2012 Underworld Cup in Photos

May 1, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
 
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With too many different race titles this weekend event organizers have decided to simply call this event the "Underworld Cup", and what an event it was. The NW Cup, ProGRT, and US Grand Prix of MTB event saw what could have been a record turnout of fans coming to see their favorite World Cup racers competing in the Pacific Northwest. The vibe was incredible, but mellow at the same time. A special thanks needs to go out to Scott Tucker, Casey Northern, Dylan Dean, Mike Estes, and all the others who helped make this event happen. This also includes all the shuttle drivers, course workers and event sponsors. I would personally like to thank Gypsy Coffee for keeping me well caffeinated, the BBQ guys for feeding me, and Red Lion for hooking many racers up with a great place to stay at a great rate. Oh, and Lacy Kemp for the S'mores... Also all the great spectators that helped out by keeping me well hydrated on course, you know who you are and you rock!

More information on the Northwest Cup Series can be found on their website http://nwcup.com/


Dylan Dean this man bleeds DH racing. Gravity racing fans in the USA right now--at least as far as a National Series goes--owe Dean a collective thanks were it not for his tireless work following the demise of the NORBA series we we wouldn t have a National DH race series. Awesome job Dylan we--the racers and the fans--truly owe you a big thanks.
  Dylan Dean: this man bleeds DH racing. Gravity racing fans in the USA right now - at least as far as a National Series goes - owe Dean a collective thanks; were it not for his tireless work following the demise of the NORBA series, we wouldn't have a National DH race series. Awesome job, Dylan; we - the racers and the fans - truly owe you a big thanks!

Java Gypsy coffee these guys make amazing coffee
  Morning ritual, and throughout the day as well. Java Gypsy coffee keeping everyone on track...

Lars Sternburg taking the edge off the chill of a damp cold morning with a pull on a bit of a local flavor just serves to underscore the party-like atmosphere of racing here in PA.
  Lars Sternburg, taking the edge off the chill of a damp, cold morning with a pull on a bit of a local flavor just serves to underscore the party-like atmosphere of racing here in PA.

With racers allotted only a single training run on race day but with up to 5 hours of waiting before their race run it was time to plug in head phones and chill in the pits.
  With racers allotted only a single training run on race day, but with up to 5 hours of waiting before their race run, it was time to plug in head phones and chill in the pits.

Some racers need to go into a quiet place to get ready for murder Logan Binggeli just needs a camp chair and good people watching in the pits.
  Some racers need to go into a quiet place to get ready for murder; Logan Binggeli just needs a camp chair and good people watching in the pits.

Race day prep at the professional level means every part is lubed and running smooth. Of course if you ve really done your job as a mechanic that means lubing up your personal bike vs. your rider s bike. Eli Woody taking the down time on race day to get his trail bike in order.
  Race day prep at the professional level means every part is lubed and running smooth. Of course, if you've really done your job as a mechanic, that means lubing up your personal bike vs. your rider's bike. Eli Woody taking the down time on race day to get his trail bike in order.

Lars Sterberg and Duncan Riffle take a pre race nap. and Paris Gore - www.parisgore.com
  Remember that 5 hour wait for the pros? Lars Sterberg and Duncan Riffle take a pre race nap.

Diamondbacks own Kyle Thomas rests and preps for Sundays race. Kyle won the NW Cup series overall last year will he repeat and keep his 1 plate Paris Gore - www.parisgore.com
  Title sponsor Diamondback's own Kyle Thomas rests and preps for Sundays race. KT won the NW Cup series overall last year, will he repeat and keep his #1 plate?

If you were wondering from yesterdays post It s Slayer and Dr. Dre The Chronic in Brians Ghetto Blaster. Paris Gore www.parisgore.com
  And then it was time to party!

Cat 2 rider gets his fare share of pro worthy heckling. Lots of American flags and Dr. Dre blaring out of the ghetto blaster. Paris Gore - www.parisgore.com
  a Cat 2 rider gets his fare share of pro worthy heckling. Lots of American flags and Dr. Dre blaring out of the ghetto blaster.

