Any first time event is due to have problems, that's just the way it is, right? Well, not in this case. Because of excellent planning and preparation, the 1st Annual Rausch Creek Hare Scramble, sponsored by Matto Cycle in Pottsville, was a success.
Thanks to all the volunteers from Matto's and from our team at Rausch Creek for all their help. It was a cold day for the hundreds of spectators, but very nice for a race through the woods. OK, maybe it wasn't just a race through the woods, the climbs and the tight track made for some interesting racing. And, since we are Rausch Creek, the creek crossings proved to be the talk of the event as the riders waited for the results.
In the premier class, AA 251 - open, after two hours of racing it came down to a few feet to determine the winner. Average lap times to complete the 6.3 mile course were 19 minutes, until the final lap when the leaders shaved their times to 17 minutes in a last lap dash for the cash! Ryan Rodgers on his Kawasaki 250 was able to hold off Bill Atkinson on his KTM for the win. As these two came into the stadium section and in sight of most of the spectators, both bikes were nose to tail. But Rodgers held tight lines through the final turns to come out on top and take the $300.00 first prize check. These few feet made the difference, but Atkinson went away with second overall and a check for $100.00. Third place was Craig Shenigo on a KTM, not far behind the two top guys. For a great third place finish, he won $50.00.
Thanks to all the riders who came out and made this inaugural race event at Rausch Creek an exciting and safe event. We couldn't have done it without all these quality riders, helpful volunteers and, of course, all our sponsors. Thank You all and we'll see you back next year!