HSU bookends the national podium. Steven Pearl at left and Justin Graves, right at Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in Beech Mountain, N.C. on Oct. 28.
Humboldt State Cycling scored two spots on the Division II men’s individual omnium podium at Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. Steven Pearl finished 4th overall and Justin Graves 5th following outstanding gravity and endurance races during the week’s nationals competition. The two received national championship medals. Pearl’s impressive finishes include 6th place in Friday’s short track and 8th place in Sunday’s dual slalom. Graves finished 6th in the downhill and 9th in dual slalom.
Ali Osgood earned two national championship medals for finishing 5th in the dual slalom and 4th in the downhill… an amazing feat considering the slippery ice on the trails during competition. Her downhill qualifying time was even ten seconds faster than her final run. What a speed queen!
In addition to podium placers Pearl, Graves and Osgood, three other HSU cyclists competed at national championships: Dylan Wright, Alvin Garlejo and Derek Roelle, who crashed on ice during a practice run and broke his femur. The guy is truly a champ. He immediately had a operation to install a titanium rod in his thigh. Congrats to the team and best wishes for a speedy recovery for Roelle.
HSU cyclists always Ride it Out.