The 2016 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships will be a weekend to remember. I had been dreaming of sweeping the cross-country, short-track, and omnium titles, but winning all three this past weekend was a truly humbling moment. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my time racing with UNC.
To top it off, the weekend was spent in phenomenal company. I can't thank my dad, mom, and brother enough for making it out to support and experience the ups and downs of the weekend with me. I couldn't have done it without them.
Looking forward to some time off the bike before jumping into training for 2017!
From the top: cross-country podium, omnium podium, downhill qualifying.
A little bittersweet to say that last weekend marked my last conference mtb race as an undergrad. The past few years have been fantastic; I've thoroughly enjoyed racing with Carolina in ACCC and hanging out in the collegiate atmosphere. To say that I'll miss the collegiate scene would be an understatement, but I'm motivated pass the torch on to the younger guys.
For now I'm focusing on finishing out the collegiate season with a bang at Nationals in Snowshoe, WV. Looking forward to racing and hanging out with the collegiate mountain bikers one last time.
Photo captured during the conference championship weekend at App State.
Luke Vrouwenvelder - Head coach at lukeVcoaching and pro cyclist based in Charlottesville, VA