Eastern States Cup/Pro GRT 5 - Plattekill

May 27, 2013
by Jonathan Lamb  
When we arrived on Friday morning it was cloudy. As soon as we got the tents up it started to rain. It wouldn't stop raining or snowing until noon on Sunday.

Finding shelter wherever you can. Bo keeps watch.

The fireplace in the Plattekill Lodge was working overtime keeping riders warm and drying gear, over and over.

Fenders were in full effect.

Mud splatter for days. Dan Albert (ATL, Canfield Brothers)

Shane Leslie off the rock wall to the traverse across the ski hill. 7th in Junior X. (ODI/Specialized)

Saturday morning brought snow to the top of the mountain. Then it changed to rain and then back to snow for seeding in the afternoon.

The loneliest place in the world, 28 degrees and snowing.

Brendon Schweitzer threads the needle in the fog during seeding. (Oliver Racing/Specialized)

An unknown rider leaves a wake in seeding.

Walker Shaw during Sunday practice. Walker was 5 seconds off his brother Luca which put him 4th in Junior X. (Specialized Gravity USA)

Brook MacDonald, coming off a win at Mountain Creek last weekend, switched podium spots with his teammate Neko Mulally this week. 2nd in Pro Men. (Trek World Racing)

This is Brian Scorfolo's first full year of racing and he was just outside a top 10 at a national level race. 11th overall in Pro Men. (Fastline Racing)

Luca Shaw (left) took the win in the Junior X class at Platty this weekend. (Specialized Gravity USA) Cole Picchiottino (right) rounds out the top 5, 3 hundredths behind Walker Shaw. (Trek Southridge)

Anne Galyean is on a roll after taking her second win in a row this weekend at Plattekill.

Neko Mulally took the win in Pro Men with a 2:15.33. (Trek World Racing)

To the victors go the spoils.

The sad remains of a weekend that once was.

The 2013 Eastern States Cup will be back at Pat's Peak, NH in two weeks for the New Hampshire Bike Festival.



  • + 1
 Classic Plattekill & some good shots in there, but if you want to truly cover an event you should try to shoot more than just a few sections. Your photos did a great job of covering the feel of the weekend and the weather but it falls quite short of showing the action... just constructive criticism. keep up the solid work.
  • + 1
 Thanks, noted.
  • + 2
 Awesome coverage guys. Even with the shitty weather. Although it would of been fun to watch, I'm glad I went to blue mountain instead.
  • + 1
 Which Blue mt NY or PA? I heard a rumor Blue Mt Pa was opening again this year.
  • + 2
 Pa. I had first lift Saturday, the Dh line is fantastic, other new lines still need work but it was a lot of fun
  • + 1
 Thats awesome finally blue back open. Are the dirt jumps still there? School bus step up?lool. That was my spot 3 years ago. We stumbled onto it, started killing it at the dj's then mtn closed right after that, bummed out. You can ride dh all day then when lift closes go over to the jumps and get busy. It was like a small version of highland mtn. Those dj's were epic hope they rebuild. Ewok forest, school bus step up/down, everything sick. I was looking at this huck coming into the jumps, redicilous. Do like a 30' step down on top into the first set of berms and jumps, its like gapping the roll in chute. Place has serious potential, hope more mtns in PA start programs.
  • + 0
 do they still have only 1 lift and the barn lookin lodge? i road and raced there when i first got onto mnt biking back in 97. i raced a DH on a Proflex 856 with Rock Shox DH that had 3" travle. I had a blast. i came in 18th out of 25 for my age group.
  • + 2
 2 lifts, and a pretty decent lodge, i guess it looks like a barn
  • + 0
 Blue Mtn Pa is open! It was opening weekend.had a blast on Sunday conditions were excellent and runs were sweet.great start for Blue and looking foreword to new lines as the Mtn develops!
  • + 1
 What does that have to do with the plattekill GRT?
  • + 1
 Its a tight community here in the east. All the dhers ride the sames mtns and pretty much know eachother. Everyone knows Plattekill is the absolute gnarliest spot with most drop bar none on east coast. Then you have Creek and Highland for my jump orientated riding. Blue Mtn is a nice mix of both dh and jumps and we need more mountain to open. Thanks for the heads up. I season pass plattekill for life but also travel around. Blue is very close for me and I would go there over Creek any day like it or love it.
  • + 1
 Does anyone have pics of any gnarly sections of the course? Just curious as to what it looked like...
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 I will have a video of the race up in a day or 2, with plenty of footage of the gnarly section you speak of. -Jason Scheiding
  • + 1
 Just go to plattekill any weekend, ride up the tripple chair mountain and go down dabomb. Will have all the gnar you ever wanted to see.
  • + 1
 Nice pics, i can almost hear the tires rolling through the wet mud... Plattekill awesomeness
  • + 1
 Looks like Platty in the fall. Yesterday it was 73 and not a cloud in the sky.
  • + 1
 yesterday was absolutely fantastic!

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