Cross Country Mountain Bike Racing. This co-ed program participates in the weekly Lakes Region Mountain Bike Association Series, races matching a collection of private and public schools in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
This program is specifically a Cross Country Mountain Bike Racing discipline and is NOT downhill racing, free riding or has anything with the “X” games. The Dublin School Mountain Bike Program is a well disciplined activity with a focus on learning the necessary skills and gaining the physical strength and aerobic capacity to successfully compete in cross country mountain bike races held over relatively arduous, yet safe terrain. Dublin students compete in cross country mountain bike races of six to eight miles in length. In Mountain Bike Racing, there are no benches and no cuts. Everyone races and boys and girls combine their results for a team score.
Mountain Bike race at Dublin School Nordic Ski Center - October 29, 2104
The mountain biking team traveled to Cardigan Mountain School for a windy, technical and dusty race last Wednesday.
It also marked the first race that saw the girls C and B division combined into one B class. Our girls took advantage of the new arrangement, and Abby Ingram tore through the dust cloud to victory with Imogen VonMartens close behind in second place. Ella Rutledge and Ali Weis both scored top 10 finishes.
The mountain bike team made their way up to Vermont Academy for our second race of the series. It was a blistering hot day that saw temperatures reach into the upper 80's and the course was the most technically challenging we'll see all year.
After stellar performances in the first race, Imogen VonMertens (Hancock, NH) and Eathan Hood (Harrisville, NH) were moved up to the B class, which consists of a longer and more technical course. They both had great debuts, with Imogen placing 6th and Eathan placing 9th.
Sean Brown (Hampton Falls, NH) had a great finish with 8th in the Class A race, and AJ Lee (Hong Kong) was 10th, despite having a pretty bad crash on the first section of the course. Abby Ingram (Dedham, MA) had her first win with a decisive victory over the Class C girls field.
In a summer of major campus construction (four major renovations or new buildings are in-process right now), it's easy to ignore the less obvious improvements that are happening around campus. However, if you wander down to the Nordic Center and listen carefully, you will hear the sounds of chain saws, nail guns and a mini-excavator echoing through the woods. Backtracking along marker flags through the woods will bring you to a remarkably Dublin construction project.
This last week, RVAL conducted its fall championship week, crowning champions in boys and girls cross country and soccer. Dublin was in competition for the top award in each of the four categories. Dublin walked away from the week with one Championship and three runner-up awards. This was easily the most complete performance by any school in the league. For some of our athletes, this was still a disappointment (we love that they are only satisfied with a win).
That being said, our disappointment is a mark of how far these programs have come.
Coming off of our fall break, the mountain biking team had three riders show up to the optional race at Vermont Academy on Wednesday. Jared Lewis, Sean Brown, and AJ Lee strapped on their helmets and took on a very technical course. It was decided that after a third place finish in his first ever B class race, AJ was ready for a move up to A class, and he joined the small list of riders who have raced A class for Dublin School's mountain biking team.
The race had a LeMond start, meaning that the riders rested their bikes down at the starting line, and ran a 100 yard dash to see who could get to their bike and start pedaling the fastest. AJ, a seasoned track star in Hong Kong, took out ahead of the crowd and took off ahead of the pack. As the race wound down, Jared placed 8th, AJ was 10th, and Sean was close behind with 11th. Overall a great finish, and special mention to AJ for placing in the top 10 for his first A class race.
Jesse was a really fast Jimmy John's sandwich bike delivery guy long before he began wearing out chainrings leading Mountain Biking tours and coaching Mountain Biking racing. For five summers, he led two week mountain bike tours through the sinuous mountain and valley roads of Vermont and New Hampshire. As a founding coach of the Dublin Mountain Biking team, he has led the growth and improvement of the team from a primarily Class C program at inception to a 3rd place finish (out of 22 schools) last year in the New England Interscholastic Mountain Bike Series.