Saturday, September 18, 1999 - Sunday, September 19, 1999 -- Big Bear Lake, Bruceton Mills
Big Bear Lake Mt. Bike Classic
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
|Kyle Dixon about to cross the finish line in front|
Over 160 people lined up for the mass start at 11:00am. The weather
conditions couldn't have been any nicer: sunshine coming from
everywhere, no humidity, and temps in the low 80's.
|Sue Haywood winning her 5th straight WVMBA Series|
Within a 1/2 mile, riders made a quick right into the white pines for some fast, banked turns, and a gradual singletrack descent down the Lunar Drool Trail before hitting the more technical parts of the course. After some rough, rocky singletrack, riders headed up Quarry Road. From here, the long course looped back on itself along the Demented Debris trail and around the Sugar Camp Run trail before getting back to their detour off Quarry Road. All riders then took the Table Rock Trail to the Jump Rock Trail, then finished the course along Gandolph's Path.
The long loop stretched out for 16.5 miles, and the short course was
11 miles. Expert racers did two laps for 33 miles, sports raced 1 lap,
and beginner classes raced the short loop.
|MacIness, Bishop, Shogren, and Dixon on the second lap|
After a first lap that only took 1 hour 10 minutes, the lead pack was down to four - Dixon, MacInnis, Bishop, and Shogren - and the four stayed close until Shogren dropped his chain with about 7 miles to go. The pack was momentarily down to three, and Dixon decided it was time to push the pace a little harder, slowly edging away from his chasers. Dixon would finish 1st, and over a minute ahead of second place Bishop. MacInnis finished third overall.
Shogren finished 4th overall, which earned him another WVMBA
Championship. Bowen and Klimas finished the race 7th and 8th overall
respectively, earning then 2nd and 3rd place in the final Men's Pro/Ex
|A view from the back|
In the men's Junior Ex class, Kevin Leyh(2:42:33) finished 10th overall to take the win. Second place went to Jeremy Rowand(2:50:20), and Jonathan Martin(2:54:15) got third. Rowand finished 17th overall, and Martin finished 20th overall, good enough to finish the 1999 WVMBA season as the Men's Junior Ex Champion.
The always competitive Men's Vet Ex class saw Matt
Ross(2:42:53) getting the win. Ross finished just slightly more
than 2 minutes ahead 1999 WVMBA Vet Ex Champ Steve
Thaxton(2:45:01), while Matt Marcus(2:49:22) took third.
|Junior Ex WVMBA Champ Jonathan Martin|
Other race and WVMBA Series winners include Joe Wharton(1:23:52) for the Men's Sport Vets, Chris Jarvis(1:31:01) for the Clydesdales, and Rocco Mazzei(1:23:35) for the Men's Junior Sports.
Greg McWilliams(1:24:12) got the win for the Men's Masters
class, and Patty Hobbs(2:23:45) edged out Idress
Gooden(2:40:41) in what has been consistently one of the most
competitive classes all year, the Women's Masters.
|Kid Class WVMBA Champion Drew Jones|
In the Men's Beginner class, Bubba Flint(1:04:36) got the win for the "under 30" division, while Leroy Hunter(1:10:01) won the "over 30" division. Jeanne Sutton(1:26:54) took the checkered flag for the Women's Beginner class. In the "1st Timer" class, Karl Waite(1:22:42) was victorious for the men, and Susan Schooley(1:42:35).
Saturday, the Kid's Race was one of the feature events, with a 2 mile course full of singletrack and bridges. Drew Jones(17:44) was the winner for the day, and also won the WVMBA Seris Kids Class.
Many thanks and much appreciation go out to Mark Schooley and all of the volunteers who helped make this classic race happen. A word of thanks also to Jack Downs who handled the microphone, and always seems to come up with some key pics.