After 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.
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!