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Every week Collegiate Race Recap – September 16, 2013

SECCC: Georgia Tech Race Weekend – by Spencer Lowden

Riders set off at the Georgia Tech mountain bike race weekend.

Riders set off at the Georgia Tech mountain bicycle race weekend.

Another weekend of SECCC mountain bike racing is in the particular books with this weekend’s race, The Granite Assault, put on by Georgia Tech. Beautiful weather and race on some of the same trails because the 1996 Olympics meant only happy times ahead. Saturday was filled with the particular always high-intensity Short Track as well as the only gravity event of the weekend break, Dual Slalom.

The short track was a quick lap working just over a minute filled with a mix of limited single track and open industry sections with little time to recover. In the Men’s A race, Wes Lamberson (Union College) took the earn with a strong sprint on the final lap to hold off Zach Valdez (Brevard College) and the rest of the direct pack. While in the Women’s A competition, Erica Zaveta (Brevard College) place in another impressive race winning by a large margin.

Past due afternoon brought along with Dual Slalom. The mixture of high speeds and loose corners kept the competition interesting and exciting, causing the riders to have to race at a degree where they could maintain the necessary traction while still keeping speed over the whole course. The men’s A field slowly shrunk until Cody Phillips (Lees-Mcrae College) and Mac Banner (Brevard College) were the two final riders competing for the win. Each runs were neck and throat with Mac Banner taking the earn in an exciting fashion. The Women’s A finals were soon after along with Allsion Jones (Warren Wilson College) edging out Sarah Hill (Brevard College).

Sunday opened up and finished with Cross-Country race on some of the same trails because the 96’ Olympic race course. Brevard teammates Zach Valdez and Erica Zaveta both took home wins in their respective categories closing System.Drawing.Bitmap weekend with blazing fast instances and stellar performances by all of the teams.

The next SECCC mountain bike race is September 28th in Clemson, SC.

ACCC: William & Mary Race – by Charles Ramsbotham

A Wake Forest rider enjoys the courses at William & Mary's race weekend.

A Wake Woodland rider enjoys the courses at William & Mary’s race weekend break.

This weekend the riders in the ACCC found themselves in Williamsburg, VIRTUAL ASSISTANT for William and Mary’s competition in Freedom Park. Unfortunately VCU’s portion of the weekend on Sunday was canceled so all of the actions took place on Sunday.

Race started off with the cross-country early each morning. To reach the trail, riders raced down a long wide fire road with patches of ground the particular consistency of peanut butter. As soon as on the trail conditions were limited and twisty with a surprising amount of climbing. Connor Bell (James Madison University) and John Michael Gorum (Appalachian State University) were the particular leaders the whole way in the Mens A field. Over the ~26 miles Bell held a pretty consistent gap more than Gorum. Occasionally Bell would eliminate some time but he always found places to make it back up. Katy Applin (Wake Forest) beat Lauren Macdonald (Appalachian State University) to earn the Women’s A race.

The second race of the day was obviously a fast short track. Without a lot of technical sections and a long fire road to cruise on racers were able to hold their speed properly. Men’s B was an exciting competition with a three man group of two NC State riders and one through University of Virginia pulling away from the start. After many laps it had been down to just one UVA and State rider. Richard O’Briant of NC State would hold on from that first lap to take the earn. The A race would be dominated by Stephen Vogel (Wake Forest). Gorum (ASU) and Bill Lucy (Virginia Tech) put in strong initiatives to chase him down but it wasn’t enough. Significant gaps formed between the three leaders as they started to work their way through the back again of the field lapping riders. Vogel, Gorum, and Lucy went 1, 2, 3.

Following weekend the racing will take place in West Virginia for West Va University’s home event!

Don’t see your conference covered here? Write them and get a complimentary collegiate license in return! E-mail jhansen@usacycling. org if you’re interested.

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