BELMONT, N.C. -- Belmont Abbey has signed five student-athletes to its nationally-known men's cycling program, Head Coach Derek Dalzell announced today.
"Overall, all of our early recruits share multiple characteristics -- grit, hard-working, and team-focused," Dalzell said. "All of our 2019 recruits will help take Belmont Abbey Cycling to the next level as we enter year four of our program. I'm beyond thrilled to work with each athlete as we focus on our "All Hands On Deck" mentality and develop a culture of success. "
The signing class with a quote from Coach Dalzell includes:
"Patton brings a high level of experience and work ethic to our 2019 roster. Being the current junior duathlon world champion and earning multiple podiums in P1/2 crits, we expect Patton to contend for spots on our men's track and road teams."
"Tucker is going to take our mountain bike program to the next level. He is a going to be a key member of our men's national team as he has taken the next step towards his cross country development and progress as a rider."
"Ryan is going to be a jack-of-all trades for our program over the next four years. With experience in mountain bike, cyclocross and road, he will be relied upon in many different roles. Specifically, we will be looking for Ryan to help lead our men's cyclocross team."
"Noah is a great example of the complete student-athlete. He will be developing into a strong road cyclist as he joins the team, but he will also be tasked with helping the team host our first-ever events. With a focus on sports management, he will be a key piece to helping us expand our program. "
"Harrison is an exceptional BMX rider that will be leading the charge on our men's downhill mountain bike team. As we build a BMX program back in, Harrison will also be taking the lead in that discipline. Beyond his cycling skills, Harrison serves as a role-model for helping youth find ways to ride bikes. We look forward to helping Harrison in this endeavor during his time at Belmont Abbey College."