October 24, 2007
Spectator Info for the 2007 Collegiate Nationals Race(Oct 25-28):
The best areas for spectators to watch the race will be at the starting line located on the lacrosse practice fields, in the bleachers set up at the Mill Pond and along the road by the Mill Pond. Parking for the cross country events will be available at Lees-McRaeâ€™s athletic complex located on Hickory Nut Gap Road in Banner Elk.
The short track consists of a one mile long loop with a little of everything from flat, open sections to a short climb. Open spectator areas will be available in the middle of the course on the lacrosse practice fields and in the woods along the course, and bleachers will be set up at the finish. Parking for the short track races will be available at Lees-McRaeâ€™s athletics complex.
On Saturday you can also catch the practice for the dual slalom events from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the dual slalom course near the lacrosse practice fields at Lees-McRaeâ€™s athletics complex.
The weekend comes to a close on Sunday, Oct. 28, with the final competition: the dual slalom. Qualifying will begin at 8 a.m. with the dual slalom finals taking place afterwards. A favorite of mountain bike spectators, the dual slalom is a head to head competition down a manmade course usually with gated turns (much like ski racing). The course usually has manmade obstacles such as berms, jumps, bumps and the occasional drop. One side of the dual slalom course is cleared for spectators, and bleachers will be set up at the finish line.
Top Lees-McRae riders to watch in the weekendâ€™s competitions are Scott Stewart, a junior of Oxford, MI, and Mike Anderson, a freshman of Alpen, MI, in the cross country and short track competitions. Top downhill and dual slalom riders are Aaron Bradford, a senior of Auburn, WA, and Ben Hulse, a freshman of Mooresville, NC. Bradford will be racing in all four events and competing for the overall omnium title.
Lees-McRae College, who finished on top of the USA Cycling Collegiate National Rankings in Div. I for the 2006-2007 season, is a favorite for the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals. Other favorites to watch during the competition are Fort Lewis College of Durango, CO; University of Colorado at Boulder; Lindsey Wilson College of Columbia, KY; and Colorado State University.