Weekly Collegiate Race Recap March 18, 2014


ECCC: Philly Phyler Weekend - Dominic Caiazzo

This past weekend, the conference traveled to Philadelphia for the
Philly Phlyer, a race that has become a classic on ECCC
Kai Wiggins (Middlebury) and Ford Murphy (Northeastern) come through the 4th turn a the Philly Phlyer Criterium.
Kai Wiggins (Middlebury) and Ford Murphy (Northeastern) come through the 4th turn a the Philly Phlyer Criterium (Photo Credit: Tom Calcagni).
calendar. The weather maintained that it is in fact always sunny in Philadelphia, as the sun was out both days and temperatures hovered around 60 degrees on Saturday. The racing on Saturday took place in Fairmount Park, with a 12 mile team time trial and a circuit race along a 6 mile loop, punctuated by 2 short climbs and pressing crosswinds. The team time trial was a race defined by four 180 degree turns along the Schuylkill River. A strong Queens University won the men’s race, followed by Penn State and MIT. In the women’s field, MIT was back on top, handily beating out Queens and the University of Vermont.

The circuit race turned out to be one for the breakaway artists for both fields. Gregory Ratzell, a freshman from Penn State, attacked early and rode solo for nearly 30 miles in the wind. He managed to stay away and hold about a minute over the field, thanks to an impressive amount of control over the field by his Nittany Lion teammates. Alan Royek (Shippensburg) and Max Rusch (RPI) made late attacks to round out the podium. Further asserting their dominance in the women’s field, Lenore Pipes (Cornell), Shaena Berlin (MIT) and Cecilia Davis Hayes (Columbia) stuck a three woman breakaway for most of the race, and finished in an exciting three up sprint in that order.

Sunday’s criterium was a four corner race in the heart of Temple University’s campus. In the women’s race, the same three women broke away from the field. Pipes (Cornell) and Davis Hayes (Columbia) dropped Berlin (MIT) late in the race, but she managed to hold on for third. Pipes outkicked Hayes to notch her second win of the weekend. A large group got away in the men’s crit, and Kai Wiggins (Middlebury) and Ford Murphy (Northeastern) attacked the breakaway to take the top two spots. Wiggins jumped Murphy to win on the last lap, as Penn State veteran Wesley Kline took the sprint for 3rd. In the team omnium, MIT again narrowly came out on top over Queens University.


MWCCC and NCCCC: Lindenwood Road Extravaganza Weekend (Dual Conference) - Chris Curran

This past weekend Lindenwood University’s cycling team held a dual conference race weekend combining the MWCCC and NCCCC conferences. The team time trial was Saturday morning, teams raced the 13-mile course featuring one small switchback climb and descent. Marian Univeristy won the womens A and men’s A categories.

The Men's A field takes to the front stretch of the Main Street Criterium at Lindenwood.
The Men's A field takes to the front stretch of the Main Street Criterium at Lindenwood (Photo Credit: Joyce Hartig).

Following the time trial was the road race, and temperatures started warming up as the day went on. The road race course offered a little bit of everything including long climbs, steep pitches, cross wind sections and rolling terrain all compacted into a 21 mile loop. During the women’s A race the selection was decided in the first lap. The lead group consisted of 5 riders Coryn Riveria (Marian), Amber Vredenburg (Lindenwood), Katherine Kelter (University of Kansas), Allie Dragoo (Marian), and Kelly Catlin (University of Minnesota). Coryn Riveria won the road race and was able to hold her position as the overall conference points leader.

During the mens road race John Holden (Lindenwood) attacked from the gun, and Stephan Hirsch (Marian) joined Holden in the break. Brandon Feehery (Lindenwood) and Daniel Gerow (Marian) bridged from the main field to the break during their first lap. Feehery and Gerow were able to maintain their lead over the field for the next three laps of the race. Feehery out sprinted the break giving Lindenwood a win at home. Lindenwood rider Matt Brandt held on to his overall conference points leader title finishing in 6th place.

