Madison, Wis. - Three Tornados cyclists competed in the USA Cycling 2010 Collegiate Road Nationals this past weekend, held in Madison, Wis. in windy and cold conditions as the temperature was in the low 40s throughout the week.
Corey Meyer, Matt St. Marie and Julia Tellman took to the road for Coach Thad Walker as the Tornados looked to add another trophy to the case, having taken the overall team title in the 2009 Fall Mountain Bike Championship segment. The Tornados trio represented Brevard College with pride as they finished 17th overall in the Division II out of the 46 schools who competed.
Meyer opened the event for the Tornados on Friday in the Road Race, finishing 17th overall out of the field of 76. Meyer’s time of 3:36:42 was six minutes back of national champion Cory Scott of College of William and Mary. St. Marie was among the riders who recorded a DNF for mechanical issues in the event, as was Tellman on the women’s side.
The Criterium was the major event on the second, as Meyer led the men in the event, finishing 17th overall with a time of 58:03.4, less than three seconds off the pace of Richard Geng. St. Marie was among 20 racers who did not finish on the course, while on the women’s side, Tellman recorded a ninth place finish, crossing the line in 44:57.1.
The Tornados wrap up the 2009-2010 season as one to remember as the team clinched BC’s first team national championship since becoming a four-year institution in the 2009 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Championships at Truckee, Calif. Brevard will look to continue to build on the success of the program as they prepare to defend their title in the fall of 2010.