Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Happy Holidays from VU Cycling

Wanted to wish all of our lovely fans a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, and, most importantly, Happy Festivus!

Get ready for 2011 because it's going to be a breakout year for Villanova Cycling. With a cadre of returning veterans (Garrett Olsen '11, Justin Yeash '11, Alex Cosan '11, Robby Abramo '12 and Will Kavanagh '13) leading a crack squad that includes some promising new blood (Cam Piper '14, Jeff Yau '14, Matt Kwasnik '14 and Quent Dickmann '14), the ECCC is not nearly prepared for the onslaught soon to be coming out of the Main Line.

Very excited to be working with two new sponsors, LA Fitness and High Road Cycles of Wayne!

Ride Bikes. Fast.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Army Spring Classic 4/17-4/18 (For Real)

After Blogger ate my last post, here's my rewrite.  Two drafts never hurt anyone!


Up to the beautiful hills at West Point, NY, the United States Military Academy for an excellent weekend race put on by the great Cadets team.  The weather treated us pretty well and because we only had B Riders- only Garrett, Justin, and I made it out to ride for the weekend, we decided to drive up on Saturday morning.

This did not work out as planned.

Though we arrived with a decent amount of time at the race course, our warmup time was unfortunately compressed; we got back to the parking lot and a frantic F&M rider let us know that the race was starting.  Bummer!  I had to make a late bathroom break of course, which left me chasing the field.

HT: Chatura Atapattu of drexel for pics!

That may look like a smile, but it's not.  Fellow Lenape Valley Regional graduate Gina Denunzio cheered loudly as I climbed the hill by myself a few hundred meters behind the field, and I was heartened to see friend of the team Aaron Horvath jump in and join the race late... but it wasn't meant to be on Saturday.

Justin and Garrett fared much better, making it only about a hundred meters behind the race and catching the pack, working solidly through the race.

New friend of the team Stephen Wright of Hamilton won the race in spectacular fashion, staying away for the whole race because of his anger at the field!

Let's get this kid some glasses!

Garrett and Justin maneuvered their way ti 18th and 28th place finishes, respectively.  Not too shabby for a late start!

And at the end of the day, what the heck is cooler than a Hummer Pace Car.

Maybe only Garrett visiting Orange County Choppers HQ!  And also, a team dinner at the Junkins Residence.  Ray, a great friend of the team and leader of the Stevens squad, had a great dinner for us at his house near West Point.  Many Thanks!  And congrats to Kim Junkins (Ray's Sister) from Syracuse for her intro class win.


Expanding our Northeast Diner Tour at the Neptune Diner near Newburgh, NY.  Kudos to Ali, Garrett's girlfriend, for sticking it out with us this weekend!

A beautiful day at West Point for a climb up Stoney Lonesome.  Justin and I rocked out on the Hill Climb Time Trial.  In much pain, I finished 7th in the trial; not so bad.  Justin (and season leader Max Korus) pulled a James Miceli and took a wrong turn on the way up, oh well.  Of course, good friend Aaron Horvath won the time trial; that man is a glutton for pain.

B Criterium

After saving himself from the HCTT, Garrett had a spectacular performance in the criterium.  The Army course is one of the best for viewing; from a spot on the hill a spectator can see the entire course.  With the train in the background and wide turns, the course made for great racing

Garrett and Justin worked well together to net a Villanova presence in every single prime, like myself and Garrett at Yale- a solid effort.

I jumped into a breakaway that tried so hard to stick, but it just didn't happen.  I was extremely burnt up from that hill climb, and I have something weird going on with that course; after being whistled in a driving rain storm in my first D race there four years ago, I think the West Point crit got into my head.

A great race by Justin, for sure; hard work net great finishes- 11th place!

Garrett jumped into a remarkably well formed Army train right at the end of the race for a stunning second place finish, maintaining his lead in the Division 2 B class ECCC rankings.  Very Well Done!

And last, Kudos to friend of Villanova Nick Garcia of West Point, who rode a great leadout train to victory.  A great weekend put on by the West Point squad shows why it's the longest running collegiate race in the country.

