UNH Wrap Up
This weekend the University of New Hampshire hosted ECCC MTB racing at
Attitash Mountain Resort and Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, NH.
Although originally planned to be held solely at Attitash, Hurricane
Irene obliterated the entire XC trail system on the mountain. The
weekend actually looked in doubt as most mountains were already booked
for Columbus Day fall festivals. Ultimately though Cranmore yielded
great XC trails, just down the road from the gravity events.
In women’s racing, Emily Gassman from the Atlantic Veterinary College
on Prince Edward Island came down from the eastern edge of Canada to
put her mark on the event, easily claiming both the cross country and
short track races. Meanwhile, Shannon Burke from UVM won the fast,
wide open, steep Super D and Alison Crocker from Boston College the
Downhill on Attitash’s well regarded DH trails.
World Cup rider and ECCC veteran Tom Sampson from Plymouth State
University ably won the cross country racing despite a first lap flat
on the hilly course.
After coming up just short in several races,
Derek Harnden (UVM) triumphantly claimed a victory on the fitness
oriented short track. In the gravity events, Alex McAndrew (Clarkson)
cemented his position as the leading Downhill racer this season,
claiming both the DH and Super D.
Notably, men’s series leader Jesus Martinez (Columbia) suffered a
severe crash on an early descent in the XC and was forced to DNF with
a ruined bicycle on Saturday and had a challenging short track race
the following day. This brings the season omnium title within reach
of gravity riders Nik Patalano (Northeastern) and Alex McAndrew
(Clarkson) as the ECCC heads into a now very heated conference
championship next weekend to close out the season.