A trip to Arizona earned a local cyclist national recognition when all was said and done.
Nolan Tankersley, a Unicoi County High School graduate and Milligan College-signee for the Buffalo cycling program, scored a spot on the United States cycling team for the upcoming Tour de l'Abitibi Desjardins to be held in Canada in the month of July.
Twenty-four teams from across the world will take part in the event, which is regarded as the Tour de France for 17-18 year olds.
Its crazy looking back on everything, Tankersley said during a phone interview with The Erwin Record Sunday afternoon. I was about to take up kayaking before cycling came to me. Everything worked out for a reason and its an honor to be able to wear the USA across my chest for a race.
The growth of the sport was always in the forefront of Tankersleys mind and the opportunity to represent the nation in a tour of this magnitude will help continue the upswing of cycling.
For the remainder of this article please see the June 18, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.