Photo courtesy of the Taylor family
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team has signed Emily Taylor to its 2019 recruiting class, announced by head coach Tim Hall today (Tuesday, Apr. 9).
Taylor comes to Lees-McRae from Ironwood High School where she was a four-year member of the club cycling team, and also the only female rider. In addition, she worked as an athletic training intern while also getting to showcase her passion for art at many art shows locally. At Lees-McRae, she plans to race cross-country in the mountain bike discipline and also race the road discipline.
"We were impressed with Emily's attitude and spirit during her visit, and believe she brings a lot of important intangibles to the women team, in addition to her mountain bike ability," said Hall. "She has a lot of room to grow as an athlete, and demonstrated the right mindset necessary to grow and become her best."
Taylor cited several reasons as to why she chose Lees-McRae.
"The campus is beautiful, along with the amazing Health and Wellness program as well as the nationally-recognized collegiate cycling team," said Taylor.
Along with cycling, Taylor plans to continue her passion for art and photography while at Lees-McRae.
Taylor noted that her favorite pro cyclist is Chloe Woodruff, who was a member of Team USA during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
"She strives to put more girls on bikes, and helps out a lot with the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling Association," said Taylor.
The Tuscon, Ariz. native is the daughter of Karen and Courtney Taylor, and plans to study Health and Wellness Science.