Weekly Collegiate Race Recap - October 7, 2013


SECCC: Mars Hill College Race Weekend - by Spencer Lowden

Photo: Icon Media Asheville
Photo: Icon Media Asheville

This weekend’s SECCC race was held in Asheville, NC at Kolo Bike Park. The Mars Hill Cycling team took advantage of the new parks facilities and created a fun, fast weekend of “Dirty South” racing. Saturday morning brought dense fog and cooler temperatures, and started with the always exciting Short Track. This week’s short track however, was much longer than many others this season, which meant different tactics would be in place for the races to come. In the Women’s “A” race, Erica Zaveta (Brevard College) took the win, while Emily Shields (Lees-McRae College) came in second. In the Men’s “A” race Kerry Werner (Lees-McRae College) took the top spot, followed closely by Zach Valdez (Brevard College).
Mars Hill also introduced the first team relay of the season, which was important due to the event now being including in the scores to determine the Collegiate Team Omnium National Champions later this year when it is held in Banner Elk, NC. In this race teams of 3 or 4 (with no more than two males or two females) would alternate laps on a short course, which this week was the same as the short track, and then pass through the zone that would allow for the next teammate to start their lap. In the end Brevard College, who entered 2 teams - (Lewis Gaffney, Erica Zaveta, and Zach Valdez) and (Cypress Gorry, Sarah Hill, and Spencer Lowden) took first and second respectively.
The Saturday events were wrapped up with the only gravity event of the weekend, the Super-D. The short, flowy, and technical track kept racers on their toes. In the Men’s “A” race Dan Ennis (Brevard College) had the fastest times of the day, while Erica Zaveta sped through the course to take the win in the Women’s “A” race with teammate Sarah Hill taking second.
Sunday started and ended with the cross country race that weaved and bobbed through the surrounding bike park with a mixture of tight single-track, open fields, and rooty corners. In the Men’s “A” race, Kerry Werner once again continued his streak of ending on the top spot of the podium to take the win, followed by Zach Valdez (I smell a friendly rivalry?). While in the Women’s “A” race a similar trend also occurred with Erica Zaveta again grabbing another win, adding a great result to her already impressive season.

The next SECCC race weekend is being put on by the University of Florida on Oct 12th, 2013.


SCCCC: Texas A&M Race Weekend- by Conor Steward and Emily Franco (A&M)

This week the SCCCC went down to Warda, TX as Texas A&M hosted a fast and sandy race. The weather turned out to be perfect Saturday as Robby Chrisman (University of Texas) opened the weekend with a win in Men's A's on the .9 mile short track event. Following Robby’s fast run Elizabeth Lurz (Abilene Christian University) took home gold on this track that featured technical single track and a BMX styled downhill to spice up the already hot course. Later the team time trial tested pure nerve with a rundown Gas Pass, a famously technical decent, where only the most brave (or daft) can take gold. The 2 mile track also included the previously mentioned BMX run and a few gnarly climbs. ACU surprised the whole field with a win having the closest team more than five minutes behind them (University of Texas and Baylor).

During the night a huge cold front with stormy weather struck the riders camp making the following day an interesting prospect, however all teams arrived fearing no challenge. Doug Todd took home a win for West Texas A&M after a close sprint finish against David Barrett (Midwestern State University) showing the true competitive edge in MTB racing. For the women, Elizabeth Lurz once again stole first in women's A's for ACU with Sarah Gensbach (Alumni for Texas State) hot on her heels. Overall it was muddy fun weekend!
The SCCCC will be racing up in Waco, TX next weekend and it is sure to bring a test among the riders with a blast through the bamboo forest and its sneaky switchbacks and climbs.


ACCC: University of Virginia Race Weekend - by Charles Ramsbotham

Start of the Men's A Race
Start of the Men's A Race

This time the ACCC was in Virginia for the University of Virginia's home race weekend. Racing started late Saturday with a long short track. Lap times for the day averaged between 7-10 minutes. In all of the categories, except for A, riders would do only two laps.  In the Men's A race Bryan Lewis (Univerity of Virginia) continued his win streak from last weekend's races. John Michael Gorum (Appalachian State University) was his main competition but could not close the gap. In Women's A Rebecca Stimson got the win for herself and Virginia Tech.
At the end of short track riders began to prepare for the time trial. This would be the longest time trial so far this season, taking around 20 minutes. Lewis (UVA) and Gorum (ASU) continued their fight to win in Men's A. Bryan would win again with John Michael taking 2nd. Stimson (VT) won again in Women's A. 
Sunday's race was a tough cross country course. The trail was located right in the backyard of the University of Virginia's campus. While the distance was only about 4 miles per lap there would be around 800 feet of climbing. Riders began the race at the bottom of a long asphalt climb to sort the field out before getting in to the trail.  Lewis (UVA) once again won to sweep the weekend. That's two weekends in a row for him!  Stimson (VT) would do the same in Women's A winning for her third time this weekend. 
Next weekend is the ACCC's conference championship hosted by Appalachian State University out at Beech mountain.  Then we have our rest weekend followed by nationals which will also be hosted at Beech.


WCCC: Stanford Race Weekend- by Kirsten Pearsons

Men's A Steven Pearl (HSU) winning short track.
Men's A Steven Pearl (HSU) winning short track. Photo: Dave Miller

The warm California sunshine finally came out this weekend and greeted riders as they took to the hills of Stanford’s Toro Park home race. Saturday’s looping XC course had an exposed fireroad climb and a wandering single-track descent through oak grasslands. Stanford’s own National Champion Kate Courtney dominated the Women’s A race followed by current JAKROO leader Katelyn Hill (HSU) and Diane Moug (UC Davis). National Champion Lucas Newcomb of Cal Poly won the Men’s A race, followed by UCSC’s William Curtis and Nicholas Newcomb (Lucas’ brother). On Saturday afternoon, XC riders from the morning once again accented the XC climb, but this time accompanied by downhillers for the SuperD.

Sunday was packed with three race events - short track, relay, and downhill. The short track course was quick-paced and flowy so it felt more like a road criterium than the average short track. Current JAKROO leader Steven Pearl (HSU) won Men’s A’s and Kate Courtney once again took first, with Katelyn Hill right on her wheel the entire race. Both the A’s and B’s short track relays were won by Stanford. The weekend closed with downhill; the freshly cut course comprised of sandy off-camber trails and twisting turns. Robert Boger of Chico won Men’s A’s followed by teammate Dane Petersen and Justin Graves of Humboldt State.

Next weekend we head further south for the much anticipated 24th annual Parkfield Classic hosted by Cal Poly’s Wheelmen.

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