Weekly Collegiate Racing Wrap - April 15, 2013


MWCCC: Conference Championships at Purdue and Notre Dame – by Sarah Lukas

Marian University claims the overall and Division I championship in the MWCCC, along with both men's and women's leaders' jerseys.
Marian University claims the overall and Division I championship in the MWCCC, along with both men's and women's leaders' jerseys.
After the MWCCC had to cut their season short a week early due to venue issues, Purdue University and Notre Dame ended up hosting the MWCCC Regional Championships this weekend. Saturday’s races had Marian University winning both the men’s and women’s team time trials over Lindenwood University’s teams.

The road races saw cool temperatures and strong winds which seemed to be plaguing the Midwest conference. In the women’s race it was an ultimate breakaway that included Madeleine Pape (UW-Madison), Ashley James (Lindenwood University), Kaitie Antonneau (Marian University) and Coryn Rivera (Marian University) who wore the JAKROO Leader’s Jersey. After breaking away during the 2nd lap of the relatively flat 4 lap race, the breakaway put significant time into the peloton and securely stayed away. The finish of the race was on the only climb on course that had Antonneau taking the win. Pape finished 2nd, Rivera 3rd, and James 4th.

The men’s race had a more dramatic finish involving a breakaway with two Lindenwood University riders, Devin Clark and Cruise Bogedin, and Stephan Hirsch of Marian University. Strong cross winds blew the peloton into a number of smaller groups, but the breakaway stayed together until the final climb. Around 200 meters from the finish Clark suffered a mechanical that locked his bike up and threw him to the ground. Hirsch and Bogedin were left to ride in for the finish with Hirsch taking the win and Bogedin finishing 2nd. After Lindenwood rider and previous JAKROO Jersey wearer Matt Brandt had flatted out of a break in last weekend’s race, Clark’s mechanical was heartbreaking as he ran up the hill and across the finish line for 3rd. Hirsch’s win would move him into the JAKROO Leader’s Jersey for Sunday’s race, taking it from teammate Weston Luzadder.

Sunday’s four-corner downtown criterium at Notre Dame had James and Antonneau in a breakaway together in the women’s race again. The field maintained a strong pace as the two created a large gap over them. It was Antonneau who rode in for the win, with James finishing 2nd, and Rivera taking 3rd, winning the field sprint. Rivera’s top finishes throughout the season made her a clear and virtually uncontested winner for the MWCCC JAKROO leader’s jersey for the season.

The men’s race had a 5-rider breakaway form that included Brandon Feehery and Clayton Omer of Lindenwood University, Weston Luzadder of Marian University, David Novak of Lindsey Wilson College, and Joe Magro of Notre Dame University. In the end, it was Novak who outsprinted the 5-man group for his first win of the season. Luzadder finished 2nd, and Feehery 3rd. Luzadder’s second place finish was enough to take the JAKROO Leader’s Jersey and win the Conference omnium from teammate Hirsch who won the field sprint.

Marian University finished 1st in conference over Lindenwood University, which finished 2nd and Indiana University-Bloomington, which finished 3rd.

SECCC: Conference Championships at Clemson – by Kira Maicke

Rebecca Whitsitt claimed the JAKROO leader's jersey after a long hard season of racing.
Rebecca Whitsitt claimed the JAKROO leader's jersey after a long hard season of racing.
The SECCC competed in the conference championships this weekend hosted by the Clemson Cycling Team. There was a large turnout from every team for the final attempt to move up in the omnium or qualify for nationals. The time trial on Saturday was an 8.5 mile out and back course with a sizable hill on the return trip. Spencer Oswald of Lees McRae finished off the season with yet another huge victory in the men's A ITT and Kira Maicke of the University of Georgia finished first in the women's A ITT. The Mars Hill men's A team rode to victory over Cumberland in the TTT, and after an entire season of working to win the TTT, the women from Florida edged out the Lees McRae team by 7 seconds and won their first team time trial of the season.

The road races in the afternoon were easily the hottest races of the season with temperatures in the low 80s. The race consisted of 20 mile loops with rolling hills. There were a few breakaway attempts in the men's A road race and Nick Jowsey of Brevard rode to victory. The women's A field stayed mostly together leading to a bunch sprint at the end where Solymar Rivera-Torres from the University of Puerto Rico edged out Holly Beard from the University of Florida at the line.

