NW Cup 3 Course Previews

May 14, 2013 at 16:01
May 14, 2013
by Mike Estes  
 
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Sing it with me! "The Campptown ladies sing this song, Doo-da, Doo-da, the Camptown racetrack's five miles long, oh, de doo-da day." Yep, it's time for the Pros and Cat 1 riders to get a new section of race track, and if you can't tell, it's called 'Camptown.' It's also the last time we get to race the world famous Dry Hill track this year in beautiful Port Angeles, Washington, as the series moves to Mt Hood Ski Bowl, then wraps up at Stevens Pass Bike Park. So sit down, study it, get your bikes ready, here we go.

Pro/Cat1 Course Preview
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Cat 2's Course Preview
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Cat 3's Course Preview
Views: 2,712    Faves: 7    Comments: 2


Take a look at the NW Cup Photo Gallery HERE on Pinkbike.

A little "Underworld Cup" video review from our last race that was a huge success:

Views: 45,843    Faves: 380    Comments: 34


Views: 2,504    Faves: 14    Comments: 0


Review past race results HERE

Safe travels!
-The NW Cup Staff



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52 Comments

  • + 16
 cue the onslaught of people who dont even race complaining about the track like the last 2 rounds
  • + 9
 Doubt that, All the WC guys loved the track. Only the haters are the ones who weren't there.
  • + 5
 The first course looks like SOO much fun
  • + 3
 Agreed... I've been racing in the NW at some capacity for over 20 years and I think these tracks look great... makes me wish I was gonna get to suit up and ride'm... the only haters are gonna be guys who think vids can do NW DH tracks justice. Keep up the good work fellas, even though I'm not racing this year I'll be there screaming my head off.
  • + 2
 Just as a an observation, whereas most people are used to coming from tracks where the gnar comes from lots of rocks, it looks like these NW tracks are built and ground with lots of dirt / root knurls in it. Looks like the the dirt really undulates. I imagine its like having rock gardens that you still have traction through. WOuld be fun terrain to build on.
  • + 1
 not stoked on the cat 3 track but that's just my fault for not being fast enough for cat 1, anybody not liking the track it's just simply your fault for not being good enough for cat 1
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  • + 7
 Did a fair bit of trail pimpin' tonight. The uber leaf blower was out in force, I'm still vibrating........ Fox set up their pit tonight for a little testing session prior to the race. A nice little WC crew will be on the hill tomorrow. Sending PA out with a bang. Gwinner!!!!!
  • + 2
 Did Camptown get enough rain? I'm still buzzing from riding that on Saturday.
  • + 2
 Perfect amount of rain.
  • + 1
 Wishing I could say I'll see you there this weekend, but I might be lying. Looking like I'm staying Seattle-side for this one. Boo!!!
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  • + 8
 Pretty incredible to see the clear cutting like that in the second video. From a beautiful, dense forest to a hideous area of destruction, what a shame.
  • - 1
 Toilet paper isn't a shame. Sustainable forests are a perfectly reasonable usage of natural resources. Besides, this is the PNW, trees are essentially weeds up here.
  • + 9
 There is nothing "sustainable" about current forestry practices. Each replanting produces a poorer crop than the last, with thinner soils that will eventually be good for nothing. Enjoy your weeds while you still have them!
  • + 11
 Its too bad you consider the forests you're lucky enough to live with weeds
  • - 2
 good thing trees grow back.
  • + 4
 @Thom: You're old enough to know better so I can only assume you're a moron. Go out... like REALLY deep into a NW forrest and look at the trees. Now go look at a clear-cut even 25 years into it's re-growth cycle. Tell me, do you see ANY similarity in the trees we took out compared to what's been planted??? If you do you need your eyes checked. We're taking old growth cedar, alder and all kinds of stuff and replacing it with scrub pine, fir and other "easily pulpable" trees that grow much faster but much smaller. It sure shows how little you know about the ecology of the land you live on. Tree's are for more then just making paper and human consumer goods. They are part of a HUGE eco-system and they're directly responsible for the air quality in the NW. Calling them "weeds" is just plain asinine...
  • + 2
 Ya that clear cutting looks like shit.
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  • + 2
 Still up in the air on if I'm going or not. The want is there, but the funds are tight...trying to cut as many corners as possible to make it feasible. Cat 1 course is frickin' awesome and not just because we were out there this last weekend dialing in/rallying Camptown. It's got a good variety of sections and should make for some great racing.

