Course Preview: Downhill Southeast - Windrock II 2020

Jul 8, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  
Dak soaring.


With World Cup racing and travel to many places (especially if you're an American) still on hold, racing has been very limited in 2020. This weekend, however, the second round of the DHSE series gets underway, again at Windrock Bike Park in eastern Tennessee. The pro field looks to be loaded with some of the top US riders. It's to be noted that social distancing guidelines along with regulations to comply with safety guidelines are still in place.

Windrock Bike Park is a staple of East Coast riding and racing. With 1,100 feet of elevation and some of the more technical terrain in the region along with a temperate climate year-round, it attracts its fair share of top racers for training, especially in the cooler months when many resorts switch over to skiing. The incredibly rocky hillside can make for a challenge to ride in the best of conditions. Couple that with the frequent Southeast US rainstorms and humidity, and you have a recipe for exciting conditions, especially given the frequent rains that have fallen in recent days.

The Pro / Cat 1 course for the weekend will follow Trail One to Middle Finger, finishing at the RedBull Ravine. The Cat 2, 3 / Single Crown class will race Trail One to Drop Out, finishing on Talladega.

The new norm
Social distancing and masks will accompany the racing this weekend at Windrock

Having the same guidelines as the previous race at Windrock, safety will be a top consideration and all races will follow local and state laws that are in place in that regard. There will be no on-site registration and racers are asked to sign up online at downhillsoutheast.com to register prior to arriving.

Pinkbike will again be providing coverage of the entire weekend. We have a photographer on the ground so look forward to photo epics, bike checks, and more as the weekend progresses. For now, we have video previews of both courses below.

Pro/Cat 1



Cat 2 / Cat 3 / Single Crown




27 Comments

  • 19 0
 Windrock is a cruel mistress. You roll a few good corners and make it through some rock gardens and think "dang I got this..." and then she cracks the whip and you're off in a ditch somewhere.
  • 3 0
 Totally right! I was there back a few months ago doing a few "chill" runs on trail one after hitting all the other double blacks and I faceplanted on a 2 foot drop and broke my wrist. Still hyped to do this race though
  • 2 1
 @Jpatfrancisco: mine was more like a broken derailleur and totally taco'd rear wheel...but not as expensive as a wrist for sure.
  • 1 1
 @preach: Who has wheel insurance?
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: evidently I need it sir.
  • 2 0
 Liking that off camber high line, flat corner switchbacks, true Beast Coast.
  • 1 0
 @endlessblockades: I definitely need it
  • 2 0
 So true, Windrock claimed part of my soul the last time I was there.
  • 2 0
 The trails at Windrock rarely hurt you. It's the other 99% of scree rock 12 inches to 50 feet (depending on how far you're tossed) that do alllll the damage. There is not a soft spot to land.
  • 8 1
 I do not envy those racing in the heat and humidity this weekend.
  • 3 1
 i love riding downhill and racing, but I am kind of not looking forward to the race. waiting in the lines are really long and it is supposed to rain and be in the high 80°s
  • 10 0
 @ajaypate1: Sack up - you're lucky to have the option.
  • 3 0
 @ajaypate1: I was really looking forward to Beech but I understand why they had to move it. I’m heading to snowshoe this weekend instead of racing. Looking like mid to upper 70’s. Probably a ton of rain like usual though haha
  • 2 0
 @nickgarrison: Yep yep, beech would have been 15-20 degrees cooler...but probably would have rained too.
  • 3 0
 @ajaypate1: lol man try 115* here in Arizona... you have it made!
  • 1 1
 @ryankxf: but it’s a nice dry heat.
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: 92 but a 105 heat index is HOT.
  • 4 0
 Wow! Seemed like only millimetres from going off the edge of the trail on Pro course vid at 2:05
  • 3 3
 It seems like almost every other state has gone back to racing, but it seems that the state with the lowest coronavirus infection rate doesn’t know how to do that. If they can do this safely then maybe Connecticut can too. If they can’t, then keep the racing off.
  • 1 0
 I was looking forward to riding in Arkansas but they have maxed out the hospitals with Rona cases.
  • 3 0
 Great track preview. I wish the video was a little better but it looks amazing.
  • 3 0
 That run looked super rad! Except for the camera man watching the guy in a diaper the whole time! HAHA,
  • 2 0
 @TW80: I was trying to figure that out too. Or a pair of Lands End pleated khakis? Jake...from State Farm?
  • 1 0
 I'm assuming that was Neko on the pro course preview with the Intense29, New FOX 40 and TRP brakes, but I guess it technically could have been anyone seeing as that is commercailly available gear...
  • 1 0
 Best place to ride in TN for DH hands down.
  • 1 0
 Wait.. two DH race one venue?
  • 1 0
 All of the DHSE races this year have different tracks for amateurs.

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