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!

Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 Road Series: Shippensburg Scurry (4/8-4/9)

The Herd was back to the ECCC in full force this weekend, migrating down the Susquehanna to race the Shippensburg Scurry. As always, the mornings were chilly, but the afternoons were warm, sunny, and perfect for cultivating those illustrious tan lines. Eight of our Bucknell racers each took on Saturday’s Campus Criterium and Hill Climb, and seven braved the infamous Horsekiller Road Race on Sunday.
Evelyn about to dive into a corner on the Campus Criterium

Results - Shippensburg Campus Criterium & South Mountain Hill Climb

Jorden crushing the Crit!
A D-shaped counter-clockwise course, with a little kicker of a climb just before the finish line, the Shippensburg Campus Criterium was a unique and fun course. First up for Bucknell was the Men’s C squadron, consisting of seniors Ward Prescott and Steven Robare as well as first-years Andrew Schlicht and Matt McGauley. The pack held together all the way through to a massive bunch sprint at the finish, where Andrew placed highest of the Bucknell crew. Immediately following the Men’s C was the Women’s C race, featuring senior Ellie Perry. Halfway through the race, Ellie fell into a chase group, where she put in a fierce sprint to finish 6th, picking up 7 points plus an early prime lap point for Bucknell.

Alex with the cornering skillz
Senior Jorden Sneed was back for her second race weekend and first-ever crit this weekend, where she represented the Bison well in the Women’s D field. The Women’s A/B field saw sophomore Evelyn Korbich with an impressive chase effort and an even better sprint to beat her chase partner, scooping up 12 points for Bucknell. Last was an exciting Men’s A race, where senior Alex Breakstone had a strong showing, making a bold attack on the group halfway through the race and fighting through a bunch sprint at the finish, where he took 13th place and 12 points for the Herd.

The 7-mile Hill Climb was a beautiful climb, if one wasn’t suffering too deep to look up from the road - but for most racers, the highlight was the long and fast descent. As usual, the Men’s C squad was up first, and had descended by the time the Women’s A/B and Women’s C fields were off to test their climbing legs. Both Lady Blues took 9th place, with Evelyn picking up a hefty 30 points in the Women’s A/B and Ellie swiping 4 points in the C field.

Results - Horsekiller Road Race

Spectators: Matt, Steve, Ward, & Ellie

The Shippensburg Road Race consisted of two laps - a 12-mile short lap, and a 16-mile long lap taking the racers over a brutal climb on Horsekiller Road. The air warmed quickly, jumping from a brisk 40 degrees in the morning to a sweltering 72 by the afternoon. The first staggered-start flight had Bucknell racers in the Men’s C and Women’s C field, both taking one short lap followed by two long laps over Horsekiller for a total of 46 miles. The Men’s C field featured the same squad as the previous day, with first-years Andrew Schlicht and Matt McGauley as well as seniors Ward Prescott and Steven Robare. Senior Ellie Perry rolled across the finish line in 11th in the Women’s C field to scrape up 2 points for the Bison.

The next staggered-start flight sent off senior Alex Breakstone with the Men’s A (75 miles) field, and sophomore Evelyn Korbich with the Women’s A/B (59 miles) field. Another strong showing from Alex, who drove a chase group, had him match his 13th place finish from the Crit, this time picking up 15 points for the Bison.

Other News

Hill Burritos, with Ward and Steve filling
Thanks to Dave Bravo, Lilly the black lab was back this weekend, helping with the riders’ recovery with her relaxing presence on Sunday. The Schlichts were also back, bringing baked goods and other snacks to add to the team’s ever-present pile from Country Cupboard. Between races, some Bucknell cyclists spent time volunteering as marshals for the courses and/or becoming Hill Burritos (see at right). Papa K was as on-point as always as grill master, and showed off a new talent for drive-by "marshal feeding" (aka passing hotdogs out of the window of a albeit slowly moving minivan to Bucknell marshals).

The Herd is off to West Point next weekend, with freshly tuned bikes courtesy of long-time team adviser Ron Marquette, to climb the always beautiful Bear Mountain and hopefully see a train or two pass by the stunning Army campus crit course!