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Sunday, September 16, 2001 -- Canaan Valley Resort State Park - Canaan Valley, WV
Revenge of the Rattlesnake WVMBA Point Series #14 (iPO Event Id#: 2640)
Story and photos by Dave McKain

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Take in well deserved rest after completing the Rattlesnake
Beware of the Bear may have been the warning of the day as several riders had to take a break from the race to wait for the big, black, furry critters to vacate the course. Race leader and eventual winner Benji Klimas took a 3 minute rest while a black bear "must have been 10 foot tall" lingered in the middle of the trail while XXC riders Jonathan Martin and Kevin Wetzel also had their 42 mile adventure interrupted. Martin considered luring the bear off the trail with a PB&J sandwich but decided to wait it out. Jeremiah Bishop, trying to storm troop his way to the WVMBA Pro/Expert class championship was slowed by a mechanical (rear derailleur) but still managed a high finish, nipping TJ Platt at the line and making things very interesting going into the final race of the series at Winterplace. The results are complete and we'll have more as soon as we can, so take a few ibuprofen, and keep on recovering from the weekend.