It was a banner weekend for the MHC cyclocross team, namely Matt Willing and Paul Webb, as they claimed 4 podium results at the team’s first collegiate cyclocross events of the year. On Saturday, both Matt and Paul competed in the collegiate A category at the Mud, Sweat, and Gears event in Johnson City, TN. Paul followed up his strong win last weekend in Salisbury with a repeat victory and winning the only SECCC cyclocross event of the season before conference championships. Matt followed closely behind in 2nd place. Paul also rode to a very strong 5th place finish in the Pro/1/2 event, his first attempt at that level after recently receiving a category upgrade.
On Sunday, Matt and Paul competed in an Atlantic Coast Conference event put on by Appalachian State in Boone, NC. Matt was in contention for 1st with Lees-McRae standout Brad Perley, but a slight bobble through the barricades lost Matt some ground and he couldn’t come back on Perley before the finish. Paul finished next in 3rd place.
Four podium finishes in two races is a great sign for the team as we head into this weekend’s Southeastern Collegiate Cyclocross Championships in Hendersonville on Sunday at an early 8am. Joining Matt and Paul will be new MHC recruit Kyle Knott, who excels on and off the road. The team should have plenty of opportunities and matches to burn as they seek out MHC’s first conference championship. A full day of racing is planned, and the team will compete in the elite men’s race later in the afternoon.