UPDATE #21: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 2:25 a.m. ET
Found our way back to Columbus, IN to stay the night before heading back out in the morning for Banner Elk. Long day for the team with the Championships wrapping up and then the bus ride toward the mountains of N.C. and home. It was a good weekend overall with the team battling tough to secure a second place spot, finishing just behind Marian in the Team Omnium but placing Brian Sheedy and Rachel Warner on the podium in the individual omnium.
All-in-all it was a great week for me, learning from the riders and seeing what it takes to be a top-tier cyclist among the collegiate ranks. I have found a new respect for the work ethic of these athletes, both on and off the course. Not only are these fine student-athletes a great example of the class of collegiate cycling, they are an even better group of young men and women off the bikes, exemplifying to me what character is all about as a team.
The teamwork aspect of cycling was astounding to me. The best example I can think of during the week is seeing the conference road champion, Zach Felpel, give his back wheel to Sheedy to help push him forward in the event and keep him atop the field without missing much of the action. There were many more selfless acts during the week as well, all of which helped me understand what goes into the mental make-up of a cyclist. True grit and hard work, coupled with determination and class, are the true makings of a top rider among the elite in the nation. GO BOBCATS!
UPDATE #20: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 4 p.m. ET
Brian Sheedy claims 4th in men's omnium.
UPDATE #19: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 2 p.m. ET
Unofficially Rachel Warner finishes third in Omnium. Team looks to finish second overall in team standings.
UPDATE #18: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 1 p.m. ET
After women's crit Marian holds slim lead over LMC with mens Crit to run. Starting soon!
UPDATE #17: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 12 p.m. ET
Unofficially looks as if Bobcats scored all three in top 15 range in womens crit. Go Bobcats!
UPDATE #16: Sunday, May 8, 2011 - 9 a.m. ET
Beautiful Sunday Morning here in Madison. Getting warmed up for the Crit with the Bobcats in 1st place. Go Bobcats!!
UPDATE #15: Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 4:30 p.m.
Due to limited internet access around the area we have been posting most updates via Twitter (@LMCBobcats and @BobcatsCycling) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/LMCAthletics).
It has been a great couple of days here in Madison for the Bobcats, as Rachel Warner and Brian Sheedy each brought home top five finishes in the Road Race, followed by two solid third place finishes this morning in the Team Time Trial. The Bobcats are looking ahead to the Crit tomorrow, where we will be striving to maintain a slim margin over Marian University in the overall team omnium as we look to win our second National Championship of the season.
The team seems very focused and poised for the Crit as they look to hold on to the slim margin over the hard charging Marian.
The riders took the opportunity this afternoon to catch up on some much needed rest following two tough days of racing, wrapping the TTT this morning and relaxing with ice baths and naps in the afternoon to recover and replenish their energy. This evening the team is heading out for dinner around 5 p.m. followed by the USACycling Awards for the first two days of competition. I will continue to keep everyone posted via Twitter and Facebook as much as possible, and will be attempting to load some videos to youtube of the weekend events as well. It has been a good one so far, we look to continue bringing you the results as they happen.
UPDATE #14: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 10:30 p.m.
The team is winding down after another great day of riding and recovering. The team is looking prepared and feeling great heading into tomorrow's Road Race. Fran Welsh, the father of Joseph Welsh, motivated the team with a speech a few moments ago, as has been the custom over the season. Welsh has been following the team this season and made the statement to the group tonight that, "you guys, and girls, are a great group of riders and are fun to watch."
That statement is true as I have been able to get to know the riders a little better as the week has progressed and have found that they are a very fun and lively group. They are also a very dedicated group of young adults that have a very unique and special bond.
In looking ahead to tomorrow's race, the statements have ranged as to what they are expecting from the course tomorrow, but the echoed concern seems to be the difficulty of the course. The way the team has been talking and riding, however, it seems that teamwork will be key, and they are making game plans as groups in looking ahead to the Championship races. The guys will be led by the maturity and experience of Brain Sheedy as he looks to push the team toward another National Title, with a number of great riders behind him as the team will look to push for the podium.
Tomorrow looks to be another great day of racing for the Bobcat club, and we will bring you coverage from the event as we can. You can follow us on Twitter at either (@LMCBobcats, or @Bobcatscycling) or on Facebook at (www.facebook.com/LMCAthletics) GO BOBCATS!!
