Friday, August 2, 2013

MTB State Games

There are currently 31 states conducting or organizing statewide sports festivals known as State Games. Modeled after the Olympic Games, State Games provide a motivational goal for all athletes within the state in which they are organized. Recreational and competitive events alike are offered in most states, so whether participants compete for the fun of it or as the first step to their Olympic dream, there's something for everybody in the State Games.

This past weekend Kansas and Missouri each held their respective mountain bike events.  Great turnouts for both events with plenty of new participants at each event.  How popular are the State Games?  The Sunflower State Games had a record year with 9,111 participants. The Show-Me-State Games had over 30,000 participants in 40 sports. 

Results are below:

Sunflower State Games MTB Results

Show-Me-State Games MTB Results

Roger Harrison was out taking more great pictures as usual - Sunflower State MTB Pictures.

 Damian Almanza looking good on his trusty 26er - the only 26er in the Expert field.  A 3rd place and well deserved Bronze medal on the day for Mr. Almanza.
 Junior Shane Martin moved up to race with the 19-29 group. Shane had a strong ride to earn a Silver medal.
 Steve Brack showed great form taking the win in the Sport Cat 2 40-49 group. 
 The Sunflower State Games added a "Fat Tire" class to this years event.  Our own Jeff Arnaud powered that beast of a bike to earn a Gold Medal taking 1st in the class.