NW Cup Round Four, Silver Mt, ID - Race Report

Jun 29, 2016
by Eric Ashley  
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  Luke Strobel and Bob Stenson getting things dialed during Saturday's practice. Strobel was on the hunt for his third win of the season over the weekend.

It’s a long ride to the top of North America’s longest gondola. The roughly 30-minute ride leaves plenty of time to enjoy a snack, work out some stretches, or even finish a beer purchased in the village. Awaiting passengers at the top is a true hidden gem of Northwest riding. Silver Mountain Bike Park is home to a heap of trails with plenty of character and 3,400 feet of descending.

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  Woodruff Skinner sending the final wood feature on Frankenbeans during Sunday's race in which he placed second (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

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  Left: The fine mechanics from Shimano were once again on site to keep bikes running smoothly. Right: Kent Billingsley getting the day started with the breakfast of champions.

The NW Cup made its first stop here last year during the bike park’s driest season on record. But rivers of moon dust and the smoky haze of a nearby forest fire didn’t scare away the crowds and Silver Mountain was added to the calendar again— albeit as an earlier, well calculated, stop in the season.

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  Right: Titus Ruiz (Cat 3 Men 0-10).

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  Andrew Pittman kicking up flecks of mud at the top of the Cat2/Cat3 course (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

With such drastic conditions last year, many headed into the weekend with an eye to the dirt quality, only to be taken off guard by the late-June weather which produced thunderstorms, rain, and even a spell of snow during Friday’s practice. By Saturday morning, conditions were back on track for a glorious weekend of racing.

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  Jack Frischkorn (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).

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  Sydney Haberman was looking very comfortable on the course and took the top spot on the podium on Sunday (Cat 2 Women 0-18 ).

The mountain has already seen a packed season after hosting the North American Enduro Cup, a moto enduro race, and the NW Cup in back-to-back-to-back weekends. All these proceedings had the mountain operating smoothly and lift lines for the gondola were streamlined with the addition of a new loading system using every shuttle parties' favorite Dakine tailgate pads.

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  Fresh cut. This newest section of trail will need some maturing to really expose the roots. Bill Smith (Cat 2 Men 50+).

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  Tyler Boyd (Cat 2 Men 19-29) and Adrian Lee (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ). Boyd's aggressive riding and creative lines carried him to second on race day.

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The format at Silver Mountain separates the classes onto two courses. Cat 3/Cat 2 racers competed on Jackass with the addition of a new section through the middle. The dirt was still moist in places, particularly on the freshly cut portion of the trail where mud and the off-camber challenged riders to keep their pace.

Cat I/Pro racers faced off on the chunky tech on Hot Beans as it heads to the perpetually slanted roots and ruts of Frankenbeans. The report came back that the ruts and bomb-holes were just as deep as in the past — but the absent moon dust meant riders could at least see what was coming at them.

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  Ryan Stern wrapped up the weekend in first with a two-second lead (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

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  Dylon Wineland (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

With overall points starting to stack up and favorable conditions, the field was shaping up for a fast bout of racing. Luke Strobel and Jaime Rees were each chasing their third win of the season. Kent Billingsley, who worked as trail crew at Silver Mountain a few years back, had his sights on the top spot in his once-upon-a-time home turf. And after his first win during round three, Austin Lancaster was exploring the options for a repeat.

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  Jake Grob (Pro Men).

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  The top of the Cat 1/Pro course opens with plenty of rocks to keep racers occupied. Jesse Ransavage (Pro Men).

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  After earning his first win at Skibowl, Austin Lancaster was looking to repeat his success at round four (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

After seedings on Saturday Luke Strobel, Jaime Rees and Damon Sedivy laid down times several seconds ahead of the competition. Following Strobel was a particularly tight group of times from Luke Stevens, Kent Billingsley, Bob Stenson, and Jake Grob each finishing within a .6 second spread. The margins for Pro Women were larger between Kjersti Christensen, Kerstin Holster, and Linnea Rooke. First through fifth for Juniors ended with roughly a nine-second spread with Dylan Brown, Josh Gibb, Austin Lancaster, Sylas Linnemann rounding out the top spots.

