Eric Marcotte Wins USA Cycling National Championship in Chattanooga

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Chattanooga-(WDEF) Eric Marcotte was the road race winner on Monday in the USA Cycling National Championships in Chattanooga. Marcotte won in a photo finish. Marcotte covered the 102-mile road course in 4 hours and 17 minutes. The race featured four climbs of Lookout Mountain. One of the race favorites crashed on Lookout Mountain. Taylor Phinney, who won the time trials on Saturday, crashed while going down Lookout Mountain. He underwent surgery for a broken leg and a knee injury. On the women’s side, Alison Powers was the champion. She also won the time trials on Saturday.
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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.