Fort Lewis takes the bronze at road nationals to earn a second year at the top of Division 1 rankings.
Fort Lewis Cycling can again call itself the best collegiate cycling program in the country after earning the highest overall point total for the 2010-2011 season in USA Cycling's Division 1 for the second straight year. The team will carry the #1 ranking through the 2011-2012 collegiate cycling racing season. The top ranking is Fort Lewis Cycling's fourth since its founding in 1994.
The #1 ranking completes a strong season that included a team national championship in mountain biking, the Fort Lewis Cycling's 16th Division 1 national championship since it was founded in 1994. The team also finished second in the nation in cyclocross, and third in track and road for this racing season.
Fort Lewis capped the season by taking third overall in this past weekend's National Collegiate Cycling Association Road National Championships, in Madison, Wisconsin, the final event of the racing season. The team's success was led by Alister Ratcliff, who won the individual national championships in the men's road race on Friday and the omnium on Sunday.
Rotem Ishay took second in the men's road race. Missy Erickson also took a spot on the podium with a fourth-place finish in the women's criterium.
Ratcliff joins 2010-2011 Fort Lewis national champions Rotem Ishay, who won an individual national championship in mountain biking's cross country and short track events, and Sage Wilderman, who won mountain biking titles in women's short track and downhill, as well as the mountain biking omnium title.
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