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
. Not since the series opener have all 24 teams raced at the same time, and with nearly 400 riders, it was quite an event!
It was a wet and technically challenging course, but despite the conditions, our racers came through with an awesome performance. Abby Ingram, racing in her last race as a Dublin student, had the best race of her career and finished first in the girls B class race, putting her as one of the top girl riders in the series. AJ Lee and Oren Robblee had top 20 finishes in the boys A race, finishing 15th and 18th respectively. Oren ended the season with top freshman honors in the Western Division. Imogen VonMertens earned a podium finish placing 3rd in the girls C race
Dublin finished 6th in the championship and ended the season with a 4th place overall in the Western Division.
It was a great end to a great season, and we thank our senior leaders and captains, AJ Lee, Abbby Ingram and Pete Spang, for all the work they put into helping make the season what it was.
Mountain biking had another cold and muddy race at on Wednesday. Abby Ingram had her best race of the season, finishing 1st in the girls B race. AJ Lee finished 5th in the boys A race.
A small squad of mountain bikers came back early from break and raced at Ascutney in a race hosted by Vermont Academy last Wednesday. It was a cold rainy day, but despite the weather, Oren Robblee outsprinted another rider in the final 100 yards to finish 6th in the Boys A race.
The Mountain Bike team had our season home race on Wednesday and we did a great job of using our home course advantage! Imogen VonMartens won her first race in the girls C class, AJ Lee had a career-best 4th place finish in the boys A race, Abby Ingram placed 3rd in the girls B race, and Eathan Hood placed 6th in the boys B race. Overall, Dublin finished with a season high 3rd place finish overall. Thanks to all of the students, faculty, and parents who came out to support the race, it was a great day!
Last Saturday the Dublin School Mountain Bike team competed in a race against Northfield Mount Hermon and Eaglebrook School. Thomas Meiklejohn had a phenomenal race and took first place in the B race, the first win of his career. In the A race, AJ Lee had a solid 1st place finish, while Oren Robblee and Eathan Hood were close behind, placing 3rd and 4th respectively.
The mountain biking team traveled to Cardigan Mountain for the first Western Division race of the series. It was a technical course made harder by rain and mud, and it left a few broken bikes in it's wake. Despite the tricky conditions, Abby Ingram placed 3rd in the B race and AJ Lee managed to place 6th in the A race after two crashes dropped him a few places.
Mountain Biking had it's series opening at Proctor on Wednesday. Several students were racing for the first time, and veteran riders Abby Ingram placed 3rd in the Girls B Class and AJ Lee was 10th in the Boys A Class. Dublin placed 8th overall in a field of 27 teams and over 400 riders.
In locating the new Slopeside Dormitory, we had to remove the old Arts Building which served in recent years as our Outing Club. The Outing Club was home to our Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding programs. We originally intended to put the new Outing Club into the basement of the Slopeside Dormitory but thought better due to the impact on the height of the building and the potential for fumes and fire from ski waxing.
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.