UVM Cycling team given bikes after theirs burn


Lee Hughes, Assistant News Editor

After UVM Cycling’s bikes caught fire during transport, a bike company sent new bikes to their race in Missoula, Montana

While waiting to begin the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship Oct. 18, UVM Cycling discovered that their bikes had burned in transit to the race, according to an Oct. 19 Velonews article.

Most UVM Cycling members had shipped their bikes to Missoula via Fedex to get to the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship, which took place Oct.17 to Oct. 22, according to the article.

The truck carrying the bikes unexpectedly caught fire, burning the bikes, according to Velonews.

After being contacted by the team, Trek Bikes offered to ship eight bikes from their California warehouse overnight and get them built at Open Road Bicycle and Nordic in Missoula for the team to use to race, according to the article.

UVM Cycling also had to borrow a few bikes from University of Montana at Bozeman and Fort Lewis College since the races began at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19, according to Velonews.

Senior Nick Lando came in second in the club division on his own bike that he had flown in separately from his teammates’ bikes, according to the article.