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Sep 24

Weekly Collegiate Race Recap – Sept 24, 2013


ACCC: West Virginia Race Weekend – by Charles Ramsbotham


 

Katy Applin on her way to winning at WVU.

Katy Applin on her way to winning at WVU.


The ACCC spent the weekend in West Virginia to see why the state is so wild and wonderful. The trails were located at Big Bear Lake Campland which was the perfect setting for an thrilling couple of days.


To begin the weekend riders experienced a tough cross-country event. Saturday’s training course was the most technical yet this year. Many riders ran into mechanised trouble throughout the day of racing. In a number of A would be won by Steve Snyder, a Virginia Commonwealth College rider, while Women’s A visited Katy Applin (Wake Forest).


As cross-country finished the rain started. Using a long time gap until short monitor the ground had plenty of time to get sloppy. Falling temperatures would also lead to a tough race in the afternoon. The particular short track course was tight with a few rocky sections. Probably the most prominent feature would be the mud. In a number of A Miles Hubbard (Appalachian State) would take the win after obtaining the lead a couple of laps in. Whilst Katy Applin (Wake Forest) gained the Women’s A race.


Sunday’s cross-country race was similar to Saturday’s but a greater distance. The men’s An area would be put to the test racing 29 miles. Saturday’s rain also developed some nice swamp-like sections to get riders to navigate. Men’s A Connor Bell (James Madison) came along to win the race. Their main competition Miles Hubbard (Appalachian State) would finish a whole 9 minutes behind for 2 nd place. Katy Applin (Wake Forest) would round away from a great weekend of racing along with another win.


Next weekend the ACCC will be in Virginia for a competition hosted by Virginia Tech.

WCCC: Fresno State MTB Race Weekend — by Kirsten Pearsons


And they’re away from! The WCCC’s start to the hill bike race season was hosted by Fresno State at the Cina Peak Ski Resort. Early Sunday morning, riders gathered to pick up their particular new and colorful season-long amount plates before they headed out onto the lollypop shaped XC course. The course was a work of unrelenting fireroad climbs and also a loose, twisty descent. Steven Pearl of Humboldt State took 1st in Men’s A’s and Heart and soul Barton of California Lutheran took first in Women’s A’s. Following a short lunch break, riders ascended via ski lift to the Extremely D start where they were greeted with deep sandy turns and scorching fireroad descents. Alfonso Garcia secured first in Men’s A’s Super D while Essence Barton earned her second first of the morning.


As the XC and Super D programs were nothing the talented WCCC riders couldn’t handle, the weather began to look otherwise. It was at this point that we said goodbye to the beautiful Ca weather which, last spring, experienced granted us a nearly rain-free road season. Cold rain and hail showered riders as some teams took refuge in a small cabin while others toughed it out in their overloaded tents. Scattered lighting and oklahoma city echoed off the hills and the the top of downhill course received a dusting of snow. So much for sunny California!


Short Track race starts had been delayed on Sunday so bikers had a chance to thaw from the chilly night and defrost their bikes. In the men’s A field, a small number of riders broke away early on within the race but after Nick Newcomb’s (UCSC) attack, none of the other driver could touch him. Fresno’s personal rider Ryan Brooks made for a thrilling Men’s C race when he or she lapped every rider in his field. By the time Downhill started it experienced warmed up a bit but there were nevertheless some small patches of snow at the top of the tight and technical course. The snow didn’t faze the Super D leaders Alfonso Garcia and Essence Barton who else also won their respective Downhill races. The weekend ended having a swift posting of results and podium as teams were eager to return to warmer grounds. So far this looks like the WCCC is going to have an exciting and dynamic mountain bicycle season. Next weekend we head to another high-altitude race weekend hosted by University of Nevada, Reno. We’re keeping our fingers crossed in hopes that it doesn’t snow!

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