mexico schools were representing. In the hilly TT, the UA team put in a show of force sweeping the men's a podium with Joey Iuliano taking the win and extending his lead in the JAKROO leader’s jersey. The ASU ladies put in a good effort in the women’s A for first and second with Stefanie Sichler taking the win. Liz Schmitt took the win in the women's B.
It was a hard fought race for both A categories in the criterium, as they mixed it up in their respective P/1/2/3 fields. The UA team was again on a roll with Max Rich taking the win, Carlson in 2nd, and Keller in 3rd. In the women's A crit, ASU took 1st and 2nd in the same order again.
Sunday’s road race, at 7,000 ft, featured a sustained18% climb appropriately named “heart break hill.” UA's Max Rick continued his streak with the men's A win, with ASU's Constantine Schriber in 2nd. Stefanie took the women's A race but not without a fight from UA's Allison Alterman and Shelby Hoglund.
The conference has two weekends off and will wrap up racing at the Bike Haus crit on April, 27.

RMCCC: FLC Squawker Classic – by Garrett Brown

RMCCC racing continued at the FLC Squawker Classic with the season’s first full race weekend. The action began Saturday morning with a 13 mile TTT whose 500 feet of net elevation loss and lack of corners rewarded teamwork. CU showed a remarkable affinity for the course, capturing both the men’s and women’s A races in 24:44 and 29:48 respectively along with all other races they entered. The Buffalo men were followed closely by the FLC team (25:07) and the USAFA (25:45). The FLC women’s team suffered an early mechanical which cleared the way for CSU (30:25) and CMU (30:27).
Riders were afforded little recovery before the crit which was held in downtown Durango on a spectator lined 0.5 mile course with a small hill. In the women’s A race the crowd was treated to high drama when, 45 minutes in, a mechanical problem sent Kristen Tippey (CSM) over her bars and to the hospital. Capitalizing on her position at the front, Tanelle Berard (UNC) claimed victory over Justine Boddy (CSU) and Christa Ghent (CU) in her first collegiate A race. In the men’s A race, FLC freshman Renan Maia got an impressive home win when he and teammate Dean Haas broke the elastic midway through the 50 minute race with Matt Lyons (DU), Michael Burleigh (DU), and Jackson Long (CU) and never looked back. When the break lapped the field FLC moved to the front so Maia and Haas could prepare for the sprint where they ultimately finished 1-2.
After an exhausting Saturday, the road race, a 6 mile loop around the FLC campus with a category 4 climb to the finish, was hardly restful. The women’s A field raced 6 laps and from the start, the climbers used the hill to whittle the field down to a strong break of four riders including RMCCC JAKROO leader’s jersey holder Abby Mickey (CU), Boddy, Berard, and Kate Wold (CSU). Mickey, a strong climber, seemed to have the advantage on the final climb but misjudged Berard whose final dig won her a second race in as many days while Mickey held on for second. The men’s A field found the hill equally decisive when on the 3rd of nine laps a group of nine riders including five from FLC made a break which stuck. The remaining laps had little effect on the break and the final climb saw a storm of unsuccessful attacks culminating in a furious sprint. Ultimately, Burleigh edged Payson McElveen (FLC) by less than a foot to claim victory.

Next weekend the RMCCC will travel to the USAFA Front Range Cycling Classic.

NWCCC: University of Washington Race Weekend – by Colin Ross

North Bend Washington reminded the racers of the NWCCC that this was still collegiate racing and that it was still April, with cold weather and torrential rains blanketing the weekend’s racing.  For a second week in a row, the men’s A road race saw an early escape by Cole Lalomia (Portland State University) brought back just short of victory. After bridging up to a three-man break on the second of nine laps, Lalomia outlasted the rest only to be caught by David Kessler (Western Washington University) in the final 2 miles. Kessler easily outsprinted an exhausted Lalomia, and fellow Western Washington rider Michael Simecek outsprinted the field for the final podium spot.  In the women’s A race, McKinzie Stanley (Whitman College) won her first race as an A with a long solo ride ahead of a solo chasing Adrienne Stedford (Oregon State University). The final podium spot was claimed by Erin Glover (Portland State University) who outsprinted the remaining field.  
In the afternoon’s Team Time Trial the Portland State women’s A team remained unbeaten, while the Women’s B squad avenged their one loss by posting the second fastest women’s time of the day. On the men’s side Western Washington continued their march to Ogden taking the win in the A and B fields, and losing to University of Washington by 1 second in the C’s.  Rounding out the results, Seattle University won their second consecutive Men’s D time trial.
Sunday’s Crit through downtown North Bend saw Matt Pence (University of Washington) take the win ahead of Alex Turpin (Willamette University) from an eight man break they had started in the Men’s A race.  In the Women’s A race, the field stayed together for a final bunch sprint. Erin Glover (Portland State University) showed that her powerful sprint was barely hampered by her broken toes, surging into the line for the win ahead of a chasing Shelley Dunlop (Portland State University) and Lindsey Campbell (University of Washington).

