Collegiate racing in the northeast of the U.S.’s ECCC resumed after a week off this past weekend and as is so often the case, Canadian universities were very well represented. A Canadian high schooler also left his mark on the weekend. Queen’s and McGill both had strong weekends and big presences in the races. Canadians from both schools picked up wins and numerous strong results at the Bucknell Cycling Classic in Lewisburg, Penn.
Lyle Porter, Vincent Halis, and Ben Ernewein, lining up to start the TTT. Photo: Eric Yuyitung
Andrew Jonker, Ryan Rudderham, Ryan Jonker, and Chris Hatton starting off the TTT. Photo: Eric Yuyitung
Collegiate racing isn't glamorous. Here's McGill building up bikes out of their rental van.
Avery Ling, Henry Dowd, Eric Yuitung bringing home third place in the Men’s C TTT. Photo: Eric Yuyitung
Jill Lynch crushing it in the circuit race. Photo: Beth Stulen
Ryan Rudderham, Andrew Jonker, and McGill rider up a climb in the road race. Photo: Beth Stulen
Canadian high schooler Axel Kroner won the men's A race as Queen's chased behind.
McGill line's up before a race.
Mary Hnatyshyn attacks the climb on her way to victory in women's B.
Chloe DesRoche putting the pressure on the women’s A lead group in the circuit race. Photo: Beth Stulen
Nicolas Kleban in the men's A race.
Adithya Lakshminarayanan (right) and Félix Fournier in the men's B race.
Félix Fournier on his way to victory in Men's B.
Beth Stulen, Jill Lynch, Melissa Wong, Morgan Vallati starting off in the TTT. Photo: Eric Yuyitung
Jose Antonio Jijon Vorbeck and Félix Fournier line-up for the men's B race.
Women's B winner Mary Hnatyshyn with her McGill teammates Jose Antonio Jijon Vorbeck, Nicolas Kleban, Adithya Lakshminarayanan and Félix Fournier.
The Queen's team was all bundled up while cheering on the circuit races. Photo: Beth Stulen
Hanna Girndt was all smiles for the Women’s A road race. Photo: Beth Stulen
Ryan Jonker soloing to victory in the circuit race, 2 minutes ahead of the pack. Photo: Beth Stulen
Chris Hatton’s and Ryan Rudderham’s bringing back a break in the circuit race. Photo: Beth Stulen
Nick Kleban in the men's A race.
Queen’s once again topped the weekend standings outpacing MIT and Dartmouth. McGill improved from their first weekend finishing seventh despite not fielding teams in any of the point lucrative team time trials. The Queen’s team that drove down from Kingston, Ont. placed an incredible four riders in the top five of the men’s A road race but just missed out on the win when a powerful high schooler went on the attack.
The impressive winner of the men’s A race was 17-year-old Axel Froner of Neil McNeil HS in Toronto who riding without teammates was still able to outmuscle the Queen’s team in his first race of the season.
Queen’s made up for it the next day with Andrew Jonker soloing to victory in the circuit race with brother Ryan finishing third. The twin brothers sit one-two in the overall standings. In women’s A, Chloe DesRoche had a strong weekend with second in the road race and third in the circuit race to maintain her lead in the overall ECCC standings.
From Montreal, the team of five had a long drive down in Penn. but had strong finishes from Nick Kleban taking top-10 placings in both races. Mary Hnatyshyn won both the women’s road race and circuit race while Felix Fournier won the men’s B road race. Also represented down at Bucknell where the University of Toronto.
ECCC racing continues next weekend at L-Enfer du Nord in Hanover, N.H. and Middlebury, Vermont.