KMC Winter Series Round 4, Southridge Park, Fontana CA

Feb 19, 2017
by Scott McClain  
Category five storm Lucifer struck Southern California with a Vengeance over the weekend, and while the numbers may have dipped a bit, the water left the dirt in hero conditions for the fourth round of the KMC Winter Series Presented by Southridge USA. Friday much of the southland was seemingly under water with posts on social media questioning what the conditions in Fontana would look like? Six inches of mud? Hero Dirt?? No one really knew for sure. The storm was due to track right over Fontana and the rest of Southern California from the Central coast down, so when we arrived Saturday with occasional lingering rain and more due back at the start of the Super D at 1pm, we understood why Fontana seemed deserted. Nevertheless, we hit the pits to see what the buzz was. It didn't take long to find something pretty rad.

KMC Winter Series Round 4 Southridge Park Fontana CA 2017
A bike rocking a punk rock pink chain made by none other than the title sponsor KMC.

It was great to see Shimano out supporting in the pits at the 4th round of the series.

Also in attendance, Shimano. It was great having them return to providing neutral support for the fourth round of the series. Gritty conditions caused by the wet weather made for some necessary drivetrain repairs, which Shimano was happy to assist with. First up as always is the Super D race. It seemed several were turned off by the weather with just three pro men and no pro women in attendance. It was a shame too, because the dirt was amazing.

Cole Picchiottino on his way to another 1st place finish in the Pro Super D race.

Cole Picchiottino on his way to another 1st place finish in the Pro Super D race, with a total time of 06:57.61. Evander Hughes, his teammate, finished second with a combined time of 07:08.92 and Cody Masson rounded out the category with a time of 7:10.04. Meanwhile over on the other side of the hill, DH practice was in full swing.

Saturday s DH practice was in full effect despite some rain. The numbers were lower for sure but would that be the case for Sunday s main event
It was good to see riders out despite the rainy practice conditions. We spotted a couple of recognizable racers running the course.

A pleasant surprise and a pleasure to watch Finn Illes made the trip down from Canada eh -
A pleasant surprise and a pleasure to watch, Finn Iles made the trip down from Canada eh.

Jared Hanson pinned on his Intense DVO machine. How would he fair in Sunday s main event
Jared Hanson, pinned on his Intense DVO machine. How would he fair in Sunday's main event?

Buchanan pushes up as the Fontana Class Clown Doyle shows us his best Captain Morgan.
Caroline Buchanan pushes up as the Fontana Class Clown, Kyle Doyle shows us his best Captain Morgan.

As the wind picked up and the precipitation returned Saturday afternoon, I called it a day and many of the riders did too. Sunday morning I arrived to partly cloudy skies and a much larger crowd than the day prior. It was clear that the storm had kept people hunkered down at home as they chose not to brave the wet weather for Saturday's practice.

Early morning practice Sunday was packed with riders that avoided Saturday s rain.
Early morning practice Sunday was packed with riders that avoided Saturday's rain.

Vet Pro and legend in the sport Eric Carter was spotted rockin his throwback jersey from 1992.
Vet Pro and legend in the sport, Eric Carter was spotted rockin' his throwback jersey from 1992.

It was great to see several Pro Team riders with their Jr. counterparts. Nestoroff and Harrison here Cometti and Walton and below Beerten and Silva.
It was great to see several Pro Team riders with their Jr. counterparts. Nestoroff and Harrison, here Cometti and Walton and below Beerten and Silva.

KMC Winter Series Round 4 Southridge Park Fontana CA 2017

Perhaps the most colorful kit and bike combo on the hill was in the new category for 2017 the Open Junior Category 14 and under dawned by Kaden Pankow.
With nearly every color of the rainbow, this colorful kit and bike combo on the hill was in the new category for 2017 the Open Junior Category (14 and under) dawned by Kaden Pankow. The racing started shortly after 10:30am and it was a spectacle.

Finnley Iles had the crowd hyped as he is a treat to watch however he would finish two steps off the top behind both Nestoroff and Walton respectively.
Finn Iles, had the crowd hyped, as he is a treat to watch, however he would finish two steps off the top, behind both Nestoroff and Walton.

Steven Walton Factory Commencal rider drops in on the lower section of the steeps in Fontana. He finished 2nd in the Junior Expert Category.
Steven Walton, Factory Commencal rider, drops in on the lower section of the steeps in Fontana. He would finish 2nd in the Junior Expert Category.

Nik Nestoroff pops off a little wall ride on his way to first place in the Junior Expert Category.
Nik Nestoroff pops off a little wall ride on his way to his first place finish.

