by Andrew Berstein
While you all were holed up
hiding from the cold this morning I was out racing the first races of
the collegiate circuit in Piscataway, New Jersey. The day started out
with a 4-mile "no-aero equipment allowed" prologue, contested into a
stiff head-wind which I won over a field of 60-ish competitors with a
time of 10' 32" and change. Second place was about 4 seconds back.
This afternoon I rode in a 25-minute criterium (it's short because it's
so cold). I broke away with a rider from Yale University on the second
lap of the 1-kilometer course and we put time into the field on every
lap for the remainder of the race, finally finishing almost a minute
ahead. I out sprinted my break-away companion, leading him to the line
with about 6 bike-lengths to spare.
So, I'm not quite sure if these wins count as BVF wins, but I was
definitely wearing a BVF jersey under my Skidmore kit. On the whole, I
think it was a pretty good way to start the season. I'm going back to
Piscataway to race in a circuit race tomorrow morning. The course is a
3-mile loop on undulating terrain, and since both of my wins today were
basically time-trials, I'm thinking about testing out my field sprint.
College Men's Cycling Team