Sunday, April 3, 2005 -- Pipestem Resort State Park - Pipestem, WV
Pipestem Challenge - WVMBA Spring#1 (iPO Event Id#: 6744)
Story and photo sets 1-3 by Julie Black with photo sets 4-5 by Jason Black
Since it's first WVMBA race in March 1999 when the course was filled with bone-jarring hoof prints from muddier times, and a steep technical section that quickly persuaded even the experts to dismount and carry, Pipestem Resort State Park has long since improved it's biking trails. The park sits just north of Princeton, WV, down near the southern tip of our great mountain state.
The course is an enjoyable one, which loops around the grounds giving way to scenery of all kinds. Starting on pavement downhill, the course juts into the woods for some rolling fun with some single-track, round the lake to the open fields where bikers usually get a little wind-whipped. Then over the road back down into the woods for some excellent rock hopping downhill action to a wide uphill trail and then the loop is repeated.
No stranger to the racing world is professional mountain bike racer and XTERRA competitior, Kristy Mantz of Team Snowhoe/ Dirtbean.com who finished first for the Expert Women with a time of 2:42:03.
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