Finals Photo Epic: Downhill Southeast - Windrock II 2020

Jul 13, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  



Clouds and gentle showers filled the skies and replaced the warm and muggy weather that the DHSE saw on Saturday for qualifying runs. While the rain came and went early on in the morning on Sunday, the rain didn’t saturate the track enough to change the dry and loose conditions. The precipitation did, however, knock down the heat and humidity, a warm welcome for racers, workers and spectators alike.

The dry, loose conditions continued to play in the favor of the Californian Charlie Harrison on race day. He again took top honors on the day with a run time of 2 mins 48 seconds, a little over 4 seconds faster than Intense Factory Racing’s Neko Mulally (2:52) who came in second. Local southeast racer Seth Hanson once again rounded out the podium, making Sunday's podium the exact same as Saturday's qualifying.

On the women’s side of things, the top three would also remain the same as Saturday's qualifying! Norwegian born Frida Ronning once again took the top spot with a run time of 3:23, with Canadian Rachel Pageau in second (3:29) and Caroline Washam in third (3:36). The top three women also doubled up on race runs as they additionally ran the Single Crown Open class. Rachel would finish 8th in class, with Frida in 10th and Caroline in the number 12 spot.

Honorable mentions from the weekend include Specialized Gravity team member Chris Grice, who took home 4th in Mens Pro with a time of 2 mins and 59 seconds. A mere 2 seconds off of the podium, all at the age of 17. The kid is mature, humble and most of all insanely fast for his age. The future is bright for US DH racing with this kid.

Arguably (definitely) the MVP(s) of the weekend were the people who made the event happen. From the mastermind Neko Mulally, the backpack bandit Logan Mulally, to the shuttle crew, EMTs and everyone else involved with the series, your hard work doesn’t / won’t go unnoticed. Thank you for paving a way to get legitimate DH racing to the South East and getting everyone back to racing in spite of the current global situation. See you all at Snowshoe August 1st and 2nd.


The droplets on the ribbon is the extent of the rain that got through the the dense foliage during the early morning showers.
The droplets on the ribbon are the extent of the rain that got through the dense foliage during the early morning showers.

Rayfeal during one of his many runs he definitely got in a solid amount of runs over the course of the weekend. Im still tired from watching push back up the hills trying to dial in his lines.
Rayfeal during one of his many runs, he definitely got in a solid amount of riding over the course of the weekend. I'm still tired from watching push back up the hill trying to dial in his lines.


John leading keith into a powerline section.
John leading Keith into the powerline section.



Charlie diving into the powerline section.
Charlie diving into the powerline section.

Colin dusting me out.
Colin dusting me out.

Isak launching over a rock garden near the top of the mountain.
Isak launching over a rock garden near the top of the mountain.

Frida doing the same.
Frida doing the same.


Brooks took home the win in the Cat 1 Men s 0-18 class.
Brooks took home the win in the Cat 1 Men's 0-18 class.

The OG.
The OG.

Starting grate awaiting tread.
Starting grate awaiting tread.

Dialing in the mind before the run.
Dialing in the mind before a run.


Cleaning up after a good breakfast morning of the race.
Cleaning up after a good breakfast.

More sprinting to the finish. Milliseconds count here.
More sprinting to the finish. Every millisecond counts here.

After going over the bars literally coming into the finish line this racer went from otb to the hot seat. Needless to say he was feeling the effects of the crash right after.
After going over the bars literally coming into the finish line, this racer went from otb to the hot seat. Needless to say, he was feeling the effects of the crash right after.

Post crash vibes.
Post crash vibes.

Getting into race mode.
Getting into race mode.

Smiles were abundant all weekend
Smiles were abundant all weekend!

The steed awaiting battle.
The steed awaiting battle.

Owen trying to mentally dial in his lines before his run he ended up 9th in a stacked Cat 2 3 Men 0-14 class.
Owen trying to mentally dial in his lines before his run, he ended up 9th in a stacked Cat 2/3 Men 0-14 class.

Nice views from the drop-in the mountains in the distance were barely visible at the first round due to humidity.
Nice views from the drop-in, the mountains in the distance were barely visible at the first round due to humidity.

Just one of sility turns that greeted the racers.
Just one of the turns that greeted the racers.

The boss man laying down a heater in morning practice.
The boss man laying down a heater in morning practice.

Klean kids.
Klean kids.


Rachel diving into a turn as a fellow racer tries to dial in his line choice.
Rachel diving into a turn as a fellow racer tries to dial in his line choice.

Chris putting his Specialized to work.
Chris putting his Specialized to work.

Charlie getting a few cranks in.
Charlie getting a few cranks in.


