Fluidride Cup #4 Results/Fat Tire Farms Oregon State Championships

Jul 16, 2009 at 0:01
Jul 16, 2009
by Mike Estes  
 
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Held on a wet day in the middle of a Pacific Northwest summer, the fourth Fluidride Cup Series had a small attendance but still provided world class racing for those that did attend...with Fat Tire Farm contributing cash for the Men's purse and Fluidride covered the Women's purse it ended up being a 'Helen Keller Memorial' as several racers complained of bad vision. It was a knock down, drag out gun fight of a race.

Check out the results, photo's by Carl Warren and Aaron Gotthardt with a great video by Andy Tran after the jump!

First look, first light on race morning- Get your wet gear out and tear offs!

First look, first light on race morning- Get your wet gear out and tear offs!

Maxxis Pro Cameron Cole of New Zealand

Maxxis Pro Cameron Cole of New Zealand

A racer attacking the Upper Bowl Rock Garden

A racer attacking the Upper Bowl Rock Garden


The 4th FR Cup race returned to Mt Hood Ski Bowl located just a short one hour east of Portland OR at the very base of the famous Mt Hood. If you have ever watched the movie 'The Shining' then you have seen Mt Hood's Timberline Lodge. But fear can come in the form of a DH track that is one mile long and serviced by 'old school' double chairlifts. Mt Hood Ski Bowl is a rustic, step back into time with a touch of nostalgia type place. And they know how to host the best bike races.

First Chair, Lower Bowl in the dreary Sunday Morning Fog

First Chair, Lower Bowl in the dreary Sunday Morning Fog

A racer going into the final stretch of the mile long course.

A racer going into the final stretch of the mile long course.


The secret is Petr Kakes and the Hurricane Racing Staff, they have 18+ years of ski and bike racing event skills, they provide large boards with plate #'s and start times, they record your finish time, they do the math and present your race time for everyone to see- they hide nothing, so if there is a mistake, they address it on the spot. I have been to a few DH races in my recent years and no race can compare, they run a tight, proper ship. Although, we did announce the wrong Women's Pro winner (it turned out Sara Johnson was the winner) but Chelsy Stevens quickly contacted us and alerted us of the mistake and everything has been repaired. Being flexible and attentive to detail is what makes this race series special to all those that attend.

Legend Speed Skiing Champion and NW MTB Bike Pioneer, Visionary Petr Kakes of Mt Hood Ski Bowl.

Legend Speed Skiing Champion and NW MTB Bike Pioneer, Visionary Petr Kakes of Mt Hood Ski Bowl.

Wheelsport East's Kieth 'Mountain Man' Thompson putting a run to the clocks.

Wheelsport East's Kieth 'Mountain Man' Thompson putting a run to the clocks.


Pro Men headed up first for a seeding run to determine a fast running order and to give the (few) spectators something to anticipate. Clouds were coming and going making vision tough as the real 'Mtn Dew' would just collect like fog on your goggles within the first minute of your race run. With new lines up top and very challenging choices to make it became a real man's race. Maxxis/Rocky Mountain/Rockstar's Luke Stroble edged everyone posting the fast qualifier with a 4:04 to be the last man down, Transition/Dakine/Fox Racing rider Lars Sternberg was 8 seconds back...but 24 other pro's were going to throw in their own factors.

Speedy Beaver's Dawn Lambert entering the 'Cannonball' portion of the Mt Hood Ski Bowl DH Course.

Speedy Beaver's Dawn Lambert entering the 'Cannonball' portion of the Mt Hood Ski Bowl DH Course.


Pro Women, all 5 of them, came down shortly after in one minute intervals. Velobella's Sara Johnson grabbed the lead over Amy Laird and set the stage for finals.

Jr Experts descended the mile long track and seventeen total racers gave it their all, but one young man had the run of the season, Evan Gilsdorf of Downhill Zone Racing with a 7 second win takes the first Oregon State Champion title.

