Sunday, July 4, 1999 -- Fairmont
Bunner's Ridge 35K
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
|Chris Eatough was untouchable|
One of the highlights on the course this year was the motocross-style
start. Racers lined up for the start about 200 yards from a bottleneck
u-turn, and at the starting gun it was an all out sprint to gain the
early position. The early glory proved to be costly for some, but the
action was definitely appreciated by all the fans. Dave Fleming won the
"hole-shot" contest in the expert class, taking home a nice cash prize
for his efforts.
|"Brownie" the safety dog stands post|
All this amounted to a little over 5 miles of riding per lap. The expert
classes were required to ride 4 laps, with Clydesdales and Men's Sport
classes riding 3. Sport Women, Masters, and Beginners all raced 2
laps, while Junior Sports and Masters Women rode 1 lap.
|Armin Gooden wins the Sport Class|
Shogren, riding for Team DiamondBack rode by himself in second
place most the race, but Benjie Klimas(1:49:40) wouldn't let
him relax, getting steadily closer to Shogren up until the final mile.
The wiley Shogren was still feeling strong though, and would finish
second overall, while Klimas would finish third overall.
|What kind of race is this?|
Brett Hixson(1:57:59) led the way to the finish for the Junior Experts, but it was no easy win. Jonathan Martin(2:00:19) and Nick Waite(2:00:54) were relentless in their pursuit of Hixson, but Hixson would win, with Martin and Waite finishing second and third, respectively.
The Men's Vet Expert Class was won by Steve Thaxton(2:04:00),
and he finished 10th overall. Broc Kaylor(2:07:51) barely held
off Patrick Riggen(2:08:00) as Kaylor and Riggen finished
second and third overall, respectively.
|Jonathan Martin with plenty of speed on the turn|
Shawn Kennedy(1:39:33) finished first for the Clydesdales and 4th overall, while Joe Wharton(1:40:01) was the first Men's Sport Vet to finish. The Men's Beginner Class was won by Nathan Annon(1:07:52), and Jen Shogren(1:25:07) took first place honors for the Women's Beginners. Mandi Williams(1:08:27) got the win for the Women's Sports, while Julie Schooley(2:00:33) finished first for the Women's Sport Vets. Gregg McWilliams(1:08:23) finished first for the Men's Masters, as Patty Hobbs(1:02:36) edged out Idress Gooden(1:14:14) for the Women's Masters win. Garrett Stout(36:04) won the Men's Junior Sport Class.
After the race, there were plenty of cold drinks and pizza for everyone, under the shade of a huge pavilion. Neither the race or the post race festivities would have been possible without the hard work of Rob and Gail Voorhees, and the countless volunteers who gave their time. Thanks also to the folks who managed the numerous, well-placed water stations along the course. What could be better than Independence Day in West Virginia on a mountain bike?