SU cyclist brings home gold and silver

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
May 22, 2017

Heidi Franz, 2017 graduate, BFA in PhotographyHeidi Franz graduates with a BFA Photography on June 10, and she celebrated another milestone in late April when she earned three gold medals and two silver medals as the sole Seattle U competitor at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships in Boulder, Colorado.

She took the Collegiate Club National Title in the Individual Time Trial and the National Title in the women's Criterium. She also placed second in the Road Race. As a result, she won the overall individual women's Collegiate Club Omnium title.

Cyclist and 2017 graduate Heidi Franz celebrate winning her national title

In the team competition, because of her cumulative points for the weekend, she earned Seattle U Cycling second place in the Collegiate Club D2 Team Overall (D2= small school classification.) That was up against teams with, well, more than one person representing their school at Nationals.

This competition marks Heidi’s last collegiate cycling event. Following graduation, she will become a professional competitor.

Image from Heidi Franz' show, Moving, BFA in PhotographyHeidi’s cycling is the theme of her exhibition in the BFA Photography Exhibition, running through June 9 in the Vachon Gallery. “In "Moving", Heidi shares her life spent on a bicycle, navigating her surroundings and existence in chaotic, peaceful, and sensual ways. Time, space, movement, and experience is captured at speed on 35mm film, unfiltered and spontaneous. Navigation becomes a conversation between her eyes and the world.”

Cycling photo courtesy of Casey Gibson (USACycling)