Weekly Collegiate Race Recap March 11, 2014

  
  


ECCC: Stevens Institute Duck Country Weekend - Dominic Caiazzo

Zach Ulissi (MIT) rides to victory in the men's circuit race (Photo Credit: Scott Kapelewski)
Zach Ulissi (MIT) rides to victory in the men's circuit race (Photo Credit: Scott Kapelewski)

This past weekend, the ECCC kicked off its eight-week long season in Mountainside, New Jersey, with the Stevens Duck Country Weekend. After what seemed like an endless winter, the sunshine that graced the conference was welcomed by all. Saturday brought a 6.2-mile team time trial, complete with ripping descents and short climbs. Pennsylvania State won the men's race, beating out MIT, the undisputed TTT champions of last season, with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) putting in a strong showing for third. In the women's race, Columbia also beat out MIT, with a team from the University of New Hampshire rounding out the top three.

Saturday’s road race brought out the early season fireworks that everyone expected. In his post-graduate return to the ECCC, Erik Levinsohn (Yale) put in an early attack on the first lap, and managed to solo the remaining 34 miles to victory. A two man chase with Etienne Moreau (Queens) and Max Rusch (RPI) got away late in the race, and held off for 2nd and 3rd. The women’s race ended with a three woman breakaway, with Lenore Pipes (Cornell) outsprinting Cecelia Davis Hayes (Columbia) and Shaena Berlin (MIT) in what would be an exciting preview of Sunday’s circuit race.

Sunday brought cooler temperatures, but an exciting course with a grinding climb and a fast section on a narrow winding footpath that would shatter most fields. In the women’s race, Davis Hayes (Columbia) and Pipes (Cornell) attacked their breakaway and stayed away, this time Davis Hayes took the sprint against Pipes. Look out for this rivalry to carry on all season. Berlin (MIT) won the field sprint for 3rd. The men’s race ended in a solo breakaway again, as Zach Ulissi (MIT) put over two minutes into the field after swiftly dropping his initial breakaway mate. Queens University headed the chase group of four, with Moreau and Cameron Mcphaden taking the 2nd and 3rd places on the road. Next weekend the ECCC travels to Philadelphia, with up and coming Queens University dangerously close to taking the team omnium from MIT.

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SWCCC: Trifecta Omnium - Allison Alterman

The TriFecta Omnium in Las Cruces, N.M., spiced things up in the points standings for the SWCCC this past weekend. It all started with a 20k out-and-back ITT featuring rolling hills and steady crosswinds. Max Rich of University of Arizona (UA), points leader going into the weekend, pulled off the win in the Men’s A. Constantin Schreiber of Arizona State University (ASU) came in second, and David Carlson (UA) was third. In the Women’s A race, Lindsey Ryder (ASU) took the win in a convincing fashion, her teammate Stefanie Sichler placing second, and Allison Alterman (UA) in third.

The criteriums were held a few hours later on a mile-long rectangular course where the wind was still a factor. When the men lined up at the start of the A’s race, Schreiber (ASU) stood in his black and gold kit, teammate-less in a sea of blue and red made up by six UA riders.  Nonetheless, Schreiber managed to pull off a second place finish, Rich (UA) banking another win, and Andrew Keller (UA) sprinting his way into third.  The Women’s A criterium was a three-on-three battle between the two Arizona universities with the same results as the ITT. Ryder (ASU) managed another win, Sichler (ASU) second, and Alterman (UA) once again took third.

Sunday brought the Regional Championship RR in Hillsburo and, as the name suggests, there was nothing flat about the day aside from some game changing punctured tires. University of Arizona swept the podium in the Men’s A race with Quinn Keogh at the top, followed by Nathan Franklin and Carlson. With double points on the line, a fourth place finish by Schreiber (ASU) was enough to pull ahead of Rich (UA) in the season standings in order to snag the leader’s jersey. On the Women’s side, Ryder (ASU) rounded out a perfect trifecta of wins, Alterman (UA) finished second, and Sichler (ASU) took third.



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