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Sep 30

Weekly Collegiate Race Recap – September 30, 2013

ACCC: Virginia Tech Race Weekend – by Charles Ramsbotham


 

Alex Dawson leads Kevin Quillan

Alex Dawson leads teammate Kevin Quillan . Photo: Neil Singh


This past weekend the particular ACCC landed in Blacksburg, VA for Virginia Tech’s home race. To start things off on Saturday there was a grueling 1 . four mile uphill time trial. Bryan Lewis in Men’s A (University of Virginia) came prepared plus started his weekend off having a win. Rumor is that he defeat the previous record on this trail simply by 30 seconds! At the top of the rise riders began staging for the short track event after a short period of rest. The ST course was about half and half, flowy single monitor and fire road climb. Bryan Lewis (UVA) would win again after holding off Charles Synder (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Kilometers Hubbard (Appalachian State University). In Women’s A, Katy Applin (Wake Forest University) would win both TT and short track activities.

The second half of Saturday had been all about gravity events. Appalachian Condition University Men’s A gravity bikers were clearly excited about this area of the day. Racing down the same trail the TT came up Kevin Quillan, Alex Dawson, and Jerrika Hightower would finish 1-2-3. Just about all three riders from ASU. Right after super d finished the bikers began preparing for dual slalom. Once again Appalachian State riders finished first, second, and third. This time it might be Alex Dawson, Alex LeSueur, plus Kevin Quillan. To continue ASU’s successful streak in gravity Lauren Macdonald would win the Women’s A super d. She went on to finish 2nd in dual slalom while Katy Applin (WFU) took first place.

Moving to Sunday bikers were faced with a cross country race in Jefferson National Forest. The particular course started out with a long rise punctuated by occasional downhill areas and finished with fast plus flowy single track. The terrain was rocky with a few creek crossings thrown in to keep folks focusing. Lewis (UVA) would continue his dominant weekend finishing first accompanied by Charles (VCU) and Hubbard (ASU). Rebecca Stimson would win the particular Women’s A race.

We’re now over half method through the season! Next weekend the particular ACCC will be back in Virginia just for University of Virginia’s home race.

WCCC: University of The state of nevada Race Weekend – by Kirsten Pearsons


 

Katelyn Hill rounding the last turn of the XC course

Katelyn Hill rolling the last turn of the XC course


This particular week’s WCCC race weekend had been hosted by the University of The state of nevada, Reno and was named the particular “Sky Tavern Sufferfest. ” While it didn’t rain like last weekend break, the cold alpine air plus roaring wind had riders missing our beautiful West Coast weather yet again. At a starting elevation of over 7, 500 feet and with 900 ft. of gain per lap, cross country racers were seeing snow and feeling the nothing as they tackled the fire road climbs and sandy single monitor descents. Steven Pearl of Humboldt held onto his top place in Men’s A’s with an additional first place finish in cross country while his teammate Katelyn Hill took first in Women’s A’s.

UNR put in the effort to update their already awesome Dual Slalom course from last year by adding some more turns and by including an impressive six foot drop. The upgraded course made for great spectating as sponsor team member Tyler Hansen plus UC Santa Cruz’s Zora Thomas flew down the course into first place for Men’s and Women’s A’s.

Sunday morning delivered more bitter cold wind because riders lined up for short monitor. The course included a crazily steep and sandy climb that was nothing the Women’s short monitor leader Katelyn Hill couldn’t handle. Men’s A’s short track had been won by Will Curtis of UC Santa Cruz.

Despite the wind rendering the chairlift to the top of the mountain unusable, more than 50 riders tackled the afternoon’s technical downhill courses. Ali Osgood of Humboldt State finished having a comfortable 15 second lead within Women’s A’s and UNR’s own riders swept the Men’s A’s with Casey Coffman in the business lead. Next week we head to the coast (and hopefully to milder weather) for Stanford’s race weekend kept at Toro Park in Salinas.

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