Sunday, August 29, 1999 -- Coopers Rock State Forest, Morgantown
13th Annual Henry Clay 30K
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
|Marc Glass and Benjie Klimas teasing the pack|
Over 125 mountain bikers were lined up for the start on the paved road
leaving the Henry Clay Furnace parking lot. All classes started at
the same time, but Beginners, Masters, Junior Sports, and Women's Vet
Sport classes all rode a shorter course.
|Gunnar Shogren and Kyle Dixon staying ahead of the game|
When the furnace was in sight, it was time for another rocky,
technical uphill giving way to more rolling singletrack while looping
back to the furnace. Short course racers pedaled uphill for less than
a mile to their finish at the furnace parking lot. Long course racers
made a right at the furnace and had to face another long technical
uphill before crossing the furnace road and turning left into the
woods for the final two mile blast down to the finish.
|Susannah Matthews having fun at Cooper's Rock|
The final 100 yards of the course took racers from a brief stint on
pavement with a sharp left turn on loose gravels, and a 50 yard sprint
to the finish on wooded singletrack. With Shogren in the lead, Dixon
cut inside with a quick left turn, but when Shogren countered
preparing for the final sprint, he lost traction with the front wheel
and went down. "We were gonna sprint, but I fell down" said a
chagrined Shogren afterwards. Dixon got the win, with Shogren
finishing 3 seconds behind. Mike Yozell(1:42:29) rounded out
the top three finishers. Mike Bowen(1:43:58) finished 4th
overall, while Pete Sednov(1:44:16) finished fifth.
|Mike Yozell running past the furnace|
For the Junior Experts, Brett Hixson(1:47:19) was feeling fast, and finished over four minutes ahead of his closest class competitor, Kevin Leyh(1:51:29). Hixson finished 9th overall. Leyh finished second in the class and 15th overall, while Jeremy Rowand(1:51:55) rounded out the top three, finishing 16th overall.
Steve Thaxton(1:50:59) led the entire race for the Vet Experts,
but Allen Moore(1:50:58) lurked close behind, never gave up,
and sprinted past an unknowing Thaxton at the very end. Matt
Marcus(1:51:59) was right behind to finish in a fast third
place. Thaxton, Moore, and Marcus finished 12th, 13th, and 17th
|He's big, he's fast, and he can dance|
Other class winners included Shawn Kennedy(2:02:04) for the Clydesdales, who despite crashing hard near the finish, and getting 5 stitches in his knee after the race, won his class by more than 13 minutes. Danny Camden(2:03:17) got the win for the Men's Sport Vets, and Jennifer Shogren(2:24:03) finished first for the Women's Sports.
Short course winners included Bruce Wohleber(1:36:57) for the Men's masters, Jeff DeVincent(1:37:23) for the Men's Beginners, Rocco Mazzei(1:40:13) for the Junior Sports, and Wendy Fischer(2:11:49) for the Women's Beginners. Patty Hobbs(2:52:10) finished first for the Women's Masters, and Julie Schooley(2:17:40) got the win for the Women's Vet Sports.
Once again, Rob and Gail Voorhees put together a great race. They had plenty of volunteers helping out from Wamsley Cycles of Morgantown, not to mention many other folks, too. The pizza afterwards is always a big plus, and the cash and prizes were plentiful. The hard work before and during the race was evident, and as always greatly appreciated.