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Sunday, June 2, 2002 -- Charlottesville, VA
Rollin River Rambler (iPO Event Id#: 4917)
Story and photos by Dana Harshberger

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Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5]

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A day in the hills of Virginia
This past Sunday, Panorama Farms provided the venue while Charlottesvile Racing Club put on the race. It was the first (and hopefully) annual running of the Rollin River Rambler. The hot and dusty conditions didn't keep racers away; around 130 riders braved the heat!

The venue, new to many, is located near Earleysville, a little north of Charlottesville, VA. Drew Murray, the owner of the property, has had this land in his family for around 50 years. In an effort of preservation of not only wild, open space, but to also allow mountain bikers exclusive access to trails, Mr. Murray has decided to go against the trend of subdivisions that are encroaching around him. His family's farm is now home to about 25 miles of densely wooded tight twisty single-track, and stream crossings, as well as very exposed trails on the high "Panorama" part of the land. Also sharing the farm space is a composting business, if anyone was wondering why there were big piles of mulch sitting around!

Race Start
No rain date needed
In promoting the race, the fine folks at CRC also had preservation in mind when planning the race. In an effort to put on a sustainable race, a rain date was listed on all information, so that in the event of wet, soupy trails, an easy to implement plan was in place. Caring for the trails was just one of many ideas that the Club used in planning for a home-grown, grass-roots affair: local massage therapists and a restaurant were on hand to rub down weary bodies and sell some great cooling smoothies after the race. Local sponsors also provided the cash and prizes.

In racing action, local powerhouse, Paul Buschi scorched the Men's Pro/Ex field in his typical fashion. In the Pro/Ex Women's action, Kristin Wilson brought it home for the ladies!

When asked about his race, Mr. Buschi said that he thought the race started at noon, and didn't get much of a warm up. His goal for the day was to annihilate Andy Kinley! Well, we saw the aforementioned Mr. Kinley at the start, on a bike. Later in the day, this reporter saw him again, this time running!! When questioned about whereabouts of his bike, he replied, "What! This isn't a duathalon?" Apparently Kinley had some chain issues, and ditched his bike in favor of a trail run.

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The trails at Panorama Farms bring a smile to your face
Attention to details is what can make or break a race and a lot of racers mentioned the additional water stop was appreciated, as was the post-race hose!! The trails were also more than adequately marked, making it pretty much impossible to go the wrong way. And despite the un-seasonally hot day, more racers than not, finished the race.

Many first time visitors to Panorama, said that they were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the trials as well as the variety. Many said that they'd definitely return. Along those lines, we like to mention that day passes for riding can be purchased at the bike shops of Charlottesville and annual passes can be had from PanoramaTrails.com.

Many thanks to all who participated in the event, and especially to those who worked hard to get a first time event up and running: Matthew Wikswo and the CRC, as well as Panorama's Drew Murray, and sponsors ACAC, Extreme Sports, and Shenandoah Bicycle Company.