I am so proud of our Cape Fear SORBA club members, Phil and Kelly Hatcher, for working hard to qualify for this year’s Leadville 100 (LT100).  Phil and Kelly are very active members and I have been honored to be passed by them during many rides, Time Trials, and XC races.

Phil qualified for LT100 at this year’s  Austin Rattler 100 while Kelly missed qualification by one place.  Nonetheless, not taking rejection for a second time, Kelly trained even harder to clinch a LT100 spot (along with Phil’s extra 2014 spot) at the Wilmington Whiteface 100 several months later in New York.

The Hatcher’s are the first ever representatives for Wilmington, NC at the Leadville 100.  They are visible fruit of the growing mountain biking community here in Coastal North Carolina.  These kind of accomplishments make all the hard work of Cape Fear SORBA worthwhile.

The Star News has recognized the Hatcher’s massive achievement in the athletic world and printed a great story of their Leadville 100 adventure.

I am proud to announce that Phil and Kelly had the time of their life traveling across the States to race this past weekend.  Although Kelly did not make the 60 mile cut-off, she claims it was the most fun she has had on a bike.  Phil finished in 9hrs 28mins and will be shooting for the sub 9hr belt buckle in 2014.