ACCC William & Mary Race Weekend
WILLISAMSBURG, VA — The ACCC headed to historic Williamsburg, VA this past weekend for the second race of the season hosted by William and Mary. Saturday’s weather looked pretty ominous as riders headed out for the 9.4 mile loop road race but by the time the afternoon rolled around temperatures got a little warmer and the drizzling rained stopped.
Women’s A racers rolled off the line at combined with the women’s 1/2/3 field and despite attack after attack the race seemed to be turning into a group sprint for the finish. With one lap to go a strong attack from App State launched and seemed to have the right representation but the group was unable to get organized and before long came back to the field. As the riders turned off of the loop to head towards the painful false flat uphill finish, Caroline Moakley (NCSU) lead the way but Alena Pugacheva (VCU) took the win at the line with Kay Comer (VT) taking second and Nina Laughlin (ASU) rounding out the podium.
In the men’s A race, right out of the gun Duke launched attack after attack. Multiple times over the one steep kicker on the course the pack seemed to be breaking, but lap after lap it rejoined and the attacking continued. Even after setting the pace and chasing down attacks for most of the day, Kevin Gottlieb (UVA) was able to sneak away solo with one and a half to go. The chase never got organized and NC State and Duke took advantage by sending one of their own up the road and joining up with UVA. In the end those three would never see the pack again with Matt Rinehart (Duke) taking the win followed by Kevin Gottlieb (UVA) and Stephen Smith (NCSU) finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. The rest of the pack charged hard into the finish and Navy’s Andrew Flegge took the field sprint for 4th.
Navy’s luck unfortunately didn’t continue through Sunday as a Naval Academy rider capsized hard during the men’s A criterium, resulting in a field vote to end the race prematurely. The extremely compact, horseshoe-shaped crit course was less than half a mile in length and tested the handling and cornering abilities of every rider. Nina Laughlin and Kelly Perkins of ASU took first and second in the women’s A criteritum, with Kaylan Comer of VT rounding out the podium.
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.