Finals for the NW Cup and the MTBGP wrapped up Sunday at Stevens Pass, WA with Luke Strobel taking the win on home territory and Jaime Rees snagged the win in the Pro Women's class. With 2012 as their first season open as an official mountain bike park, Stevens Pass is headed in the right direction catering to the many mountain bikers located in the area. Kicking it all off with the Gran Prix Finals, many of the top riders are stoked on the course and more races at Stevens next season are already in the works. Saturday started off with a chainless DH race down the Cat 2 course won by Bryn Atkinson.
Full lift access right here in Washington State. A fast ride up the hill gives riders the opportunity to bang out hot laps almost all day. Rumor has it that someone put in 20 runs on Saturday.
The Specialized boys head back up to the pits after a long day of hot and dusty conditions during practice.
Luke and Bryn take some time to catch up on the way up for some late afternoon runs.
Bryn Atkinson heads into the rock garden nearing the bottom of the course. The conditions here are loose, fast and getting dustier by the minute. Bryn won the chainless DH race Saturday and placed 4th in Sunday's finals.
Mitch and the Specialized Team are up here this weekend on the way up to Crankworx. The loose and fast course has been treating everyone pretty well.
*Warning Blasting* The amount of corner blasting was a high danger this weekend. The dust and high heat kept most of the spectators hanging out in the shade near the bottom.
HTF! Most guys were rolling this one, Steven Bafus of team Merican Radness hucks it big time.
Evil Bikes Kevin Littlefield finished up the season as a Pro at age 16 after getting bumped up from Junior X at the US Nationals. Kevin got 8th yesterday in a stacked field of racers. Keep an eye out on this kid, you'll be seeing more of him in the next few years.
Kevin dials in some last minute tunes on his Evil Undead before heading back up for some more practice runs.
Stevens Pass is located in the North Cascades, a mountain range with no lack of epic views.
Gravity's Scott Kemp and Patrik Zuest were keeping cool in the shade during the 90 + Degree heat.
Jaime is headed in new directions in her mountain bike career with her recent win here at the MTBGP Finals, not to mention straight into a corner full of cheeks.
"J-Rock" Knight of Big Tree Bikes may have broken a collar bone recently and may not be winning races any time soon, but is clearly winning at life.
Luke monster trucks through the rock garden hitting speeds close to mach-turkey. Taking the win on home turf got the entire crowd heckling in full force.
"Maiden The Northwest". Two of the fastest folks around. Jill isn't back to riding quite yet, but is here supporting Bryn and everyone else racing this weekend.
Rob Crump of team Merican Radness keeps the cool in the Diamondback tent.
With everyone heading up to Crankworx, the world cup athletes take some time to catch up before the busy week ahead. Junior-X
1. Bas Van Steenbergen
2. Cody Kelly
3. Kole Wetherell
4. Galen Carter
5. Jonathan Allyn Pro Women
1. Jaime Rees
2. Britney White
3. Lauren Daney
4. Katie Holden
5. Karen O'Connell Pro Men
1. Luke Strobel
2. Mitch Ropelato
3. Neko Mulally
4. Bryn Atkinson
5. Austin Warren
Until next season, that's a wrap for NW CUP and MTBGP! Thanks to everyone who came out to support and all the great sponsors to make both race series possible. Below are the Gran Prix and NW Cup over all standings. Check into nwcup.com
for full results.MTBGP Overall Standings
1. Justin Leov
2. Neko Mulally
3. Mitch Ropelato
4. Cody Warren
5. Austin WarrenNW Cup Overall Standings
1. Kirk McDowall
2. Eric Loney
3. Charlie Sponsel
4. Lars Sternberg
5. Trevor Parson