A couple of victories and a potential life-saving criterium not a bad weekend for the top-ranked Division I cycling team in the country.
On the course, the womens A cyclists earned a team trial victory Saturday, and Sarah Sturm and Payson McElveen earned road wins Sunday in Grand Junction, but it was a Fort Lewis College cyclist who went off course that arguably scored the biggest win of last weekends racing at Colorado Mesa University.
Ashlee Robison, a B rider for FLC, was battling with teammate Meghan Kane for Sundays road-race supremacy. Robison was in the lead group.
There was a crash on the second half of the loop, and an injured rider began seizing on the course and bleeding from the ears.
Ashlee stopped racing to help the girl and make sure she could still breathe until the ambulance came, her teammate, Lauren Catlin, said in a news release to The Durango Herald.
Robison later jumped back on her bike and finished with the crash group.
The B women had an eventful day, Catlin said.
The A women, the group which Catlin belongs to, earned the Skyhawks first victory of the weekend a team time trial win Saturday.
Robison earned a third-place result for the B women in the twilight criterium later Saturday.
The A women, which followed the Bs into the twilight crit, protected our speed racer Missy Ericksons runner-up result.
At one point, (the University of Colorado) had a girl out solo in front, but Sarah and Missy put down some major watts to pull her back, Catlin said.
When the race came down to the final sprint, Sarah took to the front and revved the pace up to make sure that CU could not organize at the front, Catlin said. On the finishing straight, Sarahs awesome lead-out was complete, and Missy came around for the sprint, but her bar tape unraveled, and she was unable to go full throttle to the line.
In the mens A class, Rotem Ishay was the Skyhawks top finisher in third place, and Ryan Cleveland finished one spot behind his teammate in fourth place.
Josh McDowell had a great race out in the Mesa and took home fourth after an early breakaway formed, Catlin said of mens C road race.
McElveen ... rode to solo victory after dropping his breakaway companion on the final feed-zone climb, Catlin said of the mens B road race.
In the A class, Howard Grotts was the Skyhawks top finisher in the mens race in fifth place; Sturm won the womens race.
We knew CU would attack on the final feed-zone climb and that Sarah would need to be well rested to outride them to the finish, Catlin said. She was smart and made sure to not take any pulls before the climb.
Sarah showed that she didnt need any help at all as she rode the two CU ladies off her wheel before the descending finish to take the W.
FLC, owner of 18 national championships, will ride a time trial Saturday at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., and a criterium Sunday at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.