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Rams Cycling 3rd overall at Collegiate Nationals

May 11, 2009

The University of California-Davis pulled off wins in both the men's and women's team time trial to earn the Division I overall team title on the final day of competition at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. Colorado State came in third overall.

In the weekend's team overall, the University of California-Davis jumped from fourth to first in the Division I team omnium standings with their wins in the team time trial event, earning the overall team road title for the fourth time in school history (1994, 2001, 2006).

Last year's champion Lees-McRae College finished second in the 2009 standings despite another road race national title earned by 15-time national champion Carla Swart. The host Rams of Colorado State University used a balanced attack to finish third in the overall.

Rams grab silver in men's time trial

The final day of the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships featured team time trial races on an 18-mile loop course in northern Larmier County. In the DI men's competition, the University of California-Davis's determination to earn the team omnium title was apparent as the men's squad of Paul Mach, Phillip Mooney, Will Riffelmacher and Adam Switters posted what would be the fastest time of the day at 35:17:41.

The host Colorado State University Rams grabbed the silver in the men's team time trial 1:25 off the winning pace with the foursome of Zack Allison, Erick Carlson, Daniel Lionberg and Daniel Workman. The nearby Buffs of the University of Colorado-Boulder came in third only three seconds behind their Ram rivals.

Division I Overall Standings

1. University of California-Davis 410

2. Lees-McRae College 383

3. Colorado State University 336

4. University of Arizona 334

5. Fort Lewis College 305

 2009 USA Cycling Nationals

About USA Cycling

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization and sanctioning body, USA Cycling consists of 64,000+ members, including 57,000 competitive cyclists, 1,500 coaches, 4,000 student-athletes, 2,200 officials, 350 professional cyclists, and 200 certified mechanics.