The criterium races on Sunday were held in Anderson, SC on a flat, fast, four-corner course. Everyone was giving their all, and many attacks were made. The women's A crit went down to a group sprint yet again with Stephie Cucaz of King College coming out on top. Zac Felpel of Lees McRae won the sprint in the men's A field to solidify his spot as the 3rd overall rider in the men's A omnium.

The overall awards were presented after the criterium races were finished. The Men's A omnium finished with Spencer Oswald in 1st, Neal Shepard of the University of Florida in 2nd, and Zac Felpel in 3rd. Rebecca Whitsitt of UCF took first place in the Women's A omnium, Kira Maicke took 2nd, and Solymar Rivera-Torres finished in 3rd place. For the overall division 2 team points, King College came out on top, with Virginia Intermont in 2nd and Mars Hill in 3rd. The University of Florida Gators chomped their way to victory in the division 1 omnium with Lees McRae in second and Cumberland in third.

Overall the SECCC had a great season and the qualified riders look forward to representing the conference out west at USAC Collegiate Nationals.

ECCC: Army Spring Classic – by Dominic Caiazzo

Zach Ulissi tried over and over again to get away during the men's A crit. Photo courtesy Jan Valerie Polk.
Zach Ulissi tried over and over again to get away during the men's A crit. Photo courtesy Jan Valerie Polk.
The Army Spring Classic is undoubtedly one of the ECCC’s most staple races on the calendar.  In the race’s 29th year, it offered the Harriman State Park Road Race, the eternally brutal hill climb time trial and a criterium right on West Point’s campus.  Both days saw gorgeous weather and some of the season’s most exciting racing.

Saturday’s road race was a 13 mile loop featuring long, subtle climbs, and an extremely fast downhill sprint finish.  Though Penn State had sent several racers to the Tour of the Battenkill, they were still able to control the race.  After a few failed attacks, a 3 man break initiated by Adam Hodes (BU) would produce a winner.  Colin McKenna (Penn State) was the only rider to survive in the attack, winning by about 30 seconds over the field.  Dylan Lowe (Columbia) won the wild field sprint for 2nd, followed closely by Julian Georg (Syracuse).  In the women’s race, 7 riders made up the winning move.  Jasmine Hansen (USMA) won the sprint for her host race over Leslie Lupien (Dartmouth) and conference leader Hayley Wickstrom (U. of Pittsburgh).

The “climb trial” on Saturday morning would send every rider deep into the pain cave, featuring 800 feet of elevation in just less than 3 miles.  Daniel Holmdahl (Dartmouth) set an untouchable time for the men’s field, besting the second place rider, Zach Ulissi (MIT), by 18 seconds.  The 2012 conference overall leader, Katie Quinn (MIT), ran off with the win for the women with an impressive 28 second cushion over 2nd place.  

The women’s criterium was one of the most exciting races of the season.  Constant attacks were going off as the field battled a strong headwind coming off the Hudson River.  Late in the race, an elite group made their way off the front and broke the elastic that held them within the fields grasp.  Katie Quinn (MIT), Hayley Wickstrom (U. of Pittsburgh), Elspeth Huyett (Kutztown) and Jasmine Hansen (USMA) powered away from the field and held onto a slim 10 second gap until the end.  Despite attacks from Katie Quinn, it came down to a 4 person group sprint.  Jasmine Hansen furthered her weekend of success by winning her home crit, followed in the sprint by Wickstrom and Huyett.  Though the attacks came often in the men’s race, and heavy crosswinds threatened to shatter the peloton, the race came down to a field sprint.  Jeremy Shirock (Penn State) rewarded his team’s hard work by pulling out the win, just beating out Julian Georg (Syracuse) and conference leader Michael Garretson (Penn State).

ACCC: WVU Race Weekend – by Will Massey

Country roads took us home to the place the ACCC belonged this weekend as West Virginia hosted the second to last race of the conference.  For the past few years WVU has worked with the city of Clarksburg to promote an extremely fun downtown crit which allowed collegiate racers to get some valuable points and then test their legs and prove how strong collegiate is against the open USAC fields as well.

