Sunday, August 8, 2004 -- Canaan Valley, WV
Timber Crit/Cabin Mtn Classic (iPO Event Id#: 6024)
Story and photos by Dana Harshberger
You know it's a great day to be outside, when the temperature in August is a sunny 75 degrees. You know it's an even better day when you're getting in the car to head to the beautiful Canaan Valley of West-by-God-Virginia. One could not have hoped for better weather or a better course. Race director Scott Young and his merry band of helpers, linked together some of the finest trails in the area, incorporating not only some of the old 24-hour course but had the race venture off into the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area as well.
It does make it difficult to write a race recap when the first thing and pretty much only thing out of everyone's smiling mouth is "Great course, fabulous course, and this course is awesome!" and so on and so forth. When probed a little more racers had more comments such as, "The climbing was great." and "Lots of fun," and "that new downhill rocks!" New for this year was a freshly cut addition to the end of the course: a super cool crowd-pleasing rocky downhill.
The Boyz Battle
In racing action, birthday boy TJ Platt took the lead early on and held on tight to capture the Men's Pro/Ex division. Riding with fellow Bluestone Bicycles team member Danny Wilson helped with his mental game, as well as the great course conditions and a smooth running bike. TJ was followed to the line by Rasta Dude Mike (sorry, didn't get you last name), and sketch-miester Jonathan Martin.
The Ladies on the Chase
For the Women's Pro-Ex there was a bit of a cat and mouse game going on between Cassie Smith and Kristin Dieffenbach. Kristin, who said, "This was the best course here ever!" would take the lead on the climbing sections and try to hold on to Cassie during the downhills. Cassie, who rode an amazing race, pulled to the finish first, followed by Kristin and then Betsy Schauer for third.
Many thanks should go out to Scott Young, as well as all those who helped with marking and marshalling the course. Thanks to those who sat in the timing tent, and also to my fabulous four-wheeling friend, Morgan Chase, who not only drove me to all the sweet picture spots, but also gave interesting commentary along the way.
Coming Up...Sunday, August 15, 2004
To get some more of this kind of action check out Virginia's Four-Season Mountain Resort next weekend for race #11 in the WVMBA AND VA Series #3 at the Massanutten Hoo HA!