Sunday, May 28, 2006 -- South Charleston, WV
Race the Trace - WVMBA #6 (iPO Event Id#: 7326)
Story and photos by George Gannon
Trace Fork Canyon is an island of wilderness in an urban setting. The trail starts at "The Rock" and quickly descends the wooded slope. This course may not be the most brutal course on the WVMBA Circuit, but it has a great mix of uphill, downhill and single-track and water crossings. In South Charleston, West Virginia, this island of trees and trails sits in the middle of an urban setting.
The five-mile loop around the park was fairly dry, but the sections that were muddy made up for the rest of the track. At one point, eventual winner Steve Waite got so bogged down, he thought he might have busted a tire.
Waite said the course was fairly rider-friendly, but the last major climb of the track was difficult, especially on the last lap.
"I don't know if it was the course, or just the fact that it was the last lap," Waite said.
For the women, Cassie Smith took top honors.