Four members of the George Mason Club Cycling team traveled to Williamsburg on Saturday, February 22 to compete in the Tidewater Winter Classic ACCC Cycling race.
The race, hosted by the College of William & Mary Cycling Club, was held at York River State Park and included both collegiate races and adult races. With a varied number of riders in categories A through D, riders had to complete a 9.44-mile course the designated number of times their category required. Michael Lagana (placed 38th) and Michael Levesque (placed 29th) competed in men’s category C, which required 3 laps for a total of 30 miles. David Fuentes (placed 3rd) and Steven Kendall (placed 13th) competed in Category A, which required 6 laps for a total of 59 miles in order to be completed.
The course was a 9.44-mile loop that consisted of two significant climbs and one steady climb. After the climbs, there were several straights, and then riders finished uphill for the finish and rode back into York River State park to the staging area. The races largely went without incident, although in the first lap of the Men’s Category C, several riders were involved in a crash that caused them to be dropped from the race. Consequently–in Category C – Drexel University, Appalachian State University, and the US Naval Academy took first, second, and third place respectively. In Category A, Virginia Tech, VCU, and George Mason took first, second, and third place.
Mason Cycling is proud of the hard work put in by its riders at the Tidewater Classic this weekend and is thankful for the support of its sponsors and George Mason University Club Sports. Mason riders look forward to an even more successful race later this season! Go Patriots!