Saturday, June 17, 2000 - Sunday, June 18, 2000 -- Grantsville, WV
Story and photos by Matt Marcus
Results: [Overall Results] [Results by Class] [Kids Results]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
[Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9] [Set 10]
[1998 Coverage] [1999 Coverage]
Appalachian Classic 2000 champion Jeremiah Bishop(2:14:39) also said he felt like a plowhorse in the mud but he seemed very pleased after the awards. He held a large carved wooden bowl, one of the many items made by local artists that graced the generous prize table. "That is the coolest trophy I've ever got."
The race started with a bang as the antique muzzleloader was fired for
each wave of riders. The experts did three laps, sport two and
beginners went once around the tricky, twisty, slippery ups and downs
of the eight-mile loop. The event is held in the Grantsville city
park, which seems relatively flat at first glance. There is a golf
course, tennis courts, a playground and a pavilion on a grassy knoll
but as soon as you hit the woods the terrain turns vertical.
Overall winner Bishop was followed by former Classic winner Todd
Reighley(2:19:28) for most of the first lap before taking the lead
with junior Nick Waite right behind. Having never seen the course and
after missing the pre-race meeting installing a chainring bolt, Bishop
had to make a choice at the top of the power slide and he took the
most well worn path- the bypass. "I come down to the bottom of this
real slow technical switch back downhill and [Todd] had about a ten
second lead on me just flyin'."
Second place masters racer Greg McWilliams(2:03:42) also tried
the bypass on the first lap but rethought his strategy after he
realized he was passing the same people again on the road
climb. Clydesdale winner Dannie Hillary(2:16:53) took the
bypass and said he actually made time on his competitors.
Vet expert winner Mike Boyes(2:43:33) had the same strategy as Hixson. "I seem to do better starting slow and bringing people in. The length of the race and having the fuel in me really helped me out. Just let the people come back to me and then just drop them. First point series win in ten years!"
Todd Reighley seemed to sum it up well. "I love this event. It's probably one of the best events that's come around. It's a newer event but it's really got hometown appeal. Everybody's great, you get fed, excellent course!"
Editors note: The Appalachian Classic is truly a "classic" event. From the pond jump to the custom crafts, this race is much more than just a race, it's a community celebration. Not 5 minutes after I pulled into Calhoun County Park on Saturday afternoon, I noticed I had a flat tire on my truck. As fate would have it, I had no spare, so I mentioned my situation to Jack Downs. Jack thought for a second, got on his two-way radio, and within an hour my rig was race ready again thanks to the efforts of Donnie Price and Rick Jarvis... and they wouldn't accept a penny for their work. This kind of helpfulness and hospitality is very refreshing these days, and is surely a testament to the fine folks of Grantsville. If you have never made it to this event, do yourself a favor, and be at the next one.