Recap: Kingdom Enduro 2014

Sep 30, 2014 at 8:28
Sep 30, 2014
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WORDS BY THIBAULT – PHOTOS BY JAKE GOSS & THIBAULT

Kingdom Enduro 2014

On Sunday morning a procession of competitors filled the parking lot as the sun’s first light illuminated the fog. Regional riders and traveling pros had made to pilgrimage to Q Burke Mountain Bike Park in the pastoral Northeast Kingdom of Vermont for Triple Crown Enduro stop three: The Kingdom Enduro.

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Before long many familiar smiling faces could be seen in the crowd. Among the 215 riders were top Triple Crown competitors including local favorite Kimberly Quinlan, Lauren Peterson, tour leader Adam Snyder, Jeff Lenosky, Seamus Powell (back from his Mountain Creek injury), and Kingdom Enduro course builder Knight Ide to name a few. Also present was an awesome showing of our Francophone friends from north of the border. One notable absence was that of Marla Streb, pro women’s winner of the previous two races.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Local MadKats Dylan Conte and Isaac Alliare.

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Riders headed up the lift and were greeted with a grand vista. Due to an inversion the clouds hung low in the valley revealing the Vermont mountaintops with peak foliage the color of Fruity Pebbles.

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Folks that weren’t used to “Kingdom Time” got a bit antsy when the race was delayed for nearly 40 minutes due to timing issues. Once the flood gates opened and riders were being released every 30 seconds, everybody got their game faces on and it was go time!

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Kingdom Enduro course builder Knight Ide.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Poc rider Adam Morse.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Kimberly Quinlan.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Young buck Grayson Brewster.

Stage one saw riders descending through the Bike Park’s flow trails to the lift bottom. It was a blistering short and fast stage that left even the fittest sets of lungs on legs dry heaving.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
MadKats Racing/Xprezo rider Dylan Conte.

Once completed riders made an about face to climb back up the shoulder of the mountain to the infamous Dead Moose Abuse; a raucous trail with burly granite boulders sprinkled among muddy roots and displaced loam. Stage two found the DHers in the group in their element… not so much for the spandex 120mm crowd.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
The always fashionable Nate Simpson.

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Andy Gould of Blue Steel Cyclery made this section look easy.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Evan Chismark navigates the Dead Moose rock gardens.

After the second stage Pros and Ams split paths. Pro competitors headed up a grueling climb on Burke Mountain’s paved auto road. Steep switchbacks lead them to the summit while the amateur competitors headed across the mountain to the mid point of the pro’s descent.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Local yokels.

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Giant/Mavic rider Jeff Lenosky.

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Local Mike Mader.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Andreane Lanthier Nadeau looking strong near the finish.

By the bottom of J-Bar racers were routed back to the base lodge to hit the final wooden step down.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Chris Patton shows the crowd how it’s done.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Iron Maiden fan Jackson Jenkins.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Adam Snyder flies to the finish.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
The blue groove.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
Cycles Xprezo's frame builder Phil Benoit.

A crowd amassed at the finish line with Long Trail Ales and pulled pork sandwiches in hand, rocking out to a live punk rock soundtrack courtesy of Vermont’s mountain bike house band the CopOuts.

Kingdom Enduro 2014
CopOut frontman Jay Knecht.

Once the dust settled the winners were announced and the Giant/Liv Bicycles after party commenced. What a way to finish the summer! So Enduro!

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Kingdom Enduro Mens’ Pros:
1) Seamus Powell
2) Franck Kirscher
3) Adam Snyder

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Kingdom Enduro Women’s Pros:
1) Andreane Lanthier Nadeau
2) Kimberly Quinlan
3) Lauren Peterson

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Triple Crown Enduro Series Pro Men:
1) Adam Snyder
2) Jeff Lenosky
3) Jason Scheiding

Kingdom Enduro 2014

Triple Crown Enduro Series Pro Women:
1) Kimberly Quinlin
2) Lauren Peterson
3) Marla Streb (not present)

Kingdom Enduro 2014

And your champs: Kim Quinlan and Adam Snyder.
Congrats!

A huge thanks to Q Burke Bike Park and their amazing trail crew for an excellent Triple Crown Enduro finale!

A full list of results can be found here:
http://app.jchipusa.com/event/2014-kingdom-enduro/results?category=MALL
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13 Comments

  • + 7
 MORE PICTURES!!! gah nothing more incredible than NEK in the fall... is Dead Moose Abuse next to where Dead Moose Alley is?
  • + 2
 Yup - it's a shortcut on Dead Moose Alley.
  • + 2
 Yeah so far I'm shocked at the lack of pictures.. almost wishing I had ditched the bike for a camera this past weekend!
  • + 3
 haha.. nice.. all about the pros I see the AM podiums didn't even get mentioned. Ya, I agree with shredjekyll lack of pics is pretty disappointing... pics of the pros and that's about it as well...
  • + 2
 It was literally the perfect weekend, tons of sick riders/riding, weather was unbelievable, scenery was just mind-blowing... there should be hundreds of fantastic pictures
  • + 2
 Yeah.. I was hoping for some sick shots of me an my buddies.. we all did really well few of us podiumed and not 1 photo of any of us except for Andy
  • + 2
 More pics at www.mtbvt.com/archives/20214 and even more on Facebook. Sorry guys, never seen a PB story with 100's of pics.
  • + 1
 Wasn't expecting 100's of pictures on PB I just have barely seen anything anywhere.
  • + 2
 @mtbvt at mountain creek it was kinda cool as they posted shots of almost every racer... it was just cool to see yourself and friends in the shots that's all. We see enough shots of the pros... It was by far my favorite race of the year though!
  • + 0
 Actually, you can see more including all the podium shots on the full Pinkbike album here: www.pinkbike.com/u/mtbvt/album/Kingdom-Enduro-2014/?page=3
  • + 1
 how about some amateur podium pics
  • + 1
 Pretty sure the hawaiian shirt guy is Nate S

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