Sunday, May 22, 2005 -- Charles Fork Lake - Spencer, WV
Tour de Lake - WVMBA Spring#6 (iPO Event Id#: 6749)
Story and photos by Heather Rau
The beginning 200 yards took racers up a steep, narrow road to the lake. It was impressive to witness the skill and strength demonstrated, and luckily, there were no collisions. The start was over in a flash, then it was off to the lake for some racing fun. The race continued from the top of the hill, through the parking lot, then into the woods and onto the real racing.
The local fire and rescue company worked with race organizers to clear trails from the course to the lake for easy access in case of emergency. Manned with two-way radios, the rescue team in a motor boat on the lake was prepared to assist anyone if needed. Additional safety team members were also placed throughout the course to better facilitate rescues. It's obvious that safety is top priority to the organizers of this race.
Cassie Smith placed first in the Expert-Women group with a time of 2.06.47. A little more than 8 minutes behind Smith was Mandi Riddle. Riddle took second in 2.14.30, and Christina Burkle finished third in 2.25.27 in the Expert-Women class.
Coming up... Don't miss the Volvo for Life Race the Trace (WVMBA #7) in Charleston, WV on Sunday May 29. Then WVMBA #8 rolls into June on the 12th with the Captn's Revenge Mountain Bike Race at New River Gorge, Fayetteville, WV. We'll see you there.