By Karl Rosengarth
Team Dirt Rag will be throwin’ down at the Cheat Mountain Ultra and Ultra Lite Sunday in Beverly, W.V. The fourth race on the WVMBA Ultra Series calendar sends Ultra riders on a 40+ mile romp through the rugged Cheat Mountain Wilderness, including a 12 mile gravel road climb that should sort out the starting field in fine fashion and avoid any singletrack logjams.
The Ultra Lite option promises a 17-mile singletrack pummeling, with the start/finish on top of Cheat Mountain, eliminating the long climb at the start. Just the ticket for less-than-ultra-fit riders who still want to punish themselves, such as yours truly.
Dirt Rag is chippin’ in and giving a free pint glass and sample of our fine publication to the first 100 racers who roll through the registration line. The early bird gets the worm, so don’t sleep late! Hint: there’s free tent camping at 4-H Camp Pioneer near Beverly, W.V. (which is the spot for registration and the Ultra start/finish).
Dirt Rag is also issuing "The Pace is Right at the Ultra Lite" challenge to all racers competing on the short course. The rules are as follows: The Ultra Lite racer (regardless of sub-classification) whose official finish time is the closest to the official finish time of me, Karl Rosengarth, without finishing faster, wins some Dirt Rag swag. The winner will be announced during the official awards ceremony, and you must be present to win and collect your swag. Decisions of me, Karl Rosengarth, are final. If something bizarre happens, or I DNF I’ll make it up as I go along.
Find out more about the Cheat Mountain Ultra at this link. We’ll see you at the races.