Carbs and Cannondales

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Our weekend was off to a great start when we pulled into our hotel at West Point before 10 pm Friday night. We were stoked to get a full night's sleep before climbing Bear Mountain in the best weather the ECCC has ever seen - no base layers needed! 

We woke up early the next morning to carbo-load with bagels and oatmeal for the day ahead.  After some careful van maneuvering, RISD2 pulled up next to Shippensburg University, who immediately asked us for some stickers and complimented our dope pink kits. 

Osub finished his first Men's E race in 16th place with Matt right behind him. Christina worked with other teams in the Women's C to finish 15th on one of the hardest road race courses in the ECCC, and Marcus ended up in the middle of the Men's C pack at 17th place. 

He may have finished 17th, but he won best helmet hair by a mile.

He may have finished 17th, but he won best helmet hair by a mile.

Lizzie started her first race as a Women's A rider! She stayed with the pack through the first lap until they hit the mountain and lit it up the second time around. She stayed with a group until she accidentally dropped them at the top of the mountain and finished the next 1.5 laps alone - until the group caught her with 5 miles to go! She finished the 59 mile road race at 13th place in the A field (which Dani won to nobody's surprise).

These are the quads that won the Women's A race.

These are the quads that won the Women's A race.

We headed to the West Point campus early Easter morning to prepare for the egg hunt: Dani, Lizzie, and Josie from Drexel filled plastic eggs with sour patch kids and milky ways and hid them around the crit course for racers to find.  But it wasn't long before UVM got to them...and filled the empty eggs with old tuna fish. This is why we can't have nice things.

Josie getting ready for egg hand-ups.

Josie getting ready for egg hand-ups.

We enjoyed lounging around the army base in 80 degree weather, but the highlight of the day was David winning the Men's A crit! The rest of us had a great time finishing in the middle of the pack. 

We hit the road to providence thinking about the work ahead to put on ECCC championships.  If anyone can do it, it's the #collegehillcrushsquad.

Lizzie Wright