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2013-2014 Cycling News

January 11, 2014
Werner Wins Individual Title, Bobcats Finish Third at Cyclocross National Championship
BOULDER, Colo. --- The Lees-McRae cycling team finished third in the Division I Collegiate Cyclocross National Championship, while tallying 192 points. Senior Kerry Werner claimed an individual title over the weekend on the men’s side in Boulder, Colo.

October 26, 2013
Bobcats surge to second at Mountain Bike Nationals
BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College cycling team continued its strong weekend at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort on Saturday, placing a trio of riders on the podium to move into second in the team omnium standings heading into Sunday’s final day.

October 25, 2013
Werner, Shields pace Bobcats on first day of Mountain Bike Nationals
BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. --- Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.) and Emily Shields (Salisbury, N.C.) each recorded a top-five finish in their respective short track cross country races to earn a spot on the podium, and pace the Lees-McRae College cycling team to a tie for second in the team omnium on Friday on the first day of the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort.

October 25, 2013
Werner tops podium, Bobcats third at Mountain Bike Nationals
BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. --- Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.) captured the individual omnium for the second time in his career as the Lees-McRae College cycling team placed a total of four riders on the individual omnium podiums en route to a third-place finish at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Natonal Championships at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort on Sunday.

October 24, 2013
Bobcats poised for strong run at Mountain Bike Nationals
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- The Lees-McRae College cycling team is in the midst of its final preparations for this year’s USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike nationals this weekend on Beech Mountain, fresh off a dominating win at the Division I Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships on the campus of Brevard College this past weekend.

September 19, 2013
Nothstein paces Bobcats to strong performance at Track Nationals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- Freshman Tyler Nothstein (Orefield, Pa.) finished fourth in the points race and ninth in the overall individual omnium to lead the Lees-McRae College cycling team to a solid performance at the USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals this weekend at the Colorado Springs Velodrome.

August 19, 2013
Tim Hall named new cycling coach at Lees-McRae
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Tim Hall has been named the new director of cycling and head cycling coach at Lees-McRae College, announced Director of Athletics Craig McPhail Monday.

August 12, 2013
Asheville Citizen-Times: Bookwalters
ASHEVILLE — The kids in helmets and mini-sized mountain bikes, bearing gifts of banana bread, swarmed around Tour de France rider Brent Bookwalter and his wife, Jamie Bookwalter, happy, giggling, excited.

July 24, 2013
'Next' Nothstein learns to emerge from the shadows
When Tyler Nothstein heads toward the finish line coming out of a turn on the final lap of a bicycle race, long shadows usually tell him where his competitors are on the track.

July 23, 2013
Talansky, Bookwalter highlight historic 100th Tour de France
PARIS, France --- Former Lees-McRae College standouts Brent Bookwalter ’06 (BMC Racing) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) capped the 100th Tour de France in style on Sunday, sprinting to the finish on the Champs Elysees in the City of Light while living out their dreams of riding with the best in the world.

July 19, 2013
Velo News: One last summit finish, one last shot at the top 10 for Talansky
LE GRAND-BORNAND, France (VN) — Seeing him on the finish line, comfortably among the big guns after perhaps the 2013 Tour de France’s hardest stage, it’s hard to remember Andrew Talansky is still a Tour rookie. With a sharply focused gaze and a veteran’s poise, Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) looks every bit the battle-tested warhorse he set out to become three weeks ago.

July 16, 2013
Andrew Talansky Journal: Breakaways and mythical mountains
VAUCLUSE, France (VN) — If you looked at stage 14 of the Tour de France, on paper, you would have seen a lumpy day with some small hills, and nothing really of note. In reality, it was from it. Again, just as we had in the Pyrénées, our team had an inkling that something big could happen on this day. Sky had shown weakness the day before in the crosswinds and everyone had the same idea: a breakaway would go to the line and potentially take quite a bit of time in doing so.

July 11, 2013
Wall Street Journal: Top American in Tour de France Is a Rookie
The top American at this year's Tour de France is a rookie whose journey to cycling's pinnacle has been anything but ordinary.

July 11, 2013
Velo News: Talansky boosted by strong stage 11 time trial
FOUGERES, France (VN) — Andrew Talansky stepped out of the Garmin-Sharp team bus Thursday morning to find a gaggle of racing fans asking him for an autograph.

July 8, 2013
Former Lees-McRae cyclists riding in 22nd and 85th place in Tour de France
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- After the completion of nine stages, our Bobcat alumni Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) and Brent Bookwalter ’06 (BMC Racing) are holding strong in 22nd and 85th place, respectively, as they welcome the first day of rest.

July 3, 2013
Former Bobcats riding strong in the Tour de France
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Lees-McRae College is proud to support two former Bobcat cyclists as they ride in the Tour de France. Brent Bookwalter ’06 (BMC Racing) is making his third appearance in this historic race, while newcomer Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) is making his first appearance. As of July 3, Bookwalter and Talansky are riding in 106th and 16th place, respectively.

June 25, 2013 Bookwalter: 'We're on the same team'
BMC Racing Team's Brent Bookwalter makes his living as a worker bee, riding in support of a team goal. But this season he's also made the most of his rare opportunities to shine.

June 24, 2013
M Live: Rockford's Brent Bookwalter selected for third Tour de France
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. --- Brent Bookwalter, a 2002 Rockford High School graduate, will make his third appearance at the Tour de France, which starts Saturday and concludes July 21.

June 19, 2013
Velo News: Garmin’s Talansky has realistic goals about first Tour de France
Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) won’t be on many bookies’ favorites lists for this year’s Tour de France, but the odds are sure to rise in the coming years.

June 14, 2013
Velo News: Talansky: Pre-Tour ‘work is done … I’m excited’
Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) is cooling his jets at altitude in Spain’s Sierra Nevada ahead of his likely Tour de France debut.

June 3, 2013
Pez Cycling News: PEZ Talk: BMC’s Brent Bookwalter
Some say that last is the worst spot to finish a race; but there’s also a school of thought which says second place is the worst. And some would say that the worst races to finish second in are National or World Championships; the winner gets to wear the champion’s jersey for a whole year – the runner-up gets the silver medal to toss in a drawer, somewhere. BMC’s Brent Bookwalter had to endure that feeling twice in the one week.