Thanks for making this post work, blogger!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Army Spring Classic 4/17-4/18

Blogger exploded my post!  Something about "double editing."  Just as I finished it.  Argh!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Yale University, 4/10-4/11


There it is, the site of so many emotions for Villanova Cycling this weekend.  Yale University set up a great race at East Rock Park in scenic New Haven, CT.  And Romeo and Ceseare's market runs a great deli in New Haven.  Villanova Cycling collectively dropped about a hundred bucks on the most delicious subs and fine Italian confections and lusted after a 5kg ($60) jar of Nutella on numerous occasions this weekend.

Hill Climb ITT

The weekend began well for Villanova Cycling.  Look at this guy trucking up the rock!

Those long intervals on the trainer this winter added up to a win for Rob.  The course was moderately un-hilly for the first two thirds, and then a grinding but quick ascent to the top of the rock.  Beautiful views up top!  I was a quick five seconds behind Rob, leading to a personal best fifth place finish for me.  Garrett and Justin did well also, finishing 21st and 27th respectively in a field of 49.  Joe finished 25th in a monster field of 95, and Will Kavanagh worked hard to finish 13th in his second intro experience.  Villanova made a strong showing as usual in the time trial!  

Circuit Race

Joe led off the day on the intense Yale Circuit course.  Racing around the grounds of East Rock Park, it seemed that the roads had taken a beating with the winter snows.  The weather was wonderful Saturday, a stark contrast from the rainy madness of a year ago.

(HT to Chatura Atapattu)

Joe maintained good position throughout the race, netting a 9th place finish and a point for Villanova Cycling.  

Will Kav had another solid effort in the intro field.  Unfortunately, a bum ankle kept him from finishing the race, but with some key stretching, Will should be able to take intro (and beyond!) in the future.

"What's the Gap!?"  Unfortunately Rob got a flat tire on Lap 1 of the B mens' circuit, so we couldn't send him to the front for the climb up the Rock to the KOM jersey.  Justin, Garrett, and I navigated our way through the race, its potholed course causing us (and our bikes) much pain.  Garrett and Justin caused the field a great deal of pain by taking monster pulls off the front.

The course diverted from its normal loop on the last lap to a climb up to the top of the rock, same as the time trial.  We raced up its curvy course, pounding our way up to the line, me leading the pack.  Near the top of the hill, with less than a hundred meters to go, a group of fans stood in front of the sign directing the field to the right.  As I led, I had no idea which way to go.  No marshal from Yale was present to direct me.  As such, I veered left instead of right to the finish line, and picked up a flat tire among some grass at the finish, leading me to a disappointing 19th place finish.  I saw that KOM jersey slip by... but that is racing, unfortunately.  Garrett and Justin finished 33rd and 43rd respectively.  The efforts of Villanova Cycling were not commensurate with finishes on Saturday... but Sunday is a new day.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Bucknell 4/3/2010

You're looking at a set of TTT winners right here.  By 19 seconds.  Heck yes.  After a nice night of sleep at the All Suites Inn, (replete with in room kitchen), we showed up nice and early at the dusty parking lot of the Bucknell Race Course in Central PA- lovely Mifflinburg.  I wasn't feeling too great before the start, but just focusing on short, complete, powerful pulls, we rode up and down the 12.1 km course.

KM you ask?  Yes.  Villanova Cycling has switched over to SI units in honor of our European Cycling brethren. Also, it makes you feel faster.  25 MPH no longer- now you're rocking out at 40KMH.

D Road Race

The course wound around a farming area near Bucknell University, by Amish farms and what-not.  The course had rolling hills and one moderate climb that made for pack racing and bunch-sprinting.  The finish was a bit sketchy, a somewhat narrow straightaway with a slight downhill, leading to a fast and furious finish.

Joe Pawelczyk led off the day in the D road race, netting an impressive 5th 4th place finish.  He held off challengers throughout the course, and maintained position at the front of the pack throughout the race.  Experiencing no contact lens difficulties, Joe saw his way through the pack to a great finish.

B Road Race

Powered by the presence of girlfriend and "Race Mom" Katie Beringer, and our bravado, Garrett and I convinced Justin to put in his upgrade to the B class for this weekend.  FOUR VILLANOVANS IN B!  Did anyone ever think it possible?

