Weekly Collegiate Racing Wrap - April 1, 2013
MWCCC: Marian Midwest Classic – by Sarah Lukas
Marian University hosted the Midwest Classic this weekend which was graced with great weather and a huge turnout, despite the holiday weekend. With only a criterium for the weekend, racers had just one chance for a win. The course, designed more like a circuit race, wrapped around Major Taylor Velodrome and through Marian’s campus to give tight, technical turns as well as wide open straight stretches.
The women’s race began with multiple attacks that did not stick. After Marian University rider, Allie Dragoo, attacked, Rachel Byus from Lindenwood University covered the attack that would thus create the 2-person breakaway for the race. With Dragoo and Byus off the front, the peloton spent most of the time trying to bridge riders up but with many unsuccessful attempts. Finally, Kaitie Antonneau of Marian University attacked the group with just under 2 laps to go to bridge up to her teammate and Byus. In the end, it was Byus and Antonneau taking it to a sprint at the line where Antonneau edged out Byus for the win.
The men’s race of over 60 riders played out a little differently with a number of small attacks gapping the field, but it wasn’t until a break of 5 riders that gapped the field that would be the winning break. The break consisted of 2 Marian University riders, 2 Lindenwood University riders, and 1 rider from Cumberland University whose school was making a guest appearance in the MWCCC. In the end, it was Adam Leibovitz of Marian University who rode in on the finishing stretch with a large gap for the win. Leibovitz also went on later in the day to win the Pro Men’s 1/2 race that was held. Thomas Schubert of Cumberland University finished 2nd, and Devin Clark of Lindenwood University finished 3rd.
ECCC: MIT X-Pot – by Dominic Caiazzo
This weekend, the ECCC raced in central Massachusetts for MIT’s X-Pot race weekend. Saturday kicked off with a grinding uphill time trial up the base of Mount Wachusett that MIT would dominate as the host school. Cameron Cogburn (MIT) set a pace over the 6 mile course that nobody in the men’s field would come close to matching, as he beat out the second place rider by over 45 seconds. Katie Quinn (MIT) would do the same to the women’s field, winning by nearly a minute. The race that took place that afternoon was arguably the hardest criterium courses the conference has seen this season. With a long climb up to the finish and two acute turns on either end of the course, many found it a struggle to stay with the peloton. As the sun rose higher the last of the snow began to melt, and the fields were treated to a wet run-up to the finish. An early break in the men’s race stuck, and the gap was soon insurmountable. Cogburn would again run away with the race, with Brendan Rhim and Ansel Dickey (both of KMS) taking second and third. In the women’s race, Lenore Pipes (Cornell) continued her consistent criterium success within the conference as she out-sprinted Katie Quinn and Laura Ralston (both of MIT) for the win.
The second day brought a 10.8 mile team time trial and a grueling road race that was aptly named the “Purgatory Road Race.” MIT unsurprisingly won both the men’s and women’s TTTs, reminding the conference that it’s still their specialty. In the women’s road race, Hayley Wickstrom (Pitt) continued her recent string of good results and impressively took the win, coming in solo and denying MIT the win at their home race. Laura Ralston and Shaena Berlin (both of MIT) would take second and third. A break in the second lap of the men’s race fluctuated in size throughout, but eventually the selection was made for the top ten racers. Will Dugan (UVM) took off from the group with just over 1 lap to go, bringing two others with him. Soon after, Cameron Cogburn attacked the group but wasn’t able to catch Dugan, who came across the line alone to win. Cogburn took 2nd, and Michael Garretson (Penn State) took third.
MIT took the team omnium, as fitting for the host school. Next weekend the ECCC will travel to Shippensburg, PA for a new race on the calendar.
