Sunday, October 18, 2009


Tuttle wins individual title in Four-Cross event

Truckee, Calif. - The Tornados finished the second day of the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships on Saturday afternoon with a comfortable lead in the Division II Omnium competitions, led by Jo Tuttle’s National Championship in the Four-Cross event.

Also receiving podium finishes for the Tornados on Saturday was Tristan Cowie with a second place finish in the short track event, Julia Tellman with a third place result in the short track and a fifth-place result in the four-cross.

Previous podium finishes for the Tornados in the event include Cowie’s fifth-place finish in the cross country event on Friday and Tellman (3rd) and Tuttle’s (5th) in the women’s cross country event.

The Brevard men’s team started off the cross country event on Friday, led by Cowie’s finish in 2:37:31, five minutes back of National Champion Stephen Ettinger of Montana State University-Bozeman.

Cory Rimmer, Matt St. Marie and Matt Wells also were in the race, finishing in the top 35 of the event.

On the women’s side, Tellman finished six minutes back from Lydia Tanner, also from Montana State University-Bozeman, with a time of 2:24:38 and Tuttle finished five minutes behind her to round out the top five.

Caroline Decosimo recorded a top-ten finish in her first national championship event with a time of 2:48:54, and Sarah Duncan came in 12th to round of the group of Tornado riders on Friday.

The Tornados showed consistency again on Saturday in both the Short Track and Four-Cross events, as Cowie led the men with a second-place finish in the short track, again coming up short behind Ettinger. Rimmer and St. Marie finished in 15th and 16th respectively, while Wells finished in the top 30.

Tellman again showed her consistency and overall skill, finishing third in the women’s short track, while Tuttle just missed out on the podium, coming in sixth. Decosimo came in eighth, just behind Warren Wilson’s Nina Otter and Duncan rounded out the group in 16th.

Danny Cesare led the charge for the Tornados men’s team in the Four-Cross event, finishing 11th. He was joined in the top 15 by teammates Rimmer and Thomas Bagnal, with Cowie finishing in 16th.

Jacob Roland and Park Baker rounded out the group in 23rd and 27th respectively.

Tuttle clinched her third individual National title, finishing ahead of Colorado School of Mines’ Courtney Steen in the Four-Cross event, while Tellman finished in fifth for her third podium finish of the National Championships.

Duncan and Decosimo finished in 10th and 12th for Coach Thad Walker as the Tornados have one day remaining as they attempt to hold onto the team overall lead in the downhill contests being raced on Sunday.