Truckee, Calif. - The Tornados rode their way to the National title over this weekend, building on their lead established on the first two days and Jo Tuttle’s second-place finish in the downhill contest on Sunday helped lead the Brevard cyclists past Union College of Kentucky for the win.
Brevard accumulated 663 points, easily out-distancing the runner-up Bulldogs by 130 points for the National Title, while Tuttle won her second straight Omnium title in the fall season, with teammate Julia Tellman finishing right behind in second place. Tristan Cowie led the Tornados men’s team with a third-place finish, behind Union College’s Zach Winn and Greg Gibson.
On a downhill course consisting of a rock garden and a variety of lines, the Tornados men’s team was led by Jacob Roland and Danny Cesare, who finished in the top 15.
Thomas Bagnal, Park Baker and Corey Rimmer were also in the top 30 as Coach Walker’s men’s squad set the stage for the women’s team to close the door.
Tuttle, Tellman, Sarah Duncan and Caroline Decosimo continued their dominance in the women’s races as Tuttle finished second to Colorado School of Mines’ Christen Boyer, with a time of 5:14 and Tellman placed sixth in the race, just outside the podium. Duncan and Decosimo rounded out the group in 10th and 11th.
The Tornados cycling team continues to build in their fourth season in existence, after finishing eighth in 2007, fourth last year and now is the reigning Mountain Bike National Champion.