NWCCC: WWU Race Weekend – by Colin Ross
Austin Arguello (University of Oregon) continued his domination of the conference, while new holder of the JAKROO leader’s jersey Shelley Dunlop (Portland State) showed she was up to the task, with each taking wins in Saturday’s North Shore Road Race. With unseasonably warm weather, and 400 feet of climbing per eight-mile lap, this race quickly became one of attrition. In the Men’s A race Cole Lalomia (Portland State University) and Todd Elenz (Whitman University) saw a once sizable gap closed in the final lap by a chasing Arguello, Will Niemann-Ross (University of Washington) and Peter Buco (Portland State University). Exhausted by the long solo effort, the breakaway riders were quickly dropped. On the 200 meter uphill finish Arguello displayed the power that has allowed his continued success, establishing a sizeable gap on the sprinting Niemann-Ross and Buco who finished second and third respectively.
In the Women’s A race Dunlop was never seriously threatened, riding much of the race in the company of teammate Erin Goodall. The duo finished far out of sight of a chasing Danita Dunlap (Western Washington University), whose solo chase was eventually joined by Suzy Nielson (Portland State University). Dunlop and Goodall crossed the line back to back for first and second, while Dunlap outsprinted Nielson for third.
The afternoon’s team time trial saw success from many of the same teams that have dominated the rest of the season. Portland State’s Women’s A squad extended their undefeated streak with their 5th consecutive TTT win. Western Washington’s Men’s A squad continued to hone the form that they hope will win them a Division II national championship taking the win by 19 seconds. The University of Washington won three of the remaining four categories, handing the Portland State Women’s B squad their first loss of the season. Seattle Univers ity rounded out the winners with a strong performance in the Men’s D to take the win.
Sunday’s Delta Crit featured a smooth course with sweeping turns, causing most fields to be determined by a final bunch sprint. In the Women’s A field Danita Dunlap (Western Washington University) outsprinted chasing Portland State riders Shelley Dunlop and Suzy Nielson to take the win. The Men’s A race saw several initial breaks brought back before a crash caused a neutralization and pause in the race. Upon resuming, Western Washington continued to delight the hometown crowd with a strong sprint from David Kessler holding off Austin Arguello (University of Oregon) to seal a victory in both A Crits. Chasers Cole Lalomia (Portland State University) and Kevin Bernstein (Willamette University) crossed the line in a photo finish, with Lalomia just barely edging Bernstein for third.
Whitman College also unveiled a strong duo of racers in the Women’s B field across the entire weekend. Mackinzie Stanley and Molly Blust put in an impressive performance managing to escape from the pack in both the Crit and Road Race for uncontested 1-2 finishes in both. This strong display of tactics and teamwork hints at future success from the pair unless other teams can adapt to their strategy.
SCCCC : University of Arkansas Race Weekend – by Caden Burross
Rain, wind and climbs : Fayetteville had it all. This past weekend was the University of Arkansas' first time to host a collegiate race weekend for the SCCCC and it will not be its last. Danielle Teese, UofA cycling club president, said, "Every year after this, hopefully we will have one." To organize the event, she said the team went off "what they liked and didn't like from other races" and from there it was just coordinating with USA Cycling and the officials.
Though Saturday morning's road races began with small fields and a lot of rain, the 20 mile loop was quite a change from many in the SCCCC. Nestled in the Ozarks, the course was filled with plenty of rollers and a few fair sized hills, but it was the "Hell's Kitchen" climb that really blew up the pelotons. Located half way through the loop, most fields would ascend the climb twice during their 40 mile races and with a 17.5% grade in spots, this would be the defining factor in most of the races.
Midwestern State's Tony Baca, a two time MTB junior national champion, was right at home on the climbs in Arkansas. Baca was able to ride into another victory, but not far ahead of teammate Cory Scott and University of Texas' first time A racer Robert Chrisman. Jessica Prinner, in a solo effort after the climb, rode to another win for MSU in the women's A race.
Sunday's crit began cold, but the sun was shining for the men's A and the combined men's B and women's A races. With 12 turns, the course was fast and technical. Baylor University's Danielle Bradley beat out Prinner in a sprint finish for the women's A race. The men's A race was one of slim numbers, but the guys made the best of it. JAKROO Leaders Jersey holder Tony Baca, again, was in gold on the podium followed by teammates Cory Scott and Evan Bybee.
Next week, a very special weekend, the SCCCC is traveling to Kansas State for a dual conference race with the NCCCC.
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