Gus Myers Leads JV Category Going Into STATES

PRESS RELEASE 15 May 2015

Freshman, Gus Myers, took the leader's jersey in round 3 of the Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series and retained it with a convincing win at Woodberry Forest in muddy conditions. Myers leads teammates Gentry Jefferson and Pedro Martins. 

MSA JUNIOR VARSITY Mountain Bikers Lead VAHS MTB

PRESS RELEASE 10 MAY 2015

After 4 rounds of the 5th Anniversary Season of VAHS MTB Series, Miller School of Albemarle JV squad leads the team standings and individual standings. In the largest field in interscholastic mountain bike racing history in VA (75 registered riders), the JV squad has had its work cut out for it. A long winter of training fitness and skills has prepared the team (comprised largely of novice mountain bikers) to perform well on the challenging VAHS MTB Series' courses. Below is a NICK DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY photo journal of the season. 


William Dorn & Pedro Martins Win Race 1 of VAHS MTB Series

PRESS RELEASE - 15 APRIL 2015

 

Springtime is a time for blossoms, spring break, shorts…and mountain biking. The 5th year of the Reynolds GM/Subaru Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series presented by Blue Ridge Cyclery kicked off this past weekend at the Miller School of Albemarle. Beautiful and crisp conditions greeted the record number of riders set to tackle Miller School’s 4-mile, technical, entirely student-built course.

The fast-growing Elementary School category proved to be an exciting race. 14 boys and girls took to the line to complete one lap of the demanding course. Opening the series with a win was Williamsburg Area MTB’s Caleb Nevins, followed by Spencer Line (NOVA Racing) and Jac Compton (Blue Ridge Cyclery pb Reynolds GM/Subaru). Jewel Bartels, younger sister of VAHSMTB veteran, Autumn, took her first victory, also for Williamsburg Area MTB. Ella House of the Cutaway Girls Mountain Bike Team followed in second.

New for 2015, the Middle School Boys and Girls races showcased some great up-and-coming talent. Kirk Hobson (PureXC), Jackson Hotchkiss, and Austin Payne (BRC pb Reynolds GM/Subaru) took the top steps of the podium, while the very talented trio of Sydney Compton (BRC pb Reynolds Gm/Subaru), Mirian Velker (Rocktown), and Autumn Bartels (Williamsburg Area MTB) finished 1st – 3rd respectively in the Girls category.

In the JV Girls race, newcomer Madeline Hayes (SEAVS/Haymarket) took top honors over the ever-consistent Mia Girardi (Pure XC) and Diedrah Velker (Rocktown).

The largest field of the day was the JV Boys race, showcasing 51 finishers! Pedro Martins of the Miller School of Albemarle took off from the gun and led the race from start to finish, grabbing his first victory of the series. Gus Meyers (MSA) rode just behind to finish in 2nd, and Gentry Jefferson, finished in 3rd completing a podium sweep for MSA. Blue Ridge School and Woodberry Forest both had strong teams in the JV field. BRS riders worked together as a team. Their teamwork paid off and helped secure a good team standing after race 1.

In the Girls Varsity race, Mason Hopkins (Pure XC) utilized her technical skills to take victory over Sagado Penano (NOVA Racing), Ellie Girardi (Pure XC), and Jasmine Walker (Armstrong HS). Both Girardi and Walker made their debut ride in longer Varsity category. Each demonstrated that she is going to be a contender this season.

The Varsity Boys race showcased a very deep and talented field, boasting several National Champions! William Dorn (MSA) used his technical prowess to catch Adam Croft on the 3rd of 4 laps and was able to maintain his advantage to the finish. Justin Mitchell (Woodberry Forest School) also embraced the technical parts of the course to finish in 3rd place. Regular podium finishers, G Shulz, Ben Casella, Ryan Cullen, Andy Fleming, and Taylor Clarke, were close behind the top-5 and look good for a strong season. Newcomers to VAHS MTB, Adam Cohen and Tanner Browne rounded out the top-5 after working together in the closing lap.

The series continues on Tuesday, April 21st at Forest Hill Park in Richmond, VA with the first race kicking off at 5pm. A perennial favorite venue, the racing at Richmond should not be missed!


Jake Thompson Commits to Furman University

PRESS RELEASE - 6 April 2015

Jake Thompson Commits to Furman University

Continuing in the tradition of graduating fine student-athletes to fine universities with excellent cycling programs, the Endurance Team is excited to announce that senior Jake Thompson has committed to Furman University. "Jake has been an asset to Miller School of Albemarle, both academically and athletically, and I am excited to see him advance to a university know for academic rigor that will also continue to support his development in cycling" said director of the endurance program, Andy Guptill.

Furman is also looking forward to welcoming Jake at the university. Says head cycling coach, Rusty Miller: "Furman Cycling is pleased to announce in Jake Thompson our program's first commitment from the cycling program at The Miller School of Albemarle. His academic achievements are matched by his passion for the bike, and to us that makes him an ideal student-athlete.  We look forward to drawing on his strengths in long and difficult road races."


Leo Yip Wins San Dimas King of the Mountains

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PRESS RELEASE - 25 March 2015

San Dimas Stage Race in hills of California ranks as one of the most competitive junior cycling stage races in the country. Like Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont and  l'Abitibi in Canada, the event attracts some the best up-and-coming talent in North America. Two MSA riders, Leo Yip (Junior) and Marcio Oliviero (Junior) traveled west to compete in the 3-day race. Leo Yip showed that he had good legs in the opening up-hill time trial. He finished 3rd place just a few seconds away from the win. On the next stage, he summited the first climb of the day first and the second climb second to lock up the KOM jersey. Leo went on to finish 3rd place on the final climb of the day to the finish. For Leo, this was a breakthrough performance that places him as one of the elite junior climbers in the US. Marcio also had a strong performance, finishing just outside the top-ten. 


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Senior year wouldn't be complete without an adventure racing the legendary roads in Europe. Canadian national champion and soon-to-be MSA graduate, Spencer Virtue, has spent the past month racing throughout France with his new team BTWIN Racing Team. This junior team serves as development program for the well-known French UCI team FDJ. When the BTWIN was not competing, Spencer has been guest riding for the junior Cofidis team. In addition to learning how to compete in the toughest races and most-brutal roads in Europe, Spencer has been fully immersed in French language and culture. He is currently in French III at MSA. Full report of his races and adventure coming soon. 

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