It's a wrap. I hear the 'fat lady singing' as the Fluidride DH Cup has come to an end at Mt Hood Ski Bowl in Government Camp Oregon. Project 529's Eric Loney takes the overall win for Pro Men. The Bike Hubs/Loeka Jaime Rees nabs Pro Women's overall and DropNZone's top Junior Expert Bryan Mullen nabs his second series overall title making him the most valuable rookie pro for 2011. Dominating the race was Mikey Sylvestri of Allride/Specialized who won the race with no derailleur and chainless. He won by almost 6 full seconds. Evil's Charlie Sponsel was on his heels, but takes 'first loser'. Mr Eric Loney sliding into a solid 3rd with Evil's Kyle Thomas hot on his tail and Dunbar Cycles' Ken Faubert rounds it off in 5th.
Read on for results, videos and pictures by Carl Warren, Samantha Loney and Ruandy Albisurez,
|Weather was greasy. Rocks were huge and Cat 2 50+ dominater Bill Kieffer mobs it down for Team Psycho|
|Orange/POW Gloves/Chromag's Derek Batchelder took a 3rd with a full off bike crash, hitting his head and puked as he climbed back onto his bike. Let's say the helmet he's wearing is now in the trash.|
|Only one Canadian showed up. Since this is Pinkbike and all, it would be rude not to include Dunbar Cycles' Ken Faubert into this recap. He did place a strong 5th and took home some US funding, doubt he'll be stopped at the border for the amount.|
Evil's Adam Ransavage was one of three racers doing this line- what you don't see is an even crazier gap to set up for this clip you're about to watch - be impressed folks as video never does show the sketchiness of the location. Trust me.
|Project 529's Chase Jaimeson is one of those 11 year olds that excels in anything he does, if he commits to gravity bike racing 100% in the next 5 years I assure you all that we'll see this kid's talents. His dad has passed on his impeccable character and drive while recovering from a nasty crash at US Nationals this year. Looking forward to seeing Darrel Jamieson resume his role in Elite Master for 2011.|
|Who's this guy? Well it's contributing Pinkbike event's man on the scene, Fluidride (and NW Cup) Announcer, yours truly in my first timed run in Cat 1 injury free! My time wasn't important although it proved I'm brake heavy still, what was important to me was just participating. If you follow me on twitter at m_estes then you're more in the know. I dedicated my run to everyone who is currently battling for their lives against cancer and young Tyler Blick, son of Oakley's Steve Blick.|
|Wad Of The Race Caught On Film!|
|In the words of Mark Brent at Awesomeland Productions "Women who ride bikes are beautiful!" Your 2010 Fluidride Cup Pro Women's Champion Jaime Rees of The Bike Hub enroute to victory.|
|Junior Expert (planning to turn Pro in 2011) Irish Colin McAdoo had the cloudy day bike paint scheme and a new kits. Had to share. |
|'I Got' Wood Skinner (yes, that is his real name) has riled up some people on Pinkbike by accidentally calling Kelly McGarry a 'girl' and is now paying the price. He also showed up late for his start time and busted the bubble of another racer who celebrated the win only to find out he's 'first loser' hopefully the Wood will get love for his girly basket ensemble for his winning race run. Hilarious dude.|
|Running the # of the beast deserves a recap shot don't you agree? Project 529 has taken over where other teams dropped out and have become the premier team to be a part of...I'm just saying.|
|Post race bike wash finally had some water pressure. Downhill Zones Tyler Gilsdorf (fresh off the injury list) washes under close watch of River City's Jared Hobbs.|
|The Allride legend Kurt Vories was on site to witness Mikey Sylvestri rip the Pro course with no derailleur and chainless to win by 6 seconds! Who does that?! Congrats on the win holmes!|
|Plagued with knee and hand injuries for the entire 2010 Gravity season, N-Dubs own Casey Northern was stoked to ride injury free as well. The good part about Casey Northern being here was some behind the scenes issues were resolved and I'm proud to announce the 2011 season has rejoined Dry Hill in PA back with Mt Hood as the N-Dub NW Cup!|
|Chairs shut down a bit early due to weather concerns, but the bike park is now fully functional and a total hoot. The skills park portion is just near the DH finish line which made it much cooler to hang out. Oct 1st and 2nd are weather permitting days of operations so if your curious about the 3 new trails that were installed then watch the weather!|
Read this post by Simon Lawton HERE
in regards to the 2011 NW DH Gravity Racing.
|NW Gravity Pioneer and Legend knows all the tricks to racing big bikes down tracks, from the start box to the finish line Simon Lawton will be on your ass all the way down taking notes, if you want your riding scrutinized to rise to the next level of skill then I highly recommend a Fuidride clinic. He's now 100% available for coaching in 2011 as well for any NW Teams stepping up.|
|The 2010 Fluidride Overall Pro Mens Podium Photo By Samantha Loney|
More Results can be found HERE.
Pro Men, Pro Women and Junior Expert Overall Winners each received a Fusion Winter 2 Resort Season Pass good at Timberline Resort and Skibowl 'Americas Largest Night Skiiing' resort. It holds the longest skiing/snowboarding season on Mt Hood only to expire June 1st 2011. Our DH champions will cover allot of terrain and get some epic powder runs this year in preparation for next season. Thanks to Steve Kruse at Timberline Lodge and Hans Wipper of Ski Bowl for contributing a worthy prize to the 2010 Fluidride Cup Overall Champions for those 3 classes.
Huge thanks to our sponsors! Big shout out to Brad Delzer at Shilo Cyclery for his contribution to the raffle and awards. Thanks to the Peter Kakes, Greg Aldrich, Margret, and the entire Hurricane Racing staff. Hugs to the Lift Ops for getting our bikes loaded up! Props to the trail crew for installing all the new trails- Oct 2nd and 3rd will be open (Weather Permitting!) so check out Ski Bowl's website HERE
for operation details. Thanks from me for attending and making the NW Gravity scene special and exciting. Looking forward to bigger races, bigger sponsors being in the loop and are invited to get involved right now. PM and I'll direct you to the right people.
"Good-bye, Good-Bye!" See you all next year! Bookmark the NW Cup WEBSITE
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