Sunday, April 25, 1999 -- Elkins
Mountain Bike Rampage
Story and photos by Marty Lamp.
|Ryan O'Connor spinning his way to victory|
Have you ever tried eating raw field onions while on your bike in the middle of a race? Well if you have, it's probably a safe bet that it happened in Elkins at the Mountain Bike Rampage. Where do the onions, more affectionately known as "ramps", come into play? Well, there was a little thing called the International Ramp Festival going on in Elkins the same weekend. With the weather absolutely beautiful on race day, everyone was in a festive mood, whether they were just hanging out at the water crossings watching the race, or munching down all the ramps that they, and the person nearest them, could stand.
The race course was located behind the Davis and Elkins Campus, with
plenty of space to roam around and enjoy the sunshine, kick some hacky
sack, or just kick back and watch the fun.
|Sue Haywood dominated the womens class, again...|
|Time to cool off!|
In the Women's Pro-Expert Class, the seemingly unbeatable Sue
Haywood(1:39:51) cruised to a solid first place finish, ahead of
Melissa Showman(1:50:47), and Rena Campbell(1:59:29).
E.J. Sigety(1:34:52) once again took first place honors in a
Mens Expert Vet class that posted times comparable to the Pro Expert
Class. In the Mens Junior Expert, Brett Hixson(1:36:57) and
Jonathon Martin(1:38:25) were battling hard, but Hixson held on
to take the win.
|Mark Tracy hands out the local fare|
After the race, there was plenty of pizza for those who didn't get their fill of ramps, and no one seemed in much of a hurry to leave. Kudos to Karen Carper who put on a top notch mountain bike race. We will see you there next year!