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Cycling team blows past competition


By Marcia Gaysue
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, April 7. 2005
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For the second weekend in a row, the Arizona men's cycling team left the competition in the dust, winning the Southwest Collegiate Cycling Conference championship.

Despite only four representatives riding for the Wildcats, they were able to dominate the field, beating teams from ASU and NAU.

In the criterium race, sophomore Mike Dietrich and graduate students Kyle Colavito and David Glick placed first, second and third, respectively. Sophomore Ryan Delgado finished seventh.

"I was very happy that I won the race because I also won it last year, so that makes me undefeated," Dietrich said.

Dietrich, who said he someday hopes to go pro and ride alongside Lance Armstrong, finished third in the pro race.

Colavito finished first in the 62-mile road race, riding the last 40 miles of the race by himself, as Glick placed third.

"I've been wanting to win that race because it was the first race I did four years ago in collegiate (competition)," Colavito said. "I've always wanted to win it so I'm happy I finally did it."

Glick said he is excited about the team taking the top three spots, but that he has a little issue with his personal performance.

"An ASU guy beat me," Glick said. "I'm still hanging my head, although I beat him in the other two races."

The team's ability to take the top spots during the championships did not come easy, Colavito said. He gave credit to the team's 20 to 30 hours of training each week.

The performances from Colavito, Dietrich and Glick will most likely get them a bid to the National Collegiate Cycling Championships, May 13-15 in Lawrence, Kan.

The team's next race is the time trials championship April 30.



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