Cycling Teams Place 1st OverallBy Yehoram Hofman
The cycling team placed first overall at last weekend's circuit race, crushing big name schools such as the University of Vermont. The University of New Hampshire hosted the race, which was held outside the UNH campus in Durham. Both UVM and UNH are fairly dominant teams in the Northeast but last weekend MIT proved themselves to the cycling, beating both schools by a 50-point margin.
The race was held on a relatively flat 3-mile loop bordering the UNH campus. The D-team arrived at the course still half-asleep but with a 21 mile race ahead of them, determined to win. Within the first few miles of the race, the pack broke into three groups with Oscar Yeh '95 maintaining his position in the second group while Yehoram Hofman '97 unfortunately got caught in the third during the split. Business continued as usual with Yeh and Hofman finishing 12th and 16th respectively.
The action picked up as the day continued; the women's B-team rode their race very well with Christine Sai-Halasz '94 maintained her position in the lead pack throughout the race. In a dramatic uphill sprint finish, Sai-Halasz sped past the other riders to capture the first place win.
The C-team was up next, staging for their 10 laps around the course. The pack maintained itself in one group with a few riders off the back. MIT kept itself relatively at the front of the pack with Jeff Roth '96 leading it a couple times, ready to chase down any break that might occur.
The day had its share of disasters with an unfortunate incident which claimed two of our riders in the C race. In the final sprint for the finish, an unidentified rider wrecked and caused everyone behind him, including the two MIT riders, to crash. Luckily, Eddie Hernandez '95 managed to avoid the pileup and finish in the top 15.
The drama continued throughout the day into the B race when eight riders, two of whom were from MIT, broke way and maintained a 30-second lead on the main pack. By lap 10, the breakaway group had increased its lead to 45 seconds with three laps to go. With last weeks win still in his head, Andy Mor `94 knew he had this race in the bag. As the breakaway approached the uphill finish, Mor sat behind another rider, taking advantage of the draft. Halfway up the sprint Mor broke away again and maintained a bike-length lead until the finish, grasping a first place win.
The day came to a close with the A-team finishing their race. Larry Tsai G, Roland Pieters G, and Garret Ito G placed 7th, 10th, and 19th, respectively, and brought a great day of racing to a close. The final score: MIT -- 310 points; UNH -- 253 and UVM -- 250 rounding up the top three teams of the weekend.
The team is now preparing for the Eastern Championships at Cornell this weekend. They'll be leaving Friday with a sheer determination for winning and trying to make this final weekend of the season their best possible.