Locals raised heckling to new levels in PA on a single run a racer could conceivably be chased down the track by a screaming fan air horned multiple times cowbelled mooned and helicoptered. The naked guy stated one female pro thankfully had his back to me but it was at a really slow part of the track so definitely a distraction.
  Locals raised heckling to new levels in PA; on a single run, a racer could conceivably be chased down the track by a screaming fan, air horned multiple times, cowbelled, mooned, and helicoptered.


bigquotesThe naked guy thankfully had his back to me, but it was at a really slow part of the track, so definitely a distraction. - a female pro rider

Cody Kelley Brendan and the boys decided it would be fun to mess with him pre race took him a few seconds to realize it was drawn on a tear off and not on his gogles...
  Cody Kelley, Brendan and the boys decided it would be fun to mess with him pre-race, took him a few seconds to realize it was drawn on a tear off and not on his goggles...

Cody Kelley killing it in Jr X at the Port Angeles ProGRT
  Cody Kelley, 8th place in Jr X

One of the top finishers in Junior X. Local boy Big Tree Bikes rider Kevin LIttlefield finished 2nd today and is another young gun to look out for. Paris Gore - www.parisgore.com
  Local boy Big Tree Bikes rider Kevin Littlefield finished 2nd today and is another young gun to look out for...

  Transition Bikes Sam Burkhardt. You know those little warning stickers on your lawnmower about wearing proper footwear, this is why!

 The dirt here was simply amazing and the track was good fun. -South African Jo Petersen and sometime World Cup DH racer.
  Joanna Petersen
bigquotesThe dirt here was simply amazing, and the track was good fun. - Jo Petersen, sometime World Cup DH racer.

  Sunshine Coast local Holly Feniak qualified 2nd and was hoping to improve on that result. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way, 3rd on race day, 2.5 seconds behind Jill Kintner.

Miranda Miller another globe trotter with a local pedigree is looking forward to time at home to knock down Full Nelson in Squamish this coming weekend.
  Miranda Miller, another globe trotter with a local pedigree, is looking forward to time at home to knock down "Full Nelson" in Squamish this coming weekend. 2nd place here in PA.

Northwests local Jill Kintner takes the win by a sold 2 seconds. Good job Jill Paris Gore - www.parisgore.com
  Northwest local Jill Kintner taking the win by a solid 2 seconds...

  Cove Bikes Mikey Sylvestri took an early lead and held onto the hot seat for almost 10 minutes until Greg Minnaar took it away from him. 7th place at the end of the day, an awesome result for Mikey!

Title Sponsor Diamondback s Kyle Thomas parting the red white and blue curtains in the waterfall line.
  Kyle Thomas parting the red, white, and blue curtains in the waterfall line. This is the spot where Brendan went down after gapping the whole thing top to bottom...

  Logan Binggeli
bigquotesI think this year the biggest thing I noticed was the fans. People coming to this event realizing that it's a sick venue, a sick organizer and a sick track. For a lot of people it's the third year around and I think people are recognizing that this is a great place to come race. It's bigger than a national race, it's like a Norba back in the day. - Logan Binggeli

Not his best result but Minnaar was genuinely enjoying the track as were most racers. Pinkbike wasn t able to catch up to the current World Cup leader after the race but in conversation on seeding day Minnaar was relishing the low key attitudes at the venue as well as the flow of the track.
  Not his best result, but Minnaar was genuinely enjoying the track, as were most racers. Pinkbike wasn't able to catch up to the current World Cup leader after the race, but in conversation on seeding day, Minnaar was relishing the low key attitudes at the venue as well as the flow of the track.

Luke Strobel railing into one of the final corners of the track aboard his Pivot Phoenix.
  Luke Strobel railing into one of the final corners of the track aboard his Pivot Phoenix.

  Bryn Atkinson is almost a local here, and 8th place proves he's in contention this season...

