Saturday, August 7, 1999 - Sunday, August 8, 1999 -- Snowshoe
SUBARU Mountain Bike Challenge
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
|Jeremiah Bishop after winning the Subaru MTB Challenge|
Saturday was full of excitement with the downhill race, an observed
trials course, and a dual slalom race, while Sunday showcased the cross
country races. Although the weather was sunny and beautiful on
Saturday, Mother Nature let everyone know who's boss on Sunday as
temperatures dropped dramatically and some much needed rain fell from
|Jay DeJesus raising some dust at the dual slalom|
The dual slalom race made for some great head-to-head excitement, and
the fans lined up and down the course screaming and clapping with
support. The lights came on as the sun went down for the dual slalom,
as Sunday was set aside for the cross country racers to strut their
|The Women Pro-Experts take to the slopes|
All expert classes rode 4 laps on the 6 mile course, with Sports,
Masters, and Vets riding three, and beginners only facing two loops.
|Mark Meyer flying high and fast at Snowshoe's Dual Slalom|
"I saw Dixon already starting the climb as I was coming into it, and I
knew what I had to do", said a jubilant Bishop afterwards. Eatough was
right behind Bishop, but couldn't pass him on the final climb, and had
to settle for an impressive second place finish. Dixon rounded
out the top three Pro finishers.
|Jeremiah Bishop making up time after his flat|
Melissa Showman had no problem getting the win in the Women's Pro-Elite Class, while Shelly Wilson(1:54:16) finished first in the Women's Expert Class.
In the Men's Junior Expert division, James Van Toever(2:02:38) got the victory by finishing nearly 5 minutes ahead of his closest competitor, Edwin Hernandez(2:07:19). Charlie Pendry(2:16:22) finished third.
Other class winners include Shane Lawson(1:39:26) for the Men's Sport Class, Katie Poster(1:24:10) for the Women Sports, Joe Wharton(1:09:17) for the Men's Sport Vets, and Robin Volliner(1:34:18) for the Women's Sport Vet Class. Steve Androit(1:21:39) finished first for the Clydesdales.
Thanks go out to Subaru and Snowshoe Mountain Resort for putting on a fun filled mountain biking event, and to Joe Stevens and Mark Rotellini for handling the results as best they could.