ASHEVILLE, N.C.- The Brevard College cycling team was in action last weekend in Asheville for Mars Hill's Southeastern Conference races.
The competition began with the Short Track races, and Zachary Valdez rode a stellar race to finish 2nd in the Men's A races. The freshman was followed by teammates Lewis Gaffney and Cypress Gorry in 4th and 5th, respectively. Also scoring a top-10 was Spencer Lowden in 9th.
On the women's side, Erica Zaveta took control of the race right from the start to grab another strong win. The senior was joined on the podium by teammate Sarah Hill in 3rd.
In the B races, Brevard claimed two top-10's in the men's race, with Blake Stephenson placing 3rd and Dillon Brown placing 6th. Courtney Carter took home the win in the women's B.
The men's C short track saw yet another win for BC Cycling, with Regis Bryer crossing the line for the 'W' and teammate Bennett McCoy claiming 4th.
Next was the Team Relay, which will be a new event at the National Championship this year. Each team consists of 3-4 racers, with at least one female. Teams raced on a three-minute racecourse lap, and at least two of the laps needed to be completed by a female competitor. Racers finished their portion of the race and 'tag' the next teammate.
BC fielded two teams for this event and stole the show against strong competition from teams including Mars Hill, Cumberland University, Lees-McRae, and Warren-Wilson College, among others. Brevard 'Team A' (Gaffney, Valdez, and Zaveta) claimed the win, while Brevard 'Team B' (Gorry, Lowden, and Hill) following closely behind for 2nd.
The Super D race followed, which is a quick, punchy effort, but the course is over slightly less technical or rugged terrain than a standard downhill race. There is also a much greater emphasis on the 'pedal' sections, are there were some flat and uphill parts of the course that required riders to be sprinting the whole time.
In the men's A super D, Dan Ennis took another win with a lightning fast race time, followed by Blake Stephenson in 5th and Callum McEwen in 6th.
For the women's A, Hill claimed another downhill win, followed closely by teammate Zaveta in 2nd. Courtney Carter also placed in the top-10 with an 8th place finish.
Brown tried his hand at Super D and grabbed 4th in the men's B. Bryer and Cooper Pursley placed 2nd and 3rd in the men's C, respectively.
Sunday brought the Cross Country races, and the men's A race saw Valdez take 2nd. Gorry finished in 3rd and Lewis Gaffney in 4th. Lowden rode to his second top-10 of the weekend in 9th.
Not to be outdone, Zaveta rode a very smart race to put in a great effort for the win in the women's A competition.
In the men's B race, Brown kept his steady top-10 results coming with a 6th place finish. For the men's C, Bryer took his second win of the weekend in an exciting sprint finish. Joining Bryer on the podium were Callum McEwen in 3rd and Nick Blanchard in 5th.
Next up are the Southeastern Conference Championships hosted by Brevard College, followed by the National Championship in Banner Elk, NC.