Time for Road Nationals!

26 04 2012

Now that's a BIG check! We couldn't do what we do without the amazing support we receive.

It’s time for road nationals again! And we’re ready to defend our national titles from last year. Hard to believe it’s been a year. Competing in 4 (now 5 with BMX) disciplines and racing all 4 national championships really helped speed things along. Plus, we promoted mountain bike and cyclocross races, volunteered for Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League and Trips for Kids WNC, helped the City of Asheville with its successful bid for CX Nats in 2016, and somehow found time to study! Here’s a brief update on what we’ve been up to these last few weeks of road season:

We had our big film fundraiser last week at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company. It was the 4th year we’ve held it there, and the folks at APBC have been so supportive of the team. Besides screening two sick mountain bike films, we raffled off a pair of Industry Nine wheels, and introduced some of our sponsors to the crowd. Spin-Tech Training, First Light Solar, and The Organic Mechanic were all on hand to present the team with gigantic checks. While the college throws a bunch of dough into our program, we’re always more ambitious than our budget so we depend on the support of team sponsors and the local community. Everyone has been so supportive. Thank you! Other sponsors recognized at the event: BioWheels, Hearn’s Cycling and Fitness, Raw Revolution Energy Bars, Neo Burrito, ABRC, DeFeet, ProGold, TrainingPeaks, Celtic Sea Salt, and the Madison County TDA.

The 2012 SECCC road champions, 3rd year in a row. Congrats to King College and Cumberland for making us sweat.

The racing these last few weeks of road season at Dalton State, Clemson, and Brevard has been intense. Several of the teams in the SECCC have really stepped up, so it’s been a battle for every point at every race in order to win the conference championship. In the end the team came from behind to clinch the conference title ahead of King College by just 6 team points, 672-666. Cumberland was a strong 3rd. The smart money bets that there will be 3 SECCC teams on the D2 podium in Ogden next week.

Recently, the men’s TTT team has been the one to beat, winning decisively at Clemson and then taking the conference title at Brevard. The women also won the D2 TTT at conference.

In the road races and crits, Mariske Strauss showed that her dirt skills translate to the road by winning several events with the super domestique support of Klara Rossouw and Steph Bunnett. Lacey Douglas, Yolanda Colon, and Laura Rice provided strong backup too.

For the men, Sebastian Scherf was the standout, winning four races including the conference championship road race. Again, he had strong support from the rest of the team: Tim Jenkinson, Corey Davis, Michael Robinson, Chad Capobianco, and Maitland Jones.

Our developing riders also had a great season. Barry Wilcox strung together a number of podiums in his freshman year in the B’s. Both Jake Dixon and Jake Mills (the Jakes!) showed tons of improvement in the C’s with each new race. Laura Rice nailed a couple of podiums in her first road races ever in the B women to complete an amazing first season of racing.

All in all, it took every rider on the team to accomplish our #1 goal of the road season: win conference championships! Now we’re preparing for nationals in Ogden. The competition will be tough, for sure. Just getting to Ogden is tough, period. But we’re bringing our A game. We’ll keep you updated on Facebook and Twitter.

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