CMU Holds Collegiate Cycling Conference
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo.- To wrap up the weekend of outdoor activities and cycling, Colorado Mesa University held its first Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference.
The Maverick Mountain Bike Championships brought 12 teams from across the state to Grand Junction, to bring out their competitive side.
"We've been all over the Grand Valley for this event, and all the events were really successful," said Rick Crawford, director of cycling for Colorado Mesa University.
Crawford said it's their first time hosting the conference in Fruita.
"It helps us highlight some of the better features of mountain biking in Grand Junction and the Grand Valley," said Crawford.
It was a win-win for the university and the community.
"We kind of have a home court advantage so to speak; we're doing pretty well," said Crawford.
The team trains for cross country events, including a 10-mile loop and all-terrain short tracks.
"We pretty much just put on the miles, go for mountain bike rides, and then throw in some intervals a couple of days a week, get some hard efforts in," said Alexis Scarda, a CMU cyclist.
On the short track, cyclists go around and around for up to 30 minutes, and the one with the most laps at the end wins.
"We were battling to the end, so it's always fun when you get to race with girls that are so close to you," said Scarda.
In two weeks the team will go to nationals in Angel Fire, N.M.