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Results of the Fifth Annual Beanpot Bicycling Races

“The Beanpot has become the biggest and best collegiate race in the country, and all of us at USA Cycling are amazed at how successful this event has become. It demonstrates the expansive potential of collegiate cycling in the United States,” USA Cycling’s Collegiate Director Steve McCauley said in a press release.

The complete results for the Beanpot Collegiate Bike Races held in Grafton, Westborough and Sutton on Saturday, April 9th and in Somerville on Sunday, April 10th can be found on line at the following web site address:

http://www.eccc-info.com/2005/results/2005_04_09_beanpot.html


Seventeen colleges competed in the Dunkin Donuts Team Time Trial event in South Grafton and Sutton on Saturday Morning. Dartmouth finished first, MIT second, University of Vermont third, and Harvard fourth. Host Boston University finished 11th and WPI finished 17th. The fastest time for the new 7.6 mile Team Time Trial Course was 16:57:09 set by the Men's Division A Team from the University of Vermont.

The Championship Grafton Hills Road Race held on the 14.02 mile course in Grafton and Westborough featured 32 teams, Penn State University finished first overall, followed by University of Vermont, United States Military Academy at West Point, and Dartmouth. Host Harvard University finished in thirteenth place.

Ted King of Middlebury College surged in a two man breakaway halfway through the fifth and final lap to take first place in the premier event of the bright sunny afternoon in Grafton. King crossed the finish line on Church Street in a time of 3:02:16 for the 72 mile, five lap race distance, beating Ari de Wilde of Bates College by 17 seconds for the Men's A Division Championship. Third place finisher Michael Cody of the University of Vermont finished first among a group of eight racers in the chase pack that were 4:39 behind the leader. Andrew Armstrong of Boston College finished 15th and Nick Bennette of Boston University finished 22nd.  Both are members of the Beanpot Organizing Committee. A total of 62 racers started the Men's A Division event.

In Division A Women's Competition, MacKenzie Dickey of Holy Cross College in Worcester won the closest race of the day by just five seconds over Jessica Tomazak of the United States Military Academy at West Point, followed five seconds later by third place finisher Anna Drakulich of Skidmore College, A total of 35 starters competed in the 58 mile race.

In total, 396 collegiate racers went to the starting line for the six divisions in the championship road race, including an astounding 99 starters in the Men's D Division. A press statement issued by the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference on Friday afternoon recognized the Boston Beanpot Championships as setting a new attendance record for participation in a collegiate cycling competition.

http://www.eccc-info.com/2005/2005_04_09_beanpot_pr.txt 

In the Zipcar Criterium event staged on Sunday by Tufts University at the Medford Campus, the University of Vermont finished first, followed by Dartmouth, University of New Hampshire, Penn State, Harvard and Boston University. Host Tufts finished 15th.

In the overall weekend standings for the three race Beanpot series, University of Vermont finished first, followed by Dartmouth, Penn State, University of New Hampshire, and Harvard. Holy Cross finished 19th and Worcester Polytechnic Institute finished 31st overall.


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Fifth Annual Boston Beanpot Collegiate Cycling Classic Comes to the Historic Grafton Common On Saturday, April 9th

GRAFTON, Massachusetts: The Boston Beanpot Collegiate Bicycle Races return to Grafton on Saturday, April 9th. This year’s event will feature a new morning team time trial course as well as the traditional early afternoon road race over the championship Grafton Hills course. The races, the largest collegiate cycling event in the country in 2004, celebrate team-oriented bicycle racing at a range of skill levels up to and including professional cyclists. The weekend includes three distinctive bike race events:
On Saturday morning, April 9th the Beanpot Team Time Trial Race will make its way on a new 7.5 mile race course through Grafton Center, South Grafton and Sutton with the start / finish line at the Grafton Common. The race course crosses sections of the Blackstone River and the Blackstone Canal, runs through the mid 1800’s mill villages of Saundersville and Wilkinsonville, and passes over two areas where the new Blackstone River Valley Bikeway will be built.

Also on Saturday, April 9th the Beanpot Championship Road Race will be held in the towns of Grafton and Westborough. This is the same race course used for the 1996 Eastern Collegiate Cycling Championships, modified this year so that the course begins and finishes at the historic Grafton Common, considered by many to be the most distinctive and picturesque town common in Massachusetts. The 13.0 mile race course passes such notable landmarks as the Nipmuc Nation Hassanamesit Indian Reservation on Brigham Hill Road, the Brigham Hill Community Farm and its Community Harvest project, the 1874 vintage Grafton and Upton Railroad on Snow Road and North Street, and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. The course features a dramatic tight hairpin turn at the corner of Route 30 and West Main Street in Westboro. The championship race course includes sections used by the Tour Dupont bike race when it traveled through Grafton and Westboro.

On Saturday evening, April 9th, a Community Spaghetti Supper will be held at the Grafton Municipal Center for collegiate racers, support staff and race officials. This event will be open to the public and will be coordinated by the Grafton Lions Club.

The third race, on Sunday, April 10th, is the traditional Beanpot Criterium event which will be held over a tight 0.6 mile technical street course in the heart of the Tufts University campus in Medford and Somerville. The criterium race also includes United States Cycling Federation (USCF) professional racers from a wide variety of teams.

Competitors include racers from Boston-area colleges and universities and universities throughout the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC), which includes colleges in New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The races are sanctioned by the ECCC and USA Cycling. The Beanpot Collegiate Cycling Weekend is organized by students from seven Boston area colleges. This is the third year that the road race has been held in Grafton, and the first year for the team time trial event.

Participating colleges in 2004 were University of Vermont, Penn State University, University of New Hampshire, Harvard University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Boston University, Yale University, Bloomsburg College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Williams College, University of Pennsylvania, Mt. Holyoke College, Middlebury College, United State Military Academy - West Point, Bates University, Bucknell College, Wesleyan College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Delaware, and University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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2005 Boston Beanpot Organizing Committee

Brendan Dallas, Harvard University Cycling: brendan_dallas@ksg05.harvard.edu
Nathalie Roy, Harvard University Cycling: Nathalie.Roy@childrens.harvard.edu
Nick Bennette, Boston University Cycling: nickb@bu.edu

Local Grafton Contacts
Mike Sowyrda: msowyrda@conversent.net
John LaPoint: glfjl@aol.com
Kathy Cederberg: KLCederberg @ aol.com
Bill Keeler: billk@schwartz-pr.com

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