MENDRISIO, SWITZERLAND - Lees-McRae College cyclist and women's cross country runner, Carla Swart, finished 34th at the UCI World Cycling Road Championships on September 28th.
Swart, the first cyclist ever in the US Collegiate Cycling history to win a national championship in all four disciplines during the same calendar year, competed in the race representing her home country of South Africa. One hundred riders started the 124km race but only 56 finished. Swart finished with a time of 3:43:36. She was 10:11 behind the leader.
"This experience of riding for my country in the world championships was such a great opportunity for me," Swart said. I was so happy and proud to be able to do something like this."
"Carla is one of the most intense competitors that we have ever had on the team," said head cycling coach Luke Winger. "It doesn't matter what she feels like, what is going on a school, home, or anything. When she gets out there to race, she will give her best every time."
"Having a student-athlete represent, not only Lees-McRae but her respective country is a tribute to her hard work and dedication'" Athletic Director Craig McPhail said. "We are very proud of how Carla has helped people all over the globe become more familiar with our special place in the mountains of western North Carolina."
Swart recently led the Bobcat cycling team to a third place finish at the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals and her women's cross country team to a second place finish in the Conference Carolinas Championship Meet.