Western’s mountain bike team wins national title

Western’s mountain bike team wins national title

Oct. 24, 2017

Missoula, Mont. – This past Sunday, the Western State Colorado University Mountain Bike Team won the Varsity DII national title at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.

Western fielded 13 athletes to compete across five disciplines: cross county, short track, downhill, dual slalom and the team relay. Western accumulated 399 points over the course of the three-day event, beating the 2016 defending DII champion, Warren Wilson College, and 2015 DII Champion, King University. Western has been runner up in three of the past four years.

Around 30 student-cyclists race for Western in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) each fall, with top riders qualifying to race at nationals each October. The team plans to defend their title once again in Missoula for the 2018 national event.

The Mountain Bike Team is part of Western’s Mountain Sports Program.

About Mountain Sports

Formed in 2012, the Western Mountain Sports Program is a unique conglomerate of teams that compete in skiing, snowboarding, cycling and trail running. The teams are open to any student and compete in a variety of local, regional, national and even international events, both collegiate and non-collegiate.