Collegiate MTB Nationals kick off with short track races on Friday


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The day got started bright and early. Photo by Steve Barker.
Snowshoe, W. Va. (October 23, 2015) – Three-hundred riders were on hand to kick off the 2015 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships  at West Virginia's Snowshoe Mountain on Friday. Four national titles were awarded on day one as the short track races took center stage.
Racing got underway bright and early in the morning with a large, 80-rider field for the division 1 men's short track. The field blew apart pretty quickly as a lead group of five formed. Kyle Trudeau (University of Arizona), Richard Cypress Gorry (Brevard College), Matthew Clements (Lees-McRae College), Stephan Davoust (Fort Lewis College), and Luke Vrouwenvelder (University of North Carolina) controlled the race from the front.
With one lap to go, the front group dropped Clements and it became a four-man race for the top spot on the podium. Vrouwenvelder won the sprint at the line, beating out Gorry and Davoust who collected the silver and bronze medals.
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Luke Vrouwenvelder celebrates his win in the men's D1 short track. Photo by Steve Barker.

In the 44-man division 2 race, a lead group formed after about five laps. At the end of the tactical race, it was Robert Rimmer (King University) to claim victory. He rode his way into a Stars-and-Stripes jersey ahead of second- and third-place finishers Benjamin Senkerik (Ripon College) and Cameron Smith (Western State Colorado University).
In the women's division I race, the field of 39 spread out quickly. Coryn Rivera (Marian University), Emily Shields (University of North Carolina), and Hannah Finchamp (Lindenwood University) formed a formidable trio and ended up dropping the rest of the field by the halfway point.
As the ladies made their way toward the finish line, Rivera outsprinted Shields for the victory while Finchamp crossed the line in third.
Twenty-five women entered the division II short track contest. In the end, it was Kaysee Armstrong (King University) to claim the top step of the podium after she bested Allison Jones (Warren Wilson College) and Katherine Shields (Wake Forest University).
On tap for Saturday are the cross-country and downhill races.
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