Sunday, June 6, 2004 -- Canaan Valley Resort State Park - Canaan Valley, WV
Tour of Canaan (includes WVMBA Pts. #7) (iPO Event Id#: 6019)
Story and photos by Dana Harshberger
This event, which totaled four days of 14 events, took place from Thursday through Sunday, with Sunday also being stop number 7 in the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association Series. Riders competed for points for the Tour as well as for the WVMBA series during the 4 events on Sunday.
This part of the race, despite having the name 'canyon' in it, was a railroad grade uphill. Sounds easy enough, eh? But try 10 -meaty" miles of uphill! This section ended high a top the Allegheny mountains, in the historic town of Thomas, again with riders taking it easy in the sun that was trying to peak through the clouds. Some riders stopped in at the Purple Fiddle Coffee House (check them out sometime, great live music!) and took a lunch break.
Then it was on to the Thomas-to-Davis leg, a light and refreshing, six-mile sprint, which exactly like it sounds, went from downtown Thomas to downtown Davis.
With all the points tallied, Nick Ranno, visiting from Colorado for the upcoming NORBA event, took first in the Men's Pro/Expert division. Also of note are the 2 dudes who spent the previous three days battling it out for the Tour win, Benji Klimas and taking second, Jonathan Martin.
Thirteen Beginners took to their own course, a double loop of day one's Prologue. The Beginner Women's race was tight, with seconds separating the contenders. Of course, it's impossible to be everywhere at once, so if anyone out there has a race tale they'd like to tell, please send it out way!
Behind the Scenes
As with any race, there are people behind the scenes that make the event actually happen. Thanks to Cheryl and Brandy, who not only let this reporter sleep on their couch, but also ran the timing system, and the countless other volunteers and Granny Gear staff who help put on not only this day of racing, but the Tour as well.