One of the several runs Chuck got in during the weekend. Grinding it out.
One of the several runs Chuck got in during the weekend. Grinding it out.




Jack has been staying at Dakota Norton s house seems like the program is working for him. He takes third.
Jack has been staying at Dakota Norton's house, seems like the program is working for him. He takes third.

Cat 1 Men s 40 podium.
Cat 1 Men's 40+ podium.


Post run pain from the first and second place men s pro finishers.
Post run pain.
Post run pain from the first and second place men's pro finishers.

Chris all smiles after finishing fourth out of 12 in the Pro Mens feild.
Chris all smiles after finishing fourth out of 12 in the Pro Mens field.

Sometimes you win sometimes you lose. Circles of life.
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Circle of life.

 I missed the podium by how much
"I missed the podium by how much?"

Charlie floating his way to a first place finish. Say the trip from Cali was a success.
Charlie floating his way to a first-place finish. The trip from Cali was a success.

Neko rocking the stars and bars sleeve on his way to second.
Neko rocking the stars and stripes sleeve on his way to second.

Seth staying low over the final step up before the finish.
Seth staying low over the final step up before the finish.

Airbourne Trek.
Airbourne Trek.

Respect is nice to see after race runs. Costs nothing to be respectful.
Respect is nice to see after race runs. Costs nothing to be respectful.


Sprinting through the finish.
Sprinting through the finish.

What everyone wants but only a few achieve.
What everyone wants but only a few achieve.

Dak was on the sidelines at this race. He is nursing a bum elbow at the moment he hopes to be back soon.
Dak was on the sidelines at this race. He is nursing a bum elbow at the moment, he hopes to be back soon.

The other Mulally brother. Colin was the youngest competitor in the Cat 1 Junior class but managed to come across the line in commendable 7th.
The other Mulally brother. Colin was the youngest competitor in the Cat 1 Junior class but managed to come across the line in commendable 7th.

Caitlyn was lacking a chain at the finish but not lacking a smile.
Caitlyn was lacking a chain at the finish but not lacking a smile.

In the Kanuga hot seat. Kanuga is a E-bike bike park in Brevard NC opening soon. The mastermind behind the trail system is none other than the businessman himself Neko Mulally.
In the Kanuga hot seat. Kanuga is an E-bike bike park in Brevard, NC opening soon. The mastermind behind the trail system is none other than the businessman himself, Neko Mulally.

Anxiously awaiting the arrival of fellow racers at the finish.
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of fellow racers at the finish.


Father and son enjoying some racing and each others company.
Father and son enjoying some racing and each others company.

The coveted top step.
The coveted top step.


The DHSE crew did a fantastic job at having results posted as classes finished. Here a few racers check to see how they did.
The DHSE crew did a fantastic job at having results posted as classes finished. Here a few racers check to see how they did.

Rachel all smiles to be able to racing.
Rachel all smiles to be able to racing.

Letting er pur.

17 year old Chris Grice will definitely be a hope for US DH in the very near future.
17-year-old Chris Grice will definitely be a hope for US DH in the very near future.

Full on moto scrub for Nathan.
Full on moto scrub for Nathan.


Seth floating on his new DH rig.
Seth floating on his new DH rig.

Nice necklace
Nice necklace!

Little homie couldn t have been happier with his run and the weekend as a whole.
Little homie couldn't have been happier with his run and the weekend as a whole.

Neko dealing with the paparazzi.
Neko dealing with the paparazzi.

Impressive ride from the california native. Hope to see him back at some more DHSE.
Impressive ride from the California native. Hope to see him back at some more DHSE.

Mens Pro podium.
Mens Pro podium.

Throwing on the gold.
Throwing on the gold.

Womens Pro podium rachel must have missed the dog memo.
Womens Pro podium rachel must have missed the dog memo.
Womens Pro podium, Rachel must have missed the dog memo.


Cat 1 Junior Men 0-18 podium. 8 seconds was difference between first and third.
Cat 1 Junior Men 0-18 podium. 8 seconds was the difference between first and third.



