Weekly Collegiate Racing Wrap - September 17, 2012


NCCCC: Sugar Bottom Scramble - by Mark Guthart

Coming off a strong showing at the MWCCC-hosted mountain bike races at Ripon College, Hayley Olson (UMTC) continued her winning ways with a victory at the University of Iowa’s Sugar Bottom Scramble in North Liberty. Olson had come out of the Red Hawks Romp event with an enormous amount of momentum with wins in both the Cross Country and Short Track Cross Country events. And the Scramble would be no different, with Olson winning once again – this time taking home not only the conference championship title, but also taking the D1 Women’s Individual Omnium title as well.

Andrew Sullivan (UMTC)Not to be outdone, Andrew Sullivan (UMTC) joined Olson on the podium with a win in the Sugar Bottom Scramble’s Collegiate A/B Men race. “The race was such a blast and the trails were excellent!” commented Sullivan. “We had made the trip down for the original date [August 26th], but with the rain-out all we could do is sort of look at the trails without riding. This was well worth the trip back down!” The win at Sugar Buttom also gave Sullivan bragging rights as this year’s D1 Men’s Individual Omnium champion.

With their combined successes, Olson and Sullivan propelled UMTC into the D1 Team Omnium champion spot as well, which was presented by NCCCC Conference Director Mark Guthart.

ACCC: NC State Dirty Wolf - by Sequoya Moore

This weekend the ACCC made its way to the land of the pines and switchbacks also known as Raleigh, North Carolina for the 2012 Dirty Wolf hosted by NC State. Saturday’s races were held at San Lee Park which presented riders with a more technical course than many anticipated. A nine mile loop of tight switchbacks, rock gardens, and general rocks and roots strewn along the course awaited the Men’s C/Women’s B with 2 laps for Men’s B/Women’s A. Men’s A raced a similar loop but added another mile of rock garden which some claimed was the smoothest section of trail. Following the cross country was a 1.5 mile time trial which featured a fast climb with a rocky, switchback-filled decent.  

Congratulations to our registrar, Jake Andersson, for winning the Men’s A cross country and James Wittwer of App State for the TT. Men’s B XC went to Austin Jones from Wake Forest and the TT to his teammate Mitchell Collins. NC State’s David Smith won the XC for Men’s C while Preston Daniels also from NC State won the TT.

The best part of the weekend was the increase of women in attendance. Rachel Lambert from Duke put on an impressive showing in the Women’s B field to win the XC and Katy Applin from Wake Forest won Women’s A. 2 other ladies held their own in the Women’s B and one other in the Women’s A. It’s wonderful to see each of you out there!

Sadly, the XC event scheduled for Lake Crabtree was once again rained out so we all got to head home early Sunday. Thanks to NC State for giving us a challenge and providing us an unusually high amount of DNFs.  

Photos courtesy of Terry Killeen

SCCCC: Texas State Bobcat Brawl - by Jon Huey

The SCCCC MTB contingent atop this past weekend's hillclimb course.
The SCCCC MTB contingent atop this past weekend's hillclimb course.
Saturday morning included an entertaining short track course with generous length and a dauntingly steep climb.  There were plenty of loose rocks and fast corners to keep riders focused.  In the Men's A, Texas State kept a tight pack of three in the front with Texas A&M's Peter Hartwig just behind in fourth; "Cub" Garza came out in first.  The Men's C had a field twenty six deep, and a large pile up ensued inside the first sharp turn.  The Hill Climb course was just over a mile in length, incorporating a mixture of climbs and flats with the sharpest grades at the middle and end of the course.  Texas State's Rick Wetherald finished first for the Men's A with a time of six minutes and two seconds.

The rains came early Sunday morning and continued throughout the day, drenching the Cross Country course.  The terrain was mostly coarse pink granite, so conditions were safe enough for the race to go on.  Many riders returned covered in light mud, and they spoke of how fun the course was given these conditions.  Texas A&M's Hartwig took first in the Men's A. In the Women's A, Rachel Cook from the University of North Texas swept all three events.

The Bobcat Brawl was fierce until the very end, and it left riders hungry for the Comfort, TX race just two weeks away.

Photo courtesy Emma Shields

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