BC hosts first cycling event

Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College Cycling team hosted their first collegiate mountain bike tournament this past weekend at Adventure Village in Brevard, N.C. The event attracted over 114 different riders from schools including Lees-McRae, Warren Wilson, Eastern Tennessee State, Cumberland, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, North Georgia College and State, UNC Asheville, and Appalachian State.

The weekend started out with a challenging downhill race, which was made even more difficult due to the amount of rain the course had received. Few riders were able to make it through the course without crashing, but those who did were guaranteed a high result. BC’s Johanne Tuttle was one of the few who survived the course unscathed, finishing on top with a lead of almost 20 seconds on her closest competitor. Fellow teammate Julia Tellman placed third in the event. For the men, Dan Ennis and Danny Cesare both crashed in their races, and were unable to finish in the top 10.

The teams moved to the cross country course for the short track race. Tristan Cowie led the Tornados men with a strong third place finish. Matt Wells finished in eighth with Ennis finishing in 15th to round out the top 15. Another BC rider, Matt St. Marie, was outside the top five for most of the race before crashing, falling down to 17th. For the women, Tellman and Tuttle led the way again, finishing in third and fifth respectively.

The final event on Saturday was the Dual Slalom. The BC teams dominated this event as both the men’s and women’s teams placed a rider in the victory circle. Tuttle was the fastest women’s qualifier for the event and proved her mastery of this event by winning all of her races by a significant margin. Tellman was right behind her, placing second. In the men’s races, Cesare led the way by fighting off the course favorite, Ben Hulse of Lees-McRae, in the final run to snatch the victory.

The main event on Sunday was the cross country event. Cowie finished in a strong second place behind the pre-race favorite from Lees-McRae as Wells finished also in the top 10, taking seventh place. Tellman and Tuttle had strong races for the women as they took third and fourth place for the event.

The BC Cycling team is back in action September 27-28, 2008, when they head to Dahlonega, Ga. to take part of the event at North Georgia College and State.

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