In the heat of a Pacific Northwest Summer, we're checking out bikes from a mix of riders in our field. Everyone is pinned on dusty, fast, tech trails in the Chuckanut Mountains just outside of Bellingham, WA. This is the first NAET race in Washington and the CDC is stoked to bring it around. Now check out these bikes!
Luke Strobel was the man who won the 2015 overall but other circumstances have kept his defense on the sidelines this year. After missing the first two races of the season Luke returned to form to take the win in a spectacular fashion at Round #3
in Yacolt, WA on his Shimano, ENVE and Fox equipped EVIL Following. When asked "Luke, what makes your bike unique to you?" He replied, "Burgtec... You know what Burgtec is, don't you?"
This is a man who takes his flat pedals seriously, and as we saw today, there is plenty of room for flat pedals in the highest ranks of enduro
Adrian Hopkins races in the PRO Women's field for Transition Bikes and crushes the fun game; obviously. Her 2016 Patrol is specced with Fox and has a a unique feature that only Adrian can point out. You can always ask her questions about bike setup at her day job for Transition Bikes! "Adrian, what makes your bike unique to you?" "Well, my bottle matches my bike! And what else could I want, this bike is perfect out of the box!"
Layton Meyers started racing the series 3 years ago at 14. Now at 17 and 6'3" he is making this year his year in Junior Expert. When asked about his 2016 Kona Process 134, he is pretty sure that "4 Tokens and high Tire pressure" are the secrets to his success.
This if for Jim Brown. The director of Rad Racing. If you don't know why we wish this for him check out radracingnw.org
Molly Mehan is the only Junior girl currently competing in the CDC, and well, it's pretty hard to compete by yourself so Molly opted to race with the Jr. Boys [Molly: Where the F are the Girls!]. No one has complained yet but she's proving that the fast juniors race on Konas. Did we mention that she currently does not have any sponsors? Someone hook this girl up!
The number of components that Jacob smashes during practice seems to lead to him always having a clean run on race day, and thus making him the current points leader in Expert Men 19-29. Riding for Kona Coalition Racing, Jacob is decked out in a suite of Race Face, Spank and IXS gear.
Andy is a Sport Class rider who is rocking a brand spanking new Evil Insurgent. How does he like it? "The build is great, all I did was throw my own grips on!" That's a hard review to argue with, eh?
Andi Zolton races Pro Women on a LIV Intrigue for the LIV Co-Factory Off Road team. The best thing about her Shimano and RockShox equipped bike is that fork, "It's the best fork EVER
". Andi might have more podiums in more types of dirt racing that anyone except for Aaron Bradford!
Kasper Dean is a Pro. Being a Pro is still a new thing for him on the Enduro front but this kid is hitting top 15 in the PRO GRT. He's racing the "Franken" bike for Joy Ride Bicycles. Underneath it all, it's a Kona Process 134 with a mix of whatever he had in the garage.
Hannah Bergemann is in contention to lead the Women's Expert field. She couldn't be more stoked on racing on the Kona Process, "I'm stoked on 29 inches
". Racing in Hood river for the Dirty Harlots, Dakine, Kona, Stoked Roasters and Second Win Sports she's picked the right wheel size for the fast open OR trails.
Logan Wetzel is a machine. He's been crushing souls with his Shimano specced Transition Smuggler and has some wins this year to back up a stellar season in 2015. He is racing for the Transition Factory/CLIF/ANVL/GIRO/WTB team in Bellingham. Tire pressure is the secret with 24/28 being the choice for a blown out Chuckanut.
Nick Hardin makes coffee [no really he does at his coffee shop Kickstand Coffee
] and destroys berms. The 2016 addition to the Marin Bicycles team is riding a Shimano, Suntour, and WTB specced Attack trail. With support from Hood river organics and Kick Stand Coffee and the Kitchen at Dirty Finger he might be the most well-fed racer in the CDC.
This bike is sporting a lot of stack, a la Nico Lau. Since he's leading the Pro overall with 2 race wins we are all running to get more spacers.
Kim Hardin might be the better racer in that top picture. She's crushing the Pro Women's field and has more top steps than any woman ever at the CDC. Running an awesome Yeti SB6C with Fox suspension and a ton of Easton carbon, she is faster than you. We can't remember when Kim last raced with a pack, but her Dakine kits are always on point.
There are some secret sauce hubs from Chris King on her bike that are ultra low drag that we can only wonder about.The Cascadia Dirt Cup is proud of our racers and thankful to these awesome sponsors:
Evil Bikes, Shimano, Fox Racing Shox, EVOC, CLiF, SOG, Iron Horse Brewing, Full Speed Ahead, Kali Protectives, Dr. Sasquatch Soap, Northwest Riders, Olympia Coffee and to Pinkbike for showing us what's rad!
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