Friday, April 28, 2017

2017 Road Series: ECCC Championships (4/22-4/23)

As it always seemed to, the ECCC road season flew by - culminating with the ECCC Championships hosted by RISD/Brown in Providence, Rhode Island. With double points on the line, Bucknell Cycling fielded eight racers each day to take on the Scituate Road Race and Ninigret Criterium.
"Last 40 minutes, boys" - Papa K to Steve and Ward before the Ninigret Crit

Results - Scituate TTT & Road Race

Men's A TTT Squad: Alex, Matt, Steve, & Eli
The team has been spoiled by good weather, especially in the latter half of the season, but Saturday made sure to remind the Bison how lucky they have been. With temperatures in the low 50’s and a near-constant stream of rain, the thermal jerseys came back out of racers’ bags. Two TTT teams represented the Herd in the morning: a Men’s A squad consisting of senior Alex Breakstone, sophomore Eli Bravo, first-year Matt McGauley, and senior Steven Robare, and a Men’s C pair of senior Ward Prescott and first-year Adam Workineh (who did a very impressive track stand before the start whistle). The Men’s A squad captured a whopping 84 points with a 7th place finish. Full race results can be found HERE.

Adam in the Crit
The road race was a rolling 16 mile loop, with two sandy stretches of road that put the racer’s nerves, and bike handling skills, to the test. Adam Workineh was first on course for the Bison in the Men’s D (33 mile) field. The grin on his face when he returned soaked to the bone said it all for how the rest of Bucknell Cycling would tackle the course. The rest of the team went off in staggered starts once Adam returned, starting with Alex Breakstone in the Men’s A (65 miles) for his last collegiate road race. Eli Bravo was next with the Men’s B (49 miles), and then the Men’s C (33 miles) squad with Matt McGauley, Steven Robare, and Ward Prescott - it also being the last collegiate road race for the latter two. The Women’s A/B (49 miles) field was the last to start, with familiar face in sophomore Evelyn Korbich, and new to the field senior Ellie Perry, who upgraded from C to B for her final collegiate weekend. Evelyn placed 10th in the Women’s A (16th overall) and earned 52 points, and Ellie placed 7th in the Women’s B (20th overall), earning 36 points. Full race results can be found HERE.

Results - Ninigret Criterium

Ward on the move!
The Championship Criterium was unusual for the ECCC: dead flat with six corners. It was also an excellent spectator venue, with the two straight sections paralleling less than 20 feet from one another. Before the headwind flipped mid-day, Adam Workineh tackled the course with the Men’s D field, and Matt McGauley, Steven Robare, and Ward Prescott took it on with the Men’s C field. Ward kept the spectators on their toes when he fell back for a few laps only to re-catch the group, while Steve lurked within the pack. Matt looked especially strong, taking wheels through the corners and finishing well in the bunch sprint.

Ellie on a solo attack in the Ninigret Crit
Later in the afternoon, Eli Bravo raced in the Men’s B field for his first criterium of the season. He was briefly caught behind a crash in the last lap, but overall performed well and finished in the massive bunch sprint. The pair of Lady Blues were next to race, with the Women’s A/B field. Both women were keen to make things happen: Evelyn Korbich threw an early attack to get the pack moving, and Ellie Perry attacked in the last lap, building a decent gap on the field until she went down in a blaze of glory for her last collegiate criterium. Evelyn finished with another 10th in the Women’s A, earning 36 points. Last to race for the day was Alex Breakstone, who was a strong presence in the field and finished within the pack at 15th to earn 14 points for Bucknell. Full race results can be found HERE.

Other News

This wraps up the ECCC road season for 2017. Congratulations to senior Alex Breakstone and sophomore Evelyn Korbich, who both qualified for Collegiate Nationals! This makes Alex is the first Bucknell cyclist to qualify for nationals all four years since the mid-2000’s!

Thanks again to all our sponsors, who made it possible for the team to have significantly more race participants each weekend this year than in previous years. Bucknell Cycling covers transportation, lodging, and race fees for all its members, in an effort to make the sport more accessible and affordable, especially to new riders - and it is our sponsors that make this possible year to year! These sponsors include: Earl’s Bicycle Store, Matty’s Sporthouse Grille, AMSEC, Giant Bicycles, Inside Track, Sun Orthopaedics, Grimes Group, Amami Kitchen & Espresso Bar, Maxxis, and Highlands Coaching Group. Thank you!
Papa K - at left - on a bike!

Always a huge thank you to Gary Kahler (aka, Papa K) for his very necessary and very loved role on the team - hauling-van driver, grill master, pre-race advisor and jacket-holder, photographer, observer, race info binder-keeper, and more. The team would be a mess and a half without him! Thank you also to our advisers/coaches, Ron Marquette, Bill Brunner and Eric Grimes.

Shout-out to our five graduating seniors: Alex Breakstone, Steven Robare, Ward Prescott, Ellie Perry, and Jorden Sneed. Three have raced all four years, one for two years, and one just for this past season - but the team will not be the same without you!

