Set amidst the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, the slick hard-pack clay of Powerline Park turns to a near frictionless glaze with even the slightest precipitation, and the numerous mud holes will attempt to swallow any competitor brave enough to traverse them. The rain leading up to the event only intensified the anticipation of this facility’s test of both rider and equipment. When all was said and done Saturday afternoon, GBC riders were able to secure 3 class wins as well as the Morning and Utility Overalls.
The race weekend started Friday morning with 3 members of the GBC team attending area schools as part of GNCC Racing’s community outreach program. Johnny Gallagher, Rob Smith and Kevin Yoho spoke to nearly 1200 area students about several important topics such as anti-bullying, social networking, and even overcoming obstacles in life. “It was a pretty awesome experience,” said XC1 star Kevin Yoho. “The kids were really pumped up to have us there, and I even saw many of them at the races on Saturday cheering us on.”
Bryan Buckhannon has proven to be rock solid in 2012 and with another impressive 4×4 Open class win he showed that he doesn’t intend on letting up anytime soon. Already having secured the class championship Bryan threw caution to the wind and pushed himself to the Morning and Utility Overall win for the second time this season, besting nearly 300 other riders in the process.
For the past several races we have been noting how hard Rob Smith has been working to earn that U2 class win, and in what would be considered his hometown race he proved that all the effort is paying off. Smith grabbed the lead early and held on to take the checkers for the first time this season.
Forrest Whorton nabbed the 4×4 Senior victory for the 10th time in 11 rounds this season, this time in dominating fashion by beating his nearest competition by more than 23 minutes.
In the afternoon pro race it was Johnny Gallagher who led the way for GBC with his 7th place overall finish. Gallagher battled with Kevin Yoho for the entire final lap, edging him out by just over one second at the finish, giving Yoho the 8th place position. The two competitors are also separated by a single point in the overall standings in the battle for 7th place with just two races remaining.
Eric Hoyland secured a fifth place finish in XC2, placing him in 3rd for the season points. Other standout performances for GBC riders included: David Reeves – 2nd Junior A; Cory Blinkiewics – 2nd Junior B; Nathan Hornacek – 4th Junior A; Scott Day – 3rd U2; Kylie Ahart – 4th Pro Womens; Kara Merritt – 5th Pro Womens; and Larry Kirkwood – 4th 40+C.
The GBC crew will return to GNCC racing action October 20-21 in Crawfordsville, IN for a very special Ironman event honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Be sure to check in on your favorite GBC riders’ progress and all things racing by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
Source: GBC Press Release
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