BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Dylan Cantrell has signed with the Lees-McRae cycling program, announced director and head coach of cycling Tim Hall Monday evening.
"Dylan is an incredibly strong mountain bike and road racer who has skyrocketed through the ranks in the past year. He can climb as well as sprint, and has a good instincts as the race unfolds," praised Hall.
Cantrell was impressive during the 2015 calendar year while accumulating eight victories, seven second-place finishes and a total of 30 top-10 finishes.
The Mount Airy, Ga., product earned two top 10 finishes at the premier junior event, Tour D'Labitibi in Canada.
"Dylan has the strength not only to make an immediate impact on our elite team, but also has the potential to perform in the professional ranks if he chooses to pursue that path," said Hall. "The experience he will gain training and racing for four years here at Lees-McRae will be a great building block for him to leap into the sport at the highest level."
He finished third overall in varsity boys in the Georgia High School mountain bike league.
Cantrell began the 2015 season as a category 4 rider and worked his way to category 2 by the end of the season.
"I am excited to be joining the Lees-McRae College cycling program and look forward to contributing to a successful road, mountain and cyclocross season in 2016," said Cantrell. "I look forward to the beginning of the next chapter of my life in Banner Elk with the Bobcat Nation and Coach Hall and Coach PJ (Noto). My goal is to excel as a cyclist, while obtaining my bachelor's degree in sports administration. I hope to race professionally after college and later utilize my degree in the cycling industry."
The incoming freshman was on the wrestling and baseball team during his time at Habersham Central High School.
"Few riders his age has progressed as quickly as he did, so we are fortunate to have him become a Bobcat," said Hall.
He is the son of Kim and Doris Cantrell and brother to twin sister Brooke (17) and Jonah (15).
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