After much discussion of team tactics, we decided that we'd attempt a breakaway mid-race, working together as a team to make it happen.  Early in the race, a Penn State rider, who eventually won, broke off the front.  We maintained the gap at 20-30 seconds for a lap or two (each lap was 15 km, 75 km total race), but after lap 3, the time trialing, triatholon-ing leader had rode away from the pack.  As such, the race sat up until the last lap, until I took a monster pull off the front, for 10 km.

I wound my way down the backstretch and onto Dice Road in the front of the pack, pulling at 42.5 kmh the whole way, putting the hurting on the pack (and myself).  While this effort netted me a 13th place finish (and 14th for Justin in his first D race, Congrats!), Garrett and Rob turned the effort into 5th and 7th place finishes- a solid effort after a long day of work.  As we drove home in our rented Enterprise van along the Susquehanna, Garrett and I calculated- 6 hours on the bike on Saturday.

And I wouldn't rather be doing anything else- beautiful day, fun racing, and a great team.  Ride Bikes.  Fast.  Villanova Cycling.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Princeton Stevens Jersey Devil 3/27-28/2010

First you say "SHUT UP, BODY!"

Thanks Jens Voigt.

When you begin to taste blood, you just say, "shut up body!"

And that's what we did this weekend!  I could say that "mechanical failure" was also a theme of the weekend, but it didn't seem to hamper anyone, Garrett and Rob especially.  After Joe's bike was parted out for derailleur cables, Villanova Cycling rode to victory- its first ever in the B class.

Mercer County Park ITT

No real pictures from this event because well, crap, it's an ITT.  After arriving from sweet lodging at my grandparents' soon to be solar powered house in Hamilton, NJ, we rode early and chilly at the 4.2 mile ITT circuit on the 2 lane park driveway.

Not much else to report here.  We all did pretty well, especially Garrett and I finishing within .3 of a second of each other.  You know what they (I) say, "train together, finish together"

ITT Results
Justin - 5th - 11:15.71 - 12 pts
Rob - 9th - 10:58.44 - 12 pts
James - 11th - 11:02.72 - 7 pts
Garrett - 12th - 11:03.09 - 5 pts
Joe - 13th - 12:14.33 - 0 pts
Will - 13th - 14:36.42 - 0 pts 

Cadawalader Park Criterium

Woah, Trenton.  A criterium through a bombed out park?  This road was looking pretty sketchy.  A nice little setup on a 1 way driveway gave us numerous views of the course from which to partake the eventual carnage.  The C, D and Intro races went off well for Villanova.  Justin notched a career best seventh in the criterium, leading the race around for numerous "sponsorship laps" demonstrating the beautiful new Villanova Jerseys provided by Canari.  Robby and Joe rocked out in the D race, Robby notching a first place in a mid race prime sprint.  Go Robby!  In his second week in the intro class, Will Kavanagh gained valuable race experience and killer insights from the best coaches of the ECCC.

The B race was an interesting undertaking.  As we navigated across the potholes and cobblestones of the central Jersey course (I half expected to see a U Turn), mechanical failures beset 2/3rds of the team.  Garrett broke a rear derailleur cable halfway through the race, and after taking a few free laps, returned for a spectacular finish.  Rob was beset by the eternal problem of Mavic wheels... a dry freehub.  I heard the characteristic whine from 50 yards away and knew instantly that his freehub certainly needed a little loving.  We bumped and banged along to a monster last lap collision that sent me flying to the outside- no damage, no fall, except to my sprint speed.  Garrett came back into the race with only 2 speeds and sprinted to an impressive 5th place finish.

Criterium Results
Garrett - 5th - 23 + 5 pts (1st in Sprint 4)
Justin - 7th - 6 + 3 pts (2nd in Sprint 1)
James - 13th - 3 + 3 pts (2nd in Sprint 4)
Robby - 13th - 0 + 5 pts (1st in Sprint 2)
Joe - 16th - 0 pts
Will - 19th - 0 pts
Rob - 20th (with 3 full stops!!!) - 0 pts 

Skillman Circuit Race

Sunday began equally early for the first of the "mountain stages" of the ECCC.  The race ambled through scenic (and wealthy) Montgomery, NJ, starting at Johnson and Johnson's facility there.  It wandered up a big hill on Grandview Road, across to Dutchtown Zion Road, and back down on the Great Road.  I use words like "ambled" and "wandered" to describe this race's slow pace, plodding up the hill, and then breaking the sound barrier on a sweet, long descent.

