Allison Arensman joins team for spring

7 12 2012

We’re thrilled to announce the addition of Allison Arensman to the team. She will start classes this spring at Mars Hill and first compete with the team at Cyclocross Nationals in January.

Allison comes from a competitive swim background and started cycling in the Fall of  2010 in the local NCCX cyclocross series. She ended up winning the cat 4 women’s series and was hooked.  She currently rides for Pepper Palace/Spin Tech Women’s Pro team in both road and cyclocross, and has many podium finishes, including last weekend’s victory in the elite women’s NC State Cyclocross Championships.

In 2012 she competed in the USA Cyclocross and Road Race National Championships, achieving a 2nd place finish in 17-18 women in cyclocross and podium finishes in the road race and criterium. Her dream is to compete in the World Championships for road and ‘cross, and to one day represent the USA at the Olympics in road racing and in cyclocross (when it is finally added).

Allison greatly anticipates riding for Mars Hill starting this January at Cyclocross Nationals in Madison, WI.  She is super excited about the road season and then trying her hand at track and mountain biking as well. “I can’t wait to give mountain biking a go. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite a while now; it looks completely terrorizing and irresistible!”
Allison grew up as the second of nine children, and teamwork has always been a huge part of her upbringing.  “Growing up, our parents instilled in us the importance of servant leadership.  That this life is not about us but about glorifying God in all we do and serving others.  I look forward to working alongside my teammates and being an encourager and a friend.”

She looks forward to bringing her love for training and helping others to the team atmosphere.  She is excited to be able to continue her passion for personal training by obtaining a degree in sports management at Mars Hill.  She also brings a love for the outdoors, coffee, music, art, and preparing healthy food.

Welcome to the team, Allison!

Jacob Hill joins team for spring

4 12 2012

Jacob Hill joins Mars Hill to race road and track.

We’re excited to announce the addition of Jacob Hill to our roster starting this spring. Jacob will race for Mars Hill on the road and track while pursuing his academic interests in finance.

Jacob is from  St. Petersburg, Florida. He got into cycling via his father, Pete Hill, a former cat. 3 racer. He started riding an ancient East German road bike when he was 11. A little later his stepmother, Elizabeth Morse, gave him a Cannondale which he rode in his first junior race where he finished 3rd out of three racers. Still, the experience gave him motivation and he caught the cycling fever.

With all around talent and a fast sprint, Jacob will have an immediate impact.

After growing a little and training some, he upgraded to a cat. 4 in 2009 and for the next few years each April he upgraded again. Jacob attended the University of Central Florida for his freshman year then took a semester off to focus on cycling and start pursuing it with purpose. He’s going to continue both his education and cycling career with Mars Hill and continue to compete with the Stan’s NoTubes elite team.

Welcome to the team, Jacob!