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Junior Road Development Camp May 24th-28th

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Junior Road Development Camp

Junior Road Development Camp May 24th-28th

On May 24th-28th, come ride with the 10 time National Champion Lees-McRae Cycling Team.

Train on the same roads Lance Armstrong used to prepare for the Tour de France.

Ride on the world famous Blue Ridge Parkway.

Use state of the art video analysis and statistics to determine bike fit.

Learn how to sprint like a Pro.

Time-trial up some of the hardest climbs in the country.

With a staff of cat 1 coaches, experts with terminal degrees, and national team members all dedicated to elevating your riding.

Have the experience of a lifetime at the Lees-McRae Cycling Camp.

 “The Lees-McRae Road Camp allowed me to meet a lot of motivated juniors like myself. The camp helped me develop as a rider and as a person” Spencer Oswald (Current Lees-McRae Cyclist)


At the camp, you can expect to ride up to 18 hours in four days, or as little as 10 hours. To be eligible for the camp, riders must have completed at least five races. If a rider would like to attend but has not done a minimum of five races, please email Coach Luke Winger (wingerlb@lmc.edu) or Coach Peter Haile (hailep@lmc.edu).


Head Coach – Luke Winger

Phone: 828-898-3432

Email: wingerlb@lmc.edu

Assistant Coach – Peter Haile

Phone: 828-898-2563

Email: hailep@lmc.edu

We woul d like to extend an invitation to you for lunch at 12:30pm, May 28th, following the conclusion of our camp. We will be presenting awards to your young athletes, sharing stories accumulated over the weekend, and sharing a meal together.


Cost: $500

Online Registration Only at http://www.lmc.edu

Only 25 spots available. We must have a minimum of 5 women to run the women’s portion of the camp.

What to Pack

· Road bike, helmet, sunglasses and gloves.

· Climbing gears 12-27/28 or compact chain rings, 2 tubes, pump or 2xCO2 and multi-tool kit.

· 4 clothing kits minimum. Riding outfits for inclement weather conditions.

· Toiletries

Contact Information

Lees-McRae Cycling Team

191 Main Street

Banner Elk, NC 28604

Also we have a new facebook page…..post following soon.

Lees-McRae College Road Cycling Camp

May24th-May 28th



We’re in good company.

We recently spent a good bit of time with one of cycling’s true innovators, Greg LeMond. Who also happens to be one of the worlds friendliest and most genuine people. Dr. LeMond pioneered the use of aerodynamic “triathlon” positions for use in the Tour de France, winning in 1989 by a margin of 8 seconds.

Left to right; Luke Winger (Head Coach), Peter Haile (Assistant Coach), Greg LeMond (3x Tour de France Champion), Joe Maserati (YOLO), Shane Cooper (Owner of Defeet, NC businessperson of the year), Joseph Welsh (King of ‘Cross).

A similar innovator of our age is Graeme Obree. Graeme broke two hour records using a homemade bikes and innovative thought.

Well, he’s back…

Return of the Flying Scotsman: inside the mind of Graeme Obree from Humans Invent on Vimeo.


Dalton State Weekend Pictures

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Lees-McRae College and the Avery Chamber of Commerce present dinner with Greg LeMond March 24

Posted on 3/7/2012 by wrightm


Lees-McRae College, in partnership with the Avery Chamber of Commerce, presents dinner with cycling legend Greg LeMond Saturday, March 24 on the campus of Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk.

This fundraiser for the Lees-McRae College Cycling Program will include a ride with Greg LeMond at 1 p.m. on March 24 and a reception and dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

Greg LeMond is visiting Lees-McRae College as an adjunct professor for the Principles of Cycling course, the foundations course for the College’s Cycling Studies curriculum. He will teach three courses during the week.

“We are delighted to have three-time Tour de France champion and business entrepreneur Greg LeMond as an adjunct faculty member at Lees-McRae College. His wealth of experience, both as a cycling competitor and successful businessman, will be invaluable to our Cycling Studies students,” said President Barry M. Buxton.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. in the King-Shivell Lounge of the Cannon Student Center with dinner following at 6:30 in Evans Auditorium. The cost of the dinner is $100 per person and includes participation in the ride at 1 p.m. the same day.

The cost for cyclists interested in participating in the ride only is $20. Riders should meet at the Cannon Student Center located at 191 Main Street, Banner Elk at 12:30 p.m. The ride will begin at 1 p.m. and last approximately two hours. The majority of the ride will be on an off-road course, therefore cyclocross or mountain bikes are recommended. Riders must be registered by March 23 to participate.

“Having a cycling icon like Greg LeMond at Lees-McRae is another giant step toward our ultimate goal of being the top college for cycling in America. Our thanks go out to Greg for his recent donation of LeMond Fitness Trainers and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship,” said Buxton.

Greg LeMond was the first American and the first non-European to win the Tour de France in 1986, a feat that he repeated in 1989 and 1990. A successful entrepreneur, Greg LeMond founded LeMond Bicycles in 1990 and LeMond Fitness in 2002. LeMond Fitness became a sponsor of the Lees-McRae College Cycling Team last year with the donation of 10 LeMond Revolution trainers and two Rev Master spin cycles.

