Boston College Cycling


White Lightning, with a splash of color
11/09/2009, 10:47 PM
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We’ve updated our look for the 2009-2010 season:

This change looks to improve upon kit wear in inclement weather. We will always look back on White Lightning fondly, though.

http://www.bostoncollegecycling.com/uniforms.html

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The day the carbon died
05/05/2009, 10:12 AM
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So the grand finale took place at State College, PA for the ECCC Championships. In our most lopsided showing yet, four ladies (Amanda, Chelsea, Dana & Jaime) and Chris made the long haul to Penn State. Big Pimpin, indeed. Goal for the weekend: don’t draft off Delaware.

Saturday can generally be considered a bust. We should’ve taken a hint when Google Maps and Garmin had no idea that I-99 was a completely new highway with no exits. Chris’ bad luck continued when another rider took out him and a handful of other D riders, and to top things off, the carbon broke. RIP, Barbara Anne.

The women’s road race had less carnage but a showing of EPIC stupidity. A truck decided to park itself in front of the finish line while racers were sprinting in. When you’re flying in at 25+ and trying to beat others to the line, the last thing you want to see is a PARKED TRUCK in the middle of the road (and a yellow line rule forcefully in effect). I had to hit the brakes and lost out on what would have been an awesome sprint showdown.

It’d be one thing if I was the 50th person coming in, by myself, and traffic was back on the roads. This was the TOP TEN. In the championship race. Absolutely unacceptable. Why no officials or anyone in the area made it get out of the way is beyond me. To top things off, when the truck finally moved, they gave me the finger as they went by. You know, cause I haven’t been busting my butt for the last hour and you didn’t just ruin my sprint finish, ability to place higher and last cycling race ever, I was clearly in the wrong. You stay classy, Penn State. Epic. Fail. [/rant]

Chelsea and Amanda in the Women's B Crit

With BA out of commission, Chris took up the role as team photographer and man-servant for the Women’s B’s in Sunday’s crit. With crappy staging, the race was almost over before it started. A bunch of us got stuck behind people who haven’t figured out how to clip in yet, and in typical Women’s B fashion, the front part took off from the start.

The course itself was fun and fast but difficult to bridge a significant setback from the start. There was even some pacelining in Women’s B!? One thing we still haven’t figured out yet, is when you are switching off on pulls, if you jump back in the middle rather than go to the back of the group, the people in the back aren’t ever going to make it to the front to pull. People are more than happy to pull, but you gotta let them get up there to do it.

My chase group finally got in sight of the front group of 5 with two laps to go, but it was still too far to bridge, so we had our own sprint finish (sans truck) and I got 7th. Which, for the record, means that I’ve finished this season with no crashes (albeit two close calls) or broken bones. VICTORY!

Back to reality: finals, projects, pending unemployment..

Also: this is unrelated.. but after perusing the final standings of the ECCC, I’m confused how a girl from Kutztown scores points in Women’s A in Columbia Crit (10th) then won the Philly RR in Women’s B a couple weeks later? How did she get to downgrade after scoring points in A’s? Or more importantly, why the sandbagging?

Linkage:
Women’s B Crit pics
Results – Road Race, Crit, Overall ECCC standings
And don’t forget to vote in the ECCC end of the season survey

Not sure when or where the end of season gathering is but I vote Thursday. At somewhere that isn’t my apartment.

-Dana



No swine flu, just Bacon St.
04/28/2009, 10:09 PM
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This past weekend we had our quasi local race, the Beanpot X-Pot 3-D, hosted by our neighbors across the river, MIT. In case you were ever wondering where Westminster, MA is (we weren’t), it’s about an hour away from the Bean. An area known for Johnny Appleseed, Crackers and BACON ST!

Im moving here. I dont even know where here is.

I'm moving here. I don't even know where here is.

There was some amazing weather (80+ both days) that resulted in a rash of farmers tans and/or sunburns.The road race took us up by the Wachusetts mountain ski area (x4) and yikes that was pretty brutal. Oh, and just to echo Joe Kopena’s post on taking hands off handlebars, there’s really no need for anyone to ride half the road race with their hands off the bars. Good for you, you can ride with no hands. But do your yoga stretches some other time and away from a whole group of riders in the middle of a race.

