WCU cycling team hosts two-day collegiate road bike race March 22-23

Press Release

From Western Carolina University:

CULLOWHEE – The Western Carolina University Cycling Team is hosting a two-day collegiate road bike race March 22-23.

The race weekend features three distinct events: an individual time trial, a road race and a criterium. A time trial is where each cyclist rides as fast as they can from point to point, a road race is a straightforward race where the first one to the finish wins and a criterium is a closed course with a short distance featuring high speeds, fast turns and is highly spectator friendly. Each event consists of four male and two female categories.

Saturday’s events kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday with the individual time trial, featuring a short, grueling climb to the Jackson County Airport, at an average grade of nine percent.

Following the time trial, the road race begins at 1 p.m. The course is a nine mile loop starting on Little Savannah Road next to the new Health and Human Sciences building that features multiple steep climbs and goes right by the main campus.

On Sunday, the criterium event will be held starting at 9 a.m. on the landing strip of the Jackson County Airport. Parking on site will be reserved for racers and officials. A shuttle will be running from HHS to the race course.

The WCU Cycling Team participates in collegiate racing in the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference in both road and mountain bike disciplines. The road race weekend is free to the public and the race flyer can be viewed here. Parking for Saturday’s events is located at the Health and Human Sciences parking lot. Contact Patrick O’Neal at proneal1@catamount.wcu.edu for additional information or to volunteer.

The Western Carolina University Cycling Team will host their inaugural collegiate road bike race weekend “The Airport Assault” on March 22-23.

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