Tornados perform well in first cyclocross race

By Joshua Cole, Brevard College Class of 2016

BRISTOL, Tenn. –
Brevard College Cycling's Tornados struck at King University Saturday, Nov. 21 in their first cyclocross race since becoming Division II national champions last January in Austin, Texas. King's course was grueling. The ground was bumpy throughout the course and made the start, which led into a downhill series of turns, dicey.

Cyclocross courses typically involve a set of wooden barriers roughly over one foot tall which racers have to dismount—King’s course featured three separate barrier sections, some of the most skilled of riders, like Brevard’s Spencer Lowden and Trever Kingsbury, were able to navigate the obstacles by jumping the barriers while mounted.

The most grueling aspect of the course was the steep hill riders has to ascend each lap—the laps were relatively short at six to seven minutes. Short lap times meant more attempts at the hill over the men’s A 50 minute race and the women’s A 40 minute race.

Lowden rode exceptionally well for Brevard finishing seventh, significantly improving his result at the course from the previous year’s race. Zach Valdez finished in 12th for Brevard followed by Kingsbury riding into a strong 14th place.

In the women’s A race, Allison Arensman earned Brevard’s strongest result of the weekend with Brevard’s first win of the cyclocross season—she beat King’s Kaysee Armstrong, 2015 Division II mountain bike national champion. Sarah Hill followed Arensman’s lead and finished in fourth.

Nicole Miranda and Sam Miranda rounded out Brevard’s women’s result for 11th and 12th.

Brevard College will be back at racing Dec. 5 at Mars Hill University in preparation for cyclocross nationals at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina Jan. 8.

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