USAC Race Report
Peters Regains Yellow at Yale as the Conference Gears Up for
New Haven, Connecticut (April 10th, 2010) – Lee Peters (UVM) took full advantage of the absence of Max Korus (Upenn) to regain possession of the ECCC overall lead, and the yellow jersey. Korus, who has led the points competition for most of the season, finds himself 80 points down after only one weekend. The Army Spring Classic is all that remains before Easterns, and with such a fiercely contested overall competition, it will be a crucial event.
Saturday’s racing in New Haven began with the 4.3 mile “East Rock ITT”, a fast individual event that finished on top of a challenging 350 foot climb. Some racers were so exhausted after their battle with the hill that they missed the finish line altogether, but Lee Peters (UVM) found it in 11 minutes and 24 seconds to win the Mens A category. Martha Buckley (MIT) got to the top in 12 minutes and 54 seconds, taking the Womens A race by almost half a minute.
Later in the day, riders lined up for the “Race the Rock” circuit race. The pace was blistering in every category, as the top contenders from the time trial battled for the King of the Mountain jersey; awarded to the rider with the fastest combined time of the day. In many cases, the pace was so high that separate categories found each other on the road, causing widespread confusion. In the Mens B race, a two man breakaway from the A’s actually caught and passed the field, leaving the officials scrambling to figure out the number of laps to show each group. After a few laps with no indication, the riders on the front simply decided that it was the last lap, and headed up the final climb to the finish. Philip Gasparovic (University of Delaware) crossed the line first, followed by Matthew Nichols and Paul Salipante of Dartmouth.
The two man move that caused the trouble did stay away, and Charles Zamastil (Temple) took victory over Lee Peters (UVM) on top of the rock. The two worked together for the entirety of the race, eventually beating the rest of the field by about two minutes. Both riders were happy with the result, although they did agree that if they had known the gap was two minutes, they wouldn’t have worked quite so hard. Peters explained: “All I could really see was Charlie’s elbow: the world went dark except for that spot.” Needless to say, the yellow jersey didn’t come easily, and there will be a fight to hold on to it.
In the Womens A category, Martha Buckley (MIT) proved once again that she is the one of the strongest racers, tightening her grip on the overall points competition. She finished first, followed by teammate Yuri Matsumoto and Claire McKenna of Dartmouth.
On Sunday, the flat five corner criterium saw speeds of “at least Mach 6 or 7, maybe even breaking the speed of sound”, according to Assistant Director of the ECCC, Ian Sullivan. For some, the subtle humor in that one line provided enough entertainment for hours. Those who wanted more needed only to stay within range of the sound system, as the colorful commentary ranged from tips on leg shaving to leg shaving contests. In the Womens A, Yuri Matsumoto came through for MIT, While Benjamin Carbonetti took one for the University of Connecticut in Mens A. UVM’s pocket ace, Jamey Driscoll made it just in time to see the finish, and rumor has it he had actually won the crit the day before, while the rest of the field was distracted with the circuit race.
After the sixth weekend of racing, the top five schools are as follows:
1. University of Pennsylvania (D1)
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (D2)
3. University of Vermont (D1)
4. Pennsylvania State University (D1)
5. Dartmouth College (D2)
For full results of the Yale Lux et Velocitas, please visit http://www.velocityresults.net
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