By Richard Bell
Musquodoboit Harbour cycling phenom Mackenzie Myatt has been tearing up cross country tracks all fall, topping things off with a medals trifecta at the 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Missoula, Montana. She won a gold medal in the Varsity Women's Collegiate XC National Championship race on October 20, beating her closest competitor by more than a whopping two minutes, finishing the two-lap race in 20:44:7.
Myatt also won a bronze medal in the Varsity Women’s Short Track XC Race. Starting from a disadvantageous spot in the third-row that left her out of the lead group after the first lap, she fought her way all the way up to 3rd place and a bronze.
And to finish off the weekend, Myatt and her teammates won a bronze medal in the Varsity Team Relay, despite suffering a crash.
Myatt is in her second year at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlantic, Georgia on a full athletic scholarship, studying writing. (She also writes a blog about her cycling adventures at mackenziemyatt.com.) She finished out her first year this spring as a collegiate cyclist at the USA Cycling National Championship in Grand Junction, Colorado with a bronze medal in the Women’s Varsity individual time trail, a silver medal in the road race, and an 8th place in the criterium, earning her an overall bronze medal in the Women’s Varsity Individual Omnium. She was a silver medallist for Nova Scotia at the Canada Games this summer, and a silver medallist at the 2017 Canadian National Mountain Bike Championships.