It was only one year ago that we pulled up to the infamous Plattekill mountain and witnessed mother nature bring down the gates of hell. Freezing rain, snow, wind and sub freezing temperatures set the attitude for what would be a rough weekend of racing. This year the expectations were set. We knew how to handle mother nature if she decided to throw us another curve ball. Rain kits were ready, Hotels were booked and everyone ready for this years Easter States Cup Pro GRT.
This weekend sums up what East Coast riding is all about.. Constant change of weather. mud, slate, roots, puddles, gnarly shoots and people standing on the side lines without a care.FULL RESULTS
When people started to arrive the mountain was hard to see and the uncertainty of what lay ahead kept people off the lifts.
When we got to the top we were welcomed by rain and what looked like a rain forest.
We love seeing a bunch of East Cost pinners training it time and time again. And people wonder why Neko did so well in Australia.
Walker Shaw always looking graceful in the gnarliest of section.
Mauricio Estrada showing people how its done.
Hitting the breaks would barley slow you down. "Slip and slide."
Plattekill isn't only about riding bikes, Its about family, friends, dogs and overall a good time. Just ask this pup.
The rain would ultimately stop late Saturday just in time for seating.. Or so we thought.
The rain came back and made one hell of a mess.
Brain Scolfaro showing the crowd how much he loves his new rig.
Dylan Conte making it look easy.
Alejandro Ortiz fully committed to the finish.
Sunday was the day we have been waiting for. Beautiful weather, clean air and a good time to be had.
George Ulmer making his pre-race track inspection.
Ryan Burney showing that he is worthy of the highlighter kit.
Mauricio Estrada fully committed to the line and is full out pinned.
Jason Memmelaar alone in the forest making the trees move out of his way.
The Woman's podium got we and wild as they celebrate the victory that they all had by defeating this track.
Our mens Winner, Aaron Gwin hitting the 30 MPH mark on the steepest part of the track.
There is no doubt that this weekend athletes were put to the test, especially those from the West Coast. But everyone was in great spirits, the stoked level was high and the track was amazing. Huge thanks to Plattekill Bike Park for all your hard work. Your efforts gave us one of the best DH tracks we have seen in a long time. We will be back.
Thanks to everyone who made it out. The POC ESC will be back at Plattekill for the first Round of the POC ESC Enduro Cup this weekend 5/31-6/. Our next DH will be the first round of the New England DH Cup at Pats Peak New Hampshire 6/14-15.
Photos and story by: Jarad Kleinberg of MadKats Productions