Saturday, August 26, 2000 -- Terra Alta, WV
Battle on Briery Mountain
Story and photos by Dave McKain
The short course wound its way through the hills between Kingwood and
Terra Alta over grassy trails, gravel roads and down extremely steep
trails covered with loose rock. The race started with the (despised by
some) le mans style start. Eventual race winner Frankie Ross
decided to save his energy during the quarter mile run to the bikes
for pedalling later. After some initial sorting out during the first
lap, the racers settled into their rythms with little strategy other
than to keep on going through the afternoon heat and humidity. Ross'
only challenge came from Jr. Expert rider Eric Durst who
followed less than two minutes behind after the first lap. Durst
continued the chase throughout the race but was unable to get Ross in
his sights. While Durst may have been looking ahead, he may have been
more cautions and looked behind as Cassie Smith kept up her
chase. As the race went on, Ross continued to build on his lead while
Cassie was unable to catch the youngster Durst.
In other action, Scott Frame took fourth overall and first in the Sport Vet class followed closely by Masters class winner Frank Congelio. Bill Poling, a first timer, was unable to complete his fourth lap but was happy with finishing three in 1:46:21, better than he had expected after his practice laps on Friday.
In addition to trophies, prizes and t-shirts, the racers were treated to music and refreshing beverages after the race. Kudos to Dan Lenox for putting on a fine event and to the Monongahela Area Rescue Group for their presence.