NEW HAVEN — A Wahama High School alumnus came out victorious when the sixth annual Wahama Bike Race/Ride was held recently in New Haven.
Nathan Damm won the race with a two-lap time of 44.32 minutes. He was presented with the first place award, as well as the top alumni male designation. Anyone who finished the first lap of the race in 35 minutes or less, raced a second lap.
Money from the event, which is organized yearly by Jodie Roush, helps purchase weight room supplies at the school, as well as rewards for students who utilize the facility. Roush said a scholarship is planned next year for a graduating senior, based on their commitment to excellence both in and outside of the weight room.
Coming in as the top female rider in the race was Kylie Oliver, with a one-lap time of 30.48 minutes. Oliver also won the top alumni female award.
Ian Webster was the men’s division second place winner and hill climb winner. Third place in the men’s division went to Ken Holley. In the women’s division, Carolyn Lambert placed second, while Andrea Roush came in third.
Other winners were Jules Sturbois, most senior rider at age 71; Matt Thompson, top flat bar; and Rebekah Groves, top Wahama student. A total of 35 bikers participated.
The race route was shortened from it’s usual 10-mile per lap course this year, due to the condition of and work on Layne Street. The race began and ended at the New Haven Fire Station, which shortened the course by approximately one and a half miles.
Sponsors for the race were This ‘N’ That Café, Mary Kay consultant Naomi Lanier, Farmers Bank, Crank and Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital, Shirt Factory, Kayanna Sayre, D.D.S., and the New Haven Road Angels.
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