MARS HILL, N.C. – Four members of the King cycling team competed at this weekend's Mars Hill Cyclocross event, hosted by Mars Hill College. In her first collegiate race, Megan Rogers rode to victory in the women's B-class race. All four were competing in their first collegiate cyclocross races in their careers and finished strongly in their respective races.
Rogers, a freshman from Soddy Daisy, Tenn., took first place overall in the Collegiate Women's B-class cyclocross event on Saturday, Dec. 1. The difficulty of the course and its conditions forced many of her fellow competitors to drop from the race though Rogers battled through and won the event in her first outing with King. Rogers recently was cleared to compete following an injured endured during preseason training, adding quality to the win.
Julian Cabra (Medelin, Columbia) and freshman Reuben Dupre (Mobile, Ala.) both competed in the Collegiate Men's 'B' race and finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Cabra raced at the head of the field and was on pace to win his division. However, on the last lap the sophomore took a corner too hard and went down. He got back into the race and finished fourth overall despite the setback.
In Dupre's first collegiate race, he finished sixth overall. It was the first competitive cyclocross races for both riders.
Casey Stallard (Gr.) competed in the Collegiate Men's 'A' class. The Bristol, Tenn. native jumped out to a strong start but suffered a mechanical failure with the shifter of his bicycle preventing him from finishing the race. Click here for the race flyer.
King Cycling will return to action on Dec. 8-9 when they co-host the Cobra-Tornado Classic with Virginia Intermont College. The Collegiate Women A/B race will begin at 9 a.m. while the Men 'A' and 'B' races will begin at 10 a.m.
Highlight video (cyclingdirt.org)