by Matt Williams
Union College and Lees-McRae battled it out over the weekend
at round #3 of the SECCC mountain bike season at Georgia Tech. The race was
held on the same trails used for the 1996 Olympics, and served as an ideal
venue for the southeastís top collegiate mountain bikers to duke it out.
to an unfortunate bus mechanical, Lees McRae arrived too late on Saturday to
contest the time trial or short track. In their absence, Union dominated the
front end of the menís and womenís fields. On the menís side Wesley Lamberson
(Union) took a solo win, while his teammate Brad Nelson won the dual slalom.
Another Union rider, Maria Esswein, took her first ever dual slalom win in
womenís A, while in the womenís short track Warren Wilsonís Eva Wilson was able
to break the Union juggernautótaking the win with a last lap attack.
saw a number of Lees-McRae riders assert themselves in the cross-country. A
group of four riders rode clear of the field on the first lap of the menís A
race, with Brad Perley (Lees-McRae) and Zach Winn (Union) among them.
Noticeably absent was Victor Alber, who is undefeated in SECCC competition this
season but chose not to race in Georgia. By the finish it was Lees-McRae taking the top two spots, with Tanner
Hurst (Cumberland) 3rd and Zach Winn taking the 4th spot.
On the womenís side Erica Zeveda (Lee-McRae) powered away from the field on the
first lap and cruised home for the win. Eva Wilson and Elisa Otter (Union)
rounded out the top three.
riders now get a well-deserved break for the next two weekends before returning
to competition at Mars Hill the first weekend in October.