This weekend was an interesting one for me. Having upgraded to C’s from D’s, I encountered larger fields, better riders, and more team tactics. The crit on Saturday started at a blistering pace and I was a little concerned that I had gotten in over my head. Eventually people began to drop off the pace and things settled into a rhythm. I found myself up front with a group of 10 or so riders but the prime laps increased the pace and reduced it to about 6. At this point I wasn’t doing much more than holding on for dear life to the lead pack which was being led by 2 riders from Navy and 2 from Virginia Tech. Ultimately the last turn (downhill, off-camber, and extremely sharp) proved to be too technical for me and I exited it in 5th place on the last lap but simply did not have enough speed coming out of the turn to catch anyone in the sprint. The time trial was frustrating because my computer stopped working almost as soon as I took off and although I tried to catch the rider 30 seconds in front of me, I found it hard to push myself hard enough without any idea of how much of the 5k had already elapsed. The road race was a similar story. An early attack by a lone Navy rider led to a peloton that was frustrated by a large group of Navy riders who did a great job of blocking and covering attacks. The group was able to hold him at a 35 second gap for about half of the race. Ultimately a group of riders from VT, Duke, and GW were able to work together to pull in the solo break but the early effort left me with little energy for the final climb to the finish and I finished near the back of the riders remaining in the field, having fought for most of the last lap just to stay with the group.
EVENT - US Naval Academy Criterium
DATE - March 23, 2013
AUTHOR - Michael Mulvihill
CATEGORY - Men's A
TEAMMATES - Naegli, Rinehart, Howe, Timmerman
RESULT - 1st of 26
COURSE DESCRIPTION - 1 hour closed course 0.7 mile criterium. 2 defining turns, one into a short uphill and one tight downhill-to-flat before the finishing straight
PREVIOUS RESULTS - First time racing this course
WEATHER - Sunny, 50's, tailwind through finish
This year was Duke Cycling's fourth consecutive springbreak training trip to Cullowhee, NC and had the largest turnout we've ever seen. Twelve of us traveled out to the mountains of NC to get in some good hard mountain training.
Saturday Men's A road race
William and Mary
Men’s D Saturday 2/23/13
Racers saw mid-40 degrees and raining on Saturday morning. We had a field size of 24, with Steven Boyd taking 3rd place and myself taking 14th. The first lap was largely uneventful through the KOA hill, but saw a breakaway within the last mile before the beginning of the second lap. I began to slip off the back of the breakaway and attempted to close a 10 second gap by slowly accelerating towards the breakaway as I began the second lap.
From Becky Johnson:
Women's B/C Road Race: This was the coldest, wettest experience of my life. It was in the low 40s and raining for the entire race. The race started out with a crash in the first 10 feet or so when a girl ran into the cone by the parking lot entrance.
W&M race report
I was pretty apprehensive going into Saturday’s road race. A solid performance there last year mixed with a changed course and field dynamics kept me wondering how the race would play out. Attacks flew starting shortly after the neutral roll-out and I made it a point to attempt to get in the early break by responding to numerous attacks as well as initiating my own.
Day 1: Road Race
The D’s field on Saturday was small relative to the races at NCSU, almost certainly due in part to the horrid conditions at 8AM. With temperatures hovering slightly above 40 F, the rain came down steadily. Despite the weather, a few brave souls lined up to race their bicycles.