Sitting in a board meeting for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Association four months ago, we were given the go ahead to start planning an event on Tiger Mountain, near Seattle. With the rise of enduro in the Northwest it was a clear decision to use the new East Tiger Summit trail. Built this summer through our partnership with the Washington DNR, it is the first sanctioned trail to run from the summit of East Tiger. We quickly decided to use East Summit and the Preston Railroad Trail as the premiere leg of a three stage race.
It’s hard to promote a race for the first time, on trails that carry so much meaning to so many people, and to know how everyone will receive it. Despite our fears, the initial response was overwhelming and despite a rainy race day (the first real rain in 60 days!), pre registration filled up and brought about a massive turnout.
The photos really tell the story of the new trail and the race. An awesome atmosphere and some epic trail conditions helped us pull off an event bigger than we anticipated. Despite some missteps we’ll be back next year with a better plan and a bigger race. We’d like to thank our premiere sponsors, Shimano, FSA and Diamondback, and our shop sponsors Gregg’s Cycles, Alpine Hut and Second Ascent. The beer garden from Snoqualmie Brewing was a great place to swap stories and plan for next year.
We’re looking forward to putting it on again and everyone who came out to support. We look forward to seeing who will be the King and Queen of Tiger next year!
Results can be found here.