Philicia Marion, Robert Marion, Anina Aaron, and Chase Dickens

Monday, February 16, 2009

Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team earns top honors in Winter Short Track Series!

The Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team completed their first series of the year, taking the top spots in the Nothing But Noodles Winter Short Track Series. The final race of the series took place Sunday, February 15 on a sunny day in Charlotte, North Carolina. Anina placed second in Cat 2 Men, Philicia placed 8th in the class. Anina rode to a win in the Pro/Cat1 women, while Philicia placed third, securing their spots as 1st and 2nd in the series for the top women. Robert and Chase worked together to take 1 and 2 in the Pro/Cat 1 Men, and finished the series in the same spots. The team trailer was at the event once again, with the promo table for racers and fans to grab free stickers, catalogues, VIP cards from sponsors Kenda, KMC, Hayes, American Classic, Optic Nerve, RotoR, Finishline, and BMC. The team will be accumulating more promo items from sponsors for all events this year. Congratulations to Jeremy Sims who won the raffle for the KMC 9-spd chain. The team also gave away prizes from RotoR to the fastest first lappers in the single-speed and Pro/Cat1 women's races, and Clif Shot Bloks to the fastest Juniors in each of their age groups. Throughout the series, the Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team gave special lap prizes to each of the categories racing.
After the events for the day, the team headed over to Nothing but Noodles, the sponsor of the series, for the awards ceremony for overall prizes. The team came away with the top two spots in the Pro/Cat1 men and Pro/Cat1 women's fields, earning cash and trophies. Robert placed 1st in Pro/Cat1 Men, Chase placed 2nd in Pro/Cat 1 Men. In Pro/Cat1 women, Anina earned 1st, and Philicia placed 2nd. Anina also earned 2nd place in the Cat2 Men's field overall. The team would like to thank all of our sponsors for helping us have a successful series. We look forward to more successful races in 2009.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team gets television exposure!

On February 10, Channel 36 news aired this clip about the Nothing But Noodles Short Track Series. Great action shots of our team members, as well as Robert telling everyone about the racing. Check it out!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Warm, Sunny Weather=Great day for a Race!

The Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team raced in Charlotte once again this past weekend. The Nothing But Noodles Short Track Series has one round to go, with everyone on the team looking at top spots in the series. The Ladies of the team are still rocking it out with the Cat 2/Sport Men's field. Anina finished 2nd place and Philicia came in 10th in the field of over 20 men. This should secure Anina a top 3 overall in the series. The ladies raced the Pro/Cat 1 women's field next, and proved they where the fastest ladies of the day. Anina pulled away early in the race to finish with the win, while Philicia battled it out with another strong female competitor. After an attack about half way through the race, Philicia rolled through in 2nd place. The fans always get to watch one Pro ranked top in the country race around the course, but they got a treat this weekend, with Jeremiah Bishop coming down to Charlotte. Robert and Jeremiah showed the mountain bikers of Charlotte how the Pro's do it, for an hour of non-stop action. The two flew around the course, with each lap seemingly faster than the last. We would see Jeremiah lay down an attack, then Robert would match his pace and counter-attack. Neither Racer seemed to have an edge on the other. The heart-pounding race came down to the last lap, when Jeremiah laid down one final attack to win the race. Robert came in only seconds later. Chase had an impressive race during all of this action also, coming in third place and being one of only two on the course not lapped by the winners. The Kenda/KMC/Hayes Team also had the team trailer at the event, giving away stickers and catalogues of our sponsors. This week, the team gave a two RotoR hats to the Cat 2/Sport Men's field. The KMC 9-speed X9SL chain is still up for grabs. The FREE sign-up for the raffle will continue until the drawing next week at the final face.