Saturday had the women's A crit going off as the sun was peeking out, and even with some broken ribs from a mid-week mountain bike smash Nina Laughlin went about her usual ways of domination by taking a well deserved win. The field was close on her tail coming into the finish and Ruth Bates (Navy) jumped to the line for second as Nina's teammate Kelly Perkins took third after loads of work in the earlier part of the race. The men's A criterium was next to go and while fields were smaller than usual the racing intensity didn't diminish.  Halfway through the race Payne Griffin (American U) took a solid flyer. Duke got on the front and with only a few laps left caught Payne launching Kaleb Naegeli (Duke) for the sprint win.  Payne shocked everyone as he quickly recovered and came back for second in the sprint followed closely by Michael Mulvihill (Duke) for an impressive 1-3 from the school in blue.

The flat fun crit saturday was quickly replaced with one of the toughest road races of the season as the 18.8 mile loop featured close to 2000 feet of climbing per lap.  The women's A field quickly shattered from the prolonged uphills and at the end of the day the results of the road race duplicated the crit results almost exactly throughout the entire field with Laughlin (App) taking the win followed by Bates (Navy) and Perkins (App).  The men's A race started surprisingly mellow but near the end of the first lap Duke launched a 1-2 punch with Kaleb first putting in a solid pull then Michael Mulvihill jumping around to get a gap.  Payne Griffin (AU), Will Massey (VT) and Andrew Flegge (Navy) bridged up and very quickly the break got organized and stayed away.  On the second to last climb Griffin put in two solid accelerations and broke the break down to himself and Navy as they approached the final climb.  Payne would show he was the strongest of the day as he accelerated once more to take the win with Flegge (Navy) taking second and Michael Mulvihill (DUKE) taking a well fought 3rd .

The ACCC also saw the return of Cutaway Clothing as conference sponsor, rewarding racers with stunning leaders’ jerseys- Michael Mulvihill (DUKE) and Nina Laughlin (APP) take their respective leaders jerseys after this weekend.  We head off to Duke for the final race of the season this weekend and with Duke, Navy, and VT all super close in team points you can rest assured that it is going to be quite the race!

RMCCC: Front Range Cycling Classic - Garrett Brown

Photo courtesy Donny Warbritton
Photo courtesy Donny Warbritton
RMCCC racing continued last weekend at the USAFA Front Range Cycling Classic in Colorado Springs where Saturday morning began with a windy TTT on a relatively short and downhill course which made for fast and dynamic racing. Rekindling the TTT dominance which they showed at FLC the previous week, teams from CU captured both the men’s and women’s A races.

Saturday continued with a criterium immediately following the TTT on a four turn course with a 100ft hill which proved just enough to thin the field.  In the warm but continuously breezy early afternoon the women’s A race proved the dynamic nature which even the smallest hill can lend to a race when repeated enough times. With a timely and powerful attack, JAKROO RMCCC leader’s jersey holder Abby Mickey (CU) escaped the field and cemented a win when she ultimately lapped the field. The simplistic difficulty of the course continued to mix up the racing when, in the men’s A race, the combination of the hill and the wind proved equally decisive as it thinned the field and drew out a slew of attacks which proved unsuccessful. Ultimately William Buick (CU) and Renan Maia (FLC) were able to put enough time into the field to stay away to the finish where Buick edged Maia for the win to round out a dominant Saturday for CU.

The 7:30 AM start for the men’s A RR on Sunday saw little reprieve from Saturday’s weather woes as high winds worsened and chilled an already frigid morning. The challenging weather paired well with the USAFA RR circuit, which provided a difficult parcours with a nearly 3 mile category 3 climb centered in the midst of its rolling 13 mile route. The climb shattered most fields and in the men’s A, the final ascent saw a battle between only Greg Kreiger (CSU) and Jackson Long (CU) which Long ultimately won with a decisive move near the finish. The women’s A field found the hill equally decisive when a group of five riders including Mickey, Tanelle Berard (UNC), and Justine Boddy (CSU) created the winning selection. Unlike the relatively un-dramatic men’s A finish, the large group at the women’s finish created an exciting final climb where Berard succeeded in capturing her third women’s A win in only her fourth A race.

