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Yale results have been posted!

Check them out here. UVM won the weekend with MIT in third, 44 points behind.

As always the women’s squad can take the credit with first, fourth, and fifth in the time trial and 2-3-6 in the road race. Chewie came in a spectacular second in the men’s B crit, and José posted an equally stunning third in the ITT, among some seriously fast company.

Army was sixth, a further 17 points back. It’s still a tight conference!

Riders’ reports from Army: Tony, Cim, John, Yuri, and Laura

Tony Laidig — Men’s Intro
I started racing to work on some things that I’m not particularly good at– being aggressive and taking calculated risks when necessary. Having been raised by recovering hippies, these were not high on the list of qualities to pass on to your children. That being said, I’m getting better at this and this last weekend was the best yet. The intro field wasn’t large, but a formidable match for me. The circuit race was a great course for technique and strength, and I got to show off both. It was exhilarating to close a sizable gap on the straightaway, uphill and into the wind, then leave two guys behind on the following climb, and spin out down the descent. Scored my first top ten finish at 6th place. Sunday was a beautiful day, if a little bit cold in the morning. The hill climb was grueling and left me missing both training on the hills of the Bay Area and my touring bike’s granny gear; maybe next year I should bring it as my HCTT bike ;). Came in 5th and actually scored an omnium point! In the crit, I got a good start and kept with the front of the pack the whole way. One thing I can work on a little more is when to apply power after a corner– I always had to sprint to close a gap after crossing the line each lap, but now I know to work on this it won’t be hard to get it right. Next weekend I’m moving (back) to D’s, not to get slaughtered again like I did at Rutgers.

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TTTing to victory

Our strong performance from Saturday’s team time trials gave us enough of a lead that even Army’s victories in its criterium and hill climb time trial on Sunday couldn’t push them into first place.

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 285 pts

2 US Military Academy –  281 pts

3 University of Vermont – 216 pts

Not that MIT didn’t show up on Sunday: Tim and José both scored points on the ascent of Stony Lonesome. Laura Ralston won both the Women’s B HCTT and criterium and will be putting the hurt on the A field next weekend. Yuri Matsumoto came in an agonizing second in both the Women’s A hill climb (by less than four seconds!) and the crit.

After beating UVM on Saturday by .16 seconds MIT’s luck soured when Sunday turned into a crash-fest. Zach Ybarra, after working hard riding smart all race in the Men’s Ds, was taken out on the very last lap and will need to replace the sparkling new Rudy Project helmet he’d gotten two days before. Then somebody knocked Kenny Cheung over in the Men’s C sprint. The real carnage came in Men’s B, when three separate incidents took out four of MIT’s five, but the worst injury to body (as opposed to carbon fiber) parts fortunately only required a few stitches in Michael Hamilton’s chin, courtesy of the USMA on-post hospital.


Quick update from Army

MIT had what might politely be called an astonishingly good morning. We fielded two men’s A time trial teams of 3 men each—and to everyone’s surprise, one of the teams came in first, and the other came in third. Sandwiched between was UVM, who were beaten by sixteen hundredths of a second. Oh point one six seconds. Sadly, the third place got us no extra points, but it did bump everyone else down a notch. And the women’s A team came in first, of course. It got colder and windier as the day went on, but you wouldn’t have known. Laura took the B circuit race, and Jose came in seventh in the road race, chasing  a break that included Josh Lipka and Nick Frey more or less by himself.

More to come tomorrow, when we all get up bright dark and early for a hill climb and a criterium!

This just in: MIT cleans up at Philly

This is more or less what the rest of the ECCC feels like tonight:

A cheese steak from Pat\'s

After two days of racing, the Engineers made everyone else look as out of place as John Kerry ordering Swiss on his cheese steak.

46 Schools, 407 Riders Participated
1       Massachusetts Institute of Technology 239
2       Penn State University 188
3       US Military Academy 174
4       University of Vermont 149

Penn State by 51, Army by 65, and UVM by a whopping 90.

So, far from “wit wiz”, this is MIT’s attitude at the moment:

MIT won the Women’s A TTT, the Women’s B TTT, and the Men’s D2 road race.

The Engineers came in the top ten all over the place, and Michael Hamilton (led out by Chewie and Zach), Laura Ralston, Martha Buckley, Yuri Matsumoto, and David Quinn had particularly good weekends…in fact everybody had a good weekend. A full record of the carnage is here including (just added) finishing photos. Looks like we have to work on our victory camera poses. Especially if there are more weekends like this one.

Philly race previews, by José

Once again, José has the most comprehensive maps and analysis of the weekend’s races in Philadelphia:

U. Penn, Temple, and Drexel are hosting another beautiful weekend of ECCC racing in Philadelphia, PA, in Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill (Schoolgirl!) River. Forewarned is forearmed, so here are my thoughts on the courses.

This circuit race is one of the very few ECCC courses that I’ve done before (the other being Columbia). That long flat section could be great for establishing a break if no one is chasing, or could be the place where the pack comes back together if the wind is going the wrong way. The A field gets to go around the 6.5 mile course five times. My prediction is that a break will form early on around the course’s major climb, which may or may not get caught. No matter what, the long, uphill finish is longer than even I would like. Like last year, the attacks will start on that very last climb, and the pace will get ever faster to the line. Cornering skills will help in two places: after the start for the left onto the river, and after the hill for the right back on to the river. The Men’s A start time is about 3:20pm – so late!

The Team Time Trial course is about 8.5 miles long and dead flat, except for a section at the start and finish. Without a disc wheel to use, I’ll be riding my Tri Spoke wheels. The wind could make things interesting. Aerodynamics will matter more than anything, so I think Team MIT will do well here. The Men’s A start time is 8:30am.

This is a weird little crit course. If it is going clockwise as I believe it might, there will be a slight downhill finish. The Men’s A field will go from the gun for 50 minutes, trying to wear out as many riders as possible before the finish. A good start is key. I believe this course is so short, flat, and empty, that you can see one side of it from the other. Cornering and pack skills are crucial to conserving energy for that inevitable final sprint. The Men’s A start time is 2:50pm.

That crit is going to be nothing short of terrifying if the weather turns wet. Flats and crashes everywhere. I can only hope for the best.

Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 47. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 58. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

To glory in the wind tunnel and beyond