Weekly Collegiate Racing Wrap - March 11, 2013


SECCC: Georgia Tech Race – by Kira Maicke

The men's A crit, with the JAKROO omnium leader Spencer Oswald on the right.
The men's A crit, with the JAKROO omnium leader Spencer Oswald on the right.
The SECCC lucked out with beautiful weather for the Bobby Dodd Classic this weekend in the Atlanta area. Saturday's time trial was a short but taxing race where JAKROO leader’s jersey wearer Spencer Oswald of Lees McCrae continued his ITT domination with another great effort in the Men's A race, beating the second place rider by over a minute. Kira Maicke from the University of Georgia took home another win in the Women's A's ITT. The Cumberland men managed a victory over Lees McCrae in the Men's A team time trial, but the Lees McCrae women made up for it in the Women's A TTT with their win over the University of Florida team.  

The weather started warming up a little bit more in time for the afternoon road races. The road race was a scenic, rolling 20 mile loop in Chattahoochee Hills. The University of Florida came out on top for the men's A road race with a strong performance by Derek Schanze. The women's A's race was cut in half, to much disappointment, and combined with the Women's B's field. The pack stayed together and had a rough finish because the yellow line rule was enforced all the way to the finish line. Rebecca Whitsitt won the group sprint and keeps the JAKROO conference leader’s jersey in the Women's A omnium.

The weather turned out to be absolutely gorgeous for the criterium races in Marietta. The Women's A's field stayed together during the race and Rebecca Whitsitt rocked the JAKROO yellow jersey and came out on top of the group sprint. The men's A's race had an exciting finish as Neal Shepard sprinted past the field to win the final sprint by a bike length. A few Georgia Tech and UF riders crashed at the final turn, but everyone was fine. Kudos to Nathaniel Rowe for rocking some killer road rash.

The SECCC cyclists get this next weekend off, then travel north to Brevard.

ECCC: Columbia Grant’s Tomb Crit and Stevens Road Race – by Dominic Caiazzo

The men's A field in the crit at Grant's Tomb. Photo by Ashutosh Warikoo
The men's A field in the crit at Grant's Tomb. Photo by Ashutosh Warikoo
The ECCC’s second week brought its racers to the upper west side of Manhattan on Saturday for a fast criterium around Grant’s Tomb Memorial, and then to Mountainside, New Jersey on Sunday for a tough circuit race through the Watchung Reservation. After a snowstorm hit the northeast, there was some trepidation about Saturday’s conditions, but the course was ready and it turned into a beautiful day.

The women’s race would stay intact on the technical course for nearly the entire race. In the closing laps, an attack by Shaena Berlin(MIT) and Hayley Wickstrom (University of Pittsburgh) held off the peloton by just a few seconds. Berlin came around Wickstrom in the end and Rose Long (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) won the field sprint for 3rd just moments after the two leaders crossed the line. The men’s field was also intent on not letting any early breaks go. Late in the race, Robin Carpenter (Swarthmore) and Ansel Dickey (Killington Mountain School) attacked and put an insurmountable gap into the field. Carpenter opened up his sprint early on the long uphill finishing stretch and handedly took the win, furthering his early season dominance of the ECCC. Ansel Dickey took 2nd and Jeremy Shirock (Penn State) came in a few seconds later in front of a rowdy audience to fill out the podium.

Sunday’s race was a 6 mile circuit with wide open descents and one steep uphill section. In what turned out to be yet another perfect day for racing, Rose Long, Hayley Wickstrom and Shaena Berlin put about 3 minutes into the rest of the women’s field and held it until the end. Rose Long took the photo finish with a bike throw, beating out Wickstrom and Berlin who finshed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. After 2 seemingly relaxed laps by the men’s field, the attacks began to come hard and often. Nothing seemed to stick until there were less than 2 laps to go. A group of 8 riders, not even 1 minute off the front, managed to stay away. John Herrick (UVM) put in a late attack on the group to win with a decent gap, and Zach Ulissi (MIT) held off Alan Royek (Shippensburg) for 2nd.

As it stands, MIT holds the top position in the team overalls, while Robin Carpenter and Rose Long are wearing the yellow leader’s jerseys for the men’s and women’s fields.

Photos by Ashutosh Warikoo

SWCCC: Trifecta Omnium – by Joey Iuliano

A familiar sight to most collegiate cyclists...
A familiar sight to most collegiate cyclists...
The southwest conference headed west to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the third weekend of racing. Standings were tight with a 7 point separation between ASU and UA in the conference omnium. The JAKROO saguaro-green leader’s jersey was up for grabs in the Men's A race with the absence of Nathan Franklin (NAU) who was racing in Tucson. Stefanie Sichler (ASU) was present and looked to extend her lead in the women's A.

A windy and brisk morning greeted the riders on Saturday with the wind picking up to the high 20s by race time. The ITT course was a simple out and back but featured a block head wind for the first half. Speeds were low going out, but blazing back in at 40+ mph. In the men's A, Spencer Crites (ASU), laid down the fastest time followed by new A rider David Carlson (UA).  In the women's A/B field, Reiley Pankratz (ASU) claimed victory, followed closely by Allison Alterman  (UA) and Shelby Hoglund (UA). Current SW leader Stefanie finished 4th after an untimely flat just after starting. The crit was sadly canceled due to increasing dust and wind which resulted in unsafe conditions.

