September 12, 2006

Lees-McRae Cycling Team Dominates Conference Race

The Lees-McRae Cycling Team traveled to ETSU for their second conference race of the season. The weekend races included regular mountain bike events of cross country and short track, but also was the first race for the gravity team with downhill and dual slalom events. Saturday morning started out with the downhill, where two freshman riders lead the way with PJ Post clipping PJ Noto by less than 1 second. Aaron Bradford rode extremely well also to come home in fourth place. In the women's race Mo Hein took first place and Olivia Maury finished in fourth. Saturday afternoon was a time trial with Mo once again winning the women's event and Wes Shirey winning the men's event.

Saturday evening brought the Short track race and total domination from the Cycling Bobcats. With Scott Stewart and Ed Burress leading the race, the Bobcats finished in first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth in the men's A race. In the men's B race the team took all top eight places. In the women's A race, Mo lead the team again with the team placing second, third, fourth, ninth, tenth and twelfth. In the men's C race, Brett Collins, in his first mountain bike race, took first place.

Sunday morning the riders competed in the cross country race. Once again the Bobcats completely dominated the race. Scott Stewart lead the way with a strong win with Wes finishing second. Overall the team finished in first, second, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth and tenth. In the women's A race the women also rode away with the race with Mo taking first, Kristi Henne in third and overall first, third, eighth, tenth and eleventh. In the men's B race the team took the top sixth places lead by freshman Paul Davis and Eric Jackson. In the men's C race Brett Collins came away his second win of the weekend.

Sunday afternoon brought one of the more exciting events with dual slalom. With PJ Post and PJ Noto battling it out again, PJ Noto this time came away with the win. Freshman Max Wittenberg also turned in an excellent first race for the Bobcats. In the women's race the finals came down to teammates Mo and Olivia racing it out with Mo taking the win and Olivia pushing her to the limit with second place. In the Men's B race Chris Consorto made it into the final eight to secure his overall conference lead for B level conference title. In the men's C race new rider Jacob Vigneault, in his first dual slalom race, road very hard and finished in second place.

Overall for the weekend the Cycling Bobcats won all five of the Men's A races and four of the five women's A races. The B men and C men racers won their cross country and short track races. Currently the team is in first place for Div I in their conference.