Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cycling Heads to Road Nationals This Weekend in Madison, Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (5/1/11) – The University of Colorado cycling team will look for their first national title since 2005 when they head to the Collegiate Road National Championships this weekend.

The Buffaloes will look to improve on their performance from a year ago when they finished sixth at nationals. Fort Lewis College is the defending champions at the road nationals and is the favorite to repeat as champions this year after a dominating first place finish at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Finals on Apr. 23-24. CU finished third during the conference finals.

Nationals will begin on Friday May 5 with the road race at Blue Mound State Park. The men’s race will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a 72 mile trek while the women’s race will begin at 1:10 p.m. with a 58 mile event.

The 19.2 mile team time trial will be on Saturday May 6 with Waterloo, Wis., being the site of the starting line. The time trial will go from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The criterium race will be the final event at nationals on Sunday May 7 at Capitol Square in Madison. The women’s 60 minute race will begin at 9:15 p.m. while the 75 minute men’s event will close off the competition at noon.

Colorado will send four or five men and women racers to nationals with Josh Yeaton leading the way for the men and Christa Ghent and Claire Bensard for the women.

CU Cycling website: http://www.cucycling.com/