Final Results: Windrock Tennessee National 2021

Mar 14, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
First win of the year for Charlie Harrison

The US DH series kicks off its 2021 season with some wild racing at Windrock.

In the Elite Men's racing, Charlie Harrison comes out on top with a lead of just 0.08 seconds on Dakotah Norton. Fastest qualifier Luca Shaw had a massive crash when a broken chain locked up his rear wheel over the triple jump just within view of the finish line. Aaron Gwin also appears to have had some issues as he posted on Instagram where he said: "Unfortunately nailed a tree at the top of my race run and got stuck tryin to get around the next one. Bummed and sore but overall great weekend good to be on the podium still."

For the Elite Women, Frida Helena Ronning improves upon her second place in qualifying to master the tricky conditions and take the top spot by over one and a half seconds. Kailey Skelton drops one place and crosses the line in 2nd, while Mazie Hayden finishes third, 14 seconds off the pace.

Check out the full results from qualifying below and view the full photo epic here


Elite Men:

1st. Charlie Harrison: 2:23.17
2nd. Dakotah Norton: +0.08
3rd. Steven Walton: +1.84
4th. Aaron Gwin: +2.40
5th. Nikolas Nestoroff: +3.29

Elite Women:

1st. Frida Helena Ronning: 2:56.12
2nd. Kailey Skelton: +1.36
3rd. Mazie Hayden: +14.03
4th. Caroline Washam: +14.88
5th. Ella Erickson: +19.44

Cat1 17-18 Men:

1st. Chris Grice: 2:27.46
2nd. Keegan Rowley: +4.12
3rd. Dean Lindsey: +8.32
4th. Parker Nishkian: +11.06
5th. Brooks Hudson: +11.26

Full Results:

Elite Men:

Elite Women:

Cat1 17-18 Men:


  • 84 1
 Gwin slaps a tree and still ends up 4th.
  • 2 0
 Luca’s chain and body goes brrrrrr and he finishes last...

Fr,i hope he didnt get too concussed
  • 2 1
 "You can fit 2.4 seconds in this bad boy"
  • 56 3
 When Charlie edges Dak by .08s
  • 40 2
 wtf Vlad is almost as fast as chris grice?!!!?
  • 19 0
 Not only is he almost as fast as Grice, he is almost as fast as Aaron Gwin!
  • 40 8
 @brendan-bowers: almost as fast as Aaron if he hits a tree mid run
  • 3 0
 Wtf, Vlad rips!
  • 20 1
 @gunnyhoney: well he shouldn't have done that
  • 4 1
 @gunnyhoney: or faster than Bruni who didn't race with this logic
  • 15 0
 Conclusions: Vlad is a stud. PB Academy was stupid.
  • 1 0
 @MajesticMOOSE: The top 3 guys were all crazy fast, but yeah, they should have at least gotten Vlad into a proper race at some point, any point.
  • 1 0
 Anyone can ride a bike fast. I wanna know how fast he can rebuild his fork!!
  • 14 0
 Frida is slayin! Go Norway!
  • 2 0
 Why didn't the other Norwegian start?--I presume he crashed sessioning
  • 9 0
 First win for the new Session?
  • 9 1
 damn, really wanted to see richie on the sb165
  • 17 10
 Will we ever see Gwin back to his former dominance?
  • 46 4
 Doubt he’ll ever dominate like that again, but can defo see him still winning and challenging for overall
  • 9 1
 Each time I see him on a race, I hope to see performances from his YT/Specialized years. Sincerely hope it's not over
  • 55 2
 He clipped a tree and only ended up 2.4 seconds off... I bet he's ready to rumble this year.
  • 7 2
 He dominated that tree for sure. Poor tree haha
  • 14 2
 He was 2.6 back after his tree incident and finished 2.4 off so was fastest on the second section of the track
  • 8 2
 Lol remember this shit last year that he was done and the podiumed the next day. When you hit a tree, you don't win most days.
  • 54 2
 I got to talk to him with no one around yesterday for a bit. He is here relaxing and having a great time & in a good mood.

You're drastically overreacting if you think the guy with the 2nd most all time World Cup wins is somehow done. Talent & drive do not disappear.

Also, by trying to imply he's slipping, you're discrediting the drastic improvements that Luca, Dak & Charlie have made to pull back the gap he had on talent in the US.

