Season Wrap Up
By Marcel Berger
My first collegiate season in the colors of the New Mexico State University Cycling Club was exciting and unexpectedly successful. Not only was I surprised about the competitiveness and the strong fields, moreover, the organization and the mutual support among students of the the Southwest Collegiate Conference left a great experience. Students from various universities helped each other out by providing housing, food, and other organizational aids, it was this cohesion in particular what impressed me.
The collegiate road race season 2017, kicked of at the Santa Catalina Omnium in Tucson, AZ. Becoming 4th in the criterium and winning the road race in the A category made my season-start a full success. Our home race in March, the Trifecta Omnium, was the second race I participated in, winning the time trial, becoming 3rd in the criterium, and concluding the event 4th in the road race made the event a great experience again. One week later, the Southern Arizona Omnium was held, the race was composed of the Southwest Collegiate Time Trial Championships in Picacho, AZ and the Colossal Cave road race in Vail, AZ. Winning the time trial championships and finishing 3rd in the road race made the event the most successful in the 2017 season.
In 2018, my event schedule will look like similar to the one of 2017. I will participate in all the early year road events, and present the colors of NMSU at the cycling road Nationals in Grand Junction, CO, targeting a podium finish in the time trial as my biggest goal. Furthermore, I would like support the NMSU cycling club regarding its expansion of growth and foster cycling in the community in general.