Posted: May 12, 2009
Mount Holyoke cyclist Emma Bast '09 has won the Division 2 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals, which took place in Fort Collins, Colorado, May 7-10.
This is the second year the four-member MHC team has participated in the national championship. Bast '09, of Hinesburg, Vermont, and Frances Morrison '09, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, rode in two Division 2 events: the 50-mile road race and the one-hour Criterium in downtown Fort Collins.
In the road race, supported by Morrison in the field, Bast outsprinted the lead group of riders at the finish line to become the 2009 champion. In the Criterium, Morrison finished in the lead pack, contributing additional valuable team points. The other team members were Rachael Robins '09 of Seattle, Washington, and Marie Weber '09 of Watsonville, California; the team was coached by Alec Donahue, a professional cyclist from Easthampton, Massachusetts.
The MHC cyclists had a successful year. Bast and Morrison, both Category A riders, led the team with top three placings in most of the races throughout the season. Robins and Weber performed well while racing in the "Intro" category; Robins won the Yale Criterium, and Weber placed fourth in the highly competitive Dartmouth Road Race.
Bast has been invited to join the Ryan Collegiate All-Stars, a women’s composite collegiate team that will race at the Nature Valley Grand Prix in Minnesota, the top ranked stage race on the U.S.A. Cycling National Racing Calendar, in June. She also serves on the board of trustees of the National Collegiate Cycling Association and is a certified race official. Both she and Morrison plan to continue their cycling careers as licensed USCF racers.
Women's Cycling Magazine
(Scroll down to Division 2 Omnium, and then further down to Division 2 Road race for photo, a video of Emma's finish, and a long two-part interview, the second part of which is audible.)