The 4th Round of the Cascadia Dirt Cup
, the Tiger Mountain Enduro
, will be remembered for two things: the torrential downpour of rain throughout the day and the NW spirit that is very alive and well. The CDC organizers knew they were risking rain for a late September race, but with a new trail going in that wasn't available until then, they took their chances. Despite the record rainfall in a single day, over 90% of racers still came out to tame the tiger.
Bike dialed in. Check. Waivers signed. Check. Rain. Check, check!
Tiger Mountain is by far the most popular and easily accessible mountain bike destination in the greater Seattle area. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
(EMBA) has worked tirelessly to build a strong relationship with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As a result, the first trail on Tiger in 20 years was built last year - the East Tiger Summit Trail. Silent Swamp is on pace for completion this fall and Off the Grid is slated for completion next year. Tiger Mountain has a bright future.
Stage 1 descended East Tiger Summit and Preston trails. These trails hold up well in the rain. It's 2-3 days after the rain stops when it gets interesting.
Huge thanks to DNR for allowing the Cascadia Dirt Cup to race on the "not officially open" Silent Swamp Trail for stage 2. An even bigger thank you to the EMBA trail crews who worked all week before the race to cut in a gnarly feeder trail to access it. Racers were able to walk the trail for Friday practice, but most folks raced it completely blind.
Putting the hammer down.
Stage 3 was a short but sweet section on the Iverson trail that ended with warm food, cold beer and shelter from the rain.
Lots of muddy bikes and smiles around the pits.
CDC Master of Ceremonies, Lee Peterson presents a check to EMBA. The CDC has raised $12,000 for local trail advocacy groups this year.
The record breaking rain and 30mph gusts of wind certainly didn't break anyone's spirit today.Pro Men:
1. Charlie Sponsel - Diamondback
2. Lars Sternberg - Transition
3. Luke Strobel - EvilPro Women
1. Isabelle Deguise - Team Danger Pony
2. Angela Sucich - Sturdy Bitch Racing
3. Monilee Atkinson - Element Cycles, Norco
Congrats to Charlie Sponsel (Pro), Kim Wolfkill (Male Masters Sport 40+) and Micheal Scholl (Veteran 50+) for clinching their respective categories. Full Results Here
The CDC series finale will venture north to the Chuckanut Mountains outside of Bellingham, Washington on October 20th for the Chuckanut Enduro