Jr Expert Results:

1. Evan Gilsdorf Downhill Zone Racing/Canfield 4:38.74
2. Caleb Doane Spin Cycles 4:45.34
3. Brian Guse Dirt Corps/Transition 4:48.60
4. Justin Wyche Division26 4:50.34
5. Conner Mishalonie Team Mukai/TLD/Fox Racing Shox 4:51.55

Jr Expert Podium

Jr Expert Podium


The Expert-Cat 1 class then came down, class by class. Men 19-29 followed Jr Experts and low and behold the Gilsdorf Family gets another win, brother Tyler Gilsdorf has a miraculous run and destroys the field by 12 seconds taking two Oregon State DH titles back to the Puget Sound.

Cat 1/Expert Men 19-29 Results

1. Tyler Gilsdorf Downhill Zone Racing/Canfield 4:28.66
2. Colin Tobin Plunder/Fanatik Bike Company 4:40.43
3. Chris Ginzton Team Psycho 4:41.04
4. Aaron Nactrab Team Robot 4:41.66
5. Casey Smith Downhill Coalition.org/Lifecycles 4:41.70

Cat 1/Expert Men Podium

Cat 1/Expert Men Podium


Cat 1/Expert Men 30-39 Results

1. Jim Straatman Logo Bible Software 4:48.54
2. John Pitton Logos Research Systems 4:49.80
3. Jeff Rees Wheelsport East 4:50.86
4. Troy Hoff 4:53.89
5. Matt Patterson Dirt Corps/Transition/Nema 4:59.61

Max Miller working hard to get back on the podium.

Max Miller working hard to get back on the podium.


Cat 1/Expert Men 40+

1. Brad Watt Evil Bicycles 4:33.52
2. Jason Moon Boone Dog Bikes 4:35.58
3. Jim Karn 4:49.50
4. Darrel Jamieson Project 529 4:57.57
5. Tom Cleveland 5.23.42

The Expert Women followed the men and all 5 women gave it their best. Wheelsport East/POW Gloves rider Chelsy Stevens ripped a time of 5:45.76 only a quarter of a second slower than Velobella Pro Sara Johnson, and Chelsy is moving up next year to race the pro women and will play a factor in upcoming races.

Cat 1 Expert Women Results

1. Chelsy Stevens Wheelsport East/POW Gloves 5:45.76
2. Jaime Rees Wheelsport East 6:36.72
3. Cassandra Stamm Dirt Corps 6:37.09
4. Jennifer Jones 7:23.88
5. Shelby Reilly Shiloh Cyclery 7:46.94

Father and Daughter, Ed and Shelby Reilly of Shiloh Cyclery

Father and Daughter, Ed and Shelby Reilly of Shiloh Cyclery


Following the Cat 1 Expert Class is the Cat 2 Sport class. This class is the 'recreational' class and it's a good time to race without added pressure. I enjoy this class as it's for racers who just enjoy being at a bike race. I decided to list the champions of Cat 2 Sport in order to speed up the 'read factor' of this post.

Cat 2 Sport Champions by Age Class

Sport Men 15-18 Champion
Dylan Justus of Oneal/Scott/SixSixOne

Sport Men 19-29 Champion
Cole Pruitt POW Gloves

Sport Men 30-39 Champion
Nick Hansen

Sport 40+ Champion
Mike 'northwestdhdad' Estes Pinkbike.com/Cove/Dakine/Arrow
Your MC and FR Cup Host, Racer and Pinkbike.com Editorial Contributor

Your MC and FR Cup Host, Racer and Pinkbike.com Editorial Contributor


Sport 50+ Champion
Bill Kieffer Team Pyscho

Sport 0-14 Champion
Kevin Littlefield

Sport Women Open Champion
Hailey Southkoth Shilo Cyclery

And Hardtail Open Champion is Bryce Timm of SMX Optics/ODI Grips!

Beginner Class Champions

Beginner Men 19-39 Champion
Steve Westenhiser

Beginner Men 15-18 Champion
Mitch Davis Team TAI/Black Diamond Racing

Beginner Men 0-14 Champion (and future World Champion)
Chase Jamieson Project 529

Beginner Women Open Champion
Ann Davis Team TAI/Black Diamond Racing

Beginner Jr Women Champion
Adrianna Moroz

Beginner Men 40+ Champion
Kim Floyd Team Pink

Mutoli Racing's Joy Mutoli injured her shoulder in training and opted to sit out a race. Get Well Soon!

