Saturday, April 1, 2000 - Sunday, April 2, 2000 -- Oak Hill, WV
Spring Bike Fest
Stories by Buzz Johnson & Marty Lamp
Saturday, April 1st 2000, no joke its race time again! Spring came to the hollers and hills with perfect weather and eager downhill racers. This 1st running of the Anguish at Arbuckle downhill brought out everyone from lil' kids to expert cross country racers, and for a special treat the Iron Horse Pro downhill boys.
The course was deceptively easy, but it's no secret that the
faster you go, the more timing and precision is needed. The right side
of the run was a steep fall down to Arbuckle Creek if the turns were
over cooked, and a couple of wet rocky drop-offs were getting a few
riders...but every one was safe and smiling at the end.
When the dust settled, Phil Tintsman(3:49.11) of Iron Horse was smokin' with a first run of 1:55.42, and a second descent in 1:53.69. Tintsman recorded the two fastest runs of the day, both under 2 minutes, enroute to his overall downhill win.
Kyle Ebbett(4:05.05), also of Iron Horse, finished second even
after an impromptu water break in the creek (slippery WV rocks!) with
runs of 2:05.69 and 1:59.36. Than White(4:15.05). of Virginia,
finished third for the males.
All the racers looked good and had a great time in the sun. At the awards ceremony, the daring Iron Horse pros,with a wink for the ladies and a smile for the kids, did a few tricks, like bunny hopping a 35lb DH bike over and onto a picnic table. The pros are not of this planet skill wise, but they are nice guys and left West Virginia with great memories. Thanks to Tug and ACE for a great day. The downhillers will be back!
The fine folks at ACE made sure that everyone in attendance was
treated with the kindness and concern that seems to have been
forgotten at some racing venues. One would never guess that this was
their first ever bike racing event by how smoothly the event ran. Did
anyone mention that the "10 dollar late fee" was dropped, giving race day
registrants something to smile about right from the beginning.
All expert classes pounded through three laps, while Sports, Masters,
and Clydesdales raced through two laps, and beginners faced one lap.
In the Women's Pro/Ex, the always fast Sue Haywood(1:44:35)
took the checkered flag, while finishing 11th overall. Susan
George(1:55:07) kept Haywood honest while finishing second in the
class, and 13th overall.
Other class winners include Laird Knight(2:13:23) for the Vet
Experts, and Amara Franks(1:28:34) for the Women
Sports. Sean Wehr(1:09:00) won the Men's Sport Class by over 7
minutes, while Richard Watts(1:21:04) won the Men's Masters, and
Than White(1:26:15) edged out Buzz Johnson(1:47:28) to
come in first for the Clydesdales. In the Men's Junior Sport Class,
Karl Waite(42:11) took the win with Matt Pack(48:45)
finishing close behind.
When all was said and done, just about everyone went home with a prize, not to mention the custom T-shirts handed out at the registration. A great race like this is only possible through the hard work and good sense of many people. ACE Adventure Center is blessed with many hard working souls, who take it upon themselves to ensure that you have a good time while you are there. This race was directed by Tug Chamberlin, and the course was put down by Tug and Chris Banks. Thanks go out to Tug, Chris, Cindy Dragan, and all the ACE staff who worked the course. If you managed to miss this event, do yourself a favor, and make it a point to be there next year.