Photo courtesy of Tim Hall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team is back in action this weekend (Mar. 23-24) at Clemson University's Tiger Town Omnium road racing event.
The event begins with the men's B/C race at 8 a.m. on Saturday (Mar. 23), followed closely by the men's D and women's A races. The men's A race begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the women's B/C race at 10:45 a.m. The team time trial will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (Mar. 24) begins with the men's D criterium at 8 a.m., followed by the women's B/C criterium at 8:40 a.m. The men's B/C criterium begins at 9:15 a.m., before the women's A criterium starts at 10 a.m. The men's A criterium also starts at 11 a.m.
"This weekend kicks off a big block of racing for the team, as we will be competing the next three weekends all in conference," said head coach Tim Hall. "Everyone has had an extra month of training since our last road race, so we feel that they're better prepared for the upcoming events."
Hall noted that Lees-McRae races well at Clemson's events, and he hopes that the prior success can carry into this weekend and further on into the season.
"We have a history of success at Clemson, and we hope to capitalize on our past experience there and use it as a positive stepping stone for King and Milligan over the next two weeks," said Hall.
There are conference points on the line at Clemson this weekend, so the Bobcats expect a very crowded and talented field.
"We anticipate everyone from our conference being at Clemson, so it will be highly competitive," said Hall. "It will also be a good strength and fitness builder for the final eight weeks of the season."
This will be the first weekend that Lees-McRae will compete in the team time trial during a road race event.
"We are using different lineups for both the men and women than we would normally use," said Hall. "It will be interesting to see how the four riders on each squad come together to be successful. We have had some recent practices that went very well, and we will continue to mix up the roster to find the right mix of riders that we believe could be successful at Nationals in Augusta."