I know, I know. For the past couple of weekends our faithful blog followers were saddened by the absence of our race reports. My apologies. So here is how our trip to New Haven, CT went down. Saturday’s early morning time trial was quite hilly, and did not suit any UMass participants particularly. Almost all of the team finished in the top half of their respective fields though.
Next up was the Circuit Race, which featured the most climbing of any ECCC race yet. In Men’s D, Andrew Wilkens finished a strong 16th. The rest of the team however was plagued by bad luck. In Men’s C, Alex Carmona was unfortunately caught in a crash on the sketchy descent portion of the course. Despite his major road rash, he still was able to finish the race. In Men’s B, James Peterson was off the front of the field during the descent portion, but slide out on a sandy turn and pulled out of the race. I too was having a good race in Men’s B until my rear tire flatted on a monster pothole, ending my race.
Although sad and angry after Saturday’s results, the team entered Sunday’s Crit with optimism. In Men’s D, Andrew Faughnan raced very well and got 4th in a prime sprint and 4th in the final sprint. In Men’s B, James Peterson attacked the field going into a prime sprint lap and got 5th for the sprint. In the final sprint, James placed 15th and scored some individual points. As for me in Men’s B, bad luck struck again when I flatted on the very first lap. But after running back to the pit I got a wheel change courtesy of Andrew Faughnan and managed to get back into the race.
Although the weekend didn’t go as planned for many members, we all still had a great time and look forward to Dartmouth next week.
Last but not least, special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Weiss for their kind hospitality and Friday night dinner. Greatly appreciated!