Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 20, 2013

55 compete in biking challenge

BLUEFIELD, Va. — A group of 55 mountain bike racers from throughout the region rolled through the trails of Lotito Park for the Fourth Annual Cole Subaru Crying Wolf challenge mountain bike race.

Stephen Rowand of Morgantown was the overall winner in the Expert Men Open (Pro Ex) category. Rowand’s time and the other race information were unavailable due to unforseen problems.

Don Parks of Bruceton Mills-based Parks Time said at the start of the race, that race times and results will be posted on the West Virginia Mountain Bike Association’s web site this morning. The site is located at wvmba.com.

The race was over by the time that the heavy rains fell on Lotito Park, but Dr. Joe Blair, DVM, and his wife, Monica Blair, were soaked from traveling the trails to remove race signs and generally closing the trails to vehicular traffic.

“The Cole Subaru Crying Wolf race is sanctioned by the WVMBA and the Virginia Off Road Series,” Blair said. “As far as I know, this is the only race sanctioned in West Virginia and Virginia.” Blair has served as race coordinator for all four of the races. Stephen Rowand won the race last year, according to Blair.

Command Sgt. Major Brian Krabbe, lead instructor of the Montcalm High School JROTC program has been riding mountain bikes for 10 years, but this year was the first time that he has competed in the Crying Wolf Challenge.

“I started riding mountain bikes when I was in Arizona,” Krabbe said. “I haven’t competed in this race, but I’ve ridden all of the trails in the park. This bike is my baby,” he said. “We’ve been through a lot together.” He said that he was glad he finally decided to compete. “They have great shirts,” he said.

Erick Roscos of Morgantown has been riding mountain bikes for 4-5 years, but this was his first visit time at the Cole Subaru Crying Wolf Challenge. “I’ve seen a little bit of the trail today,” he said prior to the start of the race. “It seems like it is a good course.” Roscos works in the cardiology department of Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

Sarah Pisciuneri of WVNS-TV served as one of the marshals in the opening lap. Mark Warner of Cole Subaru drove one of two Subarus that led the competitors in the Open and Sports categories. Walter Shroyer drove the other Subaru. “We’re like pace cars,” Shroyer said.

“This is our fourth year of sponsoring this event,” Warner said. “We would like it to grow in the future. I hope to be working with Subaru in the future to see if it can become a regionally-sponsored event.”

Don Parks explained that the Cole Subaru Crying Wolf Challenge is one 16 races in the WVMBA series. “This race is on the smaller side,” Parks said. “The race we had earlier this year in Parkersburg had 200 riders.” He said that riders receive points based on their results in races. Rowand earned 20 points for his first place finish and the second place finisher earns 19 points, he said.

Three of the top 10 Expert Men Open Pro/Ex racers competed in the Cole Subaru Crying Wolf Challenge including the top rated racer after three races, Bradley Schmalzer, in at 57 points. Prior to Sunday’s race, Rowand was in second place with 38 points. The pre-race seventh ranked racer, Levi Foust, also competed in this year’s Crying Wolf Challenge.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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