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Riders set blistering pace in 2022 Ouachita Challenge Gravel Grinder

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY|dewayne@mcnews.online

ODEN – The 2022 Ouachita Challenge Gravel Grinder race saw the first cyclists cross the finish line in just over three hours Saturday. The quick pace was set by a cluster of riders led by Austin Morris (3:02.49), Brad Cobb (3:02.50) and Kevin Solomon (3:02.51).

Kevin Solomon (452) leads a pack of cyclists into a creek early Saturday morning as they make their way along the Gravel Grinder course. Solomon finished third overall and will compete Sunday in the Ouachita Challenge as a part of the OC Double Division. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

The race was divided into four categories with men’s and women’s divisions in the Gravel Grinder and OC Double Categories. The Gravel Grinders were just signed up for Saturday’s race while the OC Double riders will compete in the Gravel Grinder Saturday and the Challenge Sunday.

In an effort to spread the prize money around as much as possible the OC Double Course riders were presented with swag today and the fastest Gravel Grinder riders were given checks for the top finishers in Saturday’s race.

Winners of the Gravel Grinder Division were (pictured left to right) Brian Lea (2nd Place), Reese Stanley (1st Place) and Neil Simmons (3rd Place). – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

The first seven cyclists to cross the finish line Saturday were double course riders. The winner of the Gravel Grinder Division was Reese Stanley with a time of 3:09.36. Brian Lea finished second (3:09.38) and Neil Simmons finished in third place (3:12.36).

Tara Hileman won the Women’s Gravel Grinder with the best overall time among all female cyclists with a time of 3:30.49. Amy Borkowski finished second place in the Gravel Grinder division (3:45.54) and Stephanie Wittington finished third (3:46.45). Sara Sheets had the second best overall time while competing in the OC Double Division with a time of (3:39.53).

Winners of the Gravel Grinder Women’s Division were (pictured left to right) Amy Borkowski (2nd Place), Tara Hileman (1st Place) and Stephanie Wittington (3rd Place). – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

The Gravel Grinder was held on gravel paved roads near the Ouachita and Womble Trails. However, the race course did not use the single track trails as part of the course. The weather was near perfect for this year’s race with temperatures near 40 degrees at the start of the race and in the upper 60s by the finish. The skies were clear and the wind pleasant for the race.

See next week’s issue of the Montgomery County News for more times and highlights from the Ouachita Challenge Gravel Grinder and Challenge races.

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