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

Monday, April 27, 2009

Kenda/KMC/Hayes has great results at Sea Otter Classic!

The four members of the Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike team traveled to Monterey, CA to compete at the Sea Otter Classic. The team had several days of racing, with Super-D to start the weekend on Friday afternoon. Robert Marion earned a 7th place finish in the Pro Men Super-D. Anina Aaron placed 7th in the Pro Women Super-D, with Philicia Marion also holding on to a top 10 finish. Chase Dickens began his weekend with a podium, grabbing 3rd place in the 18&under field.
On Saturday, Chase earned another podium spot, with a fourth place in the 18&under CAT 1 short track. Robert also had an awesome short track performance, working his way to 8th place in the Pro Men's field. The women also did well, with Anina earning 18th and Philicia earning 30th.
The weekend ended with record-high temperatures for the cross-country race. The hot weather didn't slow down the junior elite rider, Chase, as he won the Cat1 15/16 class, earning his third trip to the podium. Robert Marion placed 32nd, with the ladies finishing 35th, (Anina), and 38th(Philicia).
The team enjoyed seeing many of our sponsors at Sea Otter.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Kenda/KMC/Hayes races SERC #3

The Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team raced in their homestate of North Carolina over the weekend, competing in the third round of the South Eastern Regional Mountain Bike Series. The turnout was the largest so far of the series, with 35 Pro Men on the starting line. Robert Marion earned a podium finish, with a fifth place. The Pro Women's field also had a large number competing, with 20 in the Pro/Cat1 women's race. Anina Aaron continues to lead the women of the team with a third place. Philicia Marion came in just off the podium with 6th. Chase Dickens, competing in the CAT1 19-29 Men, finished 11th. After a weekend of training and riding, the entire team will travel to Monterey, CA for the Sea Otter Classic, and the 2nd round of the US Cup Pro Tour, where each member will compete in XC, ST, and Super-D.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Three members of the Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike team traveled to Fontana, CA for the first round of the US Pro-Tour. Anina Aaron started the weekend out with a podium for the team, finishing third place in the Pro Women Super-D. Philicia Marion finished 7th place in the Pro Women Super-D. Robert Marion also competed in Super-D in the Pro Men class and earned 7th place. On Sunday, the ladies competed in their first National Pro race, with Anina coming in 17th place, and Philicia in the 24th place position. Robert lined up with over 100 Professional Men for the 5-lap cross country race. After a mechanical problem on the first lap was resolved, he pulled his way back into the top 30, finishing 29 place.

While the Professional members raced in California, Chase Dickens, the Junior Elite member of the team had an excellent race across the country in Columbia, TN in the 2nd round of the South Eastern Regional Championship Series. Chase battled it out with the CAT 1 19-29 class, and earned 2nd place.

This week, the team races in North Carolina for the third round of the South Eastern Regional Championship Series, then looks forward to Sea Otter, the 2nd round of the US Pro-Tour.