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Saturday, August 10, 2002 - Sunday, August 11, 2002 -- Massanutten, VA
Massanutten Hoo Ha!
WVMBA Pts #11 - VA Pts #3
(iPO Event Id#: 4700)
Story and photos by Dana Harshberger

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Results: [DH Results] [XC Results] [DS Results]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]
[Set 6] [Set 7] [Set 8] [Set 9] [Set 10] [Set 11]
[2000 Coverage] [2001 Coverage]

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Racing in fashion at the 2002 Hoo Ha!
The sun was shining this past weekend, on the 14th Annual Massanutten Hoo Ha! The cooler weather of the week preceding the race was replaced with typical hot and humid weather of August in the Shenandoah Valley. Nevertheless, some 350 riders gathered at the western slope of the Virginia's Four Season Mountain Resort for not only for a 21-mile cross-country race, but a kids race, 11-mile short course, as well as a whopping 40-mile double cross country race! The race was not only a Virginia Series race, but points were also offered for those in the WVMBA series, too.

Beginning the festivities at 9:00 am was the XXC, with 28 men and two women tackling the challenge of this epic course. Local rider Dylan Johnson took not only the win for this race, but also captured the hard tail division of the DownHill on Saturday. Way to work it Dylan!

At 10:00, the Kids Race took place. The pack took off on their short jaunt around the 'prologue' loop of the regular course. Energy was high, and the adrenaline was pumping--even coming down the last hill to the finish area! Several pile-ups occurred on the slippery dry grass, and some wild maneuvers almost took some young riders into the parked cars beside the trail. Luckily, parents were on hand to corral the racers back on course, and to un-tangle the snarled bikes. The proud finishers received medals, posters and other cool swag.

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Going for style points
Starting at 11am was the main event. Riders were staged in their respective divisions, and started with a minute stagger. Leading off the race was the Pro Expert Men.

Taking the lead at the start were Trek riders Chris Eatough and Jeremiah Bishop both of who had just returned from a 10-day stage race, the Trans Alp in Europe. Also in the mix was David Irving, a Canadian rider living in Athens, GA.

Eatough was in the lead at the beginning, but had some tire issues that took a minute or two to fix. Irving and Bishop took off, with Bishop knowing that he needed to establish a gap between himself and Eatough. Bishop then shook Irving and high-tailed it up the first climb, seemingly getting faster and faster on the pavement portion of the climb. Perhaps the Alps makes the mountains of Virginia seem like anthills! In any case, Mr. Bishop maintained the lead for the remainder of the race, and crossed the line with a scorching time (and race record) of 1:34:38. Eatough later caught, and passed Irving on Kaylor's Knob, finishing 2nd, with Irving in 3rd.

In the Pro Ex Women's race, the Mountain State's favorite girl Sue Haywood, on a weekend hiatus from the NORBA circuit, took the win. Susan Musante followed, with Nicole Habay breathing down her back, for 3rd.

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They're all looking good on the podium
As with any race, sponsors make at lot possible. Especially to note is Blue Water Company, who had many water stops along the course. An extra nice touch was not only water cups, but also water bottles. Many racers appreciated the -take-it-on-the-run" aspect of water on a hot and dusty day.

Also special thanks to Thompson, Sun Ringle, Scott USA, Dirt Rag, Kenda, Allen Bike Racks, and Jamis who provided cash and swag for the top finishers. Of course we'd be remiss if we didn't mention Kenny, George and all of the fine folks up at Massanutten who help promote and consistently put on a fabulous race weekend.

Thanks as well to the VA Series and WVMBA for working together for the shared race. Next race in the VA Series is the Rowdy Dawg on September 8th, and up for WVMBA is August 25th, the Holly River Revenge. Be sure to check them out!

As always if you have a word you'd like to add, feel free to send it our way.