NW Cup Round Six: Stevens Pass, WA - Race Report

Aug 10, 2016
by Eric Ashley  
NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Nate Furbee was all focus and speed during the weekend as he looked for his first NW Cup win (Pro Men).

For many mountain bikers, the arrival of August signals bluebird conditions, more than a fair share of dust, and long days in the park. It’s strange to think that it also signals that downhill racing is entering into the home stretch in the Pacific Northwest. Round six of the NW Cup headed to its highest elevation stop at the granite infused Stevens Pass Bike Park.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Nothing but bluebird conditions on Saturday. Jake Grob (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

Despite only spinning one lift, Stevens kept quickly whipping riders to the top for their share of bluebird and a touch of dust. Not a lot has changed course-wise, probably because the build crew has been busy cutting in new trails this season. A general smoothing in some areas helped riders maintain speed, while noticeable wear in a few key turns made for plenty of challenge picking the best line.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Camron Ratkoviak threads his way over the bridges on upper Lichen It (Cat 3 Men 0-10).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Dusty conditions did little to slow down racers of any age.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Lorant Domokos (Cat 3 Men 19-29).

With only two race courses, Stevens Pass uniquely allows Cat 2 racers to ride on the exact same trails as Cat 1/Pro. And while it does make for busy practice schedules it’s interesting to see where everyone stacks up. As a possible result, more than one trail bike was seen hurtling down Slingshot Wookie — strangely it wasn’t limited to intermediate racers as Dylan Brown (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ) and Janea Perry (Pro Women) both rode single crowns to good effect over the weekend.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Corey Craig laying it over easy (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Kent Billingsley (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  It's been a while since we've seen the Eiswald brothers. Carson Eiswald (Pro Men).

Cat 3 racers wheeled down Lichen It to Luvin’ It, an involved course that emphasizes deft handling through the tight turns and bridges at the top before letting things rip on the chunk and chunder of lower Luvin’ It. The weekend continued a strong presence of Cat 3 racers, including a mob of shredding groms.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Jake Grob (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Nate Furbee (Pro Men) and Britney White (Pro Women).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Matt Orlando rushing into the tables on lower P.B.R. (Pro Men).

At this point in the season, there’s generally some major contention for the overalls. Heading into the weekend Austin Lancaster led Junior Men, an almost unchallenged Jaime Rees led Pro Women, and last year’s series winner ,Luke Strobel was once again at the front for Pro Men. Both Rees and Strobel were comfortable enough with their lead that neither raced Sunday.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Ben Furbee (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  After a successful first NW Cup race early this year in the Cat 2 Women Open class Janea Perry made the move to Pro Women.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

Saturday’s seedings went smoothly and Jason Eiswald set the pace for Junior Men with a time of 3:03.01. Dylan Brown, Colton Wiersum, Josh Gibb, and Declan Ervin delivered the next four quickest times. Janea Perry, who recently catted up from Cat 2 Women, finished ahead of Britney White, Kerstin Holster, and Linnea Rooke (Pro Women).

Kent Billingsley, who holds the current track record for Stevens, seeded second ahead of Jake Grob, Carson Eiswald, and Andrew Flaschenriem. Nate Furbee once again delivered the fastest seeding time, making it down the mountain in just over three minutes.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Dalton Evanger heads into a pre-dusted berm during practice (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Smiles and cheers as seeding kicks off. Andrew Gore (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

By Sunday morning the bluebird conditions were gone and a cool cloud cover had rolled in. As a result, the even light made for excellent conditions through the wooded portions of the upper mountain. The crowds were out enjoying the show and cheering racers to the finish line.