After getting a great dinner from my grandmother and mother (thanks!), VUCC was ready to shock the ECCC.  Racing profoundly early, Robby and Joe tested out the course in the unseasonable cold.  Justin came next in the C class, doing prodigious work for the C class, and coming in to a solid 12th place finish, cementing his role as a contender in the C class.

And now, for this public service message- always do bike maintenance.  Specifically, CHANGE YOUR CABLES when necessary.  Thanks to Wheel Life Cycles of Belle Mead, Rob was able to make the beginning of the B race; however, severing ones front derailleur cable at the beginning of a B race is not likely to make for easy climbing.  Many thanks to Wheel Life and Knapp's in Lawrenceville this weekend for providing Villanova's neutral support.

The B race was a quiet affair, 6 laps long, 5 of which were pure jockeying for position.  The big hill started to hurt a little more each lap, providing a preview of the mountains to come at Army, Dartmouth, Yale and the like.  The race became interesting as we headed around the final corner- Garrett and Rob were set up for a sprint and I was shuffled a little bit back from an earlier pull on the backstretch.  I saw my opening as we rounded the final curve- the road widened dramatically.  I put the acceleration in at exactly the right time considering my rearward drift, and surged from 20th to 5th.  In ideal position, Garrett began to "whomp whomp" along, edging out a Naval academy rider by a hair.  VICTORY FOR VILLANOVA CYCLING!

And with some creative cropping by Will K, we have this masterpiece:

Nice work!  My pain face is clearly more awesome though.

See all the pics at:  Major HT to Will Kav.

We'll see you all next Saturday for the Bucknell Road Race; good Catholics that we are, we'll be taking Sunday off to celebrate Easter.

Circuit Results
Garrett - 1st by 0.5 inches (the FinishLynx picture is AMAZING) - 48
James - 5th - 28 pts
Joe - 10th - 0 pts
Will - 11th - 0 pts
Justin - 12th - 1 pt
Rob - 13th - 3 pts
Robby - DNF - 0 pts 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Philly Phlyer 3/20-3/21

While the men of the grand tours were running 300km from Milano to San Remo, Villanova Cycling was cementing its name as a force to be reckoned with in the E-tri-C.  In our home race, Villanova Cycling introduced a new rider, entertained numerous family and friend spectators, and lit up the scoreboard!  Under perfect blue skies that gave me and a few others a touch of sunburn, we raced to collegiate glory.

Saturday Race, TTT and Circuit West Fairmount Park

Drexel and UPenn hosted a great race on a traditional Philly course, the West River Drive circuit.  The day began with a team time trial, which Garrett, Justin, Rob and James (myself) participated in.  Unfortunately, we had a few van issues and other factors in the morning which caused us to, erm, avoid our proper start time.  Fortunately Alan Atwood allowed us to ride the course, as we had all warmed up and been ready to go.  With strong pulls by all of us, we rode into a provisional fourth place in the B class, on a team of 3 B riders and 1 C.  I knew we'd be successful- these TTT's are a great team experience and a good way to get points. Our prerace breakfast of Bagel Factory didn't exactly sit well with me, and it goes to show you- you HAVE to go to the diner before a bike race.

The circuit race was a triumph for Villanova Cycling in all classes.  Starting a wide D field were Joe Pawelczyk, Tim Higgins, and Robby Napp.  All three blasted down West River Drive to spectacular finishes, navigating the hills of Chamonuix impressively.  Tim's upgrade from Intro went well, and the ECCC should be ready for a force in the Men's D field from Villanova.

Villanova Cycling introduced Will Kavanagh, a freshman rider this weekend into the intro class.  I always maintain that intro is an awesome way to get started- the off course clinic and coached lap led me into cycling, and they're definitely a great start for most new riders.

