2013 Holiday video from Western Carolina University features three members of the WCU Cycling Team!
Western Carolina University Cycling is on the schedule for a road race this spring! The date is March 22-23 and we intend to make it a race that will be remembered by everyone involved. Planning is currently in the works with regard to routes, and we plan on collaborating with the cycling community in Western NC to make this a success.
The race takes place right in the middle of collegiate road race season and teams from all over the Southeast will travel to Cullowhee to give it their all. We will host an Individual Time Trial, Criterium and Road Race at the 2-day event.
Tentatively, the time trial will go straight up to the Jackson County Airport from the base of the climb. Locals will know this brief, albeit brutal ascent well. The criterium will ideally take place somewhere on campus and the road race route is to be determined.
We hope that friends, families, alumni, local businesses and anyone else that wishes to support WCU Cycling join us as we celebrate this historic moment… ride on.
The WCU Cycling Team made their presence known this weekend, both at the collegiate mountain bike event at Clemson as well as at the annual Tour de Franklin.
Four riders represented WCU at Clemson, participating in a variety of events. Accolades for the team include five individual top-five finishes in addition to a stellar performance by Jeremy Smith, who won the C-class downhill and dual slalom race. This was his first collegiate event.
Patrick O’Neal decided to attend the Tour de Franklin in lieu of joining the team on the mountain bike race this time, but ended up finishing first at the annual event.
Great weather, good times, bikes and camaraderie was the theme for WCU Cycling this weekend. Be sure to stay tuned to hear more about the great things that WCU Cycling are doing!
The Western Carolina University Cycling Team traveled to Conyers, Ga. for a 2-day collegiate mountain bike race hosted by Georgia Tech on Saturday Sept. 14. Race conditions were perfect, with temperate weather, a good turnout and plenty of laughs.
The team participated in two events on Saturday: dual slalom and short-track cross country. James Burkhardt placed second in the Men’s B dual slalom event with a final time of 46.425 seconds, missing first place by a mere one-hundreth of a second.
Matt Schumaker placed second in the Men’s B short-track cross country event and Nick Lacombe finished fifth.
The cross country race on Sunday was unfortunately filled with mechanical difficulties for several members of the WCU Cycling Team. In the Men’s C race, members Jordan Chaires and Allen Grosse both were forced to abandon the race due to flat tires. Nick Lacombe, racing in the Men’s B race also had to drop out of his race due to a flat tire. Matt Schumaker managed to keep all the air in his tires and soared through the course while wearing a Superman cape, finishing fifth.
Matt Schumaker’s success in the short-track and cross-country races earned him a podium finish in the Men’s B omnium for third place overall, despite not participating in the time trial.
The weekend was about far more than rankings and numbers however. The team rode to a convenient intersection in the cross country course during the Men’s and Women’s A race and proudly displayed their enthusiasm for the athletes as they traversed the rocky terrain, cheering, chanting and giving high-fives to whoever would take them. In exchange, some of the more fun-loving cyclists performed stunts and chuckled as they zoomed past.
A pervasive fun-loving spirit can be seen by anyone that comes in contact with the WCU Cycling Team, and that is something that we take pride in. Racing is competitive, but you can still have fun at the same time. See you at the next race.
The WCU Cycling Team will travel to Conyers, Georgia on Saturday for a two-day mountain bike event hosted by Georgia Tech. Seven riders will be representing WCU at the race and we will have a photographer accompanying us to catch all the action.
Stay tuned for a race report and photos of the team as they bring more great results back to Cullowhee.
UPDATE: Stephan Mchugh also placed 2nd in Men’s C 4-Cross and James Burkhardt placed 1st in the Class C 4-Cross, ETSU results are posted here.
Western Carolina University had another great showing at the first mountain bike race we attended this season at East Tennessee State. The team enjoyed great weather, good company and some solid results from new members.
This race had some of the greatest participation by WCU Cycling team members that we have seen in recent years. We are working on building the team, and encouraging more members to come out to collegiate events. If this race was any indication of the rest of the season, things are looking good for the Catamounts!
In the ETSU race, Seth Parker placed 4th in the Men’s B downhill race, Stephan Mchugh placed 2nd in the Men’s C downhill race and Matthew Schumaker placed 1st in the Men’s B Cross-Country race.
Next weekend we travel to Georgia Tech for another weekend of fun in the dirt, see you there!