Friday, July 27, 2007

Mary on fire

Mary McConneloug, racing for Kenda / Seven, is crowned Queen of Cross Country (again) at the 2007 US National Mountain Bike Championships.

Mary McConneloug is my alumna from Santa Clara University :-D

Go Broncos!

After earning a degree in music, specializing in vocal performance (and earning her keep by waiting tables in-between singing in choirs), she took up mountain biking and went from Sport to Pro in one year:

My first year, I did two races as a Sport class rider then moved up to Expert. I decided to upgrade to pro because one day I beat the pro rider and got a tee shirt instead of the money.
      (An interview with Mary McConneloug, Nov 20, 2004)

Later, she competed in Olympic mountain biking in Athens, and finished 9th in the Olympic finals.

fi’zi:k fans rejoice: Mary was using a fi’zi:k saddle when she bagged the 2007 US National XC Championships.

Mike giving Mary's bike some TLC.

Some of her cycling honors:

       * 2003 US National XC Champion
       * 2003 NORBA National XC Champion
       * 2004 US Olympian
       * 2004 Afxentia Stage Race Overall Champion
       * 2005 US National XC Champion
       * 6 UCI World Cup podium finishes
       * 2007 US National XC Champion

Follow Mary's adventures here.

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