The second annual The Quick & The Dead Gravel Race was held on Saturday, September 28th in Pennsylvania.
Based in Confluence, which is situated southeast of Pittsburgh in the Allegheny Mountains, the event offered distances of 68 and 48 miles, both of which headed up and over the highest point in the Keystone State, Mt. Davis. All told, the long route included nearly 7,500 feet of climbing and plenty of gravel.
This year, 163 racers lined up at the start line for what would be an adventure most would soon not forget. With the warmer than anticipated temperatures which reached well into the mid-80s, it was a long day in the saddle for many.
The race started this year with the Confluence Fire Department leading the way through town in their shiny yellow fire truck with the lights a blaring. It was truly a sight to see! You see, it was a rolling mass start as normal, so the bicycle racers pretty much took Oden Street hostage for about 5 minutes.
Once they got past the Confluence VFW the race was on. With around 4 miles to go until the first sustained climb of the day, all the racers rode tempo chatting and finding their place in line. After the first climb, things began to change and by the time the race hit the first major intersection in Listonburg it had already strung out to be a few miles long.
The early leader for the women was Hayley Wickstrom of the Pittsburgh area, and for the men, a group of three that included Tim Mitchell from Boston, Matt Waller from State College, PA and Ben Meer from Columbus, Ohio broke off the front.
Wickstrom kept the Women’s lead throughout the rest of the race and took the “Annie Oakley” category win and finished 11th overall. Mackenzie Marcinko of Delaware took second and Alexandria Shewcyzk of Pittsburgh finished third.
Meer had a mechanical around Mile 25, but he came roaring back to take over the lead and take the win in a time of just under 4 hours. Mitchell finished second and Walter third.
As with all gravel races, everyone who descended on the gravel confluence in Confluence had a story to tell from the 2019 The Quick & The Dead GravelRace. The stories being told at the end of the day were something to hear.
With the 2019 race a success, you can bet it will be back in 2019. The event drew racers from all around the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States. From as far away as Michigan to the local racers from Somerset County.
Reports from the 2019 The Quick & The Dead Gravel Grinder were laudatory of the organization and support provided by volunteers and the fire departments. The Confluence Fire Department hosted a post-race catered dinner for all participants and volunteers.
The volunteer fire departments of Confluence, Addison, Salisbury, Meyersdale, Garrett, Rockwood and New Centerville supported the race by flagging intersections along the racecourse and providing EMS support just in case of an incident. Thankfully it was never needed. All the racers returned safely with only a few minor incidents.
