Seeking their 23rd national title, Fort Lewis College Cycling heads to Reno, NV next week to contest the 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships of Cyclocross (CX). One Wednesday January 10th at 9:35am PST the FLC Men race in the Varsity race against the best teams in the country and the Women toe the line at 3:25pm PST. Then on Thursday at 3:30pm FLC will compete in the Team Relay with two Women and two Men doing battle with the other teams for 1 lap a piece. This race will surely be the determining factor in the Skyhawk’s main objective- the overall Team Omnium. With that said, FLC has a few riders that can compete for the win and that goes a long way for Team Omnium points.
Last year’s 2nd place in the Men’s race, senior John Anderson, will be competing in his final CX race as a Skyhawk as well as Ian McPherson and Stephan Davoust. Henry Nadell took the Rocky Mountain Coference CX title back in December and will get a front row call-up and freshman Skyler Mackey has been racing the biggest CX races around the country all year. Thomas Gauthier and Harrsion Buckley round out the Men and will surprise many with their strength and skill.
Ellen Campbell, junior, took the conference Women’s title and will look to capitalize on her front row call-up. Freshman Katja Freeburn has been training hard all Fall learning a new discipline. Kelsay Lundberg and Anna Schehrer bring Nationals experience to the table after strong finishes last year in Hartford and Kira Payer is looking to finish solid as well.
Ellen Campbell – So.
Katja Freeburn – Fr.
Kelsay Lundberg – Jr.
Anna Schehrer – So.
Kira Payer – Fr.
Ian McPhearson – Sr.
Jon Anderson – Sr.
Stephan Davoust – Sr.
Henry Nadell – So.
Skyler Mackey – Fr.
Thomas Gauthier – Jr.
Harrison Buckley – So.
It is also National for Junior, Master and Elite racers so many of the Skyhawks will be competing on Sunday and a handful of Durango locals will race throughout the week. Durango DEVO is sending a team to CX Nats for the first time and they’ll all be putting their skills and fitness to the test against the best junior riders in the country. For the week’s complete schedule you can check out: https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACWeb/forms/natchamps/2017/2018-Cyclocross-Schedule.pdf
You can keep up with the Skyhawks through social media:
@flccycling for Instagram and Twitter
FLC Cycling Director – Dave Hagen – 970-403-4842, email@example.com