FLC dons red, white and blue

FLC dons red, white and blue

’Hawks win 8th mountain bike title in a row
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Fort Lewis College senior Rotem Ishay helped the Skyhawks win their eighth consecutive national mountain bike title Sunday. Ishay raced in all four events at this year’s collegiate nationals in Angel Fire, N.M., finishing second in the individual omnium to Joey Schusler of the University of Colorado. “It’s easy to take (winning) for granted,” said Ishay, on the national podium all four years at FLC. “But when I see the dedication of our coaches – especially Dave Hagen, who is the heart and soul of the program – it inspires me.”
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Rotem Ishay dueled with the gravity racers in Sunday’s dual slalom at Angel Fire Resort, his first year riding gravity. For this particular dual slalom course, think a BMX track on the side of a mountain. He qualified for the final field of 32 on Sunday, won the short track Saturday and finished runner-up in the cross country Friday. Ishay closed his collegiate mountain biking career with three national short track titles in a row.
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The Skyhawks were all smiles atop the podium at the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships in Angel Fire, N.M. The Fort Lewis College cyclists won their eighth consecutive national mountain bike title, the 20th national cycling championship in school history. “It’s great to be part of such a cool program,” Durango native Howard Grotts said. “We’re excellent at riding bikes. But we also have a great team ... a community. The best part about it is having fun together.”
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