By Jack Tomassetti
The Southeast Collegiate Cycling Conference traveled to sunny Tallahassee, Florida, this weekend to compete in Florida State University’s Seminole Cycling Classic. One hundred and thirty racers from 14 colleges participated in the weekend’s time trial, road and criteriums.
The races started with 10-mile individual and team time trials on a rolling out-and-back course. Ben Zawacki (Clemson) took first in the men’s A race with a time of 19:52, followed by Kyle Rohan (Florida) and Zach Nave (Kings College).
Chris Riggins (Clemson) won the men’s B time trial, followed by Jack Tomassetti (Florida State) and Joseph Middleton (Georgia Southern). Jeffery Vivo (Florida State) beat William Bostick (College of Charleston) by one second.
Becca Viner lead a Clemson podium sweep in the women’s B with Jacquie Spoon and Caroline Hempel. University of Florida won both the men’s and women’s team time trial.
Hilly Florida road race
In the afternoon, races continued with a road race on a 16-mile hilly course that proved Florida is not flat. Maitland Jones (Florida State) won the Men’s A race in a fatigued sprint of a seven-man breakaway, with Shawn Gravious (Florida) and Bryan Derstine (Florida State) following close behind. The breakaway formed in the first lap and the gap grew after an eight-man crash occurred in the peloton.
The Men’s B race was won by Wiggins in a bunch sprint ahead of John Heberton (Georgia Tech).
In the C’s, a last lap solo breakaway earned the win for Brian Arne (College of Charleston). Vivo won the bunch sprint for second with Florida State teammate Chris Sandelli in third.
Klara Rossouw (Mars Hill) won the women’s A ahead of Heather Davis (Florida) and Emily Fanche (UGA). Liz Gerrity (Florida State) won the women’s B race after the rest of the peloton went off course.
Sunday’s Sleepy Hollow crit
Sunday’s men’s A crit in the Sleepy Hollow residential community was won by Clemson’s Zawacki in a five-man breakaway beating Rohan and Jordan Heimer (UGA).
A diverse nine-man breakaway lapped the Men’s B field with Chris Orosco (Georgia State) leading the bunch sprint ahead of Luis Itarralde (Florida) and Tomassetti.
The men’ C crit came to a field sprint with Gentry winning ahead of Vivo and Sandelli. A repeat finished occurred in the women’s A crit with Rossouw beating out Davis and Fanche. And Clemson swept the women’s B race with Viner leading her teammate Spoon and Hempel across the line.
-Jack Tomassetti is a sophomore exercise science major and vice-president of the Florida State University Cycling Club. He races category 3 and collegiate B in road and mountain.