May 6, 2011

Collegiate Nationals

Several locals are racing for a national champion's jersey this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin! Check out the schedule here. Updates at USACycling.

From USA Cycling:
The USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships will be in Madison, Wisc., for the second consecutive year this weekend. Nearly 500 student-athletes representing almost 100 colleges and universities from across the country will compete to win one of 18 national titles, May 6-8.

The road race will take place around Madison's beautiful Blue Mound State Park. The USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, hosted by the Wisconsin University Badgers in partnership with Team Sports, Inc., will see hundreds of men and women from Division I and Division II institutions compete for individual national championships in three categories: criterium, road race and individual omnium. The collegiate squads will also fight for team titles in both the team time trial event and the prestigious overall team omnium classification, which combines results from all three races, both male and female. After sweeping the team time trial, Marian University secured the Division I omnium last year, and will head to Madison looking to defend the trophy. Whitman College used a victory in the Division II women’s team time trial and a third-place result in the men’s event to secure the Division II omnium national title for the second consecutive year.

Competition will begin Friday, May 6 with the road race beginning at 8:30 a.m., at Blue Mound State Park. The Men’s Division I Road Race starts the weekend’s events at 8:30 a.m., followed by the Men’s Division II contest 10 minutes later. The Women’s Divisions I and II races begin at 1 and 1:10 p.m., respectively.

The team time trials take center stage on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. with the Women’s Division II race. A highlight of the weekend’s racing, Sunday’s criterium competition, will take place in University Research Park, just west of the University’s campus. Each race is slated to begin 75 minutes after the previous beginning starting at 8 a.m. with the Women’s Division II race, Women’s Division II race scheduled for 9:15 a.m., Men’s Division II contest at 10:30 a.m. and the Men’s Division I race slated for noon.

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