The Killington Mountain School (KMS) Cycling Team pedaled hard and fast to multiple podiums and titles this past weekend at the 2012 Killington Stage Race, with Brendan Rhim, of Norwich, leading the way by not only taking the Men’s Category 3 general classification title, but also the King of the Mountains and Sprint points titles as well. Woodstock’s Peter Vollers, Jr., took the Men’s Category 4 King of the Mountain points title and placed third in general classification.
Ansel Dickey, of Truro, Mass., finished third in Men’s Category 3 sprint points. Erin Donohue, also from Norwich, placed sixth overall in the Women’s Category 3/4 general classification.
Rhim took first in Saturday’s Mountain Times Circuit Race, leading a three-man breakaway across the line in 3:19:55, over a minute ahead of the field. With a 12-second bonus for winning the final sprint, Rhim took a four-second lead into Sunday’s Long Trail Brewery IT (individual time trial), where he rode to seventh place in 25 minutes, 52.56 seconds. He stepped up in a big way on Monday, winning the Champion System Road Race by one minute, 14 seconds to take a 32-second margin in the general classification. He also earned the King of the Mountain title by taking second in Saturday’s last King of the Mountain contest and then taking points in all three opportunities on Monday, including the top spot on East Mountain Road and the finish. The 12 points he earned on Saturday were enough to carry the Category 3 sprint title as well.
Dickey took fifth in Saturday’s circuit race, earning a two-second bonus for his spring performance after taking third- and fourth-place finishes in the two intermediate sprints and then taking fifth in the final sprint, just behind the leader of the main field. He finished third overall in sprint points.
In the Men’s Category 4 field, Vollers finished with the lead group at 2:22:11 in Saturday’s race while also taking King of the Mountain points at each of three opportunities, leading the field at the King of the Mountain line two out of the three times and taking second in the other. He took sixth on Sunday and followed with a fourth-place finish on Monday, 26 seconds behind the leader and less than a second off the podium. He took the top King of the Mountain points at both the Barnard and East Mountain Road challenges, earning the Category 4 King of the Mountain title with 40 points, more than the second- and third-place riders combined.
Donohue took 10th in Saturday’s circuit race, finishing with the lead group at 1:45:39, before taking 12th in Sunday’s time trial and then riding her way into fifth place in Monday’s road race, just 18 seconds off the podium. She took sixth place in the Women’s Category 3/4 General Classification with an overall time of 5:35:41.
Other KMSers had individual successes as well with Rutland’s Kenny McNeill placing 14th in the circuit race, 27th in the time trial, 34th in the road race and 33rd overall in Men’s Category 4. Alden Suokko was 66th in the circuit, 57th in the time trial, 26th in the road race and 52nd overall. John Ramsay finished 28th and with the lead group on Saturday, finishing 46th in general classification. Tommy Shebell took 28th in the circuit, also finishing with the lead group, as well as 35th in the time trial.
The KMS Cycling Team is the newest athletic program to be offered to student-athletes at Killington Mountain School. The team is coached by Peter Vollers and Greg Hadley, and all technical support is provided by Dan McKenna of The Start House Ski and Bike Shop in Woodstock. Riders are introduced to junior level cycling that showcases and promotes interscholastic as well as USAC-sanctioned junior level bicycling racing. There are three competitive tracks: the first, for dedicated student-athletes who wish to pursue road cycling, mountain biking and cyclocross racing development at an elite level, is a year-round athletic program offered in conjunction with the KMS full-term academic program; the second is a junior development team comprised of student-athletes between ages 8-14 that introduces younger athletes to competitive cycling; the third track is for KMS winter sports athletes pursuing cycling on a limited basis in the spring and fall.