Road trip

Fort Lewis College students may have packed their bags for the summer, but the FLC Cycling Team’s got one for last hurrah.

This weekend, select skinny-tired Hawks will head to Grand Junction for the grand finale to their season: the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Nationals. Racing starts this Fri., May 4, with the road race followed by team time trials on Saturday and the criterium on Sunday.

The third-place Skyhawks will be battling it against the two top teams, CU Boulder and CSU. FLC Head Coach Dave Hagen is optimistic about the Hawks chances to ride away victorious.

“Our season was a bit different this year by attending a couple SWCC Conference races early in the season, some off weekends and a cancelled race because of weather,” he said. “We adapted by doing some inter-squad racing and practiced our team time trial quite a bit. We worked well together as a team and are quite confident that we’ll see some stellar performances in Grand Junction.”

The men’s team won the road race last year, and the women are fresh off wins in the road race and time trial at the recent Squawker Classic.

“Picking a nationals team out of so many deserving riders is one of the toughest parts of the job but I think we did a great job picking riders best suited to the courses and conditions,” Road Coach Ian Burnett said. “Things have been coming together for the team this spring and if the breaks go our way, we have a good shot at the team title.”

Riders for the men include: Dillon Janda; Peter Behm; Matthew Turner; Noah Schlosser; James Hilyer; Skyler Mackey; Emmanuel Gagne; Nik Johnson; Thomas Gauthier; and Andre Bos.

The womens team consists of: Emily Abraham; Charlotte Backus; Savannah Adams; Kira Payer; Tristen Musselman; and Sophie Russenberger.

To keep up with the team’s standings, check out FLCCyclingTeam on Facebook.