GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Colorado Mesa University Cycling is the reigning USA Cycling Varsity Overall Omnium National Champion. As collegiate cycling starts up again after a long COVID break, the program’s success continued in Indianapolis at the USA Cycling collegiate track championships.
Since its inception in 1998, the CMU Cycling Team has won 44 individual National Championships, 8 Team Omnium National Championships, and 4 Team Overall Omnium titles.
With the small amount of time the team was able to practice on a track, the CMU cycling team finished second overall in team omnium with 950 points just behind host school Marian University. Highlights from the championships include Ian Anderson, winning the men’s individual omnium and individual pursuit, Evan Boone winning the men’s sprint, and a first-place finish by the men’s team pursuit with Lance Abshire, Ian Anderson, Nathan Roberts, and Torbjorn Roed.
CMU Coach Patric Rostel –
“Competing at Track nationals and winning 4 national titles, including an individual omnium, is phenomenal”
“Given that we only have limited time to train on the track, as we currently don’t have access to a track in Colorado, the results are outstanding and that speaks volumes for the quality of our athletes…… Who knows what we could accomplish with more track time”
The Mavericks took gold, silver, and bronze in the men’s 4km pursuit final, as Anderson finished first with a time of 4:39.820 breaking the Collegiate Track Record at Major Taylor Velodrome by more than 3 seconds. Torbjorn Roed and Lance Abshire rounded up the podium for the CMU Cycling Team. Kate Seiler finished fourth in the women’s 3km pursuit and then went on to earn silver in the women’s team’s 4km pursuit with her teammates Alexis Bobbitt, Lauren Lackman, and Vanessa Romano. Romano finished fourth in the women’s scratch race while Mia Deye placed fourth in the women’s sprint race.
CMU’s co-ed team comprised of Mia Deye, Vanessa Romano, Ian Anderson, Evan Boone, Nathan Roberts, and Torbjorn Roed finished second in the co-ed team sprint final.
CMU’s Mountain Bike team just hosted a mountain bike race at Powderhorn resort earlier this month.
CMU Cycling coach Brian Flaherty –
“Our home mountain bike race weekend was the single largest collegiate race weekend in the RMCCC to date with 640 total registrants and 400+ unique riders. I think this is a great example of how Colorado and our neighboring states are trending more towards non-traditional sports every year”
CMU’s goal at Collegiate mountain bike nationals is to pick up where we left off in 2019 at Big Bear Lakes California and take home the National Title. Simply, they are ready to earn the title of the best-ranked mountain bike team in the country, again. The team knows it’s a big ask to pull off back-to-back titles especially when competing at Purgatory Resort in Colorado. Purgatory is the home training venue for our rival Fort Lewis College. With a little extra determination, and luck we have a talented group of athletes who believe they can pull this off. The team will look to add more national titles and build on the program’s success with Cyclocross, BMX, and Road competitions later in the season.