Justin Yeash cemented his status as athlete extraordinaire, finishing a solid 7th in the Men's C field, in only his 5th race ever.  Justin looked great taking turns on the front of the pack, leading the charge through Fairmount park's new roundabout to a solid top-10 finish.

HT: Dr. Seth Whidden, our awesome team advisor, for the sweet pictures!

The Men's B race was a welcome challenge; one which the B team prepared for well.  We practiced leadouts and sprint position throughout the week, and our efforts paid off with some of Villanova Cycling's highest finishes yet.  Garrett's sprint power renders him a Cavendish-esque challenger at the end of every race, and Rob's constant improvement is making waves in the B class.  With some veteran leadership by myself, other teams are starting to take notice of Villanova: our training and tactics are giving us a great jump on the B field.

Look at that sprint finish, Garrett "whomp whomp-ing" along, standing on those pedals!

4th place, 14:30
Intro Men:
Will Kavanagh- 22nd
D Men:
Tim Higgins- 40th
Joe Pawelczyk- 17th
Robby Napp- 27th
C Men:
Justin Yeash- 7th
B Men:
James Miceli- 10th
Garrett Olsen- 6th
Rob Abramo- 14th


Major props to Penn and Drexel for setting up the Navy Yard criterium; this is a course we have to keep in the ECCC!  It reminds me of the famous Tufts criterium in a way, a very technical six turn course with treacherous sidewalks.  The eerie post-industrial landscape of the Navy Yard makes for a remarkable Mario Cart-like course- it was suggested that arrows on the road might lead to a speed boost, and that a ramp into one of the abandoned buildings might unveil a secret bike race, much like Wario's Stadium.

Is this inside a warehouse? Perhaps...

And indeed, a major thumbs up goes to the State of Pennsylvania for redeveloping the area, namely by repaving the roads.  With planes headed into Philadelphia Airport screaming overhead, 'Nova had another great day at the race.  Additionally, we look forward to the support of Bob Biese of the Bicycle Den, a cat 1 coach and 1991 Villanova Alum.  Look at what Wildcats can do on a bike!

 Joe, Justin, and Will Kavanagh navigated through the D, C, and Intro classes before the punishing B race in the hot afternoon sun.  All three flew across the 6 turn, L shaped criterium masterfully, avoiding crashes and finishing well!

HT: Will Kav for Sweet photography skills!

The B race started with a bang- the breakage of Rob's chain.  Thanks to master mechanical engineer and bike technician Garrett, Rob was able to race to a stellar finish.  The three of us started in the back of the field, and spent the first chunk of the race bridging to the front.  In the chess game of a criterium, we angled for position throughout.  Garrett's strength in corners is very apparent in technical crits like these; his lines through the corner are impeccable for energy saving.  As the end of the race approached, Garrett and I were nearly absorbed in a crash; it was only though an Armstrong-esque navigation up a sidewalk apron and back over a curb that we were able to stay in a race.  After going around that near-disaster, I'm pretty sure I had a mini heart attack, my HR spiking up to 7 billion beats a second.  Rob and Garrett maintained composure and sprinted to a fantastic 3-4 finish.  For a crowd of the parents Abramo and Olsen, they provided a thrilling finish to the weekend.  We may even get some video footage from the Olsens up here, continuing our foray into new media.

Look how fast Rob is, hair blowing in the wind... get a haircut!  (I think I need to take my own advice!)

Overall, Villanova Cycling is constantly improving, staying true to its mantra for this season.  We're traveling together in vans, eating together, and improving together, which has us looking towards a successful season!  Princeton and Stevens up next week in central NJ, which will see our first (almost) road race; a circuit through  scenic Skillman, NJ, with 300+ feet of climbing per lap.

Intro Men:
Will Kavanagh- 16th
D Men:
Joe Pawelczyk- 18th
C Men:
Justin Yeash- 16th
B Men:
James Miceli- 12th
Garrett Olsen- 3rd
Rob Abramo- 4th

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Midweek Update!

