MHC Film Fundraiser in the News

26 02 2009

Film Fest gets publicity on the Daily Peloton.

1st win of the year at Georgia Southern!

22 02 2009

Melissa Holloway earned MHC cycling it’s first win of 2009 at the Georgia Southern criterium (women’s B). In the women’s A category, Yolanda Colon won the first two points prime sprints in convincing fashion but had to settle for 2nd at the finish when Alexis Dabroski rode away for a solo victory. Nikola Milanovic had an excellent and aggressive race against a field that was dominated by Clemson, who had the largest team in the race. Nik finished a solid 5th.

The day before was the road race, held on a 27 mile loop that contained a 3-mile section of muddy/sandy Georgia clay, made all the more difficult due to drenching rains. Both Melissa and Yolanda rode to strong 2nd place finishes in their respective categories. I followed behind in the team van and saw the carnage on the dirt road–guys and gals crashing and falling over everywhere, having to get off and walk. But Melissa rode it like a Paris-Roubaix champ, finding the perfect lines and never even putting a foot down. Nikola’s race didn’t quite go as planned; he had a misunderstanding regarding the yellow-line rule and was dq’d when he crossed it. This was Nik’s first American road race so we’ll give him a break, especially since in his 9 years of racing in Europe he’s never had to deal with such a rule. Bike racing in America is just less organized…

Next race: North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, GA. Looking forward to our first race in the mountains.

Race Report: University of Florida

17 02 2009

First off, Florida is a loooong way to drive for a weekend bike race (not to mention back). But with the weather promising temperatures in the 70’s (we did swing by the beach) and an opportunity to race against a stellar collegiate field, we road tripped down there for the University of Florida’s Feb 7-8th races. Our goals were to gain valuable race fitness and experience and not necessarily results, especially considering that our competitors had been racing already for nearly a month and training outside in the Florida sun. After a cold winter and lots of indoor training, this would be our first race of the year. And for most of us, the first time seeing real alligators up close.

Saturday’s event was a 9-mile time trial. In his first bike race ever, Ryan managed a top 10 in his category and stayed within a minute of the winner. Yolanda placed 6th in the women’s event in her first bike race in over a year, and she did so Eddie Merckx style, i.e. with no aero equipment. Nikola had a strong ride in the “Men’s A” event against some of the top collegiate riders in the country but never managed to find his rhythm and finished just outside of the top 10. Nothing to be ashamed of when the winner from UF was 2nd at the 2008 National Time Trial Championships.

Sunday was a criterium held on the closed-off downtown streets of Gainesville. Ryan’s 35-minute event was his first mass-start cycling race ever, and his field was the largest of the day. He stayed in the top 10 for the entire event until taking the lead with 2 laps to go, but in the final lap he was swarmed and had to settle for a mid-pack finish, learning a valuable tactical lesson. Yolanda’s event was next and she did a great job of marking and staying with the fastest women. Unfortunately, UF had her outnumbered and thus a huge tactical advantage. Still, she sprinted to a fine 5th place against some of best women in the country. Nikola’s race was the final collegiate event of the day, and he did an awesome job of making the early break with two professional riders (yes, pros are allowed to compete in collegiate races as long as they are full-time students). But Nik paid for his early efforts later in the race and missed the winning break, yet he still was able to finish 5th in the field sprint. 

All together, the weekend was a great start to the season. Yes, we have some work to do, but I have a feeling that a victory is just around the corner.


MHC Cycling in the Daily Peloton

5 02 2009

Hearn’s Cycling Renews Sponsorship

3 02 2009

Everyone here knows that Asheville is blessed with its fair share of quality bike shops. There’s not a one in town that I wouldn’t recommend–all great supporters of the local cycling scene. But one in particular, Hearn’s Cycling and Fitness, has been a long time supporter of our cycling program at Mars Hill College. They give us access to their work stands and provide the proper tools for us to wrench on our bikes.  And then, bless them, they happily fix our bikes with expert precision when we get frustrated, bang our knuckles, and strip our threads. They’ve also donated equipment and spare parts, including boxes of waterbottles, carbon shoes, Cane Creek wheels,  Zipp wheels, TT equipment, and Shimano derailers. And much more. Basically, we can count on them to give what they have to give. We’re proud to partner again with Hearn’s in 2009. Oh, and go check out their impressive display of vintage and collectible bikes–while the bikes made today are super light and fast, they sure don’t make them like they used to. I traded a pro team TT bike for a 1969 Green Schwinn Panther, and I reckon that I got the best of it.