Sunday, July 25, 1999 -- Charles Fork Lake, Spencer
All Sport Tour de Lake
Story by Marty Lamp, photos by Marty Lamp and Lori Garbesi
|Charles Stanley wins the Tour de Lake|
The 9 mile loop, that started with a prologue section on the paved
road below the damn, circled beautiful Charles Fork Lake. After a
starting sprint that took riders up a super steep 100 yard paved
section, they turned right on a dirt road that dished out more uphill. The
majority of this dry course was rolling hills, though, without a long
|Mandi Williams flying through the single track|
All Expert classes, plus the Men's Sport Class rode two loops for a total of 30K, while all other classes rode 1 loop.
Getting the win this day was Charles Stanley(1:25:20), from
Roanoke, VA. Although Stanley rode behind Mike
Bowen(1:27:24) of Huntington, WV the entire first lap, he passed Bowen
on an uphill to start the second lap, and slowly edged away. Stanley
also broke the old course record set last year by Gunnar Shogren,
finishing the course 9 seconds faster amidst the record heat. Bowen
maintained his speed to finish second overall, and Dave
Fleming(1:27:39) of Vienna,WV finished third overall.
|The Expert class tops the first uphill|
The Junior Expert class proved as fast as ever, with Brett
Hixson(1:30:57) of Greenburg, PA getting the win. Hixson finished
an impressive 6th overall. Second place in the class went to Kevin
Leyh(1:31:07) of Bridgeport, WV and Jonathan
Martin(1:34:07) of Monongah, WV finished third. Leyh and Martin
finished 7th and 11th overall, respectively.
|Steve Childress chases Joseph Scharf through the woods|
Class winners for the 15K course include Mandi
Williams(1:02:25) for the Women's Sports, and Junior Sport
standout Rocco Mazzei(55:15). The fastest Sport Vet rider was
Joe Wharton(51:56), who not only won the 15K race, but competed
in the 30K race as well. Steve Loehr(1:04:40) got the Men's
Sport masters win, and Chris Jarvis(55:17) barely edged out
John Barnette(55:18) for the win in the Clydesdale Class.
|Dave Fleming says "cheese" for the camera|
Special mention goes out to Mark Bossert, Jeff Fetty, and the numerous volunteers that made this race so enjoyable. The organization was superb, the course was marked great, and the abundant awards were given out within minutes of the finish. Cold drinks, compliments of Allsport, were handed out to anyone at the race, which was greatly appreciated in the midday sun. Thanks also to John Denbigh for doing a complete and thorough job of handling the results.