The McDowell Mountain Meltdown mountain bike race provided a foursome of Rim country cyclists the opportunity to showcase their skills.
The Payson riders --ayne Gorry, Aspen Gorry, Brian Goble and Ken Shepherd --oined hundreds of other cyclists from around the state at the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona-sponsored event Jan. 15 near Fountain Hills.
Wayne Gorry, a teacher at Julia Randall Elementary School and veteran cyclist, won first place in the 50-54-years-of-age Men's Expert division. His time of 1:53:05 also earned him an 18th-place finish overall.
Goble claimed first in the 50-54-years Men's Sport division covering a shorter course in 1:34.09.
In the 40-45-years Men's Sport class, Shepherd was sixth, in 1:43.45.
Cypress Gorry, a fifth-grade student in his father's class at JRE, was fifth in the 12-years-and-under Junior Boy's division.
The youngster, who is in his first year of mountain bike racing, toured the high desert course in 1:00.19. The division winner, Taylor Coplea of Chandler, was clocked in 51:35.
The race was the first in a series of seven competitions that will determine the 2005 MBAA state champions. The next event will be Jan. 29 at Estrella Mountain Park.
The fifth race in the series will be conducted April 2 near Payson.
The nearly five-month chase for the MBAA championships culminates May 21 in Flagstaff.
For Wayne Gorry, the victory at McDowell Mountain was another in a string of recent mountain bike accomplishments. Last fall at Mammoth Lake, Calif., he won the United States Mountain Bike Marathon National Championship for the 50-plus age group. In addition to winning his age group, Gorry finished eighth overall in a field that included some of the best professional racers in the country. He was second, among the amateur entrants.
Gorry also is a two-time Payson Mayor's Cup champion and a Mountain Bike Association of Arizona state champion in 1991 (Sport Class) and 1997 (Expert Class).