Tornados to host only event of fall this weekend

BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College cycling team, two-time defending mountain bike and cyclo-cross national champions, will host its only race of the fall season on Saturday and Sunday in the opening competition of the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference season.

Cross country events will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday with two men’s and one women’s race. Both A group races, which include the top riders from each school, will take place at 11:30 a.m., with dual slalom races in all categories beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday’s event will take place at Adventure Village, located at 129 Israel Road approximately 10 minutes west of Brevard just off U.S. Highway 64. Adventure Village will also host downhill races in all categories beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The races will move to Brevard’s campus on Sunday afternoon. Short track events will take place every half hour in the Ross Hall area of campus, which is located adjacent to Gil Coan Field, beginning with the men’s C short track event at 12:30 p.m. The women’s and men’s A races begin at 2:00 and 2:30, respectively.

Attendance by students and community members is strongly encouraged, particularly at Sunday afternoon’s short track events. Music and large crowds in past seasons have helped cultivate a fun atmosphere for these races.

“Our home mountain bike race weekend is a big deal and a great opportunity for the school and community,” said head coach Brad Perley. “As well as providing the racers with some top-notch courses, Brevard College is once again offering a unique situation with the short track races being held on campus. As a team, we’re looking forward to racing hard and representing the BC community.”

“Standing on the lawn in front of Ross Hall watching staff, faculty, and students cheer on the BC cyclists, to me, is the perfect example of the environment we have here,” he continued.

Brevard will look to experienced racers Cypress Gorry and Zachary Valdez to lead the team in the men’s short track events. Gorry and Valdez have won the last two individual national championships, each in their freshman seasons. They will be joined in the endurance events by fellow A racers Dylan Johnson and Spencer Lowden.

Sophomore Callum McEwen played a major role in designing the downhill course and hopes to excel in that event. New additions to the team Walker Shaw and Logan Mulally will look to reinforce a strong squad that includes Blake Stephenson, Zach Miller, and Duncan Miller.

On the women’s side, versatile riders Sarah Hill and Nicole Miranda will be racing in all four events. Allison Arensman, a 2013 road national champion, will be competing in her first mountain bike event over the weekend, while Courtney Carter will also look to make a solid showing in the downhill race after she was a member of last year’s championship team.

The deep field for this event includes traditional cycling powers like Lees-McRae, Union (Ky.), Mars Hill, East Tennessee State, and Warren Wilson as well as large schools like Georgia Tech, Florida State, Clemson, and Furman.

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