The two day extravaganza was a whirl of activity that I'm just now stopping my head from spinning like a crazed mad scientist project So, just a few highlights to bring y'all up to speed if you were not blessed enough to join us.
There have been a core group of folks that have embraced the "cradle to the grave" theory of getting families out and enjoying the opportunities that cycling offers. Besides the kids race series at the Knob and Manatoc, we've spearheaded a weekly kids skills clinic, masterfully run by the Miranda family, that introduces new riders to the sport and builds self confidence as well as bike handling abilities. 331 has also been diligently working towards establishing a high school league in our area and are looking to next fall for it's launch (some final paperwork to wade through yet).
Saturday, the final kids race took place at the series finale, with an outstanding turnout. Each of our little ones raced one lap around the kids course, and were able to take home a medal, a custom Groovy/Vulture's Knob jersey, Halloween toys, a free Bell helmet, and a chocolate coated pumpkin cupcake ball on a stick...yummy. It was like Christmas in October!
In addition to the race, Bikes for Kids spokesman Larry Clouse gave away our final bike for the year to an under privileged child who would otherwise not be able to participate in our sport. A big thanks to each of our racers, as a portion of your entry fee goes to the bike donation, as well as the Edge Outdoors for assisting with this program. Over the past 2 seasons, we've been able to give away 20 bikes and helmets with your support...thank you so much.
The cross country race was a stellar showdown on many fronts; Steve needed to have a strong showing to take the series award as he lost points by dabbling in a cross race instead of suffering for 6 hours at Westbranch (can't say I blame him), Carey was in a three way race for second overall with Tom F and Jeff C and needed a win to clinch the points, and Kalten, who raced from his OCC cross country championships (where he ran a personal best of 17:52 over a hilly course) needed to finish strong against all those dérailleur guys to clinch a top three in the series podium.
Needless to say, the Groovy racers all performed flawlessly. Steve literally rode away from the rest of the under 35 expert field like he was having tea and muffins on a Saturday afternoon with his Nana...he looked fresher at the end of three laps than I did at the start.
Nicely done to all involved.
Aaron has posted a quick summary available here... Ohio Downhill
but here are the results...
Logan, of LR Photography was out both days snapping amazing shots of all the riders. They are available for purchase, with a majority of the profits being donated back to Vulture's Knob...thanks Logan! You can check out the DH gallery here
From Kevin, Mike, Dusty, Jay, and myself, we truly am blessed to have such a grand cycling family...thanks so much to all for supporting us in 2011. See y'all next year.