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Cascadia Dirt Cup: Yacolt Burn Enduro Recap

Jul 1, 2014
by Trey Wilson  
"Junuary" according to urbandictionary.com is a term commonly referring to January like weather (ie: rain, hail, coldness) when it is in fact June. This phenomenon is uncommon in most parts of the world, except Washington (Cascadia). This pretty much sums up the weather leading to the the CDC series opener at Yacolt Burn State Forest in SW Washington. With 4 stages over 20 miles and nearly 4000ft climbing/descending to cover racers embraced the conditions, and in true Cascadian fashion, made the best of it.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014

The Cold Creek Mountain Bikers are a chapter of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the local trail stewards of Yacolt Burn State Forest. Over the years they have worked tirelessly to build a strong relationship with the Department of Natural Resources which has resulted in one of the first mountain bike specific trails on state land. This is a big deal folks.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
Fine Cascadian mud.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
Number plates before and after.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
It's great to see Mathew Slaven back and looking strong. 2nd place among the pros.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
In dry conditions there would be very little pedaling during the 4 timed stages, but in the wet conditions folks had to power through some sloppy sections to maintain speed.

Images from the 2014 Cascadia Dirt Cup 1 Yacolt Burn Enduro
When the rain finally relented it wasn't long before trail conditions improved.

Images from the 2014 Cascadia Dirt Cup 1 Yacolt Burn Enduro
Charging hard on Stage 2.

Images from the 2014 Cascadia Dirt Cup 1 Yacolt Burn Enduro
The sun did make a brief appearance. If you look hard you can see shadows.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
One favorite section of the course was this rock garden on stage 4. Line choice was crucial because at the end is a narrow bridge you had to aim for. If you were off you ended up in a creek.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
On stage 3 riders had a choice to keep it low and smooth...

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
Or go big!

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
After a challenging day in the saddle the EPIC Racing Team discuss how they fared throughout the day.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
Most people made a beeline to the beer garden after their race concluded...

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
While others decided to freshen up a bit.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
Pro Men: 1st - Alex "KrunkShox" McGuinnis, 2nd - Mathew Slaven, 3rd - Darrin Seeds. 4th - Nick Tuttle, 5th - Scott Kemp.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Yacolt Burn Enduro 2014
The day ended with a little sunshine, big smiles and excitement for Round 2 on July 26th at Dry Hill, just outside Port Angeles, WA.

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16 Comments

  • 12 2
 I guess no women raced...?
  • 1 3
 Why would you think that?
  • 8 3
 Not one single photo, not even a podium shot, not a mention... I know 5 women out there that raced, despite the conditions, the terrain, they raced their hearts out. So much for promoting and supporting womens racing. Just something journalists should consider when reporting on races. But there was a photo of a beer tap, I guess that counts for something...
  • 11 0
 mattsavage you're absolutely right. To the women who raced and others who have supported the CDC in the past this is an epic fail on my part and I apologize. Conditions were tough not only for the racers but the photags as well and I didn't have the usual cache of photos I usually have to choose from. Again, apologies, I will do better by you next time. In the meantime here is a shot of the pro women's podium. (It's a vertical photo and PB prefers horizontal for the homepage) 1st - Jaime Rees, 2nd - Dawn Fidler, 3rd Abbey Watson and 4th Sarah Tingey. www.pinkbike.com/photo/11131712
-Trey
  • 4 0
 There we go! Thank You! I wasn't really complaining the first time, it was just more of a general observation, albeit a little snide...
  • 1 0
 While I agree re: the coverage of women (my lady won sport!), there is a photo of a woman with the Epic Racing crew, second from left in the photo! What an awesome muddy race, can't wait until the next one.
  • 4 0
 Yeah Krunkshoxxxxxxxx!
  • 2 0
 Haha, that's me freshening up! To be fair...I did in fact beeline to the cooler in my car for beer first!
  • 1 0
 glad everyone persevered in the junuary weather, to bad i missed the good times. thanks for the good photos konrad & ralbisurez photography
  • 2 0
 Wish I could've been there! I'll be at the next one.
  • 2 0
 January huh? I don't see any snow. Looks like april.
  • 1 0
 JUnuary...not JAnuary. You must be a speed-reader. Wink
  • 2 0
 Iron Horse Brewery is AWESOME!!!!!
  • 1 0
 "Pretty Nicky" Tuttle, quietly kicking some ass.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for putting on another great race, can't wait for Dry Hill!

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