On a hot and humid day in late May, the 2009 version of Bump N’ Grind went down in its typical tight and tough competition. Riders from all over the United States and some from as far away as Isreal, South Africa, Australia and Poland showed up to tackle the course. The pro race took on whole new twist as, for the first time, they raced on a 5.3 mile course for multiple laps. It was a great chance for spectators to see a kind of race not seen on the trails of Oak Mountain State Park. Riding for Team Sho-Air, Australia’s Sid Tamberlay fought off a hard charge from Gary Fisher superstar Jeremy Horgan-Kobileski. The women’s race was equally tight as the Luna Chix flexed their collective muscle to take the top 2 spots. Catherine Pendry outsprinted series leader Georgia Gould to take the victory.
What the amateur racers lack in elite speed, they made up in sheer numbers and equally tough competition. From the juniors to the beginners to the grizzled expert class veterans, the riding was hard and intense; exactly the type race that has made Bump N’ Grind so much fun.
You can view the results for all divisions here
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Race report from Cycling News
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