RIT weekend update


By: Joe Kopena

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This weekend the ECCC explored the roots of mountain bike racing,
returning after some years to Plattekill Mountain in New York.  The XC
event featured old-school ski resort MTB racing, with riders
challenged to 1100 vertical feet of climbing each lap, from the lodge
to the top of the mountain, and a long descent down Plattekill’s
highly technical trail system.  Downhillers were greeted with
Plattekill’s widely known and well regarded big-hit racing, with both
of the weekend’s DH courses featuring substantial drops on the main
lines.  Short track featured extremely tight pack racing in all
categories, with a newer style ECCC STXC course of wide open climbs,
singletrack descents, and a handful of bike park features, all looping
around the lodge and main lift.

Greg DiSanto (UNH) continued his winning streak, picking up the XC
victory despite having to repeatedly chase back into the lead after
suffering no less than three flats, and keeping just enough energy to
also take the high speed STXC on Sunday.  Adam Gagne (UMass) and Dan
O’Connor (UConn) went 1 and 2 in downhill racing both Saturday and
Sunday.  Elizabeth White (UVM) and Emily Paxson (UVM) continued their
domination of the women’s scene, trading victories between the
endurance and gravity races.

Next weekend the ECCC heads to PennState and the Rothrock PA State
Forest for the first time in several years, yet another return to an
ECCC MTB keystone.

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