Winning Ways Continue for Brevard College on Mountain Bikes

Rachel Pageau and Hannah Arensman of Brevard College on the Women's A Downhill Podium
Rachel Pageau and Hannah Arensman of Brevard College on the Women's A Downhill Podium

BRISTOL, Va. – The Brevard College Cycling team continued its successful mountain biking season with multiple wins over the weekend at the King University MTB Race in Bristol, Virginia.  The event served as a final preparatory race for the Tornados before the upcoming USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, October 11-13 in Big Bear Lake, California.

In total, Brevard College student-athletes were victorious in eight of the 12 events that the Tornados competed in.  Additionally, BC accumulated 15 podium finishes in just one day of action with the Tornados not competing in day two of the event.

For the fourth time this season, three Brevard College racers produced a podium sweep as Tyler Clark (1st), Tyler Orschel (2nd) and Carson Beckett (3rd) finished 1-2-3 in Men's A Cross Country.

In Women's A Cross Country, freshman Emma Schwab won her first collegiate race in impressive fashion, sharing the podium with BC's Hannah Arensman who placed second.

The Tornados were able to garner more wins with victories in both the Men's C and Women's C Cross Country competitions.  Jason Marquardt won for the second time this season with a victory in Men's C Cross Country, while dual-sport athlete Madison Altman (Climbing, Cycling) won her first collegiate race in Women's C Cross Country.

In the gravity competitions, Brevard was equally impressive as Rachel Pageau won her first race in a Tornado uniform in Women's A Downhill with Arensman finishing third. Meanwhile, in Men's A Downhill, Nathan St. Clair won with Orschel placing second to go along with top-ten finishes by Beckett (5th), Will Hegedus (6th) and Lucas Pound (8th).

BC's Ryan Johnson won Men's B Downhill, while freshman Bryant Bole won his first collegiate race with a victory in Men's C Downhill. 

Other notable finishes for the Tornados included performances by Tyler Miranda (6th, Men's A Cross Country); Max Buyck (6th, Men's B Downhill); St. Clair (2nd Men's B Cross Country); Pageau (4th, Women's A Cross Country A); Nicole Rusden (5th, Women's A Downhill; 5th Women's A Cross Country); Hannah Dickson (6th, Women's A Downhill) and Aliza Tobias (2nd, Women's B Downhill; 6th, Women's A Cross Country).

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Brevard College at King University MTB Race, Sept. 28, 2019

Men's A Cross Country

1. Tyler Clark

2. Tyler Orschel

3. Carson Beckett

6. Tyler Miranda

12. Ryan Johnson

15. Dalton Collins


Women's A Cross Country

1. Emma Schwab

2. Hannah Arensman

4. Rachel Pageau

5. Nicole Rusden

6. Aliza Tobias


Men's B Cross Country

2. Nathan St. Clair


Men's C Cross Country

1. Jason Marquardt


Women's C Cross Country

1. Madison Altman


Men's A Downhill

1. Nathan St. Clair

2. Tyler Orschel

5. Carson Beckett

6. Will Hegedus

8. Lucas Pound

11. Tyler Clark


Women's A Downhill

1. Rachel Pageau

3. Hannah Arensman

5. Nicole Rusden

6. Hannah Dickson


Men's B Downhill

1. Ryan Johnson

6. Maxwell Buyck

Women's B Downhill

2. Aliza Tobias


Men's C Downhill

1. Bryant Bole