To register for the ride and/or dinner, mail a check along with the names of participants to Michelle Scott, Lees-McRae College, PO Box 128, Banner Elk, NC 28604. Please indicate LeMond Dinner in the memo line. You may call (828) 898-2489 or email scottmv@lmc.edu to confirm your registration. Online registration will be available March 12 at www.lmc.edu. Registration for the dinner is open until March 20 at midnight. Registration for the ride is open until March 23 at noon.

All proceeds from the dinner and ride will support the Lees-McRae College Cycling Program.


Lees-McRae Home Course

Song: (B)
Album: (A->B):Life
Artist: mewithoutYou

Riders: PJ Noto, Eric Bercume, Peter Haile

Megan Baab Foundation Jerseys

Megan Baab FCS Rouse Cycling Jersey


         There has been an enormous outpouring of support from the cycling community towards our team and more importantly towards the Baab family. In an effort to carry the spark Megan left for us, a scholarship has been established. There are two jerseys available for around $80 each. The jersey above has been made by Megan’s teammates from the FCS Rouse Cycling Team in Texas. The picture below will take you to meganbaab.org a site set up by Megan’s father, Chris Baab. Both pictures are links to the websites where the jerseys are available for purchase.










(White) Blue Ridge Mountains

Skies are blue

Beech Mtn.


View of Grandfather Mountain from the bike room.


Home Course Ridge



History Lesson: Lees-McRae Home Course

Today’s history lesson;

Lees-McRae Cycling was founded in 2001 and began primarily as a mountain bike team. Lees-McRae’s meteoric rise to prominence was fueled initially through the success of our mountain bike team.

There is a long list of riders  that forged the early success of the program including Scott Stewart (Jelly Belly), Brent Bookwalter (BMC), Ally Stacher (Specialized/LuluLemon), Carla Swart, PJ Noto, Ben Hulse, Steve Solt, and Aaron Bradford (Rocklobster).

Very early in the program former coach Doug Owen cut some trails adjacent to the lacrosse fields, these trails quickly adopted the name “Pirate Trails” and became very popular with the cross country team. The 2006 and 2007 Collegiate Short Track Mountain Bike National Championships were held on this loop, which included a famous and technically demanding creek crossing. Today these trails have been widened considerably, enough to form the bulk of our cyclocross course. Early in the program’s history the first generation of the slalom course was built by David Flynn, Aaron Bradford, and others.

Mike Anderson DESTROYING the Men's Div. 1 Short Track

In 2005 the cycling team was granted access to the LMC owned parcel of land we now know as the home course. The land is steep, wet, and full of rhododendrons. The trail was laboriously cut that summer by then assistant coach Brian Sheedy. Years of roots and forest carpet would take decades to wear in, but the trail was there nonetheless! After an initial conference race the bid to host Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals was won. In 2006 local ski resort Sugar Mountain provided the venue for the downhill race. The 2007 slalom course was designed and built entirely by Chris Herndon, Brian Sheedy and the cycling team with huge hours of manual labor.

The 2006 Mountain Bike Nationals were preceded by ten days of torrential rains, making the cross country course near impossible to ride. This experience is chronichled in the movie “Unclipped” by Kevin Holldber featured on the sidebar of this blog. The consequence of all this rain coupled with thousands of tire tracks meant the trail was bedded in one weekend.

In 2007, the loop being well established, riders began experimenting with different variations of the loop using some alternate lines. The Lees-McRae home course is in a continual evolution as the course wears in improves with time. As an example of this evolution, in 2010 instead of riding directly down the stream, Assistant Coach  Robert Jameson crafted a go around which quickly replaced the stream in the standard loop.

In addition to the members of the Lees-McRae Cycling family, our course is maintained through the help of local riders Matt Herdklotz and Sean Peppin. If you see these guys around, be sure to thank them for all the work they’ve done.





Just kidding….





Davis and Carter keeping it real.


Alumni and Specialized representative Dane Garvik let us borrow some sweet bikes. I am selling everything I own in order to finance my next bike. Is anyone interested in any of my possessions?


Calling all mountain bikers!

We’re actively searching for mountain bikers to come join our family and share the wonderful terrain have been so privileged to ride. If you are a mountain biker, or if you know of any mountain bikers looking for an ideal environment to pursue cycling and academics with equal zeal please email me at hailep@lmc.edu

We are offering scholarships to highly motivated, multi-disciplined athletes.


We’re looking for mountain bikers looking to elevate their riding!

Lees-McRae is adjacent to Pisgah National Forest, with more than 500,000 acres of woods the mountain biking possibilities are endless.


ON CAMPUS is the mountain bike courses used in the 2007 and 2008 Collegiate National Championships. This includes a 4.5 mile cross country loop, two downhill tracks, dirt jumps, and a dual slalom course. One minute you can be eating in the cafeteria and two minutes later you can be riding some of the finest singletrack in the country.

Five minutes from campus is Beech Mountain, home of the 2011-2012 Gravity National Championships. In 2009 Beech Mountain Resort has a three year plan to become one of the premier bike parks in the United States.


We hope to hear from you soon.

Peter D. Haile Assistant Cycling Coach