Did Erin Dopfel '06 realize back in the spring of 2004 when she founded the Mount Holyoke College Cycling Club just how successful her efforts would become?
Last season the Mount Holyoke cyclists, competing in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC) for the first time, stunned the collegiate cycling world when Alexandra Kenzer '05 captured fourth place in the Women's A Road Race at the National Championships in Lawrence, Kansas.
This season the team is off to another amazing start. The club team, which includes Metzi Anderson '08, Michelle Moon '08, Susan Shiland '08, Emily Wheeler '08, and Frances Morrison '09, has raced at Penn State, Harvard, and the University of Vermont and is preparing for this weekend's race at West Point. Saturday's road race will be held on the same course where last year Anderson '08 caught a Tufts University rider at the finish line to capture first place in the Women's B Division.
The ECCC is comprised of some 470 collegiate racers from 60 colleges and universities across 11 states and two countries. The Mount Holyoke Club season point total is currently 140, which would place Mount Holyoke in sixth place overall among Division II schools, just behind Dartmouth and ahead of Tufts.
Highlights from this past weekend include Anderson's fourth place finish in the criterium and her last-minute assault passing a UVM rider on a 22-percent grade to capture second place in the 22-mile road race and climb to the top of Mount Philo. Amazingly, our Mount Holyoke riders placed ninth overall out of 25 Division I and Division II men and women teams competing in last weekend's road race, finishing just behind Middlebury and ahead of Princeton for the day.
The Mount Holyoke Club completes its season with a 28-mile road race at Harriman (NY) State Park this Saturday, a 30-minute criterium plus a two-and-a-half-mile hill climb on Sunday, and the ECCC Championships the following weekend at Cornell. Both races this Sunday will be held on West Point's campus overlooking the Hudson River. Mount Holyoke supporters are always welcome. Spectators will need to bring a picture ID to enter West Point.
MHC Cycling Club Member Places in Nationals
(News Story July 2005)