ACCC Duke Race Weekend
DURHAM, NC — The third round of ACCC battle took to the rolling hills on the outskirts of Durham. In the Women’s A road race, the eight ladies hung together as best they could. At times, the girls would come to the front of the Men’s B field and take a turn or two. With the wind pushing down onto the field and a hilltop finish, it was Nina Laughlin (ASU) taking the win, with Carolina Moakley (NCSU) and Katy Applin (WFU) sealing off the podium.
Back in the Men’s A field, the breakaways had been unsuccessful. Several solo efforts looked promising, but the wind and steep hills were enough to throw riders back into the group. With 23 miles left, Reid Beloni (ASU) attacked the field into a headwind. Hot on his wheel was Will Massey (VT). The peloton sat up, with ASU and Virginia Tech floating to the back of the group while NC State and Duke took to the chase. Beloni gapped Massey in the final meters for the win, with Stephen Smith (NCSU) taking the bunch sprint for third.
In the Women’s A TTT, the ASU girls put on a show as they beat the VT girls by a mere eight seconds over the 6.2 mile course. Navy’s ladies took third. The Men’s A TTT was all about rooting for the home team. Duke beat the powerful ASU train by fifteen seconds. Navy wrapped up the podium by finishing only two seconds behind ASU.
On Sunday, the sounds of a Ferrari pace car and the whistling of carbon wheels took the downtown Durham as the Ninth Street Derby commenced. In the Women’s A field, the girls had the chance to mingle with the Pro 1/2/3 ladies. The larger field allowed for faster and more technical racing. The winners were decided in a field sprint, where Nina Laughlin (ASU), Corinne Landis (Navy) and Katy Applin (WFU) took to the podium. For the men, Andre Vandenberg (ASU) took the win, with Nate Berry (UNC) recovering from a crash for second place and Tyler Gorney (VT) taking third, all out of a break.
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.