As the sun rose over the jagged edges of Lookout Mountain, 234 racers braved a frigid start and brutal winds at Reclaimed! 6/3 MTB race at Cloudland Canyon State Park! The 6 hour race saw 98 racers head up Ascalon Road to the awaiting spectators at the trail head parking lot. As they paraded onto the 11.1 mile race course, 127 three hour racers took their turn at the starting line for their 10:15 start. After the 3 Hour racers hit the trail, the JR1 and JR2 field of 9 participants took their place on the line for their 10:20 start.
As the clock ticked towards the 11:00 hour, the temperatures started heating up and leaders started laying down hot laps. Motor Mile Racing’s Spencer Whittier was the first 6HR racer off the trail with a blistering lap of 47:23. Portable Rock Climbing’s Pete Edmondson led the follow pack out of the woods, and was chased tightly by Martin Musil, Eric Post, and Samuel Dobroski. The women’s field was led out of the woods by Chainbuster-Pactimo racer LJ “Loco” Richards who was trailed tightly by local rider and eventual 6HR Expert winner Monica Desjarins.
The 3HR leaders laid down equally impressive laps with Chase Peeler laying down a wicked 49:24 while navigating through race traffic with Joseph Dabbs chasing close. The follow pack was led by Justin McMurrer, and contained Travis Cogan, Chainbuster-Pactimo racer Trae Grimes, and Athens Mountain Racing’s Rusty Wallace on a singlespeed!
Ellen Carroll of Sorella Cycling led our Women’s Expert field with Female Sport rider Kelley Ash nipping closely behind.
Our JR1 group was led by _________ while Athens Mountain Racing’s Woodson Terry led the JR2 males out of the woods. Auburn, Alabama’s own An-Mei Ellisor was our lone female in the JR2 Female category, but she put down a remarkable 2 lap time of 2:06:17 which made her the overall 3HR female winner.
Race course designer Thom Lerch searched for the perfect blend of “fun” and “gut punch” when conceptualizing the options for race. We think he delivered perfectly. It was a truly remarkable day on a bike.