EAST LANSING and ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Marian University cycling team made the long trek to Michigan this weekend for races hosted by the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. A long span of dirt roads in the short circuit road race and individual time trial set the scene for a unique day of racing under overcast skies.
Senior Alex Wieseler highlighted the men's road race efforts by taking second place in a sprint out of a small group that included juniors Alder Martz
and Danny Gerow
. The gently rolling dirt roads made for a challenging race that saw many splits in the packs of riders. In the women's race, sophomore Kaitlin Antonneau
rode alone to her first victory of the season. Junior Allie Dragoo
finished in a third place as well.
In other categories, freshman Stephanie Torres
notched another victory in the women's B race, while freshman John Kelly grabbed a top 10 finish in his first men's "C" race.
The Knights had several top 10 results in the individual time trial. The men's "A" race was a 1-2 finish by junior Weston Luzadder
and senior Alex Wieseler. Freshmen Neal Forbes
and Matt Gittings as well as junior Danny Gerow
also had great time trial runs.
Sunday's criterium in Ann Arbor, Mich., took place in an industrial park with sweeping turns, quality pavement and a downhill run-in to the finish that got faster throughout the day as overnight rain dried from the course.
Torres notched another win for the weekend and her third of the season in the women's "B" race. Kelley recorded yet another top 10 finish in the men's "C" race. The women's "A" team dictated the race with Kurth, Rivera and Antonneau escaping to take a lap on the field and set up Rivera for a sprint win.
The men's "A" squad raced aggressively and attacked field throughout the 60-minute race. Working together to wear out the other strong teams, the Knights placed four in a selection that included Luzadder, Wieseler, Martz and Gittings. The quartet ultimately succeeded. Near the end of the race, Luzadder escaped that group with a rider from Lindenwood and Purdue and, after taking a lap on the field, sprinted to a very narrow second-place finish. Gittings rode solo to fourth, while Wieseler finished in fifth place.
The Knights continue to hunt for wins as they prep for nationals in Ogden, Utah in May. The next event on their calendar is the Midwest Cycling Classic which they host at the Indy Cycloplex on Saturday, April 7. The course will wind through campus and out onto Cold Spring Road. Follow the race on Twitter: @mariancycling.