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

Monday, August 31, 2009

Pro-Tour Finishes in New York

The Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team traveled North to Vermont and New York for the final two Pro-Tour races. The team started a successful trip in Vermont, with Chase finished 2nd place in the Cat1 Junior race, missing the top podium spot by mere seconds. In the Pro Womens XC race, Anina showed commitment to the race by running 2 miles to the next tech zone after a flat tire. Philicia finished 26th place, with Anina working back into 27th place. After a tough XC race with a top 40 finish; Robert came back to have a great short track race, finishing 17th. Anina and Philicia also had top 20 finishes in the Women's short track, finishing 16th and 17th. Chase also competed in Super-D and finished 2nd.
The next weekend, the team traveled to Windham, NY for the Pro Tour finals. Chase started off the weekend, finishing 2nd in the Junior Cat1 race, solidifying his 1st place overall in the Kenda Cup East Series. Robert finished 32 in the Pro Mens XC race. In the Pro Women XC race, Anina finished 23, with Philicia finishing 29th. Anina took 2nd place overall for the Kenda Cup East Series, and completed the Pro-Tour Series 25th. Philicia placed 39th overall for the Pro-Tour Series.
The same evening, Chase and Anina competed in Super-D. Anina finished 2nd in the Pro Womens race. Chase came down the mountain with a fractured wrist, which required surgery in Albany the next morning. We wish him a speedy recovery.
In the Pro Womens short track race, Anina placed 17th. For the ST Series, Anina finished 22, with Philicia placing 29th overall. Robert finished 15th in the Pro Mens ST race, with an 11th place overall for the Series.

The team thanks all of our sponsors for the continued support. We hope to see you at Interbike in September.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Team has 4 podiums in SERC overall

The Kenda/KMC/Hayes Professional Mountain Bike Team competed in the final South Eastern Regional Championship Mountain Bike series race last weekend in Fontana Village, NC. The team had great race results, as well as all 4 finishing on the podium for the overall series. For the race, Robert Marion finished 3rd place in the Pro Men's field. Chase Dickens finished 3rd in the Cat 1 19-29 Men field. Anina Aaron fought her way through the mud in the Pro Women's field for 2nd place, and Philicia sprinted to the line for a fourth place finish.

Overall for the South Eastern Regional Championship Series, the team was still able to secure all podium positions, even though the schedule only allowed them the minimum number to qualify for overall awards. Robert Marion finished 2nd in the Pro Men, Chase Dickens finished 2nd in the Cat 1 19-29, Anina Aaron finished 2nd in the Pro Women, and Philicia Marion finished 5th in the Pro Women.

The night before the XC race, there was a "Short Track under the Lights" race that 3 team members competed in. Robert and Chase both competed in the Open Men's race. With 3 laps to go, only three riders were left on the lead lap, 2 of them being Robert and Chase. The last laps held much excitement, with Robert and Ryan Woodall battling for the win. There were many position changes, tape being torn down, and in the final turn, both riders sliding out in the wet grass. Robert missed the win by inches, and Chase rode in for 3rd place. Philicia competed in the Open Women category and raced strong into a 2nd place finish.
The team looks forward to the final 2 Pro Tour XC races.