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Sunday, September 12, 2004 -- Coopers Rock State Forest - Morgantown, WV
Henry Clay 30K - WVMBA Pts. #15 (iPO Event Id#: 6030)
Story and photos by Katy Black

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Henry Clay 30K
Grinding along with a grin
Set in Coopers Rock State Forest, the Henry Clay 30K, West Virginia Mountain Bike Association (WVMBA) Points Series Race #14 was pre-amp for the WVMBA Championships. Everyone who could be there showed to crank it for some extra points before the big showdown at the Appalachian Classic, set for Sunday, September 19.

When I was younger I wondered why people called Cooper's Rock, Cooper's Rock, but after this race I think I know the answer. Not only does the state park have some of the most breath-taking scenes around, but it also has some of the most gnarly bike trails I have ever seen. It was a beautiful day for a race Sunday, September 12.

Henry Clay 30K
An uphill battle begins
The course of the race goes through multiple trails throughout the State Park. And some of these trails are very dangerous terrain; some covered with tons of rocks. The part of the course I waited on, Scott's Run Trail, was suppose to be the toughest part of the race with small boulders all around. While I waited for the racers I imagined that once they arrived they would be taking it nice and easy down this treacherous piece of landscape.

Upon their arrival I was surprised to see that they were going at a more then steady pace down the hill single-file with the more experienced riders daring to pass one another. I only saw three people take a tumble off their bike, which I found extremely impressive! As the racers continued down the hill, many of their friends and family cheered them on and gave them the encouragement needed to finish the remainder of the trail.

Thanks to the sponsors, Wamsley Cycles and others, for providing such an exciting, adrenaline filled competition for men and women of all ages to enjoy, whether it be on a bike or on the sidelines.