For the first time in program history, the Brevard College Cycling team sent three cyclists to the same World Championship.
The Tornados sent three cyclists to the 2018 UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Mountain Bike World Championship in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. Team members Carson Beckett (Jr., USA), Nathan St. Clair (Fr., USA), and Tyler Clark (Fr., Canada) represented their countries and Brevard College at this prestigious event.
The UCI is the world's governing body for Cycling competition. This competition hosted some of the world's best riders with competitions in Cross Country, Team Relay, and Downhill events.
"We are extremely proud to have Nathan, Carson, and Tyler represent the United States, Canada and Brevard College in Switzerland," stated Brevard College Cycling Coach Brad Perley following the Championship. "We've had a handful of student-athletes compete at various world championships over the years, but this is the first time we've had three in attendance for one event. Our students are very focused and driven twelve months out of the year. To accomplish these goals and situations like this really showcase the terrific team and school environment for our athletes."
This was an incredible experience for the student-athletes as well. The riders were very humbled by the opportunity to represent their school and country on the world stage.
"My 2018 World Championships experience was one of gratitude and awe," said Beckett. "It was so exciting to be back on European soil and to have the opportunity to represent the USA at the biggest event of the year in such a phenomenal location. Although my race didn't pan out how I had hoped, I enjoyed every second of the trip with such an accomplished group. Coming away from it, I know that I was capable of more and can be satisfied."
The Brevard College representatives showcased poise and moxie although things may not have panned out the way they would've liked. This showcases the values that the Brevard College cycling program has instilled in them.
St. Clair added, "To be able to see countries from around the world come to the little town of Lenzerheide, Switzerland for such a huge event is breathtaking. Racing is very tough on and off the bike. Even when you get everything right, sometimes it's just not your day. Unfortunately, I had a severe mechanical in my race which slowed me down quite a bit. I'm very fortunate to have been able to attend this event, and am very excited about getting to my first collegiate race with Brevard College!"
You can support Carson, Nathan, and Tyler, along with the rest of the 2018-19 Brevard College Cycling team as they travel to Lees-McRae for a two-day event on September 22-23.
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