Saturday, June 16, 2001 - Sunday, June 17, 2001 -- Grantsville, WV
Appalachian Classic - WVMBA Point Series #6 (iPO Event Id#: 2628)
Story and photos by Dave McKain
There are two objects to the competition: entertain the crowd and get wet. For those not brave enough to jump their own bike, the promoters generously provide a clunker bike for all to use, replete with a "straight from the can" orange paint job. Firstly, you need to push the old clunker to the top of the hill. Once you get there and the all clear signal is given, its time to head down the hill and work up some speed before hitting the ramp. After that - anything goes. For some, it was a question of getting distance from the ramp (and seperation from the bike) but, for others, it was time for some acrobatic aerial maneuvers. Scoring was done by three judges on a 10 point basis. Tyler Ritche took top honors on his final jump, performing a double flip.
Sunday morning brought with it plenty of sunshine for the XC racers
including those participating in the kids race. As noon approached and
the racers lined up for the start, strains of Arron Copeland rang
across the park. For those not familiar with the tradition, this meant
that the start of the race was quickly approaching and, as the music
stopped, the black powder ignited to start the race. Taking the hole
shot for the experts was Dave Flemming with thirty other expert racers
on his tail. The sport and olympic classes started folowing the
experts in one minute intervals.
In the Vet Expert class, Rob Gauss took the win with a time of 2:09:45 followed by Steve Thaxon (2:14:17) in second and Mike Boyes, a week after taking third at the 24 Hours of Snowshoe, taking third (2:19:11). In the Jr. Expert class, Kevin Peters took the win (2:14:22) while Eric Durst (2:20:56) edged David Laymen (2:21:04) to take second.