Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Sunday, 15 July 2007 20:28
After finishing eleventh in last Thursday
night’s Bear footrace, 29-year-old Andy Micheltree of Blowing Rock placed first
in Friday’s Grizzly bike race.
It took Mitcheltree three hours, ten minutes,
and fifteen seconds to complete Grandfather Mountain’s first-ever bike race. It
was an experience he called “brutal.” With sixty-five miles of winding mountain
road in between, “brutal” was not an exaggeration, according to the sixty total
participants. The track took cyclists through Elk Park, Beech Mountain, Banner
Elk and Newland while they climbed a staggering 7,000 feet. The race raised
funds for the Western Youth Network, an organization providing a number of
services to youth and their families in the High Country. The first female
cyclist to return to MacRae Meadows was Blowing Rock’s 29-year-old Robin Farina
with a time of 3 hours, 19 minutes and 30 seconds.