Auburn, AL - The Warren Wilson Cycling Team competed this past weekend at the Auburn Mountain Bike Classic which also served as the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) Mountain Bike Championships. The two day event held Oct. 6 and 7 consisted of four mountain bike disciplines--cross country, dual slalom, short track cross country, and downhill.
It was a very successful weekend for the Owls as the team garnered some stellar results to cap off a great season in 90+ degree temps both days.
On Saturday, the team raced competitively in Cross Country and Dual Slalom. Lucy Thompson in her first ever mountain bike race weekend placed 4th in Women's B Cross Country and 5th in Women's B Dual Slalom. James Mayer placed 15th in Men's B Dual Slalom and 14th in Men's A Cross Country. Nathaniel Greene also made his mountain bike debut race weekend and placed well finishing in the top 20 in Men's C/D Dual Slalom and Cross Country.
On Sunday, the strong performances continued. Thompson would duke it out in a very competitive breakaway group of 3 and an exciting sprint to the line for a stellar 3rd place finish in Women's B Short Track Cross Country. She would later on that afternoon win the women's B Downhill race.
Mayer finished in the top 15 of a very fast field in the Men's A Short Track. Greene would finish off his race weekend with a top 25 in Men's C/D Short Track.
Later that evening, Thompson would find out that she finished an impressive 3rd overall in the omnium for the entire conference season. When talking about Thompson's results from the race weekend, Coach Mandy Gallagher exclaimed, "Lucy is an outstanding athlete with natural skills and a hard work ethic. She gives her all each and every time she gets on the bike and her potential is outstanding! I look forward to seeing her move up the ranks of mountain biking in the future!"
The season for the Owls was hard fought and overall successful for this young team. Gallagher is already looking forward to next season, "We have some positive momentum that will carry us through to next fall when the collegiate mountain bike season ramps up in August. I can't wait!"
Up next for the Owls is the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships in Missoula, M.T., Oct. 19-21.