Mutoli Racing's Joy Mutoli injured her shoulder in training and opted to sit out a race. Get Well Soon!


Pro Women fought it out in a more lady-like style, absence from racing was Joy Mutoli of Mutoli Racing, she did some damage to her shoulder and had to become a cheerleader for her husband Ethan. One by one the women hit the line and here are the results:

1. Sara Johnson Velabella 5:45.38
2. Amy Laird 5:45.56
3. Dawn Lambert Speedy Beaver Racing 6:26.74
4. Britney White Race Face/26 Products 6:28.53

Women's Pro Podium

Women's Pro Podium


EDIT *Photo of Kyle Thomas Removed! (I used this photo without permission and the owner of the photograph wasn't very pleasant, so I removed it to prove a point that his sarcasm results in a negative return)Apologies to Kikopkau for using 'his' image and not providing a 'photo credit' Now no one gets to see Kyle Thomas pinned in the woods.

Now the final bout of the day is about to get underway- and in true fashion, Mother Nature stepped up the drizzle to legit rain. It was raining just hard enough to make roots and rocks slick, but not enough to penetrate the track, so the surface dirt stayed decently dry. One by one the Pro Men's field came down the mile long, lung burning, leg frying, arm pump from hell track. There were a few surprises and the results are amazing to review. Some of the NW legends have had a tough season and wanted to drive home with a serious accomplishment created personal pressure. Ezlon's Casey Northern was a regular visitor to last years podiums but has yet to get back up there...I know 2nd place qualifier Lars Sternberg did not plan to finish 15th, but that's racing. New Zealand's Cameron Cole has huge accomplishments on his bike and loves the race scene in the Pac-NW, his heart was in to win but poor visibility proved to be a factor.

Let it be known though, Intense Factory Rider Bryn Atkinson had the right stuff to win, he posted an amazing time of 4:08.45 to win the pro purse of $1000 USD (stimulus) bucks. First place qualifier Luke Strobel slides into second place with a 4:12.41 to nab the 'first loser' spot. All eyes are on 3rd place young gun Mikey Sylvestri of Santa Cruz/All Ride Academy as he laid down a smoking time of 4:14.67 that was 16+ seconds on 4th place and the rest of the men's pro field.

Bryn Atkinson (Intense/Crankbrothers) Pro Mens Oregon State DH Champion

Bryn Atkinson (Intense/Crankbrothers) Pro Mens Oregon State DH Champion

Transition's Kyle Thomas just inches away from taking Bryn Atkinson's Gold Medal

Transition's Kyle Thomas just inches away from taking Bryn Atkinson's Gold Medal


Pro Men Results And Video by Andy Tran of Syndrome Racing.

1. Bryn Atkinson Intense/Crankbrothers 4:08.45
2. Luke Strobel Maxxis/Rocky Mountain/Rockstar 4:12.41
3. Mikey Sylvestri Santa Cruz/Allride Academy 4:14.67
4. Bart McDaniel Rvil/Fluidride 4:30.48
5. Eric Loney Project 529/SRAM 4:30.54
6. Boe McGee Go-ride.com 4:34.59
7. Kyle Thomas Transition/Team Ruth 4:35.39
8. Jon Wilson Northstar/Giant 4:35.55
9. Philip Weiring Fluidride/Evil 4:35.66
10. Nick Tuttle GoHuckYourself.com 4:35.91

Fluidride Race Video:
Views: 19,359    Faves: 513    Comments: 89

Top 10 Pro Men Podium

Top 10 Pro Men Podium

Joy's Husband Ethan pinned and missing another podium...

Joy's Husband Ethan pinned and missing another podium...


Once we got all the racers (and staff back down the hill) the goal was to quickly get the huge raffle provided by Shiloh Cyclery of Gresham Oregon. As you can see, all is welcome to make a great gravity race, including shop retailers who combine efforts to build up the scene. Brad Delzer, owner of the Gresham Oregon bike shop has a simple philosophy by being 'involved' in cycling and he exceeds the effort by organizing and providing huge giveaways to the racers that attend. Ask any racer who attends races, they get some goodies and a great weekend experience. Huge thanks to all Fluidride Cup product sponsors for providing countless goodies.

