Saturday, March 6, 1999 - Sunday, March 7, 1999 -- Winterplace Ski Resort
Mountain Bike Slalom Race
[MTB Slalom Race]
[Cardboard Box Race]
[MTB & Box Race Results]
Hey, are you sure we're suppose to be on mountain bikes?
Starting at around 12:30pm, the Winter Carnival's first big event got
underway as the mountain bikers made their way to the top of Highland
Run. What faced these competitors was a downhill slalom challenge
where the riders would each race twice, once on the blue course and
once on the red. Although they raced head-to-head, the winner would
be determined based solely on their overall combined time. You'd think
that racing a bike on a ski slope might be fast, but when mild temperatures
change the hard-pack to soft-pack, it makes for quite a difference.
Chris Buck attacks the snow
As the first racers hit the gates, the knobby tires of their race
machines proved to be no match for the soft snow. Pedaling the bikes
through the course was difficult, if even possible. The top section
was fairly level and the riders found it best to traverse by
straddling their bikes and scooting along with their feet in the snow.
The middle of the course took a sharp right turn and dropped downhill
to the finish. Here the riders could hop back into the saddle and get
a few peddal strokes to propel them to the finish. The trick here was
to avoid having the front tire slide out and crash the bike and
rider. At least when this did happen the crowd was there to give a
roar of delight.
Ken Perkins gives up on the idea of bike "riding"
When all the racers had their chances and the finishing times were
tallied up, it was Reggie Woodrum who claimed first place honors. He
clocked the fastest descent on both the red and blue courses to take
the victory in a combined time of 1 minute, 25.88 seconds. The next
three places were closely contested as just 6 seconds separated them.
Benefitting from a fast run on the red course, Marvin Carr took second
place in 1:31.60. Third place went to a consistent Chris Buck
(1:31.60) while Josh Bunting (1:37.73) had to settle for fourth after
dropping several seconds on the blue course.