RENO, Nev. -- Keith Mullally overcame a breakdown during the first lap, but rallied to finished 27th overall at the USA Cycling National Collegiate Cyclocross Championship.
Earning a spot in the championship based on his status as Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference champion, Mullally was in the top 10 during the early part of the race, but saw his chain pop off midway through the lap. After being off the bike for several seconds while most of the field passed, Mullally dug deep for the rest of the race. For the next 35 minutes, Mullally passed 15 riders, but was never able to make contact with the leading groups.
"Keith had a strong cyclocross season and was carrying a lot of fitness and confidence into nationals," Head Coach Derek Dalzell. "It is unfortunate that he experienced a mechanical on the first lap, but sometimes that is what happens with bike racing. What I'm most proud about is how Keith collected himself after his bad fortune and continued to ride hard. While he was unable to bridge up to the leaders, he took far more away from this race than a strong placing. This is the mentality and focus that we can build on and it's something we aim to do going into 2018."
The BMX segment is next up for the Belmont Abbey Cycling team.