Three more women join MHU for fall

22 05 2014

We’re excited to announce three more women joining our roster this fall. They will be a part of the largest incoming group of cyclists in the team’s history. Please welcome Rachael Freeman, Josie Ritchie, and Paige Shook to the team!

Cheered by fans, Rachael Freeman pedals to victory in Tennessee’s NICA league.

Rachael Freeman joins MHU from Fayetteville, Tennessee, and is a longtime cyclist with a competitive background that includes swimming, track, and cross country. She passed up a senior year with the swim team to give cycling her full attention, competing in NICA’s Tennessee High School Cycling League. She won the state mountain bike championships as well as first place overall in the series. In addition, Rachael won the state cyclocross championships in her category. Rachael will study graphic design at MHU. Welcome to the team, Rachael!

Josie Ritchie sheds the nearby Weaverville BMX track during a practice session.

Josie Ritchie started racing BMX when she was 10 years old and joins MHU from nearby Weaverville, NC. She is a constant winner on the BMX circuit, including multiple state championship titles, as well as the NBL Grands in 2011 when she was the 3rd ranked racer in the nation. Currently, Josie is ranked 8th in the nation in women’s 17-18 cruiser class while racing for the Doublecross Factory Team. Josie joins our growing BMX team and welcomes the opportunity to race multiple disciplines. Josie will study nursing and be a member of that program’s first incoming class of students. Welcome to the team, Josie!

Paige Shook translates a competitive running background into a cycling career at MHU.

Paige Shook, also from Weaverville, NC,  was introduced to cycling by her distance running coach, Dean Duncan, at North Buncombe High when she suffered an injury. A competitive runner for a number of years, Paige comes to cycling with an endurance background that positions her for a bright future with the team. She is driven to compete at the highest level possible and looks forward to racing multiple disciplines with a focus on road and cyclocross. Following a training regimen that would put many cycling pros to shame, we’re very excited to help Paige reach her cycling potential. Welcome to the team, Paige!

Stay tuned for additional announcements soon…

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