Cycling wraps up regular season at the High Country Cycling Classic over the weekend

Cycling wraps up regular season at the High Country Cycling Classic over the weekend

Photos courtesy of Tim Hall


BOONE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team finished up its road regular season this past weekend (Apr. 27-28) at the High Country Cycling Classic hosted by Appalachian State University.

Day one consisted of the road races, while day two featured the criterium events.

Men on Day One - The Bobcats took second through fourth in the A race, with Nolan VanderZwaag, Caleb Smith and Liam Flanagan crossing the line in the top five in the 66-mile event. VanderZwaag was part of three-man breakaway which initially included Flanagan, but eventually it came down to a two-up sprint against Emory University.  Will Hardin took seventh in the race, while Matthew Armstrong finished ninth. Kent Ayers and Joseph Penley would finish back-to-back in third and fourth in the B race from a five-man breakaway, while Zachary Ross also finished sixth. James Kreuzburg was the lone Bobcat in the C race, finishing fifth.

Women on Day One - Ashlyn Woods led the way for the Bobcats in the A race finishing second, while Dagny Palmer also finished right behind her in third. Woods and Palmer were part of a five-woman breakaway for most of the 46-mile race as it came down to a sprint.  Erin Sferrazza and Marla Cline also finished back-to-back in sixth and seventh respectively, both chasing the lead breakaway in solo fashion.

Men on Day Two - VanderZwaag and Flanagan would finish second and third respectively in the A criterium after lapping the field in a five-man breakaway.  Armstrong and Smith also crossed the line in 13th and 14th from the chase group.  Penley posted a second-place finish in the B criterium, with Ayers also finishing in fourth and Ross placing eighth. Kreuzburg would place fourth in the C criterium as the lone Bobcat in the event.

"Our men did a great job controlling each race and putting themselves in a position to win this weekend, and all we need to do now is finish it off one place better," said head coach Tim Hall.

Women on Day Two - Woods would post a victory in her final collegiate race in the A criterium, while Sferrazza would cross the line in fourth and Palmer would take fifth. Woods was in a two-woman breakaway that lapped field and won the sprint on the line.  Cline would also take eighth in the criterium event, completing her first A weekend of the season. 

"Ashlyn has been a fabulous rider for us for four years, has earned quite a few medals at nationals, and it was exciting to see her end it with a victory," said Hall. "She will be greatly missed."

Up Next - The last event for the team will be Collegiate Road Nationals, which take place from May 10-12 in Augusta, Ga.

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