Weekend 4: Boston Beanpot Cycling Classic (3/28-3/29)
The Boston Beanpot Cycling Classic, hosted jointly by MIT and Tufts, saw four Bucknell cyclists race in what started out as a very white late-March weekend. Saturday morning's Individual Time Trial (ITT) was a loop of a little over eight miles that featured significant ice and snow buildup on race day. First on-course for the team in the Men's D field, Kanishka Suwal pushed through the morning's steady snowfall to finish mid-pack among a huge, 43-man-strong D field. Daniel Lazier and Alex Breakstone weren't any luckier with the weather for the Men's A start. Dan posted a solid time and collected one solitary point for the team.
|Kanishka starting off the weekend's racing in the Men's D ITT.|
Sunday morning, the guys were happy to wake up to clear skies and sun, though temperatures were still very low. The Tufts Campus Criterium was short and highly technical - under a mile and featuring 6 corners. The course followed a downhill into a tricky corner, a chicane, and a steep hill before the finish. First to race, Kanishka did not finish the Men's D2 criterium due to the cold. In Men's B, however, Case was very much in the race, finishing 19th as a two-man break stayed off for a 41-second lead on the pack at the line. The Men's A criterium was even more ruthless. Only three riders finished their 60 minutes, with the top two places going to Queens University by a minute and a half. Both Alex and Dan were pulled, but Alex was able to nab two points for Bucknell with his 19th place finish.
Weekend 5: Army Spring Classic (4/4-4/5)
The United States Military Academy at West Point consistently hosts one of the season's most scenic race weekends, and Bucknell Cycling rose to the occasion, bringing six riders to the beckoning banks of New York's Hudson River. Unfortunately for those who had never raced at Army in the past, the weekend's hill climb - highly, if not disproportionately, hyped up by those elder statesmen of the Bucknell Cycling Team who have themselves reached out for individual glory on its sloped streets - was cut out of this year's festivities. The 7-mile out-and-back Harriman Team Time Trial started off Saturday's racing. Christian Ouellette, David Schell, and Charlie Hanna constituted the team's only representation in the race, powering to a second-place finish and 20 points among the Men's D2 field.
|Charlie, Dave, and Christian (from left to right) start in the Men's D TTT.|
In the 70-mile Men's A race, Lazer thrived. The longer and bumpier the route, the better Dan does, and this race was no exception. He finished 5th within a lead group of five heavy-hitters, who built their lead to almost three minutes over the next group of riders. The icing on the cake for the team was a visit by legendary alum Harry Chen. Alex was pulled and placed. Over the 56-mile Men's B race, Brian Case's effort was good for 11th place, as the first five riders stayed off the front and the rest of the field was shattered.
|Alex, Dan, and Harry before the Men's A road race.|
|Alex sticking his nose out at the front of the Men's A road race.|
|Dan makes the Velocity Results results page for his strong 5th in the Men's A road race.|
|Christian and Dave throw a 2-3 punch in the Men's D crit.|
|Case sitting in the Men's B crit.|
|Dan sitting in the Men's A crit.|