UPDATE #13: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 2:53 p.m.
Team finishing up morning workouts with an afternoon of rest and recovery planned. This afternoon we will sit down with a couple of the athletes and get a preview of the weekend. We will look to talk with Brian Sheedy and Rachel Warner about the course conditions and team expectations. Will also try and get Luke Winger's perspective as to what we will expect over the weekend.
The team is very optimistic about the weekend, with a number of riders doing well and carrying momentum into the weekend. Warner and Erica Zaveta joined the team in Madison, Wis. after spending time competing in professional rides over the past couple of weeks. Looks to be a great weekend for the Bobcats as we get closer to racing. Road Race gets underway on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. local time (9:30 a.m. EST).
UPDATE #12: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 10:13 a.m.
Enjoying the morning; Team headed to TTT course for workouts, looks like rain today in Madison, but looks to be somewhat clear for the weekend events.
UPDATE #11: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 10:00 p.m. (CT)
MADISON --- After a great second day on the road, we have arrived in Madison and taken the opportunity to look around and see the area. After an early start to the day, we arrived in Madison around 4:30 EST. The team took the opportunity to load up and head up to the Road Race course and get familiar with the route.
We will hopefully be able to bring you a video preview at some-point tomorrow afternoon to let you in on the expectations of the team, as well as introduce you to a few of the team members. We will continue to update from Twitter (@LMCBobcats) and/or Facebook (www.facebook.com/lmcathletics) to see what Wiley is getting into as we continue to follow the cycling team around here in Madison.
Made it to Madison. Getting ready to ride out to the course and get some practice work in.
UPDATE #9: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.
Welcome to Wisconsin - we're closing in on final destination. Beautiful weather!
UPDATE #8: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 2:00 p.m.
Wiley enjoying a movie with the team in Illinois
UPDATE #7: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 1:00 p.m.
Wiley ready for the weekend after lunch at Moe's. N on I-39 5 mi. from El Paso (Ill.)
UPDATE #6: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 12:30 p.m.
Nate Larson just taking it easy - resting up and riding easy
UPDATE #5: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 11:00 a.m.
We just crossed into Illinois as we continue to move North!
UPDATE #4: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.
On the road early morning. Just shy of Indianapolis and rolling North toward Madison. Its going to be a great day!
UPDATE #3: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 9:00 p.m.
Sitting in a Holiday Inn Express around the halfway mark in our trek to Madison, Wisconsin. The Bobcats are out on a training ride, catching the last few moments of daylight to work their muscles after the seven and a half hours in the bus.
It has been a great day, enjoyed getting to know a number of the riders a little better, and also have been able to enjoy the family atmosphere this team has. They really have a special bond that is difficult to read, but is an amazing time when getting to know each of them and just enjoy their company.
Tomorrow looks to be another day of travel that will conclude with a training ride on the road course for Friday's race. In speaking with Luke Winger (Head Coach), it will give the riders a chance to check out the intricacies of the route, and give the team a chance to game plan for the main event.
Looking out the window into the plains of Indiana it is shaping up to be a fairly nice weekend for the team, with rain expected in Madison on Thursday, but hopefully the moisture will be moving out and providing a great climate for the weekends Collegiate National Championships. Until tomorrow keep following us at www.facebook.com/LMCAthletics or on Twitter (@LMCBobcats, @BobcatsCycling).
UPDATE #2: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 2:40 p.m.
Just crossed into Kentucky and continuing North. In Middlesboro, Ky. and continuing to make decent time as we head toward Madison. Looking to make about 7 hours today, get a practice in and then continue the voyage tomorrow. We'll keep you posted!
UPDATE #1: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 1:40 p.m.
On the road. Just crossed into Virginia, almost to Kentucky as we travel. Lunch over and rest taking place on the bus. Go Bobcats!
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College community relations manager Phillip Greene is on the road with the Bobcat cycling team as LMC makes the 14-hour trek to Madison, Wis. to participate in this weekend's USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals. Greene will be providing Bobcat fans with frequent updates throughout the week, including contributions from select members of the travel party. Be sure to check back throughout the week for updates on your Bobcat cycling team as it competes for its 11th national championship!