Over 100 mountain bikers in Sunday's Classic

Bike race had new kick-off route through the park's greens

The 12th annual Appalachian Classic was a big hit with mountain bike racers from around the Mountain State and the region this weekend at Calhoun County Park.

The 7.2 mile Classic Course had something for every rider, every ability and level of fitness.

The trail covers some of Calhoun's best backwoods, hills and valleys, a challenging course for bikers.

Over 100 bikers entered the race, according to organizer Diann Clother.

Jeremiah Bishop, who will represent the US in the Mountain Bike World Championships this year and is an Olympic hopeful for 2008, raced in yesterday's Classic.

Bishop crashed horribly in Costa Rica last year while battling for the lead, his injuries required five plates and 17 screws in his skull and jaw as well as dozens of stitches.

He is recovering from the ordeal, preparing to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team.

He is a past Classic Champion, and currently is a member of the Trek-Volkswagen Factory Mountain Bike Team.