Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships

Cheryl Sornson on the podium after a fierce battle.
Cheryl Sornson on the podium after a fierce battle.

Sornson 2nd, Harding 5th at the USA Pro Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships.

Team RDC took a road trip down south this past weekend for the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships held just outside of Augusta, Georgia. The course was a relatively flat affair with a heavy dose of tight and twisty single track. With near endless high speed corners and a lack of descents on the course allowing for little recovery, riders were taken riders to their technical and physical limits.

Sornson charging across one of the many stream crossings on course.
Sornson charging across one of the many stream crossings on course.

Cheryl Sornson finished in second position after a nearly 5 hour long battle for the win with Rose Grant (Stan’s NoTubes). Early on in the race a trio of riders made up of Sornson, Grant and Ally Stacher (Ally’s Bar) broke away from the field and immediately established a large gap. A mid-race crash from Stacher left just Sornson and Grant at the front of the race. The two riders battled tooth and nail through the more technical second half of the course with Grant gaining her winning margin within the closing miles of the race.

Harding rolls to the line.
Harding rolls to the line.

Kathleen Harding was next across the line for RDC, finishing in 5th place just behind Serena Gordon (Live Co-Factory). Harding is enjoying a killer comeback season, proving yet again that she is capable of competing with the country’s best.