Photo courtesy of Tim Hall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team will head up the road to Boone, N.C. this weekend (Apr. 27-28) for the High Country Cycling Classic hosted by Appalachian State University.
Event Preview - The collegiate racing begins on Saturday (Apr. 27) at 11 a.m. with the men's B race, followed by the women's A race at 11:05 a.m. The men's C race will also start at 11:10 a.m., before the men's A race begins at 2:35 p.m. Sunday (Apr. 28) begins with the men's C criterium at 9:20 a.m., followed by the men's D criterium at 10 a.m. The women's B/C critierum starts at 10:30 a.m., while the men's B criterium starts off the line at 11:10 a.m. The men's A criterium begins at 12 p.m., while the women's A criterium rounds out the collegiate racing with a 1:10 p.m. start. The weather forecast looks favorable to have a positive effect on rider and road conditions alike. There will be no team time trial at this event.
Proving Ground - This will be the last race weekend for the team until Collegiate Road Nationals in Augusta, Ga. May 10-12. This weekend gives the coaching staff one last chance to make decisions about the roster that will go to Nationals.
Course Description - Saturday's road race will take place in the Sugar Grove area. The course features some tough uphill stretches as well as some descents where riders have to be technically sound, so the course layout will definitely play a factor in the element of the race. Sunday's criterium events will run through downtown Boone, with a five-turn course alongside the Appalachian State University campus. The criterium course is spectator friendly for Sunday's events.
Racing out of Conference - This weekend is a not a conference race for Lees-McRae, as the event is an Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (ACCCC) event.