Throughout the spring racers from the Canadian universities of Queen’s University, McGill University, the University of Toronto and the Université de Montréal have been competing in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference.
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The collegiate cycling conference encompasses the colleges of the northeastern United States and includes schools like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, New York University and Northeastern University.
Queen’s were the early leaders of the series with dominating results in the Men’s A team time trials and consistently solid performances in the road races across the men and women’s categories. The Canadian universities accumulate points in the standings but are not eligible for taking conference titles or the USA Cycling collegiate road national championships.
The ECCC has categories for all racers starting with intro categories for first-time racers through to top level riders competing in A. Notable pro’s who raced in the ECCC include American Ted King who raced for Middlebury College and Megan Guarnier who won the inaugural edition of the Women’s WorldTour last year.
The series is comprised of five rounds with the series concluding next weekend with the conference champions. The round scheduled for early April in New Hampshire and Vermont was cancelled due to snowfall at the beginning of the month and the crit on the first weekend in Pennsylvania was cancelled because of the storm in mid-March.
The final round of the ECCC took place at West Point Military Academy on the scenic campus that overlooking the Hudson River over easter weekend where McGill and the University of Toronto were in attendance.
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A McGill student sits in the Men's B peloton. Photo: Jordan Miller
The sprint finish in the Men's D race. Photo: Jordan Miller
A McGill student comes to the line in the Harriman State Park Road Race. Photo: Jordan Miller
Smiles after a hard race. Photo: Jordan Miller
University of Toronto students tighten up the pins on the race numbers. Photo: Jordan Miller
Students share a laugh while waiting for the start of the Women's A crit on the West Point campus. Photo: Jordan Miller
McGill and U of T in the pack. Photo: Jordan Miller
A McGill student drives the pace in the crit. Photo: Jordan Miller
The race winning move in the Women's A criterium. Photo: Jordan Miller
In the final ECCC standings, Queen’s finished fourth despite skipping the final weekend. The University ended up finishing 12th overall with McGill in 27th and Université de Montréal earning no points having only sent a few riders to the final round.
For full results from the ECCC visit velocityresults.net