BRISD Hosts ECCC Championships

I woke up exactly 3 minutes before my 5:30 alarm on Saturday morning.  Stumbling through the kitchen, I tried to start a pot of coffee without waking the two penn state riders who were sleeping on my living room floor.  Back in November, Brown and RISD won the bid to host Easterns, and since then we'd been doing everything we could to make it happen (especially our coach, Dad, and mentor, Alec Babala).

Creating a "safe space."

Creating a "safe space."

Our epic road race course in Scituate, RI was amped up by a rainstorm that lasted the entire day.  Needless to say, we got a lot of resentful looks from the rest of the ECCC.

While Aoife, Camilo, Josh started their first race in Women's D and Men's E (!) alongside Maya and Matt, the rest of the BRISD squad spent the wee morning hours sweeping the course and bringing marshals to their posts, staying inside our vans to keep warm and dry at every opportunity.  

The most remarkable result of the day was David's win in the Men's A race which earned him the nickname "Han Solo."  He time-trialed off the front of the group for a good 50 miles before finishing alone about 4 minutes ahead of the pack!

An emotional win.

An emotional win.

We enjoyed a banquet with the whole ECCC that evening in the RISD dining hall, where Alan distributed the day's awards to a crowded room full of unrecognizable collegiate cyclists (where's the spandex?) .

Sunday was another early wakeup call before our drive to Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI.  After months of eager planning for a downtown Providence criterium packed with spectators from College Hill, we learned that National Grid would be doing construction on our course.  Despite the last-minute change, Ninigret's dedicated crit course turned out to be a perfect venue for the last race in the 2017 ECCC Road season.

Everyone is proud to rep the RISD colors.

Everyone is proud to rep the RISD colors.

The warm, sunny weather at Ninigret park was a welcome reprieve from Saturday's brutality.  When we weren't running around helping Alan, we were basking in the sun and eating peanut butter from a jar (protein is important).

Once we returned to college hill and bathed thoroughly, we proceeded to RISD President Roseanne Somerson's house for a "victory dinner."

What a perfect way to end the season! President Somerson spoke to us about her own love of cycling and the impressive growth RISD Cycling has seen over the past few years.  It was an honor to be recognized for our hard work and to learn how we might further impact our small, artistic community through this accepting and unifying sport.  While the adventure is over for our team, David and I prepared to leave for Nationals in Grand Junction, CO the next morning.
We look forward to an exciting week ahead, and another year on two wheels!

 

- Lizzie Wright

Lizzie Wright