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ACCC | November 19, 2016

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ACCC Virginia Tech Race Weekend

ACCC Virginia Tech Race Weekend
Will Massey

BLACKSBURG, VA — The ACCC was greeted Saturday with snow flurries and sub-freezing temps for Virginia Tech’s home race. On the first lap of the Men’s A race the field shattered over the first of many rollers and a group of six was able to sneak away 5 miles in. 60 miles later as the racers turned off the main course and headed up John’s Creek mountain which had pitches of over 20% in some spots it was VT, a pair of Duke riders, UVA, NCSU and American University with over five minutes over the rest of the field. The fireworks really didn’t go off until rider after rider started popping as they climbed the 3.5 mile mountain where Kevin Gotlieb from UVA proved his strength by gapping everyone else on the last pitch to take the win. Payne Griffin (AU) was next up the climb followed by Michael Mulvihill (Duke) to take the final podium spot.

The Women’s Race went off with the Men’s B and new comer to the Women’s A Tate Devlin (UNC- WIlimington) showed her strength from cross season with an outstanding second place with Caroline Moakley (NCSU) taking the win after a long day in the wind and Kaylan Comer (VT) rounding out the top three after losing her contacts to freezing on the last lap. Did we mention it was really cold?

Sunday’s Criterium featured a 300 meter-long hill each lap that quickly sorted out the lower category fields earlier in the day, but didn’t allow much for a break until the halfway point of the men’s A race when Kevin Gottlieb (UVA) and Matt Rhinehart (Duke) slipped away. Both riders were in the break all day Saturday as well, but held off the field as Rhinehart took the win with UVA taking second. With about 6 laps to go Duke took another opportunity and was able to get two more riders away who would eventually take third and fourth. The women’s field broke down to a break of 4 riders early in the race with Kay Comer and Cora Olson riding for VT while Tate Devlin (UNCW) and Caroline Moakley also showed their strength. In the end it would come down to a field sprint with Tate (UNCW) taking the big W with Kay (VT) on her wheel followed closely by Moakley (NCSU).

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.