In our second race of the season, Bowdoin Cycling competed at the Easterns Championship this past weekend, April 22-23. Hosted by Brown University and RISD, the races took place in Scituate and Charlestown, RI. The weekend started off cold and wet on Saturday with a road race around the Scituate reservoir. The course included a few sections of dirt road and a covered bridge. Conditions deteriorated quickly when it started raining, leaving both our riders and our bikes dirty and wet. Alexander Truitt ’19 finished strong in 5th in Men’s D, and Margaret Conley ’18 battled through to place 8th in Women’s C. Boyang Zhang placed 44th in Men’s D after a difficult first lap.
Sunday was a major improvement in weather, with sunny skies and relatively warm temperatures. We raced on a course designed for bicycles in Ninigret Park, RI, a flat loop with lots of corners and a good tail wind on one side plus a challenging head wind on the finish stretch. Alexander placed 12th in the Men’s D criterium in a large group sprint to the finish. Boyang started strong but suffered a flat in the middle of the race, unfortunately putting him out of the running. Margaret placed 4th in Women’s C, also earning points in a prime lap. This was a great weekend for the Cycling Team, and Alexander placed 4th in the overall standings for Men’s D. Though our season this spring was shortened by bad weather, we had a great time and we were proud to represent Bowdoin in the ECCC (Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference).
After a difficult start to the season, with our April 1-2 race cancelled due to a snow storm, the Cycling Team had a great first race the weekend of April 15-16. We drove to West Point, NY for the Army Spring Classic, hosted by USMA. Saturday was the road race, with great weather and a beautiful course including a long climb, views of mountains and lakes, and several roundabouts. Alexander Truitt ’19 made an exciting first place finish in Men’s D in a 28 mile race, earning major points for the team, while Boyang Zhang ’17, also in Men’s D, finished strong in 58th. Margaret Conley ’18 raced in Women’s C and placed 9th in a 4 2 mile race.
On Sunday, we raced in a technical but fun criterium at Shea Stadium on the USMA campus, with great views of the Hudson River. Adding to the excitement were a few trains passing by on tracks that ran right alongside the course. In Men’s D, Alexander again placed 1st after a finish-line sprint, and also earned points in a prime lap, while Boyang finished 32nd. Margaret came in 9th in the Women’s C race. Overall, the weekend was a strong start to the season.
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Women’s C rounding the corner in the Army criterium.
Turners Falls criterium: the Connecticut River.
Margaret Conley ’18 cresting the hill in the Turners Falls criterium.
The Cycling Club had a great 2016 season. We traveled to three races last spring, including L’Enfer du Nord (hosted by Dartmouth and UVM), the Army Spring Classic (hosted by USMA), and the ECCC Championships (hosted by UMass Amherst and MIT). We started the season in early April with a chilly hill climb and criterium on Dartmouth’s campus, followed by a beautiful road race in Burlington, VT, with views of Lake Champlain. The next weekend, Army hosted a tough road race in Harriman State Park, NY, where we tackled long climbs and saw many lakes, as well as a criterium around Shea Stadium, where riders were occasionally passed by a train on nearby tracks. We ended the season with a memorable road race featuring difficult climbs (4,000 feet of climbing in 40 miles for the C category!), exciting descents, and some challenging dirt roads in Western Mass, followed by beautiful weather and a steep hill for an exciting criterium in Turners Falls alongside the Connecticut River. After competing in individual time trials, road races, and criteriums, Bowdoin had several top 10 finishes in the women’s C category, making points for the team, and we hope to have more top finishes and increase our presence in races this coming spring.
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The cycling team had a big weekend at Yale with the most riders in a collegiate race (6 total) and the most ECCC points scored in at least the last 5 years if not ever! Saturday consisted of a mostly uphill time trial up East Rock in New Haven. The weather turned for the worse about half way through and it rained hard straight until the last few laps of the final race of the day. The best results for Bowdoin in this event that is hard to train for around Brunswick was from Yas with a 6th place in the womens B Race. Saturday afternoon was a short crit like circuit race that ended with a finishing spur that climbed East Rock again. It was cold as balls and a little bit slippery but we all made it through all right with the exception of Yas’s rear wheel. Notable results came from morgan with a top 20 in the Men’s A race and Duncan and Luke finishing 14th in the Men’s D and Men’s C races respecitivley. Saturday night for the Bowdoin Cycling team consisted of eating about 1/2 a large pizza apiece at Modern Pizza in New Haven (its really good and somewhat famous) and then passing out around 8:30. Sunday fortunatley had sunny skies but it was still brisk and windy for the criterium. The Men’s D race was the highlight of the weekend for Bowdoin, with Nick, Duncan and JB taking 4th, 5th and 7th respectively in some exciting team tactics and good timing. All told it was a sweet weekend with some good racing!
PS- honorable mention to Luke who has a date with a hot West Point female cyclist for next weekend.
Morgan, Luke, Lukes Brother and I went down and represented Bowdoin Cycling at the Scarborough Training Crit on Sunday. Besides taking 4 of 8 primes, Morgan with the A race stage win and me with 4th place in the B race we also made it on to youtube,
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The Bowdoin College Cycling club is chartered by the Bowdoin Student Government and receives annual funding through the Student Activities Funding Committee. Bowdoin College Cycling is recognized by USA Cycling as a collegiate club team and competes in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference. The club’s goals are to encourage all forms of cycling at Bowdoin college and increase the college’s presence at competitive events.