Sunday, September 12, 1999 -- Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Canaan Valley
Tour of Canaan
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
|The Expert class takes off|
The track consisted of an 8-mile loop that started on pavement, but
quickly took riders to a gravel road, and a fairly painful
uphill. Once the top was gained, it was time for some technical, downhill
singletrack filled with logs and rocks taking everyone through a small
|Sue Haywood enjoying the sunshine|
All Expert Classes pedaled three laps for 24 miles, sports raced two laps, while beginners had to crank through one lap.
In the Men's Pro/Expert class, Gunnar Shogren(1:48:20) jumped out in front from the very beginning, and never had a moments rest from there because Benjie Klimas(1:48:44) was determined to catch him. At one point on the second lap, Shogren held over a minute lead, but Klimas was relentless.
"I kept hearing his (Klimas) brakes squeaking, and I knew he was right
behind me", said Shogren. "I just couldn't lose him." Shogren finished
first overall, with Klimas 24 seconds behind for second, and the
always entertaining David Fleming(1:57:10) finished third in the class.
|Nick Waite approaching the finish line|
For the Junior Experts, Kevin Leyh(1:54:54) and Nick Waite(2:00:32) battled each other hard for over 2/3 of the race before Leyh finally pulled away. Leyh finished first in the class and 4th overall, with Waite finishing second, and Collin Fridley(2:11:33) finishing third.
Other class winners included Steve Thaxton(2:01:58) for the vet Experts, Joe Wharton(1:25:33) for the Vet Sports, and Nathan Annon(1:26:40) for the Men's Sports. Eric Durst(1:38:21) won the Junior Sport class, and Bruce Wohleber(1:37:09) finished first for the Masters.
Matt Barbour(43:56) was the first Beginner to finish, while Jeanne Sutton(55:39) won the Women's Beginner class, and Jeremy Bartholow(47:45) got the win for the Junior Beginners.
Much thanks and appreciation go out to Matt Marcus and John Northeimer for putting together a great race, and for handling the results. Also, thanks go out to Jack Downs and Diann Clothier for helping out with pictures. Mountain biking and Canaan Valley... it's always a good thing.