Mountain Biking Club Finds Success at State Race
WHS mountain biking club had a successful year, with two of its teammates, Spencer Dilyard and Gillian Wenger winning the state championship.
In order to qualify for state, individuals must have started at least three mass start, (a race format) races, explained Dilyard.
To achieve a successful year, Dilyard emphasizes the importance of weight training, and training with people who are ahead of your skill level.
Even though mountain biking is a relatively new sport, Dilyard believes club members should be allowed to receive physical education credit.
“It’s just as taxing as many other high school sports, if not more,” Dilyard said.
Wenger would like to see more girls in the racing world.
“It’s a fun and exciting thing to do. The girls and the guys get to race the exact same races and skill sets,” Wegner said.
If people are interested in learning more about the sport of mountain biking, they should search www.oirl.org according to Wenger.
This website has all the information needed to learn about Ohio mountain bike races.
WHS Mountain Bike Club coach Andrea Wegner was very proud of her team’s success this year.
“The team has put considerable effort into their training and it shows,” says Andrea Wenger.
This is WHS’s fourth year of participating in the sport, their third year taking first in state in varsity boys, first year taking first in jv boys and fourth year taking first in varsity girls.
Wenger wants everyone to know that this is a sport in which anyone can compete.
“I really hope more students come out and give it a try. It’s a sport like no other out there, everyone is so helpful and encouraging,” Wegner said.
The Mountain biking team practices at Vultures Knob in Wooster.