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  Dylan Brown (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

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  All smiles from Andrew Gore during practice (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

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  No stranger to injury, Kody Clark (Pro Men) was taken out of the lineup by a broken fibula and tibia. Rest up Kody.

Sunday morning followed Saturday's lead with prime conditions that were just the right amount of hot. Racer's were up on the mountain early to bang out as many practice laps as they could. The dirt had dried a little more overnight allowing for an aggressive mix of grip/slide. On the Cat 1/Pro Course, the high sun cast deep shadows on upper Frankenbeans to add to the challenge.

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  Bailey Villalovos lifts up the rubber on this steep turn into Frankenbeans. Villalovos finished fifth on Sunday (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

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  "Is it clear?" Bob Stenson heads back up for another go at his favorite corner on the course before seeding runs on Saturday (Pro Men).

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  Ethan Lieb (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

The Juniors stayed pretty true to the top five seedings. Austin Lancaster rose to the top for his second win. Teammates Josh Gibb and Dylan Brown swapped places, Benjamin Van Veen placed fourth, and Damon Sedivy dropped down to fifth. The Pro Women all improved on their times without changing the order — Jaime Reese pressed the home court advantage to sink her third win of the season and set a new course time for Pro Women. Luke Strobel also set a new course time even though his race run was a second off his seeding. Kent Billingsley powered his way into second ahead of Braeden Onciul, Corey Craig, and Luke Stevens.

Full Results Here.

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  Josh Gibb seeded third on Saturday (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

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  Damon Sedivy put in the fastest Juniors seed time at 02:21.66 (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

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  Kjersti Christensen (Pro Women).

After the race, a mass of riders gathered for what's quickly becoming a post-race tradition, descending on the off-piste trails back into town — we can only assume that nursing forties of Pabst Blue Ribbon will become a tradition too. Back down at the village, participants and spectators gathered in the available shade for raffles and to cheer for the podiums at the close of a memorable weekend of racing.

Silver Mountain Bike Park is certainly not the nearest venue of the NW Cup circuit, but it does deliver big. Hope to see you there next year. Up next, the NW Cup returns to Skibowl for round five: July 8-10.

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  Pressing the advantage. Jaime Rees, putting the local's knowledge to work, seeding over 10 seconds up (Pro Women).

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  After rounding out the bottom of the roster last year at Silver Mountain, Corey Craig turned things around with a fourth place finish on Sunday - his first Pro Podium

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  Seeding time for Pro Men was tight. Jake Grob's fifth place time of 02:15.88 was only .6 seconds back from second (Pro Men).

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  Andrew Flaschenriem and Kent Billingsley (Pro Men). Flaschenriem seeded sixth and Billingsley third.

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  Luke Strobel's lead time of nearly four seconds made his bid for a win on Sunday look pretty good (Pro Men).

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  Austin Lancaster and Andrew Gore (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

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  Jake Grob (Pro Men).

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  Silver Mountain has ample parking space to accommodate plenty racing nomads.

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  Bailey Villalovos getting an early start on practice (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

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  Bob Stenson started the weekend out well, with a fourth place seeding time on the previous evening, but he was unable to maintain the momentum during the race and finished 15th (Pro Men).

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  Sylas Linnemann (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

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   Flying fast. Jake Grob headed into the stump pit section where he consistently delivered some of the fastest exits we saw all weekend (Pro Men).

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  Kaytlin Melvin was having a good weekend and secured her first win of the season (Cat 1 Women Open).

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  Braeden Onciul cuts the corner during practice. Onciul surged forward on race day to shift from eighth to third (Pro Men).

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  Some major dirt moving by the trail crew made this corner much more agreeable compared to last year. Eric Evans (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

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  First racer of the day. Coty Akin didn't slow down on his way to first (Cat 3 Men 19-39).

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  Dane Patterson headed for third (Cat 3 Men 11-14).

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  Wyatt Mckenzie battling the off camber wood on Silver Mountain's newest section of trail (Cat 3 Men 0-10).

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  Shannon Sutherland eyeing up the lines as she enters the tightest section of the course (Cat 3 Women Open).