There wasn’t too much change for the top Junior Men’s results. Jason Eiswald took the win ahead of Dylan Brown. Austin Lancaster scored third, pushing Colton Wiersum and Josh Gibb back a position to score fourth and fifth. Janea Perry rode her trail bike to victory ahead of Britney White, Kerstin Holster, and Linnea Rooke (Pro Women).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Josh Gibb and Jason Eiswald (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ). Eiswald set the pace for the Junior Men with a time of 3:03.01.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Benjamin VanVeen (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Britney White just edged out Kerstin Holster to claim the second fastest seed time (Pro Women).

Jake Grob scored the third NW Cup Pro podium of his career after he snagged fifth behind Kent Billingsley. Carson Eiswald delivered big, in this his second year of downhill racing, scoring third for his first NW Cup Pro podium. Weston Potter turned in a time of 2:58.37 to take second and prove he’s back after collar bone surgery earlier this year. Nate Furbee was the only other racer to break the three-minute mark with a time of 2:57.96, securing him his first Pro Win. Full Results Here.

Downhill racing may be winding down in the Pacific Northwest, but there is still time to compete this season. The NW Cup heads back to Stevens Pass September 9-11 for finals. See you there!

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Kerstin Holster and Janea Perry (Pro Women). Perry had no problem putting her trail bike through the paces to seed nearly three seconds up.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Back on track, Jake Grob seeded third for his best result of the season.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Bob Stenson (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Another top seeding time from Nate Furbee confirmed that the speed we saw from him at Skibowl wasn't a fluke (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Stevens Pass has always been a favorable course for Kent Billingsley and a second place seeding suggested we might see his third win here (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Wall rides, not just for bikes.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Austin Lancaster was looking for a good result from the day to maintain his strong lead in the overalls (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Nick Lerma (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Britney White getting a final practice lap in on Sunday morning (Pro Women).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Practice didn't go well for everyone though. Dalton Evanger (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Aggressive lines from Chrissy Devall put the Canadian rider at the top of the podium for her first NW Cup race (Cat 3 Women Open).

Angelo Ciulla Cat 3 Men 40-49 Dennis Ford Cat 3 Men 50 and Austin Cantwell Cat 3 Men 11-14 .
  Angelo Ciulla (Cat 3 Men 40-49), Dennis Ford (Cat 3 Men 50+), and Austin Cantwell (Cat 3 Men 11-14) all secured first in their categories.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Ryann McCracken (Cat 3 Women 11-18 ).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Landon Davall avoided the distraction of a large, albeit supportive crowd, as he headed to second behind his older brother (Cat 3 Men 0-10 ).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Max Mckenzie (Cat 3 Men 0-10).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Brooke Anderson landed her third win of the season on Sunday (Cat 3 Women 0-10).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Tyler Boyd and Dylan Bibbins (Cat 2 Men 19-29). Boyd was once again denied the win. The young Oregon rider placed .39 seconds behind Bibbins, but it's only a matter of time before we'll see him on the top step.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Lance Cogley (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Patrick Zuest making good time through upper Slingshot Wookie en route to second - his first podium finish (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Scott Gray (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  The previous Stars and Stripes hanging over the trail received a replacement after the suspended log it was tied to was removed.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Ezra Northern (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Agnes Sauvage and Sarah Olsen (Cat 2 Women Open). Olsen took her third win of the season.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Lewi Vasseur (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Nicholas Freedman refused to overlook wind resistance as a factor in his customary spandex (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Brian Davison's has been making steady strides over the last few races, so his win Sunday didn't come as a big surprise (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Barry Lunden had to go full brakes right above this stump drop after coming up short in his turn (Cat 1 Men 30-39)

