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02/06/2008: Fxdd Announces Mit Cycling Wins Nationals!
FXDD Announces MIT Cycling Wins Nationals! FXDD MIT Racing Team

NEW YORK, June 2, 2008 The MIT Cycling Team presented by FXDD won the 2008 Division II national road racing championships after a weekend of exceptional performances by its men’s and women’s teams in Fort Collins, CO. At the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships, held May 9-11, MIT Cycling seized an early lead in the opening team time trial and built their advantage all weekend long to take a surprise victory.

The women’s team scored first with a superb win in Friday’s team time trial. Martha Buckley, Yuri Matsumoto, Zuzka Trnovcova and Sonya Cates powered through a flat and windy course, covering 25 kilometers in 29 minutes and 51 seconds to take the win by 8 seconds over their closest rivals. Later that day, the men’s team of Jason Sears, Eric Edlund, Seth Behrends and Issao Fujiwara beat a host of strong competitors to finish 4th in the men’s TTT in 25 minutes and 10 seconds.

MIT’s women added to their laurels over Saturday’s 51-mile road race course, which featured a combination of flat terrain exposed to the wind and difficult power climbs. Buckley finished a strong 3rd, Matsumoto came in 10th and Cates took 19th. In the men’s race, Edlund took 13th in the field sprint while Fujiwara came in 57th.

With these strong finishes, the Engineers were still ahead coming into Sunday’s flat, fast, and technical criterium race, and once again MIT’s women turned in great performances. Matsumoto unleashed her devastating sprint, which had earned her the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Division II women’s championship only two weeks before, to finish 6th. Buckley came in two spots behind in 8th and Cates finished only a few seconds behind the day’s race leaders, in 27th. In the 75-minute men’s race, Sears sprinted to an outstanding 4th, beating his own 7th place from last year’s nationals criterium. A veteran of many collegiate cycling championships on road and track, Sears made sure he was part of the day’s key breakaway group that finished ahead of the main field. Edlund, Fujiwara and Behrends all finished in the main pack, taking 43rd, 49th and 54th, respectively.

When all the points were tallied, MIT had ended its stunning weekend with 395 points, beating Dartmouth’s 364 points to take first place among Division II schools across the country. Individually Buckley finished 4th, Matsumoto 8th, and Cates 25th in the women’s omnium, while Edlund came in 22nd among the men’s racers.

The MIT Cycling Team is presented by FXDD, a leading online retail foreign exchange firm. FXDD is a subsidiary of Compagnie Financière Tradition, the third largest interdealer broker worldwide, servicing 7,000 institutional clients since 1959.



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