The high winds gave way to overcast skies and crisp temperatures on Sunday. The Hillsboro road race featured an out and back course with steep rolls and finished with a shallow 7 mile climb. The men's A race started off extremely aggressive and after some brutal pace setting by a non-collegiate team, a split of 18 riders formed 25 miles from the finish with UA's David Carlson and new conference leader Joey Iuliano in the JAKROO jersey. With 15 miles to go, Iuliano set off in pursuit of a non-collegiate rider David Carey (Sports Systems) who attacked earlier. The two worked well and opened up a one minute gap. Iuliano came around at the finish for the win with David Carlson in 2nd and Jake McLaughlin in 3rd. In the women's A/B field, NMU's Anona Whitely stuck with the women's 1/2/3 field to take the win, followed closely by Reiley Pankratz in 2nd. UA's Allison Alterman and Shelby Hoglund came in 3rd and 4th.

The SWCCC has a few weekends off with the next conference event the first weekend of April at the Adoption Exchange Classic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NWCCC: OSU Race Weekend – by Colin Ross

Unseasonable sunshine graced Oregon State’s hosting of the second of three consecutive race weekends in the Willamette Valley to kick off the NWCCC season. The University of Oregon brought out a strong effort to take the conference lead following a disappointing one-point loss to Portland State the first weekend.

Saturday’s rolling road race course saw a five man break escape early in the men’s A and hold a big gap on the rest of the field, until the two mile final climb reduced it to three minutes.  Austin Argeullo (University of Oregon) was able to outsprint Cole Lalomia (Portland State) and Todd Elenz (Willamette University) up the final stretch for the win.  Portland State’s Erin Glover kicked off her first weekend of collegiate racing with a convincing win in the women’s A over leaders-jersey holder Rosalyn Zylcowski (Washington State) and former collegiate all star Leia Tyrrell (Oregon State). Rising star Jenna MacPherson (University of Idaho) won the women's B road race from a combined field, finishing just behind Glover, and ahead of the second and third place A's.

The afternoon’s team time trial saw strong performances from the teams most likely to win the conference title. For the women’s A, Portland State headed by Erin Glover finished a full minute faster than runner up University of Washington, with the podium being rounded out by Western Washington University. In the Men’s A race Austin Argeullo drove his University of Oregon squad to a 27 second win over the University of Washington.

Sunday’s crit looped through the historic Oregon State campus. This completely flat and only semi-technical course allowed the fields to remain largely intact. The women’s race was called early due to an unfortunate crash that saw two riders transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Scoring on the final prime completed Erin Glover’s sweep for the weekend’s racing. In the men’s race Peter Buco (Portland State) and Seth Phillips (University of Montana) slipped away with 4 laps to go and withstood late attempts to bring them back to end the race with a thrilling too close to call sprint that placed Peter in first and Seth in second. Rory Jack (University of Washinton) outsprinted Austin Arguello for the final podium spot to complete the weekend’s racing.

WCCC: Stanford Race Weekend – by Michael Nystrom

WCCC racers from across California and Nevada tested their legs in Stanford’s popular road race, team time trial, and criterium in sunny Paicines and Morgan Hill this weekend.  Racing began Saturday with an out-and-back TTT and road race through the rolling hills of Panoche Valley Road where riders faced gradual elevation gains, sweeping turns, and brutal headwinds.  Stanford finished first, over one minute ahead of UC Berkeley, in the Men’s A TTT.  UC Davis beat out Stanford by only ten seconds in the Women’s A TTT.  In the men’s A road race, Brendan Larkin beat a pack of three Stanford riders to the line and finished first for USC.  Continuing their domination in Paicines, UC Davis had the top three finishers in the Woman’s A race—with Judith Wexler ultimately taking first place.  

Sunday’s criterium, adjacent to the Specialized headquarters, featured a fast, counterclockwise course with a technical right hand chicane after turn four.  Stanford rider, Keith Wong, clenched first place in the Men’s A criterium.  The UC Davis women again took top honors with Danielle Haulman placing first in the Women’s A criterium.  Good times, hard racing, and great weather ultimately made for an excellent weekend at Stanford’s home race.  UC Berkeley will host the next stop on the WCCC 2013 road schedule next weekend.  

SCCCC: University of Oklahoma Race Weekend – by Caden Burross

For the third SCCCC race weekend, the conference traveled to the University of Oklahoma. Riders were faced with rain, wind, and cold from the get-go. The road race course, a loop around Lake Stanley Draper, is a local favorite. The travel distance and weather made for small fields over the weekend but good racing was in no short supply.

The men's A road race was swept by Midwestern State University, with Tony Baca, Ricky Randall, and Cory Scott, for Midwestern State University. The men's B race went to Carl Stroud, University of North Texas, after a 40 mile breakaway with Paul Ables from University of Texas at Austin. The Women's A race was a close one, as Claire Routledge (MSU) sprinted to victory on a flat tire past Baylor University’s Danielle Bradley.

After a lunch break marred with storms and torrential downpours, the Team Time Trials were launched on schedule. Though slim in numbers, the teams gave it their all with the Men's A win going to MSU and the women's A individual TT going to Claire Routledge, MSU.

Sunday's Crit was exceptionally cold and grey with wind chills in the 30's. A small men's A field once again left MSU to take charge. Tony Baca, with another win, further increased his hold on the JAKROO SCCCC leader’s jersey. After being combined with the men's B field, Danielle Bradley, Baylor, took the win in the women's A.

Louisiana State University, next weekend, will be stop number four on the SCCCC's road to Ogden.

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