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Saturday, August 18, 2001 - Sunday, August 19, 2001 -- Hopedale, OH
Mickey's Mountain Bike Challenge #5 (iPO Event Id#: 2759)
Story and photos by Don Parks

[Details] [Coverage]
Results: [Downhill] [Dual Slalom] [XC O/A] [XC by Class] [Trials & Kids]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9]
[Set 10] [Set 11] [Set 12] [Set 13] [Set 14] [Set 15] [Set 16] [Set 17]
(Set 1-3 DH; 3-6 DS; 7-10 Beg/Nov XC; 10-11 Trials; 11-16 Exp/Spt XC; 16-17 Kids)

DS pic
Fighting for air at Mickey's Dual Slalom
They were at it again on Mickey's Mountain with some sweet downhill and dual slalom action on Saturday and the XC and Trials action on Sunday. We saw forks broken apart, crank arms snapped, and a few body parts a little bruised and dirty. But everyone was enjoying the party with all the fans cheering every exciting jump, turn, and endo.

The forecast for rain over the weekend never amounted to much more than clouds and a few sprinkles. Without the usual brutal August sun beating down on the course, it was rather ideal racing conditions.

The downhill saw some new faces take to the course with Greg Jackson making is 2001 debut at Mickey's a fine one. He easily won the Expert downhill with the two fastest times and a winning total time of 100.539.

DH Pic
Taking flight in the downhill
For the Sport class it was Mike Lenartowicz (moving back to Sport after a last place finish in the July Expert downhill) making a course best second run to secure first with a time of 96.473. It was a great battle as Shawn Metcalf (96.892) and Henry Prantl Jr (97.219) took second and third, respectively, less than a second off Lenartowicz pace.

In the Beginner class it was Phil Braun's dominance on the first run that secured him a first place win at 114.850.

Moving over to the dual slalom course, Greg Jackson (48.386) put himself on top of the Expert podium once again. But he had to thank Eugene Gazdik (49.386) who settled for second only after being assessed a 1.5 second penalty on his first run in the finals.

XC Race
Team Gary Fisher mastered the XC course
In the Sport class, Matt Rupert overcame a little first round jitters to dominate the field the rest of the way. Rupert didn't falter the rest of the way winning every round on his way to a finals winning time of 48.792. Mike Lenartowicz shadowed Rupert the whole way and took second place with a final round 49.896.

For the Beginners, it was Dan Nonno (56.577) taking home the gold with Todd Macy (57.287) grabbing second.

For Sunday's XC racing, the course was once again run in reverse compared the year's first three races. This meant the fans were treated to the always entertaining Le-Mans style start.

In the Expert 4-lap event, it was the Gary Fisher crew going one-two. TJ Platt (1:36:49) patiently watched Michael Walewski (1:37:29) jump off the early lead. Platt never let his teammate gain much of an advantage as he finally took the lead on the final lap and went on to win the Senior division. The other Expert classes were won in more close racing by David Bredenback (1:47:42, Vet) and Michael Raney (1:46:00, Junior).

Trials
Going big in Trials
The 3-lap Sport class saw Chris Nelson and Eric Kriberney once again doing battle at an Expert pace. They stayed neck-and-neck through two laps before Nelson finally pulled away on the final lap. Nelson's Senior division winning time of 1:14:17 and Kriberney's second place time of 1:14:46 were almost ten minutes faster than the rest of the Sport field.

The other Sport divisions didn't have quite as close a finish. Kudos go out to the sole Female Sport, Tracey Stayduhar (1:58:02). Other division winners included Don Waterhouse (1:30:24, Clydesdale), Jason McCoy (1:23:57, Junior), Ken Frankenberry (1:35:30, Masters), and John Wagner (1:24:55, Vet).

Coming out on top in the 2-lap Beginner races were Scott Bednar (1:01:07, Senior), Craig Troyer (1:01:38, Vet), Curt Gumbert (1:02:21, Junior), Jack Gruendel (1:13:37, Masters), Art Medlyn (1:13:50, Clydesdale) and Abby Johnson (1:26:37, Women). For the single lap Novice races, Josh Kelly (33:51) was the fastest for the Men while Jessica Nelson (47:28) was the fastest among the Women.

Kid's Race
Getting a helping hand in the Kid's Race
Throughout the afternoon the Trials riders were up to their antics an a wide assortment of obstacles. One of our favorites included an impressive 7 to 8 foot drop! Doing the best not to dab in the Expert classes were Nate Frost (35pts., Stock) and Elliot Frost (38pts., Modified). Rob Ponti came up one mistake short with 39pts. and settled for second in the Expert Modified class.

In the Sport Trials it was Ian Poor (46pts., Modified) and Kevin Wilson (48pts., Stock) taking home top honors.

The final event of the afternoon was the Kid's Race with eleven youngsters lining up for their cross-country ramble. The big winner was R.J. Andrasy who took home first prize in the random drawing. He's now the proud owner of a brand new Fuji mountain bike!