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Friday, June 10, 2005 - Sunday, June 12, 2005 -- Thurmond - Fayetteville, WV
Captn's Revenge MTB Race - WVMBA Spring#8 (iPO Event Id#: 6751)
Story and photos by George Gannon

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Photo by George Gannon
Catching air on the dries
Hosted by New River Bike Company of Fayetteville, West Virginia, the Captn's Revenge had more to offer than WVMBA Points Series Racing. It took the hills around the world's second oldest river and a super fast quad track course, but someone was able to cool off Pittsburgh's T.J. Platt. Platt has crossed the finish line first in the several of this season's WVMBA races.

The Captain's Revenge Race - which runs on a 15-mile, speedy course on the cliffs above the New River just outside of Fayetteville - features some semi-road racing and a rolling wide track that could be one of the most grueling in the state.

Photo by George Gannon
T.J. Platt hangs a left
And grueling it was for Platt, Jerry Pflug and Todd Helmick. Those three got out fast and never let up. There were whizzing through the trees and all finished with one minutes of each other. During the race, the three took turns in front, but once they got out of the forest on the gravel trail which leads to the finish line, Pflug and Helmick turned it on.

Pflug was the first across the line, riding through in 1:19:08. Helmick was only two seconds off the pace, hitting the line in 1:19:10. Platt rounded out the top three in 1:19:17.

Platt said what made the race so fast was also what made it so challenging. There were no long breaks, not even uphill, so anyone trying for a fast time wasn't able to let up.That speed, combined with the climb, made for some very sore legs after the race.

"It all levels out to hurt the same," Platt joked.

Photo by George Gannon
New River Gorge racing
Mandi Riddle of Elkins was the first female rider to pedal past the line. Riding in the women's Pro Expert Class, Riddle finished with a time of 1:47:37. She said the race was "fast and short," but it did have a nice view of the river. Riddle got out fast and never looked back, and kept pace in a race where most of the 70 riders finished in less than two hours.

But any two-hour bike ride around the New River Gorge has to be a good time.