Addition to our race reports: Best Attitude (Sunshine ++) award of the week goes to Tim Higgins!  Tim is Mr. Good Attitude- bringing true awesomeness to Villanova Cycling.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Columbia and Stevens Weekend 3/13-14/2010

RAIN!  All consuming, wet, frightening, terrible rain.  Rain permeates every inch of one's being when they decide to ride a bike through it- and rain causes a whole host of problems when combined with wind of 30-40 MPH proportions.  As a unifying theme of this past weekend, I can't think of a better one than rain...
Or perhaps the new Black Eyed Peas song, "I'mma be"  I think top 40 stations should be called top 10 stations, considering they all play a very short rotation of songs... As they say, "I'mma be a brotha but I ain't be Lehman," appropriate for New York City
And another unifying theme- THE VAN.  (Seen here double parked at Chipotle- official food of Villanova Cycling)  Nothing like a 15 passenger van to make a weekend great- we were really a team, travelling in style.  Villanova hooked us up with a great model through Enterprise rent a car.  Vans also rock the house on gas mileage... much better to spend only $75 on fuel rather than two tanks of gas for a Taurus and an S4.  Villanova, here's my plea: let us drive your vans rather than making us rent them at high cost!
Saturday saw the debuts of two new Villanova riders, Tim Higgins and Alex Cosan.  Both of them did wonderfully in their respective intro races.  Major props to Alex for being only the second woman ever to race for Villanova Cycling- let's get some more of this out there!  Columbia is very serious about hosting this race, not only running it through a nor'easter of epic water and wind, which truly drenching downpours, but even in bringing New York City's best Belgian Waffle truck to the course.  Om nom nom....
An award for "best fan" goes to John Olsen, Garrett's brother who came out to the course, braving the terrible conditions.  The races were truly insane- with nowhere to warm up effectively, most of us went in pretty cold, and the results weren't anything to write home about.  If you weren't on the east coast on Saturday, I cannot understate how frighteningly powerful this wind and rain was...
C Men:
Justin Yeash- 33rd
B Men: 
James Miceli- DNF (argh! last lap wipeout through a lake of a puddle... bummer.  I'm fine though!)
Garrett Olsen- 17th
Rob Abramo- 26th
I Men:
Tim Higgins- 8th
I Women:
Alex Cosan- 16th

Also on Saturday... shout out to Gina DeNunzio of Rutgers University- the fourth Lenape Valley Regional HS graduate to race in the ECCC.  Who knew that Byram, Stanhope, and Netcong were a hotbed of Cycling action!?

Accomodations- 43 St Nicholas Place, Harlem NYC

Look at how much Garrett and Justin are enjoying our accomodations!  Through a great connection of Justin, we managed to stay in a house in Harlem, inhabiting two floors for the weekend.  Many thanks to Dave and the other dudes at the house- the location was super convenient and parking turned out to be relatively easy.

And another big shout out to Alex Cosan and her sister for taking us to dinner at Patsy's Pizzeria.  Quote of the night- "Do you have a dessert menu," asked Garrett.  "It's a pizzeria!!" responded the frustrated waitress.  That was some seriously tasty thin crust pizza- may I recommend sun dried tomatoes everywhere.  Good for the health!

I would be remiss if I didn't mention our NYC subway quest- here's Garrett looking dejected because it took us an hour or so to go from 155th st. to 72nd st. on the same subway line- a power outage and a sick customer slowed our progress.


Of course, we started the day at a diner.  Yonkers Raceway diner- good stuff but a little pricey!

FDR Park, Yorktown Heights, New York.  Mercifully, rain ceded to grey skies and showers- though the course was wet, beautiful pavement prevailed.   Look for our boy Raymond Junkins from Stevens in the picture above- he promoted the race masterfully.  Our day was much better on Sunday- we were able to actually unpack the van, set the EZ-UP tent and go to town.  Justin started the day with the Mens' C race; he was holding the front and getting used to the competition of ECCC action.  With monster calves and a sunshine award in the bank for always looking up, Justin is becoming a force in the C class. 

Tim and Alex raced next, after Alex attempted to fix her tiny size booties with Justin's hunting knife.  Both did a great job in their second ever intro races; equally deserving the "chill" award for keeping cool in the face of ECCC competition.  Kudos to Alex for garnering our only team points of the weekend- awarded for national standing!  Both Alex and Tim had big finishes, keeping it real for Villanova.

