Sunday, July 9, 2000 -- Fairmont, WV
Bunner's Ridge Hard Rock 30+K
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
The recent lack of rain left the twisting, winding course dry and
dusty, and although it was hot as steamy cabbage, anyone who
year will tell you, it wasn't all that bad. None the less, the sun
was beating down all day, making those last laps a little foggy for
Soon racers would come up on Voodoo Mountain, and then it was
time to pick your line and hold on. While some of the bravest souls
opted for the launch pad center line, after a lap or two it became
somewhat apparent that the fast line was on the right. The center line
provided a lot speed to contend with while trying to navigate the
loose rocks and roots at the bottom half of the drop.
A strong field of riders lined up for the Men's Pro/Expert start, and
within the first half of the first lap, Jeremiah
Bishop(1:41:05) grabbed the lead with John
MacInnis(1:42:57) right behind. Bishop seemed to be slowly adding
to his lead as he finished his first lap, but at the beginning of the
second, he broke his chain, and while fixing it, was passed by
MacInnis, Gunnar Shogren(1:46:13), Eric Keim(1:46:27),
Benjie Klimas(1:47:46), and Jason Laxton(1:48:42).
Before the second lap had ended, Bishop had passed everyone except a fast moving MacInnis. Bishop kept MacInnis within sight until the third lap, when he gathered the energy to pass him, and hold on for the win.
"I really had to push it hard for a while to get back to the front",
said an always friendly Bishop afterwards. "MacInnis is very fast, I
am just glad to walk away with the win." MacInnis finished second
overall, with Shogren finishing third.
Brett Hixson(1:54:04) grabbed the win for the Men's Junior
Experts while finishing an impressive 8th overall, and in the always
competitive Men's vet Expert class, Brocc Kaylor(1:56:00) took
the win while holding off Steve Thaxton(1:59:28) and Matt
Other winners include Scott Root(1:32:48) for the Men's Masters, Lee Collins(1:48:04) for the Clydesdales, Charlie Brand(1:54:08) for the Junior Sports, and Dowain Ford(1:37:36) for the Vet Sports.
Two lap winners include the speedy Laurie Johnston(1:23:18), Eric Serdoz(1:09:47) for the Juniors, and Jason Hayes(1:10:53) for the Men's Beginners.
Halley Anderson(53:47) led all one lappers to the finish while winnning the Women's Beginner class, and Pat Schmidt(54:24) got the win for the Women Masters.
Thanks go out to Colin Dierman, Wamsley Cycles of Morgantown, and all the volunteers who helped out through the day.