Monday, April 4, 2011

Grant's Tomb Criterium (March 12-13)

There's seems to be a significant lack of race recaps! So I'll try to catch everyone back up on a couple of the past races. (Hopefully those who attended the races I missed will so kind to post a quick recap......)

Following the Rutgers Scarlet Scurry, the team started off spring break by traveling to NYC for the Grant's Tomb Criterium. Even though it rained constantly the week leading up to the race, and the Stevens Duck Country road race through Delaware Water Gap was canceled on Sunday due to flooding, the weather Saturday was perfect for racing.

We had a great turn out, and enjoyed the cheering support of several Bucknell alumni. The races started off with Men's D2. After coming un-clipped in the final spring, Tugboat pulled out a second place finish.

Billy Jean raced well in his first ever collegiate race, and Gil also had an impressive top 10 finish.

The Men's C race was just as exciting, with Tino crashing inside 6 laps to go. Unable to get a free lap from the pit, 2Step smacked his handlebars back in place while Tino jumped on the bike, was shoved back into the race, and finished in 6th place.

It was also Steph's first race in the ECCC, and she finished strong in the Women's Intro race. Harry Chen competed in Men's B, and finished well after taking time off for a knee injury.

There was a strong showing in the Women A/B race with Kelly, Sinead, Bekah, and Emily working together. Kelly sprinted into 2nd place, while Sinead, Emily, and Bekah followed in 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Jeff had a great race in Men's A, working with a break away group of 3 other riders from the start of the race. With less than 3 laps to go the break was caught, but Jeff still managed to grab 6th place in the field sprint!

Although disappointed in the cancellation of the road race, the team was ready for a nice week of relaxation at home before returning to race the Philly Phlyer.

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