Nicholls State Cycling Heads to National Championships in Asheville, NC
Nicholls State Cycling’s Catherine Gauthier will race in this weekend’s (May 8-10) Collegiate Road National Championships in Asheville, NC. Gauthier will compete in the 50 mile long road race and the 50 minute criterium.
The Road Race will take racers over climbs as high as 2,200 feet and will feature a strong field of racers including current Women’s Division 2 Road Race Champion Allison Arensman of Brevard College, North Carolina and current US National Team member Hannah Swan. Swan will ride for Milligan College, Tennessee.
The criterium will take place on .84 mile course featuring five corners in downtown Asheville, NC.
Gauthier is in her second and final year of collegiate bicycle racing. Nicholls State faculty advisor Dr. Scott Banville said, “Catherine has progress so fast as a cyclist. She has great fitness, loves to compete, and doesn’t get skittish in a big pack of riders.” Gauthier will be the only woman from Louisiana at the National Championships, which is a real coup for Nicholls.
Gauthier, who hails from Quebec, Canada, set a goal of going to the National Championships and worked hard and raced against stellar competition in the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference all spring. “I knew I could have stayed in Women’s B and won a lot of races, but I wanted to qualify for the National Championships and challenge myself, so I upgraded to Women’s A,” said Gauthier. “It was a challenge all season, but I got faster and became a better race with each race,” she continued.
Nicholls State Cycling is a club sport, which means it is open to any student. It is supported by Nicholls Campus Recreation and a wide range of community supporters.
The Collegiate Road National Championships are sanctioned by USA Cycling.
For more information about Collegiate Road National Championships: https://www.usacycling.org/2015/collegiate-road-nationals