Results for the Long Course race are below. Full results are available online.
Women's Results: 2019 The Quick & The Dead Gravel Grinder
|1||HAYLEY WICKSTROM||EDGEWOOD PA||1:Annie O||04:46:43.24||14.2MPH|
|2||MACKENZIE MARCINKO||NEWARK DE||2:Annie O||05:37:19.64||12.1MPH|
|3||ALEXANDRIA SHEWCZYK||PITTSBURGH PA||3:Annie O||05:53:08.64||11.6MPH|
|4||BROOKE BRONOWICZ||WILMINGTON DE||4:Annie O||05:58:34.65||11.4MPH|
|5||CANSU OZEN||PITTSBURGH PA||5:Annie O||06:01:26.72||11.3MPH|
|6||AMY MCCULLOUGH||SEVEN VALLEYS PA||1: 1-39||06:04:50.39||11.2MPH|
|7||TRACY RANKIN||BETHESDA MD||1:Cowgirl||06:04:53.44||11.2MPH|
|8||EMILY METZLOFF||DURHAM NC||2: 1-39||06:26:23.64||10.6MPH|
|9||KYOKO YOSHIDA||CHARLOTTESVILLE VA||3: 1-39||06:27:39.84||10.5MPH|
|10||CYNTHIA BERARD||HEATH OH||2:Cowgirl||06:44:09.31||10.1MPH|
|11||PEGGY COOK||PATASKALA OH||3:Cowgirl||07:08:12.83||9.53MPH|
Men's Results: 2019 The Quick & The Dead Gravel Grinder
|1||BENJAMIN MEER||COLUMBUS OH||1: 1-39||03:59:47.72||17.0MPH|
|2||TIM MITCHELL||ASHLAND MA||1:40-49||04:09:19.99||16.4MPH|
|3||MATT WALLER||STATE COLLEGE PA||2: 1-39||04:24:00.24||15.5MPH|
|4||SCOTT GRAY||LEBANON PA||2:40-49||04:27:05.21||15.3MPH|
|5||GUNNAR SHOGREN||MORGANTOWN WV||1:50-99||04:28:05.36||15.2MPH|
|6||STEVE GERGELY||MANHEIM PA||3:40-49||04:30:26.44||15.1MPH|
|8||MIKE LAVENGOOD||MORGANTOWN WV||3:50-99||04:39:02.25||14.6MPH|
|9||DAHN PAHRS||PITTSBURGH PA||1:40-49||04:39:52.74||14.6MPH|
|10||KENT HARTMOYER||WEST LAWN PA||3: 1-39||04:43:12.33||14.4MPH|
|11||JEFFREY WATTS||POTTSTOWN PA||4: 1-39||04:43:18.44||14.4MPH|
|12||BRIAN JONES||CHARLOTTESVILLE VA||4:40-49||04:51:13.77||14.0MPH|
|13||CONNOR BREM||SWISSVALE PA||5: 1-39||04:53:00.97||13.9MPH|
|14||DAVE HUSSEY||OCEAN NJ||4:50-99||04:54:17.24||13.9MPH|
|15||GABE HOLTZER||MORGANTOWN WV||6: 1-39||04:58:46.32||13.7MPH|
|16||DAVE RADZIEWICZ||WRIGHTSVILLE PA||5:40-49||04:58:57.12||13.6MPH|
|17||KEMP HOLTZER||MORGANTOWN WV||7: 1-39||04:59:16.22||13.6MPH|
|18||JAMES ELLIOTT||AVON CT||6:40-49||05:01:31.71||13.5MPH|
|19||ZACHARYA MESZOELY||BOSTON MA||8: 1-39||05:04:05.16||13.4MPH|
|20||ALEX WEIR||PITTSBURGH PA||9: 1-39||05:04:55.13||13.4MPH|
|21||THAD PAUNOVICH||AVONMORE PA||1: 1-39||05:06:51.14||13.3MPH|
|22||EDWARD KING-SMITH||PITTSBURGH PA||10: 1-39||05:13:38.58||13.0MPH|
|23||JEFF KOONTZ||PITTSBURGH PA||5:50-99||05:15:03.89||12.9MPH|
|25||PAUL DUDA||HAMILTON VA||6:50-99||05:18:21.26||12.8MPH|
|26||ARTHUR SMITH||ATHENS OH||7:50-99||05:18:44.28||12.8MPH|
|27||DYLAN SHIFFER||CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP PA||11: 1-39||05:21:45.90||12.7MPH|
|28||MATT PAVLINICH||PITTSBURGH PA||12: 1-39||05:24:22.48||12.6MPH|
|29||RYAN NYE||FAIRMONT WV||13: 1-39||05:25:32.95||12.5MPH|
|30||MICHAEL SCAFFARDI||LATROBE PA||8:40-49||05:26:40.46||12.5MPH|
|31||JEFFREY PAUL||WASHINGTON PA||8:50-99||05:27:11.97||12.5MPH|
|32||DOUGLAS KINNEAR||GREENVILLE PA||9:50-99||05:27:15.45||12.5MPH|
|33||PAUL JAROSZYNSKI||IMPERAL PA||10:50-99||05:28:52.57||12.4MPH|
|34||SAMSON MCHUGH||EDGEWOOD PA||14: 1-39||05:30:31.44||12.3MPH|
