Sunday, September 19, 2004 -- Grantsville, WV
Appalachian Classic - WVMBA Pts. #16 Championship (iPO Event Id#: 6031)
Story and photos by Don Parks
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:      
In the men's expert race, point series leader Bryan Fawley
jumped out to a huge early lead. He was helped by Gunnar
Shogren who crashed just after the start and held up some of
Fawley was ready to respond but his bike wouldn't cooperate, "It was a bad time for a little chain suck." By the time he slipped it into the big ring Platt had a nice advantage. Fawley's best sprint up the grass hill to the finish fell short and Platt took the win by just a single second. In consolation, Platt's win wasn't enough to take the series title away from Fawley.
Platt's winning time for the 21+ mile race was 1:51:30 to Fawley's
1:51:31. Platt was plenty happy with the win, and even in defeat
Fawley couldn't help but rave about the fun course and his Kenda tires.
On the final climbs before the finish Riddle was able to get a small lead and then held on for the win in 2:26:24. But once again it wasn't quite enough for the series title as Smith's second place finish (2:26:50) gave her the 2004 title by a single point over Riddle. "She is tough," were Smith's final words on Riddle for the season.
In some of the other expert classes, Dan Wilson (2:04:40) continued his dominance of the under 18 field. He took the win and the series title over Andrew Fetty (2:40:14) who consistently paced second to Wilson throughout the season.
For the expert vets Gunnar Shogren quickly recovered from his spill to
chase point series leader Gerry Pflug. Pflug wasn't giving him any
breaks and went on to secure the race a series title with a time of 1:58:12.
Shogren took second in both the race and series with his finish at 2:00:22.
The final class to go at it for three laps was the single speeders. As usual it was Travis Saeler (2:01:31) smashing the pedals to win by a huge margin and take the series title. With Greg Moore (2:16:07), Mike Boyes (2:19:00), Josh Feazell (2:27:38), and Steve Harouff (2:31:24) finish second through fifth, respectively, is it any surprise that is the same order they finished in the series?
For the sport classes it was only a two lap race. For the women it
was Charlene Vrabel (1:59:30) notching another win but a lack
of races left her out of the final points race. The series win went
to Lori Ware (2:12:08) who out sprinted Michelle Johnson
(2:12:09) to grab second place points for the race.
For the men racing two laps there were no surprises in the 19-25 sport class with Tim Andrew (1:29:37) and Chris Flick (1:33:56) taking first and second in the race and the series, respectively. Either Andrew or Flick won every race this year with one exception, the lone race neither of them entered. Looks like these guys are ready for a little expert competition.
For the 26-34 crowd it was another win and the series title for
Shandon Hime at 1:37:57. His main rival Michael Haid
suffered a disappointing DNF and that opened the door for Travis
Miller. Miller only finished fourth at 1:43:17 and did not win a
single race all year. But persistence paid off and earned him a
second place in the series.
For the 45-plus sport riders it was Charles Patterson (1:42:49) scoring his first win of the season over series leader Bruce Williams (1:46:15). But even with his victory and Williams' third place finish, it wasn't enough to move ahead in the series. Williams one the series by three points of Patterson.
For the 35-plus women it was Laurie Johnston (2:04:54) coasting
to victory and the series title. With the absence of Paula Schimizzi,
a second place finish for Shelly Ware (2:19:41) locked up a second
place in the series, as well.
For the clydesdale big boys it was a familiar face in Dannie Hillery (1:51:04) taking the race and series titles. Richard Price (1:55:07) had a strong race to take second and hold on for second in the series. John Carothers (2:09:46) finished third and had to settle for third in the series, two points behind Price.
Doing a single lap was all that was needed to decide the men's junior
under 14 race. Derick Wolfe (53:16) added to his season full
of victories and took the series title. Corey Meadows
(1:00:56) took second but it wasn't enough points to overtake Cai
Clothier (1:04:10) for second in the series. Clothier took third
in the race leaving Meadows in third for the series.
So here's hoping everyone enjoyed another great race and another great season of WVMBA racing. We look forward to another year and encourage you to get involved. Look for meeting announcements posted on WVMBA.com and come on out and help create an even better series for next year.