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Sunday, April 18, 2004 -- Parkersburg - Waverly, WV
Challenge at Mountwood-WVMBA Pts. #2 (iPO Event Id#: 6013) Story and photos by Don Parks

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A little rock-n-roll at Mountwood Park
A huge crowd rolled into Mountwood Park for a beauty spring day of racing on the park's awesome trails. It was actually a little too nice with temperatures reaching the upper 80's! But even in the heat of mountain bike battle, it was hard not to enjoy a great day playing outside and in the woods.

The fastest man of the day was Clay Evans who let Bryan Fawley and Jacob Fetty battle through the "9-mile" prologue. Fawley sprinted for the $50 preim just ahead of Fetty as Evans bided his time. At the end it was a Evans alone to take the win with Jonathan Martin taking second after overtaking third place Fawley late in the race.

For the women it was Mandi Riddle taking the expert win followed by Becky Shauer for second.


Press release from Team BonJovi/West Virginia

Senator Donna Boley Launches the Challenge at Mountwood Mountain Bike Race

Sunday, April 18th, was a beautiful day for the WV Mountain Bike Association's 2nd Point Series Race at Wood County's Mountwood Park. In addition to about 15 mountain bike racing kids, 205 mountain bikers came out to test their mettle against the park's trail system.

Team Bon Jovi/West Virginia's Team Manager and WV Mountain Bike Association's Vice President Steve Thaxton introduced State Senator Donna Boley to the crowd during the racer's meeting, where she informed the crowd that this was her first mountain bike race. She then had the opportunity to start each of the four racing groups off. The WV Legislature recently passed! a unanimous joint resolution to permanently make June WV's Mountain Bike Month.

Team Bon Jovi/West Virginia had a great day at Mountwood, with team members Clay Evans (Men's Expert/Pro), Steve Thaxton (Men's Expert Vet), Mandi Riddle (Women's Expert/Pro), and Andrew Fetty (Men's Junior Expert) all taking 1st place spots in their classes. Other team members Bryan Fawley and Joey Riddle finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the Men's Expert/Pro class, Michael Haid placed 2nd in Men's Sport 26-35, Courtney Dudley (Women's Expert/Pro) and Wes Stafford (Men's Sport Vet) placed 5th in their classes, Cai Clothier (Men's Junior under 14) finished 6th in his class after a mechanical problem which left him running his bike for two thirds of his course.

Team Bon Jovi/West Virginia will be racing next Sunday, April 25th, at the WV Mountain Bike Association's 3rd Point Series race at the Big Bear Lake Mountain Classic near Hazelton, WV + so come on out and join the fun!

Team Bon Jovi/West Virginia is sponsored by Jon Bon Jovi (yes, the rock star!), Worldwide Chiropractic and Sports Medicine, Maple Creative, Charleston Bicycle Center, Kenda Tires. Cannondale, Pactimo, Fetty Intensive Training, Hydropak, and Kurve Socks.