Lindenwood Preview (TTT Info Needed!)

The 2014 road race season opens up this weekend with a trip into MWCCC territory at Lindenwood University. This marks the third year of the MWCCC/NCCCC Challenge – with travelling trophies awarded to the D1 and D2 winning teams.

TTT: Racing starts with the TTT at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 15th. Teams wanting to enter the TTT should contact Matt Jones by Thursday, March 13th so he can compile the start list!

RR: Saturday’s racing continues with the RR, beginning at 11:00 am. The course is EPIC and contains some good hills, some not so good hills, and the potential for some good crosswinds.

Crit: The weekend concludes with a three-corner, 1-kilometer, cobbled masterpiece Crit starting at 9:00 am on Sunday, March 16th.

For all the race details, check out the race flyer and register online to make your weekend go that much smoother!

2014 World University Championships – Poland

Want a unique opportunity to race in Poland? Want to test your skills against an international field? Here’s  your chance!

The “World University Championships” are being held this year in Poland (details can be found here), and the USA is looking for up to 4 category A men and category A women to form a team to compete.

Races are held July 9-15, 2014, but a financial commitment of $2000-$3000 (estimated – which includes registration, transportation, hotel, etc.) is due March 15, 2014.

And yes…this is a short timeframe, but it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have an interest, contact your Conference Director directly here.

2014 Road Nats Allocations

USA Cycling has announced the start spot allocations for the 2014 Collegiate Road National Championships to be held in Richmond, VA on May 2-4, 2014.

The NCCCC has been awarded the following starting spot allocations:

  • D1 Road Race: 12 starters
  • D1 Criterium: 8 starters
  • D2 Road Race: 11 starters
  • D2 Criterium: 7 starters

For more details, and a comparison on how the NCCCC stacks up against other conferences, check out USAC’s website here.

Host Housing Forms Now Available

The collegiate road season is just around the corner! Is your team in need of host housing? Fill out this form and we will do our best to help find housing. Fill out a separate form for each race.

Are you able to host collegiate racers? Please fill out this form. Any help is greatly appreciated.

New Assistant Conference Director

The NCCCC has brought on a new assistant conference director with Amanda Miller joining us this year to fulfill the position.

Racing for Colorado State University (2007-2008), Amanda has an extensive background in collegiate cycling including stints at multiple collegiate national championship events (mountain, cyclocross, and road).

Collegiate cycling was instrumental in helping to launch her professional cycling career, where she continues to race for Team TIBCO/To The Top.

We are excited to have Amanda on board, and she can be contacted at amiller@nc-cycling.com.

2014 Road Schedule

After extensive work behind the scenes, the 2014 road schedule is now available!

This year’s schedule features two dual conference events – one with the MWCCC (at Lindenwood University) and one with the SCCCC (at Kansas State University).

The Lindenwood event is scheduled so that schools may either begin or end their spring breaks with a race weekend. Nationals this year will be held in Richmond, Virginia at the 2015 Road World Championships venue, which should give riders plenty of motivation to ride their best throughout the season and qualify for Nats.

NC Men take on CX Nats

The men of the NCCCC raced the following day after the women’s Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals in Boulder, Colorado. Howling winds helped dry the course out over night, changing the conditions. The wind stuck around for the men’s races, however, providing both challenging and tactful race conditions.

In the D1 race, University of Kansas’ Benjamin Stover, Andrew Strempke, Robert Brigman, and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities’ Grant Flick raced with the top riders in the nation. Stover had a strong ride and was the conference’s top placed rider at 21st, just 4 seconds back from a top-20 showing. Strempke, Brigman, and Flick spent some time battling it out with each other during the race. However, Strempke was able to distance himself, leaving Brigman and Flick to duke it out at the finish line. 

Robert Brigman of University of Kansas

Andrew Strempke of University of Kansas

Mitch Nordahl of North Dakota State represented the NCCCC in the D2 race. The rough, technical course took it’s toll, with Nordahl placing 38th. “This course was super hard with very little chance for recovery,” said Nordahl. “But I had fun and am glad to have taken part in it after having done Nats in Madison last year as well.”

Mitch Nordahl of North Dakota State University

 

NDSU & KU at Women’s CX Nats

North Dakota State’s Emily Imdieke and University of Kansas’s Katherine Kelter took on the Women’s field at the 2014 Cyclocross Collegiate Nationals in Boulder, Colorado.

Racing against some of the best women’s racers (not only at the collegiate level, but in the world) proved to be a challenge at this year’s Collegiate Cyclocross National Championships. Altitude, weather, and course conditions made for an even greater challenge.

Katherine Kelter of University of Kansas

In the D1 race, Kelter started off with a bit of bad luck, suffering a rolled rear tire in the first half lap – forcing her to run to the pit and causing her to lose valuable position. Kelter fought back hard to progressively regain spots and finished in a very respectable 24th place.

Katherine Kelter of University of Kansas

Imdieke took on the very fast D2 race (despite starting a minute behind the D1 women, the D2 winner still finished 5th overall). This pace proved to be a challenge for the entire D2 field. Imdieke started well but found the pace to be too much when combined with the other elements of the day. While not the result she may have wanted, it was still an invaluable experience.

Emily Imdieke of North Dakota State

North Central Collegiate Cycling Conference