Monday, May 18, 2009

WWU Cycling Team

A week overdue. I was out in Ft. Collins, CO a week ago with the WWU Cycling Team for the Collegiate National Cycling Championships. I have been working with the team for 3 seasons now and it has been nothing but a pleasure to watch the riders grow as cyclists not too mention as people. The team this year consisted of Daisy Phillips and Kristen Stouder for the women's team and for the men's team we had Phil Elsasser, Steve Fisher, Ben Ranthkamp, and Tim Woods. The road race saw Ben get into a break early on and stayed out there for 40-50 miles before he was finished. As a team neither the women nor the men saw a good result in the road race. The following was a completely different story. Daisy Phillips turned in an outstanding performance pulling off a 2nd place in the criterium. The men's race saw us climb a step higher as Phil Elsasser put a great show by winning the men's race thus becoming National Criterium Champion! It still gives me chills thinking of him coming across the finish line with arms raised and a smile from ear to ear. Congrats to both Daisy and Phil and their teammates for supporting them. Without a women's team time trial team WWU still managed to finish 3rd in the Team Omnium for the weekend. Again, congrats to the team for a great showing at Nationals!