Cycling teams wins ACCC road championship
by Staff Reports
Appalachian's cycling team was named Atlantic Coast Conference Cycling Division I road champions for the second year in a row. The team successfully completed the Division I Road Championship race in the Boone area April 14-15.
In addition to the team competition, Appalachian had individual conference overall winners as well, that included: Reid Beloni in the Men's A category, Nina Laughlin in the Women's A category, and Michael Potter in the Men's C category.
“It feels good to win two years in a row,” Sean Weddell, cycling team advisor and coach said. “It was one of our team goals for the year to win another team title, and moving up into the Division I last year and continuing to win conferences at a higher level is great.”
Appalachian Cycling members compete in a variety of categories based on their ability ranging from D, new riders, to A, most experienced.
Other teams who participated in the event were UNC Chapel Hill, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, West Virginia University, U.S. Naval Academy, Virginia Commonwealth University and James Madison University.
“The As in general did very well this year and the entire Men's C group rode extremely well, hands down one of the best,” Weddell said of his top performing team. “All the women did well, especially Baylee Hale who raced every weekend with a smile and finished third overall in the women's C category. In addition, Kelly Perkins started in category C but won the category B conference criterium and was third overall for Women's B conference while being a new racer.”
Weddell is proud of the cycling team while looking forward to a new year and hopes to see more women try out for the team. “As much as cycling is competitive, we just want it to be enjoyable as well,” Weddell said. “Anyone who has an interest in cycling is welcome. You don't necessarily have to be the fastest, you just need a love for cycling and the outdoors.”
The team's next competition is the United States of America Cycling (USAC) Collegiate Road Nationals in Ogden, Utah May 4-6. Representing Appalachian Cycling is Derek Whitescarver, Reid Beloni, Andre Vandenberg, Clayton Omer and Nick Inabinet for the men and Nina Laughlin for the women.