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The 2013 NCCCC road season is taking shape, and getting ready to go. As it stands now, it looks like we’ll have the following schedule – including TWO DUAL CONFERENCE EVENTS!
2013 Road Season Schedule
March 16-17 – University of Lincoln-Nebraska
March 23-24 – Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO) – MWCCC/NCCCC Challenge
March 30-31 – Open (Easter weekend)
April 6-7 – Kansas State University – SCCCC/NCCCC Challenge
April 13-14 – University of Northern Iowa
April 20-21 – University of Iowa
April 27-28 – University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
May 3-5 – Collegiate Road Nationals (Ogden, UT)
For those of you who’ve qualified, are interested, and available to race at Cross Nationals, the following checklist may help you get ready for the upcoming event.
Step 1 – Qualify
If you’re a Cat A in Cyclocross, then you have at least met the first set of criteria. If you’re not a Cat A, contact us to discuss your situation and we will determine whether an upgrade can be processed or not.
Step 2 – Notify Us
If/Once you’ve qualified, you’ll need to notify either myself or Megan to confirm your willingness and ability to attend Cross Nats. The reason for this is that we need to approve your qualifying status within the USAC world before you can actually race…maybe even before you can register (not sure on this one, so I’ve put this as step 2).
Step 3 – Register
Registration for Cross Nats is handled online at USAC’s site here.
Step 4 – Complete the Eligibility Form
Every school sending a rider to Cross Nats is REQUIRED to fill out an eligibility form. You CANNOT race without it. Grab a copy of the form here and have your registrar complete it.
Step 5 – Train (optional)
Cross Nats is fast approaching, with the Collegiate races scheduled for January 12-13, 2013. That gives you one month from today to get into race shape. Or not. Your choice. But I imagine the rider who crosses the line with their arms raised isn’t going to be the one who sits around for the next month sipping egg nog and eating candy canes. Consider yourself warned. :)
Step 6 – Get to Madison and Have FUN
This sort of goes without saying, don’t you think?
Good luck! And see you there!
The NC cross season wraps up this weekend with the conference championships at Velo CX in Blaine, MN (northern Twin Cities suburb). Collegiate races are on tap for both Saturday and Sunday and will serve as the last chance to get points leading up to January’s Collegiate Nationals in Madison, WI.
Check it out and have a great weekend of racing!
And as an added incentive, the race takes place where our only (official) conference velodrome is located. So check that out while you’re there too!
Cyclocross season is here!
The first event for the 2012 NCCCC Cross season kicks off this weekend when KU hosts Manion’s Cross in Kansas City, KS. Collegiate racing is at 1:00 pm both Saturday (9/22) and Sunday (9/23).
Whether you’re a first-time racer or seasoned veteran, come out, have some fun, and support collegiate cross racing!
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities’ Meg Browning and Megan Kelly are competing at Collegiate Track Nationals in Frisco, TX.
In the first day of competition, Browning placed 20th in the 3KM Pursuit with a time of 4:19.650, while Kelly came in 35th with a time of 4:28.487. Browning then followed up the pursuit with a 500M Time Trial, where she placed 15th with a time of 41.592.
Congratulations to both riders!
Coming off a strong showing at the MWCCC-hosted mountain bike races at Ripon College, Hayley Olson (UMTC) continued her winning ways with a victory at the University of Iowa’s Sugar Bottom Scramble in North Liberty. Olson had come out of the Red Hawks Romp event with an enormous amount of momentum with wins in both the Cross Country and Short Track Cross Country events. And the Scramble would be no different, with Olson winning once again – this time taking home not only the conference championship title, but also taking the D1 Women’s Individual Omnium title as well.
Not to be outdone, Andrew Sullivan (UMTC) joined Olson on the podium with a win in the Sugar Bottom Scramble’s Collegiate A/B Men race. “The race was such a blast and the trails were excellent!” commented Sullivan. “We had made the trip down for the original date [August 26th], but with the rain-out all we could do is sort of look at the trails without riding. This was well worth the trip back down!” The win at Sugar Buttom also gave Sullivan bragging rights as this year’s D1 Men’s Individual Omnium champion.
With their combined successes, Olson and Sullivan propelled UMTC into the D1 Team Omnium champion spot as well, which was presented by NCCCC Conference Director Mark Guthart.
The NCCCC will be holding a conference meeting this weekend in conjunction with the Conference Championships at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
The meeting is at 6:30 pm in the back room of the Republic (www.republicmn.com).
Everyone is invited and welcome to attend for dinner, the conference meeting, and awards. (Even if you don’t want to stay for dinner, please come, hang out, and have some fun!)
As a special treat, we will have Jeffrey Hansen, the High School and Collegiate Program Manager for USA Cycling in attendance, so it’s a great opportunity to show him first-hand why the NC is the best conference around.
At the meeting, we’ll cover the following topics, but will also open the discussion to any new topics as well. So bring your ideas and suggestions!
- Road Season Review and Awards
- Track Season Planning
- Mountain Bike Season Planning
- Cross Season Planning
- Club Elections for next year
- 2013 Road Season Event Bidding
- Conference Membership
- Budget discussion
Hope to see you all there!
With one more weekend of racing left in the road season, the NCCCC is proud to announce the following riders who have qualified for USA Cycling’s Collegiate Road National Championships. This year’s Road Championships will be held in Ogden, UT on May 4-6th.
Congratulations to the following riders!
Division 1 – Men
- Andrew Buntz, University of Iowa
- Aiden Dick, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- Jordan Haffener, Kansas State University
- Jesse Leonard, Iowa State University
- Justin Maresh, University of Kansas
- Alexander Matson, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- Mattias Perret, University of Iowa
- Karl Schuchard, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- Kevin Severs, Iowa State University
- Austin Turner, University of Iowa
- Grayson Warrior, University of Kansas
Division 2 – Men
- Logan Evans, University of North Dakota
- Andrew Mills, University of North Dakota
- Peter Olejniczak, University of North Dakota
- Anthony Olson, Minnesota State University-Mankato
- Aaron Shaw, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Division 1 – Women
- Megan Kelly, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- Stephanie Lamb, Kansas State University
- Nicole Mertz, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
- Abby Ruess, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities