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Individual Time Trial Saturday

Men's B 64 Starters

  • 1st Brett Kielick
  • 25th Adam Leman
  • 30th Dan Lavelle
  • 48th Tim Manzella

Men's C 36 Starters

  • 2nd Matthew Schoman
  • 27th Doug Markgraf

Mens's D 35 Starters

  • 14th Ryan Shank
  • 31st Aaron Walizer

Criterium Saturday

Men's B 67 Starters

  • 4th Brett Kielick
  • 8th Dan Lavelle
  • Started and Finished Unrecorded Adam Leman
  • DNF Tim Manzella

Men's C 40 Starters

  • 3rd Matthew Schoman
  • 27th Doug Markgraf

Men's D 37 starters

  • 20th Ryan Shank
  • 30th Aaron Walizer

Circuit Sunday

Men's B 71 Starters

  • 1st Brett Kielick
  • 12th Dan Lavelle
  • 53rd Tim Manzella
  • 55th Adam Leman

Mens's C 37 Starters

  • 1st Matthew Schoman
  • 8th Doug Markgraf

Mens's D 34 Starters

  • 18th Ryan Shank
  • 26th Aaron Walizer
  • DNF Andy Evensen

The first weekend of the 2008 Collegiate Road Season started brilliantly. On Saturday, I did two races; an Individual Time Trial and a criterium. Seeing as Iíd never raced this division (C) before, it took some getting used to the waiting that I had to do before my races started. I warmed up more than I needed to, but I got the job done. The ITT? Hellish. It really hurt and for the rest of the day I felt like someone had knocked the wind out of me. No pun intended, but yeah, I forgot to mention it was both cold and windy in NJ that day. We all absolutely loved just lounging in our vans. The ITT was about 2.5 miles, with two turnarounds. Oh, and those turnarounds are rough. Need to practice doing those! I finished the 2.5 miles in about 7 min, 3 seconds, roughly. The leaders of my category finished it some 25 seconds faster than me. Anyways, I placed 27th (out of roughly 45) for that one.

The Criterium? That was a slightly longer than 1 mile lap with wind, flat sections, but some rough turns. I wasnít feeling it I guessÖ I tried to stay with the pack, but was denied. I was way too weak I feltÖ So yeah, I was dropped in lap three. By the second to last lap, I got lapped by the pack, too. That should show you how badly I did. Somehow, the results said that I came in 27th in that race too. I think they might have messed up. That day was a disappointment, and made me even wonder if i should downgrade to a lower category..

The next day, I had the Circuit Race, which was on a different part of campus. The course was amazing, the temperature was a little better (less wind!!), and everyone seemed to like this one alot more. I did too. Iím still blown away by it! I started my 14-mile race with the sincere hopes of just staying with the pack. I didnít have any confidence in my pack skills, and even less confidence in my strength. So, I did what I really have never done before: Stayed far back in the pack. I was literally in the very back for 4 of the 7 laps! Somehow, it all just rushed back to me, and I felt confident moving up. By the final stretch, I had moved into the front 1/4 of the group. I had absolutely no problem accelerating past lots of guys in the sprint- and proceeded to finish 8th! I was blown away. Smiling still. Here are the Motionbased Cyclocomputer Stats from it.

The other day, I was so tired I totally forgot to start the Garmin on both accounts. I blame lack of sleep [regarding Saturday]. Thatís my word and Iím sticking to it. I get sooo tired after these long race days. But apparently, I recover really well! Oh- and pepperoni pizza may be a reason why I placed so well on Sunday. The night before, Brett and I shared a Pepperoni pizza when we got back. I placed 8th in my divisionís circuit, he WON his! And heís in the second-hardest category. Matt Schoman won the one I was in, too!

It was a great weekend for Philly schools, as Lenny from Upenn won his race as well! Some funny tidbits from the weekend? You can't go a weekend without Tim crashing at least once. An award should be made for him crashing :both: days! But seriously, Tim does know how to return to his bike mainly unscathed and ready to try again, which is very commendable. Brett also provided us with a laugh... He nearly made it so that we had to leave our bikes in NJ due to his losing the keys to our rental van! We spent easily an hour searching for the keys, and ended up finding them on the opposite end of the course. Oh, Brett. I'm glad my bike's here in Phila. Thanks and congrats to everyone- it was an amazing way to start the season, and for me to return to collegiate road racing!

-Doug Markgraf

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