LMC Cycling Grabs 19 Podiums at Georgia Tech

LMC Cycling Grabs 19 Podiums at Georgia Tech

ATLANTA, Ga. --- The Lees-McRae cycling team completed an impressive weekend at the Bear Creek Mountain Bike Park in Atlanta, Ga.

This was the first race of the year for the Bobcats, which was hosted by Georgia Tech.  Saturday's events consisted of an individual time-trial, short track, and downhill, while on Sunday was the cross-country race.

LMC rode away with five victories and 19 total podium placings.  The success was spread across all four events and three categories entered by the team.  Two victories were secured by freshman Tyler Mayer (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in Men B time-trial and cross-country; while others came from senior Hailey Sarausky (Littleton, N.H.) in the Women A downhill, freshman Nolan VanderZwaag (Holland, Mich.) in Men B short track and freshman Cole Kraft (Wendell, N.C.) in Men C downhill.

Sarausky also added a third-place finish in the short track and fourth in the cross-country in her first race back from missing all of last season with an injury.  "After missing all of last season due to a broken ankle I was nervous to see where I stood so coming out on top for the downhill was a huge confidence booster," said Sarausky. "With an unexpected top-five finish in the STXC and XC I would say I am off to a solid start."

Junior Michael Zanetti (Santa Rosa, Calif.) also had a solid weekend with a third-place in both the time-trial and cross-country event.  ""I am very happy to have a successful start to the fall collegiate season both individually and as a team," said Zanetti. "I know we need to continue to progress as a team to achieve the goals we have made, but this was a great way to get the fall started off in a positive direction." 

"Coach (PJ) Noto and I are very pleased with our team's effort at Georgia Tech.  I believe we surprised ourselves a little bit, but deep down we knew this was possible," praised Director of Cycling and head coach Tim Hall. "We are especially excited about the success of our younger riders who are new to the team.  We must continue to make progress throughout the season, but this will provide the necessary momentum we can build upon."

The Bobcats host the High Country MTB Challenge on campus in Banner Elk this weekend.  Racing begins at 9:00 AM each day on campus near the Williams Gymnasium.  The race schedule can be found here: http://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2015-3155.

Official results: http://www.usacycling.org/results/?permit=2015-2840

Individual Time Trial
Men A
2nd Matt Clements at 21:04
3rd Michael Zanetti at 21:45
6th Evan Christenson at 22:54
7th Sam Dobrozsi at 22:56
9th Connor Stark at 23:31

Women A
2nd Emma Klingaman at 26:47

Men B
1st Tyler Mayer at 22:37
2nd Nolan VanderZwaag at 22:51
3rd Cody Burnett at 23:11
5th Alec Hoover at 24:43
8th Curtis Hoyt at 25:09

Short Track-Cross Country
Men A
4th Matt Clements
7th Evan Christenson
9th Gunnar Bergey
13th Cody Phillips
14th Sam Dobrozsi
16th Michael Zanetti

Women A
3rd Hailey Sarausky
4th Emma Klingaman

Men B
1st Nolan VanderZwaag
2nd Tyler Mayer
3rd Alec Hoover

Downhill
Men A
2nd Phil Kmetz at 0:45.62
3rd Cody Phillips at 0:46.55
18th Matt Clements at 0:54.34

Women A
1st Hailey Sarausky at 1:00.24
8th Emma Klingaman at 1:05.53

Men C
1st Cole Kraft 0:54.64
4th Brad Ramsey 58.83

Cross-Country
Men A
3rd Michael Zanetti
5th Matt Clements
8th Sam Dobrozsi
9th Gunnar Bergey
10th Cody Phillips
12th Evan Christenson
14th Connor Stark
15th Connor Simmons

Women A
4th Hailey Sarausky
6th Emma Klingaman

Men B
1st Tyler Mayer
2nd Cody Burnett
3rd Alec Hoover
8th Curtis Hoyt

Men C
3rd Phil Kmetz
6th Cole Kraft
25th Brad Ramsey