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‘Baby’ bikers: family ties key
Cry Baby 100K draws hundreds, including FHS student’s first try

Among a record-setting throng of mostly avid bikers was a Farragut High School junior ready for his first formal event.

After all, his dad has been at it about 20 years.

Cody Nichols, a 17-year-old FHS junior, joined his father, Stacey Nichols, among hundreds at the Cry Baby 100K bike race Saturday, April 28, staring at West Bicycles and covering four counties and 62 miles.

Well aware of huge hills on the 62-mile course covering Knox, Anderson, Roane and Loudon counties, “It’s going to be a challenge, sixty-two miles is a long way,” Cody said just prior to the race. “I just started [riding] almost a year ago. I kinda enjoy it, a nice workout.”

Stacey said he and Cody “have been riding hard. He’s a good climber, he weighs nothing, he’s all muscle.

“I just want him to enjoy it. ... I’m really enjoying him riding with me this year.”

Having run this event (under a different name) the previous two years, Stacey said the course features “a lot of tough hills — and the weather, it’s unpredictable this time of year.”

Another treat of the annual April race day at West Bicycles involves “being with guys I haven’t seen in years,” Stacey said. “It’s just a fun event.”

Stacey said he’s a former mountain biker in Texas who “switched to the road [because of] the wear and tear on my body.”

Stacey and the Nichols family have lived in Farragut eight years.


Fares Schlank, Cry Baby 100K race director and West Bicycles owner, said this fourth-annual event was “clearly the largest” with an estimated “three to four hundred” participants.

“That’s not hard to do because there’s such good places to ride,” he added.

Schlank labeled the four-county course, “A fabulous ride because we’ve got these great roads here in West Knoxville and these surrounding counties.”

The shop owner and race director remembers humble times at the event’s inaugural race in 2003.

“We had a rain-soaked day, twenty-five people,” Schlank said. “But they all had a wonderful time. And it snowballed.

“They told their friends, and it got bigger, and they told their friends, and it got even bigger.”


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