On a very early Sunday morning with temps in the 20’s and the course an “ice rink,” Mars Hill College Cycling claimed its first podium at a national championship and was ranked as the 3rd cyclocross men’s team in the nation. MHC was led by Matt Willing who fought back from a mid-pack start to claim the fourth of five podium spots. Paul Webb finished closely behind in sixth place. Kyle Knott had an unfortunate mechanical which effectively ended his race, but with only two of three riders eligible for team points, MHC Cycling still claimed third overall in the men’s competition, proving that they are one of the strongest Div II cyclocross teams in the nation. Next year we’ll be back for more, aiming for the overall team title and a couple of individual jerseys as well. Special thanks to the Price’s in Portland and to Lee and Jay in Bend. You fed us, sheltered us, bandaged us… thank you. This was a great end to the year, and the team looks forward to carrying momentum into our Spring road campaign starting at the University of Florida the first weekend of February.
Matt Willing Leads Mars Hill to First National Championship Podium15 12 2009