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Cyclists finish first in team time trials

By Albert Lew

and Jeremy Hylton

Four members of the cycling club rode to the team's first stage victory at Cornell last weekend. The victory was the highlight of MIT's fourth place overall finish in the Cornell Stage Race, where every competing MIT rider placed in one of the event's three races.

Joe Armstrong G, Kevin Hetheringon '94, John Morrell G, Tom Moyer G and Rich Pawlowicz G blasted across the finish line of the division A team time trial (TTT) a second faster than the Hartford squad, to take first place. The team sped over the slick, rolling course at an average speed of 26 mph in cold drizzle and strong winds. With one kilometer to go, Armstrong forced the pace to 28.5 mph through a fierce headwind to finish at 18:29.

In the C division TTT, Chuck Benson '90, Andy Parsons '91 and Alfred Tom '91 passed a six-person Penn State team before the halfway mark en route to a 20:58 second place tie with Lehigh. They finished just 16 seconds behind the winner Yale.

Kjirste Carlson G did not ride in the women's TTT for lack of teammates, but she continued to demonstrate her dominance in the peloton by placing second in the afternoon's cold, rainy four-lap circuit race. Carlson and Susan Combine of Penn State, the eventual winner, rode away from the pack after one and a half laps of the 16-mile race.

Moyer and Armstrong continued to assert MIT's presence by sprinting up a steep hill for third and seventh places, respectively, after seven fast laps of the hilly, four-corner circuit. Bad luck kept riders from finishing in the top 20 in the division B and C races.

In Sunday's "Greek Peak" road race, held on the same 22-mile circuit as the New York State District Championships, the bad luck continued for many MIT riders. The weather for the race was absolutely miserable, as the near-freezing rain combined with fast, cold, 40 mph downhills resulted in hypothermia for both Parsons and Benson.

In the division A race Pawlowicz braved the cold for three hours before snaking his way up the peak to an 11th-place finish. Saturday's standouts, Moyer and Armstrong, suffered flats during the race, preventing them from finishing in the top 20. In the B division race, Albert Lew '91 finished 10th despite a crash in the second lap.

In the 2-lap women's race, Carlson and Combine rode away from the field during the first lap. MIT's leading point scorer this season, Carlson placed second in the road race and earned second place overall, despite not having raced the TTT.

(Albert Lew '91 is a member of the cycling club.)