Bam Solster signing on. Last weekend I journeyed down to Woodland for WCCC Conference Championships road race. I signed in for the Bs just in time to snag the last waiver. It was very windy, but temps were very nice. Maybe a bit too hot. We rolled out at 1:35 with probably 40 riders making up the group. The first few laps were pretty low key with a move or two getting nowhere. On lap 4, Jeff Byrd from Fresno State put in a big attack and proceeded to hold off the pack with another rider (Cal?) for a few laps. Lap 6 found the pair back in the pack, and my legs hinting at cramping. Apparently the 2 bottles of mix I had put down did not help much.
There were many attacks on lap 6, or two-to-go. The pace was very high and echelons formed on the crosswind sections. Fortunately, I had the legs to keep in the front echelon and in the front. With one to go, things were a bit chaotic, as the situation was unclear; whether there was one or two riders up the road. Davis chased hard on the last lap, and we soon learned it was only one man, from Cal. On the back straightaway, a farm tractor was let out in front of the main pack, greatly hampering our chase. The Cal rider was within grasp. On a long stretch, the group overtook the tractor (a terrible idea in any situation), and all came through unscathed. The final straight into the final corner was pure chaos, as any finale is. Riders jockeying for position in a brutal right crosswind, and several teams trying to get a lead out going. I freelanced my way through the traffic, as I was alone in the race.
Coming into the final bend, UCSB had two riders driving the pace 20 feet ahead of us. A Davis rider jumped, and I latched onto his wheel. He slowed to pause on the UCSB riders on the left. I immediately decided to punch through the hole on the right. I launched hard into the headwind and poured everything into the pedals, hoping the Davis rider had been boxed in. I could see the Cal rider sitting up as he crossed the line. With 50 to go, I could hear him coming on my left. With the last bit of energy, I launched a desperate sprint to the line, and gave a bike throw for good measure. It was close, very close. After consulting with the referees, I learned that the camera had shut off, and consequently, our duel was not captured on film. The refs gave 2nd to the Davis rider, and bumped me to third. I strongly disagree with the decision, but have to live with it. No camera, no review. It was still a good race nonetheless, and one that tested me the whole way through. Until next year!
UNR’s home collegiate races were a great success. The team would like to thank all the racers, volunteers and sponsors who came together to make the event possible! We had an improved turnout from last year for the Campus Criterium, and both the Time Trial and the Cold Springs Road Race saw exciting battles. Results are posted here on the WCCC Cycling Site.
Nevada Cycling had notable results in several categories. In the brutal criterium, the Men’s B racers had a very strong showing, taking 2nd (Matt Fanfelle), 4th (Jeff Stein) and 6th (Justin Clark). Representing the lady wolves, Erica Greif sprinted for 5th in the Women’s A Category. Also, new team members for this reason season Aaron Anderson and Nathan Berch had some of their best finishes yet, placing 8th and 13th respectively.
Erica also got an awesome writeup in the sagebrush profiling her road season, check it out!
The Red Rock Road Race took our collegiate racers through the rolling hills north of Reno to the California state line, rolling through suburbs, farmland, and sagebrush. Aside from a few feral horses and llamas, the racers had very little traffic to contend with. UNR’s Eric Greif held on in the sprint for a 2nd place finish, rounding out a strong weekend for her. Matt Fanfelle also built upon his criterium results with another 2nd place in the road race, with Jeff Stein not far behind in 6th. Justin Bumgardner (UNR’s “most improved” rider from Death Valley Training Camp) also placed 8th in the Men’s C group.
UNR’s home collegiate race is coming up on April 13th and 14th! The locations will be the same as 2012 – Saturday’s events include the 7 mile Cold Springs Team Time Trial and the challenging UNR Campus Criterium. Sunday will feature the renowned Red Rock Road Race, ranging from 44 miles to 88 depending on category.
- Collegiate Race Details: 2013 UNR Collegiate Road Flyer
The UNR Campus Criterium will feature open USA Cycling Categories for Men’s, Women’s and Junior categories with cash and prizes, including lots of contributions from local businesses! The course is a 0.7 mile loop at the northern edge of the beautiful UNR campus, with a punchy power climb and some technical turns. It’s a great race for spectators too!