Kalaba brothers, MSU Cycling Team enter conference with tons of confidence

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The Midwestern State University Cycling Team is headed into the South Central Collegiate Conference Championships event with its chest out, thanks to the races a pair of brothers won.

Dušan and Pavle Kalaba were first and second in all three races at a recent event hosted by Texas State University in San Marcos.

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MSU Texas Cycling Director Pablo Cruz Trochex is excited for his team to race for hometown fans as they prepare for Collegiate Nationals in May in New Mexico.

Dušan and Pavle Kalaba after finishing 1st and 2nd at San Marcos

"Dušan's preparing to defend his collegiate champion title," Cruz Trochez said. "After his experience from last year, he feels confident with what he can achieve for this year."

The criterium races begin Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. on the MSU Texas campus.

The timed trials will take place at the Upper Charlie course north of Wichita Falls and conclude with a road race at Upper Charlie on Sunday morning.

The cycling team encourages students and fans to come see races "like NASCAR for bikes" in person, according to Cruz Trochez.

Admission is free.

"We opened this race to collegiate racers and domestic riders, and we hope that helps for a better racing experience," Cruz Trochez said. "It is fast bicycle racing and very entertaining."

MSU Texas freshman Molly Hayes after winning the women’s A Division in San Marcos

In addition to the Kalabra brothers, MSU Texas cycling boasts other standout racers, including Carlos Maldonado, Jadiel Moreno, Joaquin Traslosheros and Sebastian Restrepo. The team won first place over competitors like Texas Tech, UTA, UTSA, Texas State and UT Dallas.

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The women's team also has its share of outstanding racers, such as freshman Molly Hayes, who won all three events at the Texas State race. The team is also proud of Jacelyn Reno, who took second in the C category.

"It's important to show that we're growing the women's side of the team, and this helps our team standing," said Cruz Trochez, who hopes to increase the number of women even more over the next year.

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