Army USAC Army Report
Peters and Korus Bring Guns to a Gun Fight
Ben Civiletti, Ian Sullivan
West Point, New York (April 17, 2010) – The battle for Yellow hit its peak at the Army Spring Classic, as both Max Korus (Upenn) and Lee Peters (UVM) brought out the heavy artillery. Peters began the weekend with an 80 point lead, and surrendered the jersey to Korus, who has a 12 point advantage. Both riders won at Army, and since a victory at Easterns is worth well over 100 points, the overall competition is essentially tied.
Saturday at Camp Buckner was the setting for a very wet team time trial. In Mens A, Pennsylvania State University pulled out a win over MIT, whose frontal area was compromised by the rain. The Womens A race went to Dartmouth, with MIT finishing second again. Thankfully, the weather improved through the morning, giving everyone a chance to wring out their chamois before the circuit race.
The course for the circuit race was approximately 2 miles long, with a long and technical downhill section, followed by a false flat and a short but steep climb to the start/finish. The Mens A field was fairly cohesive for the first few laps, but things quickly escalated when Max Korus (UPenn) got to the front. Determined to show that a weekend off does not a loser make, He ratcheted up the pace and found himself alone with more than half the race to go. The field couldn’t make up its mind on whether to chase or not, and before long, it was too late. Korus took the win with a solid minute on the main group, erasing Lee Peters’ lead on the overall in one blow. Jeremy Durrin (Umass) finished second, followed by Jacob Bobrow (UVM).
In the Womens A category, a small group of riders splintered the field with a strong pace from the gun. For much of the race a group of , including Martha Buckley, Anna McLoon, Elle Anderson, Arielle Filiberti, Yuri Masamoto, and Katy Aplin. These girls stretched out their advantage over the main field up to 2 laps to go. At that point the cohesion of the group fell apart and they drifted back to the main field. This didn’t really affect the who was going to be crossing the line first. Arielle Filiberti (Dartmouth) edged out Martha Buckley (MIT) in the sprint, to take the second victory of the day for Dartmouth. Anna McLoon (Harvard) finished third.
Sunday morning came too early for some, because the famous Army hill climb was the only item on the brunch menu. The course was lengthened from years past to almost three miles, and in that distance, riders would ascend 770 vertical feet. Jacob Bobrow (UVM) used his skinsuit to veto the law of gravity and win the Mens A category in 11 minutes and 20 seconds. Christopher Hong (Harvard) flew to second place, followed by Jonathan Awerbuch (Yale).
Martha Buckley (MIT) stamped her authority on the climb, taking the Womens A category by 28 seconds over Anna McLoon (Harvard). Elle Anderson (Dartmouth) came in third place.
The criterium at West Point may be the best spectator event in the ECCC. From the finish line, the crowd can see the entire race as it circles the athletic fields. With a 130 degree final corner, and a downhill chicane sequence, the course is exciting for riders as well. After a day of bad luck and missed opportunities, UVM cycling came to the line intent on keeping Lee Peters in yellow. The speed was immense from the start, if it wasn’t a prime lap, then someone was attacking. Several breakaways tried their luck, perhaps most notably Max Korus, but after the circuit race, no one was letting him go. Peters bridged the gap immediately. Although this break was brought back.
Alex Cox (UVM) placed in most of the sprints before flatting out, solidifying his hold on the green jersey. Max Korus took advantage of the prime points on the line to rack up an extra 23 point. This would eventually prove to be enough to pull him into the lead in the Yellow Jersey Competition.
In the final lap, it was UVM on the front with Lee Peters in tow, a perfect lead-out into the last corner. Peters, fueled by bugle fanfares and patriotism, charged to the line to take the win by a bike-length.
The Women’s A criterium must have gotten an advanced copy of the script that the Men would later follow. The race was marked by a string of fruitless attacks. In the waning laps of the race, Claire McKenna (Dartmouth) took a shot off of the front. This forced the leaders in the field to ratchet up the pace to bring her back into the field. This set up her teammate Arielle very well to contest the final sprint. Arielle Filiberti (Dartmouth) made it two for two and won the field sprint with time to spare. Katy Applin (Northeastern) took second, and Martha Buckley (MIT) placed third. One year ago at the Army weekend Applin competed in and won her first cycling race in the intro category. Buckley had a strong weekend and is winning the Womens overall points competition by 531 points. She also holds the sprint jersey.
Army did have a home win, as Nick Garcia sprinted to a commanding victory in the Mens B criterium.
The top five schools are as follows:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (D2)
- University of Vermont (D1)
- University of Pennsylvania (D1)
- Pennsylvania State University (D1)
- Dartmouth College (D2)
For complete results of the Army Spring Classic, please visit www.velocityresults.net
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