Its a new semester at WCU and new beginnings for the WCU Cycling club. Beginning spring 2015 we’ve changed our “office” around some. Nicholas Lacombe, the president of the cycling team for the last two years, has handed his duties over to a new group of guys. Taylor Pecheukonis and Zachary Henderson have assumed the responsibilities as president and vice-president while Andrew Nicholson will remain as “other” on the club organization list. Nick, just like all the other previous club leaders, has done a great job building and representing the club during his tenure. The club certainly wouldn’t be where its at today without each’s effort and we thank all of you!
But we ride bikes so that’s what we’re going to talk about. Taylor and Smoky Mountain Bicycles have done a great job landing the club a new sponsor. We will now be representing Industry Nine for the next couple seasons! Maybe some purple and gold spokes would look good with the WCU kit? Just a thought.
Last Saturday, January 24, most of the team made the trip to the Icycle Mountain Bike event in Fontana Village, NC. At least some portion of the team has raced this event for the last four years in a row. It is always cold and a good way to begin the new year’s race season. As the cross country races started, the ground was still white from the snow the night before. Nick raced the XC sport class and ended up finishing first place. He even took a couple detours during the race! Taylor and Patrick Field raced XC beginner and placed third and tenth respectively. It was Patrick’s first bike race ever and he came fully prepared for the 90’s theme. After the XC races Pam and Dave Forshee of Smoky Mountain Bicycles fed us a delicious grilled lunch from their cabin before we went back out for downhill practice. By the time the night downhill races began the snow had mostly melted. This allowed the course to mush up during practice and then freeze back over before the racing began. Seth Parker raced the DH sport class while Eric Magyar raced DH beginner and placed sixth and twentieth.
On Saturday, January 31, Andrew Nicholson raced the Taco Stand Classic in Lawrenceville, GA. The event offered solo and team- 3 or 6 hour races on an 8 mile singletrack course. Andrew placed 13th in the Expert 6 hour class with 6 laps in 5:12:50 while club alum, Nick Bragg finished third with 7 laps in 5:20:57. With temperatures in the 50’s the weather and course conditions were favorable for a 6 hour race.
Spencer Middleton and Andrew Nicholson plan on beginning preparation for the spring collegiate road schedule at the Spring Training Series in Greenville, South Carolina over the next month. The series runs from February 7 through March 1 with races every Saturday and Sunday. This schedule has some overlap with the SECCC Collegiate schedule, but it is unlikely we’ll travel to University of Florida or Lindsey Wilson. We are stoked for these upcoming schedules.
Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted another 6 weeks of winter but we plan on riding and racing anyway!