Stockdale Senior Chief Finishes in Top 5 at National Mountain Biking Championship
By Lt. j.g. Jeffrey White, PCU Stockdale (DDG 106) Public Affairs
BATH, Maine – Senior Chief Gas Turbine Systems Technician (SW) Sean Davidson, who is attached to Precommissioning unit (PCU) Stockdale (DDG 106), finished in second place at the U.S. Cycling Mountain Bike National Championship July 18 in Dover, Vt.

Davidson qualified to advance to the expert category with a time of one hour and 12 minutes on the 10 mile course which had more than 2000 feet in elevation changes.

When asked why he turned his attention to mountain biking, Davidson said, “Running was taking a toll on my body and it just wasn’t fun anymore. I grew up riding bicycles -- BMX racing and freestyle -- so cross country mountain biking was a perfect fit.”

Davidson began competing in mountain biking in 2007 as a one man team named “The Goat Locker.” He received five finishes within the top five in the first three months of racing in the beginner category and requested an upgrade to the sport racing category from USA Cycling, which was granted.

“I ride a full suspension bike which allows me to stick turns and absorb shock over the obstacles in the downhill portion,” explained Davidson when describing how he was able to pass two riders during the downhill ride to take second place.

The crowd was excited for him as well, with shouts of “Go Navy” coming from all directions to urge the Senior Chief on to achieve his goal of advancing to the expert category, which he did.

“Expert races are typically 30 percent longer than sport and at a faster pace,” said Davidson. “To stay competitive I will have to increase my mileage and time on my bike each week, but I am up to the challenge!”

Davidson is currently the Leading Chief Petty Officer of the engineering department for Stockdale.

“The same qualities that make Senior Chief Davidson a success on the bike trails make him a great leader and shipmate on Stockdale,” said Cmdr. Fred Kacher, Stockdale’s prospective commanding officer.

Stockdale is scheduled to be commissioned in spring 2009 and will be home ported in San Diego, Calif.
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