Sunday, August 1, 1999 -- Slatyfork
WV Fat Tire Festival
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
|Gil Willis giving out some last minute details|
The 35K and 20K cross country race took place on Sunday, the 4th day of The Fat Tire Festival. Live music entertained the crowds each night, while everything from fly fishing demos to bike hockey and biking limbo contests filled the days. The beginner and intermediate trials were tough as ever, and the WV Brewing Co. beer tasting was no problem at all.
This was more than a WVMBA points series race, too, because
Virginia State Championship points were up for grabs in this
second of two shared points series races.
|How low can you go?|
From the start, riders were pedaling uphill on gravel roads for 1.5
miles, before turning left onto the Tea Creek Trail. Although the
trail was flat to rolling, it was tough. Wet roots, slick rocks, and
mud bogs kept the heart pumping for 4-5 miles before Forest Road 135
was gained. The brakes got a break here as it was long gradual
climbing on gravel roads for a while, giving way to rolling hills by
the end of the 20K course.
|Jeremiah Bishop and Charles Stanley keeping things clean|
The final 1/3 mile of the course took racers from Prop's to steep, but short, muddy climbs and drops through wooded single track that ended right in front of the Elk River Touring Center.
The fastest rider on the trail this day was Pro/Expert rider Jeremiah
Bishop(1:45:32). Bishop stayed on the heels of Charles
Stanley(1:45:47) and Gunnar Shogren(1:53:34) up the gravel
road start, but took the lead entering the Tea Creek Trail. Bishop's
lead grew to about 4 minutes on Stanley and Shogren by the start of
|Business as usual for Sue Haywood|
"I knew I was gaining on him (Bishop), but when he looked back and saw me at he bottom, he took off", said Stanley. Stanley challenged Bishop alone at the end after Shogren flatted close to the bottom, fixed it without losing any position, then flatted again. "I was only prepared for one flat" Shogren said later. Bishop finished first, Stanley second, and the strong riding Paul Buschi(1:50:32) finished third overall.
For the Women Experts, Sue Haywood(2:05:11) took the lead from
the beginning and stayed out in front finish first, and an impressive
21st overall. Melissa Showman(2:13:39) made sure Haywood didn't
relax anywhere, and finished second in her class, and 36th
overall. Susan George(2:43:21) rounded out the top three female
|What could be more fun?|
Steve Thaxton once again won the Men's Vet Expert Class, finishing 16th overall, while Matt Marcus(2:07:08) and Matt Ross(2:07:52) finished second and third in the class, and 24th and 25th overall, respectively.
Other class winners are Pablo Martinez(2:05:17) for the Men's
Sports (22nd overall), Shawn Kennedy(2:16:02) for the
Clydesdales, and Bill Lane(2:24:48) for the Men's masters.
|Hey, slow down, wait for me!|
The first Men's Beginner Under 30 to finish was Chad Matthews(1:30:15), while Kent Cornette(1:36:07) won the Men's Beginner Over 30. For the Women Beginners, Susannah Matthews(1:57:47) took the win.
In one of the most competitive classes of the year, Patty Hobbs(2:28:25) edged out Idress Gooden(2:32:24) for the win in the Women's Masters Class.
Thanks go out to Gil and Mary Willis for making such a fun event possible, and to the Great Dondo for getting us the results.