Fort Lewis College Cycling Announces Road Nationals Team
The FLC Cycling Team has just finished the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) road racing season at it’s home race, the Squawker Road Classic and has put together the team that’ll represent Fort Lewis College at USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals May 4-6 in Grand Junction, CO.
The Cycling Skyhawks finished third in the RMCCC standings behind CU Boulder and CSU. “Our season was a bit different this year by attending a couple SWCC Conference early in the season, some off weekends and a cancelled race because of weather. We adapted by doing some inter-squad racing and practiced our Team Time Trial quite a bit. We worked well together as a team during the season and are quite confident that we’ll see some stellar performances in Grand Junction.” said FLC Cycling Director, Dave Hagen.
The FLC Cycling staff has spent most of the last weeks mulling over this season’s results, past results and the character of the large pool possible student athletes to represent. The following student athletes will compete in the Road Race (RR) Friday, Team Time Trial (TTT) Saturday and Criterium(CR) Sunday in and around Grand Junction. It is the second year the championships have been held in the Grand Valley. The men will look to repeat a team win in the RR and look to do better in the TTT and CR. The Women’s team has been riding well all season with a win in the TTT and with Charlotte Backus in the Squawker RR.
“Picking a Nationals Team out of so many deserving riders is one of the toughest parts of the job but I think we did a great job of picking riders best suited to the courses and conditions while also working well as a team. We have many riders returning from last year’s squad”, said Road Coach, Ian Burnett, “things have been coming together for the team this Spring and if the breaks go our way we have a good shot at the team title. James Hilyer has been riding very well this spring and has a great chance to get on the podium in the RR and CR. We also have strong supporting cast that will help keep our strongest racers near the front and some CR specialists that will perform well. Our ladies team is very deep and have been riding/working well together all year. Charlotte won our home race but any of the other women have a chance for a strong finish and hopefully they can keep the momentum from their dominating Squawker TTT performance.”
Dillon Janda - RR
Peter Behm - RR, TTT
Matthew Turner - RR
Noah Schlosser - CR
James Hilyer - RR, TTT, CR
Skyler Mackey - CR
Emmanuel Gagne - RR, CR
Nik Johnson - RR, TTT, CR
Thomas Gauthier - RR
Andre Bos - RR, TTT, CR
Emily Abraham - RR, TTT, CR
Charlotte Backus - RR, TTT, CR
Savannah Adams - RR, CR
Kira Payer - RR, TTT, CR
Tristen Musselman - RR, TTT, CR
Sophie Russenberger - RR, CR
Wish the team luck at Nats and for the latest on the action be sure to keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/FLCCyclingTeam
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Credit: FLC, Dave Hagen, Ian Burnett