Andrew limbers up for his race

Sunday’s crit had fewer ski mountains but sketchy turns aplenty (just ask our Rubber Side Down-elect Chris about that). In the Women’s B crit, someone decided it would be great to crash out on the first lap. Fortunately, I was able to come to a screeching halt before running over the downed rider and Sweet Baby Rids and I escaped for the most part unscathed. Very messily I got my chain back on (white kits are not great in times like these) and headed to the pit to get my free lap. As 3 other B riders and I waited to get put back in, a very astute bystander observed that the 4 free lappers represented all the Boston schools. Yup, Harvard, MIT, BU and BC in attendance — which must go down in ECCC history. Our legacy went was immortalized on said person’s camera, if only I knew who that was.

Women's B Crit

It was a great weekend for pointage for the White Lightning from Chestnut Hill:

Andrew – 3rd in Men’s C crit (13 points), 1 prime point
Karl – 13th in Men’s C crit, 8th in road race (5 points)
Dana – 2nd in Women’s B crit (35 points), 2 prime points, 7th in road race (21 points)

Next weekend we’re taking the epic 7.5 hour road trip to State College, PA for the grand finale (now we’ll know how Pitt feels every weekend). According to Google Maps, we’re headed right through Scranton. I hope we can stop to take a tour of Dunder Mifflin.



Easter = torrential downpours + hills + free porn
04/12/2009, 8:35 PM
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Coming at ya, your always punctual and better spelling blogging cyclist, Le Prep. This weekend was Yale’s Lux et Velocitas. Our now regular home away from home one-upped its previous visits, not only with its proximity to wings, but also the fact that the girls room inexplicably had free porn the whole weekend. Now maybe our reaction was a bit overboard (shrieking and fleeing from the room in horror), but what can I say, we are classy broads who prefer pillow fights and giggling over gossip in hotels instead.

Saturday’s races were more like a triathlon with the swimming and cycling disciplines combined. Does Oakley sell sunglasses with wipers? Target Market: cyclists riding during the month of April in the northeast. Trust me, I’m an MBA.

After pizza and a cannoli (we tried to go to Pepe’s but were denied in our quest to feed 9 people at once), we came upon the greatest license plate ever. (Although, this one is pretty good too, but we didn’t see it in person.)

Sunday’s crit actually saw the sun and some tornado-like windgusts (Northeastern’s tent took off like a kite), but it was a massive improvement given the appearance of the sun, so we’ll take it. Which brings us to our next topic:

Attn: Women’s B:

The hazards of Womens B

The hazards of Women's B (pic stolen from Columbia)

1) What the heck happened on turn 5? My favorite person to draft off of (if she’s showered) suffered some massive carnage and doesn’t remember a thing. Anyone see what happened? (My buddy has percocet right now, so she won’t be mad.. she’s just curious. I know, just what we need.. another Ivy Leaguer on prescription painkillers..). In the meantime, I guess I’ll have to make those first-lap breaks solo. Anyone with details can hit me up on Facebook or if you’re the paranoid type, leave an anonymous comment below.

2) An addendum to the previous PSA post: If you have spent the last two weekends getting yelled at by numerous other B riders about your inability to corner in a crit, maybe you should take note take a freakin hint. I’m sure some Columbia riders would be happy to name a name, but hopefully this passive aggressive request will be heeded. Until then, know that those angry glares really are being directed towards you.

There should be pics from Sunday making their way to the interwebs soon, but in the meantime you can occupy yourself by checking out the Washington Post’s 3rd annual Peeps contest. Note that #29 uses bicycle parts.

Next week we head to Dartmouth’s L’Enfer du Nord (not to be confused with the real L’Enfer du Nord). But hey, we’re totally cool with a road race sans cobblestones. Happy to leave that one to the pros.

– Dana



BC Cycling: Powered by Cheese Wiz

The team headed down to my old stomping grounds this past weekend, the ‘iladelph. Of course, fate would have it that my beloved Wildcats were playing at the Garden and took out #2 Dook and #1 Pitt for a trip to the FINAL FOUR!

