Rutgers Cycling is back in action this weekend for some fast-paced criterium racing action.
Saturday brings Columbia's Grant's Tomb Criterium in NYC. Sunday takes the team to Augusta, NJ for Princeton's crit at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.
With two strong weekends behind them and spring break to rest and train, the team looks poised to once again get some great results.
Having just taken both the team sprint and KOM jerseys, Alessandro makes his triumpant return to the men's A this weekend. Sickness kept him out of the racing the past two weeks, but Alessandro looks to be riding in fine form and has the experience to deliver some serious results.
In the women's A, look for Lori to have great results both days. While Grant's Tomb may see a split in the field, Lori will surely be there for the field sprint. Princeton's crit will most probably stay together with Lori again close in attendance.
Will continues to ride strong and will be looking for a solid finish in the men's B. After the brutally fast and aggressive riding in Philadelphia, Grant's Tomb may be a little more sedate and favor a rider with a strong engine and ability to power up hills and along flats.
With Jen at a retreat and Brandi working, the Rutgers women's B team will not be in action this weekend. Rumor has it, though, that Alicia may make her return to collegiate racing, emerging from the fog of dissertation and sickness, alongside Brandi and Jen to lead the women's B team.
The ever massive men's c crew will be looking to improve on last weekend's crit results that were marred by flats and getting caught behind crashes. As always, look for Brian to ride strong. Blake is also amped to race Grant's Tomb and has been eating no less than three different kinds of cake everyday to prepare. With early season fitness that continues to shock even him, Mark may well play a factor in racing this weekend. Dan's results show steady improvement week to week and this power course may well suit his powerful riding style. With an impromptu cornering clinic behind him, look for Ted to rail the corners and ride strong both days. Fresh off a strong showing in the team sprint and KOM competitions, Don is ready to tear apart the racing this weekend. Still hungrier is Jay who surrendered the sprint jersey to Alessandro... can he replace it with prime points?
With air in their tires, the men's D will test their mettle once again this weekend. Dave and Noah have both been putting in outstanding rides in their first season with Rutgers Cycling. Look for brilliant, steady riding from both these riders this weekend.