MTBGP/ NW CUP Finals Recap

Aug 7, 2012 at 18:34
Aug 7, 2012
by Paris Gore  
 
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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.

First official season for Stevens Pass. A mountain with full lift access only 2 hours from Seattle and hosting two series finals to start things off.
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.
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 afternoons practice.
Luke and Bryn take some time to catch up on the way up for some late afternoon runs.

Bryn jumps into the rock garden. The faster you
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.
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.
*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 hucks it big time.
HTF! Most guys were rolling this one, Steven Bafus of team Merican Radness hucks it big time.

Northwests Kevin Littlefield is finishing up the year as a Junior-X in the NW Cup but placed 5th at the Nationals after getting bumped up to Pro. Keep an eye on on this kid.
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.
Kevin dials in some last minute tunes on his Evil Undead before heading back up for some more practice runs.

Stevens Pass was roasting hot today and will even hotter tomorrow during the race. However epic views aren t too hard to find around here.
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 high heat today.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
With everyone heading up to Crankworx, the world cup athletes take some time to catch up before the busy week ahead.

The future of DH racing

Junior-X
1. Bas Van Steenbergen
2. Cody Kelly
3. Kole Wetherell
4. Galen Carter
5. Jonathan Allyn

Pro Womens Podium

Pro Women
1. Jaime Rees
2. Britney White
3. Lauren Daney
4. Katie Holden
5. Karen O'Connell

Pro Men s podium

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 Warren

NW Cup Overall Standings

1. Kirk McDowall
2. Eric Loney
3. Charlie Sponsel
4. Lars Sternberg
5. Trevor Parson

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13 Comments

  • + 5
 Killer write up and images Paris Gore! Thank you for banging this out. Now, where's the video? I saw a copter cam!
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  • + 3
 Atta boy Strobel
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  • + 2
 J-Rock layin' down the law!
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  • + 1
 Respect to Lib Tech for helpin out with the summertime fun
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  • + 1
 Banger photos and write-up, Paris!!!
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  • + 2
 MERICAN RADNESS!!!!
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  • + 1
 lars is "Maiden The Northwest"
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  • - 3
 why is lib tech a sponser wtf
  • + 5
 They are a local company supporting a local series.
  • + 4
 We all snowboard in the winter down here and yes, they are a local company that loves the gravity racing scene. Did you know One Ball Jay wax is making bike lube and stancion lube as well?
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