We ventured down to the 1996 Olympic Mountain Bike Courses in Conyers, GA, last weekend for conference championships hosted by Georgia Tech. At the end of the weekend, the team notched some impressive season-long results and qualified to send two riders to the National Mountain Bike Championships in Lake Tahoe, CA, October 15-17. Here’s a recap:
Freshman Klara Rossouw placed 5th overall in the Southeastern Conference women’s A category and will represent Mars Hill at nationals. Tim Jenkinson, also a freshman, qualified for nationals via strong and consistent racing and will make the trip to Tahoe too.
Maitland Jones and Matt Willing both rode to consistent podium finishes in the men’s B category. Although experienced on the road and in cyclocross, both were new to mountain biking. Maitland ended the season as the top ranked short track racer.
Marco Liubenov joined the team as its first gravity rider and competed in downhill and dual slalom events, placing 3rd and 2nd overall in the men’s C category.
Steven Bryan raced to a number of podium finishes in the men’s C category in cross country and short track events.
Paul Webb started off the season with strong results at ETSU but fractured his elbow during training and had to sit out the rest of the season. Paul will seek redemption during the upcoming cyclocross season.
Stay tuned for a report from Mountain Bike Nationals….