Photos courtesy of the Beaupre family
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team has added Maxwell Beaupre to its 2019 recruiting class, head coach Tim Hall announced today (Monday, Feb. 11).
Beaupre comes to Lees-McRae from Sutton High School. For four years he was a participant in the Pan Mass Challenge, one of the largest athletic fundraisers in the country for cancer research. During this fundraiser weekend, Beaupre says he rides 50-100 miles in honor of those battling cancer and to help raise money for research. He plans to race cross-country and downhill for the Bobcats, but is also open to racing short track. He was a 2018 Enduro national champion in the U-18 division, and has previously raced for the Ride100Percent development team.
"Max has proven himself to be a top notch competitor at the highest level in mountain biking," said Hall. "His outstanding handling skills, physical strength, and enthusiasm to compete for the top step make him a unique individual. We are looking forward to having his passion and energy on the team this fall."
Beaupre says he was brought to Lees-McRae by the cycling program as well as the business administration academic major.
"My goal is to continue to race mountain bikes professionally, as well as learn the business end of the industry," said Beaupre. I hope to learn all I can about both cycling and business through Lees-McRae's courses."
Beaupre also spoke very highly of the cycling program itself as well as the unique setting of Lees-McRae.
"I was thoroughly impressed at how organized and well-coached the cycling program is," said Beaupre. "Through research as well as talking to current Bobcats, Lees-McRae has what I am looking for. I love how it is a small town located in the mountains. There's pretty much everything you want to do around there: skiing, lots of riding and hiking and tons of cool sights to see."
Beaupre is interested in getting involved on campus through a part-time job, as well as seeing what other clubs and organizations the school has to offer.
Beaupre says he draws his inspiration from pro cyclist Tyler McCaul.
"I have trained and ridden with him many times and follow his career closely," said Beaupre. "He's such a great guy who has such an awesome outlook on his career and life in general. He is also an incredible rider, competing in pretty much every aspect of mountain biking. I aspire to be the all-around rider like he is."
The Sutton, Mass. native is the son of John and Rebecca Beaupre, and plans to major in business administration and minor in cycling studies.