The Mars Hill race weekend went very well. A big, big thanks to all of the volunteers, supporters, and sponsors who made it run so smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without you. The new TTT and RR courses proved challenging and fun. And the weather was good despite some strong winds on Saturday.
While full results have not been submitted yet (even to the promoter!), here’s a quick breakdown of MHC highlights:
The Mars Hill men and women won their respective TTT’s. The men won by about 1:45 over Cumberland University. Brevard College was a close 3rd. The team is riding stronger every week as we look toward nationals and the TTT podium.
The road race course separated the weak from the strong early on, with its relentless hills and wind gusts over 30mph. Matt Willing rode to a strong 2nd in the road race, which was won by Lees-McRae’s veteran pro, Brian Sheedy. Paul Webb finished a strong 4th. In the women’s race, Cinthia Lehner of Lees-McRae won. Steph Bunnett and Klara Rossouw were 4th and 5th.
In the B men, MHC suffered its worst defeat by losing Mikey Keith for a few weeks due to a crash. Fortunately, no broken bones, but the shoulder will take some TLC before he’s back. Read his race report HERE. The C men suffered but finished strong.
The criterium on Sunday was the same as last year, a 1 mile flat/fast course around the Biltmore Square Mall. Steph Bunnett jumped early in the women’s race but got pipped on the line and claimed 2nd. Rossouw was 3rd. Paul Webb made the winning break but was severely outnumbered and finished 5th. Kyle Knott won the field sprint for 6th after a strong leadout by the team. The C men put together a good race and Marco Liubenov earned his first top 10. Not far behind was Chandler Hill.
Full results HERE.
Lots pics on our Facebook page.