Sunday, May 6, 2001 -- Tomlinson Run State Park, WV
Tour de Tomlinson (iPO Event Id#: 2797)
Story and photos by Matt Marcus
When you finally get there the sunshine, the cool lush foliage and gurgling clear waters remind you of why you came. Then the quietude is broken by the screeching of V-brakes and the shouts of spectators and pumped up riders. The race is on.
It was one of those classic race days at Tomlinson Run State Park on
Sunday, where a new and longer course got rave reviews from Sport and
Expert level riders - especially the winners. Don't the winners always
seem to like the course?
"Almost Famous" Steve Thaxton, first place vet-expert, fifth place overall; "The course was sick fast. I love that kind of a course. Very well laid out, well marked."
Benji Klimas, overall and expert men's winner; "It was definitely very fast and furious. I was just kinda' kickin' it, tryin' to hold on to my lead."
Nathan Annon, men's sport winner; "It was just really dry and
fast, probably the fastest course I rode all year... Fast."
Good enough to take fourth but not good enough to catch third place Gary Snodgrass. "It was fast and it hurt and that new section kicked my butt. I've ridden it every year and it keeps getting harder...which is good."
Jeremy Rowand, second place; "The course was awesome. I had a little difficulty with my chain but overcame it and had a good ride. Canaan is next weekend so I'll go do that and make as many [races] as I can and see what happens."
Thanks go out to all the riders as the proceeds from the Tour De Tomlinson Charity Mountain Bike Race benefit Tomlinson Run State Park and the Weirton United Way.