Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lindenwood Road Race Recap

The Mens' C race departed at 11:00 am for two laps on a challenging and hilly 22 mile road course. Several attacks over the first lap of the course including a long solo effort off of the front by Turner Duncan broke the field of around 50 riders into small fragments led by the breakaway controlled by Turner Duncan, John Becker, Chris Passolano, and Austin Venhuizen. Unfortunately, Austin flatted and was forced to remove himself from the race at the end of the first lap.

After opening a gap of over 5 minutes over the field, the remaining IU contingent expanded that lead with continued attacks spurned by the Indy-bred climbing supremacy of Turner Duncan, with the course eventually leveling out once again to allow for a race average speed in excess of 22 on a particularly hilly course. An expert lead-out from John Becker delivered Turner Duncan to his third race of the season, with the Turner and Becker crossing the line 1 and 2 with Chris Passolano just a stone's throw away in a chasing group.

The Mens' D race left at 11:05 with IU being championed by Aaron Starkston, Patrick Garvey, and Robert Martin. The race wasn't characterized by breakaways but, rather, by mishaps and mechanicals, with Patrick recovering from a wreck after a rider from Illinois unclipped and went down in front of him. Aaron Starkston dropped a chain and was forced to put in a hard solo effort to regain his position in the group. After recovering from his mechanical, Aaron pulled out all the stops and sprinted around several riders in the closing 200 meters for a top ten finish with Patrick Garvey and Robert Martin following shortly behind.

The Men's A, Men's B, and Women's A road races were all cancelled due to thunderstorms. Criterium results are coming soon! Great job to all the Hoosiers that attended!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mizzou Road Race Recap

A small contingent of IU riders made the trip to the University of Missouri road race this past weekend. The 35 mile course had it all; flats, rollers, and climbs that will rip you legs to pieces, but the Hoosiers were ready for the challenge. The Hoosiers continued racking up points across most of the categories, most notably with a 1-2 finish in the Men's C race by Jacob Read and John Becker. Read and Becker were followed closely by IU teammate Turner Duncan in 4th, with Austin Venhuizen (6th) and Chris Passolano (11th) not far behind. On the women's side, Emily Palmer narrowly missed the podium in the B/C race by finishing in 4th. She was accompanied by new IUCCers Christine Ball (8th) and Dana Van Der Genugten (13th). The big race of the day was the 70 miles Men's A race where RJ Stuart was looking to better his 9th place finish from the Lindsey Wilson road race. He did just that by finishing a strong in 6th place. The Hoosier are currently sitting in 5th place in the conference, just ahead of University of Wisconsin-Madison and RJ Stuart is sitting in 13th overall in the conference with 75 points. Keep up the great work Hoosiers and enjoy your spring break! Next on the docket is Lindenwood at the end of spring break (March 17th & 18th).

Full results from the road race can be viewed on the Results page or at USA Cycling.