Strauss 8th at World Mountain Bike Championships

31 08 2013

Congrats to former Mars Hill rider, Mariske Strauss, on her 8th place finish at the UCI World Mountain Bike Championships in the U23 women’s cross country. A collegiate national cyclocross champion for Mars Hill in 2012, and this year’s winner of the African Continental Championships, Strauss earned her best world championship result yet on her home course in South Africa.


Strauss impresses home crowd

South Africa’s under 23 star Mariske Strauss also recovered from a nasty fall in the Treehouse section of the course to claim a career-defining eighth place whilst the South African number two, Candice Neethling, claimed a hard-fought 14th.

“I had a problem with my cleats early in the race and also got caught up in a big pile-up, so I had to get through quite a lot and really had to fight back to get myself in a good position.”  The crowds roared whenever South African riders passed.

“I took a tumble at the rock garden which put me back a bit but I just kept telling myself to ride constantly and to not freak out otherwise it could have gone wrong for me. This is my best World Champs result, and I was aiming for a top five but after what I went through, I am happy with eighth.”

“I really learnt a lot about my riding out there and after my chain problem I just wanted to keep it steady to the end.”

Editorial assistance provided by Gameplan Media.

Full Results

U23 women cross country
1 Jolanda Neff (Switzerland) 1:25:44
2 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (France) 0:02:26
3 Yana Belomoyna (Ukraine) 0:03:45
4 Helen Grobert (Germany) 0:05:59
5 Andrea Waldis (Switzerland) 0:06:31
6 Jenny Rissveds (Sweden)
7 Linda Indergand (Switzerland) 0:07:20
8 Mariske Strauss (South Africa) 0:09:07
9 Maghalie Rochette (Canada) 0:09:48
10 Rebecca Henderson (Australia) 0:10:03
11 Raiza Goulao-Henrique (Brazil) 0:10:16
12 Perrine Clauzel (France) 0:10:18
13 Lena Putz (Germany) 0:11:05
14 Candice Neethling (South Africa) 0:11:30
15 Lisa Mitterbauer (Austria) 0:11:48
16 Karla Stepanova (Czech Republic) 0:11:59
17 Anne Terpstra (Netherlands) 0:12:16
18 Jovana Crnogorac (Serbia) 0:12:55
19 Ekateryna Anoshina (Russian Federation) 0:13:33
20 Lisa Rabensteiner (Italy) 0:13:55
21 Ingrid Sofie Jacobsen (Norway) 0:14:34
22 Ines Carolina Gutierrez (Argentina) 0:15:08
23 Nadezhda Antonova (Russian Federation) 0:15:17
24 Guzel Akhmadullina (Russian Federation) 0:16:11
25 Shayna Powless (United States of America) 0:16:33
26 Frederique Trudel (Canada) 0:17:20
27 Laura Bietola (Canada) 0:18:32
-1lap Andreane Lanthier-Nadeau (Canada)
-1lap Kendall Ryan (United States of America)
-2laps Hayley Smith (South Africa)
-2laps Andrea Fuentes (Mexico)
-2laps Vera Adrian (Namibia)
-3laps Sarah Hill (South Africa)
-3laps Machuene Rozalia Kubyana (South Africa)
-3laps Ashleigh Parker-Moffatt (South Africa)
DNF Monika Zur (Poland)
DNF Tayla Odendaal (South Africa)

Mars Hill’s Keith wins preseason test

29 08 2013

Catherine HarndenAfter two days of classes this Fall 2013 semester, the Mars Hill University cycling team participated in their first race of the season yesterday evening. The team traveled a short trip down the interstate to Hendersonville, NC, to race the final night of the Summer Short Track Mountain Bike Series presented by Sycamore Cycles in Jackson Park, organized by 2013 Mars Hill alum Laura Rice.
Mikey Keith

The course was a hilly terrain that stretched into the singletrack paths in Jackson Park.  Seven riders from the team raced in the Category 3, 2, and Pro/1 events.  Senior Mikey Keith represented the Lions well with strength and endurance as he raced, and won the Men’s Category 2 division.  Mikey has spent 2 years off the bike due to a shoulder injury, “I was a little apprehensive on the startline, which definitely affected my start,” he stated.  “It all came back to me in just a second and the nerves were quelled immediately.  After the second lap, I jumped and that was it!  It was definitely a confidence booster for the upcoming season.”

Mars Hill University represented well against local Western North Carolina racers and the team’s biggest competitor, Brevard College.  The team is looking forward to a great season of mountain bike races and track events.  Be looking for upcoming events such as our first collegiate mountain bike race at East Tennessee State University on September 7th and 8th!

Addy Albershardt joins Mars Hill University as women’s cycling coach

20 08 2013

Coach Addy

This fall Addy Albershardt joins Mars Hill University cycling team as an assistant coach focused on developing and growing our women’s program. Addy returns to Mars Hill after a season racing with Italian professional team Pasta Zara-Cogeas-Manhattan, winning stages at both the Vuelta a Costa Rica and the Vuelta El Salvador, where she also secured the U23 jersey. Addy first turned pro with the NOW and Novartis for MS pro team when she was just 17. She is a 5-time junior national champion on the road and track, representing the US at numerous world championships.

Over the summer Addy took a break from racing to work at Camp Eagle Rock, a summer YMCA day camp in Charlotte, her hometown. Working with disadvantaged youth, connecting with autistic campers, and helping kids accomplish a triathlon inspired Addy to leave professional cycling in order to pursue a degree in education, and to help the current generation of upcoming junior women cyclists reach their potential both on and off the bike.

Addy’s retirement announcement released by her pro team stated, “I have a heart to serve others and I think there are plenty of jobs in the cycling world to be able to come back and find my niche! I would specifically love to work with junior women’s cycling. I believe it is an area of cycling that lacks a lot of support and attention through my own experiences of racing as a junior.” An article in the Charlotte Observer also recognized Addy’s inspiration to give back to the community that supported her rise up the cycling ranks.

Looking forward to taking on a coaching role at Mars Hill, Addy “couldn’t be more excited not only to return to the cycling community but also to Mars Hill University with a role of serving others, earning my degree, and enjoying a college experience…. By taking a step back from cycling and spending the summer as a camp counselor, I’ve realized my strengths in working with and teaching children.  When the opportunity arose to return to Mars Hill University, I knew that the skills I learned as a counselor could be transferred to a coaching position and my knowledge in the sport could be utilized by developing athletes.”

Addy’s transition from pro racer to coach required “some soul searching and listening for God’s will to be done in my life… I would have never been able to be a camp counselor and learn to teach children if I did not listen and take a sabbatical from cycling.  With that being said, I have never felt so much joy in my life right now and it feels great to pay it forward for all the support I’ve received in my racing career.”

We at Mars Hill Cycling are thrilled to welcome Addy back to the team and excited that both our current and future cyclists will have the opportunity to learn from Coach Addy.

John Butler joins team for fall

5 08 2013

Mars Hill Cycling is excited to announce the addition of John Butler to the team. John joins the team as a freshman this fall and is from Athens, Georgia, where he first participated in that town’s famous twilight criterium when he was sixteen. John grew up road racing motorcycles and got into cycling as a way to cross train, so it’s no surprise that he excels at sprinting and criteriums. John has landed on numerous southeast podiums, most recently at the Georgia Gran Prix Circuit Race, which he won racing for Asheville Youth Cycling’s devo team. He plans to study computer science at Mars Hill University.

Welcome to the team, John!