And last but not least, the B race.  Sort of sketchy with the wet pavement, the race went quickly at only 45 minutes in duration.  With Rob moving up to the B class, we had a solid team in one class for the first time in Villanova Cycling history.  We have to work to refine our tactics- maybe together with Dartmouth?  Garrett and Rob held the front through much of the race.  I skinned my finger while adjusting my computer sensor during competition.  In the final bunch sprint, Garrett and Rob maneuvered for position while I was penned in the back.  We finished together all in the top 20- look out B class, we have big plans!

C Men:
Justin Yeash- 16th
B Men: 
James Miceli- 17th
Garrett Olsen- 16th
Rob Abramo- 13th
I Men:
Tim Higgins- 10th
I Women:
Alex Cosan- 5th

Final Conclusions:  Another very successful weekend.  Our team is gelling, we're making progress, we're all growing and making the most of our team support!

NEXT WEEKEND: Philly Phlyer.  We invite all of our friends and sponsors to come Saturday and Sunday to our home race, at Memorial Hall on Saturday and the Navy Yard on Sunday.  See website and postings this week for more details.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Rutgers Day 2, 3/7/2010

Look at that sweet sunglassess on Garrett: Oakley Jawbone Glasses- premium eyewear technology from our valued sponsor, Oakley.

Day 2 of Rutgers started early at the Edison Diner- 2 eggs, hashbrowns, toast and coffee are the racing fuel of champions. We needed a good breakfast to help us navigate Rutgers' circuit race, an almost 3 mile loop around the Rutgers Athletic Center, pockmarked by potholes worsened by the epic New Jersey winter of 2009-2010. Hopefully that is over- these 50 degree days are a welcome relief from the doldrums of winter roller training.

Saturday Results Update (courtesy of John Frey, Velocity Results)
Mark: 34th, 7:32
Robby: 46th, 7:41
Rob 3rd, 6:35
Justin 9th, 6:46
James 13th, 6:35 (holy crap I earned points in a TT!!!!)
Garrett 23rd, 6:43

D Crit:
Mark: 41st
Robby: 47th
C Crit:
Rob: 5th
Justin: 20th
B Crit:
James: 12th
Garrett: 20th

Sunday Races:

D: Mark flew around the course with a strong performance, staying in position in the peleton throughout the race. He navigated the course spectacularly, making friends in the D class. Unfortunately, he was swallowed up by one of the gaping potholes on the backstretch on the last lap, and took a rough fall. He bounced back quickly, and with no broken bones, he'll be back out with the team soon.

C: Rob Abramo and Justin Yeash. Both of our C riders are adjusting nicely to the rigors of ECCC competition! Rob and Justin held strategic positions in the peleton duringthe race, working together with other riders. Rob was unfortunately bitten by the potholes, flatting mid-race. With no free lap to change tires under circuit race rules, Rob unfortunately had to take a DNF. That hasn't discouraged him, and Garrett and I look forward to his upgrade to B's next week! Justin raced to an impressive 16th place finish in only his second time seeing the racers of the ECCC.

Noooo, not a flat! Snakebite....

B: Garrett and I refined our team tactics, navigating the peleton of the speedy B class. Making friends across the class, I'm developing a feel for having teammates in a race to work with, something that has only happened perhaps twice in my ECCC career. Chalk one up for Villanova Cycling! As many B races do, this one finished with an all out field sprint, everyone jockeying for position coming into the last corner. Garrett and I ended up racing up the sides of the peleton during the last lap and catching onto the front. Garrett was leading the pack coming through the last turn, and I caught onto a Dartmouth train- is an alliance in order as we soon will have 3 riders in B's? Our finishes were spectacular; myself in 8th place (aaugh, another 8th place!?!?) and Garrett in 18th in his first weekend in the B's.

Up next: Columbia and Stevens next weekend. Looking forward to some sweet accommodations in Harlem, a perfect race course at Grant's Tomb, some delicious Belgian Waffles, and a new Stevens course on Sunday at FDR park.