The University of Colorado-Boulder’s cycling team had top finishes in every discipline at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference championships over the weekend in Gunnison.
“Pretty much the whole team this weekend stepped it up,” said team spokesman, downhiller and CU senior Joey Schusler. “We gained a lot of conference points this weekend.”
CU raced to first and second place in both short track “A” events. For the men, Sam Morrison crossed the line first, with Kevin Kane taking second. In the women’s race, Deidre York took first, Katie Sodergren, second.
Schusler said the short track series, which the school puts on at the Research Park every Wednesday evening through the summer, helps CU dominate in that event. “Everyone races it and is really familiar with it,” he said.
Morrison also won the men’s cross-country race in Gunnison; teammate Brad Berger followed to finish fifth. In the women’s cross-country race, Sodergren and York won second and third, respectively.
Schusler won both of his races in the downhill “A” at Gunnison. The next downhill race is the national collegiate championships in Angel Fire, N.M., he said.
Schusler has won the downhill national collegiate championship three times — every year since he started college.
“Everyone’s like, ‘oh it’s a given you’re going to win,'” Schusler said. “But it’s still a lot of work, it’s still a week of analyzing the course, making sure everything goes right. You still have to have that one good race run. It’s a lot of pressure.”