Rising tide raises all ships.
  • 5 33
flag cuban-b (Mar 14, 2021 at 11:04) (Below Threshold)
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: nah he’s done lol
  • 5 0
 Mainly depends on injuries I'd say.
  • 11 3
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: who is this guy Gwin is definitely no where near done
Don’t forget folks that Gwin hasn’t even rode Windrock for 3 years and he still comes thru and shreds just as hard as the guys who are there locally practicing on their home court daily. Yea Cuban-b ur an idiot
  • 4 14
flag cuban-b (Mar 14, 2021 at 12:03) (Below Threshold)
 @Don23: so sensitive! Smile
  • 7 5
 @cuban-b: Please, seriously, go away forever.
  • 10 3
 @pistol2ne: oh relax we’re all just f*cking around. Beer cheers. Gwin will win again I promise
  • 4 4
 Probably not. He shows some speed and flashes of brilliance but there always seems to be some kind of mistake that ruins things for him. Constant mistakes and injuries usually are the result of getting older and lacking the pure intense focus needed to consistently win at this level. Sure he’s fast as hell, no discounting that, but speed doesn’t mean shit if you can’t keep your run clean to the bottom at that speed. Then when he has a mistake free run, it’s not fast. I don’t know, guess we’ll see.
  • 5 5
 I feel like listening to all the Gwin haters is like listening to the Sam Hill haters about 8 years ago. “He is done”, “won’t ever be dominate again” blah blah blah. I think it’s unlikely he will be as successful as he was on Trek but I would be surprised if he doesn’t surpass Minaar and become the GOAT.
  • 8 0
 @thejake: Minaar ain’t done either
  • 2 1
 @myles57 I think we’ll see Gwin back on top. He’s conditioned and he’s hungry.
  • 3 5
 Pinner Gwinner, Charlie's had his dinner. Gwinner isn't winning another world cup race, never mind the overall. This isn't 2016.
  • 2 0
 @jaame: You’re right. I did eat dinner last night. It was delicious. I don’t think Gwin will take an overall, but I do think he’ll grab a few more World Cup wins. Look at old Minaar crushing and 5 years on Gwin. Gwin with mistakes and misfortune for world champs over and over has been trying, but that makes it all more motivating to get after it.
  • 3 0
 @chuckobike: Gwin's past it I think. I do hope he wins the world championship though.
  • 1 0
 @purplegorillaz: How about his years on Trek? Those were the most dominant years of his career.
  • 4 0
 Why RR didn't race? Would be so interesting to see the results
  • 18 0
 He posted on Instagram that with the rain and mud he did not feel right risking it. He decided to practice with the Yeti team for the enduro, which is today.
  • 2 0
 @PTyliszczak: thx bud
  • 2 0
 Go to vitalmtb - you'll get a good look at the new high pivot session in their RAW video at around 01:08 and a not so good one at 03:10 and a pretty good one at 05:00.....
  • 2 0
 Good to see racing happening
  • 3 0
 Hugh pivot FTW
  • 4 3
 Ya, I ride Charlie's local trails and no, I can't beat his KOM.
  • 5 1
 Same...even on my most epic run, im miles away from him-I mean, I should be, im old and washed up, but, its a ridiculous amount of ass whooping hahaha.
  • 3 2
 what happened in lucas run? did he crash or flat? walker 10th. not bad
  • 5 1
 I read in the photo epic that he broke his chain and it got sucked into his wheel going over the last jump before the finish and he crashed, or something like that. tough day
  • 12 0
 “Sadly top qualifier Luca Shaw had a massive crash when a broken chain locked up his rear wheel over the triple jump just within view of the finish line.” from DT in the opening of the photo epic.
  • 15 3
 Reading is hard Frown .
  • 3 3
 @digitalsoul: oh sorry i didnt read the text. i only had a quick view at the results list. what a bummer for luca. all the best for the next race.
  • 2 0
 @mllachance: AND Luca had fastest split time....f*ck.
  • 5 4
 How come Richie did not started?? so Rude....
  • 2 0
 Norton is consistent.
  • 1 0
 Why didn’t Richie start
  • 1 0
 The mud unfortunately :/. I was really looking forward to that run too. Just means he still needs to try racing DH Big Grin \m/
  • 1 0
 California boys repping hard. 4 of the top 5 Elite Men?
  • 1 1
 What happened too Luca? last isn’t in his character
  • 1 1
 Ah I see
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