Saturday, June 19, 1999 - Sunday, June 20, 1999 -- Grantsville
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
Note:During the first lap, the power slide section drew quite a crowd of spectators watching as racers came down the steep, dusty decline. Many witnessed the unfortunate crash of Britany Jones at the very bottom. Britany was knocked unconscious after flipping over her bike at a very fast speed. Local EMS crews were right there,(they were actually attending to Don Waterhouse after he wrecked at the bottom, suffering from a potential broken collar bone) and they wasted no time taking every precaution. Britany was immediately transported to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown. We are happy to report that as of Tuesday (6/22), Britany was still hospitalized and very sore, but she suffered no broken bones and should be back on her bike soon.
|Gunnar Shogren crossing the finish line 1st|
On Saturday, the main pond was surrounded by folks watching the always
exciting pond jump. Competitors gained their speed pedaling downhill
before launching off of a ramp sending them into orbit above the
pond. Even assistant race director Steve Johnson decided to
join in with some stylish high flying flips. The "caped crusader" even
showed up for a surprise visit.
|Steve Johnson isn't afraid of a little air|
Sunday morning came into full swing with the always popular kids
races. Local pro's Gunnar Shogren and Sue Haywood
actually broke a sweat leading the kids around courses set up
especially for each age group. These kids were strictly business,
almost running Shogren and Haywood over at the starts, and keeping
great paces until the very end.
|These kids are fast!|
|The "power slide" downhill section|
In the Men's Expert Class, none other than Gunnar Shogren(1:52:25) led the race from beginning to end. Shogren stayed smooth and in control, and ahead of the dust, to capture the overall win. Keeping Shogren honest was Ben Klimas(1:55:29), who stayed within minutes of Shogren the entire race, and was able to fight off Mark Smith(1:56:44) to save second place overall, and maintain his WVMBA point series lead. Smith finished third overall.
For the Women's Expert Class, Sue Haywood(2:04:42) once again
proved her dominance, getting the win and finishing an impressive 11th
place overall. Melissa Showman(2:13:48) never let Haywood rest,
though, and she pedalled strong to finish 2nd in her class, and 20th
overall. Sarah Crandall(2:40:58) rounded out the top three
|Joey Riddle at the launch|
The Men's Junior Expert Class was won impressively by Jonathan
Martin(2:01:19). Martin rode hard and fast to finish 9th overall,
and over 5 minutes ahead of his next class competitor, Brett
Hixson(2:06:50). Ryan Hobbs(2:08:21) finished third; Hixson
and Hobbs finished 13th and 14th overall, respectively.
|Molly Whalen at the finish|
Molly Whalen(1:50:24) continued her winning streak for the Women's Sports, but Mandi Williams(1:52:38) wasn't far behind, finishing second in her class behind Whalen. In the Men's Sport Vet Class, Joe Wharton(1:31:27) got first place honors.
After the race, a pasta dinner was served that was second to none. Countless awards were handed out, and the comic relief of Jack Downs on the microphone had everyone smiling. This race was such a success thanks to all the hard work by Downs, Steve Johnson, Brian Sterns, and the countless volunteers freely giving their time. Thanks to MegaZound Productions for the great sound system, and to theGrantsville Lions Club and the Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center for making it all possible. We are already looking forward to coming back next year.