Skyhawks Ready to Roll in Asheville

Team-Relay-TeamSeeking their 23rd national title, Fort Lewis College Cycling heads to Asheville, NC January 5th-11th to contest the 2016 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships of Cyclocross (CX). The Skyhawks will start competition Friday the 8th at 10am with the Division 1 Men’s race, then at 1:20pm the Division 1 Women race. The main objective- the Team Omnium title where each collegiate race is scored then totaled to determine the overall team points leader. With that said, FLC has a few riders that can compete for the win and that goes a long way for Team Omnium points. Then on Saturday at 10:45am, the very important Collegiate 4×4 Team Relay that counts towards the Team Omnium takes place. The relay pits 1 rider from each 3-4 person team doing one lap of the ~2 mile course all out with females completing at least 2 laps to determine the fastest team. The Skyhawks finished 2nd in last years Relay.

Fort Lewis has won two CX national championships in the past, 19 x D1 Mountain Bike, 1 x D2 Road title and had many individual National Champions in all disciplines.

Sofia Gomez Villafane returns as the Skyhawks top female CX racer. She had a disappointing 2015 Collegiate D1 race in Austin, TX and is looking to return to the podium, if not the top step. On the Men’s side the ‘Hawks are deep, with 6 returning members of last year’s CX Nats squad. Seniors Cody Cupp, Kolben Preble and Payson McElveen have been riding very well of late and Sophomore Ian McPherson has a podium spot well within his sights.

The complete Fort Lewis College Cycling Cyclocross Nationals Team.

Men:

Kolben Preble – Sr.

Payson McElveen – Sr.

Cody Cupp – Sr.

Ryan Standish – Sr.

Ian McPherson – So.

Jon Anderson – So.

Cormac McGeough – So.

Women:

Sofia Gomez Villafane – Jr.

Jenna McPhearson – Sr.

McCauley Smith – So.

Erin Quinn – Jr.

The team will be coached by Elke Brutsaert and Ian Burnett with Dave Hagen as Director. Team Staff will include mechanics Jon Bailey, Phil Cowan, Lucas LeMaire and Allie Burnett.

Welcome Max Thilen as he covers the Skyhawks through the weekend with word, videos and photos on http://cycling.fortlewis.edu. Keep tabs on Facebook @FLC Cycling Team and on Instagram @flccycling and on Twitter @flccycling.
 Go Skyhawks!

For more info on 2015 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships: http://www.usacycling.org/2016/16cxnationals