Sunday, August 29, 2004 -- Holly River State Park - Hacker Valley, WV
Holly River Revenge - WVMBA Pts. #13 (iPO Event Id#: 6028) Story and photos by Don Parks
Getting to Holly River State Park requires a long drive on winding
mountain roads. If you are prone to bouts of car sickness, be
prepared with a dose of Dramamine. Once you arrive it does not take
long to realize why you went through the trouble. Holly River is the
second largest park in the West Virginia park system with a total of
8,101 acres. Nestled in a narrow valley, the park is surrounded by
heavily forested mountains some reaching heights of over 2,800 feet.
Once in the woods it wasn't long until T.J. Platt worked is way up onto the wheel of Altizer. Also gaining ground was Expert Vet rider Gunnar Shogren who had actually arrived a little late to the starting line.
As the racing continued the expert riders where eventually directed
off on an additional loop that contained plenty of rocks gardens for
their enjoyment. This gave the leading sport riders a chance to catch
back up. This meant a little traffic for the experts as the hit th
final miles of single track heading for the finish.
Platt went on to take the win in 1:44:26 with Altizer hanging on for second at 1:46:21. Rolling in for the third podium spot was Joe Stone at 1:48:40.
The next expert to cross the finish was Dan Wilson at 1:49:10.
Wilson has been dominating the Expert Junior field all season.
Chasing the youngster to the line was the seasoned veteran rider
Gunnar Shogren who handled the Expert Vet field easily
with a win in 1:49:39.
Wherever you finished the day's race, a catered meal of lasagna with all the fixings was waiting. You don't come across many post race meals that are this good! Oh, and did we mention the fabulous prize table?