Banner Elk, N.C. - The Brevard Men’s and Women’s Cycling teams competed this past weekend in Banner Elk, N.C. against teams from East Tennessee State, Florida, Warren Wilson, Lees-McRae, Cumberland, Georgia Tech, North Georgia College and State, Life, Georgia, and UNC Asheville.
This meet held strong implications for both Tornado teams concerning national championship qualification, and the teams came away with nothing to worry about as they dominated the competition.
Saturday’s events consisted of a time trial event, a short track cross country race, and a dual slalom race.
In the time trial, on the women’s side, Julia Tellman took first as she finished ahead of teammate Jo Tuttle by almost a full minute. The men’s team placed five in the top 20 as Tristan Cowie came in a close second, followed by Dan Ennis in 5th, Matt St. Marie in 10th, Matt Wells in 14th, and Tim Reinhart rounding out the pack in 20th.
The same was true of the short track race as Tellman again finished on top, with Tuttle taking second on the women’s side. For the men, Cowie took first in this event, with St. Marie finishing in the top five, with Ennis looking in from the outside at 7th.
The dual slalom race was dominated by BC’s Danny Cesare and Tuttle as both won their respective races. Tuttle’s only competition for the event came from teammate Tellman in the semifinals, but she breezed past her on her way to victory. Cesare likewise faced a challenge in teammate Ennis, but past him en route to victory.
The marquee cross country race was the main event on Sunday as the cyclists combated on a grueling course that took over two hours to race. Cowie again came out on top, passing the leaders with about five minutes left in the race. St. Marie rode with the leaders most of the race, but a last-second flat tire led to him finishing in 7th. Ennis and Reinhart both finished in the top 15, rounding out a solid effort by the team. On the women’s side, it was much of the same for the Tornados as Tellman and Tuttle finished 1-2 in the race, finishing up the weekend.
The Tornado Cycling team is back in action on October 11th and 12th as they travel to Conference Championships which are hosted in Clemson, S.C.