Sierra Nevada College student Robyn Embrey, a senior, finished first in the Division II Women's Downhill category at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, which took place Oct. 25 in Banner Elk, N.C.
As the Web site USA Cycling.org reported, "Robyn Embrey stepped up her fourth-place performance from a year ago, winning the DII women's downhill in formidable fashion and clocking the fastest female time of the day" (5 minutes, 9.37 seconds).
When asked about her win, Embrey said her hard off-season work led to the title.
"I would say that it was really a crazy experience, to have all the summer's riding and training pay off, and everything come together just right to put down the fastest run of the day out of all the girls in the downhill race," Embrey said. "It was something I knew I could pull off, but didn't really expect it to happen. I think the fact that the course was super wet and muddy helped me a lot, since I was comfortable and actually having some fun in those conditions, whereas many of the other riders were not happy with the challenge it presented. On a dry course, it might have been a different story, and definitely a much closer race.
"In all, the weekend was a great way to finish up my career in collegiate racing, and I look forward to moving on and racing at the pro level next season."