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Skipping the tech and jumping the bomb-hole was a good recipe for success in this section of Slingshot Wookie. Scott Kemp headed to his second win of the season (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Brad Watt goes full speed into a corner that seemed to have gotten a little less awkward this year (Cat 1 Men 40+).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Matthew Macartney (Cat 1 Men 40+).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  With Kialani Hines' season over due to injury, Kaytlin Melvin has an unchallenged path to taking the overalls (Cat 1 Women Open).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Austin Lancaster cut over five seconds off his seeding time to finish third, allowing him to maintain the lead in the overalls (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Andrew Gore's reign of smiles continued even through one of the gnarliest sections of the track (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Dylan Brown and Colton Wiersum (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ). Brown held his spot at second while Wiersum dropped down to fourth.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Josh Gibb spotting the early exit (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ). Gibb also got bumped back a spot, but he was still able to retain a spot on the podium.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Jason Eiswald held the lead to take his first win of the season (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Kerstin Holster and Britney White (Pro Women).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Janea Perry sending her trail bike to victory over the table tops on P.B.R. (Pro Women).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Cameron Hoefer holds the high line on a particularly eroded corner of Slingshot Wookie (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Adam Ransavage (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Jake Grob landed back on a Pro NW Cup podium for the third time in his career after taking fifth.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Carson Eiswald delivered big, in this his second year of downhill racing, taking third for his first Pro NW Cup podium (Pro Men).

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Weston Potter and Kent Billingsley (Pro Men). Potter clearly has made a good recovery after suffering a broken collarbone a few months ago.

NW Cup Round Six Stevens Pass WA
  Nate Furbee finally put together the run he's been looking for this season, earning his first Pro Win on Sunday.

Jason Eiswald Dylan Brown Austin Lancaster Colton Wiersum and Josh Gibb Cat 1 Men 0-18 .
  Junior Podium: Jason Eiswald, Dylan Brown, Austin Lancaster, Colton Wiersum, and Josh Gibb.

Jenea Perry Britney White and Kerstin Holster Pro Women .
  Pro Women Podium: Janea Perry, Britney White, and Kerstin Holster.

Nate Furbee Weston Potter Carson Eiswald Kent Billingsley and Jake Grob Pro Men .
  Pro Men Podium: Nate Furbee, Weston Potter, Carson Eiswald, Kent Billingsley, and Jake Grob (Pro Men).

NW Cup 2016


MENTIONS: @ericashley / @Specialized / @TransitionBikeCompany




25 Comments

  • 13 0
 I'm so jealous of everyone who gets to race this series
  • 2 0
 It is a great series.
  • 2 0
 Me too. Looks like so much freaking fun.
  • 4 0
 @wpplayer18 you get to race this series too. All you have to do is buy gas and sit in a car for a while.
  • 2 0
 @TEAM-ROBOT: Let me re-phrase: I'm so jealous of everyone who has an easier time racing this series than me.
  • 2 0
 @wpplayer18: few of these racers have been all over the country racing. Furbee and Eiswald brothers and a few more. . . . Listen to the Robot, sit in your car! ! !
  • 9 0
 The coverage of the NW Cup is truly outstanding! Cheers to those that make it possible.
  • 1 0
 I'm not eligible to participate, but for all those WA State - Stevens Pass shredders...@BikeParkPRO app is giving away a 2017 Season Pass. Just download, sign-up for the "PRO" version of the app [$5 for 12 months usage], and log some laps now!
  • 4 0
 no sponsel?
  • 2 3
 full enduro bro
  • 2 0
 @jaydawg69: really? ? ?
  • 3 0
 Nate Furbee picture album. But seriously, congrats to him. Jealous.
  • 2 0
 Twas a great weekend in the mountains.
  • 2 0
 Eric, great write up and pics! ! !
  • 2 0
 TEAM ROBOT is alive!!!! Hell yeah!
  • 1 0
 i love the NWcup! Just signed up for the final stop. Such a fun environment
  • 2 0
 Doom dog for the win!
  • 1 0
 Fantastic coverage and photos Eric!
  • 3 2
 no strobel?
  • 6 0
 I heard he was banned.
  • 6 0
 @olympicdirtsociety: no 29ers allowed?
  • 2 0
 He was caught with twin jet engines onboard
  • 1 0
 @olympicdirtsociety: electronics built into mainframe. False dropper lever.

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