At Peak Cycles Bicycle shop, we recognize the importance of encouraging young people to ride bikes. Sure, cycling is a fun, youthful activity; but it can also be a lifestyle choice that serves a greater purpose throughout the course of a person’s life.
Cycling, whether it is riding, training for competitive events, or a combination of both can be inspiring and empowering. That’s why we support our many cycling teams and encourage them with a focus on principles and values; good sportsmanship, attitude and teamwork. For us at Peak Cycles, it’s a great opportunity to reach the cycling community in Golden, Colorado.
Last week, we introduced you to the BikeParts.com – Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop 2015 Roster of Sponsored Cycling Teams. This week we’d like to take a closer look and share the background and accomplishments of one of those teams – Colorado School of Mines Cycling Team.
First, a brief history of the team. “There is a long history of cycling at the Colorado School of Mines. The school fielded strong club teams in the 1970’s and 1980’s and hosted the Collegiate Cyclocross National Championships in the area where Mines Park now stands in the 1980’s. The club was somewhat stagnant in the early 2000‘s until 2005 when a new group of motivated riders came to CSM and began rebuilding the cycling tradition at Mines. Since then, the team has become a perennial force in collegiate cycling, with many individual national champions and the 2007 Mountain Bike Team Omnium National Title. The team has not finished off of the podium at the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships since first attending in 2006.”
Just this past weekend at the 2015 Road Cycling Nationals, the team secured many accomplishments:
- The team placed 2nd in men’s DII Team Time Trial
- Team member Chad Young finished 3rd in DII Individual Time Trial
- Team member Andrew Hemesath placed 3rd in Collegiate Nationals Criterium
- Team member Andrew Hemesath placed 6th in Men’s DII Road Race
As impressive as those results are, success isn’t new to the team. “The CSM Cycling Team has grown into a perennial powerhouse in collegiate cycling since its rebirth in 2005. Highlights have included the 2007 Mountain Bike Team Omnium National title, 7 individual national titles, 8 team podium appearances at national championships, and 28 individual podium appearances at national championships.”
But it isn’t just about accomplishments that make this team special. Like us at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop, they support the local community. Annually, Mines holds the annual Oredigger classic in March which includes a hill climb, street sprints, and criterium.
As supporters of this team, we proudly offer the best selection of bike parts and components for road cycling and bike parts for their mountain bike racing. Join us in cheering them on this season! Follow them on Facebook and on Twitter @minescycling.