Friday, September 2, 2005 - Sunday, September 4, 2005 -- Oak Hill, WV
ACE New River Bike Fest - WVMBA Fall#5 (iPO Event Id#: 6608) Story and photos by Jason Black
The word is spreading, it doesn't matter what kind of event is held at Ace Adventure Center, the trails within the New River Gorge always offer up a unique challenge, and surrounded you with beauty.
The closest race of the day was in the men expert/pro division, with WVMBA point series leader TJ Platt (2:02:38) edging out Adam Weiford (2:03:13) and third place finisher Steve Hill (2:03:46) by less than a minuet to capture the division crown. Adam and Steve were able to gain some ground on their leader by posting some blazing fast second laps. In the women's expert/pro division, WVMBA point series current third place holder Betsy Schauer rode a gutsy unchallenged ride with a time of (2:32:20).
Some of the other first place finishers in their division, were Andy Forron (2:22:23) captured the single speed title. In the men's expert junior division JJ Ford ( 2:48:01), and in the men's expert veteran Gunnar Shrogren (2:03:32) each captured their titles. Gunnar's time was the third fastest time of the day for the 26 mile course.
I have been lucky enough this year to get to quite a few of the courses in WVMBA series. Each course has something special about it, West Virginia is almost heaven for the mountain bikers of the state. But few can compare to the overall wonder of The New River Gorge. For all of you guys who will attend next years event, come early go see the river, walk the hills and enjoy the surroundings of this place.