The 2016 collegiate road season wrapped up in Massachusetts with the ECCC Championships race. With double the points on the line, Penn State riders Monica Volk and Jess Bunchek trekked up to the Northeast for Saturday’s road race.
The relentless elevation change pushed riders to their limit, and divided the women’s A peloton across the course. The course took riders off paved roads, onto steep gravel climbing segments, which made traction difficult. Determined to defend her yellow and green jerseys, Monica raced hard, dropping the peloton on a challenging ascent, and crossing the line solo with a six minute lead.
Likewise, Jess gained ground on her competitors during the climb, and finished 12th.
As a result of her domination of the 2016 ECCC road season, Monica will race at the USAC Collegiate Nationals on May 13-15. Congratulations to her and to all riders for another stellar road season! Out of 46 schools in the ECCC conference, Penn State placed 7th overall.