ECCC: Shippensburg Scurry – by Dominic Caiazzo

Rose Long leads the women's A field through the crit. Photo by Jan Valerie Polk
Rose Long leads the women's A field through the crit. Photo by Jan Valerie Polk
Shippensburg University hosted the ECCC this past weekend, putting on a campus crit, a mass start hill climb and an ominously named “Horse Killer Road Race.”  The weather was the best that many of the racers have seen since the winter began, and fresh tan lines were on everyone’s mind.
The racing started early in the heart of Shippensburg’s sleeping campus.  With a fast windy back section and a quick chicane going into the final power climb to the line, all the fields were in store for a fast and technical race.  Late in the race, a Dartmouth rider had a sizeable gap on the men’s field with less than 10 laps to go, but was brought back just in time for the race to end in an all out field sprint.  A few crashes marred the tail end of the peloton in the final turn, and Ettiene Moreau (Queens U.) emerged at the top of the climb to take the win.  Penn State’s hard work throughout was rewarded as Jeremy Shirock took second and Michael Garretson, the newly crowned conference leader, took third.  The women’s race also saw a field sprint on the final lap, as well as a bit of a pileup in the final corner.  Rugile Kaladyte (RIT) outsprinted the bunch to take first, with Carren Stika (Penn State) and Elspeth Huyett (Kutztown) taking second and third.
The second half of the day brought a 7 mile mass start hill climb, a true test of the conference’s climbers and hardmen.  Penn State continued their early success when Wyatt Stoup took first in the men’s race.  Rose Long (Icahn School of Medicine at Mt.Sinai) foreshadowed the women’s road race by coming across the line solo to win.
Other than the incessant winds, the road race’s biggest feature was a viciously steep climb up Horse Killer Road.  It proved decisive in the women’s race when Rose Long attacked on the final lap, and battled the driving headwinds to win by almost a minute.  Jasmine Hansen (USMA) took the field sprint for 2nd, followed by Emily Paxson (UVM).  The men’s race was controlled entirely by Penn State.  With one rider off the front for nearly the entire race, they were set on not letting anyone go.  That is, until Samson McHugh (Univeristy of Pittsburgh) opened up a gap with just under 2 laps to go, and motored away for an impressive solo win. Dylan Lowe (Columbia) and Jeremy Shirock (Penn State) filled out the day’s podium.

MWCCC: Michigan/Michigan State Race Weekend – by Sarah Lukas

While the weather at the MSU Get Tough Road Race and ITT was telling riders mid 50s and sunshine…it failed to mention the gale-force winds and flurries that racers would face throughout the day. The riders not only battled with gusty winds but also with about half of the course being on gravel, sandy roads.
The women’s road race wasted no time in starting attacks. Once the peloton hit dirt, all chaos broke loose. Attacks shattered the field for the rest of the lap with Allie Dragoo (Marian University), Lindsey Durst (Lindenwood University), JAKROO conference leader’s jersey wearer Coryn Rivera (Marian University), Ivy Audrain (Marian University) and Ashley James (Lindenwood University) in a break. Ashley James fell victim to the ruthlessness of the gravel roads and flatted out of the race. Durst lost contact with the break and Rivera rode in for another win for her this season. Audrain and Dragoo finished 2nd and 3rd.
The men's race started fast and the field was selected in the first two laps. From the decimated peloton Stephan Hirsch (Marian University) escaped with his teammate Jos Chalmers and the very active Cruise Bogedin (Lindenwood University) to form a break. The new group harmonized and entered the last lap with an advantage of nearly two minutes. After several attacks from Chalmers and Hirsch on the last gravel section Marian University managed to create a double victory in this hard road race with Bogedin finishing third place respectively.

