Cycling team earns first place at Milton Harvest Festival Road Race

Wade Baldwin

The Orange and Blue’s cycling team rolled over to neighboring Milton Township on September 8th to compete in the annual Milton Harvest Festival Road Race, where they emerged in first place. The race has been a long held pre-season tradition for the team but they haven’t been able to take the title until this year.

There was a great showing from the strong sophomore core of the team consisting of President Brian Case ’15, Vice-President Daniel Lazier ’15 and Sam Cowans ’15. These three cyclists, with the help of alumnus Daniel Wood ’09, were able all place in the top 25. This strong showing secured the Bison the top team spot, taking it from returning champions Big Earl’s Bike shop. Cowans was towed into a second place overall finish by a strong lead-out by the three aforementioned cyclists.

“The [Bison] cycling program is headed in a really good direction and it’s awesome to be here to be a part of that growth and success,” said Vice-President Lazier.

The Orange and Blue’s cycling team is a member of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC). The ECCC is a competitive cycling conference that spans from Southeast Canada to Delaware, containing 55 teams. The Bison have always been a competitive team within this conference, despite the small size of their program.

There was also a strong showing from the rest of the team, including Kolbe Mckee ’16, Audrey Love ’16 and Eric Wengert ’16. They are sure to add to the team even more as time goes on.

“I was really excited to see such a good turnout, especially with the newer riders. I’m just really looking forward to the spring racing season so we can see how we stack up against the rest of the eastern conference,” said President Case.

After such a strong performance at the Milton Harvest Festival Road Race, it will be exciting to watch the group race in the ECCC this spring.

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