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Collegiate Road Nationals Preview

Collegiate Road Nationals this year are in Marshall/Burnsville North Carolina. We are sending a team of four women’s A racers:

Esther Walker is finishing her final year of a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. 

Kat Ellis is finishing her final year of a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Alex Reich is finishing her final year as an undergraduate in Environmental Studies.

Katherine Nadler is a third year Ph.D. student in Chemistry. 

Last year we placed 2nd in the Team Time Trial at Collegiate Nationals. We were just 3 seconds behind the winning team, a varsity school with a ton of financial support and the whole shebang of aero gear. This year we’re looking for redemption!


2015 TTT team at Collegiate Road Nationals 

As students, traveling cross-country is expensive! And as a club sports team, we don’t receive much financial support from the university, so we’re trying to raise money to cover the costs of the trip. Any donations are appreciated!

Alumni and Friends Kit Ordering

Our dungeon master Vince Pham has designed a sleek new kit for the 2016 race season, and we’re offering all our alumni, friends and supporters the opportunity to buy them.
Here’s how it works:
  1. Check out the Item DescriptionsPrice List (clothing prices are at the CS10 LEVEL) and kit designs attached and decide what you’d like to buy.
  2. Donate $60 to the team to qualify for our team prices. You can PayPal our treasurer ( or send an email to arrange an alternate method.
  3. Once we’ve received your donation we’ll send you a link to place your order.
The deadline to order is NOVEMBER 29th.
Thanks to Tijuana Porobic, costume designer, for the assistance with the design of the UCSD clothing!

Collegiate Track National Championships

UCSD returned this weekend from one of its strongest ever showings at USA Cycling’s Collegiate Track National Championships. The championships were held at the U.S. Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Twelve Tritons traveled to race: Esther Walker, Holly Resh, Lily McCormick, Aileen Tran, Eric Geier, Daniel Yang, Daniel Freilich, Sean Lee, Masato Yoshihara, Todd Woodlan, Chris Bonner and coach Pat Jak. Team members were lucky enough to stay in the Olympic training center and get the real athlete experience (and get to take home their own OTC ID badges!).


OTC ID Badges 

Competition consisted of three days of races, which ranged in distance from 200m to 30km. For those unfamiliar with track cycling, racers ride around a 333m banked concrete track called a Velodrome. There are a variety of race formats, each of which might play to a different set of skills. Match sprints pit two racers against each other in short, fast races. Racers face each other one-on-one, tournament style, until a winner is found. The individual pursuit is similar but racers start on opposite sides of the track to “pursue” each other, with final results determined by time. In the time trial each racer has the track to themselves in a race against the clock. The scratch race is a traditional mass-start race of 4 to 6 km – the first rider across the finish line is the winner. The points race is longer and more tactical – placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in certain laps earns the rider more points, and points are tallied after the race to determine the winner. There are team events as well – the team pursuit puts three to four teammates on the track to work together and earn the fastest time. The team sprint is similar, but each lap the team’s leading rider drops out to leave the final rider to sprint a solo lap as hard as they can.


Women's points race

Women’s points race 

Mas competes in the Individual Pursuit

Mas competes in the Individual Pursuit

Lily competes in the individual pursuit

Lily competes in the individual pursuit

Eric destroys the 200m sprint

Eric destroys the 200m sprint


Esther on the podium for the Individual Pursuit

Esther on the podium for the Individual Pursuit

The men's pursuit team ready to go

The men’s pursuit team ready to go

The women's pursuit team in action

The women’s pursuit team in action 

UCSD put up some great results, earning top-ten spots in the women’s individual pursuit, men’s match sprint, men’s 1000m TT, women’s scratch race, men’s scratch race, women’s team pursuit, men’s team pursuit, and co-ed team sprint. Both Esther Walker and Eric Geier earned 6th place in the overall individual omnium, and UCSD as a team placed 7th overall. UCSD showed they have what it takes to compete with the top schools in the country, and more importantly, have a ton of fun doing it.


Wow, that's steep!

Wow, that’s steep!