Another congratulations to Andrew Schlicht and Evelyn Korbich, new President and returning Vice President for the team, respectively. Matt McGauley will also take on various roles within the executive board, and former president Eli Bravo will remain on the board with a few roles, one of which is Race Director…. Will next year mark the long-awaited return of the Bucknell Cycling Classic? Stay tuned!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 Road Series: Army Spring Classic (4/15-4/16)

The Bison charged east this weekend for the Army Spring Classic in West Point, NY. The race sure lived up to the “spring” in its name, with impeccably warm weather both days, cresting to temperatures near 80 degrees on Sunday afternoon. Nine Bucknell cyclists took on the Harriman Road Race and eight the Shea Stadium Criterium for two days of excellent racing.
Hawk driving out of corner two in the Shea Stadium Crit

Results - Harriman TTT & Road Race

Men's B TTT: Matt, Andrew, Eli, & Steve
The team arrived in Harriman State Park early Saturday morning, early enough to pass small herds of deer and flocks of turkey on their way through Bear Mountain. Two TTT teams tried their hand at the 7-mile downhill-out and uphill-back course: a Men’s B squad consisting of sophomore and team president Eli Bravo, senior Steven Robare, first-year Matt McGauley, and first-year Andrew Schlicht, and a Men’s C squad consisting of senior Ward Prescott, first-year Andrew Hawk, and first-year Adam Workineh. The Men’s B team took 6th and 19 points for Bucknell, and the Men’s C took 9th. Full results for the TTT can be found HERE.

But there was no rest for the weary in West Point, and immediately after the TTT’s were all wrapped up, Andrew Hawk and Adam Workineh took to the road race course with the Men’s D (28 miles) field. The 14-mile course consisted of two large climbs, with a high-speed descent before the first climb and a windy flat section before the second, and countless superb views of lakes and creeks and beautiful scenery. This was the first day of racing for Bucknell for Adam, who did excellent work in both the TTT and the Road Race!
Eli going in for the Burger Feed, held by Papa K

The next flight of fields to hit the course included the Men’s C and Women’s C, both taking three laps of the course for a total of 42 miles. Ward Prescott, Steven Robare, Andrew Schlicht and Matt McGauley raced the Men’s C, while senior Ellie Perry raced the Women’s C. Matt had a bit of a breakout race, dipping his toes into the top half of the 70+ man field. Ellie snapped up 12 points for the Bison with a 5th place finish. In the last flight of fields for the day, senior Alex Breakstone tackled a grueling 70 miles with the Men’s A field, and Eli Bravo, returning to racing after a collarbone injury, kicked off his second season with the Bison with 56 miles with the Men’s B field. To celebrate, Eli took a feed of a hamburger along with a bottle for his fourth lap (see right). Full race results can be found HERE.

Results - Shea Stadium Criterium

Adam crushing his first-ever crit!
A delayed start in the morning due to cars parked on course meant each field got warmer weather than they anticipated on this classic clockwise criterium course, where the technical and fast corners made the best lines a hot commodity. The Men’s D pair of Andrew Hawk and Adam Workineh charged onto course first. Hawk in particular was looking very strong, fighting in the bunch until a crash in front of him ended his race prematurely, and Adam did great work in his first-ever criterium. To follow was the Men’s C squad of Ward Prescott, Steven Robare, Andrew Schlicht, and Matt McGauley. Schlicht powered a chase group to have the best finish in the squad for the day.

In the Women’s C crit, Ellie Perry finished 7th in a large bunch sprint to earn 6 points for the Bison. Last but certainly not least was Alex Breakstone in the Men’s A field, who did excellent work in the pack, chasing down a few attempted breakaways and never far from the front. In another massive bunch sprint, Alex took 18th out of 43, earning 3 points for Bucknell. Full race results can be found HERE.

Other News

Senior Cake! Not pictured, gluten-free cupcakes for Ellie

The team made their first visit this weekend to Village Pizza, which many alumni will recognize as a long-standing traditional dinner stop on the way to any race northeast of Lewisburg. But the stuffed buffalo chicken and bbq sicilian pizzas were most certainly topped by a wonderful catered dinner Saturday night, thanks to the Breakstones and Bravos, featuring a beautiful cake decorated with the new Bucknell Cycling logo, the names of the four seniors (Alex, Ward, Steven, and Ellie), and “thanks for the ride!”, which only Ellie would admit made her tear up a little. This weekend also saw the Perry family cheering on the Bison for the first time this year, and we thank them for their support! As always, Papa K took excellent care of the nine bikes that went on the road this weekend, was a superb grill-master, and kept the team relaxed with well-curated jazz music from the hauling van stereo.

The team is also excited to share that senior Alex Breakstone and sophomore Evelyn Korbich have made the provisional list for Nationals qualification!
Alex in the pack at the Shea Stadium Criterium
The Herd is on to it’s final race for the season next weekend: ECCC Championships, hosted by RISD in Providence, Rhode Island, where double-points are up for grabs!