This weekend the team made the short trip to Asheville’s very own Kolo Bike Park for our home collegiate and open mountain bike weekend. After much planning, preparation, and dedication from the team, our sponsors, and the cycling community of Asheville, the event was a huge success.
Kicking things off on Saturday was the Women’s A short track. Twenty of the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference’s finest mountain bike racers hit the line including Mars Hill’s own Addy Albershardt and Sarah Felpel. After 25 minutes of brutal racing, Addy finished a very respectable 7th on her new mountain bike thanks to Hearn’s Cycling and Fitness in Asheville, NC. Sarah fought her way to 17th and did it with a smile on her face!
Next up was the Men’s A Short Track with twenty-nine men, including several professionals, a national champion, and a world championship participant. Racing was expected to be intense and it certainly was! Mars Hill fielded three men, Tim Jenkinson, Michael “Mikey” Keith, and Hunter Resek. Tim got off to a strong start and finished an impressive 7th. Mikey and Hunter were less successful in the start but fought to respectable 19th and 20th place finishes.
After the Short Track Events, the teams of the SECCC had to chance to do “do battle” in the Team Relay, a new event in collegiate racing. Brevard College showed their strength and depth by fielding 2 teams that went 1-2 in the event. Cumberland College took 3rd, Lees McRae took 4th and 5th with their two teams, Mars Hill finished in the 6th spot, followed by the two Warren Wilson teams wrapping it up in 8th and 9th.
The final event of the day was the Super-D, the fast, technical and exciting course was a perfect finale of a great day of racing. The Men’s A field kicked things off with twenty-five riders and what a show they put on! Mars Hill sent three riders to the line, Alan Hudson, Mikey Keith, and Tim Jenkinson. Our BMX all-star Alan was the top performer finishing in 7th place. Mikey laid down two solid runs to finish 18th and unfortunately Tim suffered a broken chain and finished 24th.
The next field to go off was the Men’s C, Mars Hill only starting one rider, Hunter Resek. Before coming to Mars Hill, Hunter has predominantly been on a road bike and suddenly found himself in his first gravity event and took the win!
The final field of the day was the Women’s B event, including Mars Hill’s own Sarah Felpel. Sarah completed her race with a big smile on her face each run en route to a 2nd place.
Sunday’s racing was started with the men’s C cross country event and taking the line for Mars Hill was XC running star Cesar Reyes. Cesar started his race flawlessly taking the hole-shot but his race was cut short due to a mechanical problem that forced him out of the race.
Next to hit the line was the all-star packed Men’s A field for seven laps of the challenging 15 minute course. Mars Hill put two racers on the line, Tim Jenkinson and Hunter Resek. Both racers fought hard, rode well and finished in very respectable places, Tim taking 10th and Hunter close behind in 13th.
The final event of the day was the Women’s A XC, and representing Mars Hill was just Addy Albershardt. Sadly her day was cut short with a crash and a flat tire that ended her race.
After a very successful weekend of racing, we the Mars Hill University Cycling Team cannot thank our sponsors enough for making this event and team possible. Huge shout-out to Kolo Mountain Bike Park for providing a fantastic venue and Neo Burrito for keeping the team fed and happy every night!
Full results HERE
More pics on our Facebook page and from Icon Media
— Hunter Resek