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Sunday, May 6, 2001 -- Champion, PA
MBRAWP Spring Series 2001 (Race #3) (iPO Event Id#: 3166)
Story and photos by Don Parks

[Details] [Coverage]
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8]
For results form all MBRAWP Spring Series events, visit www.GoRocket.net.

Race Start
The race gets rolling
The last race in the three race MBRAWP Spring Series couldn't have come on a nicer day or at a better venue. The sun was out on a cool and breezy morning at the top of the mountain at Seven Springs Resort in southwest PA. As the riders prepared for the 10am start, the big question was whether or not long sleeves or tights where necessary.

Regardless of your choice, the roughly 5-mile mountain top course was sure to warm you up in a hurry. A quick up-hill start on a short section of paved and gravel road before hitting some awesome singletrack. Fast sections of smooth single track that skirted several ponds (or maybe small lakes) quickly sent you into the woods for some serious technical challenges. With rock garden after rock garden twsiting through the trees, it didn't matter that there where no real long climbs, you're legs (and arms) where still going to be put to the test.

Hotdog!
Goin' big at Seven Springs
Quickly jumping out to the lead in the expert field was Dave "Jedi" Walker (Gary Fisher / TeamBurn.com). Walker, "I love this course!", is a verteran of a number of Seven Springs races and was quite familiar with the terrain. Walkered hammered the course for five laps and his lead was never threatened as he went on to victory with a time of 1:42:08.

In the battle for second place honors, Jay Duffy (Speedgoat.com / Yeti) rolled in at 1:43:38 ahead of Kyle Dixon (Schwinn) who found the line at 1:44:28. Rob Guass (Schwinn) took the Veteran class win completeing his five laps at 1:52:56.

Most of the racers endured just three laps, including the field of Women Open riders. Making sure everyone knew the women meant business, Tiffany Kenny (Eddys) edged out Sport Men's winner Patrick Kildrow, 1:10:34, to take the overall win among the three lap racers.

Other class winners included Masters champ Dave Evans (Grove City Cycle Sports), 1:27:16; Junior Women's Jennifer Koshco, 1:55:30; Junior Men's Doug Soxman (Team Duck), 1:14:14; and Beginner Gary Hite (Hites Bike Shop), 1:25:58.

Going down
Uh Oh! This could be trouble...
With cash awards handed out almost as quickly as the riders crossed the finish line, the skilled race crew made quick work a this well run event. Even the Cannondale reps where on hand to take it all in as they showed off the new Scalpel frame [see pic] which promises a full suspension bike with disk brakes that weighs in at a lean 22.5 lbs. If you want to give one a test drive, come on back to Seven Springs on June 1st - 3rd for the Cannondale Homecoming. See www.Cannondale.com for more information.

Now don't forget to thank all the folks who made this great race possible (and look for more coverage of this falls Month of Mud series):

Sponsers
Veronica Constantine O.D., Eye Health and Vision Care, Rocket Cycling Apparel, Snitger's Bike Shop, Grove City Cycle Sports, Bakers Bike Shop
Series Promoter
Chris Huffman from Veronica Constantine O.D., Eye Health and Vision Care
Registration
Ty and Nancy Musser from Rocket Cycling Apparel
Lumberjacks
Chris Huffman, Tom Bell and others
Race Official
Gary Bywaters