|35||DAVID LUSHER||PLUM PA||1:40-49||05:34:05.15||12.2MPH|
|36||GUS COOK||PATASKALA OH||11:50-99||05:34:08.83||12.2MPH|
|37||DANIEL CRIBB||ARLINGTON VA||15: 1-39||05:35:26.20||12.2MPH|
|38||BERNHARD RESCH||ALLENTOWN PA||9:40-49||05:37:12.14||12.1MPH|
|39||ISRAEL MCCULLOUGH||SEVEN VALLEYS PA||16: 1-39||05:39:06.79||12.0MPH|
|40||WILLIAM CARE||MOUNT GRETNA PA||12:50-99||05:42:19.45||11.9MPH|
|41||DANIEL GERHARDT||HARPERS FERRY WV||17: 1-39||05:43:47.58||11.9MPH|
|42||RYAN TOMENY||ALEXANDRIA VA||18: 1-39||05:43:52.85||11.9MPH|
|43||BRYAN GARMAN||HUGHESVILLE MD||19: 1-39||05:44:44.82||11.8MPH|
|44||ERIC BERGMAN||20: 1-39||05:47:48.53||11.7MPH|
|45||JOEL DOHM||LANSDOWNE PA||21: 1-39||05:48:33.71||11.7MPH|
|46||JOHN BOBB||BOILING SPRINGS PA||13:50-99||05:53:06.60||11.6MPH|
|47||LUKE BUCKNAM||CARLISLE PA||22: 1-39||05:54:57.32||11.5MPH|
|48||BRIAN KRASZEWSKI||NEWARK DE||10:40-49||05:58:34.22||11.4MPH|
|49||JOSH GILCH||23: 1-39||06:00:02.63||11.3MPH|
|50||CLIFTON WONSETTLER||SCENERY HILL PA||24: 1-39||06:01:12.19||11.3MPH|
|52||BRIAN DAVIS||TALLMADGE OH||11:40-49||06:02:13.38||11.3MPH|
|53||ADAM KOBERNA||PITTSBURGH PA||12:40-49||06:04:50.39||11.2MPH|
|54||JACK RICHARDSON||MENTOR OH||1:50-99||06:07:21.88||11.1MPH|
|55||ZACH SCAFFEDE||OTISVILLE MI||25: 1-39||06:09:45.87||11.0MPH|
|56||LUKE WENDT||COLUMBUS OH||1:50-99||06:10:44.77||11.0MPH|
|57||JON HOFFMANN||PITTSBURGH PA||26: 1-39||06:13:51.82||10.9MPH|
|58||JOHN BACHMAN||ASPINWALL PA||2:40-49||06:18:57.26||10.8MPH|
|59||ALBERT CARVELLI||PITTSBURGH PA||13:40-49||06:18:57.49||10.8MPH|
|60||BLAKE MILLER||CECIL PA||27: 1-39||06:19:34.35||10.7MPH|
|61||JOE STROUP||MILLERSTOWN PA||3:40-49||06:20:42.32||10.7MPH|
|62||ROB INMON||WAYNESBURG PA||14:40-49||06:25:50.48||10.6MPH|
|63||JEFFREY FOX||WAYNESBURG PA||28: 1-39||06:26:20.39||10.6MPH|
|64||GREGORY MORRISON||NAZARETH PA||15:50-99||06:30:33.80||10.4MPH|
|65||JEFF SHAULL||MANSFIELD OH||16:50-99||06:31:10.94||10.4MPH|
|66||MARK DORAN||MACUNGIE PA||17:50-99||06:32:40.50||10.4MPH|
|67||KEN MOWRY||PITTSBURGH PA||18:50-99||06:34:30.65||10.3MPH|
|68||KENNETH PRYKE||PITTSBURGH PA||1: 1-39||06:39:26.21||10.2MPH|
|70||JAMES METZGER||WEXFORD PA||16:40-49||06:42:49.87||10.1MPH|
|71||JOE STOLL||MARS PA||19:50-99||06:42:50.51||10.1MPH|
|72||PAUL BURCHER||LANCASTER, PA||20:50-99||06:44:08.70||10.1MPH|
|73||DANIEL DUNMORE||QUEEN PA||21:50-99||06:44:08.70||10.1MPH|
|74||JAMES FUNGAROLI||NEW PARIS PA||22:50-99||06:44:37.66||10.1MPH|
|75||JAMES CAMPBELL||CASTLE SHANNON PA||4:40-49||06:46:46.75||10.0MPH|
|76||MICHAEL SMITH||MIDDLETOWN PA||23:50-99||06:50:16.48||9.9MPH|
|78||JOEL OBERMAN||HARRISBURG PA||25:50-99||07:00:35.17||9.70MPH|
|79||CHUCK WONSETTLER||SCENERY HILL PA||26:50-99||07:05:17.78||9.59MPH|
|80||SCOTT POLLOCK||MORGANTOWN WV||5:40-49||07:10:22.99||9.48MPH|
|81||PETE WOLFE||AUGUSTA WV||27:50-99||07:15:06.31||9.38MPH|
|82||RICK BECKER||MECHANICSBURG PA||2:50-99||07:15:07.34||9.38MPH|
|83||SAMUEL LOUDERBACK||HARRISON CITY PA||29: 1-39||07:37:01.81||8.93MPH|