Friday, March 4, 2011

Race Season Preview

It's the first week of March, and to a collegiate cyclists in the East Coast Cycling Conference (ECCC), that only means one thing: IT'S GO TIME! Race season will begin this Saturday morning. Although many of us are wishing that we got in some more training time, as we convene at the vans this afternoon to head to New Jersey the excitement of a new and exciting year will overcome any lingering regrets.

The men's and women's teams seem to be facing very different outlooks on the competitive season this year.

Men's Team
While the men's team lost  three national A riders to last year's graduating class, they have a great group of sophomore and Junior guys that are guaranteed to show great improvement this year. Jeff Salvitti will be our lone rider in As (at least for the first part of the year), and we have quite the spread of riders in each of the other fields B,C,D. All looking to get some good racing under their belts, and hopefully a few upgrades.

Class of 2011: Jeff Salvitti, Jess Petrie, Kevin Curran, Michael Driscoll,Scott Henry
Class of 2012: Peter Davis, Billy Holm, Conrad Buck, Josh Kurtz, Bobby Thorborg, Brian Tino
Class of 2013: Harry Chen (Vice President), Gil Erlich (Treasurer), Tom Palley, Craig Tuller, Matt McAnear, Kyle Kissock (Secretary)
Class of 2014: Noah Talisa, Tommy Paradise

 Women's Team
The women's team however, is led by a strong group of returning upperclassmen all of whom will be riding Bs to start the season. We have a few new riders that will be riding Cs, but seemed to have a low year for the women in recruitment of underclassmen. The women's team hopes to send some girls to nationals this year, and it is our goal to gain recognition of the women's cycling at Bucknell through great results this year!

Class of 2011: Emily Daniels, Steph Tetlow, Rebekah Morris, Sinead O'Dwyer
Class of 2012: Kelly Desharnais (President), Caitlin Cavanaugh, Christine Kobza, Emily Novak
Class of 2013: Rebekah Hupp
Class of 2014: Brenna Powell, Katie Murphy

Our Race Calendar is as follows:
Mar 5--6 Rutgers Scarlet Scurry Somerset and Jamesburg, NJ ITT, Crit, Points Race bikereg
Mar 12--13 Columbia Grant's Tomb New York, NY Criterium bikereg
Stevens Duck Country Layton, NJ Road Race bikereg
Mar 19--20 Philly Phlyer Philadelphia, PA TTT, Circuit, Crit eccc/usac, folding
Mar 26--27 RPI Tour de Troy Troy, NY ITT, Circuit, Crit
Apr 2--3 Boston Beanpot Westminster, MA; Boston, MA TTT, RR, Crit
Apr 9--10 Yale Lux et Velocitas New Haven, CT HC, Circuit, Crit
Apr 16--17 Dartmouth L'Enfer du Nord Hanover, NH ITT, Crit
UNH Live Free or Ride Harder Strafford, NH TTT,RR
Apr 23--24 Easterns @ PSU State College, PA TTT, RR, Crit

Complete and up to date information can always be found at the ECCC website:

Saddle up for a great season!

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