Next Fluidride Cup (#5) is going to be held in Port Angeles WA on August 21st, 22nd and 23rd. The Olympic Dirt Society is going to be hosting a very classy event and I expect to see everyone there...with your race faces on.

Gus and MaryJane of Arrow enjoying the rain, true Oregonians.

Gus and MaryJane of Arrow enjoying the rain, true Oregonians.

Gus with vintage 1999 Ski Bowl Tshirt from the NORBA Championships.

Gus with vintage 1999 Ski Bowl Tshirt from the NORBA Championships.


I would like racers to leave thank you notes (here) to the entire Mt Hood Ski Bowl staff and Hurricane Racing staff. Props to Fat Tire Farm for adding to the pro prize purses and big thanks to Gus and MaryJane at Arrow Racing for driving across the state to provide race support for the fans of Arrow Tires. A shout out to James and Joey at Rockstar for dealing with some BS as they were broadsided over energy drink politics. Thanks to Monster Energy for the small amount of time spent on race day and the smaller amount of drinks for the staff and racers. If you're not going to give it your best effort then don't get involved is what I'm saying, it's gravity racing and we expect the best support for such a challenging event.

The 2009 Fluidride Cup is brought to you by:

Kona Bicycles
Fox Racing Shocks
Evil Bicycles
Fluidride Bike Shop Seattle WA


Shiloh Cyclery
Pinkbike.com
ODI
e.13
Dakine
Scott
Corsair Bikes
Transition Bikes
Mace
Rockstar Energy
Gravity
Brasher's Auto Auction
Stevens Pass
Jones Soda
WTB
Arrow Racing
SRAM
Lizard Skins
Pryme
661
Royal Racing
Republik MTB Apparel
Luna

And a very special thank you to Fat Tire Farm in Portland OR for your support of the Oregon State DH Mountain Bike Championships.

To go directly to photos of the recent Fluidride Cup Gallery click here.

See you all at the next race!

Mike 'northwestdhdad' Estes
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16 Comments

  • + 1
 That was some seriously great racing last weekend. Really did separate the men from the boys, and was super fun to watch the pros destroy the course and still make it look too easy. Big thanks to event staff for hanging out in the cold rain all day long. We really do appreciate the effort. Also big thanks to Brad Delzer for another awesome raffle, I like my new bars. See you all in PA.
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  • + 2
 ha the begining of the vid was so funny. but it skipped a big chunk of the course and then stayed in the woods for a while. just throwin it out there. nicely edited though
  • - 8
 didnt make it cause i was tired from the dual stunt. But fat tire farm sucks
  • + 4
 Alex, never write under my story that a sponsor 'sucks' that supported a race you didn't even attend. Sometimes I wanna smack you upside your head.
  • + 1
 The FRC3 video has a lot of the upper section but not as much wood section. Figured I'd flip flop it
  • + 1
 Sorry Mike. I meant to say fat tire farm is the best, and Tim is awesome.
  • + 1
 Thats much better.......
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  • + 1
 In the picture of Bryn getting his medal, LOL, only inches seperate stealing it but luckily for him theres about 27 seconds between the both of them!
  • + 2
 That's 27 seconds with a pretty big crash in the woods for Kyle.
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  • + 1
 dude that guy in the begging is a good friend of mine hahahah that was crazy when i saw him haha sick vid
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  • + 1
 And Hardtail Open Champion is Bryce Timm of SMX Optics/ODI Grips! hahahaha f*ck yeah dude
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  • + 0
 just jizzed in my pants! its a real downhill course "something unheard of at any races in cali... definately going next year!
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  • + 1
 if anybody wants to see more pics. I posted a few. I have more, let me know your # and I can see if I got you.
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  • + 1
 Remember the name.... Mikey Sylvestri... hes the real deal
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  • + 1
 I love that vid!!!
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