Pro GRT Round 2 & NW Cup Round 1, Port Angeles

Apr 18, 2018
by Casey & Scott  

As each new race season begins, the community faces a series of new and unique changes. We see new bikes, new kit, new trails, and even some new faces. Nonetheless, a few things always remain the same. The anticipation in the air, the laughs and smiles, and the weather at Port Angeles. The days started off only cloudy, maybe some wind so everyone began to feel a slight bit of hope. Just as we thought the dreaded dark clouds wouldn't arrive, Port Angeles didn't fail to surprise us. By the Cat 1 and Pro practice on each day, Dry Hill itself was no longer dry. The rain came down, the roots became slippery, and the dirt turned to mud, or as some riders refer to it, "peanut butter", and yet, no matter what weather Port Angeles delivered, nothing could kill the excitement of the season opener.

With a muddy race like this the six Uhuals were brown and grimy by the end of the weekend. Cat 2
With a muddy race like this, the six Uhuals were brown and grimy by the end of the weekend. (Cat 2)

On the way down during a track walk, pro rider Bob Stenson sarcastically yells to riders going by to "Jump it!"

After siding out in seeding Kialani Hines had a flawless run putting her on top of the podium. Pro Women
After sliding out in seeding, Kialani Hines had a flawless run putting her on top of the podium. (Pro Women)

Focused in during the final stretch of Chunderdome before taking the win. Manson crossed the finish line with a 02 29.71. Pro Men
Focused in during the final stretch of Chunderdome before taking the win. Magnus Manson crossed the finish line with a 02:29.71. (Pro Men)

When it comes down to the hundredth of a second every adjustment accounts
Riders often aired their tires down to the low 20's due to the number of corners and track conditions.

Tyler Courtright leads Halvor Norris during practice down Queen Diamond. Cat 1 Men 19-29
Tyler Courtright leads Halvor Norris during practice down Queen Diamond. (Cat 1 Men 19-29)

In the Northwest Cup, the sense of community is an understatement. While you may not know everyone’s name or what bike they are on, you recognize them and can relate to them because, for at least eight weekends out of the year, you all have the same goal, race and win. On February 27, 2018, we lost a glowing member of our community. Declan Ervin, as many have said, was a fearless, thrill-seeking, and brilliant boy that stole everyone’s hearts the second he met them. We cherish the moments we had and honor his memory this season with the #IRIDEFORDECLAN. In order to commemorate Declan this past weekend, the event organizers, Casey Northern and Scott Tucker, gave Declan his race run and as he crossed the finish line in our thoughts, there was a moment of silence. Declan won and in that the crowd had never cheered louder. According to Junior Women rider Bryce Bassett, When the moment of silence for Declan was happening, it was very surreal. There was a strong connection in the mountain bike community, we were all being brought together for a moment of appreciation for an amazing soul. I could feel the energy change in everyone around me. Honestly the feeling I got most out of it, was appreciation. When we were told to cheer for him crossing the line, I could tell everyone was cheering as loud as they could. I got chills. I cannot express words of how thankful I am to have been there to experience such a beautiful moment."

Casey Northern presents the framed race plate of late rider Declan Ervin to his family.
To remember Declan throughout the season event organizers printed IrideforDeclan on all race plates this season.
To remember Declan throughout the season, event organizers printed #IrideforDeclan on all race plates this season.

Incredible views on and off the trails at Port Angeles. Cat 3
I Cat 3 riders rode down White Knuckle providing them with a perfect view of the Pacific Ocean. (Cat 3)

Even the youngest of kids have fun on their bikes.

Having some fun during practice on Saturday Jackson Zechnich adds some flare to to his run for the camera. Cat 2 Men 19-29
Having some fun during practice on Saturday, Jackson Zechnich airs one of the doubles on Cakewalk. (Cat 2 Men 19-29)

Heading over the last crest Shannon Sutherland has her eye on the finish line. Cat 2 Women 40
Repeating his win for the second year in a row Ethan Shandro slid into the top spot with a time of 2 34.76 in Junior Men. Cat 1 Men 0-18
Finishing her race run Shannon Sutherland (Left) ended with a time of 05:36.47, putting her in sixth place. While Ethan Shandro (Right) finished with a remarkable time of 02:34.76. Not only did he place first in Junior Expert, he landed himself in 10th in the Pro Men category.

