Sunday, May 30, 1999 -- Richwood
Richwood ATB Ballyhoo n Hullabuloo
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
|The Ballyhoo was good to Gunnar Shogren|
Experts were required to do 3 laps, with sport classes riding two laps, and beginner classes only having to spin through one.
The course started with a short quarter mile uphill on a gravel road,
and then down a bombing gravel downhill for two miles before turning
left into the Cranberry Wilderness Area. Once in the shade of
countless pines, the trail wound steeply uphill until a rolling,
technical plateau was gained. The elevation of the course dropped
slowly until riders found another forest road taking them down
farther, only leading to a steady 3-4 mile climb on a gravel road back
to the start! The first lap, for the multilap racers only, had an
early left turn into the woods creating a shortened initial lap.
|Smooth as (Mark) Glass...|
Joe Wharton(1:43:00) was the first 2 lapper to finish the race,
taking the win for the Men's Sport Vet class, and Michael
Prince(1:44:00) was only a minute behind to capture the Men's
Sport class win. In the Clydesdale class, it was Adam
Klimas(2:21:00) chugging along to a first place finish.
|Rob Voorhees keeping his spin tight|
Afterwards, great food and plenty of drinks were in full stock. The top three expert finishers took home cash, and pretty much everyone else had their pick at the prize table. If you happen to be wondering what a "Hullabuloo" is, make sure to check it out next year, and you can be sure WVOutside will be there!