BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following the King University cycling head coach Alan Sparks announced the signing of Victoria Gates who will join the Tornado for the 2015-16 season. Gates will make her way to King from Southampton, Mass., and has been racing since 2008. She competes in road, track, mountain and cyclocross disciplines and has been competing at the national level for many years.
Last week at USAC CycloCross Nationals, Gates turned in a second place podium finish in the Junior Women's 17-18 category. She has competed in two World Cup mount bike events, including numerous national championships. Prior to nationals, she turned in a fourth place finish at the Kingsport UCI Cup. Gates has climbed into the top-15 which has placed her in fields against international caliber racers.
In 2014, Gates raced at two pro criteriums and finished in the top-10 at both of them. In 2012 she won eight category 3/4 cyclocross races and took top-10 finishes in 19 other races she competed in. Gates also founded her high school cycling team and was allowed to compete in the collegiate races of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC).
She's very active in her community and will be an asset to the tri-cities with her passion for volunteering. Gates helped create the Central Mass Cycling Club (CMCC) that raced mountain bikes. CMCC raised money and awareness for the Worcester County Food Bank. When she is not on the track or in school, she likes to volunteer and teach young kids how to ride and race bikes at clinics.
"Victoria will strengthen the women's team and give the women more depth in all disciplines," Sparks said.