Temperatures took a drastic change on Sunday at the criterium, a chance of snow and a wintery mix held off all day for successful racing. The three corner criterium took riders down cobble roads through historic downtown St. Charles, Missouri. During the women's A race a group of five broke away from the field during the first lap. Rivera and Dragoo (Marian) broke away from the field and bridged up to the breakaway. Once Rivera and Dragoo caught the break, they counter attacked, and the break was scattered. Dragoo of Marian won the race, with Rivera holding on to the conference leader jersey. In the mens race a lot of attacks were brought back early with a strong presence of Lindenwood and Marian riders in the field. The race came down to a field sprint with a strong tailwind. Jos Chalmers (Marian) won the field sprint, followed by Colton Barrett (Marian), and Matt Brandt (Lindenwood) finished in third. Brandt maintained his standing as overall conference points leader. 


NWCCC: Ellensburg Weekend - Lucas Sokolsky

Racers were treated to clear skies and warm temperatures this weekend in
Ellensburg, a great departure from the cold and wet
A Men's A race competes during the third week of the NWCCC
Daniel Benowitz competes during the third week of the NWCCC.
training and racing. Joel Fletcher from Portland State University, wearing the red conference leader’s jersey easily won the sprint from a selection of six by over a bike length. His success was echoed in the Women’s A race with a strong win by teammate Lelah O’Shaughnessy. PSU also took the women’s B race with a win by Emily Heleva-Ponaski.
The University of Washington had a successful race in the B’s, Noel Kimber broke away and rode solo almost the whole 55 miles to win far ahead of the chasing group. In the C’s Ryley Hausken from Western Washington University continued his winning streak, while Graham Robinson won the D’s bunch sprint of 9 riders for the first win of his collegiate career.
After a welcome break under a warm sun, Western Washington University stormed the TTT, winning the Men’s A, Women’s B, and Men’s B. PSU won the Women’s A and The University of Montana and University of Puget Sound stood out in the C’s and D’s respectively with times competitive in higher categories.
The Criterium posed serious difficulty for every rider, as winds blew even faster than the riders. The Men’s D race saw Cameron Best from University of Montana attack directly off the line, eventually finishing fourth with Josh Stephens from Western Washington University taking the win after riding tactically and sheltered. Riley Hausken from WWU took yet another win in the Men’s C race, And Sean Mathew continued their domination by winning in the B race. Cole Lalomia from PSU took his second crit win of the season in the A’s. Emily Heleva-Ponaski took another PSU crit win in the Women’s B’s and her second of the weekend, with Rachel Geiter of Whitman winning the Women’s A race.
Wind aside; it was a fun fast weekend with a great course and organization by Central Washington University and fortunate sunny skies. Next weekend is at Western Washington University, will they continue to dominate on their home turf?

RMCCC: Oredigger Classic Weekend - Kevin Schaeffer

This past weekend was the official start of the collegiate road race season for the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference with the Oredigger Classic hosted by the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Saturday morning was a cold and windy day in which riders competed for times in the Lookout Mountain Hill Climb; the hill climb stretched 4.2 miles and challenged the riders up steep grades to the point of more than 1200 ft of elevation was gained from start to finish. The course was a tough climb but Troy Meeker from Fort Lewis College brought home the first place with a time of 17:19 in the Men’s A category while his fellow rider from Fort Lewis, Jenna MacPherson, also took first with a time of 23:36.

Sunday, riders were greeted with clear skies and warmer weather as they
gathered for the criterium race around the Colorado
The RMCCC Men's A field competes at the Oredigger Classic.
The RMCCC Men's A field competes at the Oredigger Classic (Photo Credit: Forrest Russell Visual).
School of Mines campus. The course  opened up at the start with a nice flat into a small hill climb which then turned down into a very long, windy, fast descent. Once riders hit the bottom off the hill they were given another flat opportunity to for a sprint before being challenged by a very steep 10% grade hill into the finish line, this hill was the make or break for many athletes. Dean Haas from Fort Lewis College took 1st in the Men’s A while Ariane Horbach from Colorado Mesa University took 1st in the Women’s A.

For complete results of the weekends race follow the respective links below:
Hill climb 3/15/14 - http://www.usacycling.org/results/?year=2014&id=640&info_id=73208
Criterium 3/16/14 - http://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2014-599


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