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Originally published: 2013-04-30 11:57:16
Last modified: 2013-04-30 11:57:15

Lees-McRae inks top cyclist

by Staff Reports

BANNER ELK -- Tyler Nothstein, son of legendary Olympic cyclist, Marty Nothstein, has committed to riding for the Lees-McRae Cycling Team beginning the fall of 2013.

Tyler Nothstein (18), a native of Pennsylvania, is already becoming known on the cycling circuit. Among his accolades, he had four top five finishes during the 2012 USA Cycling Juniors Track Nationals, and two first place finishes at the 2012 Atlantic Regional Junior Track Championship.

"We're thrilled to have Tyler joining our team," said Doug Owen, director of cycling for Lees-McRae. "He's a phenomenal young rider and we look forward to working with him and seeing him compete. It's also been incredibly inspiring for our riders to meet Marty Nothstein and hear his perspective on cycling."

Being a high-level racer and son of an Olympian aren't the only things distinguishing Nothstein from his fellow riders. Nothstein is one of several cyclists in the incoming fall 2013 class who will be signing a commitment letter for cycling.

This is the first year commitment letters have been in place for USA Cycling. In the past, riders could change their mind and transfer to another program until the last day of the academic drop/ add. The purpose of the letter is to create a sense of commitment when a rider chooses a varsity cycling program.

With Marty Nothstein as his father, it's no surprise Tyler Nothstein is following a path of cycling glory. After making his first appearance on the cycling scene in 1989, Marty, better known by his nickname The Blade, won a Silver medal in the sprint at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, he became the first American cyclist in 16 years to win an Olympic gold medal, when he took the victory in the sprint. Also in his collection are three world championships in track events.

After a seventeen year cycling career, Marty Nothstein retired from competitive cycling in 2006.

In addition to his support of Tyler, Marty will also actively support the Bobcat Cycling Team. In the fall of 2013, he has agreed to lead a training camp for cyclists racing track at Lees-McRae. He will also travel with the team as a visiting coach to the USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals in Boulder, Colo.