Course Preview: Downhill Southeast - Windrock 2020

Jun 4, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  
(Burke Saunders Photo)


It's been an abnormally long time since we've been between the tape. This weekend, in Oliver Springs, Tennessee, the clock will be ticking as the first official post-COVID-19 racing gets underway at Windrock Bike Park. The start list has over a hundred and fifty riders registered, across all categories, with the Pro class including a number of the top American World Cup riders.

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.

The Pro / Cat 1 course for the weekend will follow the Snackerock trail to Caveman, finishing at the RedBull Ravine. The Cat 2, 3 / Single Crown class will race Talladega to Dropout.

Neko Mulally and Luca Shaw along with other top Americans will be racing this weekend. (Burke Saunders Photo)

This race will no doubt be a bit different than those of the past. With social distancing guidelines still in effect, 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 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



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Windrock Bike Park


47 Comments

  • 42 2
 Can someone ZOOM me in?
  • 2 0
 Winner
  • 4 0
 Sick track, high on my list of road trip location. Looks like that tight NE style with great flow.
  • 2 0
 @jorgeposada: it is.. I call it steep flow with massive rocks scattered in.
  • 21 1
 Post Covid? How long have I been asleep?
  • 20 5
 Who is that chick on the cat 2 course, shes freaking ripping!
  • 8 0
 I bet it’s Frida Ronning
  • 4 0
 @nickgarrison: i hope you bet a shit ton
  • 16 3
 Someone livestream please!!
  • 12 0
 Can I compete via zwift or no?
  • 1 1
 Next DH Southwest... Hosted by Zwift, and Strava! lol
  • 9 0
 Damn that pro track looks soo fun
  • 1 1
 Looks World Cup worthy.
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: it is. Not sure where everyone would stay, but the track would hold up well on its own.
  • 2 0
 @BigballmcCall: Knoxville is decent size city with plenty of lodging. I feel WC tracks are typically a bit longer though.
  • 1 0
 @nickgarrison: For sure. That track might be sub 3 minute for pros who are hammering it on the flats and such. I'm not sure if they have the ability to add some more flatter traverse sections to get a bit more out of it or not.
  • 3 0
 @Hogfly: thats only the bottom 1/3rd of the mountain. There are some serious length tracks from the top
  • 2 0
 @dirtyoldman: Right -- Windmill/Rolling Coal to bottom would be brutal.
  • 1 0
 @dirtyoldman: if they made a trail with a bunch of traverses to add length, it would somewhat ruin the steepness that Windrock offers.. Would be cool if they could utilize some of the elevation on the windmill side.
  • 1 0
 @nickgarrison: yeah, thats what I was talking about, rolling coal and windmill come down all the way from the top and are by no means not steep!
  • 1 0
 @nickgarrison: Issue is all the villages at most WC tracks are within riding distance between the lodges and pits, which makes it convenient for racers to come and go throughout the day; also the infrastructure is there for spectators and event organizers. The nearest area for Windrock would be Oak Ridge. Not sure on immediate area lodging for teams that like renting out whole houses. It's certainly doable, it would just be a bit different atmosphere.
  • 8 0
 R A C I N G ! ! !
  • 12 4
 AMERICA!!!
  • 2 0
 It's gotten a lot better at Windrock since I live in Oakridge, back then it was Haw Ridge ... and now there's Dirty South and all the fun stuff in town.
  • 2 1
 I never go to Windrock to have fun, just to build skills (which is fun).
  • 1 0
 @onlyDH: i love feeling the progression every time i go out there. it makes you a better rider no doubt.
  • 1 0
 @onlyDH: Check your messages! sent you a message about an item you have for sale a week ago! I'm from east TN and need that Runt to smash Windrock!
  • 4 0
 Oh god I wish we could start our season here
  • 3 0
 I'm so desperate for some dh action right now I'd watch old people race mobility scooters downhill.
  • 2 0
 I'd actually pay more for that!
  • 1 0
 @h-beck83: yes we know it's coming
  • 2 0
 Wow that cat 1 track is amazing and nice stylz
  • 1 0
 Yeah, enjoyed that go pro footy as much as an edit
  • 1 0
 great looking courses, really looking forward to watching this! NORBA like
  • 1 0
 Damn I wish this was going to be broadcast on redbull, so thirsty for racing!
  • 2 0
 Loose doggy dog
  • 3 2
 Are spectators allowed to come watch?
  • 24 39
flag drakefan705 (Jun 4, 2020 at 15:54) (Below Threshold)
 Even if you are, that's really not the most responsible thing to do.
  • 7 9
 @drakefan705: you’re a mountain biker! Getting on a bike isn’t the most responsible thing... but we do it anyways!
  • 2 0
 Yeah Nik!
  • 1 0
 Track looks tip top! Love all the little compressions littered everywhere.
  • 1 0
 Happy days.
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