This past weekend, Virginia Tech hosted a weekend of races in the mountains near Blacksburg, Virginia. For the first time in my collegiate career, the weather in Blacksburg was nice (in years past we have had just about everything – snow, sleet, hail, rain, tornadoes, thunderstorms).
This weekend the collegiate racing scene returned to North Carolina for a series of races hosted by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and the main UNC campus (in Chapel Hill).
Starting off the first ACCC event of the year was the Men’s D field and representing Duke were senior Grant Oakley and sophomore Brooks Mershon. The two stayed in perfect position in the top 10 all race and it paid off with Brooks taking the win and Grant getting 4th in his first race in two years! The boys gave Duke cycling its first win of the year and will be rocking the podium for many races to come!
Come out and watch a series of fast races at the 9th Street Derby.
Additional information about the race schedules can be found HERE.
DATE - March 1, 2014
AUTHOR - Grant Oakley
CATEGORY - Men's D
TEAMMATES - Brooks Mershon
RESULT - 1st of 16
COURSE DESCRIPTION - 12 mile course, two laps. Three 90-degree right turns and two sweeping right turns. The final turn was 200 meters before the finish line. The course had negligible elevation change. Men’s D started with Women’s C.
PREVIOUS RESULTS - First time racing this course
WEATHER - Cloudy, upper 30’s, light winds. Last 3 miles are upwind, with downwind finish
EVENT - William & Mary Tidewater Classic Road Race
DATE - 22.February.2014
AUTHOR - Brooks Mershon
CATEGORY - Men's D
TEAMMATES - Grant Oakley
RESULT - 1st
COURSE DESCRIPTION - 10-mile loop with one moderate (0.5 miles at 3%) climb in the middle. Flat run-in to the finish with an uphill sprint.
PREVIOUS RESULTS - 14th last year; Duke's Steven Boyd took 3rd
WEATHER - Sunny, 45 degrees