With the entire A team finishing in the top ten, Andover cycling team dominated at Exeter on Saturday, April 30th.
Matt Lloyd-Thomas ’12 captured third place, consistent with his strong performance this seasons. He said, “The course was not nearly as challenging as Killington, but provided a good opportunity to test our aerobic thresholds.” Captain Austen Novis ’11 took fifth and Yuto Watanabe ’11 finished ninth.
The girls also dominated, as Alex Morrow ’12 and Marga Kempner ’12 took third and fourth respectively.
The momentum from the Exeter race carried into the Profile Road Race this past Sunday, as all of the boys on the A team placed in the top fifteen. Despite dropping his chain at the top of the first hill, Lloyd-Thomas captured third. Watanabe took seventh, Novis eighth, and Raphael Grandeau ’11 crossed the finish line 15th.
“The course was very challenging and certainly split the field very quickly. It was our first road race of the season but once again showed that we are the strongest team in the league because of our depth in all of the categories,” said Lloyd-Thomas.
Morrow and Kempner raced well again, as the girls took second and fourth respectively.
Kempner also battled through a chain mishap early in the race, making her top five finish even more impressive.
The steep hills covered with sand and the lengths on dirt road made this race more challenging than the Exeter time trial.
“We were going 40 mph down the hill and it got pretty scary,” said Morrow.
In their first race of the season, newcomers Goodie Gibbons ’11 and Rachel Wittenberg ’13 raced well, placing first and second respectively in the Girls C race.
“The team is so great, one of the best in the league,” said Wittenberg.
In the Boys B race, Jamie Freney ‘13 placed seventh, and Max Block ‘11 finished tenth.
Manuel Fernandez ‘11 took sixth in the Boys C race.
On Wednesday the team traveled to New Hampton. The course consisted of a loop and a half around the lake, with a strong climb to the finish.
Both Lloyd-Thomas and Morrow came in second in their respective divisions, building upon their success from earlier in the season.
The team will race at Proctor on May 18th before its final race of the season at Exeter on May 21st.