Banner Elk, N.C. - The Warren Wilson Cycling Team competed this past weekend at the High Country Collegiate Mountain Bike Challenge in Banner Elk, N.C. The two day event held Sept. 22-23 spanned five mountain bike disciplines--cross country, dual slalom, short track cross country, downhill, and team relay.
Mountain Bike Team Competes At Lees-McRae
Sep 23, 2018
The Owls squared off against competitive fields from the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) and the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (ACCC) in this joint race weekend. This young team garnered some impressive results.
On Saturday, Jake Dempf placed 7th and Jeremy Epstein placed 19th in the Men's Cross Country Category C race. Mason Hopkins finished in the top 20 in Women's Cross Country Category A race. James Mayer finished in the top 30 of the Men's Cross Country Category A race. This challenging course was the first mountain bike race for Epstein.
Later Saturday afternoon, Dempf would go on to place 10th and Epstein 12th in Men's Dual Slalom Category C race. Hopkins would go on to finish 10th in Women's Dual Slalom A race. Mayer finished a strong 16th place in the Men's Dual Slalom B race.
On Sunday, Dempf placed 8th and Epstein 18th in the Men's Short Track Cross Country Category C race. Hopkins raced one of her best races to date and finished 10th in the Women's Short Track Cross Country A race. Mayer had a strong showing in the Men's Short Track A race finishing in the top 40.
Later that day, Epstein would finish 5th in Men's Downhill Category C race and Hopkins would finish 12th in Women's Downhill A race.
Coach Mandy Gallagher was impressed by how the team performed. After the races, she said, "This team showed a lot of competitive drive and team spirit. I learned a lot about this time during my first weekend as their head coach. We have some great potential on this team and I see us only moving up from here! The SECCC is an extremely competitive conference and our racers were able to compete well against professional collegiate cyclists. It was a tough course and the weather conditions were quite challenging at times, but our riders were tough and seized the opportunities they were given. To say that I'm excited for the rest of the season is an understatement!"
The team travels next to Auburn, A.L. for the SECCC Mountain Bike Championships on Oct. 5-6.