Qualifying Photo Epic: Downhill Southeast - Windrock II 2020

Jul 12, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  



With COVID-19 on the upswing here in the United States, restrictions in North Carolina forced the second round of the Downhill Southeast series back to its previous rounds setting, Windrock. Even though the location is the same, nothing about the racecourse is, however.

Although different tracks were laid out for both groups of racers (Pro/ Cat 1 and Cat 2/3) than the previous round, the biggest change would be the track condition itself. No precipitation leading up to the event caused the track to be very loose and dry, a big change from the first race here at Windrock. Gone was the pristine dirt and in its place was a washed-out, pebbly surface. The heat was still a factor just as it was at the previous round, however, everyone has seemed to have adjusted to it nicely as summer has rolled around. The dry, loose, muggy conditions could give way to even more treacherous conditions tomorrow with rain in the forecast for the early afternoon. Summer showers are a real thing here.

Seeding here at DownHill South East is only for Pro/Cat 1 men and women. And at the end of the seeding runs it was Frida Ronning qualifying in first in Women’s Pro with a time of 3:30 with Rachel Pageau ( 3:38 ) in second and Caroline Washam ( 4:13 ) in third.

California boy Charlie Harrison brought home the first place in Men’s Pro with a time of 2:51, with series founder/organizer Neko Mulally in second only 3 seconds behind. Seth Hanson rounded out the top three with a time of 3:01.

Reviewing line choices
Reviewing line choices




Custom carbon fiber fork guards in action
Custom carbon fiber fork guards in action


Windrock parking lot from the very top.
Windrock parking lot from the very top.

The WindRock
The WindRock

Not visible from the parking area but windrock his home to many wind turbines at the top.
Not visible from the parking area but windrock his home to many wind turbines at the top.

Reminders are scattered all over the OHV area.
Reminders are scattered all over the OHV area.




One corner, four riders

The newest tire sealant competitor based out of North Carolina.
The newest tire sealant competitor, based out of North Carolina.

The efforts of the DHSE to get back to racing is greatly appreciated.
The efforts of the DHSE to get back to racing is greatly appreciated.

Cool to see some different names out here.
It's cool to see some different names out here.






Custom made carbon fiber fork guards.
Custom made carbon fiber fork guards.

Shuttles were running extremely fast compared to last event.
Shuttles were running extremely fast compared to the last event.




twins
Twins


The course may be drier this time but that doesn't mean it's any less wild.

the backpack bandit
The backpack bandit






trail snacks
Trail snacks

old trail snacks
Old trail snacks

stoked to be racing
Stoked to be racing



Little low..
Little low..




















28 Comments

  • 27 1
 Cool but did anyone have custom carbon fiber fork guards?
  • 2 0
 No, just custom 11M carbon wheel sealant....
  • 3 2
 hmmm not so sure... I think the editor would have mentioned it somewhere. Let me check.
  • 2 1
 You can buy them for trials motorcycles, look just the same and probably fit just fine.
  • 2 0
 Dude broke his frame in 2 places, taco’d the front wheel, and broke his saddle
  • 1 0
 @hempelmb: where did he crash? i saw he slid his rear wheel on the berm into trail one but that didnt do it. but then i see eli coming out with his bike mangled as a pregnant wildabeest on shrooms
  • 24 0
 Some call it old trail snacks some call it garbage. Pack it in, pack it out.
  • 5 0
 Amen...
  • 5 0
 Wait what? “Carbon fiber enhanced” tubeless sealant? Heaven help us.
  • 4 0
 Probably waaaaay lighter!
  • 3 0
 Isak’s homemade bike is worth a look if he was racing it this weekend.
  • 2 0
 Fantastic photos but way to technical for me .
  • 1 0
 No but really, if you make the carbon guards for forks please dm me. I’ll take a set
  • 1 0
 @workshopelis on IG!
  • 2 2
 There is 2 times the same picture in this page www.pinkbike.com/photo/19024439
  • 6 2
 Bother you that much?
  • 2 0
 Good stuff!!
  • 1 0
 Thanks for taking some cool photos of DH racing. Been too long
  • 3 2
 One corner, three riders
  • 3 2
 Thanks for the feedback, lighting made it tough to find good spots. Sorry that it bothers you, im sure the pictured riders dont mind..
  • 3 3
 Be nice to have some comments under some photos, riders names etc?
  • 3 2
 Sorry that bothers you, did the best with what I had.
  • 1 0
 @07141995Mf: Not dissing you man, some cool shots in there, always good to have some comments if possible.
  • 1 1
 dry windrock is a lot more fun for sure.
  • 2 3
 One corner, three riders.
  • 5 0
 man tough crowd
  • 3 0
 @07141995Mf: Yeah, pictures are amazing though. I missed that someone already said this too.
  • 3 0
 @07141995Mf: I probably couldn't take pictures 1/16th as good.

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