Congrats, CMU cyclists
It’s not often that the local school wins a national title, although the overall 2012-13 Division II collegiate cycling national championship that Colorado Mesa University claimed over the weekend is actually the second the university has won in the past few years.
What makes this year’s title all the more impressive is the turmoil the CMU cycling team went through late last year and early this year after former coach Rick Crawford was fired when he admitted having helped in doping professional cyclists whom he had coached prior to coming to CMU.
The university named local businessman Scott Mercier, a former professional cyclist and outspoken critic of doping, as director of cycling. It later named rider Patric Rostel as head coach.
Rostel, Mercier and the many dedicated members of the CMU cycling team, in all of its disciplines, deserve credit for staying focused through the turbulent months and congratulations for bringing home the championship.