If you haven’t heard, Brevard College is home to a national championship winning cycling team. The team, formed in 2007, has won a number of mountain bike and cyclocross Division I and Division II titles, for a total of seven team national championships, as well as nine individual national titles.
Brevard College may have the best training grounds of any other collegiate cycling program in the country. It’s no wonder so many of the students do their best to stay in the area when they graduate. Some of them have gone on to work in the local bike industry, are building trails or have become coaches themselves.
The team is comprised of students from all over the world. Here are just a few of them and what it means to them to be involved in such a prestigious program.
Sam Miranda, Cleveland, Ohio
My time as a BC athlete really gave me the opportunity to explore different disciplines and really work toward different personal goals, as well as being a part of the team in such a cool environment and atmosphere. Being able to do that, alongside going to college, getting a degree, it’s been a really engaging and interactive experience.
Zach Lowden, Cary, North Carolina
I think that these mountains are phenomenal and it’s awesome to be here, but the biggest thing for me is the people. The BC cycling team is the most unique group of people in town, and the folks I have met out on the trail, that I have come to meet and spend time with, are what really make this place special.
Hannah Arensman, Valdese, North Carolina
Brevard College has a really small team making every interaction with your teammates personal; we’re more like a family than anything else. Being on this team is really special, simply because we have those relationships to each other. The local scene just adds to that. It’s 15 minutes into Pisgah; it’s really second-to-none for training. The school is small and the professors have a one-on-one relationship because it is such a small school, so when you’re going to races, you can talk to them and never miss anything. Because of that I feel like I have gotten the most out of my education. It’s just such a wonderful place.
Carson Beckett, Benton, Kentucky
I definitely take pride in it. It’s a super small school and most of the world doesn’t know about Brevard. But those that are here, they get it – it clicks with them about why it’s special here. I admire the area, and the Appalachian Mountains are cozy and kind of homey feeling. And, of course, I love that I am 15 minutes away from Pisgah. It’s a small town and we all know each other. I’m proud to be here and a part of it.