Matt Willing, a new recruit to MHC Cycling who will be starting in the fall, demonstrated the immediate value he brings to the team by winning the Town Mountain Hill Climb (men B) on May 15th. Matt is a transfer student from Eastern Michigan University who has a solid running background, although he comes to the team with comparatively little cycling experience. A standout cross-country runner, Matt was on three conference championship teams at EMU before a serious injury sidelined him. Matt found cycling as a way to rehabilitate his injury and started developing a real passion for the sport. Starting his first bike race last fall during the cyclocross season, Matt immediately demonstrated that he had the tools to excel and went on to win 5 of the 9 races in the Michigan series on the way to the overall season championship in the B category. This year Matt makes the next step to racing with the elite and pro riders in the A category, and MHC looks forward to supporting his quest for a national cyclocross championship.
After cyclocross season, Matt will race a full road season for MHC. Up until the Town Mountain Hill Climb, Matt had never raced on the road. But with his first victory under his belt, he’s motivated to make the transition, which he’s regulary demonstrating on our local Tuesday night world championships. On yesterday’s club ride, we were joined by Team Ouch director Mike Tamayo and Team Ouch pro rider Karl Menzies (aka TenMenzies for his superhuman strength). On the last 3 km climb of the ride, where we let it all hang out and sprint for the top, Matt had Karl shaking his head as Matt led over the top of the climb, wondering who is this kid? It may not be long before everyone knows.