This past weekend at the USA Cycling National Championships in Augusta, Ga., the Killington Mountain School (KMS) Cycling Team took multiple podiums, including a national championship title. Brendan Rhim, of Norwich, VT., won the Junior Men 17-18 Criterium National Championships in a 140-man top-notch field, including full teams from all of the top junior programs in the country. On Sunday, Ansel Dickey, of Truro, Mass., muscled his way to the line in a massive 127-rider field sprint and finished with the bronze in the Men’s Junior 17-18 Road Race Championships, earning the 10th top-10 KMS result of the championships.
Rhim took top honors with a time of 1:06:21. Dickey finished just hundredths of seconds behind the top two spots in the road race with 2:25:22. On Thursday, Erin Donohue (Women Junior 17-18) of Norwich, VT., and Ian Clarke (Men Junior 13-14), of Killington, Vt., both took fifth-place finishes in their respective categories in the Time Trial Championships. Donohue finished with a time of 30:14.752, and Clarke finished in 14:03.670.
“We had success in the time trials with a very old school plan to race for the turnaround like it’s the finish line and then do a second race on the way home. With a slightly uphill outstretch, it worked the charm,” Head Coach Peter Vollers said. “In the criterium and road race, it was all about avoiding the ‘blender effect’ of the front of the field where kids move up on the outside but then get immediately sucked back through the middle. If you stay behind that, rubber stays on the pavement and legs stay fresh until they’re needed when it counts most.”
Other KMS Cycling Team finishes in Augusta, GA., included a pair of top-10 finishes in the Junior Men 15-16 class for Peter Vollers Jr. of Woodstock, VT., seventh in the time trial and ninth in the road race. Also, Turner Ramsay of Rutland, VT., had three top-15 finishes in the Junior Women 10-12 category, taking ninth in the time trial and 11th in the road race and criterium events. Clarke also took eighth in the Junior Men 13-14 road race and 12th in the criterium; Donohue took sixth in the criterium and seventh in the road race.
Photo credit for top/featured image to Killington Mountain School.