Photos courtesy of the Herbertz family
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team has inked Benjamin Herbertz to its 2019 recruiting class, announced today (Tuesday, May 21) by head coach Tim Hall.
Herbertz comes to Banner Elk from Herron High School. Throughout his racing career, he has won a district championships in cyclocross, while also earning a medal in the state championships for the road discipline. He currently races for the Endurance Collective Elite junior development team. Off the bike, he is a decorated Eagle Scout. He plans to race cyclocross and road at Lees-McRae.
"Ben is a great fit for our road and cyclocross team due to his experience level and potential growth," said Hall. "We believe he will be contribute to our elite A team right away, and adds needed depth for both disciplines. Ben has a great work ethic, understands teamwork, and over time he will develop into a good leader off the bike as well."
Herbertz cited several reasons as to why he chose Lees-McRae.
"I chose Lees-McRae because of its great emergency medical services and management and cycling programs," said Herbertz. "I think that being in such a beautiful area will motivate me to strive for excellence while being in a small town will help me to focus on my goals."
Herbertz cited Marcell Kittel and Chris Froome as his favorite pro cyclists.
The Indianapolis, Ind. native is the son of Daniel and Amy Herbertz, and plans to major in emergency medical services and management while also minoring in cycling studies.