Shashaty's finish highlights cycling team's nationals trip
May 12, 2019 | Augusta, Ga.
Senior Freddie Shashaty finished fifth in Friday's men's varsity time trial to land on the podium, a highlight for Liberty University's cycling team at this past weekend's USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships in Augusta, Ga.
Shashaty, who came in fifth out of 18 riders in the 22.2-kilometer race in 32 minutes, 26.11 seconds, was one of four Flames entered in the men's varsity time trial. He was followed by graduate Giovanni Bianco (ninth in 33:34.66), freshman Max Galbraith (14th in 35:11.29), and junior Todd Yoder (15th in 35:19.25).
"At nationals, they split the scholarship from the non-scholarship programs, and even though we race as a Club Sports team at Liberty, USA Cycling considers us a varsity program," Liberty Head Coach Timo Budarz said. "For Freddie to finish fifth against cyclists from varsity teams was phenomenal, especially since he had completed the team time trial a few hours earlier."
|Freddie Shashaty (left), Max Galbraith, and Giovanni Bianco finish the 35K men's varsity team time trial.|
Riding together as a pack, the foursome had placed 11th in the 35K team time trial in 50:17.89, though Yoder had to pull out after the first lap.
Liberty senior Sarah Parker placed seventh out of 13 women's varsity riders in Friday's time trial in 42 minutes, 22.19 seconds. In Sunday's women's varsity criterium, she finished 38th in 1:16.58.
On Saturday, Shashaty placed 33rd out of 75 riders in 2:15:28 for the men's varsity road race, which was shortened due to threats of lightning from five to four laps on a challenging 14.9-mile course, for a total of close to 5,000 feet of elevation gain and loss over nearly 60 miles of cycling.
"He was right with the tail end of the main pack, with one big cluster of 40-45 riders at the end of the race, which finished with a brutal six-percent grade climb," Budarz said. "He tried to go a little early and didn't have it in the legs to finish strong. All in all, it was a very positive experience to show that he has what it takes to compete at that level."
|Freddie Shashaty and Giovanni Bianco start out in Friday's 22.2K men's varsity individual time trial.|
Shashaty also finished 35th in 1:20.13 out of 68 riders in Sunday's criterium, avoiding multiple crashes on the rain-covered course with hairpin turns in downtown Augusta that took out close to 40 cyclists.
Complete results from the weekend's races are available online.
With several members of this year's team graduating, Budarz is hoping to recruit more cyclists for his second season at the helm starting this fall.