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August 14, 2009

Ride to Winn

Canadian champion cyclist makes Union College his home

By Kimberly Back For the Times-Tribune

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Zachary Winn, an incoming junior and sports management major at Union College, is preparing for his third year as a member of Union’s award-winning cycling team. However, Winn’s return to Union this fall will not be like any other. He will begin the semester as a national champion cyclist.

Winn, 21, is the reigning National Collegiate Cycling Association (NCCA) Division II Omnium National Champion, and the first male rider to ever win the omnium for Union.

The 2008 NCCA Division II National Championships were held at Lees-McRae College Oct. 24-26, 2008 in Banner Elk, N.C. NCCA is a division of USA Cycling, and is independent of both NCAA and NAIA, both well-known collegiate athletic associations.

The omnium champion was determined by a combination of each cyclist’s scores based on where they finished in the following mountain bike events: dual slalom, short track, cross-country and downhill.

“Whoever has the most points after these events wins,” said Winn.

Greg Gibson, also of Union College, finished third in the omnium, while Rachel Millsop of Union’s women’s cycling team finished fourth in the women’s omnium. Union Cycling placed fifth in the team standings.

The overall best cyclist at the national championships is determined by the omnium. When asked about how it felt to be one of the best cyclists in the nation, Winn could not hide his excitement.

“It felt great!” Winn said of his victory. He continued, “Ten months of training and practice paid off and really made an already good season even better.”

Union’s cycling coach, Chuck Coffey, was also thrilled to see Winn finally take a national title.

“The year before he was very sick at nationals with a bad cold,” Coffey said of Winn. “He still tried to go out and help his team,” Coffey added.

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