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Cyclists from across the country braved cold weather and a dusting of snow to compete during last weekend's USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2013-10-30 14:33:21
Last modified: 2013-10-30 14:34:06

LMC cyclists shine at USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals

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Kerry Werner captured the individual omnium for the second time in his career as the LMC cycling team placed a total of five riders on the individual omnium podiums en route to a third-place finish at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships at Beech Mountain Resort on Sunday, Oct. 27.

The final day’s competition came down to a battle between the top three teams in the nation, with Fort Lewis College holding off a final-day charge by Marian University to claim the team omnium title with a three-day total of 732 points. Marian's Sunday surge proved just enough to jump into second in the omnium standings, narrowly edging Lees-McRae for second place with 658 points, only 12 more than the Bobcats' total of 646.

The Bobcats held off Lindsey Wilson College for the team bronze, as Lindsey Wilson finished 180 points behind Lees-McRae in fourth.

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