CJ Selig races to a 3rd place finish in the Pro Women s Category. She was super stoked to not only finish well but to do so in a field of seven strong competitors.
CJ Selig, races to a 3rd place finish in the pro women's Category. She was super stoked to not only finish well but to do so in a field of seven strong competitors.

Anneke Beerten shreds past the crowd on her way to a second in the Pro Women s Category.
Anneke Beerten shreds past the crowd on her way to the second step in Pro Women.

Caroline Buchanan stays low and fast finishing first in the Pro Woman Category.
After not competing at Fontana in four years, Caroline Buchanan stays low and fast finishing first in the pro women's category.

It looks like we will be seeing more of this Dangerous Duo. Caroline Buchanan and Barry Nobles riding for Airborne have plans to hit several stops in the MTB world. Buchanan is shooting for all of the Crankworx events as well as 4cross and BMX events locally and abroad. She emphasized her riding career rotates around the four year Olympic cycles. Regarding this years calendar she specified I want to win both world titles again. MTB 4Cross and BMX . I would expect Barry Nobles to run similar events as the couple tour together.

Speaking of Buchanan, it looks like we will be seeing more of this Dangerous Duo. Caroline Buchanan and Barry Nobles riding for Airborne, have plans to hit several stops in the MTB world. Buchanan is shooting for all of the Crankworx events, as well as 4cross and BMX events locally and abroad. She emphasized her riding career rotates around the four-year Olympic cycles. Regarding this year's calendar, she specified, "I want to win both world titles again." (MTB 4Cross and BMX). I would expect Barry Nobles to run similar events as the couple tour together.

Bruce Klein appeared to be on fire but it just wasn t enough to take the victory today finishing in Second Place behind Charlie Harrison.
Lastly, in the Pro Men's DH Race, Bruce Klein appeared to be on fire, but it just wasn't enough to take the victory today, finishing in Second Place behind Charlie Harrison, but in front of Luca Cometti.

Harrison had some unique lines which proved to be fastest on the day in the Pro Men DH race. He attributed his win to coming off an exceptional team camp adding he loves the bike.
Harrison had some unique lines, which proved to be fastest on the day in Pro Men. He attributed his win to an exceptional team camp.

Junior Expert Podium - 1st Place Nik Nestoroff - 01 58.31 2nd Place Steven Walton - 01 59.86 3rd Place Finnley Iles - 02 00.91 4th Place Trevor Boldi - 02 02.71 5th Place Cole Suetos - 02 04.72
Junior Expert Podium - 1st Place: Nik Nestoroff - 01:58.31, 2nd Place: Steven Walton - 01:59.86, 3rd Place: Finnley Iles - 02:00.91, 4th Place: Trevor Boldi - 02:02.71, 5th Place: Cole Suetos - 02:04.72

Pro Women s Podium - 1st Place Caroline Buchanan - 02 17.68 2nd Place Anneke Beerten - 02 19.56 3rd Place CJ Selig - 02 42.56 4th Place Dani Johnson - 02 50.16 5th Place Amanda Wentz - 02 51.32
Pro Women's Podium - 1st Place: Caroline Buchanan - 02:17.68, 2nd Place: Anneke Beerten - 02:19.56, 3rd Place: CJ Selig - 02:42.56, 4th Place: Dani Johnson - 02:50.16, 5th Place: Amanda Wentz - 02:51.32

Pro Men s Podium - 1st Place Charlie Harrison - 01 54.78 2nd Place Bruce Klein - 01 55.01 3rd Place Luca Cometti - 02 00.70 4th Place Barry Nobles - 02 02.06 5th Place Sean Bell - 02 02.17
Pro Men's Podium - 1st Place: Charlie Harrison - 01:54.78, 2nd Place: Bruce Klein - 01:55.01, 3rd Place: Luca Cometti - 02:00.70, 4th Place: Barry Nobles - 02:02.06, 5th Place: Sean Bell - 02:02.17

KMC Winter Series Round 4 Southridge Park Fontana CA 2017


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  • 36 0
 man its awesome seeing charlie harrison doing whats he doing, kicking ass on a factory team while preparing for his first full season of world cups. I mean its easy to not appreciate the significance of what charlie did, working so hard on pursing his dream and finally making it happen. Cause really all the other top American wc riders, aaron gwin, neko mullaly, luca shaw, eliot jackson, they were all racing WC's pretty early on, cause they all got on factory teams pretty quickly, they didnt really have to race the pro grts series that much. CHarlie is one of the first riders to truly bust his ass through the ranks of the pro grts. From junior to elite. And apparently it was sort of do or die whether or not he was going to continue trying to race without good support. So props to charlie, and to the racing scene in the usa, i know it got a long way to go, but its possible if you really want it to make it to the World stage.
  • 25 0
 Thanks so much man, that means a lot. Reading this honestly made my day.
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flag blowmyfuse (Feb 21, 2017 at 5:01) (Below Threshold)
 Not disputing anything about Charlie, but I've watched Luca & Walker Shaw since they were tiny. Their family is in moto, but they both have worked relentlessly since their heads were bigger than their wheels.

