Clemson University hosted the first of this season’s six Southeastern Conference cyclocross races today on a constantly challenging course around Nettles Park. Clemson, King College, and Georgia Tech all sent large teams, making the event a great kick-off for the inaugural SECCC CX season. MHC riders arrived early to race their category races before the collegiate races later in the afternoon. In the category 3 race, Tim Jenkinson placed 2nd in his first cyclocross race ever, overcoming a mechanical early in the race. In the Pro/1/2 category race, Matt Willing, Paul Webb, and Kyle Knott represented MHC well by placing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Eric Muehl of Asheville won.
In the collegiate men’s race–the largest field of the day–MHC’s top three men from the earlier pro race finished in the same order as before. Webb had a flat on an early lap and had to run his bike to the pits to receive a new wheel and had to give up 2nd place to a deserving Clemson rider. The men’s race finished with Matt Willing taking the win, Paul Webb in 3rd, Kyle Knott in 4th, and Tim Jenkinson in 5th. Steven Bryan from MHC finished within the top 10.
In the women’s event, Klara Rossouw took the early lead and never gave it up, although a hard-charging woman from Clemson made the last lap an exciting finale. MHC’s Stephanie Bunnett finished 3rd.
While the team expected last year’s CX team of Willing, Webb, and Knott to perform well, it was equally exciting to see four new cyclocrossers on the team starting off the season doing very well. In addition, we look forward to Yolanda Colon joining us for both cyclocross races next weekend at King College in Bristol, TN.
See photos from the event on our Facebook page.
Thanks to our supporters for helping us get to the races!