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Stanford Race Report
Stanford's races are a staple of the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference schedule. A hilly out and back TTT and road race on Saturday followed by the fast crit at Specialized head quarters on Sunday makes for a weekend where everyone can shine: the sprinters, the breakaway artists, and the hill climbers.
The TTT is a signature event for the Aggies, who can take advantage of open, windy roads near Davis to perfect efficient team riding. Our men's C and men's B teams put the hurt on the rest of the field, winning their respective categories. The rest of our TTT squads were on the podium as well: second place for the women's B and women's A team, and third place in the men's A race.
The Panoche Rd road race is always up for grabs -- sometimes ending in a bunch sprint, as in the women's C race where Sarah Beard won from the group thanks to spectacular team work from Sara Enders or in a move off the front, as in the women's A race where Judy Wexler outsprinted her sole breakaway companion after 40 miles. In the end, this race is about grit, as men's D rider Keith Sollers demonstrated by clawing his way back to the lead group after flatting on a descent and finishing 5th in a bunch sprint which was won by teammate Andrew Hill! In the men's A race, strongmen Jonathan Penaloza and Jeffrey Buscheck both were in the front end of a peleton split, allowing them to finish inside the top ten.
Sunday was a change of pace, but the podium spots continued to roll in. In a men's C race marred by a bad crash, birthday boy Eric Schmidt drove a breakaway move of three guys and outsprinted the two other riders at the end to claim victory. His win came just after Andrew Lam nabbed victory in the men's D race and Sarah Beard won the women's C race. Like Eric, Sara Enders found herself in a break of three in the women's B race, and she handily outsprinted everyone for the win. Designated sprinter Matt Ammicucci did what he's known for in the men's B race -- excelling in a field sprint, where he claimed second. And in the women's A race, Judy found herself off the front for a second day in a row, sprinting to a win after having been in a break that lapped the field. The successful day was capped off by Jeff Buscheck's third place finish in the men's A race.
Santa Cruz Race Report
Fourteen races and 12 podiums. The UC Santa Cruz Slugapalooza (Feb 22/23 2014) was good to the UC Davis Aggies this past weekend!
We ventured down to Santa Cruz after a winter full of solid training, thanks to an unseasonably warm and dry winter in California. Saturday's race featured a 2.6 mile loop on the Santa Cruz campus with 400 + feet of climbing per lap. The scenic venue overlooking the Pacific Ocean was site of two first time wins for some of our women -- Sara Enders soloed to a commanding victory in the women's B race while teammate Liza Hartlaub won a nail biting sprint to take first in the women's Cs. Diane Moug made it a hat trick for our ladies by taking the women's A race with a brutal attack 500 meters from the line. Of course, the pressure was on for Diane to win after her teammate in the men's B race -- Bruno Suttles, aka Lanky Thunder -- crushed everyone for a win in his race just minutes before Diane finished hers. And our new recruit from the crew team, Eric Schmidt, figured out he's pretty good at this bike racing thing by nabbing third place in the Men's D race.
Sunday's criterium was a total change of scenery. We went from the hills overlooking Santa Cruz to a flat circuit in Salinas. Field sprints were the name of the game, with the exception of the women's B and C races where Sara and Liza stamped their authority on the weekend by winning their respective races off the front. Todd Beeby, an engineering grad student who came to Davis after racing for Purdue in Indiana, came out of the final corner in the men's C race in excellent position and grabbed his first ever win! We're honored the victory came in an Aggie jersey. Cory Jacobs pulled of a second place finish in the men's D crit before winning the men's cat 5 race later in the day. The men's B race was marred by a serious crash, but all of the Davis riders kept upright and were able to position Matt Amicucci for a field sprint victory, which was enough to pull him to second place. And in the women's A race, Diane took a flyer with several laps to go, forcing other teams to chase her and allowing Judy to sit in -- perfect for when the field sprint came and Judy was able to take the win! The men's A race had similarly exciting tactics -- Daniel Kosykh was in a solid breakaway which sadly was caught with only a couple laps to go, but Jonathan Penaloza had fresh legs which brought him to third on the podium!
We're very excited with our results from Saturday and Sunday -- look out for us at the Stanford road race in two weeks!