Cycling takes home NERCL Championship

Big Red captures their second straight New England Road Cycling League title. 

Brian Muldoon
May 20, 2022
Phillips Exeter Academy Cycling

Owen Loustau placed first overall in each race of the season, including the league championship race this past Sunday to lead Exeter to an overall title.

The Exeter cycling team has been crowned as champions once again as they claimed the New England Road Cycling League Championship yesterday on the road course at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This marks the second straight league title for Big Red.

Owen Loustau ’22 paved the way as he has all season, claiming first place overall as he covered the 15 mile race in 35:52.20 in the Boys A section. Duke Garschina ’23 finished fourth overall in the Boys A group with a time of 38:15.30.

Ale Murat ’23 powered Exeter in the Girls A section, crossing at 37:38.60 to claim third place overall. Leta Griffith ’25 followed to finish in fourth.

“Led by Owen and Ale, our team came together as a family,” said Big Red head coach Don Mills. “They stepped up and performed well all season, especially today as several key riders were out.”

Hisham Alireza ’23 and EJ Barthelemy ’23 finished first and third, respectively, in the 11.5 miles Boys C race. It was a tight finish as Alireza came in at 33:50.90, edging out the second place finisher by 1.5 seconds while Barthelemy followed at 33:54.70.

Sophie Fernandez ‘22 and Rianna Skaggs ’23 earned third and fourth place in the Girls C 9.2 miles race with respective times of 28:28.60 and 28:47.70.