A happy (and exhausted) team

A happy (and exhausted) team

They wouldn’t be track cyclists if they didn’t celebrate with a donut (or several)

They wouldn’t be track cyclists if they didn’t celebrate with a donut (or several)

UCSD Results: 

Overall Omniums:

  • Overall Team Omnium: UCSD 7th place
  • Overall Individual Omnium, Women: Esther 6th, Holly 35th
  • Overall Individual Omnium, Men: Eric 6th, Yang 41st

Team Events:

  • Coed Team Sprint: 3rd place
  • Women’s Team Pursuit (Esther, Holly, Lilly) – 7th
  • Men’s Team Pursuit (Eric, Yang, Freilich, Lee) – 10th

Individual Events:

  • Women’s Individual Pursuit: Esther 3rd, Lilly 31st, Holly 42nd
  • Men’s Individual Pursuit: Eric 17th, Masato 47th, Yang 48th, Sean 51st
  • Women’s Points Race: Esther 7th, Holly 14th
  • Men’s Points Race: Eric 11th, Yang 27th
  • Women’s Sprint: Aileen 16th, Esther 18th, Holly 32nd
  • Men’s Sprint: Eric 5th, Todd 12th, Freilich 20th, Bonner 22nd, Yang 28th
  • Women’s 500m: Aileen 24th, Esther 28th, Holly 46th
  • Men’s 1000m: Eric 8th, Freilich 19th, Bonner 43rd, Todd 44th, Masato 60th
  • Women Scratch Race: Esther 7th, Holly 27th
  • Men’s Scratch Race: Eric 4th


Road Nationals Results

It’s been a few weeks since Collegiate Road Nationals, but we have big results from a big weekend. Congratulations to all of our Nationals racers for going and suffering through a largely climber favoring course! We’re looking forward to returning to Nationals next year with an even stronger team. Great job, Tritons!

Team Result – 2nd in the Women’s TTT, 7th in the Team Omnium

Gretchen – 1st in the RR, 1st in the Crit, 1st in the Individual Omnium (Ladies and Gents, we have another national champion on the team!!!!!! Congratulations on the killer results, Gretchen!)

Kat – 10th in the RR

Esther – 21st in the RR

Matea – 61st in the RR

Ben – 69th in the RR


Gretchen absolutely destroyed the field in the D1 crit/ courtesy of Dean Warren


The Nationals Team poses for a photo after the Womens TTT




San Diego Omnium Success

We had an awesome weekend at our First Annual San Diego Omnium! Several of our riders made it to the podium. In fact, in each of the women’s categories, we had at least one rider on the podium for every race. Our men did a great job hitting that podium game as well. See below for some highlights from the races.

Women's AsEsther and Gretchen bringing on the pain in the Women’s A’s. Congratulations on the podiums, Gretchen!

Women's B/CAileen, Holly, Matea, Dana, and Kat lined up for the Women’s B/C SDSU Crit before destroying the competition.

10406596_10205523215535502_4796566949657969498_nMy personal favorite… Aki got 2nd in the B’s with this epic pain face.

11024663_10204574208449041_9194677748679076014_oIs Daniel off the back of the D’s…? No. Definitely off the front. He was in a one man break the entire race and won definitively.



San Diego Omnium

If you haven’t noticed the amazing flyers floating around about the Omnium, you’ve been missing out. Let’s go ahead and fill you in. The First Annual San Diego Omnium is a joint event between UCSD, SDSU, and SDBC that will take place February 28th and March 1st. We are aiming to increase awareness and participation in collegiate cycling. Additionally, we are keeping up our mission to support women’s cycling with better prize purses for all women’s fields. February 28th, SDSU will be hosting a criterium race while SDBC will be hosting time trials on Fiesta Island the morning of March 1st, followed by a criterium on UCSD’s campus. This is a great opportunity to get some good racing in and support collegiate cycling. For more information, refer to our Omnium page under the Race tab.


Boulevard Registration

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, do not forget to sign up for Boulevard! Pre reg is open until the day of Boulevard. Why spend the extra money on day of registration when you can just commit to the fun of Boulevard right now? Another incentive to register is this awesome cloth race number. We’re keeping the theme of uniqueness strong throughout all aspects of apparel this year, including your race number.


Champion & KOM/QOM Jerseys

Haven’t you always wanted to represent a jersey that’s as epic and mind blowing as our jerseys? Yeah, we know you have. That is why we’ve made the Champion’s jerseys (awarded to the winners of the Men’s P/1/2 and Women’s P/1/2/3 fields) something to strive for. There will be no question as to what race you’ve won to get your hands on our extreme winner’s jersey. The elevation profile and intense color scheme says it all. Let’s just say that you’ll stand out. In a good way.


We can’t just let the winners have all the fun! Again, we have taken a unique approach to the jersey design and come up with this bad baby for the truly insane people whose hearts swell when they have the chance to destroy others on the climb. These jerseys are also restricted to the Men’s P/1/2 and Women’s P/1/2/3 fields.



Thank you to our sponsor, Champion System for supplying the Champion’s, KOM, and QOM jerseys. It takes a special company to help our creativity flow.

We would also like to thank the Labeja family for a kind sponsorship of $50 towards the production of our QOM jersey.