Mountain Bikers Share Winners’ Podium at Nationals

November 20, 2014

 Mountain Bikers Share Winners’ Podium at Nationals

Wentworth mountain bikers participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Championships

The Wentworth Institute of Technology Mountain Biking Club is, well, on a major roll, having recently wrapped up a season that included impressive placements in a downhill competition among some 50 other schools from across the country.

At the U.S. Collegiate National Championships in Beech Mountain, N.C., in October, Matt Callahan, BFPM ’16; Ryan Burney, BSME ’16; and Ian Turner, BIND ’17, competed in the Division II downhill, according to Callahan. Among cyclists from more than 50 schools with varsity teams, Turner took third place; Burney, fourth; and Callahan, eighth place.

“Exciting stuff,” said Callahan. “We have medaled at every national championship that we’ve attended over the past three years.”

He said the team is already looking forward to next year’s season.

Club sports at Wentworth, ranging from mountain biking and road cycling to men’s and women’s rugby and Ultimate Frisbee, give students an opportunity to socialize and compete with teams from other institutions. The clubs also provide leadership opportunities for students.

The Wentworth mountain bikers describe themselves as an active club that is always open to any participants. All the club requires is that new members have their own bike and gear.

Throughout the biking season, the club attends events and competitions that include downhill, cross country, and dual slalom racing.

“All around, the club consists of a group of outgoing individuals who share their passion for biking with one another,” reads the group’s website entry.

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