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Two KMS cyclists receive invitations to ride with the Junior National Team in Switzerland and Germany next month

KILLINGTON-Killington Mountain School (KMS) will have two cyclists wearing the stars and stripes kits of the U.S. Junior National Cycling Team this spring, as they compete in Switzerland and Germany this May and June. Ansel Dickey, of Truro, Mass., and 2012 Junior National Champion Brendan Rhim, of Norwich, will represent the United States in five European races. Dickey is a senior at KMS, while Rhim is a junior at Hanover High School in New Hampshire.

"It's not that often that a coach gets copied in on a letter from the National Junior Team Director to one of his riders, but it's really great when that letter is sent to two of his riders," said KMS Cycling Head Coach Peter Vollers. "Ansel was pre-chosen for the trip, so the Tour of the Battenkill, the country's biggest one-day junior race and a major selection race for Jr. National Team, was Brendan's chance to make the team."

Rhim took the win in the Junior 17-18 race in the Tour of the Battenkill this past weekend, followed by Dickey in second.

"We employed a classic cycling tactic to make this happen and it played out perfectly," said Vollers. "Alden and Peter covered the early moves by slowly bringing the field back to any breakaway attempts, then Jonah followed a serious attack with 20 miles to go ending up in a two-man break that gained two minutes on the field entering the famous Meetinghouse climbs with 12 miles to go. All the while, Ansel and Brendan were sitting in the back, thoroughly saving themselves for the final climb of the day on Stage Road where we knew the race would be won and lost. As planned, the other teams' strong men went to the front and worked hard to pull Jonah's group back over Meetinghouse and into Stage Road."

Rhim lead into the climb stringing out what was left of the field and putting everyone on the ropes. Then Dickey unloaded a massive attack, sprinting out of the saddle in his big chain ring and charging up the climb. That hit demolished the field, making it was Rhim's turn again, and only four or five riders were able to follow with Dickey recovering. Dickey then hit them again and only the last remaining few gave everything to claw their way up to him with Rhim in tow, reloading.

Finally, over the very crest of the hill, Rhim delivered the final whack and just flew from the group. By the finish line, he had over a minute on the remnants of the field. Although many of the riders in the field were able to regroup now that Dickey was sitting on, waiting for the sprint, none of them were able to outsprint him; Dickey won the sprint and took second behind Rhim.
Rhim and Dickey will depart for Brussels mid-May.

The KMS Cycling Team is the newest athletic program to be offered to student-athletes at Killington Mountain School. The team is directed by KMS Cycling Elite Team Coach, Peter Vollers, and Development Team Coach, Brad Ramsay, and all technical support is provided by Jenny 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 10-16 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.