Four members of West Virginia University’s cycling team have earned the chance to compete with top cyclists across the country at Collegiate Nationals in Athens, Ohio, on May 13-14. The national championship tournament consists of a road race, a criterium and a team time trial over a two-day period.
Seniors Rob Acciavatti, Steve Gergely, and Jennifer Shogren, all of Morgantown, and Scott Zwizanski, a senior from Spring City, Pa., will represent WVU at the national competition after WVU ’s second place finish at the Atlantic Coastal Cycling Conference Championships on April 29-30 at Virginia Tech. The WVU team competed with cyclists from West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
Racing with up to a third fewer riders than the other schools, WVU faced an uphill challenge but walked away with a total of six riders in the overall top five conference championship standings.
WVUs cycling team consisted of 13 competitors this season. As participants in a club sport, cycling team members furnish their own equipment and also rely on local businesses for financial support.
“I’m very proud of the whole WVU Cycling Club, and of the racing teams in particular. They show how important cycling is becoming at WVU and in Morgantown,”said Greg Good, WVU history professor and cycling club advisor.”Everyone who cycles in the area should share in the success of Rob, Steve, Jennifer, and Scott. Wherever they place in the Nationals, they give Morgantown something to be proud of.”
WVUs finishers in the top five overall standings:
Class A Rob Acciavatti, 1st place, Steve Gergely, 2nd place Scott Zwizanski, 5th place