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Cyclists Remain National Contenders after W. Point Race

By Cynthia M. Bedell
Team Member

West Point, N.Y.

MIT finished a disappointing sixth at the Army Stage Race last weekend at West Point, N.Y. Due to illness and injury, the MIT men's A's were unable to score, but a strong showing in the other categories kept MIT in the running for the national championships.

On Saturday, in wind, cold, and rain, Paul Stek G finished sixth in the Men's B criterium. Abe Strook '95 and John Baur '93, both in their first year of racing, scored prime points, but later succumbed to crashes. The men's C field was split. In C-1, Paul Nealy G finished sixth and took three sets of prime points. In C-2, Andy Mor '94 finished fourth. Mor is also in his first year of racing.

In the women's criterium, Kjirste Carlson G again displayed her amazing cycling prowess, taking first place in three of the four primes. Karon Maclean G, continuing her success in her first year of racing, took 12th.

The course for the individual time trials ran two miles uphill. The course had grade variations, but no real rests. Four MIT cyclists scored team points: Strook and Baur, taking second and 15th respectively in the men's B, and Carlson and Maclean, who were first and 12th for the women. Carlson's time would have been good enough for 13th in the men's B competition.

Sunday afternoon brought the beautiful, hilly, rainy, and dangerous roadrace. The race had two screaming downhills, each with a U-turn at the bottom, two sustained uphills, two rotaries to negotiate, and, for good measure, rolling hills in between. The finish was a wide open downhill which narrowed to a one lane finish chute.

Mor produced MIT's best showing in the race, finishing second in the men's C. He could have taken first, but he jumped and sprinted for the finish line 100 yards too early, and was overtaken at the actual finish. Strook finished eighth in the men's B race. Carlson and Maclean were again the keystones of the women's team. Carlson took 3rd after leading out the downhill sprint, and Maclean took 12th.