Boston College Cycling


The day the carbon died by dpnation
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. by dpnation
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.