Little wins Beech Mountain Metric ride
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
BEECH MOUNTAIN -- Taylor Little won the Beech Mountain Metric century bike ride held Saturday in Avery and Watauga Counties.
Little, 29, won the century ride with a time of 3:27.40. He had a chip time of 3:27.17.
Joe Carpisassi, 37, was second with a time of 3:28.19. His chip time was 3:28.05. Sam Barger, 33, was third with an overall time of 3:28.31 and a chip time of 3:28.25.
Jay Cox, 36, was fourth with a time of 3:28.58. His chip time was 3:28.30. The Top four finishers were the only cyclists who finished under the 3:30.0 mark.
Former Blood, Sweat and Gears winner Charlie Brown was seventh with an overall time of 3:31.14 and a chip time of 3:31.10.
Nina Laughlin was the first woman to finish. She clocked an overall tie of 3:46.5 and a chip time of 3:46.23. Laughlin was 37th overall.
Sarah Matchett was the next woman to cross the finish line. She had a time of 3:47.11 and a chip time of 3:46.51. Matchett was 42nd overall.
The century course had 8,000 feet of climbing, according to the ride's website. The 43-mile course had 5,600 feet of climbing.
Charles Bennett won the 43-mile ride with a time of 2:47.10. His chip time was 2:46.55.
Second place went to Rick Macgowan, who finished with a time of 3:00.33 and a chip time of 2:59.23. He and Bennett were the only two riders to finish with a chip time of less than three hours.
Jason Rogers was third with a time of 3:02.04 and a chip time of 3:00.53.
Cissy Fish was the first woman to finish the 43-mile circuit. She turned in a time of 3:16.12, and a 3:15.55 chip time. Fish was fifth overall.
Lissie Stagg was 22nd overall and the second woman to cross the finish line. She had a 3:48.39 and a 3:47.54 chip time.
The Beech Mountain Metric is a Blood, Sweat and Gears Events ride, which was planned and run by the businesses and citizens of Beech Mountain, according to the ride's website. It's a non-profit ride, "whose net proceeds are donated to local charities and public safety agencies in the High Country," the website said.