|By Diann Clothier|
Sunday, May 30th, South Charleston, WV.
The National and Regional Team Bon Jovi/West Virginia members joined forces Sunday at Little Creek Park in South Charleston, WV, for the 6th West Virginia Mountain Bike Race Association Point Series race, the Volvo for Life Race the Trace - 8 of the 9 members racing took top 3 spots at the re-designed 4.8 mile lap race.
Pat McDonald and crew, as usual, ran an excellent race; special thanks were extended to Steve Marshall for ďlosingĒ the 7 creek crossings which, in past years, had sabotaged many a bike. The weather almost cooperated Ė waiting almost 2 hours after race start to burst through the cloud cover and soak riders and spectators alike.
Mandi Riddle, Womenís Pro/Expert, took 1st place at 2 hours, 45 minutes for the 19.2 mile race. Bryan Fawley, Menís Pro/Expert, finished the same distance in 1st place in 2 hours and 4 minutes. Cai Clothier, racing a 9.6 mile race as a Junior Sport 14 and under, took 1st place in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Steve Thaxton, Menís Vet Expert, raced 19.2 miles in 2 hours 21 minutes for 2nd place. Andrew Fetty, Menís Junior Expert, also took 2nd at 2 hours 51 minutes, while Joey Riddle, Menís Pro/Expert, finished 3rd in 2 hours 12 minutes.
Sport riders raced 14.4 miles: Michael Haid (Menís Sport 26-34) took 2nd at 1 hour 55 minutes, and Chris Flick (Menís Sport 19-25) also placed 2nd at 2 hours 3 minutes. Menís Vet Sport (35+) rider Wes Stafford placed 7th.
The team can next be seen at Tour de Canaan, GrannyGearís new 4 day, 14 event extravaganza of mountain bike racing in and around Davis, WV June 3rd through 6th.
Team Bon Jovi/West Virginia is sponsored by Jon Bon Jovi (yes, the rock star!), Worldwide Chiropractic and Sports Medicine, Maple Creative, Charleston Bicycle Center, Kenda Tires. Cannondale, Pactimo, Fetty Intensive Training, Hydrapak, and Curve Socks. Please visit our web site at www.teamwvbonjovi.com for more information and contact information.