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Every week Collegiate Race Recap – Sept 10, 2013

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ACCC: NC State and Wake Forest Race Weekend – by Charles Ramsbotham

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ACCC mountain bike racers 9/9/13 # @@ # @!! # @@ # @!!

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This year the ACCC started out the mountain bike season having a tough weekend hosted by NC State and Wake Forest. We began Saturday at San Shelter park with NC State is half of the weekend. The first race of the day was a long and technical cross country event. Many thought the key to this course was digging deep and sticking with it. Sandy soil, creek crossings, rock gardens, roots, and also other features kept riders on their toes during a 10 mile lap. Following the men ‘s A race ended, won by a JMU rider, staging for the time trial began. The time trial was a quick loop with some punchy exotic climbs and a fast finish. Both fastest overall times came out of the men ‘s B field.

Sunday found the ACCC in Westfield, NC for Wake Forest ‘s portion of the weekend. Everything started with an exciting short monitor race. The race brought cyclists up a dry gravel rise into the woods where they found a tight section that was n’t too technical. After the first wooded section they dropped down into a extend with some rocks perfect for clipping pedals and roots to slip on. To, riders had to push hard on the particular gravel climb or be wise in the rock section. Mile is Hubbard ( ASU) came out on the top for the men ‘s A in this occasion. Shortly after short track the up hill time trial kicked off. In just under a mile with 300ft height gain this was a good test showing how everyone ‘s legs were feeling. At the top of the time trial rider is came to the staging location for Super D. A nice finish to some great weekend, riders flew throughout the trail and then back to school.
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MWCCCC: Monitor and Mountain race at Marian University – by Casey Hildebrandt

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Marian University hosted this past weekend ’s double-header of race starting off Friday night on the Main Taylor Velodrome, part of the Indy Cycloplex just a block down from Marian’s campus.

Saturday morning started bright and early with a few more events on the track and later in the afternoon spectators got a short hike out of the velodrome to the other side of the parking lot to watch the particular brutal short track racing. The actual course featured an optional record drop at the bottom of the downhill to mix things up. Last weekend ’s winner and current conference omnium innovator, Kaitlin Antonneau ( Marian University ), took the win again while her teammate, Coryn Rivera, came in behind Corrie Osborne ( Ripon College ) for third place. Josh Johnson ( Marian University ) took the earn after a showdown with his teammate Drew Dillman, while their teammate Jerr Blodgett fought for third.

Shortly after short track appeared everyone headed over to the BMX track for the four cross events where defending dual slalom national champ, Bryce Hocking, took cost of the announcing rather than racing because of an arm injury. The mounting brackets were stacked with world-class cyclists in both the men and women’s events. Teammates Chase Hines and Justin Posey ( Marian University ) took the top two spots while Jarrod Adcock ( Northern The state of illinois University ) rolled in quite happy with third. Junior BMX World Champion, Felicia Stancil ( Marian University ), finished her first collegiate race off with a win and teammate Kristin Bob came in for second. Brittany Bates ( Lindenwood University ) rolled in for third on the day.

Sunday morning featured the XC races on a super fast and flowy course which wound down and around several rivers and creeks. The top 3 Women were the same as a week ago at Ripon’s MWCCC season opener. Antonneau with the win followed by the freshman duo of Osborne and Sophia Marchiando ( Ripon College ). The men’s race was much like the day before in short track with Johnson and Dillman ending up first and second, while freshman teammate Alek Minkis battled for a majority of the particular race and fought for a third place finish.

Cyclists have a short break in the timetable now and some will be headed to Mix Vegas, China ’s first UCI cross race, and Track Nationals before heading back to conference race at Mizzou in a few weeks.

Cover photo courtesy Bob Jones, track photo courtesy Andrew Rizzo
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SECCC: ETSU Race Weekend and by Spencer Lowden

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The 2nd weekend of SECCC mountain bicycle racing in Johnson City, TN, known as “The Dirty South Throwdown ” lived up to the name showing cyclists from near and fader that the local trails on ETSU’s campus don’t mess around. The fast and furious downhill started the particular weekend off with a bang, screening rider’s abilities on multiple levels. Spectators and racers alike liked the early morning and it set a thrilling start for the races to come.

Mid-afternoon brought along the short track races, always a spectator’s favorite, especially with the infamous distance jump that can easily be a determining factor if one were to choose of the “A” line or have the particular unfortunate luck of crashing onto it. Kerry Werner ( Lees-Mcrae University ) and Erica Zaveta ( Brevard College ) took the particular wins in the A race. Kerry coming back from Worlds in S. africa showed he still had a lot in the tank and battled in the very back to edge out Zach Valdez ( Brevard College ), while Erica took the hole-shot and never looked back.

Saturday has been wrapped up with the always exciting 4-Cross event. High flyers with any the conferences showed that they were not afraid to go big while race side by side in a tight and fast track. Lindsey Wilson showed why they are one of the best in 4-Cross events by having Stephanie Caluag and Corey Ross taking wins in both the women’s and men’s A races.

The final event, XC started Sunday morning with a tight, twisty, and demanding 5 mile program. Kerry Werner continued his weekend break dominance with another win accompanied by Cypress Gorry ( Brevard University ), while in the women’s race Kaysee Armstrong of King’s College got the win.

The next SECCC mountain bike race will be held by Georgia Tech in Conyers, GA

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