Fans cheer on Colorado Mesa’s Madigan Munro during Friday’s cross country race at the USAC Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships at Purgatory Resort. Munro won the women’s race and led a 1-2-3 finish for the Mavs. Colorado Mesa’s Ruby Ryan finished second in the USAC Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships at Purgatory Resort. Outside the slopeside condominium at Purgatory Resort, eight Colorado Mesa University cyclists headed out on a morning training ride, wearing colorful kits of maroon, white, yellow and black.
The eight women, a day earlier, had dominated their cross-country race at the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships at Purgatory Resort north of Durango.
Downstairs in the garage, a crew of volunteer bike mechanics swapped out gears and changed tires, prepping bikes for downhill races.
Coaches Patric Rostel and Brian Flaherty stood nearby, double-checking USA Cycling’s digital standings on their cell phones.
Upstairs, the condo’s large kitchen table was surrounded by Mavericks — eating breakfast and trying to stay cool and calm as they prepped for another day defending CMU’s two consecutive mountain bike national championships.
In the kitchen, CMU Assistant Athletic Director Reese Kegans did dishes.
“Everything is in the job description, and I can do dishes,” Kegans said as he dried his dishpan hands, cheered on by the CMU cyclists.“I can get groceries the night before in Durango (25 miles away) and I can do the dishes so the athletes can be athletes and the coaches can be coaches,” said Kegans, who oversees club sports at Colorado Mesa.He said providing more staff […]