NU Wild Western Mass Report

MTB race promotion juggernaut Northeastern University hosted its
second event of the ECCC season this past weekend, working up to the

Eric P and Nik P of NU post STXC at Jiminy Peak

NU Cyclists tired but satisfied after their second race promotion effort of the 2011 MTB season (Courtesy Amanda Buerger(NU))

Marie Kenney UVM

Marie Kenney races her strengths in the STXC

last minute to rebuild courses after the significant damage caused by
the recent New England storms.  After a two year break, the conference
returned to classic ECCC venues Holiday Farm and Jiminy Peak for a
weekend of XC, slalom, short track, team relay, and downhill.  Adding
to the traditional, well regarded Holiday Farm XC and Jiminy Peak
downhill courses, Northeastern debuted a new, unique, very successful
slalom course built in a heavily wooded area at Holiday, with berms
carving between clusters of trees and a number of tables and double
jumps mixed in throughout.

Women’s gravity superstars Anne Minor (Clarkson) and Allison Crocker
(Boston College) battled it out both days, with Allison the only A
category rider (men or women) contesting all events.  Taking advantage

Joe v Jesus at Jiminy Peak

Conference Director Joe Kopena races the Men's A STXC field to the top of the climb. Sully offered to buy anybody who beat Joe a doughnut. Nobody got any doughnuts. (Photo Amanda Buerger)

of her running background, Marie Kenney (UVM) again showed her
dominance on challenging short track courses by running the
off-camber, slippery hike-a-bike climb every lap for the win, while
Syd Schulz (Middlebury) took the long, wet XC race.  Jesus Martinez
(Columbia) continued his XC and STXC winning streak, fending off
attackers brought from the UVM road team in an attempt to challenge
his unmatched fitness.  In a sign of life from former MTB regulars
University of Delaware, Benjamin Elliot crushed the Downhill by 7
seconds.  Home team rider Nik Patalano won the Dual Slalom for
Northeastern and swore he did not rebuild the red line’s second berm
sequence in the middle of morning practice specifically to suit him.

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