Friday, March 10, 2006

UPenn/Drexel Weekend

Coming off a red hot season opener at home, Rutgers Cycling heads down to Philadelphia for another 3 event weekend hosted by UPenn and Drexel. Saturday morning brings a team time trial along the Schuylkill and Saturday afternoon a 6 mile circuit race that uses parts of the USPRO course. Sunday is the criterium featuring the legendary Lemon Hill, part of the closing circuit of the USPRO course.

If last weekend and the training rides during the week are any indication, RU is set to have another eventful weekend. Look for Brian and Lori to once again ride strong in the crit and circuit race. Moving from the flatlands of Piscataway last weekend to the hilly Philly courses this weekend, the C men's climbers: Blake, Dan, and new sensation Ted will be given an opportunity to shine as they tackle these challenging courses. Newly crowned sprint champion (well, from one workout at least) Jay will also be in close attendance during both the crit and circuit races as he polishes his early season form for the mountain bike season. Don will be making his RU road racing debut in the Cs in Sunday's crit after a wickedly successful cyclo-cross season in the Verge Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross series.

Also making his debut of the season, "Towtruck" aka Joe will be leading the men's D team whenever the road points up alongside ├╝ber promoter Rob. New RU riders Dave, Chris, and Noah will also be looking to make their mark in the second weekend of the season.

The killer women's B team of Brandi and Jen will surely be a factor in the circuit race on Saturday. With both riders becoming increasingly comfortable with racing, look for some results on the challenging circuit course.

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