Sending the road gap Aaron Gwin on track.
  Aaron Gwin, fastest American and 2nd place overall.
bigquotesThe fans were awesome, course was awesome. I think the whole scene in the northwest is pretty killer. Too bad it rains so much or I might consider a move! - Aaron Gwin

Stevie says this track is a lot like home. Tacky dirt roots and wet steep trails are nothing new him. Smith sends the final jump and lands himself into first place. Danny Hart won here last year before taking the Worlds. Will this be the year for Stevie Paris Gore - www.parisgore.com
  Your winner Steve Smith!
bigquotesThe dirt here is the same as what I have at home, and it hooks up so well. It was just endless grip. And then the fans were so loud... They were louder than any World Cup I've been at. Must be a bit of American pride. - Steve Smith


  Brendan Fairclough was having a lot of fun here until his seeding run. A minor mistake put him into the trees and he smashed his shoulder into a tree. Bruised but not broken he'll be back next year.
bigquotesThis was my first time here and for sure I'll be back. The tracks awesome, it's the perfect mix between downhill and like moto ruts and little jumps everywhere. I had such a good time. It's a shame about injuring my shoulder but apart from that I had a great time and I'll be back. I think they've got a good scene going on here. - Brendan Fairclough



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40 Comments

  • + 10
 Sam Burkhardt has one of the best beards in MTB, glad to see it displayed in this article!
  • + 1
 I want to see an article on richie rude, or more about him at least
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  • + 8
 Rule no.3 is the most important, in my opinion, and should be respected in every other race event.
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 Can we talk about Fairclough hucking the chute?? rad!
  • + 3
 I sat right there and watched "the huck". Truly awesome in every aspect until about 15 feet further down the trail where his front wheel slid out and made an emergency right turn into a tree. 1,000 mph to 0 instantly. Bummer to see him out, but he still had a big smile on when he sat at the same spot to watch the finals.
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 I got pictures of him hucking the waterfall but didn't catch the crash. Check out the picture www.pinkbike.com/photo/8060562 and check out the album for more pictures of the race.
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 shot of Brendans huck before he hit the tree. www.pinkbike.com/photo/8050887
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  • + 4
 So what about that double enforced "no spectators inside the tape rule"? (refer to picture 12 )...
  • + 1
 Two years ago TWO (yes, TWO) racers hit spectators on the course during their race runs. One photographer lady got NAILED right at the bottom jump. Needless to say, they are adamant about keeping people OFF the course.
  • + 1
 People should face the consequences if they're on the track while racers are riding it. You'd expect the same at an F1 event....
  • + 1
 Except that while they may deserve to get nailed, it still ruins someones race run that they have dedicated a ton of time, money, effort, travel and smelly gear to do.
  • + 3
 I'm not a spectator. Rules do not apply.
  • + 1
 Valid point, Bobby.
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 Bullhorns automatically exempt you from spectator rules.
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  • + 2
 So sad that I chose work over this, Sure there was an awesome VW show in Bellevue and I made money instead of spending it, but definetly sad I missed this.
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  • + 1
 I was there from Friday thru Sunday and it was one of the best weekends I've had there to date. I've been there close to a dozen times now and they just keep raising the bar!
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  • + 3
 Dr Dre! that cassette must be worth a fortune!
  • + 1
 FOR SURE THAT WAS DOPE!!!!!
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 Now that is heckling, good effort!
  • + 4
 Helicopering is when u spin your dick around like a propeller right?
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  • + 2
 hahaha look at Sam Burkhardt with his camera and his hat and his glasses and his plaid tee-shirt and his backpack.
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  • + 1
 This was the best race I have ever been to. And watch out for Alex Willie 5th place Jr Cat 1!!!!
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  • + 1
 Best race I have ever been to. Track was dope, people were cool, racing was hot, so was Lauren Daney.
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  • + 0
 I would be pretty pissed if I got a flat from a broken glass bottle in the middle of a race. That dude running behind the racer in an idiot.
  • + 1
 your obviously not familiar with good ol' American Heckling from Bobby Stenson himself.
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 SOOO about that dirt league, i think i made the right choice in having jared graves and mick hannah while they were cheap Big Grin
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  • + 1
 Hmmm I wounded if your allowed inside the tape??? Wink
  • + 3
 well... you could try... but its in america i wouldnt risk trying that Wink
  • + 3
 That is how you end up in Guantanamo.
  • + 2
 or hospital with a cowbell atached to your head and a botle of bear up in your ass ...
  • + 5
 They put bears in bottles now?
  • + 2
 I got so trashed off that bottled bear last night, must of been a bad batch of bears eh
  • + 2
 Ian has two badges beside his name, cool.
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  • + 1
 Man, I miss living in Washington now! Such an awesome scene up there.
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  • + 1
 Will says more cowbell!!
  • + 1
 i say more cowbels too!
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