Hekman, second-place finisher Dirk Pohlmann and Andrew Applegate, Hekmans Abercrombie teammate, motored clear of the mens field in the early going. Defending Maryville champion Geri Mewett of Hincapie Sportswear gave chase but was unable to catch the three leaders. Davis rode solo away from the womens field after only a couple of circuits and never looked back.
Sanctioned by the Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association, the race series returns to Maryville in August with the Ruby Tuesday Criterium, contested along the same course.
- Black Bear Bicycle Bash
Dancing Bear Lodge in Townsend will be the site for the Friday and Saturday Black Bear Bicycle Bash on March 16-17.
The event had its inaugural race last spring and repeated in the fall. On the schedule are road and trail rides, games, prizes, and demonstrations of equipment and accessories.
Registration for the ride is $15 per person. The ride is open to local cyclists as well as guests of Dancing Bear Lodge.
Registration for cyclists not staying at Dancing Bear Lodge is $35 and includes the ride, T-shirt and the post-ride party.
For additional information, call 865-448-6000 or visit