Enduro Series wraps up bike season
SNOWSHOE — Some of the best mountain bikers in the state raced down the course at Snowshoe Mountain on Sept. 3, as the West Virginia Enduro series wrapped up its 2017 season with the schedule’s final race and an awards ceremony afterward.
“Race events like this bring new people to the mountain and to the bike park,” said Shawn Cassell, a spokesperson for Snowshoe Mountain Resort. “We’ve quickly become the top mountain biking destination in the region and that reputation has made us the go to spot for championship races of many kinds.”
For the series’ final race, racers competed in the Snowshoe Epic Enduro event. Jubal Davis took home first place in the men’s pro division, while Sue Hayward paced the pack in the women’s pro division. Other race winners included: Tyler Smith, men’s sport division; Lindsey Hall Stec, women’s sport division; Levi Smith, junior division; John Herod, masters division; and Jason Cyr, hardtail division. The series consists of six races throughout the state.
Joey Riddle, owner of Joey’s Bike Shop in Elkins, doesn’t ride in the circuit, but his shop does sponsor Eli Ballantyne and Ben Gongola in the junior series. In their division, Ballantyne finished the 2017 season in third place overall while Gongola was just a step behind in fourth place.
“Eli and Ben have been racing Enduro and cross country for Joey’s Bike Shop for three years,” Riddle said. “In that three years, I have watched them become a couple of the best junior racers in the state. They both have a bright future.”
Following the Epic Enduro race at Snowshoe, an awards ceremony was hosted to recognize the overall season winners and other top finishers.
For the Men’s Pro Series, Aaron Coxen earned the Enduro Series Championship with 78 total points. Ryan Leach finished in second with 73 points, while Tom Flaherty took third with 61 points.
In the Women’s Pro Series, Sue Haywood captured the Enduro Series Championship with 79 points. Ashley Reefer finished in second with 73 points and Cassie Smith placed third with 59 points.
In the Men’s Sport Series, Gregory Gray was the overall champion with 75 points. Reece Jaksec took second with 66 points, and Brian Sarfino placed third with 64 points.
In the Women’s Sport Series, Lindsey Hall Stec is the champion. Angela Wenger placed second for the season and Kim Kelby earned third place.
In the Junior Series, Levi Smith is the overall champion. Nathan Mitzer took second, Ballantyne placed third and Gongola finished in fourth for the season.
In the Master’s Series, Paul Broughton finished the season in first place.
John Herod notched second place and Max Hammer took third.
In the Hardtail Points Series, Jason Cyr finished the season tops in points, Chris Snider took second, and Matt Emili captured third.
For more information on the West Virginia Enduro Series, visit the group’s page on Facebook