80 Comments

  • 55 1
 Man, got to give mad props to the Mulally brothers. What they are doing for DH in the US is blinding.
  • 11 0
 Agreed! Windrock Bike Park, Downhill South-East Race series, and The Snowshoe World Cup course are some of their contributions.
  • 41 5
 Um. It's stars and stripes. Stars and bars is the Confederate flag.
  • 15 1
 Oh, yeah. Let’s go ahead and get that fixed
  • 9 18
flag blowmyfuse (Jul 13, 2020 at 10:04) (Below Threshold)
 Let it go. Let it go. Can't hold it back anymore.....I don't care...what they may say.....the cold never bothered me anyway....
  • 40 15
 Glad to see everyone being responsible, wearing masks, and keeping safe distance. Great job everyone!
  • 25 6
 @Beez177: racing bikes and advocating for civil rights are basically the same thing after all :eyeroll:
  • 7 29
flag Beez177 (Jul 13, 2020 at 11:33) (Below Threshold)
 @beeeefkirky: Doesn't matter the event, spreading germs is spreading germs. Is that what looters are doing? Advocating for civil rights?
  • 9 10
 @beeeefkirky: because viruses/germs only spread at non-protesting/rioting type events right? I will be sure to confirm that with my my family member's medical journals (a doc and two nurses).
  • 16 11
 @bman33: I didn't say that. I'm saying that choosing to increase the risk of spread for a bike race is not the same choice as accepting the risk of increased spread due to protesting for equitable treatment. One is for fun, the other is for progress.

Also if you'd like to cite literature: www.nber.org/papers/w27408.pdf

edit: left out word
  • 12 2
 @Beez177: The looters got the majority of media attention but were an incredibly small group compared the rest of the protesters (at least here in Atlanta). There have been multiple protests every day since the May 31st, but most of the media attention has fizzled since the violence died down.
  • 16 3
 @bman33: why are you deflecting by comparing a bike race to people protesting for civil rights? It seems like most people at the protests were at least wearing masks. But regardless, it's whataboutism to point at civil rights protesters and say "why is it ok for them to gather in large numbers then, huh?"
  • 10 11
 @thegoodflow: not deflecting one single bit at all. To say so is dishonest. My comment is on the hypocrisy around fighting for civil rights (admirable and just that, a right) and all the 'gatherings' that are associated with that fight in today's world and the almost complete dismissal of it's possible affects on Covid-19 spreading compared to any other type of activity whether indoor, outdoor, etc. and painting those who participate in non-protesting events as some type of evil invaders or Luddite cavemen. I mean, one of the largest glaring example was the politician photo op at George Floyd's funeral, all the key players were there to let the world know 'they care' and yet on the same breath admonish anyone else attending the funeral of a relative (I have direct relations to those who had to sit in a car and watch a funeral) , graduations, bike races, etc. etc. The term 'whataboutism' is a vastly over used snark in today politically charged times that both major 'sides' throw around like a used cigarette. It's worthless at this point. I just moved from Denver and saw maybe 20% of the 'protesters' wearing masks. Not sure on Atlanta's front, but I am from there (ie: why and how I know Chandler in your photos), and from what I see about the same percent, maybe a bit more if that.
Now if you are trying to paint me a some right-wing conspiracy guy, good luck because I find fault equally between both major political factions in this country...they are all full of sh*t in my book. My point again is noting hypocrisy, mis-information on both 'sides' , the shaming and holier than thou attitude and absolutism (you are 100% with me on all points or 100% against me if you dare to question anything) that is permeating everything lately. It's f*cking nauseating and has nothing but a toxic divide and conquer appeal that only politicians would appreciate.
Hope that helps. Ride on
  • 6 5
 @bman33: Wow, just wow.
  • 7 7
 @thegoodflow: Yep. Lots said on that, and I am sure I will be down voted into oblivion here. That said I just jumped in the comment chain to point it out. If folks don't see how they are being played by powers that be on both sides of this debate around both the major hot topics listed above I am not sure what else can be said. Look at almost every single comment thread on Pinkbike alone regardless of the article...it often devolves into shaming, shit talking and down right abusing a commentor just because of a possible different perspective. Aren't we all into mountain bikes here? Aren't we all here to escape the BS of the daily news cycle? It would seem we are, but look at us now.
I wish you well and hope your day on two wheels is a good one.
  • 3 5
 @bman33: I doubt that I'm the only one that didn't need you to point out that the protests can and have likely contributed to the spread of the virus and that this is cause for concern.
  • 10 6
 @beeeefkirky: Oh come on, there's no false equivalence between protesting a murder/ongoing violent oppression and choosing to roll up to a bike race with a $10K downhill bike.
  • 7 0
 @bman33: I think you might be confusing me and @thegoodflow. Either way, my point is not to shame the event or those who attended. My point was to say that looking at viral spread is only one dimension of how "good" attending an event is.

Most will agree that some things are more worthy of increased risk than others. Grocery shopping or doing work that can't be done at home in order to retain your job both increase risk, but in most situations are necessary.

This may be overly optimistic but I'd like to think those who chose to attend the race would also be willing to travel and show up to support civil rights as well. If not, that's their right, but that decision does say something.

