UVM Cyclists Win Two at Nationals
Release Date: 05-11-2009
University of Vermont cyclists again proved themselves as one of the best teams in the country at the 2009 Collegiate National Championships, held May 8-11 in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Jamey Driscoll won the men's Division I road race on Friday, with teammate Will Dugan sprinting in to take second place. The next day, Vermont's Colin Jaskiewicz carried the green-and-gold across the line first with a victory in the men's Division I criterium. Impressive team strength and strategy by the Vermont riders put Jaskiewicz into position to win at the race's final corner, where he pulled away in the sprint to the finish.
The Vermont women's team also excelled in the criterium, as Natana Hotimsky took eighth in the Division I women's race.
The Vermont men made an underdog bid in the team trial event that closed the competition on Sunday. UVM Cycling hadn't planned to compete in the race and didn't have time-trialing gear with them. But they cobbled together equipment from friends and entered the race. After posting one of the day's fastest times early, they were eventually passed by other teams in the standings.
In the team omnium, which includes results of all events, Vermont finished ninth. In the individual DI omnium, Driscoll finished second and Dugan was third. Both riders add those podium finishes to past achievements in the fall sport of cyclocross. Driscoll won the collegiate cyclocross nationals in 2006 and 2007; Dugan continued the Vermont streak with a national championship in 2008.