Gabriel Gio Vannini leans into the corner to try and pull ahead during his race run. Pro Men
Gabriel Gio Vannini leans into the corner to try and pull ahead during his race run. (Pro Men)

Zoe Ray Wood cuddles a puppy during laps. No one can deny a puppy with that face. Cat 2 Women 0-18
Zoë Ray Wood cuddles a puppy during laps. No one can deny a puppy with that face. (Cat 2 Women 0-1Cool

Brynn Bassett couldn t resist bringing out the panda head to heckle the pro men during their race runs.
Brynn Bassett couldn't resist bringing out the panda head to heckle the pro men during their race runs.

Aletha Ostgaard dominated with a time of 04 06.16 which is 00 31.27 seconds faster than than her nearest competition. Cat 3 Women 0-10
Aletha Ostgaard dominated with a time of 04:06.16, which is 00:31.27 seconds faster than her nearest competition. (Cat 3 Women 0-10)

Pro rider Dylan brown clears the road gap at the top of Queen Diamond during practice on Friday. Pro Men
Aging out of Junior Expert, Dylan brown competes in his first Pro Men NW Cup. (Pro Men)

Final thoughts before heading up to the top to drop for his race run. Cat 2
Final thoughts before heading up to the top to drop for his race run. (Cat 2)


For more details and results from this weekend, you can continue reading or click this link.

• Round 1 of the NW Cup
• Round 2 of the Pro-GRT
• April 13, 2018 – April 14, 2018
• Dry Hill, Port Angeles, Washington
• 507 riders
• Pro, Junior Ex, and Cat 1 rode Queen Diamond to Recluse then Chunder Dome to finish
• Cat 2 rode White Knuckle to Moto Guzzi then Cakewalk to finish
• Cat 3 rode White Knuckle to Double Bypass then lower White Knuckle to finish


Junior Women Podium Sydney Haberman Aleda Toronitz Bryce Bassett Alli Gaertner Not Pictured Gabby Keen
Junior Women Podium: Sydney Haberman, Aleda Toronitz, Bryce Bassett, Alli Gaertner (Not Pictured), Gabby Keen

Junior Men Podium Ethan Shandro Matt Sterling Gideon Bender Dante Silva Haydyn Wynter Not Pictured
Junior Men Podium: Ethan Shandro, Matt Sterling, Gideon Bender, Dante Silva, Haydyn Wynter (Not Pictured)

Pro Women Podium Kialani Hines Kaytlin Melvin Britney White Samantha Soriano Ella Skalwold
Pro Women Podium: Kialani Hines, Kaytlin Melvin, Britney White, Samantha Soriano, Ella Skalwold

Pro Men Podium Magnus Manson Kiran MacKinnon Austin Warren Kirk McDowall Logan Binggeli
Pro Men Podium: Magnus Manson, Kiran MacKinnon, Austin Warren, Kirk McDowall, Logan Binggeli


Written by Olivia Smith. Photos taken by Olivia Smith (osmithracing).

For all other photos from the race click here.


10 Comments

  • 20 0
 Over 500 racers -Unreal!! Great job Scott, Casey and crew!
  • 10 0
 Always a world class event! Thanks Scott and everyone!
  • 5 0
 The number of racers reflects the quality of the event. Hats off to Scott, Casey, and their army of crew members!
  • 5 0
 Excellent write up, thanks Olivia
  • 3 0
 Thank you Olivia. Awesome write up, makes me feel like I was there/
  • 4 0
 Nice work, Olivia!
  • 1 0
 was logan running 27.5 or 29? can't find a pic of him or his rig except for the podium.
  • 1 1
 Is that Jill Kintner's hand-me-down bike?
  • 1 0
 Yep, thats Jills Aurum. Sweet ride eh?
  • 1 0
 @dwebb4554: Love the colour.

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