ACCC: Virginia Tech Race Weekend
BLACKSBURG, VA — This past weekend the ACCC landed in Blacksburg, VA for Virginia Tech’s home race. To start things off on Saturday there was a grueling 1.4 mile uphill time trial. Bryan Lewis in Men’s A (University of Virginia) came prepared and started his weekend off with a win. Rumor is that he beat the previous record on this trail by 30 seconds! At the top of the climb riders began staging for the short track event after a short period of rest. The ST course was about half and half, flowy single track and fire road climb. Bryan Lewis (UVA) would win again after holding off Charles Synder (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Miles Hubbard (Appalachian State University). In Women’s A, Katy Applin (Wake Forest University) would win both the TT and short track events.
The second half of Saturday was all about gravity events. Appalachian State University Men’s A gravity riders were clearly excited about this part of the day. Racing down the same trail the TT came up Kevin Quillan, Alex Dawson, and Jason Hightower would finish 1-2-3. All three riders from ASU. Soon after super d finished the riders began preparing for dual slalom. Once again Appalachian State riders finished first, second, and third. This time it would be Alex Dawson, Alex LeSueur, and Kevin Quillan. To continue ASU’s winning streak in gravity Lauren Macdonald would win the Women’s A super d. She went on to finish second in dual slalom while Katy Applin (WFU) took first place.
Moving to Sunday riders were faced with a cross country race in Jefferson National Forest. The course started out with a long climb punctuated by occasional downhill sections and finished with fast and flowy single track. The terrain was rocky with a few creek crossings thrown in to keep folks paying attention. Lewis (UVA) would continue his dominant weekend finishing first followed by Charles (VCU) and Hubbard (ASU). Rebecca Stimson would win the Women’s A race.
We’re now over half way through the season! Next weekend the ACCC will be back in Virginia for University of Virginia’s home race.
Story & Photo Credits
Written by Charles Ramsbotham, photo by Neil Singh, and originally posted on usacycling.org. Read more about all the USA Cycling conferences in USA Cycling’s Weekly Collegiate Race Recap.
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.