By BOB YORK
As usual, they put the pedal to the metal this spring, but it wasn’t just for the medals, any more.
“We did our share of racing this season,” said Rich Calhoun, the Deerfield Academy cycling coach, “but for the most part, I’d say we ended up riding more than racing.”
As Calhoun explained, “the kids had the urge to compete, but their urge to explore the highways and byways of western Massachusetts and Vermont was even stronger. Being a member of the cycling team certainly gives a Deerfield Academy student a unique way of viewing the beautiful country this school is located in. ”
This year’s Big Green bike brigade consisted of four seniors – captain Jarred Kubas, Nolan Bishop, David Keith and Hyun Yang – and Hank Anderson, a junior.
With the Big Green’s newly found inspiration of exploration, it dropped its enrollment in the New England Prep School Cycling League’s racing circuit from seven races to four. And despite finishing second in the final Class A team standings in 2010 and 2011 and boasting the Class A individual champion in Rhys Louis in 2011, Deerfield competed in the Class B bracket this spring.
Bishop, who was the recipient of this year’s Coaches’ Award as the team MVP, registered a top 10 finish in all four of the races he competed in. Kubas, who placed 19th in last year’s New England Championship race, earned a top 15 finish in all four of his races this spring, while Anderson, who finished 20th last year at the New England race, garnered top 15 finishes in his four races as well.