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Sunday, September 8, 2002 -- Blacksburg, VA
The Rowdy Dawg - VA Pts. #4 (iPO Event Id#: 4806)
Story and photos by Dana Harshberger

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[2001 Coverage]

Race Pic
Weaving through the woods at The Rowdy Dog
A beautiful fall day greeted racers at the 13th annual running of the Rowdy Dawg, East Coaster's bicycle shop's yearly foray into the race promotion gig. This "certified classic" since 1989 boasts "Real Singletrack, Real Mountains, and Real Fun".

The cool morning turned into scorching sun, and at noon, the race staged the riders into their respective categories. In a fire road cloud of choking dust, many racers tried to get the hole shot at the first tight left turn into the singletrack. Many a pile-up occurred at this intersection, even with the pre-race warnings!

In the Pro/Expert Men's race, Jeremiah Bishop took off ahead of the dry dust cloud trying to establish an early lead. His intention was to get out of eyesight of the chase group behind him that consisted of John MacInnis, Jason Laxton and Adam Childress.

Race Start
Getting ready for the hole shot
Bishop wanted to race hard and indeed had to, having a difficult time shaking MacInnis from his tail. MacInnis stopped at some point to drink a Red Bull and that possibly gave Bishop the time he needed to pull ahead and establish his lead. He managed to maintain his pace, and crossed the line at 2:07. He was followed in by MacInnis, and then Childress who had passed Laxton on the 2nd lap around the loop.

In Expert women's action Becky Bashton captured the win.

Earlier in the day, the XXC started their trek, doing the regular course, but with the addition of 4 loops of the "lollypop". Riding for East Coaster's, Russell Zellmer took the top of the podium. Having just returned from a bicycle tour through Europe, Zellmer was happy to not be carrying all of his supplies on his bike.

Race Pic
They told you this would be fun
When asked why he chose the XXC over the regular cross-country, he replied, "The pro/expert (category) is too hard". Some might argue with that thought, and say that doubling your mileage in a race is too hard! However, everyone has their own cup of tea, some prefer endurance, some prefer speed!

Many thanks to all who pitched in and helped put on a great race: from the course marshalls, road flaggers, the people at the water stations, and also the first aid personnel. Those behind the scenes tabulating the times and general overseeing of all the details involved with race day, and long before race day! Helmets off!

Check out the action for next weekend, with another shared race for the VA Series #4 and the WVMBA Series #14 with Revenge of the Rattlesnake!