Sunday, May 7, 2000 -- Tomlinson Run State Park, WV
Tour de Tomlinson
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
Just outside of New Manchester, Tomlinson Run State Park boasts great rolling single track that winds beside and through Tomlinson Run, and up and down some short, but sweet climbs and downhills.
The sky was filled with sunshine for this family-style event, and with
temperatures in the upper 80's, it felt much more like the middle of
summer than the middle of spring.
All expert classes raced through 4 laps on this fast 4.5 mile course, with sports and clydesdales pounding through 3 laps, beginners pedaled 2 laps, and the novice class only had to make it through 1 lap.
From the very start, Benjie Klimas(1:16:41), riding for
Cannondale-Volvo, jumped out in front, but it would be no easy
coasting. Riding for Gary Fisher, Jason Beckley(1:16:08) took
to Klimas' rear wheel, and last
years race winner EJ Sigety(1:17:52) was right behind on
his sweet Merlin ride. Klimas stayed in the lead through the first
three laps, and midway into the fourth before Beckley took his turn in
the lead. Now it was time for Klimas to grab the rear wheel of Beckley
as the two battled toward the finish line. With less than 1/2 mile to
go on the last lap, Klimas got a little squirrely on a drop off, and
went down. He was quickly back on his bike, but Beckley would not be
denied the win, with Klimas finishing some 30 seconds behind. Sigety
finished a solid third overall.
Nathan Annon(1:27:21) finished first for the Men's Junior Experts, with Anthony Schwartz(1:30:39) coming in second. Annon and Schwartz finished 10th and 11th overall respectively.
For the Women's Experts, Katina Sayers(1:49:15) grabbed the
win, while Courtney Dudley(2:00:00) stepped up to the Expert
class to finish second.
The two lap race saw Michael Bee(54:29) finish first while getting the win for the Men's Beginners.
The proceeds from this race went to benefit the United Way and Tomlinson Run State Park. This quality race was due to the hard work and efforts of Dave Lawson and all the fine folks at Summitt Bike Shop in Weirton, not to mention the countless volunteers.