Arensman set to leave mark on Cyclocross Worlds in Bieles

BREVARD, N.C. – Three months removed from representing the United States of America at road worlds in Qatar, Brevard College freshman Hannah Arensman (Valdese, N.C.) has been honored for the second time in 2016-17. The Valdese, North Carolina, native will travel to Bieles, Luxembourg, Jan. 28-29 to compete for Team USA at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships.

“To be selected for Cyclocross Worlds again is truly an honor,” Arensman said. “My heart is elated, but the rest of me cannot quite grip the fact that I am actually going to Worlds. It is a dream and a goal I have been working toward all season. What sweet joy it is to see all of the work pay off!”

The Tornados’ head coach, Brad Perley, said Arensman is another example of how BC cyclists can attend school full-time while simultaneously pursuing a professional career.
“We are extremely excited to cheer for her in a couple weeks' time as she races for the red, white, and blue over in Luxembourg,” Perley said. “Just like the other BC cyclists before her that have competed on the international stage, she represents our entire school and program when she competes, and we couldn't be happier. This will be another great experience in her early career.”

Arensman’s esteemed honor comes just after her team took home the USA Collegiate Division I Cyclocross National Championship in Hartford, Connecticut, at the beginning of January. There, the true freshman left her mark on the muddy tracks of nationals, riding to a fourth-place podium in the women’s U23 race, while bringing home the gold for the blue and white as the third leg of the team relay. That same team captured the team relay omnium title, while propelling the Tornados to their first Division I Cyclocross national title.

Arensman said one of the perks of Worlds is the opportunity to travel to different places. In 2016, she represented the stars and stripes in Belgium.

“This year, Cyclocross Worlds is in Luxembourg, which will be very fun since it is right beside Belgium (a huge center for cyclocross),” Arensman said. “In my previous experience there, the racing in and around Belgium is hard because of how big and aggressive the pelotons are. Also, Europe in general is a rainy country, which induces lots of mud that becomes even more fun when it freezes. That is why I love racing there and am sure Luxembourg is no different!”

Slipping on the Team USA jersey brings up some big feelings, Arensman said.

“It is in that moment you feel very self-aware, because you are representing the United States of America,” she said. “This feeling is more humbling than anything else when you realize what the letters across your back represent and what people in a foreign country will think about the person wearing them.”

“All in all,” Arensman added. “I am excited to be going and cannot wait to get some Luxembourg mud on my tires!”

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