Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Bucknell Cycling headed to Beautiful New Jersey to tackle the first race weekend of the season at Rutgers. After a night of awesome food at Gil's house we departed nice and early Saturday morning to take on the short and intense 2.2 mile opening TT. The TT offered a good opportunity to get the prerace jitters out and get back in the mindset of racing. Kelly ended up setting a blistering pace taking 2nd in the TT
Later in the afternoon we had the traditional stadium criterium. Craig, one of the teams new members, was first to go in Men's D. Craig rode a great first ever race and is looking like he will have an amazing first season. Then came the highlight of the day in Men's C. Brian Tino and Scott Henry, took complete control of the race from start to finish with Gil riding support. In the finale Tino took the win and Scott took 3rd to round out Bucknell's podium of domination. In the womens A/B field our girls showed that the women's side of the team is strong as ever with Kelly taking 3rd and Sinead taking 10th. Jeff Salvitti rounded out the days racing in the men's A race getting into a late breakaway and securing 3rd for the team.
Sunday greeted us with warm weather with occasional pouring rain. The first highlight of the day in the points race came from the Women's A/B race with Kelly and Sinead riding together and finishing 2nd and 3rd. Little Chicky also put in a great ride placing 10th, rounding out the women's solid performance. In the Men's A race Jeff Salvitti was able to secure a few tough sprints against a fast field in order to place 2nd.
ECCC: Bucknell 4th out of 37
Women's B overall: Kelly 2nd, and Sinead 5th
Mens C: Tino 12th and Scott 14th
Mens A: Salvitti 3rd