Either way, once all this pandemic nonsense chills out, feel free to hit me up if you come through GA and are looking to ride.
  • 2 14
flag Beez177 (Jul 13, 2020 at 16:01) (Below Threshold)
 @beeeefkirky: incredibly small? Yeah right. You don't respect my POV, but want me to respect yours? FU...
  • 12 6
 @Beez177: That's unrelated, but nice try. Whites kill the majority of other whites. What's your point, other than thinly veiled racism?
  • 6 15
flag Beez177 (Jul 13, 2020 at 16:18) (Below Threshold)
 @nutintuit: Typical liberal.. screams racist when their arguement is flawed. You never answered my question? Do you care about all the other victims too?
Voting Biden? Yeah he'll fix it, he's only been in politics for 40 years, but this time he's serious...
  • 3 8
flag onlyDH (Jul 13, 2020 at 18:25) (Below Threshold)
 They’re outside and in the sun. It’ll be ok, Karen
  • 5 1
 @onlyDH: might want to inject some Lysol too just to play it safe
  • 3 5
 @thegoodflow: where’s your depth of thought? I wear a mask when I’m inside around other people, even though I already have had covid. Did you know that people who didn’t vote for trump can think that wearing a mask outdoors is stupid?
  • 1 5
flag onlyDH (Jul 13, 2020 at 18:58) (Below Threshold)
 @thegoodflow: www.cuimc.columbia.edu/news/far-uvc-light-safely-kills-airborne-coronaviruses

actual scientists back the fact that UVC light kills covid. Get with the times
  • 6 0
 @onlyDH: "Short-wavelength UVC is the most damaging type of UV radiation. However, it is completely filtered by the atmosphere and does not reach the earth's surface."

www.who.int/uv/faq/whatisuv/en/index2.html
  • 2 5
 @thegoodflow: UVB effectively disrupts the RNA in sars cov-1, and likely works equally effectively against sars cov-2. There haven’t been any studies released regarding the effect of UVB on cov-2.

While UVB is less effective than UVC, being out in the sun provides plenty of concentration of UVB to damage the virus.
  • 5 2
 These 'I care more about COVID than you' pissing contests never get old............
  • 18 1
 if there is any video of me crashing across the finish, please reach out
  • 2 1
 Damn son. Hope you aren't too banged up today.
  • 4 0
 So far I have only see one sport/racing event that tests everyone involved consistently and continuously, and even there, mistakes are made. That sport would be Formula 1.

This, and any other even without proper safety, security etc is absolutely f*cking stupid.
  • 6 0
 You can tell barber shops have been closed! Smile
  • 1 0
 Im the smiling goober in the TLD jersey and I cut my own hair think i did a good job, lol
  • 5 1
 Nice to see all these people coming together in close proximity at this super shredder event.
  • 9 7
 Fuck yeah! A little dh, some civil rights protests, a virus, and lectures on fuckng masks...all thrown into one picture story of a dh race. Way to fucking ruin a perfectly good time douchebags.
  • 3 0
 Was Harrison on a 27.5 session? Looking at his boxxer they look like 27.5?
  • 2 0
 Interesting tire choice as well for Chuck
  • 2 1
 @TCarl11: "it's a bold strategy Cotton, we'll see if it pays off for him." (Clearly it did).
  • 2 0
 Camp Three clothing? Man I haven't heard that name since the early 2000's BMX scene.
  • 3 0
 Killer shots! I can't relate to racing downhill with no gloves on though.
  • 2 3
 Same here...can't ride like that no gloves
  • 3 0
 Also Charlie harrison, like Bruni, love competitor rubber.
  • 6 3
 Not a single mask. Great work people.
  • 3 1
 I love seeing John Leslie and Keith O’Brien make the race recap. Yeah boys !
  • 4 3
 You could hide an ebike motor in that YT downtube and no one would ever know.
  • 1 0
 Anybody have a video of the finish line crash of the 2nd place Single Crown racer? (pictured post crash)
  • 5 6
 I was considering North Carolina/Tennessee as place to live. After googling some more info, Carolina Wolf Spider popped up in the search results. I quickly changed my mind...
  • 2 0
 Knoxville or Chattanooga are definitely rising hot spots for riding and good starting points for getting to Windrock, Pisgah and Dupont.
  • 2 1
 @AndrewFleming: great trails, the weather sucks. Until that changes, I’ll be happy to keep spending my summers in the Rockies, PNW, and BC, and winters in Knoxville/Bentonville.
  • 1 0
 @onlyDH: I grew up on the east coast so I don’t mind the humidity. Sounds like you have a good seasonal split!
  • 2 0
 @AndrewFleming: I grew up in Miami, but have spent so much time in better climates that I refuse to move back to the heat/humidity
  • 1 0
 No spectators? Looks like a casual DH SESSION.
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