Crowning achievement: Mesa State cycling team wins four national titles
The Mesa State College club cycling team has a tradition of success, but last weekend it reached a new level.
The Mavericks won four national titles, including the USA Cycling Division II overall team title (all disciplines) last weekend in Madison, Wis.
“The team has brought home national titles in the past, but not this many,” Mesa coach Nate Keck said. “We’ve had some individual national titles, Ross Schnell and Chris Stewart, but this is the first time Mesa won the overall title.”
The team omnium is a cumulative score comprising of the top three men and women from each squad. Mesa State took second in road racing and track and fourth in mountain biking and cycle-cross to win the all-around title with 147 points.
Mesa State freshman Richard Geng, who is from Berlin, won the criterium (58:00.8) and placed third in the road race (3:31:28) to win the individual omnium award.
“That was a blast,” Geng said. “The team worked well. It was a lot of fun to ride with those guys. The entire weekend reflected what we achieved. It was a team effort. I was the lucky one.”
Geng raced professionally for four years in Germany and in the United States on the East Coast when he was offered a scholarship to attend Mesa State and race for the Mavericks. USA Cycling has no rules or stipulations regarding racing professionally.
The Mavericks capped the weekend by winning the team time trial in 38:15.10.
“That was icing on the cake,” Geng said. “We were 23 seconds faster than the second team.”
This year’s team consists of Geng, Patric Rostel, Kevin Mullervy, Conor Mullervy, Netana Hotimsky, Silvia Moelk and Esmeralda Martinez-Ramos.
Moelk took 14th in the women’s Division II road race (3:36:20) and Hotimsky was 20th in the criterium.
The Mesa State cycling program started in 1998.