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

Monday, July 27, 2009

July Race Update!

The Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike team continues to roll through the season with success. The Team raced the 9th round of the South Eastern Regional Championship Series in Anniston, Alabama the weekend of July 12. Chase Dickens took home his first victory in the Cat 1 19-29 mens field, possibly the youngest racer to win the class in the series. Robert Marion placed 2nd in the large Pro Mens class. Anina Aaron raced into a second place position also, and Philicia Marion made the podium with a 5th place in the Pro/Open Women's field. With one race left in the SERC series, the team has every member in a podium position for the overall. Robert, Chase, and Anina each are sitting 2nd place in their respective categories, with Philicia in 5th place. The South Eastern Regional Championship Series concludes in Fontana Village, North Carolina August 2nd. Last weekend, three team members traveled to Granby, Colorado to compete in the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships. The team raced hard the entire weekend, competing in Cross Country, Short Track, and Super-D. The weekend started off with Cross Country, with Chase Dickens pulling off a solid 12th place for the team in the Cat 1 15-16 Men. Philicia Marion earned a 37th place finish in the Pro Women's field. Robert Marion began the cross country race well, but had to withdraw from the race with mechanical issues after sitting in the top 15 the first lap. Sunday morning, Robert and Chase both competed in the Super-D National Championship Race. Both finished top 25 in their class, with Robert 22nd in Pro Men, and Chase 25th in Men 18&under. After an exciting morning of Super-D, everyone competed in Short Track racing. Chase Dickens, once more started the team off with a solid finish. He came in 12th in the Cat 1 18&under class, after just turning 15 years old. The Pro Women's race went off hard and fast, with Philicia pulling off a top 30 finish. Faster yet, the Pro Men's Short Track race was fast and furious, with many racers getting pulled after only 2 laps. Robert rode strong and held on for a top 20, with a 19th place finish. After a weekend off from racing, the team comes back together for the final South Eastern Regional Championship race in Fontana Village, NC. Then, the team prepares to travel up the East Coast for the final two Pro-Tour Races in Vermont and New York. The Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team continues to appreciate the support from all of our sponsors. We hope to see many of you on the East Coast next month!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team earns 3 podium spots in Chattanooga!

The Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team raced in Chattanooga, TN over the weekend and had a very successful race. Anina Aaron dominated the Pro/Open Women's race, winning by over 3 minutes. Anina took an early lead in the race, and didn't look back until the finish line. Philicia finished 7th place. Robert had a great race, also. With a group of 4 going into the final lap of the race, only two could go faster; Robert took third place. Chase, the junior elite racer, competed with the CAT 1 19-29 Men and had one of his best finishes, with second place. Three members of the team will compete in Georgia the Fourth of July weekend. The entire team comes back together the next weekend for the ninth round of the South Eastern Regional Championship Series. Thanks to all of our sponsors. Your continues support is truly appreciated.