Cycling posts three inside top-10 at Furman

By Angie Hughes

GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Brevard College cycling team competed at Furman University this past Sunday in their first Cyclocross event of the season. The Tornados did not skip a beat from their successful mountain biking season, as the Tornados placed three cyclists inside the events top-10.

Senior Zach Valdez (Hemet, Calif) took home a fifth-place finish in the Men’s A race. As the California native has had an impressive four years at Brevard, competing on two Cyclocross Division II National Championship teams.

“For my first cross race this season, I was pleased with what I had under the hood,” stated Valdez. “It hurt, a lot. However, I blew some cobwebs out of the pipes, so in that sense it was a successful day. The entire team rode very well, and we all had a blast together at our first collegiate cross race of the season. It’s looking to be a very promising season for Brevard.”

Freshman Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky.) had a solid start to his collegiate cyclocross career, as he finished in seventh-place in the Men’s A race. Beckett is coming off of an impressive Mountain Bike season in which the Benton, Ky. native finished in fourth-place overall at nationals. He was also a member of the relay team that captured Brevard’s first Division I team relay national championship.

Samantha Miranda (Valley City, Ohio) was the Tornados lone female rider to compete over the weekend. As the Valley City, Ohio native finished in the top 10 of the women’s A cyclocross race.

“It was a super fun start to the cross season,” said Miranda, “The challenging course made for a nice transition to the cross bikes, but I still missed racing with my fellow Brevard girls.”

The cyclocross team will have a few weeks off to prepare for the conference championship. Which will be hosted by Brevard in Hendersonville, N.C. on December 10.

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