Results: Dakotah Norton & Frida Ronning Dominate Downhill Southeast Qualifying

May 2, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

The Downhill Southeast 2021 series kicks off with a stacked field of riders. In the Pro Men's racing, Dakotah Norton comes out on top with a lead of over 5 seconds on Neko Mulally. Completing the top three is Luca Shaw who is back after his spinal fracture injury from the Windrock Tennessee National.

For the Pro Women, Frida Ronning takes the fastest time with a significant 12 second lead on Caroline Washam with Rachel Pageau nearly 16 seconds behind in third place.

Check out the full results from qualifying below.


Pro Men:

1st. Dakotah Norton: 2:33.41
2nd. Neko Mulally: +5.37
3rd. Luca Shaw: +7
4th. Chris Grice: +10.13
5th. Walker Shaw: +14.62

Pro Women:

1st. Frida Ronning: 3:20.71
2nd. Caroline Washam: +12.65
3rd. Rachel Pageau: +15.9
4th. Mazie Hayden: +29.41
5th. Lilly Driver: +56.65

Full Results:

Pro Men:

Pro Women:


  • 17 0
 No mention of.the location in the article... all events deserve publicity and recognition. It's what feeds the sport and helps to fuel the compensation for the riders.
  • 5 0
 They're at Massanutten Resort in Virginia. Near Harrisonburg, VA.
  • 1 0
 @lopagross: ahhh...massanutten. i could predict which days of the race season would have rain when i saw the race schedule for massanutten. It's just one big rock garden in between rooty mud sections but, oh so much fun!
  • 1 0
 PB likes to mention the locations when they are unsanctioned, but skips to mention the event details here... Get it together
  • 1 0
 @lopagross: thanks, I know where they are but was disappointed that it wasn't mentioned at all in the coverage
  • 8 0
 Damn isak is 6th on a selfmade bike against some top 10 wc riders
  • 3 2
 Can someone explain the risk/reward calculation for riding in one of the most rock laden destinations without gloves?

Maybe I'm just old. Or maybe my younger self's strong desire to be a professional hand model always told me to wear gloves. But mostly, it just hurts when you fall w/o gloves.

Can someone please educate me?
  • 3 0
 The plan is to not crash I think
  • 1 0
 As rocky as it is around here, if you crash, gloves really will not make too much of a difference.
  • 1 0
 I feel this question should best be answered by someone who raced without gloves. Better bike feel and more incentive to stay up tup
  • 1 0
 If you really eat shit, you've got bigger problems than abraded palms.
  • 4 0
 Zone 4 Timing has Sunday final results posted...
  • 4 0
 Good to see Luca back after that bonkers crash.
  • 4 0
 Where is Aaron Gwin?
  • 35 9
 Too busy deciding if he needs an L or XL frame
  • 3 1
 I'm sure he's chilling in California. This race is in Virginia, the East Coast, 2500 miles away.
  • 1 0
 He's in gwinnipeg manitoba
  • 2 0
  • 2 0
 Isn’t Chris Grice 17 or 18 years old? Must be crazy talented
  • 1 0
 I hope Isak spanks some big names
  • 1 0
 Is Frida related to Mick Ronning?
  • 2 0
 Very unlikely. Mick Ronning is Australian (AFAIK) and Frida is Norwegian. And her name is spelled Rønning, not Ronning.
  • 1 0
 Thank you!
  • 1 0
 Pisgah Forest / Brevard representing...
  • 1 0
 My boy Brady on there!

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