By Vicky Sama
HSU Cycling Team on the podium at Conference Championships. Back row: Gianpaul Ferioli, Tim Davidson, Stephen Allen, Jamie Lira, Joseph Lamb and Michael Malocha. Front row: Kristoffer Dean, coach Vicky Sama, assistant coach Evan Gibbs, Josh Schultz, Ryan Spaulding, Nate Abel, Ben Barry, Traci Kroll and Moose (lying down). Photo courtesy Vicky Sama.
Congratulations to HSU Cycling Club for winning the Div. II Western Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships for yet another season! The team raced in Saturday’s road race in Hollister and Sunday’s criterium in Morgan Hill at the conference championships hosted by Stanford University on April 24 and 25.
Congratulations to Ryan Spaulding for being crowned the well-deserved overall Div. II omnium men’s champion and to Traci Kroll for winning the Div. II women’s omnium. They each received a medal and lucite championship star. Ben Barry finished second place in the omnium, which means all three will get the honor of being called to the front of the start line at the National Collegiate Cycling Championships in Madison, Wisc. in May. That will give them a good start place over the hundred or so cyclists in their field. That’s super cool!
Awesome racing this weekend by Josh Schultz who flipped over bushes and still finished with the pack in the wicked-fast Men’s B crit; Nate Abel who kicked butt in the road race and proved that rabbit ears can be aerodynamic; Michael Malocha and Gianpaul Ferioli for putting the hammer down in the crit and getting 4th and 5th places; Tim Davidson who was aggressive in the Men’s C crit; Jamie Lira for winning a prime and for convincing her parents to house the team; Joseph Lamb who finished his first and last collegiate race; and Kristoffer Dean who is always cheering his teammates.
The team and our riders won in Div. II but also finished impressively among the Division I schools. Check out the full race results on the WCCC.
Check out the live race updates, crit sprint finishes and pics on the Humboldt State Cycling Facebook.
What a great way to end the regional collegiate cycling season! Best of luck to Ryan, Ben and Traci as they represent HSU at national championships in two weeks.
Thanks to all of our riders who participated in races this semester and your families and friends who came out and supported you. Special thanks to Evan Gibbs who was extremely valuable helping the team at the races and to Moose for being such a cycling lover and calming our nerves when we need it most.