Mullervy twins joining Exergy pro cycling team
Conor and Kevin Mullervy were novice road racing bicyclists when they came to Mesa State College 41⁄2 years ago.
Now, the 23-year-old twin brothers from Centennial are professionals.
The Mesa State cyclists recently signed a pro contract with Team Exergy of Boise, Idaho.
“This was a goal ever since we started racing,” Conor said. “Last year when the opportunity fell through, we were a little disappointed. That made us train hard and want it more.
“It was a dream come true. Every day it’s sweet. We’ll take advantage of this opportunity.”
The brothers raced with the Exergy team last year, but not on the pro team for budgetary reasons, Kevin said.
Conor and Kevin started racing bicycles in high school, but struggled to find success.
“We would train by ourselves for fun and got our butts kicked in races,” Conor said. “We needed structured training. We took it seriously at Mesa. I’m not sure where we would be now if we don’t race at Mesa, cycling-wise.
“If we tried another route, through open (division), it wouldn’t be as fun and we would not get the experience we needed. Riding in Junction is unbelievable and you don’t have to worry about traffic. In Denver, you’re stuck on a bike path.”
They competed as Team Exergy’s ‘domestique’ support riders in their first pro race last weekend in Tulsa, Okla.
Team Exergy competed in three criterium races under the lights Friday and Saturday and downtown Sunday.
“The crowds were unbelievable,” Kevin said. “The first night was crazy. There was a lot of crashes. We did decent. Our sprinter finished sixth (Sunday). We had four guys. Most teams had six.”
Kevin’s best finish was 40th on Friday. Conor’s best finish was 54th, also on Friday.
The brothers will be in Grand Junction next week to train with the Mesa State team, then head to Canada for the Tour de Delta July 8-10. The event includes a time trial, criterium and a road race.
People can follow the Team Exergy on its website, http://www.teamexergy.com.
The Mullervys, who have enrolled in graduate school next fall at Colorado Mesa University, will race for Mesa and the pro team while going to school.
They can still race for the Mavericks because cycling isn’t a NCAA-sanctioned sport, which would have a set of rules and guidelines for college athletes to maintain their amateur status.
The only requirement for Mesa’s cycling team, which competes under USA Cycling rules, is for the cyclists to be full-time students at the institution.