It’s happening again! The SECCC Track Cup returns this labor day. Make note of the beginner class and beginner race program! This is a great opportunity to get introduced to track racing at the Dick Lane Velodrome. Be sure to pre-reg on USAC to save time the day of!
We’re hosting an SECCC, mountain, race weekend! In addition to collegiate categories, we will have open (M and F) and junior categories. Prizes (open and junior only) will include: camelback bottles, GT Cycling apparel, Parks-Law goodies, and SRAM swag (courtesy of team alum and SRAM engineer Ben). Payout sheet for open categories TBA. All categories will have a top three podium. We are working with Chainbuster to put on this event and they will be providing the podium and medals.
Juniors can race in both open and collegiate categories. All riders will need a USAC license. Day of licenses can be purchased on site for a small fee.
Event registration is live over at USAC! Make sure to get signed up to avoid the hassle (and added fees!) of day of sign-up.
We’re super grateful to have the Cartecay Bike Shop supporting the race by offering neutral support day of and helping with trail work.
We hosted our 3rd annual Historic Brooks Road Race this year in conjunction with Topview Sports. Unfortunately, the Tuck Criterium did not make a return because of a permitting issue. The Tucker community preferred a chili cook off to a bike race that keeps them from getting to the post office, which is fair and understandable. Thankfully, Tim from Topview stepped in and moved the criterium to Gwinnett Tech for us. We’re going to try hard to make the Tucker Criterium happen next year by working a little more closely with the city and the community.
Both days of racing went smoothly thanks to all of the volunteers we had come out, the officials, Coach Barman, and Topview’s team. Being our home race, we had almost a full squad line up both days, with riders racing in the D, C, and B categories. We also had a number of alumni come out to help volunteer! It was really neat to see some familiar faces.
Here’s a list of our top five finishes for the weekend:
Road Race Men C’s- Nick Senator 4th,
Road Race Men B’s- Jake Holt 2nd
Crit Race Men C’s- John Graves 1st, Nick Senator 4th
Crit Race Men B’s- Jake Holt 2nd
Team Time Trial Men C’s- 1st
After a full spring semester of racing, our category A riders, Andrew Hodges, Christian DiCenso and Ryan Collins have qualified to attend the 2014 Collegiate Road Nationals in Richmond, VA from May 2-4. This year, the course is a test-bed for the World Road Championships in 2015. It’s a HUGE honor to be representing Georgia Tech on such a prestigious course and this is our first time sending athletes to Road Nationals since 2010.
We need your help to pay for gas (using a Georgia Tech supplied vehicle), hotel and food for the racers over the weekend. We’ve secured $547 of preliminary funding for gas and entry fees from the Georgia Tech Student Government Association, but we still need additional funding for entry fees, gas, hotel and food to reach our calculated budget of $1508.42 (The target amount is $960 to make up the disparity between SGA funds and our budget). To donate, follow this link http://tilt.tc/z0ib to our Crowd Tilt campaign.
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Mark your calendars! On August 24th, Georgia Tech Cycling will be hosting its first ever track race. Come down to Dick Lane Velodrome in East Point, GA for some good ol’ collegiate competition, and be sure to check out the flyer above.
In addition, a beginner’s class will be taught the morning of the race for any newcomers to the track wanting to race in the evening. It will run from 9-12AM and cost only $30.
The Mens B race rolled out just after the Masters Men, no one will ever know why this was the chosen order, but that is cycling, you never know quite what you’ll get, but you can guarantee that somehow your field will be loads quicker than the one started in front of you. The field was small; a mere 15 riders took off on the soggy 70 degree Florida morning. Still, a nice change from the frozen conditions at Georgia Southern. Christian DiCenso and Nathaniel Rowe both hammered on the front from the start to drive the pace up and settle the group into a good rhythm. Sean Carroll soon realized how bad being out of shape really feels. Coming into the final sprint Christian lead Nathanial out, which unfortunately fell apart once the Auburn and Alabama riders who had marked the GT pair from the start of the race jostled the train out of position. Nathaniel gritted it to the line for a 3rd place finish after initiating the sprint too early, with Christian still nabbing 8th.
