2005-10-13 / Front Page

Rotary’s annual bicycle race a success despite the weather

By Donna K. Drago

Rotary’s annual bicycle race a success despite the weather

Riders pedal at the start of the Jamestown Classic on Monday. Photo by Don Miller Riders pedal at the start of the Jamestown Classic on Monday. Photo by Don Miller Many Jamestowners fared well in a wet running of the 30th annual Jamestown Rotary Classic bike race.

Conditions were slippery for virtually all of the morning, and there were a few accidents stemming from the slick course conditions.

Race Organizer Steve Mecca of the Rotary Club said, “This is the first time” in 30 years that the race has been run in poor weather, but the rain “didn’t dampen the enthusiasm” of those who showed up. Of those who had pre-registered, there were about “five percent no-shows,” Mecca noted.

Mecca said that racers came from all over the country, and the results sheets show addresses as far away as Arizona, Florida, Maine, and New York.

Accidents were minimal despite the rain.

“There was a pileup” at the corner of Walcott and Hamilton avenues, and “a couple of spills,” Mecca said. He noted that only one cyclist had to be transported to the hospital for his injuries.

The new event — a unicycle race — was “more fun than anyone should have,” Mecca said. The Rotarians intend to make that an annual event, he added.

Race results are posted on the race Web site at www.jamestownclassic. org. Jamestown residents who took top spots included:

Abigail Anthony, who took seventh place in the Women’s Category 4 racing; Austen Novis, who placed third in the Junior Men’s division; Eliza Kallfelz, who placed first in the Girl’s age 4-7 category; Emily Kallfelz, who came in first in the Girl’s 8-12 division, and Amina Brown, who placed third in the 8-12 race.

Also winning top spots were Daniel Hansen, who placed third in the Boy’s 8-12 race; Bucky Brennan, who took first place in the Men’s 45-54 division; Jim Estes, who took top place in the Men’s 55-69 race, Peter Carnevale, who placed third in the Men’s 70+ division; Hailey Novis, who took second place in the Women’s 13-19 category.

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