|The race before the race was won by the green and gold.|
The weekend started off with snow. Lots and lots of snow fluttering down from the skies in both solid and liquid forms making the drive down a less than fun experience (driving-wise, still entertaining though!). Upon arriving we found out the planned Circuit race had been changed to a day of Time Trials, both Team and Individual. Luckily, Day 2, the Beanpot 2.0 Campus Criterium remained unaffected by the weather and ran as scheduled with Men's and Women's Collegiate Races in the morning and USAC races immediately following in the afternoon.
Day 1 - Westminster, MA - TTT and ITT - Boston Beanpot 2.0
Our day started with a mixture of delicious pancakes, maple syrup, orange juice and snow. Lots of cold, white, fluffy and stupid snow. Because of the recent accumulation of precipitation, our schedule of events had changed from a TTT and a Circuit to a TTT and an ITT, also known as a day in the PAIN CAVE. We arrived in Westminister with classic UVM Cycling style, a style which explains itself.
|Right to left: Scott Igo, Harry Goldman and Joshua Saxe|
cross the finish with the fastest TTT time.
ITT - The ITT was less of a team event. In fact, the ITT is the definition of a non-team event. All riders pace themselves to produce the fastest possible time over the distance of the marked Time Trial course. Individually I was happy with my performance. After catching two riders in front of me, and dropping a rider who caught me on the final climb of the ITT, I posted a 5th place finishing time of 18:06.50, roughly 5 seconds behind Jake "The Hebrew Hammer" Warshaw who finished in 4th with a time of 18:01.19 over the 6.3 mile course.
Day 2 - Somerville, MA - Criterium and USAC Criterium
|Tanner Haskins and Josh Saxe take a visit through the|
pain cave without going through bonktown.
The racing was fast and furious. The brakes were rarely touched anywhere in the course. Coming out of turn 2 on to the flats was the most forgiving section of the race due to the helping hand of the tailwind. Coming into the climb and on to the flats was by far the deepest in to the pain cave I went in the whole race. The upper flat finishing stretch was tainted by a brutally strong headwind which made the apex of the climb a chore and half to push through. I managed to finish in 16th place in the Collegiate Criterium, a satisfying placement considering criteriums are by far my weakest event.
|Returning to the pain cave of Beanpot 2.0 Criterium as|
Coming up next...
Next weekend I will be venturing to race the legendary Battenkill, a classic race of the East Coast. Feared by some, won by others. Hopefully I will be able to travel to Yale to compete in the first day of races before the Battenkill Road Race on Sunday. Yale was my first collegiate racing weekend last year, where I was pulled from all races besides the Time Trial. I would love the chance to be able to return to Yale and put the race in it's place. After all, no one has ever won a race in which they don't start.
Arc hard, ride fast, go plaid!