Last Saturday, the student athletes of the MIT Cycling Team won the Division II team omnium (overall award) at the 2009 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships in Trexlertown, Pa., for the second year in a row—in only their third showing at this national competition. In addition, MIT’s Mike Garrett, a grad student studying nuclear engineering, took fifth in the individual men’s omnium, and Laura Ralston, a grad student studying economics, took 12th in the individual women’s omnium.
The MIT Cycling Team actually has a history of doing well at the different national competitions, winning cyclocross, road, and track at least once each in just the last four years and placing individuals on some of the top podium steps. Two years ago, for example, Jason Sears was the men’s individual champion at the track nationals. Given the level of competition, those are all fantastic achievements, especially for a club sport.