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Cycling team members compete over weekend

By Andrew Parsons

The MIT cycling club furthered its progress on the intercollegiate cycling scene with another good weekend, learning a lesson along the way.

A pair of sophomores, Andrew Parsons and Terry Totemeier, traveled to New Jersey to represent MIT at two races. On Saturday, the two raced in the Princeton University criterium, a 20-mile lap race. Both had poor starts and never could make up the deficit to remain in contention.

Learning from their mistakes, this two-man team dominated the Rutgers University 15-mile criterium on Sunday. Parsons and Totemeier jumped to the front of the pack at the start of the race. By ten laps into the 25-lap race, the two were riding in a pack of six riders 30 seconds ahead of the main group.

Things got interesting on the rain-soaked track when Totemeier crashed in a corner, taking out four other members of the pack. Only Parsons was clear of the wreck, and he soon found himself alone, 30 seconds in the lead. He rode most the remainder of the race by himself. On the final lap, Totemeier, who had recovered from the crash, passed him to take the lead and finish first. Parsons ended up in second place.

Eddie Hernandez '90 and Charles Oppenheimer G, other members of the cycling club, traveled to Durham, NH, for a different race. The fast pace left few survivors at the end. Hernandez managed to hang on to the lead pack of riders. But with approximately one mile left in the race, the fast-moving pack forced Hernandez too close to a road curb and caused him to damage his rear wheel. This accident took away any hopes of high placement for Hernandez.

(Andrew Parsons '91 is a member of the cycling club.)