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Race Report: Mars Hill Race Weekend!

This was my document sent to our coach, who is going to send it to a few cycling mags and for our conference and national governing body website, cool!

Race Report for Mars Hill College Cycling Races Weekend (April 2-3rd)

by Ryan Levander

Tuesday April 5, 2011

I think one of the great things about collegiate racing and riding are the variety of environments a rider can be exposed too.  Think about this for a second.  In what other sport would large state-funded public universities like Florida State University, Georgia Tech, or Clemson be competing with small, privately funded colleges like Lees-McRae, King College, or Mars Hill College.  Don’t think too hard, because there aren’t any other sports out there like Collegiate Cycling, got to love it!  (Although the Division 1 schools [larger than 1,500 for student enrollment] are separated from the Division 2 schools in the results, they still compete together.)

Riders get a chance to see many different college campuses and the cities (or towns) they are located in.  Almost all the teams in the conference got a chance to see the small mountain town/college of Mars Hill (located 20 miles north of Asheville) last year when the college of less than 900 students hosted the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships (say that fast five times) last year for the first time.  This year it would just be a road race, so naturally, we didn’t see as many of the Southern schools as a conference race would draw.

Starting Saturday morning the Team Time Trail and Individual Time trails went off around 9am.  It was a colder morning than we were used too lately, in the 40s at race start around 9, maybe colder.  So we saw the booties, arm warmers, kneekers, the works, especially for the Florida State riders!  After all the riders had gone through the windey, but flat course, here’s how the results panned out:

Men’s TTT
1 Mars Hill
2 Brevard
3 Cumberland

Women’s TTT
1 Mars Hill (only women’s team)

The Mars Hill men continue to look smooth in the TTT as they take another win this week over fellow mountain colleges Brevard and University of the Cumberlands, who place 2nd, and 3rd, respectively.  The Mars Hill women TTT were the only ones to enter, can anyone say training ride?

As soon as the time trials ended it was time for the riders to get some much needed fuel for the grueling road race slated for the afternoon.  In the A race the weak were separated from the strong early on, with wind gusts of over 30 mph and the relentless hills of Madison County, something had to give.

Road Race Results A Men:

1 Brian Sheedy, Lees-McRae
2 Matt Willing, MHC
3 Peter Haile, LMC
4 Paul Webb, MHC

Lees-McRae veteran and pro rider Brian Sheedy took the win on the day, with Mars Hill’s talented climber Matt Willing riding to a strong 2nd, and Peter Haile also from Lees-McRae rounding out the top 3.

Road Race Results A Women:

1 Cinthia Lehner, LMC
2 Molly Hubbard, Clemson
3 Lauren DeCrescenzo, Emory
4 Stephanie Bunnett, MHC
5 Klara Rossouw, MHC

Cinthia Lehner from Lees-McRae showed her climbing skills and took her first win of the weekend.  Molly Hubbard of Clemson finished second, and Lauren DeCrescenzo of Emory University in Atlanta took 3rd place, respectively.

There were a surprising amount of riders drop out from the road race, thus showing how tough the hills really are here and how much the wind also really played a role on Saturday.

Sunday marked the Criterium, which was held in Asheville, and was a 1 mile loop around the Biltmore Square Mall.

Criterium Results A Men:

1 Peter Haile, LMC
2 Brian Sheedy, LMC
3 Alejandro Padilla, Cumberland University
4 Nathan Larson, LMC
5 Paul Webb, MHC

Peter Haile showed off his fast-twitch muscles as he took the win in the Criterium, preceded by teammate Brian Sheedy in 2nd.  Lees-McRae was simply too strong on Sunday as they managed to nab 3 of the top 4 spots.  Mars Hill’s Paul Webb rode strong, but didn’t have enough help from teammates to do any damage in the LMC controlled breakaway field.

Criterium Results A Women:

1 Cinthia Lehner, LMC
2 Stephanie Bunnett, MHC
3 Klara Rossouw, MHC

Stephanie Bunnett took the lead early on, but got edged out at the line by Cinthia Lehner from LMC for her second win of the weekend.  Klara Rossouw had a strong ride, placing a solid 3rd, respectively.

Ryan Levander is a senior athletic training major at Mars Hill College, where he competes on the cross country and cycling team, enjoys blogging on his website (, taking pictures, and eating far more calories than he could ever burn.

Posted by ryanlevander on April 6, 2011
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  1. 04/6/2011
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    Nice piece of writing. “Showing of his fast twitch muscles”. Well turned phrase. Way to go


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