Weekly Collegiate Race Recap March 25, 2014


ECCC: Bard Criterium and Uncle Sam ITT Weekend by Dominic Caiazzo

The winning breakaway during the Bard Criterium Men's A race.
The winning breakaway during the Bard Criterium Men's A race (Photo Credit: Tom Nguyen).

For its third weekend of racing, the Eastern Conference traveled to upstate New York. While the fields were a bit smaller than usual, Saturday’s criterium on Bard College’s campus brought out some of the most exciting showdowns of the season. In the women’s race, the field battled for primes, seeing Shaena Berlin (MIT) scoop up three of the four sprint laps before crashing late in the race. With just under 2 laps to go, Sara Giopannetti (Queens) launched a brilliant and daring attack, managing to hold off the peloton by just over a bike length for the win, as Rose Long (Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai) won the blistering field sprint followed by Megan Northey of University of Delaware. In the subsequent men’s race, the winning breakaway was initiated by a sharp attack from Kenny McNeill (Northeastern). Cameron McPhaden (Queens), Zachary Ulissi (MIT), Max Rusch (RPI) and Dennis Cottreau (McGill) made the bridge and the break lapped the field. McPhaden took the win, with Ulissi and Rusch trailing not far behind.

The weather on Sunday was a shot through the souls of anyone who had hoped winter was over. The morning temperatures for the 10 mile team time trial hovered in the mid 20s, with the forecast only calling for it to get colder as the day went on. Ice on course forced a last minute cancellation of the road race, and the host team RPI put together a grueling ITT as a replacement. Queens, MIT and Northeastern took the podium spots in the windy men’s TTT and MIT, Queens and Dartmouth took top honors for the women. In the individual race against the clock, Zachary Ulissi (MIT) reminded the conference that he is the man to beat, running away with the victory over Erik Levinsohn (Yale) and junior racer Jonah Mead-Vancourt (KMS). Shaena Berlin (MIT) was out for blood after crashing out of contention yesterday, smashing the 11 mile course and winning by a full minute over yesterdays champion Sara Giopanetti (Queens). Berlin’s teammate Katherine Wymbs would round out the podium. MIT sits atop the team omnium for now, as the conference gears up for the next weekend of racing in Massachusetts.

MWCCC: Case Western Criterium Race Weekend by Chris Curran

Case Western hosted the MWCCC in Cleveland, Ohio for a one day event
this past Sunday. The  1.1 km four corner criterium
Lindsey Wilson in the field of the Men's A race.
Lindsey Wilson's David Novak and teammate in the field of the Men's A race (Photo Credit: Michael Hart).
race was held around the Cleveland Brown’s stadium. With temperatures were below freezing accompanied by 20 mile per hour wind and snow flurries the riders were battling the elements as much as eachother.
The Women’s A race saw a small turn out with riders from Lindenwood, Marian, Lindsey Wilson and Butler making an appearance. Lindenwood took an aggressive approach early on and Jacqueline Denny (Lindenwood) was able to break free from the field shortly after the first prime of the race. Denny would go on to win the race solo while Marian rider Beth Engwis and Lindenwood's Lindsey Durst and Amber Vredenburg duked it out for the remaining primes. Vredenburg was able to make a late race move stick and solo'ed in for 2nd place.  Marian's Engwis won the field sprint for 3rd. An absent Coryn Rivera (Marian) remains the Jakaroo Green jersey holder. 

During the Men’s A race an early break went after a series of strong attacks. Travis Monroe (Lindsey Wilson) attacked the field and Chris Curran (Lindenwood) bridged to Monroe. The two worked together, and were eventually caught by a small chase group of four riders; Matt Brandt (Lindenwood), David Novak (Lindsey Wilson), Stephan Hirsch (Marian), and John Pratt (Notre Dame). The break stayed away from the field, and  Pratt (Notre Dame) took the win with an early attack before the last corner. The rest of the break came in with Novak in 2nd and Brandt in 3rd. Brandt remains the conference points leader.


NWCCC: Western Washington Omnium Race Weekend by Lucas Sokolsky

Grey skies may have dismayed racers on Saturday morning for the road race, but didn’t affect the action on the hilly course. Laps
The women's A field at Western Washington University, including race winner from Whitman, Dessie Weigel (Photo Credit: Lucas Sokolsky).
The women's A field at Western Washington University, including race winner from Whitman, Dessie Weigel (Photo Credit: Lucas Sokolsky).
of 8 miles had two major climbs, eventually leading to a steep hilltop finish. The Men’s C race saw the first drama as a five man break stuck on the second of four laps, working well to stay away together. Devon Wright of Western Washington University took the win.
Western Washington dominated other men’s races as well; with Sam West taking the win in the B race and Christian Carter winning the A race. Neither were easy wins. The B field was neutralized very close to the finish to allow the A’s to pass, creating a difficult few miles. The A race was defined by a very strong breakaway. Last week’s winner and conference leader Joel Fletcher was barely edged out by Carter, and his Portland State teammate Cole Lalomia finished just behind. Alexis Cartier of University of Idaho, the fourth member of the break finished a few seconds behind.
The women’s A field saw a two-woman break of Lelah O’Shaughnessy of Portland State and Rosalyn Rombauer, conference leader, of Washington State University. O’Shaughnessy won the race, as she did last week. Kristen Bryson from University of Oregon won the women’s B.
WWU again performed well in the TTT, winning the Men’s A, and men’s and women’s B. Whitman took the women’s A.
After last week’s fast winds, the clear skies and fast pavement were a welcome change in the criterium. Kurt Erbach of University of Montana won the Men’s C after an aggressive race by his team and University of Puget Sound. Duncan Clark of University of Washington took the Men’s B and Austin Arguello of University of Oregon won the Men’s A race. U of O also took the women’s B with a win by Kristen Bryson, and Dessie Weigel of Whitman won the women’s A race with a commanding sprint ahead of conference leader Rosalyn Rombauer whose took second places this weekend kept her comfortably in the lead. Joel Fletcher continues to lead the men’s division ahead of teammate Cole Lalomia.

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