Monday, March 29, 2010

UM Cycling: Bigger and Better Than Ever

Over the first three weekends of collegiate races, UM cycling has obtained fifth place in the conference. This past weekend in Bellingham/Seattle was nothing short of spectacular.

We started out with a win in the Men's D road race, executed by a two man breakaway where Justin Drucker came out the better man. The rest of the D squad looked strong with Luke Juras coming in third, Anthony Purviance in fifth and Peter Young in sixth. Later that day Justin, Luke, and Peter crushed the TTT, finishing nearly two minutes ahead of the next group. The fire continued in the crit on Sunday where Luke took second, Justin fifth, and Wes Furlong sixth.

I couldn't have been happier about the ladies squad this weekend as we had someone repping in every category. Lily Kendall showed her bike handling skills in the C's crit coming in fifth. Kellie Carim took third in the B's road race after a photo finish sprint and fourth in the crit. Probobly the most exciting result of all was that Kellie and I were second in the Women's A TTT. The reigning national champion four-person Whitman squad beat us in our first attempt by a mere twenty seconds!

Despite all of this I have to say the UM cyclist of the has got to be Jesse Agner who got 8th in his first Men's A road race and gave us all goose bumps when he went off the front in the crit to chase down the leader. Jesse always races aggressively and isn't afraid to take was fun to watch.

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