Saturday, July 14, 2001 -- Terra Alta, WV
Battle on Briery Mountain (iPO Event Id#: 2899)
Story by Don Parks with photos by Heather Bury
The course was another mix of grueling climbs and screaming singletrack all packed into a 5-mile loop. With great weather and two waters stops provided along the course, it was going to be a true test of each rider's XC endurance. And, for the young one's who weren't quite ready for battle, the main event was preceded by a fun race for all the kids.
For this year's 20-mile expert XC race it was all Benji Klimas
as he quickly grabbed a gap on the rest of the field and never looked
back. Klimas won with a finishing time of 1:25:00 while Ross finished
his four laps at 1:29:06. That was good enough for second place in
the Pro/Expert Men's field, but just fourth overall.
On the Women's Pro/Expert side it was Cassie Smith successfully defending her title from 2000. Smith finished at 1:47:59 and was once again unchallenged for the women's Battle on Briery Mountain crown.
All the non-expert race classes hammered through three circuits with
the Men's Sport class dominating the field. It was a close fought
battle for first as Eric Delaney finished at 1:13:12 with
Ben Kuhlman close behind at 1:13:52. Third overall and third
in Men's Sport went to Collin Fridley at 1:15:48.
Other winners included Michael Eddy (1:33:44) Beginner, Bill Wolfe (1:34:00), Masters, Cale Devall (2:00:26) Junior, Nancy Larocque (2:05:47) Women's Beginner, and Dawn Young (2:11:47) Women's Sport.
Plenty of awards and refreshments where waiting at the finish and everyone enjoyed a great afternoon of riding. As Daniel Lenox and his crew continue working hard to make more improvements to their mountain bike playground called Briery (by-the-way, they did of fantastic job of clearing the trail of any nasty sticker bushes!), you can be sure the battle will be raging even harder next year. We'll see you there!