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ACCC | November 16, 2016

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ACCC Appalachian State Race Weekend

Will Massey

BOONE, NC — The thought of Boone, NC and their mountains lingered on the drive down for many teams this weekend as the ACCC headed to Appalachian State University for a grueling weekend. The road race, with its nine mile laps, was first in the morning, and as temperatures in the ACCC continue to rise so does the speed and intensity of each race.

App set out to do damage right away, with the field starting directly on the 20 minute climb. In the men’s race, App sent riders to the front shedding a large portion of the field on the first lap. Duke then took its turn and lap after lap riders dropped until only about 11 were left. A group of five made it over the last notch and pulled away on the descent and after one of the closest finishes of the year, Michael Mulvihill (Duke) took the win over Zeb King (ASU) by less than a tire. Matt Howe (Duke) rounded out the podium.

The women’s race would go in a similar fashion as the field whittled down more and more each lap with many of the women’s A dropping a large portion of the Men’s B Field. Over the lap climb Caroline Moakley (NCSU) cruised away for the win with Nina Laughlin (ASU) chasing hard for second and Ruth Bates (Navy) taking third.

The TTT was up next and again Duke showed why they are national champions winning by over 30 seconds. Duke fielded two men’s A TTT teams and went 1 and 2 with VT coming in third. The women’s TTT was won by a strong two women team from VT just seconds ahead of ASU with Navy taking the last step on the podium.

As riders rolled out of bed exhausted from the previous day, someone definitely ate more Wheaties than the rest as after an extremely hard fought battle in the crit Matt Bruner (NCSU) went solo from the field. ASU and Duke sent a rider up and the break stuck with Bruner taking the sprint for the win followed closely by Alan Garvick (ASU) and Robert Ferris (Duke) for 2nd and 3rd respectively. The large women’s field this weekend would stay together for the crit despite multiple attacks and brief stints off the front coming down to a fast and furious field sprint with Tate Devlin (UNCW) edging out Nina Laughlin (ASU) and Kelly Perkins (ASU) for 1-3.

Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference
The Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (ACCC) is a collection of cycling clubs representing colleges and universities from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. We are one of eleven conferences that make up the collegiate program of USA Cycling, the national governing body of cycling in the United States. Our athletes compete in road, mountain, and cyclocross racing throughout the academic year at the conference level with hopes of qualifying for the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships. For more information, please check out the ACCC website.