Sunday, October 3, 1999 -- Flat Top
Free Wheeling Mountain Bike Race
Story & photos by Julie Bertsch
|Cam Lewis tops the 1st hill on the mountain in lap one|
|Randy Gibbs proves that he's as good at running as he is at riding|
Pro/Expert rider Randy Gibbs (2:03:11), found his way to the finish with his chain jammed in his wheel. Gibbs sprinted downhill to the finish line carrying his bike, and still finishing 6 minutes ahead to capture the 3rd place spot! The crowd jumped to their feet and roared.
Other Expert class winners were Pro/Expert woman rider Amy
Crawford (1:52:55), who had no problem taking 1st in her class, and
Expert/Vet Men's rider Mike Boyes (2:06:32).
|Riding the single track with "caution"|
Ron Cantely (2:49:00), stayed well ahead of David Witt (3:00:40), to take home the 1st place Sport Vet Men prize.
Making good time in the Sport Jr. Men's class was Bryan Reece
(1:25:12), who stayed almost 20 minutes ahead of
Brady Campbell (1:40:52), to take 1st. Grant Smith
finished 3rd with a time of 2 hours and 8 minutes.
|Maggie O'Dell ducks under a tree in the woods|
The Beginner Men were riding fast, as Sean Collins lead the pack to finish with a great time of 49:18. Darrin Hazuka took 2nd with a 55:19 and Bryan O'Dell (55:40), finished 3rd respectively, and in the beginner Men's II class, Joe Swiatek (1:53:19) took 1st.
There was a lot of competition in the Beginner Jr. Men's class as young Ryan Hovis (50:26), rode his way to victory seven minutes ahead of Phillip Jereza (57:26). Eric Serado took 3rd with a time of 1 hour and 10 seconds. Beginner Vet Male rider Micheal O'Dell (1:04:48), got the 1st prize in his class.
The prize table for this race had everything, with items totaling a worth of $3,000, and Race Directors Dennis and Kasey Kinsella dishing it out! There are rumors that this race may be a part of WVMBA's point series next year, so expect this race to be even