Saturday, April 16, 2011

Yale Race Weekend (April 9-10)

Three Bucknell riders and Papa K trekked up to Connecticut for the grueling Yale Lux et Velocitas race weekend April 9-10.

Saturday began early with the East Rock ITT: 500ft of climbing over 4 miles with grades over 15% that ends at the summit right next to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. While other riders were intimidated by the supposed daunting climb, the hills of central PA made this climb look like child's play for our riders. As a result, Jeff took 6th place for Men's A and Kelly took 3rd for Women's A.
The afternoon brought both good weather and great racing. The circuit course went up the same hill as the morning ITT but also went down the curving, winding side, giving the race a challenging and technical aspect. Sporting the famous Series Leader Yellow Jersey for the first time, Jeff raced a tough 2 hrs and placed 18th. Kelly finished 3rd.
After such a long day, Harry and Papa K needed a break from all of the excitement, seeking refuge in the removable van seats.
Sunday was the 'Round the College Criterium--a notably fast course for all Divisions. Harry had an exciting race and finished 10th in Men's B. Kelly finished 5th overall (3rd in A) and Jeff placed 14th.
It was all-around good racing for this weekend. Despite the small traveling squad, it was still a strong showing. We look forward to a strong finish to the season at Penn State next weekend for the ECCC Championship (April 23-24)!

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