May 1, 2012

Weekend Race Report

 Podium Pandemonium!

The Mountainside Race Team was hard at work this past weekend.  Six team members headed down to Greenbrier Mt. Bike Race. Weather conditions were at a premium and so were the winning attitudes.

The day started off with Janice Morris rockin 7 laps in the endurance race. Janice traded places with 1st place rider and was definitely showing her strengths in hill-climbing endurance races, as she so often does. Janice finished with a strong 2nd place.  Congratulations Janice!

Mike Laub aired his killer racing skills out for all to see as he rode away with a 1st place finish in the Cat 1/Expert Men’s field. Mike hung tight on the climbs and then simply stole the race on the
technical downhill sections. Sa-weet!

In typical Sally McClain fashion...Sally ripped up the course and her competitors as she rode fast and furious to a 1st place finish in Cat 1/Expert Women. Important to note Sally’s lap times are not
far off from the pros. Hmmm….. Awesome job Sally!

Mike Funk is a standard fixture when it comes to podium shots.  Mike had a good race and a strong 3rd place finish. Mike, like the others, was wishing for a few more technical sections. Bring
on French Creek!! Congrats Mike!

Melissa Mertz had her 1st ever win in the women’s Cat 1/Expert class. She battled out the hills with Jen Tillman and was able to create some gap on the downhills and technical sections to pull
out the win. Woo-hoo!

Dave McClain raced sport and had a solid 10th place finish in his class. The McClain family wasn’t done yet, oldest son Kyle ripped up two laps to claim 1st place in Cat. 3 Male division.

A few states away, Dan Rapp raced the Cohutta 100 in Tennessee.  Dan finished 36th out of 165 with a smoking time of 8:48.37.  Congrats Dan!

Wrapping up the race weekend...two teammates Judd Kulas and Brian Fischer raced the Michaux Maximus. Judd placed 6th in Mens Vet with a time of 2:18.50 in the 20 mile course and Brian finished 8th in the 40 mile course with a time of 4:36.10. Awesome job guys!



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