In the Individual Time Trials it was Adam Leibovitz of Marian University who dominated the time trial by over 40 seconds over his teammate Stephan Hirsch. Ashley James of Lindenwood rode an impressive TT for the win and finished over 25 seconds faster than 2nd place Coryn Rivera.

Sunday's crit course hosted by University of Michigan had similar strong winds on an open 4-corner course. Marian's strength after continuous attacks on the first lap had Coryn Rivera, Allie Dragoo, and Ivy Audrain in a break with University of Wisconsin-Madison rider Madeleine Pape that would go on to be the winning break. Despite the efforts of two Lindenwood University riders who were caught in between the break and the peloton Audrain went on to win the crit with Pape in 2nd, Rivera 3rd, and Dragoo 4th.

The men’s race settled into a four-man break with Marian riders Weston Luzadder, Colton Barrett, Jos Chalmers, and Lindenwood University rider Matt Brandt who continued to wear the JAKROO conference leader’s jersey. The four had a significant advantage over the field with Marian University rider Stephan Hirsch bridging up between the two. With 6 laps to go Brandt flatted out of the break and came into the wheel pits on the last lap of free laps. Brandt was unable to get a free lap so the break now consisted of the three original Marian riders with Hirsch closing in. The 4 Marian riders crossed the line together to sweep the top 4 spots. This untimely flat cost Brandt the JAKROO Leader’s Jersey as Luzadder moves back into green.

NCCCC/SCCCC: Kansas State Dual Conference Race – by Caden Burross

The dual conference matchup was thiiiis close.
The dual conference matchup was thiiiis close.
On April 6th and 7th, the SCCCC and NCCCC made their way to Manhattan, Kansas for the Wildcat Grand Prix. This weekend was complete with traveling trophies to be awarded to the schools holding the most points after the weekend. The events were exceptionally well organized and there were some very personable officials on site.
With this being a shared event, between two large conferences, long travel time was a guarantee. The "We Drove Crazy Far" race was definitely won by the SCCCC's Texas State University. The team spent nearly 14 hours, one way, traveling to compete. Don't let anyone tell you that collegiate cyclists aren't some of the most dedicated people out there.
After all that driving, people were eagerly anticipating some time on their bikes and Saturday morning's team time trials got things started. Midwestern State University swept the men's A, women's A, and men's B events, setting the stage for a competitive weekend.
The afternoon's road races were held on a 26 mile loop with three significant little climbs and an uphill crosswind sprint. The men's A field raced for 78 miles and with a fairly large peloton were able to keep it together for most of the race. With only kilometers to go it began to break up, eventually coming down to a three man sprint. Anthony Olson, Minnesota State University-Mankato, very closely beat out Midwestern State University's Cory Scott followed shortly by University of Iowa's Mattias Perret.
Jessica Prinner, Midwestern State University, won the women's A race after a solo attack on the last climb. The podium was rounded out by Oklahoma State University's Alisha Shutler and MSU's Claire Routledge.
Sunday's criterium was held around the beautiful and historic Kansas State campus with plenty of coffee and donuts on hand for everyone involved. The backside of the course faced a serious head wind followed abruptly by a decent hill that popped quite a few of the riders. MSU's Cory Scott was out for business after his silver finish the day before. He attacked the men's A field and rode solo for 50 minutes before lapping the field to solidify his victory. Tim Savre, University of Saint Thomas, rode into silver with University of Kansas rider Ben Stover not far behind.
The women's A race was a podium sweep for MSU. Jessica Prinner and her teammate, JAKROO Leader's Jersey holder, Claire Routledge rode away from the field for a one two finish. Ashley Weaver handily won the sprint for bronze against the remaining girls.
With multiple wins, through multiple categories, the Midwestern State University team was able to take the Division 1 dual-conference team trophy home to the SCCCC. Minnesota's St. Olaf College returned to the NCCCC with the Division 2 trophy. Hopefully, next season, the NCCCC will travel down south so that we can return the hospitality; they practically have to at this point, there's a trophy on the line.

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