Rhys May Wins Marathon MTB Nationals

JAM Fund has a new national champion.

Just one month after joining the JAM Fund elite team, Rhys May won the Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships in the women's 19-29 category on Saturday. The 60-mile race in Columbia County, Georgia was even more of a challenge due to the 95-degree heat and sweltering humidity. May won the race in 6:06:29, beating the second place rider by sixteen minutes.

"It was a hot day so pacing was all-important, and dialing back after a hard start worked out well," May said. "I moved into first after about four hours of racing, and kept it together for another two hours to pull off the win in my category. It definitely didn't feel real until I had the jersey on, and I'm celebrating with an epic burrito."

Immediately after the race, May posted the following message on her Instagram:

"I destroyed myself racing some very badass ladies today, and I get to go home with this stripey shirt and I can't stop smiling."

May competed against defending 19-29 champion Elizabeth Lee, one of her longtime friends, who ended up in third place.

"I got to line up with my cyclocross friend of several years Elizabeth Lee, the defending 19-29 champ!" May said. "She's been racing with me since I was off the back of the cat 4 CX races."

 19-29 Marathon Mountain Bike National Champion Rhys May and her friend Elizabeth Lee celebrate after their podium finishes on Saturday. 

19-29 Marathon Mountain Bike National Champion Rhys May and her friend Elizabeth Lee celebrate after their podium finishes on Saturday.