Following on the soaking wet heels of the season opener, the Cascade Dirt Cup made its way across the border to treat racers to a weekend of fun in the sun. Nestled deep in the Hood River Valley and surrounded by acres of vineyards and orchards, Hood River is truly where the mountains meet the sea. It's the mountain town that all mountain towns dream about growing up to one day become. The idyllic landscapes surrounding the town beckon you to the world-class trails sitting just outside the city limits. Just a short pedal from downtown, the Post Canyon trail system is host to 92 miles of pristine single track, a robust playground for mountain bikers and moto traffic alike.
A sprint out the gate on stage one was a rude awakening for some of the racers. While Jake Hightower nailed the gate start, Michael Yates nailed his face. Slipping a chain isn't funny, and this one left the homie with a likely broken arm. But in true probably-will-be-pro-soon form, it was all grins and a see-you-in-6-to-9-weeks attitude. Heal up Michael, by your count you promised to be at Yacolt - we'll be expecting you.
The man, the myth, the legend. It was great to have you out with us this weekend Colin. You know, in case Jameson didn't tell you. (Jameson Florence, Expert Men. Colin Meagher, The Legend, with the lovely Nikki Rohan.)
Race Cascadia runs a pretty formal event, so when Bonnie Burke heard that the Post Canyon Enduro had a dress code, she put on her finest Canadian tux and raced it straight to third place in Pro Women, plus held the second fastest time through the rocks.
Matthew Slaven doesn't grace us with his presence as often these days, but when he does he keeps it memorable. Knocking it down both on and off the course.
While Slaven rode the party train to a great time, Aaron Bradford took it off the rails to a 3rd place Pro Men finish (Shimano, Transition).
Danica Fife (Left) and Erin Roe (Right) show what the expert ladies can pull down Borderline.
The red dirt twisty-turns just never get old.
The youth are the future. Wyatt Parker (left) and Kai Shays are both in the Junior Sport 17U category and punching far outside their weight class. Watch out you fast folks, once these little dudes bulk up (or maybe before??) they'll be pushing you off the podiums.
It's no secret that mountain bikers love their vans, especially in Hood River. So when the demo Van from the lovely folks over at VanDOit rolled into the race venue it immediately caught all the eyes, and the ogling didn't let up all day. Racers will be thrilled to hear that VanDOit plans to make a lot more appearances at the races this season.
Start 'em young and irresponsible. Some of the Junior Expert boys learned the ol' bottle in the spokes trick this weekend. It never gets old. *** Disclaimer, this was soda. Clearly.
Ladies and Gents, your victors. Could you find happier groms? We couldn't.