Saturday, August 12, 2000 -- Slatyfork, WV
Wild 100 and Backcountry Race
Story and photos by Marty Lamp
Well how about 70-90 miles of the same terrain, in one day? If that's
not enough, how about trying to find some strategically placed
checkpoints along the way, with only a map and an occasional tire
track to follow? If this sounds like a good time to you, then the Wild
100 Backcountry Race was calling your name.
The first CP was located at the intersection of Saddle Loop Trail and Turkey Point Trail, on the other side of Gauley Mountain. CP2 was quite a few miles north from here, where the old Props Run Trail intersects with Forest Road 24. Most everyone took advantage of road riding on this section, evening out a little of the time lost on the trails.
After heading south from CP2, and crossing Gauley Mountain again, CP3
proved to be the most troublesome check point for some, sitting atop
Guy Sharp Knob on the east side of Rt 219, hidden from a biker's view
on the dirt roads that surrounded it. This refueling point also
provided some great scenery for those with enough time to enjoy it.
The first person to finish the course this year Male Solo riderRay Clark(7:24:00). Clark stayed with a lead group of riders that included Mike Buchness(7:26:32), Mike Capraro(7:28:49), Chris Scott(8:00:34), among others. Different paths were follwed to CP3, and this is where a lot of ghround was made up, or lost. Clark was the first to find CP3, and he wasted no time in taking advantage of his early lead.
In the end, Clark got the win, with Buchness and Capraro finishing 2nd
and 3rd, Glenn Walton(7:54:43) finishing 4th, and a
late-charging Scott finishing 5th.
Other class winners were Broughton/Erlewine(13:37:30) for the Female Duo, Huck/Lane(8:28:00) for the Male Duo, Wikswo/George(10:14:24) in the Coed Duo, and Gene's Team(10:35:19) in the 4 Man Team class.
Although touted as a 100K race, it's a testament to their mental toughness that some racers logged in close to 100 miles, with times in excess of 13 hours! When they did manage to make it back to the finish, they were greated with some incredible nourishment courtesy of Mary Willis and the ERTC staff, not to mention some tasty brew.
If all this sounds like a great time to you, make sure to join in on the fun next year, and tell them iPLayOutside sent ya'!