Due to a timely storm a few days prior to round two of the 2013 Southridge USA Shimano Winter Series in Fontana, CA. course builders, assembled by Shimano’s North American marketing manager Joe Lawwill had the rare opportunity to carve out multiple new berms and jumps. Not to mention even adding in some completely new Pro Expert lines that had riders challenged.
Picking up from round one, the Super D saw a very strong turnout with many of the "newbies" returning for another go at it. This time around riders were treated to a 2 run format that consisted of one slightly faster and shorter course with a second course that included a little more technical and an additional 20 second climb. Unfortunately Southern Californians awoke to somewhat heavy rain the morning of the Super D which scared off some racers. Those that did show were treated to the absolute best possible conditions. Hero dirt! A few mild moments of rain fell shortly before practice, but once things got underway the skies cleared and riders could be seen all over the course getting in as many runs as they could possibly squeeze in.
2013-Shimano Winter Series Round 2 Course 1:
2013-Shimano Winter Series Round 2 Course 2:
In the pro class it was once again Team Incycles Jon Buckell taking the pro men’s race win with a combined time of 08:13.37. Troy Lee Designs rider Jeremy Kneisly continues his move up the podium into 2nd followed by Chris Powel, Waylon Smith and rounding out the podium in 5th was Mason Bond who made the drive out from Northern California. Mason actually drove out an extra day early just so he could help the trail crew prepare the course! Also a special thank you goes out to “The Path Bike Shop” for once again supplying two excellent trail builders right off their showroom floor. Now that is supporting your local event!
The next race is February 9th. Shimano is excited to be a part of the Winter Series and is looking forward to seeing these gravity endurance events continue to grow. Winter Series race promoter Donny Jackson continues to offer the Shimano kid’s races so be sure to bring out the little ones to the next event!
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