October 24, 2007
Spectator Info for the 2007 Collegiate Nationals Race(Oct 25-28):
The best areas for spectators to catch the action of the downhill races are the finish line and creek jump at the bottom of Lizardâ€™s Lane. Parking for the downhill competition is available at the lodge at Sugar Mountain. Lift tickets for spectators are available from the Sugar Mountain Resort.
At 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, the downhill races for men and women in Division I and II will begin at the Sugar Mountain Resort. The downhill races are the only events not held on the campus of Lees-McRae. The downhill course at Sugar Mountain consists of a 1200 foot drop over a mile and a half of trail that includes turns in the ski runs Donovanâ€™s drop and Lizardâ€™s Lane, and the creek jump to the finish line.
Practice for the downhill competition begins Friday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Sugar Mountain Resort with qualifying for the race from 3 to 6 p.m.
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.