As the events of App State’s race in Wilkesboro faded into the stream of history, the weather looked ideal for the upcoming Duke Road Race. When Saturday arrived, there was no such reprieve from the harsh weather. This, however, was no large obstacle for the NC State Cyclists.
A precedential group of Six Men’s C riders set out into the rain for the first wave of the road race. Unfortunately, in cycling, bigger does not necessarily mean better. Four of the six of them brought in rear of the race, including Patrick Crean, Jonathan Burchette, Stephon Beaufort, and Adam Stewart who was unfortunately separated from the group by a crash. The difficulty did not stop Marty Dufficy and Nik Smith, who both squeezed into the top 10. The only force keeping them from the win was a ‘naval blockade’.
Mary once again represented the entirety of women’s cycling at NCSU with a 5th place finish in Women’s C.
The rain stopped just in time for the second wave of riders. The duo of Dylan Lawson and Richard O’Briant raced hard, but fate was not in Richard’s favor. For DL, a pack finish was in the cards after a hard race.
Matt Bruner, a man now feared after the App State came to familiar turf with Michael Raynor in the Mens A. After several hours of chasing VT riders, Matt won the bunch sprint, earning a 3rd place finish. Mike opted to take the last lap off after spending a considerable amount of time on the front.
Boreas, Greek god of the wind changed moved to Durham, North Carolina just in time for the Ninth Street. The ‘dream team’ of six C riders came together one more time to show the ACCC what they could do. However, the wind, pace, and race officials had other ideas. All but Nik Smith were cut from the race. Nik brought in the remainder of the field to end in 13th.
Michael Rosenberg took a generous warm-up ride from Raleigh to prepare for the B race with Dylan and Richard. The race was hard, and some strong men made it a race for fourth. Michael, beginning hot, came out in 23rd, Richard following suit to get marked 17th.
Mary Conrad rode steady to earn a 7th place finish.
From the sidewalk, the Men’s A race was quite exciting. Attacks were sent out in quick succession. Eventually, a breakaway formed with two key men: Stephen Vogel and Matthew Bruner. Any educated spectator know that from the moment they broke away, the field would be racing for third. The two riders put in work, and Matt came in second against the fresh-legged Vogel. Meanwhile, Michael Raynor was riding one of his stronger races of season. He came in with a solid 15th place.