UC Santa Cruz’s cycling team had two riders — Nicholas Newcomb and Christine Weir — qualify for the upcoming collegiate road nationals, according to its Twitter feed, after last weekend’s Western Collegiate Cycling Conference races at the University of Nevada-Reno.
Newcomb was the runner-up in the individual time trial over the weekend — which landed him on a rusted-pipe podium (I’m not kidding, I’m pretty sure I see some rust there) — and he placed 13th in the criterium to boost his points in the season-long “A” omnium. He finished the regular season in ninth place overall with 470 points.
Men’s conference champion Mackenzie Champlin of UCLA had 770 points.
Weir placed fifth in the road race and sixth in the women’s criterium to finish the regular season in sixth place in the women’s “A” omnium with 520 points.
Women’s conference champion Danielle Haulman of UC Davis had 1,079 points.
UCSC finished ninth out of 20 teams in the conference omnium with 520 points, according to the WCCC site, and it is ranked No. 7 in the conference according to national rankings, which are calculated slightly differently.
The Collegiate Road National Championships will be held May 4-6 in Ogden, Utah.
— Christina Gullickson, on Twitter @CGullTweets