COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Belmont Abbey men's cycling team swept the podium Sunday, taking the top three spots in the Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference Championship's Criterium. Collin Tellechea took first, followed by Trey Hedgecock and Charles Daniel.
On a cool, rainy day at the University of Maryland, the Crusaders controlled the race from the very start. Jesse Kooistra and Daniel were on the front, setting the pace for the 60-minute race. With one lap to go, Tellechea attacked off the front and rode solo to the victory for the league title. Hedgcock won the field sprint for second place with Daniel behind. Jesse Kooistra put in a huge effort for fifth while Nat Worcester rode a strong race for seventh.
Saturday in the road race at Johns Hopkins, The Abbey faced hot and windy conditions with mixed results. The team found bad luck early as two riders dropped out in the first three miles due to mechanical failures. Kooistra worked hard to get into the break and from there rode strong for the entire 64-mile race. He finished fourth on the day just behind two Virginia Tech riders and a Maryland rider.
"Overall this was the last race of the season outside of our national squad," Head Coach Derek Dalzell said. "It was a fantastic year for our entire road team. We gained experience and worked hard all year. Now, we take our national riders to Colorado at the start of May and this was just the confidence boost we needed. We are going to keep working hard over these next three weeks and ensure we are prepared for the demands that will be thrown at us."