Yeah yeah, enough about my undergraduate institution — God wants me to be poor and well educated, hence why I’m at BC now. But I must give credit to Officer Rick’s van driving school my junior year for the safe and super efficient (5.5 hours including two stops) Philly-Bos trip. Everything went off without a hitch, with exception of Amanda the Liar playing the license plate game while the rest of the van (excluding the driver) unknowingly slept in the back.

your fearless van driver

your fearless van driver

Onto the races..

The race season weather has been atypically phenomenal, so balance was restored in the universe by raining both days in Philly.

The circuit/road race (apparently they couldn’t decide what it actually was) yielded points for two in Women’s B: Dana in 10th and Chelsea in 14th. Karl scooped up 22nd in Men’s C and newbie Andrew came in at 29th. Results can be found here.

After the Saturday race, the team commenced its eating tour of Philly foods. After hours of practice, I deemed most team members competent enough to order a cheesesteak from Pat’s without getting sent to the back of the line and/or shot. Chelsea wisely decided not to inquire about their vegetarian options.

Not water ice

Not water ice

We then proceeded to Rita’s where most of the team was too scared of eating authentic water ice and opted for custard instead (still, a solid choice). Unfortunately, I am blogging at work and unable to download pictures of said event, so I am substituting it with a picture of the delicious cannoli that I had at dinner instead.

Then having a moment of food remorse, we decided to go run the Rockie steps in hopes of  preventing our arteries from closing off entirely. Susie the Deliquent took photos, but gave up Facebook for Lent, so check back in a couple weeks and we’ll have some pics of yours truly dominating the stair race (years of running stadiums for crew practice finally paid off). Due to imminent exploding, we were not able to make it to Great Harvest or the other hundred food eateries I frequented at ‘Nova.

Sunday’s crit was flat and rainy, only for the sun to come out as we packed up the van to leave. Charles managed to make it through the crit only after 923046 tubes (good thing Arjun works at IBC and can score a few thousand more for spares).

The Women’s B crit had a few near-misses, but everyone emerged unscathed. I got so many compliments on my Slipstream armwarmers this weekend, maybe they will forget that I’m that b!tch who keeps attacking in races. And look, my first finishing photo. Some ho-bag from Harvard edged me out in the sprint (hi, Anne!) and I took 5th.

The Men’s C crit had Karl in 18th, Andrew in 25th, and Susie winning the 100m dash to the pit. Full crit results are here.

En summary: cheesesteaks + Tastykakes + turkey jerkey = cycling success

Sorry, one more time:

Next weekend is Army, the place where my bone structure failed me. RSVP here.

-Dana



Philly Phlyer Preview

On deck..

The Philly Phlyer, hosted by Penn, Drexel and Temple.

Race Flyer (pdf)
Website
BikeReg
RSVP on Facebook

The first Team Time Trial of the season, along with a Circuit Race and a Crit.

More importantly, the triumphant return to my old stomping grounds. You better believe that we are stopping at Pat’s for cheesesteaks. However, I will have none of you embarrassing me, so it is imperative that you adequately prepare yourselves for the experience that is Pat’s.

Pat’s is open 24 hours a day and looks like this at 2am any given night. If it’s good enough for Al Gore, Obama, Larry King and NSYNC, it’s good enough for you. Hell, you know Rachel Ray was thinking about how many cheesesteaks she could make in 30 minutes.

What to order? It better involve steak. If you have a death wish, I suggest you inquire about their vegetarian options. You think I’m kidding.

The rules. Remember the Soup Nazi? This is the living embodiment of it.

CheeseWiz: Don’t knock it til you try it.

– Dana



Dual State Showdown

Blue Hen Dual State Showdown
Presented by the University of Delaware
March 21 – 22

Saturday: Road Race
Sunday: Individual Time Trial and Criterium


Road Race Course Video

Event Website
Race Flyer (pdf)
BikeReg (closes on Fri 3/20)
RSVP on Facebook

– Dana

PS: what the heck is a blue hen anyway?

Update: Time changes, Women’s B RR is extended (thought it looked a little short..), etc. Read on for more from Joe.

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