Dedication and Passion: How the CSU Cycling Team Races On

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Avery Coates

Isabel Naschold rides down the stairs in front of the CSU Administration Building Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

Avery Coates, Multimedia Editor

At 6 a.m. on a weekday, most college students are getting much needed sleep before a long day of class. However, for members of the Colorado State University Cycling team, 6 a.m. is when their day begins. Freshman Isabel “Isa” Naschold spent her mornings in August going on morning rides. “When it was hot, I would wake up at like six and go for a ride and then come back and go to class,” Naschold says. While class remains a priority for these athletes, they participate in extensive training outside of school. “I train probably about 15 to 17 hours a week,” Andreas Broxson, sophomore, says. “And then I aim to ride 240 miles a week.”

 

To maintain peak condition for this daily workout, cyclists must eat accordingly. “I have a nutritionist,” Broxson said. “I try to aim for like 5,000 to 6,000 calories a day.” Cyclists live an unwavering lifestyle in order to have a peak performance. With little to no offseason, their entire life revolves around staying in shape, being healthy, and getting better at their craft. The team consists of three disciplines; cross country, road, and downhill cycling. Each discipline competes in separate races fitting their skill sets. The club, which was originally called the Spring Creek Velo Club in the 1970s, holds The Oval Criterium, hosted by CSU. 

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  • Andreas Broxson stays focused as he bikes through the CSU Oval Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Isabel Naschold bikes down the stairs in front of the CSU Administration Building Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Andreas Broxson’s foot rests on his pedal Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Andreas Broxson rests his arms on his handlebars, showing off his “CSU” gloves Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Isabel Naschold sprints on her bike through the CSU Oval Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Andreas Broxson bikes around the CSU Oval Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Isabel Naschold’s foot rests on her pedal Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Andreas Broxson bikes through the CSU Plaza Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Isabel Naschold bikes through the CSU Plaza Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Isabel Naschold performs a wheelie in the CSU Oval Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Andreas Broxson hydrates after a ride Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Andreas Broxson and Isabel Naschold have a conversation as they bike through the CSU Plaza Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

  • Andreas Broxson and Isabel Naschold show off their jerseys Oct. 20. (Avery Coates | College Avenue Magazine)

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