Sunday, May 21, 2000 -- Douthat State Park, VA
Middle Mountain Momma III
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
In Douthat State Park, just north of Clifton Forge, Virginia, nearly
200 riders came from everywhere to enjoy the beautiful, green
mountains at the Middle Mountain Momma MTB Race on Sunday, May
21st. This race has more than one unique quality to brag about; not
the least of which is the demonstration of a growing alliance between
the 2000 East Coasters
Virginia State Championship Series and the WVMBA racing series. Points were up
for grabs in both series, making it easy to justify skipping the
border for all those WVMBA racers in the hunt for valuable points.
Oh, have you heard about the trail conditions? This isn't some dirt road, double track, wanna-be mountain bike race, this is the real deal. The single track is so tight the blooming mountain laurel reach out and touch you on both sides as you race by. The start of the race takes place on 1/4 mile of gravel road, then that's it... it's time to climb.
Moderately technical trails lead to the top of Middle Mountain, some 6
miles and 3000 vertical feet later, then it's payback time with an
incredible view and some super fast downhill single track, with a few
hairpin switch backs thrown in, all the way to the bottom of the
All of this fun amounted to 21 miles of cranking, unless you felt like racing the XXC, which means two laps, and 42 miles of pleasure/pain. Beginners and Junior Sports cut their lap a little short and raced through an 11 mile course.
The fastest rider on the course this day was Greg
Marini(1:51:11), who also set a new course record along the
way. Marini stayed on the rear wheel of Joel Maynard(1:52:50)
through the second major climb, but pulled away to take the win by
over 1 1/2 minutes. Maynard would finish second, with Jeremy
Wimpey(1:58:37) finishing third.
The battle for the fastest female on the day went to Cristi
Mantz(2:33:57), who just barely held off second place finisher
Amy Crawford(2:34:15) by a scant 18 seconds. Mandi
Williams(2:47:10) finished third for the Women Pro/Experts.
Other class winners include Billy Armstrong(2:09:39) for the Junior Experts, Joey Riddle(2:23:14) for the Men's Sports, and Susan Musante(2:52:59) for the Women's Sports.
Bruce Wohleber(2:35:56) took the checkered flag for the Men's Masters, while Than White(2:43:37) took first for the Clydesdales. Sue Painter(3:01:30) won the Women's Vet Sport class, and Chris Betz(2:31:26) finished first for the Men's Vet Sports. Brandon Tate(1:10:37) finished first for the Men's Junior Sports.
Many thanks go out to race director Kyle Inman, and all his volunteers for making a great race like this happen.