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  Brendan Boyer came back just 2.49 seconds to take third (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

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  Dylon Wineland was fighting hard for a podium spot but came fifth despite making a pass during his run (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

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  Smooth lines from James Alton as he heads for second place (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

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  Jason Cooper (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

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  Troy Bassett looked as though he was suffering a bit here, but that didn't stop him from landing second (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

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  Fine riding from both racers; Adrian Lee and Yusuke Yamamoto (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ). Lee beat out Yamaoto by 1.05 seconds to take first

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  Dawson Young ended his run with a seven-second lead that sent him to the top of the podium (Cat 2 Men 0-14).

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  Sarah Olsen wasn't distracted by the wintry-white cheer squad as she rode into first (Cat 2 Women Open).

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  After the shirts went back on the squad received some reassurance from the bystanders: "You guys are going to look great on my daughter's Facebook page. Emily Wellington (Cat 2 Women Open).

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  James Roberts (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

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  Despite a little pin-balling through this section, Riley Doyle put together a solid run that left him 1.8 seconds up (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

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  Anthony Marsicano (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

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  Brian Davison nears the bottom of Frankenbeans (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

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  Silver Valley Moonduster's rider Barry Lunden grabbed a spot on the podium (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

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  Brad Watt holding fast to this loose and rutted berm on Frankenbeans. Watt placed third (Cat 1 Men 40+).

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  Austin Lancaster and Dylan Brown (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ). Lancaster clinched his second win leading Josh Gibb and Dylan Brown.

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  Jake Bassett (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

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  Linnea Rooke (Pro Women).

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  Kerstin Holster and Kjersti Christensen getting low and mean through the berms (Pro Women).

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  Jaime Rees finishing out her run that put her at the top for the third time this season (Pro Women).

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  Most riders opted for the upper rut when given the option. Zach Sedivy (Pro Men).

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  Steven Simpson (Pro Men).

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  Matt Orlando moved up from 13th to finish seventh (Pro Men).

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  Alex Wyankos held together an 11th place run for his best pro finish to date.

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  Kent Billingsley was satisfied with his run that bumped him up a podium spot over last year's result. But be assured, he's still looking for the win at Silver Mountain Bike Park (Pro Men).

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  Luke Stevens filled out the Pro Men's podium with a run that shaved .35 seconds off his seeding run.

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  Luke Strobel lost a little time compared to his seeding run, but he was still well on top (Pro Men).

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  Feeling good about the day's endeavor. Luke Strobel (Pro Men).

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  Supposedly next year's model will come in full gold.

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  Nothing says success like throwing back some forties with dubious expiration dates.

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  The traditional post-race charge down the mountain was well attended.

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  The smile says it all. Right: Cole Holland checks the fit after giving away the helmet he won during raffles (Cat 3 Men 15-18 ).

Austin Lancaster Josh Gibb Dylan Brown Benjamin Van Veen and Damon Sedivy Cat 1 Men 0-18 .
  Junior Podium: Austin Lancaster, Josh Gibb, Dylan Brown, Benjamin Van Veen, and Damon Sedivy.

Jaime Rees Kjersti Christensen Kerstin Holster and Linnea Rooke Pro Women .
  Pro Women Podium: Jaime Rees, Kjersti Christensen, Kerstin Holster, and Linnea Rooke.

Luke Strobel Kent Billingsley Braeden Onciul Corey Craig and Luke Stevens Pro Men .
  Pro Men Podium: Luke Strobel, Kent Billingsley, Braeden Onciul, Corey Craig, and Luke Stevens

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13 Comments

  • + 5
 Well done again @ericashley. The step-down shots came out sweet!!
  • + 4
 Thanks for the great recap Eric, you always deliver the goods!
  • + 3
 TIL everyone is on a TR500
  • + 1
 Love my 500.
  • + 2
 @bstill30: me too, pimp.
  • + 3
 Strobel just holding it down!
  • + 3
 Just doing what Strobel's do . . . . . .
  • + 2
 Once again, an awesome job @ericashley.
  • + 1
 yeah @corey32 killing it this season!!
  • + 1
 Beautiful
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