MHC Takes home a big W!

23 04 2008

Rain and low cloud cover marked the beginning of the SECC conference championships at LeesMcRae.  It would take more then (than) poor weather to keep the Mars Hill Lions from roaring at this weekend’s criterium and road race.  Saturday’s race started with a tight slippery course and a field of motivated competitors.  After thirty minutes of all-out racing Mars Hill’s own Bryson Young and Sarah Anderson walked away with 5th and 4th place finishes respectively.  Sunday’s road race brought out a little bit of sun and a heavy  dose  of competition.  The race course profile suited Mars Hill with over 1,300 feet of climbing per loop.  Just as the clouds and drizzle came floating back in to Banner Elk ,  Mars Hill reached for the thermostat and turned the heat on the competition.  Bryson young drove hard to the finish line for  a  7th place finish out of a field of  35 riders.  Meanwhile back on the course Sarah Anderson was putting the hurt on the poor girls who chose to follow her wheel.  With the finish line in sight Sarah hit the gas and flew through the fog for her first of  big W!  Not bad for her first year on a bike!  As the grey skies  cleared and Lees McRae disappeared in the rear view mirror we were sure that Mars Hill had left a mark in Banner Elk.  Mars Hill Cycling sent a strong message this weekend : “We came here to race ,  not to play games.” 

Till Next time-

Live well and ride hard,

MHC Cycling

Sarah’s First Post

22 04 2008

So Grant said that I can write anything within reason on here, so I won’t mention the fact that he can resite all the songs on “Barney and Friends” and that one of his feet has an extra toe. Oops.

Anyways, this past weekend was a lot of fun! We rode our bikes at Lees McCrae in the regional race. There were teams there from all over, including Florida, USF, Georgia Southern, UGA, and Georgia Tech. Saturday afternoon we rode in the crit and it was a nice little paved course but somewhat slippery, due to the rain, around the corners. I finished 4th and Bryson finished 5th, I think. Sunday we both rode in the road race around the town. It was a 10 mile loop and Womans B and Mens C catagories did the loop twice, making it a 20 mile race in all. Bryson finished 7th out of 35 men and I finished 1st out of 5 woman. That was my first win and it felt great! I think that Grant is going to post the summary of the race soon, so I will leave it up to him to share the rest of the racing details.

We ate some really good mexican food Saturday after the race, and then we stopped at a local place to get some coffee. Sunday we ate some food at the coffee place. The food was good…although cold. We looked at a map of the AT, which Bryson is going to start hiking this summer. Best of luck Bryson, hope you have some good hiking shoes!

Today, Bryson and I did a recovery ride outside with Grant. We rode about 3 miles and then stopped. A man that was biking passed looked over and said hello. We waved. Later on, after about 3 more miles, we stopped and got some drinks and took them down to the creek to sit and relax. The man on the bike passed us again. It is appart that all the Mars Hill Cycling team does is sit around and watch other bikers. JUST KIDDING!

Today on our ride we invented a new sport, an extreme sport, if you will. It is called groundhog hopping, or ‘hog hopping. Byson is very skilled at jumping over dead groundhogs on his bike. Look for us next year, as we hope to add squirrel and rabbit hopping. We will also be on tour around the U.S.

Well I hope everyone who reads enjoys my new, and first, post. Hope to post again soon!



assault on the carolinas

1 04 2008

we rode in the 9th annual assualt on the carolinas this past weekend despite the severe weather and dreary conditions.  Everyone rode in the 100k event and the team finished strong!