Sunday, May 1, 2005 -- Flat Top, WV
Free Wheeling MTB Race - WVMBA Spring#4 (iPO Event Id#: 6747)
Story and photos by George Gannon
But that's just what the riders at the Freewheeling Mountain Bike Mountain Bike Race did on Sunday. The hills and inclines weren't plenty challenging, but riders also had to battle a mountain that had been drenched by cool spring rains for the last week.
Add a lot of raid and plenty of mud - plus a few patched of wet snow and a wicked breeze - and you've got prime, if not messy, conditions for a solid race.
Riders encounter the first mound of wet, dirty snow about three-quarters of a mile out, and in the words of one rider, "there's no way you pedal through it."
In front for most of the race was T.J. Platt of Pittsburgh. Riding in the Expert Men's division, Platt made three loops around the park in a little over two hours. "It's a good race," he said, noting that he got out in front early and never looked back. "I like the uphill sections."
The ride to the top of the mountain - which overlooks Raleigh County from 3,200 feet - was also a challenge. Along the last major incline before the peak, several riders were forced to walk. But getting to the top was worth trip, and as one rider said when he looked over Nose Dive and Plunge, "this is beautiful." Overall the, (blank number) of racers seemed pleased with the course and pleased that although they were muddy, the rain held off.