The TTT was a big win for the team: we beat Lees-McRae for the first time ever in the men’s A TTT, if only by a slim second. Somehow winning by a second makes it even sweeter. This is a big deal, not just because we finally got one over on LMC in the TTT, but because LMC has a long tradition of being one of the best D1 TTT team’s in the nation. This win signals that the Mars Hill boys are now podium contenders for the TTT at nationals.
But Lees-McRae would enact revenge by winning the rest of the A races over the weekend, the men’s and women’s road races and criteriums. Still, we were in the fight with Paul Webb being the team’s strongest protagonist, finding the breakaways in the road race and criterium and finishing 3rd and 2nd, respectively. Tim Jenkinson, in his first races after moving up to the A category, rode like ten men and also made both breakaways, riding fearless in support of Paul and the team. Kyle Knott showed that he’s still the fastest sprinter in the conference by taking out the field sprint for 3rd in the criterium.
The women rode well too, winning the TTT again and finishing 4th and 5th in the road race and 2nd and 4th in the criterium. Both Klara Rossouw and Yolanda Colon had strong criteriums, a good sign as we approach the final month before nationals. Stephanie Bunnett continues to lead all women in the overall rankings by a slim margin over Katherine Harnden of Union College.
In men’s B racing action, Mikey Keith was all alone against a horde of Lees-McRae and Brevard riders in the criterium. This coming weekend’s challenging road race at Mars Hill will suit his abilities much better.
The C men had a difficult road race with Marco Liubenov crashing. Teammate Chandler Hill slowed to wait for him, but they weren’t able to rejoin the main field by the end of their short one lap race. The criterium went better. Look for Marco and Chandler to work out the kinks soon and collect their first W.
Full results from the weekend are HERE.
Updated season points are HERE.
See everyone next weekend at Mars Hill.