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Clif Enduro East: Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap

Aug 5, 2017
by Eastern States Cup  
Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Racers gathered for the early morning riders meeting.


People from all around gathered in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont to race the premier trails in the area. Racers were in pursuit of a piece of the $6,000 cash purse and in search of E.W.S. qualifier points. Riders were pushed to their limits as day one was full of on and off rain showers and thunder storms making everything seem completely different from what they were like on practice day. Day one would cover 25 miles which required riders to climb 4,300ft over a total of five stages. With the rain coming down mid race for most riders it would make for some larger time splits on each stage. It seems like there is no way of escaping the rain in enduro racing.


Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Everyone was informed on how the fly-by timing procedure worked.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Rules and finishing times were established before heading up the Burke lift in order to get to the first five-mile transfer over to Victory.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
After their five mile warm-up to Stage 1, riders lined up in a first come first serve order.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Lauren Petersen lead the charge for the Women's E.W.S. class taking all five stage wins.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Staying at the front of the pack and quickly riding up the transfer stages to try and beat the rain was a strategy used by any riders. James Barthmus pushed him self to stay in the front and ended up with at 5th place for the day in the Masters E.W.S. class.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Matthew Gilbertson, keeping it low on the step-down and currently sitting in 7th in the men's E.W.S. class after day one.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Riders certainly earned their turns after the transfer up to Stage 2.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
The dry early morning conditions allowed for mid stage nose bonks.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Jumping rollers is not only fun, it can also be a time saver.


Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Many sections on each stage allowed for riders to choose their preferred lines.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
While the trails at victory are mostly gravity-fed there were still sections where racers could try and make up their lost time in previous sections.


Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
The racers who participated in the E.W.S. class rode all five stages which traversed over 25 miles and required them to climb a total of 4,300ft.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Conditions in the morning were dry and dusty until the rain hit while half the field was still doing stages three and four.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Fast, steep, and rocky chutes were scattered through out the mountain.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
When the rain came, open and uncovered sections of track turned quickly to mud.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Awkward rock sections had multiple line choices.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Every corner was approached with added caution the second half of the day.


Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Off-camber roots and rocks pushed riders around.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Marley Reed pushing through the bottom half of Stage 3 preparing for the steep mud-fest ahead.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Ella Skalwold is currently sitting in third in the women's E.W.S. class.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Riders were happy pushing through the last flow sections of Stage 4, before having to make their five-mile trek back to Burke.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
A little rain makes a big difference.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Everyone pushed themselves to make up the most time in sections like this.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
After a good day of racing, Odin Adolphson is currently sitting in 3rd.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
The final stretch on Stage 4. Kelly Ault is now sitting in 4th in the women's E.W.S. class.

Everyone enjoyed a nice meal after their rugged day of racing, before getting to bed early for part two at Burke mountain where they will ride three final stages.

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap
Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap

Clif Enduro East Burke Mountain and Victory Hill - Day 1 Race Recap



MENTIONS: @Eastern-States-Cup / @CLIF




3 Comments

  • + 7
 Another soggy race! 2017 year of Rain!
  • + 4
 Certainly was a bit slick but after the ESC race at Victory Hill two years ago it will take a monsoon for me to call a race rainy. Such a fun weekend though. Thank you Cliff and everyone else that helped to make this race happen.
  • + 3
 This was the best race course I have ever ridden, a true test of fitness and skill. EWS venue in the next few years...

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