Photo courtesy of Tim Hall
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team will conclude its road season this weekend (May 10-12) at Collegiate Road Nationals in Augusta, Ga.
Event Preview - The event begins on Friday (May 10) with the team time trial, followed by the road race on Saturday (May 11) and the criterium events on Sunday (May 12). Both the team time trial and the road race will take place at Fort Gordon Military Base, while the Sunday criterium will run through downtown Augusta.
Roster Breakdown - Lees-McRae will be competing with seven men and four women this weekend, missing Jake Jones and Ashlyn Woods due to graduation on Saturday (May 11). Matthew Armstrong, Brendan Bengtson, Liam Flanagan, Will Hardin, Daniel Jeske, Caleb Smith and Nolan VanderZwaag will compete for the men, while Marla Cline, Svetlana Mack, Dagny Palmer and Erin Sferrazza will compete for the women. This will be the first road nationals for Flanagan, Cline, and Mack.
"We have set some ambitious goals for ourselves in Augusta this weekend," said head coach Tim Hall. "We believe we have the riders who can pull off some medal-winning performances, but it will definitely require 100 percent teamwork in order to achieve it."
Course Breakdown - The team time trial and road race courses at Fort Gordon will provide competitive yet balanced action for all teams, as the courses lack a clear selection, but the Georgia heat and rolling hills will take their toll.
Field Breakdown - The Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference will be well-represented this weekend, along with several other nationally-renowned varsity programs.
"We know the teams to beat from our conference quite well, but other programs like Fort Lewis, Marian and Colorado Mesa have deep rosters with riders we aren't as familiar with," said Hall. "The quality of competition will be the most difficult we've faced all year, but we believe our riders will handle it and put themselves in position to potentially win a race."