The ECCC took to frigid Fitchburg, MA for the final stop on its cyclocross season calendar for their Conference Championship race.
With temperatures hovering below freezing for most of the day, the racers were spared from the New England mud that comes around when the ground thaws out during the day. With a course that was also being used for regional championships, racers got to compete with not only other collegiate racers but some of the top racers in the New England area.
The Women’s A field saw Christina Birch of MIT take not only the race but enough puts to walk away with the Women’s Season overall title over her own teammate Laura Ralston. Jess Kutz of PSU was unable to make it up to Fitchburg but had enough puts from previous races to hang on to the Division I title. In the Men’s race, Ben Coleman of
UVM took an early lead in the race but Chris Mondiek of RIT was able to overcome a slow start and won the race. Andrew Lysaght of MIT rode a consistent race an eventually passed Coleman to take second place on the day with Coleman grabbing the last podium spot from Peter Hagerty of RIT. Peter scored enough points to secure the overall for the season, with Andrew taking second place, and Patrick Bradley of Rutgers securing third overall for the season and first for Division I.
The season overall team race coming into the weekend was tight and the outcome uncertain, but the teams were equally match and there were no changes from the previous weekend. Rutgers once again secured the overall and Division I team title for the season with RIT able to hold of MIT for the Division II title and second overall for teams. RIT was able to take away the Division II cowbell from MIT for the first time in a number of years of ECCC cyclocross, though no one has yet to take the Division I cowbell or overall team title from Rutgers. Look for a large contingent of ECCC cyclocross racers taking to the line at
Cyclocross Nationals out in Madison, WI.
Rutger University took the ECCC cyclcoross championship today, RIT got second and MIT got third, details to follow!
With the last weekend approaching there are some key details that anybody going to Nationals needs to be aware of:
1) Your team must be registered for 2012 with USACycling
2) You must have a 2012 USACycling Collegiate License
3) You must be at least at Category 3 rider with at least 1 start in the ECCC Cyclocross series to be allowed to race (we will release an eligible riders list soon)
4) You must have proof from your school that you are indeed a full time student in good standing with the form provided at , do this BEFORE THE REGISTRAR CLOSES
5) You must pre-register for nationals before it closes on at 9:59 pm MST 12/28/11 , there is no day-of registration.
Also, Easterns is this weekend, in Fitchburg MA, and all events are worth double points, this is your last chance to qualify for nationals if you plan on going. Registration can be found on the ECCC Calendar Page , and closes today at 5PM.
Please note there will be podiums & medals for winners of each race, and awards, jerseys, trophies for season team and individual overall winners. Tim and I will be there with our spreadsheets to churn out the final overall standings on site.
If you have any questions feel free to ask, and happy cyclocrossing!
Steven Hopengarten & Tim Manzella
ECCC Cyclocross Season Management, Coordination, Press & Style Committee
Another ECCC cyclocross weekend is in the books after some "lively" racing took place over the weekend at the Ice Weasels Cometh in Wrentham, MA. The days action was hot with all the major teams in attendance for the day.
In Men’s A MIT and RIT both had strong showings, but Chris Mondiek took the victory for the Rochester Institute of Technology, with Andrew Lysaght taking second and Peter Hagerty taking third. Hagerty still does hold a strong lead in the season overall Meanwhile, teammates Christina Birch and Laura Ralston from MIT duked it out in Women’s A with Birch coming out the victor, taking the Women’s A overall lead in the process.
At the end of the day thanks to a strong turnout to MIT took the Team Overall for the day, Rutgers took second with some riders in the lower category races making the drive up from New Jersey and RIT took third.
Going into the final weekend of the season Rutgers has a commanding lead of the team overall for the season while RIT holds steady in second and the Division 2 lead, while MIT is chasing them down. Should be interesting if MIT can pull out all the stops this coming weekend and challenge RIT for the Division two title.
The ECCC season draws to a close this weekend with the New England Regional Championships in Fitchburg MA this Sunday where all the points are worth double!
The overall standings, and registration link for this weekend over on the ECCC Calendar page .
Steven Hopengarten & Tim Manzella
The ECCC Committee for Cyclocross Season Management and Strategic Development
The individual and overall standings have been updated from this past
NBX weekend and posted to the ECCC calendar . Thanks for all those
that came out to this weekend given the short time frame that it was
The Men’s A race saw Patrick Bradley of Rutgers make his return to the
collegiate scene after having raced the past couple of weekends with
his Elite squad. Patrick recorded wins in both Saturday and Sunday’s
races. Andrew Lysaght from MIT made the step up to A’s for this
weekend and recorded two solid second places behind Patrick to help
MIT to the team overall for the weekend. Peter Hagerty got enough
points to secure the Men’s A season overall as well as the Division II
overall. Patrick has a strong lead over Michael Rea of UVM for the
Division I overall.
The Women’s A race saw the dominate MIT women’s team taking the top
two place both days with Laura Ralston grabbing the top spot on both
days. Christina Birch took second place both days to secure enough
points to move into the lead for the Women’s A category. Christina
now leads both the Division II and Women’s A overall with Jess Kutz in
first for Division I but second overall.
In the Team race for the weekend, MIT was able to secure victories
both days thanks to strong showing in the Men’s B races coupled with
their A results. Rutgers and RIT followed behind for second and third
respectively. This tightened up the season overall team race in
Division II with RIT in first followed by MIT. In the Division I
race, Rutgers was able to add to its division and overall lead and is
well out in front of UVM for the season overall with only 2 races
Next weekend will see the ECCC take on the Ice Weasels Cometh on Dec.
10th followed the next weekend by the conference championship races.
Remember double points are on the line at the championship races not
only for the individual races but also the team races.
Steven Hopengarten and Tim Manzella
Cyclocross Season Coordinators