Thanks for sharing my vid, Mike!
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  • + 5
 BOBBY STENSON IS GONNA WIN THIS ONE!
  • + 3
 Feel like wagering this bet?
  • + 2
 Bobby Stenson is always winning!
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  • + 5
 Hmmm,? Opening day at Whistler or race N-cup?
  • + 5
 NW cup man, whistler the weekend after!
  • + 2
 Yeah, N-Cup. Whistler will be crammed opening day.
  • + 2
 N-DUB fo sho!! just do what J-Carmichael said, nw cup THEN whistler.
  • + 1
 Ride sloppy muddy, possibly crowded due to only 17 trails in Whistler being open or perform the perfect run in Port A, hmmmmmmmmm you have fun in Whistler!
  • + 1
 First of MANY days @ Whistler or last race of the season @ PA...hopefully at least one of the early-fall shuttle days before the end of the "riding season".

Think about it.
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  • + 1
 That's my bad. We had a little issue (injury) that held up filming. I had to edit them myself using good ol' movie maker. Not as sweet as the Contour crew's set up.
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  • + 1
 This kind of makes me want to come to the US and race a series. Is it my decision to race which ever cat I want or do you have to get a certain ranking to be able to enter cat1?
  • + 1
 If can get a Cat 1 license from USA Cycling then your gold. Just show them your race history from your series and you should be gold.
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  • + 1
 I gotta say that the Cat 1 and Cat 3 courses look awesome. Like a total blast. That's not to say the Cat 2 won't be super great and fun, but those other two just look amazing.
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  • + 4
 Is it really 5 miles long? I'll ride that...
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  • + 3
 Stoked to go race this weekend!
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  • + 2
 I cant believe we are riding muffin top in cat 2...stoked i dont have a double crown on my bike Big Grin
  • + 2
 Considering how many people (especially Cat 2 riders) got broken on White Knuckle this last race, Muffin Top is a safer alternative, as well as a chance to gain time of people if you're not pedal-shy - much like Double Bypass.

They ran that course last year except they ran it down Motoguzzi instead of Double Bypass - one of the main reasons I moved up to Cat 1 as well as racing Rock Crusher @ Stevens. I'm not making the podium in either class with my recent lack of DH riding, so I'd rather race the more tech tracks.
  • + 1
 I get where you are coming from, you know I do, but I am not a fan of muffin top either. If I wasn't broken I would rather go down White Knuckle, it is my favorite part of the whole course. Just made a mistake and went down at the Underworld Cup. That being said I would love the chance to switch it up and ride muffin and try to out pedal my competition, if only I wasn't broken. Still considering making it out there for the camp trip this weekend, but funds are tight after the surgery.
  • + 2
 You guys are high. Muffin Top is so much fun to blast! Just send everything to flat! I hope they run the pro's down it eventually!
  • + 1
 How did you know? All the trails there are good, I just feel that muffin top lacks the excitement I look for in a DH course and the flow I expect from a "jump line" but maybe I am just doing it wrong.
  • + 2
 I think muffin top is a great trail! I rode it a couple times at the underworld cup and it was really fun...its just not a DH course, and i am going to a DH race. The last half of the course seems to be fairly techy but i will certainly miss white knuckles Frown I guess it does make sense though, lots of injuries in cat 2 on white knuckle and all.
  • + 1
 At least it's roughed-in proper this season. It was soft and raw last year when I had to race on it. By the time you got to 'Guzzi, you were cooked...at least I was! It's definitely a fun trail to ride and suitable for a Cat 3 race. Personally, I miss Limbo - best trail to ease the nerves on a race weekend, ever. I wonder if there's room to sneak a new section between King Diamond and Railage that would be Cat 2 friendly. Upper Knuck needs some love before next season for sure.
  • + 0
 ya for sure, railage looks like alot of steep rocky goodness! I might try to ride it this weekend Big Grin and i am in total agreement on white knuckle needing work...brake bumps everywhere!!
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  • + 1
 They should definitely put these trails in the enduro race this summer would be awesome to ride them.
  • + 1
 They are! The Cascadia Dirt Cup is having round 2 of their series on Dry Hill. Check out www.cascadiadirtcup.org
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  • + 2
 Sweeeeeeeeeeet! Smile what an atmosphere they brought in Smile
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  • + 1
 See you between the tape! Let's race!
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  • + 1
 No gloves in first vid ewwwwwwww . Smooth rideing thow good job
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  • + 1
 Last time this year or forever?!?
  • + 1
 Last race of the 2013 season, I should edit that for clarification eh?
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  • + 1
 i wish i was there... sad panda Frown but stoked for everybody who was there
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  • + 1
 I'll see everybody there!
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  • + 1
 Nice save @ 2:27!!
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