Tuesday, May 01, 2007

In the News

Alterra member Mike Phillips receives his first pro win in the super D. Here is what is posted on the Alterrra website today by Christopher Schultz.

Mike Phillips Goes Pro? Mike Phillips is two for two in California for 2007. His first "win" came when his fiancé said yes to marrying him after he popped the question in CA earlier this year. His second success came this past weekend after getting on the podium twice in the second race of the National Mountain Bike Series in Santa Ynez, CA.Starting things off with the Short Track race on Saturday morning, Mike took third after battling at the front throughout most of the race. He out-sprinted three riders in the chase group to get his third-place spot on the boxes. But, Mike wasn't finished yet.The Super-D race was next, so Mike clipped into his pedals and went up against a field that included 12 pros. He eventually caught the rider ahead of him and then hammered on the flat section toward the bottom. After crossing the finish line the announcer said Mike beat all of the pros with a time of 5:55. How could this be? A semi-pro beats the pros? The race director made the decision to move Mike up to pro status for the Super-D race so that he could take a true win over the pros, rather than simply taking first over the semi-pros. You've got to love an underdog.Sunday was the Cross-Country race. Mike explains the events of the race, down to the unfortunate end result, on his blog http://carpetmachine.blogspot.com/. So, if you want to know what a poorly staffed race and a wrong turn can do to a top competitor's results, check it out. Mike has also posted some great photos from the races. Congratulations, Mike! Best,christopher

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is so awesome to see one of our own racing PRO!! Way to go MIKE!!!