Sunday, July 1, 2001 -- Princeton, WV
Dirtworld.com - Hurricane Ridge MTB Challenge (iPO Event Id#: 2644)
Story and photos by Dave McKain
From the race start, a four man group including Jason Laxton, Benjie
Klimas, Todd Reighley and Jeremy Rowand moved to the front, working
their way through the first lap, starting to put a gap between
themselves and the rest of the pack. The group didn't stay together
long after the first lap with Klimas turning it up a notch, forcing
the others to chase. Try as he might, Laxton couldn't catch the speedy
Benjie over the next two laps and Klimas earned the win followed by
Laxton, Reighley and Rowand. Mandi Riddle took the win in the womens
expert class running unopposed for the day while Bob Bonham came up
from North Carolina to take the Vet Expert win over Steve Thaxton. In
the Jr. Expert class, Matt McDonald cruised to victory, finishing 20
minutes ahead of second place finisher Jared Cakebread.
While the start of the race witnessed threatening skies, at the end, the sun came shining down on the racers as they headed to the finish line. Several competitors from Georgia, racing in West Virginia for the first time, commented that "This isn't what it's like at home" as they tackled the course and its climbs. With the traffic of the race, the clay started to firm up with each passing rider, allowing for easier going.