Mountain Bike Association did a great job getting the Stoopid 50 route
dialed in. The State College area, specifically the Rothrock State Forest,
is well known for having some of the most amazing backcountry riding in
some of the super Stoopid pics - Bob
Popovich's Gallery, Ben
Reeder too some sweet pics too, waiting on a few more cd's to show
up. If you shot some pics send SMT
the link or email us the
pics! - thanks!
The Freeze Thaw Cycles crew scored some tasty beverages from the Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks, some yummy veggie grub from the Pita Pit, AND staffed the enthusiastic aid station on the course. The Bicycle Shop tossed an equally amazing contribution to the event by bringing on Clem's BBQ and putting course marshal's in all the right spots along the route. It really is a true testament to the local cycling scene to have the club and shops all rise up to support an event that showcases just a sample of the amazing local trails.
Champion Chris Beck gave a tremendous effort trying to bridge up after
flatting on Tussey Ridge Trail. The front of the race was rolling sick
fast with Eatough nailing the pace on Tussey after Harlan Price pulled
the double flip helmet cracking wreck. Price put it in damage control
from that point on to hold off Chris Beck at the line. Jeff Schalk took
over the lead on the steep and long climb up Thickhead Mountain. Eatough
looked to be sitting comfortably 20 seconds behind Schalk for the signature
"coopers gap" singletrack section. Schalk put his lead up near
the 5 minute mark as he destroyed the last 15 mile section of the route.
everyone who helped make the 2009 Stoopid 50 such a good time- volunteers,
racers, and sponsors!! - Ryan, Cathy, Jimbo, Misty, Eric, Aaron HO!, Karin
Randall, Harry, Mike and Jim and the Glover Family, Kevin Bergman, Ray
Crew, Joe Gore, Yoda, Jim Matthews, Eric Scott, Allen Runkle, Wertz and
his boys for all the wonderful trail that everyone enjoyed soooo much!!!
- also the other pre-riders, sweepers, and aid station volunteers that
helped for hours!