The Men’s C race was taken control of early by 3 racers, 2 of the Tech team (Philip Dewire and John Hooie). They were up the road in a three-man break with one other guy from FSU. They had a commanding minute gap on the field of around 60 riders coming through on the first lap around. The fun in the sun did not last forever as the rain started to pick up again and the break was caught with 2 miles to go in the race. The leading men then jumped back in with the peloton to dual it out for a sprint finish. Philip Dewire laid down some serious rubber for a 4th place finish. John Hooie, Chris Stout, and Chris Stuble finished just after him in a mass of riders.
The Mens A race was the last to set off, with Andrew Hodges in the mix for Tech. It quickly blew apart, with a large, strong lead group. There were a few chase groups throughout the race, but none strong or organized enough to catch back on to the breakaway group. Hodges came in strong with the main field for a top 20 finish in a very tough A’s race.
The team time trial (TTT) was the first to kick off. Chris Stout, Chris Stubel, John Hooie, and Sean Carroll represented Tech. The pace was high and the heavens were crying in pain. The rain made it hard to see up the road and caused some flats amongst other teams. Sean Carroll was quickly shelled and the remaining three hammered their way to the finish of the very quick 7 mile time trial.
The individual time trialists went off one at a time, Nathanial Rowe, Philip Dewire, Christian DiCenso, and Austin Isop all went off in the torrential downpour. Nathaniel won B’s and Philip Dewire took the victory for the C’s.
The Men’s C race was the first to set of in the crisp early morning. The Tech team set the pace for a large part of the race. Stout showed strong, coming out with 3rd place. Hooie, Stubel and Dewire came across in 4th, 7th and 8th, respectively.
The race officials wasted no time in starting the Men’s B crit. Sean Carroll got to the line to see everyone but his teammates. Rowe rolled up to the line at the exact instant that the gun went off to start the race, while Christian rolled up slightly later. Showing what was to come, Christian chased on to the group, then maintained speed and drove up the pace for the remainder of the race. Nathaniel relieved him a few times then sat in, only to chase down a one-man break with 2 laps to go. He passed the Auburn rider coming out of the finial turn and sprinted to take the win.
The Men’s A race started a little later in the afternoon and was full of strong riders. There were constant attacks from the start, which helped to keep the pace very high. Riders dropped left and right as the pace crept up. The peloton was soon gapped by a group of 8 who were able to hold their distance until the very end of the race. Hodges mounted an attempt to bridge, but the leaders threw in attack after attack to keep him back. Despite this massive expenditure of energy, Hodges came in with the main group and posted a decent finish.
It was a great weekend for Georgia Tech Cycling; we walked out with 3 1st place trophies and plenty more ribbons and podiums.
*Pictures to come! In the mean time check out the GT Cycling Club Facebook page for any pictures that have been posted www.facebook.com/gtcycling
To all those who raced this past weekend at Georgia Southern, congratulations! There were many podium finishes in all the racing throughout the weekend, including the women (which is new to GT Cycling in recent years). The racing was chilly and there was some rain, but the weather could not deter GT from representing.
*The full results can be found on the SECCC website as soon as they have them posted.
For Georgia Tech the results are as follows:
Andrew Hodges 19th
Mens B Road Race
Nathaniel Rowe 2nd
Christian DiCenso 8th
Mens C Road Race
Philip Dewire 7th
John Hooie 8th
Chris Stubel 12th
Womens B Road Race
Stephanie Lin 4th
Mens B Individual Time Trial
Philip Dewire 1st
Nathanial Rowe 2nd
Womens B Individual Time Trial
Stephanie Lin 1st
Mens A Team Time Trial
Mens C Team Time Trial
Mens B Criterium
Nathanial Rowe 1st
Christian DiCenso 10th
Mens C Criterium
John Hooie 7th
Chris Stout 9th
Womens B Criterium
Stephanie Lin 3rd
Not to mention that Nathaniel Rowe is leading the Omnium Points. Good Job to everyone and good luck this coming weekend at FSU!