|Submitted by Diann Clothier|
Cai Clothier finished 2nd at the Free Wheeling Bike Race, August 18
Once again, Team WV-BonJovi found itself mountain bike racing the weekend away at two different venues - members of
the "A" Team, Nick Waite, Clay Evans, Bryan Fawley, Mandi Riddle, and Steve Thaxton, found their way to Durango,
Colorado, for the NORBA National Championship Final Race.
Nick Waite, racing Men's Pro, finished his XC race in 22nd position, and found himself in 19th place for the overall 2003
ranking. Junior Expert racer "Flyin" Bryan Fawley finished 6th, but grabbed a national 4th place ranking for the year!
Riddle, Women's Expert, came in 4th and visited the podium at Durnago, ranking 7th for the '03 season. Clay Evans,
Semi-Pro, took a 40th place finish and a 97th overall ranking, and Steve Thaxton, Men's Senior Expert, finished 18th, to
88th on his class for the year.
Steve, Team WV/BonJovi's team director and man about the skies, flew back to WV from Colorado with Clay Evans to
in an appearance at Winterplace for the WV Mountain Bike Association's Point Series Race. (A few weeks ago Dr. Steve
found himself working with the BonJovi tour in Philadelphia when he really wanted to be in Idaho at the NORBA NCS
so Jon BonJovi chartered a Lear Jet for him and flew him to Idaho to race, then flew him BACK to Philly in time for the
evening's concert!) The traveling duo joined members of the "B" Team for the daunting ski run climbs that the
Winterplace is known for.
Clay Evans took first place in the Men's Expert Class, Mark Johnson managed an astonishing 2nd place in the Men's Sport
26-34 Class - astounding because he came in riding a bike with only ONE tire! Andrew Fetty, Jr. Sport 15-18, rolled into
1st place finish, as did Courtney Dudley in the Women's Sport Class. Cai Clothier, racing Jr-14 and under, placed 2nd,
and Steve Thaxton finished up 7th in the Vet Expert Class... might have been jet lag, huh?
Other notable West Virginia Mountain Bike news: Sue Haywood, Trek-Volkswagon, once again grabbed the 2003
Title for the Cross Country Short Track!