Adults race tri­cy­cles at Queen Anne’s County Fair

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The tri­cy­cle races of­fer grownups a chance for a lit­tle fun com­pe­ti­tion at the Queen Anne’s County Fair. This year, they got brand new, “adult-size” tri­cy­cles to race, said an­nouncer Tommy Higgs.

Nine teams of four adults each com­peted in the main show ring at the Queen Anne’s County Fair on Thurs­day night, Aug. 11. Teams com­peted in heats, re­lay fash­ion, with each team mem­ber ped­al­ing three laps around an oval course. The first team to com­plete all 12 laps was the win­ner. Once the heats were fin­ished, the first place team in each heat raced in the fi­nals, where each per­son did two laps.

With last year’s fig­ure-eight course re­placed by an oval, most of the ac­tion was con­fined to the turns at ei­ther end, where teams em­ployed bang­ing and block­ing in the bat­tle for the lead, and the ex­change of the tri­cy­cle be­tween team mem­bers. Ped­al­ing as fast as one could still seemed to be the best tech­nique, but the new tri­cy­cles were likely to tip or skid out in the turns if a rider took them too fast. Only one rider top­pled over, but she righted the trike quickly and re­sumed ped­al­ing.

Last year’s win­ning, all-woman team Stony Knoll Farm Chicks, made up of Melissa Quillen, Kes­ley Dean, Ni­cole Jor­dan and Duan Wright, tried for a re­peat. They took an early lead but had a dif­fi­cult tri­cy­cle ex­change and came in sec­ond in their heat.

This year’s win­ners was a last-minute team re­cruited for the fi­nal heat. Mem­bers of the win­ning team in­cluded Joey Cronshaw, Kyle Plum­mer, Greg Har­ris and Mark Blaze­jak. They each re­ceived $25 gift cer­tifi­cates to Doc’s River­side Grille.

PHO­TOS BY AN­GELA PRICE

The teams still re­main­ing at the Main Show Ring at the end of the night Thurs­day gather for a group photo. The win­ning team is in the fore­ground, from left, Jay Cronshaw, Kyle Plum­mer, Greg Har­ris and Mark Blaze­jak.

Con­tes­tants who took the turns too fast found their tri­cy­cles were likely to tip.

Melissa Quillen of the Stony Knoll Farm Chicks team fights to stay in the lead dur­ing the first leg of the sec­ond heat in the tri­cy­cle races Thurs­day night at the Queen Anne’s County Fair.

Mandy Leager strug­gles to get her tri­cy­cle mov­ing again af­ter wip­ing out in the first turn.

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