USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals Preview

Posted on 07. May, 2009 by in race

usa-cycling-road-race The USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, hosted by the Colorado State University Rams in partnership with the Fort Collins Cycling Festival, will be held on May 7-10, in Fort Collins, Colorado for the second year in a row.  At stake are 18 cycling national titles.

Nearly 500 student-athletes, men and women, from Division I and Division II institutions compete for individual championships in three categories – criterium, road race and individual omnium. The collegiate squads will also fight for team titles in both the team time trial event and the overall team (omnium) classification, which combines results from all three races, both male and female. Cycling is one of few collegiate sports to equally weigh the male and female performances to determine an overall, season-long team winner across all disciplines.

Heading into the final USAC Collegiate Cycling National Championship of this season, the battle remains very tight in both the DI and DII overall team omnium standings. In DI only a single point separates rivals last year’s winner Lees-McRae College and Fort Lewis College, while each of the top four DII squads, defending champion Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Colorado College, the Colorado School of Mines and Western Washington University, remain within four points of each other.

Riders that have won titles in the past include Andrew Talansky, Carla Swart, Craig Leukens, Devon Haskell, Kasey Manderfield, Kristin McGrath, Julie Bellerose, Amanda Miller, Alex Boyd, Rebecca Larson, Mara Abbott, Toby Marzot, Brent Bookwalter, Sarah Uhl … some have moved on to professional careers.

Competition begins at 8am on Friday, May 8 with the  road race which starts and finishes at CSU’s Hughes Stadium. The women do about 50 miles (80 km) with 2 laps around center rectangle 10-mile circuit in Masonville, and the men do 4 laps for a total of 70 miles (112.6 km). Of note, there is a big spectator BBQ area in Masonville complete with coffee from Mugs and food from Cheba Hut. (See USAC Collegiate National Road Race Map)

Beginning at 8am on Saturday, schools will compete in the  Old Town Criterium. The women race for 60 minutes and the men for 75 minutes. (see USAC Collegiate National Criterium Race Map)

On Sunday, May 10 the weekend concludes with the teams battling it out for the 17.49-mile (28.1 km) Team Time Trial Win. Racers will have a super fast course with the rocky mountains as the backdrop. (See USAC Collegiate National Time Trial Race Map)

In addition to a national championship, the women’s competition in Fort Collins will once again serve as a qualifier for the Ryan Collegiate All Stars – a female composite team of six different student-athletes from six different schools who finish among the top of the final omnium standings. These select athletes will earn an invitation to the NRC stage race Nature Valley Grand Prix, held in Minnesota on June 10-14. The final individual omnium standings will determine the all-star squad that will compete alongside some of the nation’s top pro women. In addition to an invitation to Minnesota, the team will receive housing, a travel stipend, clothing and the direction of a team manager throughout the week.

Registered athletes available on SportsBaseOnline.

Multiple ways to follow the action:

  • on twitter: Collegiate National Championships are using the hashtag #fccf
  • on facebook
  • live broadcast with coverage starting at 8am MST on Friday May 8

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