NEW HAVEN — The threat of inclement weather kept numbers lower than in past years, but the Wahama High School Fifth Annual Bicycle Race/Ride went on as planned this past weekend.
Ken Holley was the men’s overall winner, finishing 20 miles in 59:10 minutes, according to organizer Jodie Roush. Holley was also the individual class winner in the 46-50 year category. Any racer who completed the first 10-mile lap in 35 minutes or less, raced a second lap. Holley finished the first lap in 29:27.
Coming in second was Jared Nutter, who finished the two laps in 59:13. He was also the individual class winner in the age group of 16-20 years. Third place was won by Rich Haft, who completed the laps in 59:28. Haft was the individual class winner in the 61-70 year old division.
Overall winner in the women’s division was Kylie Oliver, who finished one lap in 35:46. She also won the individual class title among the 16-20-year-olds.
The second place female was Tracy Stone, with a time of 38:09. She was the individual class winner in the 36-40 year age group. Winning third place was Andrea Roush with a time of 39:57.
Other individual class winners were Lauren Roush, Corey Blankenship, Beth Ferguson, Brandy Hudnall, Scott Johnson, Jodie Roush, Minerva Abella, Shawn Livingston, Joyce Groves, Keith Ratlift, Kathryn Newcome, Mike Lambert, and Jules Strubois.
Novelty class winners included Kylie Oliver, top Wahama alumni female; Jared Nutter, top Wahama student; Lauren Roush, top retro road bike; Brandy Hudnall, five year rider, who also rode while six months pregnant; Scott Johnson, five year rider; Jodie Roush, top Wahama alumni male and five year rider; Kathryn Newcome, women’s flat bar; Jules Strubois, most senior rider at age 74, and men’s flat bar record; Andrea Roush, five year rider; and Tim Stover, five year rider.
The bike race/ride is held each year to benefit the fitness center and weight room at Wahama, Roush said. Proceeds go to purchase equipment and supplies.
Roush said he felt the turnout was excellent, given the rainy conditions of the day. A total of 35 participated in the event, down from 49 in 2015, but still above the inaugural year participation of 29 in 2012.
Helping make the event happen were Re-elect Greg Powers Mason County Sheriff; Crank & Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital; RK Innovations, LLC, oil field services; Farmers Bank; Graphic Solutions; Naomi Lanier, Mary Kay consultant; Mountaineer Plant; and New Haven Road Angels. Also assisting, according to Roush, were the Town of New Haven; New Haven Fire Department; Mason County Sheriff’s Department; New Haven Police Department; West Virginia State Police; West Virginia Department of Highways; and Bachtel United Methodist Church.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.