Qualifying Results: Windrock Tennessee National 2021

Mar 13, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
Kailey Skelton

The US DH series kicks off with a stacked field of riders for the Tennessee National. In the Elite Men's racing, Luca Shaw comes out on top with a lead of just 0.96 seconds over Dakotah Norton. Completing the top three is Charlie Harrison falling just over a second behind the quickest qualifying time.

For the Elite Women, Kailey Skelton takes the fastest time with a significant 4.54 second lead on Frida Helena Ronning with Caroline Washam over 12 seconds behind in third place.

Check out the full results from qualifying below.


Elite Men:

1st. Luca Shaw: 2:20.32
2nd. Dakotah Norton: +0.96
3rd. Charlie Harrison: +1.03
4th. Aaron Gwin: +2.84
5th. Steven Walton: +3.88

Elite Women:

1st. Kailey Skelton: 2:51.58
2nd. Frida Helena Ronning: +4.54
3rd. Caroline Washam: +12.69
4th. Mazie Hayden: +17.24
5th. Kaia Jensen: +29.42

Cat1 17-18 Men:

1st. Chris Grice: 2:25.60
2nd. Keegan Rowley: +9.60
3rd. Dean Lindsey: +11.56
4th. Brooks Hudson: +17.30
5th. Eric Jackson: +18.80

Full Results:

Elite Men:

Elite Women:

Cat1 17-18 Men:


  • 42 0
 Is that Vlad from academy? If it is i did not give that guy enough credit.
  • 24 0
 It is vlad from PB academy. Rode with him at an enduro.. guy is a beast on a bike. PB academy didn’t show off how fast he is.
  • 6 0
 Been following him on Instagram since the show and he's got a ton of riding and training in since then and seems to be doing quite well!
  • 18 0
 I've ridden with Vlad years ago, and he is the fastest guy I have every personally rode bikes with. I've always said that he never got to show off his true speed on the PB academy. Cool to see him be in the mix with some of the fastest guys in the world. The guy is a machine on a DH course, and very humble and down to earth despite his big sexy muscles
  • 14 0
 Dang, Chris Grice! Would’ve been 6th in elites.
  • 5 0
 juniors had dry conditions, elite wet.
  • 12 3
 The CA plague is representing itself strongly in TN.
  • 6 0
 Gwin sandbagging again...
  • 6 3
 I can't believe that rude is 22s behind the pace. He's a monster on a bike and I thought he had legit WC pace on an enduro bike. Does anyone know why he's so far behind?
  • 12 4
 He's probably not on a downhill bike since Yeti doesn't make one. Windrock looks pretty gnarly, so that's likely a significant disadvantage on a course like this.
  • 11 3
 Rude is on a SB165 with dual crown fork. But with 165mm travel it´s not that capable
  • 2 0
 Legit course, also could have had an off?
  • 19 3
 @Breeconay Don’t pay too much attention to overall seed. He qualified less than a second behind Neko. It started raining in qualifying.
  • 2 0
 @borisimobike: I'm looking forward to if they stream the race. Rude is a straight up charging bull on a bike.
  • 6 1
 @Marquess: A SB165 was on the podium at a PRO-GRT last year!
  • 5 17
flag leviatanouroboro (Mar 13, 2021 at 8:47) (Below Threshold)
 DH racing is no joke and a more mental discipline.

Different training/focus. Simple.
  • 7 3
 @leviatanouroboro: He was junior dh American champion and went the enduro route instead. I think he has plenty of mental focus, training and ability to compete at the pro dh level.
  • 9 1
 @phclaw: Rude was also the junior dh WORLD champion.
  • 3 2
 @Marquess: that bike would not hold back a rider with his skill level
  • 3 7
flag GorgeousBeauGaston (Mar 13, 2021 at 19:34) (Below Threshold)
 Couldn't find his buddies water bottle before the run
  • 1 0
 Yo, Justin Maliska, I never thought I'd see someone from tehachapi on this list. Way to represent! It also makes me wonder how much faster down crazy horse you must be than me Smile
  • 2 0
 Guessing Rude will go top ten.
  • 2 0
 Jesus, Grice...
  • 1 0
 Damn those women are fast! Props!
  • 1 0
 2 min 20 seconds. Jesus \m/
  • 1 1
 walker to join luca at the syndicate would be cool
  • 1 0
 Yes, DH racing!!
  • 1 0
 What happened to Niko?

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