Following up on a successful race weekend at Texas State Ultra Road
Race on March 13-14, 2014 in San Marcos where Nicholls racers finished
on the podium in every race, the Club traveled to St. Francisville and
Baton Rogue to compete against teams from across the south, including
LSU and Tulane.
First year racer Catherine Gauthier dominated the weekend of racing by
winning two of the three races–the road race and the individual time
trial. Despite doing so, a third place finish in Sunday’s critierium
around the state capitol grounds–won by Tulane’s Danielle Legeai meant
that Catherine finished in second overall for the weekend, one point
In Saturday’s road race in St. Francisville, featuring the infamous
“Red Bug Hill” less than a mile from the finish, Gauthier marked her
time, letting Tulane’s Legeai who finished second and Nicole Coetzer
from Midwestern State who finished third show their hands in the final
kilometer. With about 600 meters to the finish, Guathier exploded
around Legeai and Coetzer and sprinted to the finish with the win in
convincing fashion. Reflecting on her win, Gauthier said, “This is
only the beginning of a long story!!!,” meaning it is but the first of
what are sure to be many victories in cycling.
Gauthier’s teammate Katelyn Daigle, who raced hard across the hills of
St. Francisville, cruised to a 5th place finish just behind 4th place
finisher Claire Fisher of Midwestern State.
Later in the day, Gautier dominated in the individual time trial,
covering the hilly 3.8 mile course in 10 minutes and 13 seconds, 7
seconds ahead of second place finisher Danielle Legeai of Tulane.
Not to be outdone by his teammate, veteran racer Jonathan Comeaux also
dominated the time trial, winning the event by 18 seconds over Timothy
Dwyer of LSU. Following up on a strong road race performance, Allan
Brambila crossed the line in 7th place, followed by his teammate
Jordan Stadler in 8th. First time racers Chris Dugas, Charles Belleau,
and Ian Shows finished 12th, 13th, and 15th.
Earlier in the day, Jonathan Comeaux, who skillfully avoided a near
collision on Red Bug Hill, chased down three escapees to finish second
in the road race, being edged out by Timothy Dwyer of LSU. Caught up
in the same near collision caused by two University of Arkansas
riders, Allan Brambila managed his first top ten finish coming across
the line in 9th. First year racer Jordan Stadler, who spent much of
the early part of the race working to control the aggressive riding by
the University of Arkansas and the attempts by LSU to push the pace,
came across the line in 13th, out sprinting Bilal Blait of LSU and
Matt Brumett of the University of Arkansas. First time racers Charles
Belleau, Ian Shows, and Chris Dugas 16th, 20th, and 21st.
On a misty and rainy Sunday at the Louisiana State Capitol, the
Nicholls racers again proved their mettle. Jonathan Comeaux, racing in
the Men’s D race took both bonus point laps only to be outsprinted at
the line by LSU’s Timothy Dwyer. “I had a gap on him after taking the
bonus points on the next to last lap, but I let him come back to me. I
guess I should have gambled and tried to really ride away from him on
the last lap,” said Comeaux after the race. Comeaux’s efforts earned
him a 2nd place finish overall for the weekend. Jordan Stadler powered
to a 7th place finish, crossing line with his teammate Charles Belleau
and LSU’s Brendan Costner. “Charles showed a lot of character and grit
to finish in the top ten despite going down in the second corner of
the first lap in a crash caused the over aggressive riding of the
University of Arkansas,” said faculty advisor Dr. Scott Banville.
Slowed by the same crash–but managing to keep himself upright in an
impressive show of bike handling skill, Allan Brambilla finished 13th.
In a hotly contested Women’s race, characterized by attacks and
counter attacks as well as some nifty team tactics by Midwestern
State, Catherine Gauthier raced to a 3rd place finish just behind
Danielle Legeai of Tulane and Nicole Coetzer of Midwestern State.
“Coming out of the last corner, the two Midwestern riders kind of
boxed me out. I had to go around the inside instead of the faster line
to the outside,” said Gauthier. Her teammate, Katelyn Daigle who
worked throughout the race to counter the moves by the Midwestern
State riders, came in 5th, 30 seconds behind the leaders after
dropping off on the last hill before the finish.
Overall, Catherine Gauthier finished 2nd in the weekend’s standing,
finishing one point behind Danielle Legeai. Jonahtan Comeaux finished
2nd, behind Timothy Dwyer of LSU. Jordan Stadler ended the weekend in
7th place, followed by his teammate Allan Brambila in 8th. First time
racer Charles Belleau finished 15th and Chris Dugas finished 17th.
Katelyn Daigle finished 5th. “In addition to our 2nd place finishes,
we did a great job to place three riders in the top ten in Men’s and
two riders in the top ten in the Women’s,” said faculty advisor Dr.
Nicholls State Cycling, a campus club sport is open to all Nicholls
students. Nicholls Cycling is supported by the Harold J. Callais
Student Recreation Center–The Office of Campus Recreation, Acadia Land
Surveying, Bonnie and Chris Siegrist, the Law offices of Allen &
Norman, BG Bicycles of Houma, LA, Dr. Vance Broussard, and Joey and
Dr. Scott Banville, 885-227-1787