NC State Cyclocross Weekend 11/14-11/15
The last weekend of the cyclocross season went out with a bang. We had a great turnout from our team, and they battled their way through the mud and over the barriers to get to that podium. This weekend was hosted by NC State, but was part of the bigger NCCX series, which is a statewide cyclocross race series open to the public. As a result, the race field sizes were much bigger than a normal collegiate event, and they even had food trucks on site which was a nice surprise.
Saturday’s race was held at the NC School of the Arts in Durham. It was perfect, sunny, race weather, but you would never know by looking at the course. Most of the course was a slog through muddy fields and up steep run-ups, but that didn’t stop our racers. Matt Jones got his first collegiate podium, winning 1st place for Mens C riders. We had a big turn-out for our Men’s B field, including Ryan Chet, Charlie Shuford, and Garrett Clark who all showed up to throw down. Jordan Bouldin and Jacob Richard came out on top though, taking 1st and 2nd place despite Jordan racing on his mountain bike. For the women’s B/C race, Annie Pharr took first place and Rachel Sledge competed in not only her first cyclocross race, but also her first collegiate cycling race ever. In the final race of the day, Alan Garvick, Byron Rice, and Alex Jerome battled it out in the Mens A field. Alex came out in third place and Byron took first.
Sunday’s race in Raleigh was held at Lions Park and was not nearly as muddy. The course was fast, with a mix of asphalt and grass sections, as well as the typical barriers and run-ups. Charlie Shuford and Matt Jones took 1st and 3rd in the Men’s C race. App State swept the podium in the Mens B race, earning the nickname of “yellow train” as Jacob, Jordan, and Garrett all finished on top. In the women’s B/C race, Rachel finished in an impressive 2nd place. For the Men’s A race, Alex and Alan got 3rd and 4th places against tough competition.
We were proud of our team for coming home with this many podiums, and can only build on this speed for the upcoming road season in January. Until then however, cyclocross nationals will be held in our backyard in Asheville on January 9th and 10th, and we are looking forward to cheering our racers on as they compete at that elite level.