Sunday, April 30, 2006 -- Big Bear Lake - Bruceton Mills, WV
Big Bear Lake Bike Classic - WVMBA #2 (iPO Event Id#: 7321)
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]
Event Coverage:        
Photos by Amber Riley and Heather Parks
The weather was cool and breezy with plenty of sun when the starting
signal was given. Three waves of riders headed down the road for
the one mile of pavement that led up to the singletrack. The idea is
to get the riders spread out but with no serious climbs large packs of
riders end up fighting for the hole shot into the woods.
First out of the woods and across the finish was West Virginia
University's Andrew Wiedrich with a time of 1:31:02. Another
30 seconds back was Specialized/Pittsburgh Pro Bikes' Eric
Kriberney (1:31:32) who has now finished second in the season's
first two races. This gives him a nice lead early on in the WVMBA
Point Series standings.
On the Women's Expert side it was another one-two finish with
Gerolsteiner/Specialized's Cassie Smith (1:51:56) finishing
just seconds ahead of Custom Contracting's Betsy Shogren
(1:52:00). And yes, that is "Shogren" as in Gunnar got married.
Speaking of marriages, Dirty Harry's/Gary Fisher's Abby Platt
(1:57:40) matched her husbands third place finish with one of her own.
Ten more classes in the Sport and Beginner categories awarded their top finishers with prizes and just about everyone took home a smile from a fun ride at Big Bear Lake.
This coming Sunday the racing just moves two exists east on I68 for the always challenging Henry Clay 30K at Coopers Rock. If you thought there were a lot of rocky trails at Big Bear you better get ready for a whole lot more!