GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- The Colorado Mesa cycling team is no stranger to national headlines in the past six weeks.
The Mavs former head coach Rick Crawford was fired from the university in December of 2012 due to his alleged connection with drug-related infractions in cycling.
Just two weeks prior to his removal from CMU, Crawford voluntarily admitted to partaking in a doping scandal as a coach of professional cyclists from 1999-2001.
Hurt, sad, disappointed. Those are the adjectives Crawford's former riders on the CMU team used to describe their emotions upon his termination.
But the team had to move on.
"Either you could say you don't want to race anymore," says Mavs team captain turned interim head coach Patric Rostel, "or you could say, "Okay, we pull altogether and keep moving.'"
With Rostel at the front of the pack, the Mavs are competing for a national title at the Cyclocross Nationals this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin.
"After all that happened, everyone is highly motivated and if we get that championship title it would be a huge success," Rostel said.