The other thing is when you say "Factory" teams. Gwin got a Yeti when Yeti had no money and Jackson has never been on any brand I'd call factory until 2017. In MTB, "Factory" brands are Specialized, Giant & Trek. Every other team is scrounging and pinching pennies.

The only time in MTB history that we truly had Factory level support was in Lopes', Nicole, Peaty, Palmer Era. Those teams were Specialized, GT, Cannondale, Trek & Giant and they brought tractor trailers to events.

As for Charlie coming up through the ranks, we're all proud as heck of a guy who latches onto DH and puts in years of work (despite cars, girls and hormones) to go after what they really want and shows the focus and determination to go all in long term.
  • 16 1
 I'll trade you a CheezIt for a shuttle.
  • 13 1
 I wonder what Finn thinks when he sees that wall... Like WTF is this?
  • 6 0
 Probly lookin for the tow rope..ha
  • 6 0
 Awesome coverage, Scott! I can't stress enough how wonderful it was to have a full line up of awesome ladies racing the DH- and fun was definitely had! Apparently this year's winter series is going to be seven races, hopefully we can pull such large numbers for the final three!
  • 1 0
 Thank You CJ - I appreciate the support!
  • 4 0
 Stoked on my little buddy Cole Suetos - 5th in a stacked 18 & under expert field... not bad for a 15yo!
  • 3 0
 Thank you for the love on Pinkbike for the Chainline Bikes Junior Team Nathan Luna and Kaden Pankow. Great pictures as always.
  • 4 1
 That intense team showed up to race apparently. Excited to see them on the world cup circuit.
  • 3 0
 Seems I should have spent all my off time BMX-ing. So many BMX riders cross over and are so fast mtb-ing. . .
  • 3 0
 Nice showing for Intense. Hero dirt and great conditions.
  • 4 0
 Oh and Jack Moir 1st and Dean Lucas 3rd in Australia. I'm not an Intense fanboy, but they seemed to be putting money into their DH team this year and yesterday, 3 out of four hit the top step of the podium, with the other IFR team rider coming in 3rd.
  • 3 0
 Gread coverage, Scott!
  • 1 1
 ????????
  • 4 1
 Sorry that was supposed to be a thank you emoji
  • 1 0
 Airborne's enduro bike looks different from the horst link prototypes....What happened there?
  • 2 2
 Did it catch... the Plague??? I'll see myself out.
  • 1 0
 Women's Super D coverage would be cool. Last race had 7 women with no mention or pics.
  • 2 0
 I appreciate your comments. Round 3 had 2 Pro women and a few Open and I did include those. Round 4 (the current round) had zero pro women. If you talk to the women in Fontana they will tell you I go out of my way to try to include women's coverage where applicable, but I can't cover what isn't there. Round 3 results show 1 pro woman and 6 Open. I went to the Open Women and asked them why they didn't just race pro as that would have made for better coverage, to which they replied they have to be licensed. All that said, Your comment on my Round 2 coverage yielded mentions in my Round 3 coverage for Super D as a whole and for that I thank you. Cheers -
  • 2 0
 @calledtocreation: Thanks for the coverage I'm enjoying it. Hopefully more women show up the next few races. You got some great pics of Heather Gambini the past two races and we both appreciate it.
  • 3 0
 I want cheez-its now...
  • 1 0
 Wish the coverage wasn't limited!
  • 1 0
 What would you like to see?
  • 1 0
 @calledtocreation: I'd like to see some expert men DH as well! But keep these articles com in, i love them!
  • 1 0
 @cd0583: Stoked you love the articles. Let me see what I can do about sprinkle the articles with more variety, but don't expect full coverage Wink
  • 2 1
 Dem Intense w/da DVO on. Daaaaayum. Like Faaaaaaaack. Mmmmmmmm. Eh boys?
  • 2 0
 Wish you weren't so Fn awkward bud.
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