Saturday, September 18 & Sunday, September 19, 2004 -- Grantsville, WV
WVMBA Points #16 - Championship Event
Final Leg of the Little Kanawha Triple Sport (iPO Event Id#: 6031)
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9]
[Set 10] [Set 11] [Set 12] [Set 13] [Set 14]
Past Classic Coverage:      
Free camping with free meal to all racers. At Calhoun County Park, Grantsville, WV. 100% payback for Pro/Experts. For championship race: WVMBA members $25, non-members $30. XC Championship Race, Downhill, Pond Jump, Free Kids Races, and more! For more info. see www.appalachianclassic.com
Press Release --- July 28, 2004
Appalachian Classic adds DOWNHILL
The NEW Power Slyde Alternate DOWNHILL Race
The downhill race will be held on Saturday, September 18th at noon, with the course open for practice runs for about 3 1/2 hours prior to the race. While Calhoun County is more known for its rural, hilly geography, race organizers feel that the section of the cross country trail known as the Power Slyde Alternate will provide downhillers with a short but fast and technical descent - especially after adding a few log jumps along the way.
This track is spectator friendly and has easy vehicle access for a bike
shuttle. The guys from Outdoor Extremes, Kanawha City, WV, will provide
the technical expertise to temporarily transform the alternate route from
a cross country to a downhill track - the track will be back to it's cross
country condition on Sunday for the XC race. The alternate trail was
originally laid out to provide a slower and safer route down the drop dead
Power Slyde for less experienced XC racers - but, over the years, it h!
as become a faster and more challenging course for Expert riders.
The downhill race will be immediately followed by the Classic's infamous Pond Jump at 4:00 p.m. While no one has actually ever made it across the pond, spectators and participants alike revel in the airborne acrobatics of this event. Jumpers are treated to a plunge downhill onto the ramp which will launch them over- or into - the pond on the Classic's $5 floating no-brake junk bike, while a random panel of judges arbitrarily rate speed, stlye, air, and landing abilities - or lack thereof - to award first overall winner with the season's bragging rights.
The WVMBA Point Series Championship race begins at high noon with the traditional black powder blast. The XC course is about a 7 mile loop with alot of fast, technical single track, but is extremely spectator friendly, as just about any point of the trail can be reached on foot with a 10 minute walk. A post-race meal and award ceremony top off the afternoon.
At stake, for the expert riders, are the Appalachian Classic Championship
Bowls - The fastest women's expert and men's expert - regardless of actual
expert class - receive a signed and engraved Appalachian Classic
Championship carved wood bowl by craftsman Robbie Clothier. These bowls
are the most coveted race awards going, and belong to a select few -
Jeremiah Bishop received the 1st one back in 2000.
That Sunday will start off at 10 a.m. with the kid's races for the 12 and under crowd.
These races are age-rated, with course levels ranging from a short loop on the golf course for the little folks, to a longer course for the older kids. Sue Haywood, WV's Olympic hopeful, has actually been passed on this course! All the kids get something, and this is a free event.
About Calhoun County...
Calhoun County, WV boasts a population of under 8,000 people, but still manages to pull off one of WV's best rated race events. The Classic is a volunteer event dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the Calhoun County Park, and the race committee is always looking for sponsors and/or donations. The Title Sponsorship of the race is open this year - especially for the new downhill event and pond jump.