Next week the RMCCC wraps up conference racing at the Maverick Classic in Grand Junction.

NWCCC: Montana State Race Weekend – by Colin Ross

Austin Arguello claimed the win for UO in his JAKROO leader's jersey.
Austin Arguello claimed the win for UO in his JAKROO leader's jersey.
Turnabout is fair play, and in the NWCCC it was time for all the other teams to make the 12+ hour trip to Montana that the furthest East members of the conference make to attend every other week of racing during the season. Although the logistics of the long trip result in smaller than average turnout for all but the host team, the beauty of the Montana countryside makes for a race weekend that few regret attending.
Saturday’s Team Time Trial in Sypes Canyon saw small fields shrink even further when in the midst of the race the relatively mild conditions transformed into a whiteout snowstorm. Although formidable, the weather was not able to stop the racing entirely. In the women’s A race, Whitman College conquered both the snow and Portland State University to give the PSU squad their first loss of the season. In the men’s A race the Montana State squad showed they were prepared for the weather, taking their first TTT victory by a minute over the second place University of Washington team. Braving the weather to round out the podiums were victorious squads from Portland State in the women’s B, Western Washington in the men’s B, University of Washington in the men’s C, and Whitman College in the men’s D races.
Due to weather concerns, the afternoon’s crit was canceled, raising the stakes for Sunday’s signature Lewis and Clark Cavern’s Road Race and its 1200 feet of climbing to the finish. In both the men’s and women’s race the current JAKROO leader’s jersey holders proved just as formidable as the climb. Although technical difficulties caused Shelley Dunlop (Portland State University) to start several minutes behind the rest of the field, she worked with teammate Erin Goodall to eventually catch, and drop, the rest of the women’s A’s and solo to victory. Not far behind, Whitman College continued to see strong results from their dynamic duo, as McKinzie Stanley and Molly Blust lead the chasers to finish second and third respectively.
On the men’s side, Austin Arguello (University of Oregon) displayed the raw power that has made him so unbeatable this season. Surging ahead of the field on the final climb, Arguello managed to set a steady pace that no one else could match, leading to an uncontested victory at the summit. In the race for second Zach Heskett (Montana State University) was able to hold off a late push by Cole Lalomia (Portland State University) to complete the podium. 

WCCC: University of Nevada-Reno Race Weekend – by Stewart Thompson

John Tomlinson leads the field in his JAKROO leader's jersey.
John Tomlinson leads the field in his JAKROO leader's jersey.
The biggest little city in the world played host to the windiest little bike race ever this weekend as the University of Nevada, Reno hosted the last WCCC race weekend before conference championships.

The Saturday morning TTT was hotly contested in the A categories as the UC Davis women edged out Stanford by a mere 16 seconds. Stanford bested Davis and San Diego in the Men's A TTT in another close race.

The wind howled for the afternoon criterium and it, along with a technical, hilly course, broke most of the races wide open. The men's A race was animated from the gun. Countless small breaks formed but nothing got out of sight. A flying Conner Benton (UC Berkeley) bested JAKROO leader’s jersey wearer and omnium leader John Tomlinson (USC) and Blake Anton (Cal Poly) in the field sprint up the final rise and took home a well deserved win. The women's A race faced the same dynamics with a tight sprint finish. Dani Haulman showed her JAKROO yellow jersey talent by out sprinting UC Berkeley’s Katie Hall for first place against the tough wind. 

Sunday's road race featured two out and back laps on the scenic Red Rock Road. The 88 mile men's A race was decided early when a group of nine riders including four from Stanford went up the road. A few others bridged up from the main pack throughout the race but in the end Paul Summers (Stanford) won for the second week in a row with a solo effort for last 25 miles.

The 69 mile women's A race stayed together until the last climb when a few riders were spit out the back. Angharah Porteous (Stanford) eked out the win, outsprinting Erica Grief (UNR) at the line.

Many riders look to be on top form and motivated heading into next weekend's conference champs at UC Davis and Nationals shortly after.

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