Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Colorado Mesa’s Ariane Horbach leads as riders round the corner at Fifth Street and White Avenue Saturday during the last few laps of the women’s race in the 2016 Maverick Classic Criterion. As riders crossed the finish line, though, Horback was nowhere to be seen; she and another rider crashed before finishing the race. Both suffered “superficial injuries” in the accident, according to the race announcer.

Going out on a high note?

Horbach hopes to cap Mesa career with national title

Ariane Horbach’s collegiate cycling career is down to just a few more days.

The German woman, who came to Colorado Mesa University to race and study, is at the end of her career. And she’s had a fabulous collegiate career on the bike.

Her career will end on Sunday and she will depart as one of the most accomplished cyclists in CMU history.

She’s hoping to end her career the way she started it: With a national title.

Horbach will be one of many talented riders from around the nation to watch at the USA Cycling Road National Championships.

“I am very excited to race nationals here in Grand Junction, in front of the home crowd,” she said. “That should give me that extra boost when I need it during the race. Maybe I will have more luck on home grounds.”

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