Collegiate Cycling

Mesa State Race Weekend Report

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Thanks once again to Addie Levinsky for providing use with the race report!

This weekend was Grand Junction’s Mesa State College’s race weekend. The weekend included an individual time trial hill climb and a criterium on Saturday, and a road race on Sunday. Aside from being stuck on top of Vail Pass on Friday afternoon, all the teams managed to make it up to Grand Junction in time for the ITT Saturday morning.

The ITT was organized (for lack of a better word) by first come first serve registration. Not that in an individual time trial the categories necessarily have to be split up, but it makes the average collegiate rider feel overly pressured when the pros are passing them in minutes up the hill. The climb was a 3.7 mile climb with 1,017 feet of elevation gain up Colorado National Monument. The climb was very similar to Lookout Mountain in Golden, though a little tougher with less corners, and the scenery was absolutely beautiful. There is no doubt it was a painful climb, especially without adequate warm-ups. Though, it was a good way to warm-up the legs for the afternoon/evening criterium.

CU Criterium Race Report

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Thanks to Addie Levinsky of Metro State Cycling Team for writing up this past weekend's second round of Colorado Collegiate Cycling

Results and Photos of the CU Criterium

With the temperatures rolling into the mid 50’s and dry weather conditions, cyclists from both Collegiate and non-Collegiate categories came up to Boulder to race their bicycles in the traditional criterium course at Research Park hosted by University of Colorado.

The course is what most racers feel a crit route should be; short, flat, quick turns, and most importantly, fast. Although, a course laden with pot holes, pavement cracks, deep gutters, and various other safety hazards is not an optimal condition when deep in the drops of your handlebars hitting 30+mph, and catching several feet of air anytime your carbon tubulars meet the groove in the pavement.

CSU Cycling reports on season opener

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Many thanks to CSU Cycling President Caley Fretz for reporting on this seasons first weekend below!

Photo Credit Caley Fretz

The first races of the season are always a crapshoot. Nobody knows what kind of form their legs hold, who else is going to be on or off their game, or even who’s going to show up. So when a team’s first few races go as well as it did for the CSU Rams Cycling team this past weekend, it’s particularly encouraging.

Races opened up on Saturday at the Denver University City Park Crit, a triangular loop complete with three roundabouts and a nasty little chicane. Not an ideal course for brand new racers, as much of the Men’s C and Women’s B fields were. But the Rams were ready- this wasn’t their first rodeo after all. Thanks to some pre-season team practice crits, the new Ram racers weren’t quite as new as everyone else, and it showed. In the first four laps, a field of 60 in the C’s was whittled down to 30, and all but one CSU rider (who got caught up in a nasty crash) made the selection. A few laps later another selection was made, this time in the form of a breakaway of 8 heading off the front. Four of the eight were CSU.

Results from the weekend

DU Criterium Results
Metro State ITT (Not Available Yet)

Other Photos

Dan Rieber

UNC is ready for the 2010 season

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From the UNC Cycling team....

The 2010 collegiate cycling schedule has been released, and the University of Northern Colorado cycling team is eagerly anticipating the upcoming race season. With a similar schedule to last year, we are looking forward to improving on our results from a year ago. In the 2009 season, we enjoyed some solid performances which included wins by David Leonard in the men’s B Air Force road race, A.J. Turner in the men’s C Denver University crit, and Ben Norris in the men’s C Fort Lewis and Colorado College crits. We also earned some hardware at the RMCCC finals last year with A.J. accumulating the most total points on the season for men’s C in Division II and Liz Martin earning the same title for women’s B. Additionally, we sent Alex Lewis to nationals in Fort Collins where he represented us well and finished a respectable 16th in a tough road race.


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