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Sunday, August 24, 2003 -- Holly River State Park - Hacker Valley, WV
Holly River Revenge - WVMBA Pts. #13 (iPO Event Id#: 5330)
Story and photos by Ariana Kincaid with additional photos by Lyndon Saylor

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
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Speeding through Holly River brings a smile
Evidence of February's ice storms that ravaged Holly River State Park was all around the bike trails during the Holly River Revenge on Sunday, August 24th. Large felled trees littered the forest floor, but the trails were in fine shape for this WVMBA event, thanks to the work of park personnel and dozens of volunteers. Over 300 man (and woman) hours were expended to ensure the Holly River Revenge went off without a hitch.

This race had the benefit of a short loop for juniors and beginners, and a long loop for advanced riders of all types. Nearly 100 cyclists showed up -- easy to do, because of the glorious weather -- to see what the Holly River could dish out when dealing its Revenge.

In the Men's Expert category, Nick Waite finished the course in 1:38:49 -- quite a feat for the 21-mile loop. Another commanding win has him quickly moving up the WVMBA Series Standings.

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Racing the uphill start...
Back among the mortals, T.J. Platt came in second at 1:45:21 to push is series leading total to 132 points. Bryan Fawley (1:48:15), who proved worthy of moving up from Junior Expert, and Gunnar Shogren (1:48:56) who made it out for his first WVMBA Series race of 2003, battled close for 3rd and 4th, respectively.

While neither Shogren or Fawley is a threat to the Expert Men's series podium, they did give Platt some breathing room and played spoiler for Jonathan Martin (1:50:25) and Joey Riddle (1:55:02). Martin and Riddle finished the race 5th and 6th, respectively, and those finishes provided no help in adding to their point series totals.

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Atica Parker & Courtney Dudley race for 2nd & 3rd, respectively, in Women's Sport
In the Women's Expert category, Cassie Smith wrapped up first place in 2:18:22 and now is guaranteed of the max possible 140 points going in to the final. However, she can't exactly rest as Mandi Riddle, who finished second in the race at 2:21:27, is sitting pretty with 137 points with three races to go until the final.

Taking third for the women was Abby Johnson (2:46:33) who returned to racing after taking several races off. She is still looking in good shape to steal the third podium spot in the series from Amy Dunkin who finished fourth at 3:14:51.

With the abscence of Fawley, the Men's Junior Expert category saw Chris Phillips (2:00:28) take first ahead of Dan Wilson (2:02:56) andAnthony Delander (2:06:26). The race for second in the series looks to go down to the wire.

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Downhill fun thanks to the Holly River Foundation
In the final expert category of the day, Kevin Wetzel (1:57:08) made it two in a row with a win and is making a late charge up the Men's Expert Vet points standings. Following Wetzel closely was Gerry Pflug (1:58:13), Steve Thaxton (1:59:41) and Scott Root (2:01:39), respectively. This is arguably the most exciting class in the series and is way to close to call.

Whatever class you participated in, all the race profits are donated to the Holly River State Park Foundation, which volunteered many hours putting the race together, and preparing the fine dinner for the cyclists after the race.

Thanks to Webster County EMS -- although there were no serious injuries during the race, it's always good to know that someone is there just in case someone takes a nasty header over the handlebars. Also, special thanks to Ken McClintic, Fat Tire Cycle, Gene Wells, and all the fine volunteers and park employees that kept the race running smoothly.