FLC’s Catlin rides – and rides well – with the boys at CSU

Lauren Catlin was good enough to ride with the boys last weekend in Fort Collins.

“Lauren was a baller and stuck with the men’s B field for most of (Saturday’s circuit) race,” Catlin’s Fort Lewis College cycling teammate Meghan Kane said in a news release to The Durango Herald.

“She ended up lapping the rest of the (women’s A cyclists) she was racing against. No big deal or anything,” Kane, an FLC B-cyclist, said tongue in cheek.

On Sunday, it was more of the same for Catlin in the road race.

“For the second time during the weekend, Lauren Catlin was so awesome she raced a couple laps of the Men’s B and then raced her own women’s race.”

This time around, however, Catlin was caught by a pair of University of Colorado cyclists and settled for third. She did win a couple of preems during the ride, though.

Josh McDowell, an FLC C-cyclist, “completely destroyed the field and won easily,” Kane said.

And Ashlee Robison, an FLC B-cyclist, survived an attack from both CU and host Colorado State University to win the women’s road race Sunday.

Fueled by Ashleigh Weibel’s family, the top-ranked cycling program in the country earned three first-place finishes on the weekend. Weibel, an FLC B-cyclist, and her family hosted the team for a spaghetti dinner Saturday night before Sunday’s road-race finale at CSU.

“It was a great time, and the pasta with meatballs was awesome,” said Kane, who offered special thanks to Weibel’s mother “for feeding all of the hungry cyclists.”

Also for FLC, Tilly Field finished second in the circuit behind Catlin; Griffin Easter “flatted with over a minute lead,” Kane said, then settled for third on the circuit, and Easter, backed by FLC teammate Rotem Ishay in a late breakaway, also finished third in Sunday’s road race.

FLC will ride at the Air Force Academy this weekend – a criterium, road race and team time trial.