The Appalachian State University Cycling Team took on the USAC Collegiate National Cyclocross Championships during our winter break. With an unpredictable range of weather berating the city of Hartford, Connecticut the stage was set for a variable and dramatic championship week. Our National CX drove up north to compete against all collegiate teams in hopes of reaching the top step on the podium. With a whole season of competition behind our crew they were ready to give it all.
First off was the Men's race fairly early in the morning. Byron captured an impressive fourth place, which is one of the best individual performances so far this year. Alan came in at a strong 15th place which was well in the top third of the field. Garrett suffered a mechanical which held him from finishing, but made sure he was ready to put it all on the line for the team relay. The women's race followed shortly after with Alexandra being our lonewolf. Alex kept it smooth , , and clean to retain 10th place. That wrapped up the first of two days of racing, with only the team relay deciding what teams would stand on the podium. The team relay consists of 4 laps, two male, and two female. The team consisted of Byron, Alex, and Garret with Alex taking an extra lap. The team fought hard against UVM and VTech, to get the bronze medal, which also helped add points to the overall team omnium. The CX team took home 2nd overall national team omnium, a step up the ladder from our third place in MTB season. With a road season in the scope and a team filled with talent, we are looking forward to making it on the steps for three straight seasons.