After a tough but rewarding three days at nationals last weekend, most of the team's track bikes have gone back into the garage; collegiate track season is over and fall has arrived. For many on the team this means a shift to the mountain bikes, but not for Danny Robertson.
Danny has been in Carson, California all week preparing for and participating in USA Cycling's Elite Track Nationals. Competing against cyclist who, only two months ago, were going for the gold in London.
Over the weekend, Danny, seen here in his Allvoi professional team kit, was able to rack up two more medals for his cabinet. Thursday night saw a silver in the Men's Team Sprint and Saturday a bronze in the Keirin. That makes 6 national championship podium finishes in a week. What a way to finish off a season, congrats Danny!
While Danny was on the west coast racking up medals on the track, Tony Baca, Amber Vredenburg, Cory Scott, Caden Burross, and alumni Adam Biwan were in Copperas Cove, TX finishing off their road season with the Texas State Road Race Championship.
Saturday morning's races were held despite high winds and drenching rain storms that left the riders soaked to their bones and covered in grime from head-to-toe. Vredenburg rode to 7th in the women's open, Scott, after flatting out of the break, chased to 14th in the P1s, Biwan finished 10th in the cat 3s, and Burross, 15th in the cat 4s.
Sunday's weather shifted from torrential downpours to windy, cold, and overcast skies. Tony and Amber, our only teammates to compete in Sunday's age classification races, both finished on the podium.
Amber won the gold and walked with the state champion's jersey in the women's 17-18yr old field.
Tony, after being beaten in the sprint by less than a wheel, took silver in the men's U23 classification.
While a handfull of the team were away this weekend, the rest were at home preparing for the remainder of the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference's mountain bike season. Get ready SCCCC, MSU is coming for more medals, and this time it's in the dirt.
Our girls are looking tough out there, watch out!
Speaking of the ladies on the team, if you missed all the tweets and Facebook posts about it, Wednesday the 26th was Jessi Prinner's 20th birthday, go wish her a happy belated if you haven't already, AND tomorrow, Monday Oct. 1st, is Ashley Weaver's 21st, go wish her a happy b-day also.