Mountain Racer Wins National Championship
By Angela Yap
21 July 2016
Photo courtesy Megan Bradley
Megan Bradley (B.A. Landscape Architecture ‘18), a junior in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design, won first place in the 2016 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships at Mammoth Mountain, California during the week of July 13-17.
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States. Bradley raced in the Category 1 Women’s 19-24 Cross Country race, completing the 16.32 mile race 2 minutes and 10 seconds ahead of her closest competitors. While she trailed behind other racers for the first two laps, it wasn’t until the third and final lap that she charged up and passed her competitors on the last steep climb to finish ahead in the final downhill section. Bradley’s lap times were recorded as 31:21.1 (1st lap), 33:11.1 (2nd lap) and 30:55.1 (3rd lap).
Bradley was on the Rim High Mountain Bike team between 2010 and 2014 and won the California State Championship in 2012. She has also raced with the Cal Cycling Team since 2014, earning the Western Collegiate Cycling State Championship in 2015.