Ready to Hit the Road
HSU cyclists Luke Ramseth, Hayley Umayam, Traci Kroll and Nate Abel head to Ogden, Utah this week to compete in the Collegiate Road National Championships. The four teammates will race in the championship criterium on Saturday, May 5, and road race the next day.
“Luke is leader of our national’s team,” said Vicky Sama, HSU Cycling Club faculty adviser and coach. “He’s been to road nats twice before, and he has the strength, smarts and experience to race well. Right now he’s one of the strongest collegiate cyclists in the nation.”
Ramseth was crowned the Division II Western Collegiate Cycling Conference Champion at regional championships in Reno, Nev. two weeks ago. Umayam finished second in the women’s omnium and Kroll third.
“Hayley is a strong climber, and is in shape to tackle the 62-mile road race with about 2500 feet of elevation gain,” Sama said.
“Traci has powerful sprints and favors crits,” Sama said. Kroll finished fifth in last year’s collegiate national criterium in Madison, Wisc. “It would be great to see her on the podium again this year.”
Sama said Abel will be strong in both the men’s 78-mile road race and 75-minute criterium. “This will be Nate’s first time at road nationals. He went to mountain bike nationals last year. He’s got great spirit and strong will to kill it in Utah,” she said.
Sama will join the four cyclists at national competition and will give them advice and support from the sidelines. “I’m there to encourage them and remind them that they’re all potential champions,” she said.