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KMS’s Cycling Team takes multiple podiums at the Green Mountain Stage Race

At the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont's Mad River Valley this past weekend, the Killington Mountain School (KMS) Cycling Team took multiple podiums including second in the Warren Store Time Trial and a third-place finish in the Dealer.com Queen City

Criterium, the fourth and final stage of this Labor Day Weekend event.

In the Junior category, Ansel Dickey, of Truro, Mass., took third in the criterium and The Bridges Circuit Race, as well as second overall in the Sprint points and third in The Bridges Circuit Race. Brendan Rhim, of Norwich and the reigning Junior Men Criterium National Champion, finished eighth in the overall Junior general classification, building on a second-place finish in the Warren Store Time Trial on Friday. Dickey finished 11th overall in the general classification.

"This is the largest Pro/am road stage race east of the Mississippi and in our backyard so it was great to have some strong finishes on our home turf," said KMS Cycling Head Coach Peter Vollers. "Brendan started our weekend off with a strong second-place finish in the time trial and then along with Ansel, kept the momentum going throughout the weekend. It was a strong finish to a very successful road racing season."

Rhim started the weekend off on Friday, finishing the Warren Store Time Trial in 14:32.14. The 5.7 mile course featured a 2.3 mile climb to the Roxbury Gap Road to a slight fast, downhill section, finishing with a "dip" at 5.2 miles and a short, sharp climb out for the final 0.3 mile slight uphill climb to the finish.

Dickey continued with a third-place finish in Saturday's The Bridges Circuit Race, a 19.9-mile circuit in and around the Mad River Valley. He also took third on Monday in downtown Burlington in the criterium, finishing the 15-lap 1-kilometer course in 0:33:25.

The KMS Cycling Team is the newest athletic program to be offered to student-athletes at Killington Mountain School. The team is coached by Peter Vollers and Greg Hadley, and all technical support is provided by Dan McKenna of The Start House Ski and Bike Shop in Woodstock. Riders are introduced to junior level cycling that showcases and promotes interscholastic as well as USAC-sanctioned junior level bicycling racing. There are three competitive tracks: the first, for dedicated student-athletes who wish to pursue road cycling, mountain biking and cyclocross racing development at an elite level, is a year-round athletic program offered in conjunction with the KMS full-term academic program; the second is a junior development team comprised of student-athletes between ages 8-14 that introduces younger athletes to competitive cycling; the third track is for KMS winter sports athletes pursuing cycling on a limited basis in the spring and fall.

Killington Mountain School is a fully approved Vermont independent school whose mission is to inspire students to pursue excellence in academics and athletics in a culture that promotes integrity, leadership, responsibility, and respect. To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, and freeskiing training and opportunities, visit www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802.422.KMS1.