Cole earns podium finish on opening day of Collegiate Road NationalsMay 13, 2016
MARSHALL, N.C. – Top-ten finishes from Janelle Cole and Allison Arensman highlighted Brevard’s first day of competition at USA Cycling Division I Collegiate Road Nationals in Western North Carolina.
Cole was Brevard’s top finisher, coming within a few feet of a top finish as the fourth rider to cross the line in a six-person breakaway at the front of the field.
"What an amazing race!" a visibly exhilirated Cole said following the race. "It was incredible to ride with such a strong and quality group of women and I can't wait to do it again tomorrow."
Arensman was the first rider outside the lead pack, crossing the line in seventh position. The senior was pleased with her performance and with the determination shown by Brevard's small squad.
“Today held a lot of ‘firsts’ for our team. Between racing in our inaugural Division I road championship and taking one of the smallest nationals squads to date, the team was up against a high challenge. These factors didn’t affect the team atmosphere, though; we were as tight and determined as ever! Everyone went out and rode their best despite any of the ‘firsts.’ Much knowledge, gratitude, and a podium were gained. Now we look to tomorrow’s crit[erium race] to capitalize on what was learned today.”
Nicole Miranda was Brevard’s third and final rider in the field, racing to a solid 47th-place field in her first Division I road competition.
“Today’s course was challenging in many different ways,” Miranda stated. “The climbs were steep, fast, and tough. The descents were even faster, plus they were twisty and slippery, which required a lot of technical skills. I had a personal-best race by being able to bridge up to the main group and be with them for the start of our final lap.”
Joshua Cole led Brevard’s men, finishing 73rd in the 150-rider field on a difficult day for the Tornados. Cole’s teammates, Ray Dangelmaier and Spencer Lowden, were caught up in a crash and were unable to finish the 72-mile event. Neither suffered significant injuries.
Janelle Cole, Arensman, and Miranda will compete in tomorrow’s spectator-friendly criterium in downtown Burnsville. The race will take place on a 0.9-mile closed course and begin at 12:30 p.m.