Brittany Clawson shreds a turn at 2012's USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals

Brittany Clawson shreds a turn at 2012's USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals.

The Fort Lewis College Cycling Team is in Beech Mountain, North Carolina, this week for the 2013 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals, where they'll try to stay the national champions of Division I collegiate mountain biking for the eighth year in a row. A team omnium title would also be the Skyhawks' 16th national mountain bike national championship in history – including the first-ever collegiate mountain bike national title in 1994, the FLC team's first year on the circuit.

The Skyhawk riders go in prepared: The team won the team omnium title and had many individual podiums at the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships, held October 5th and 6th at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, defeating strong teams from the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Wyoming.

At nationals, the Skyhawks will compete in the downhill and dual slalom “gravity” events, and cross country and short-track cross country “endurance” events. Team Relay is a new event this year that does not count in overall points. Some riders will be competing in both gravity and endurance events in search of an individual omnium title.

The Skyhawks also feature two returning mountain biking National Champions competing for titles again this year in Lauren Catlin and Brittany Clawson.

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Check out the Skyhawk mountain bike gravity team in action, training on the on-campus course:

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