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Saturday, June 25 - Sunday, June 26, 2005 -- Grantsville, WV
Appalachian Classic - WVMBA Spring#9 Championship (iPO Event Id#: 6752)
Photos by Julie & Jason Black

[Details] [Coverage]
[Overall Results]
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] [Set 15] [Set 16] [Set 17] [Set 18] [Set 19] [Set 20] [Set 21] [Set 22] [Set 23] [Set 24]
Picture Guide: Pond Jump (Set 1), Kids Races (Sets 2-3), Pre-Race & Start (Sets 4-6), PowerSlide DH (Sets 7-9), PowerSlide Sneak (Sets 9-12), Singletrack (Sets 12-16), Gravel (Sets 16-18), Finish (Sets 18-24)

Past Classic Coverage: [1998] [1999] [2000] [2001] [2002] [2003] [2004]

TJ PLATT BEATS COURSE RECORD - Calhoun County Park, WV, 6/26/2005

Photo by Julie Black
TJ Platt steals the show
TJ Platt, Pro/Expert racer, completed the 9th Annual Appalachian Classic today in 1 hour, 46 minutes, and 40 seconds - surpassing his 2004 course record of 1:51:30 for the 21.6 mile race.  Not only did TJ win the Men's Champion Bowl, but proved, for the 2nd time in a row, that he OWNS the trails at the Calhoun County Park.  Before TJ broke his record of last year, the fastest time for the 3 lap race was 1:51:59, set by Ryan O'Conner in 2001.

Over 115 mountain bike racers showed up for the West Virginia Spring Point Series Championship under the extremely sunny skies of Calhoun County - 90+ degree heat, and 3 water stations per lap. The winners were:

Photo by Julie Black
Taking Power Slide in stride
  • Men's Pro/Expert Open:  TJ Platt 1:46:40
  • Women's Pro/Expert Open:  Cassie Smith   2:20:49
    (Also taking home a Champion's Bowl!)
  • Men's Vet Expert 35+:  Steve Thaxton 2:01:18
  • Men's Expert Master 45+: Alan Doss 2:14:33
  • Men's Jr Expert under 18:  Cale DeVall  2:43:20
  • Single Speed Open:  Jason Cyr 2:00:18

Racing 2 laps, for 14.4 miles, the Sport Winners were:

  • Men's Sport 19-34:  Nat Arnold 1:30:34
  • Women's Sport 19-34:  Susan Wren  1:49:18
  • Men's Sport Vet 35+:  Dave Koreski 1:28:47
  • Women's Sport Vet 35+:  Ruth Cunningham 1:53:09
  • Men's Sport Master 45+:  Bruce Williams  1:32:35
  • Clydesdale 200 lb+:  Steve Ware  1:45:45
  • Men's HS 15-18:  Derick Wolfe  1:27:07
  • The fastest male & female sport racers, Susan Wren and Derick Wolfe, won a rafting trip with the Ace Adventure Rafting Company.

    Photo bu Jason Black
    Competitive, but still a hoot
    Racing 1 Lap for 7.2 miles, the Jr Sport and other 1 lap class winners were:
  • Jr. Sport 14 & under:  Corey Chambers 57:03
  • Men's Beginner Open:  Steve Parrish 53:34
  • Law Enforcement:  Greg Pickens 1:00:17
  • Olympic Sport 19+:  Espe Clothier 54:30
  • Olympic Sport Vet:  Calvin Leport  1:03:19
  • Olympic Masters 45+:  Alan Szafranski  55:06
  • Olympic Grand Master 55+:  Jerry Bliton  1:15:29 The Appalachian Classic MTB Race and Festival thanks all the racers, spectators, volunteers, and sponsors for thier enthusiastic support of the race.
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