CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Lees-McRae College cycling teams totaled six individual victories to go along with one team relay win last weekend at their races in Georgia.
Maria Doering continued to rack up the victories last weekend as the freshman from Germany picked up three more in the cross country, dual slalom and short-track cross country races. In addition to the performances by Doering, Gabriella Vides-Barry and Madysen Rails picked up wins in the B/C runs in the downhill and dual slalom, respectively. Anna Savage also notched a pair of podium finishes in the B/C races in the downhill and dual slalom.
The men's team, meanwhile, had a strong showing the dual slalom A run. All three spots on the podium belonged to Bobcats in David Kahn (1st), Jake Kahn (2nd) and Max Beaupre (3rd). Beaupre and Kahn also picked up top three finishes in the downhill as well. Rounding out the podium nods for the Bobcats on the weekend was Brendan Bengtson with a third place finish in the dual slalom C.
Next up for the Bobcats will be their annual home race this weekend (Sept. 21-22). The race has attracted over 600 total entries, a record-setting field, featuring many of the top mountain bikers in the country, many whom competed at the UCI World MTB Championship a couple weeks ago in Canada.
Lees-McRae Head Coach Tim Hall also shared some thoughts heading into this weekend's home race in Banner Elk.
On the field - "Brevard, Warren Wilson, and Milligan are all having incredible seasons on the varsity A side, plus Georgia Tech and UT Knoxville battling in the club division, just to name a few," said Hall. "Everyone is also very excited to see Marian University, 46 time collegiate team national champions, is bringing a full squad, plus all the top riders in the ACCC conference."
On the Bobcats heading into the weekend - "We are having a pretty good season too as we're leading the overall team omnium in the SECCC, and we have David Kahn and Maria Doering leading the individual omniums," Hall said. "Naturally we want to perform well at our event and showcase our abilities in front of the home crowd. One thing is for sure, our riders will pour their hearts into it and leave everything on the trails this weekend."
The action on both Saturday and Sunday will begin at 9 a.m. and will run through mid-afternoon on both days.
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