Before we start 2013, it’s time to back-pedal and remember what happened this past year at HSU Cycling.
A record number of riders joined HSU Cycling in 2012. More than 50 riders, including 14 women, became club members– the largest the club has ever been, with more women than ever before.
The road team was stacked with talent, having more A team riders than ever before. Men’s road team captain Luke Ramseth led the squad of Ryan Spaulding, Nate Abel and Ben Barry in team time trials throughout the spring.
In March, HSU Cycling hosted three race events: a road race and team time trial in Loleta and a criterium on campus. Collegiate riders from as far away as Los Angeles attended our races, and Stanford’s team voted it the best collegiate road race of the season.
In April, HSU Cycling won the Div. II Western Collegiate Cycling Conference Road Championships in Reno, Nev.
Ramseth became the WCCC individual Road Conference Champion and was named Eureka Channel 3’s Athlete of the Week.
Hayley Umayam, Traci Kroll and Kaydee Raths represented HSU in the women’s A team time trials– HSU’s first-ever women’s team in that discipline.
Ramseth, Abel, Umayam and Kroll competed at altitude in Ogden, Utah at Collegiate Road National Championships in May. Ramseth finished top ten in the Div. II road race.
During the spring semester, the team traveled thousands of miles to compete in San Diego, Fresno, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles (UCLA), San Francisco (Stanford), Davis, San Luis Obispo, Berkeley and of course at home in Arcata. We brought a dozen or so riders to Conference Championships in Reno and then four of our racers drove another 1700 miles for National Championships in Utah. Through all those miles, hotel rooms, peanut butter sandwiches, races victories, upsets and crashes, we’ve had some of the most memorable experiences of our college careers.
As the fall semester began, HSU Cycling lost one of its longtime, beloved members. Shaun Summa, who was on leave from HSU to attend firefighter school in Chico, died. It was tough news for the first day of school. We held a memorial ride in the Arcata Community Forest and a special friends gathering in Shaun’s honor. His contagious smile will not be forgotten.
In October, HSU Cycling hosted a series of mountain bike races in Whiskeytown.
HSU’s Steven Pearl had a record-breaking mountain bike season, winning a medal in every race he entered in fall.
HSU sent a few riders to WCCC mountain bike gravity championships in fall. (Endurance events were held on a separate weekend.) And for the first time in several years, HSU ceded the Div. II conference championship to Chico.
Justin Graves, the 2010 Collegiate National Champion in downhill, finished 4th on the podium at Nationals in Angel Fire, N.M. in the men’s Div. II omnium. For that, he was named the Lumberjack newspaper’s Athlete of the Week.
In 2012, HSU Cycling Club gained several new riders and graduated several too. We congratulate those who will move onto life after Humboldt: Luke Ramseth, Nate Abel, Ben Barry, Erik Tedsen, Traci Kroll, Hayaley Umayam, Hallie Health, Kaydee Raths… ride on!