Tornadic Racing at King College

11 04 2011

Tim Jenkinson tests the breakaway on one of the punchy climbs.

In the final race weekend before conference championships, King College hosted a race weekend for both collegiate and open categories. The road race was held on the Tennessee State Championships course and was deceptively hard with several punchy climbs.The women’s A race saw current D2 national cyclocross champ Kimberly Flynn (UT-Chattanooga) sprint to the win ahead of breakaway companions Erica Zaveta (LMC) and Rachel Warner (LMC). Stephanie Bunnett (Mars Hill) won the group sprint for 4th. Elizabeth Ferguson (King College) was the first B woman. In the men’s A race, an 8-man break separated about halfway through with three riders each from Lees-McRae and Mars Hill. The College of Charleston and Georgia Southern were also represented. Peter Haile (LMC) took the breakaway sprint with Zach Felpel (LMC) and Paul Webb (Mars Hill) rounding out the top three. Trevor MacLean (LMC) won the B men, and Aaron Greenwell (GA Southern) the C men.

The TTT, scheduled for late Saturday afternoon, was canceled due to lightening and tornado warnings, not too surprising for a race hosted by the King College Tornadoes. The weather then cleared and hit a sunny 85 degrees for Sunday’s crit at the Bristol Motor Speedway. On a technical .7 mile circuit, breakaways succeeded in every event. The women’s race was aggressive until Erica Zaveta (LMC) took off solo, eventually lapping the field despite an organized effort to bring her back. Rachel Warner (LMC) took off in the closing laps to claim 2nd. The A men’s race was a fiercely contested battle between Mars Hill and Lees-McRae, complicated when breakaway riders twice crashed and flatted while in the lead. In the end, the top two from yesterday, Haile (LMC) and Felpel (LMC) claimed those spots again. Michael Robinson (Mars Hill) was 3rd, and Kyle Knott (Mars Hill) won the field sprint for 4th. James Harnois (LMC) won the B men, and Casey Stollard (King) the C men.

Next weekend Mercer University hosts the SECCC conference championships. Check out their awesome “flier”:



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