Race Report: 2021 Big Creek Quick Six Enduro

Oct 3, 2021
by Roswell-Alpharetta MTB Org  

Each year we host the Big Creek Quick Six Enduro just North of Atlanta, it's special for all of us volunteers at RAMBO. But, this seventh edition seemed extra special. More riders than ever. 200 spots in total sold out in four days. More ladies and juniors than ever. More sponsors and giveaways. More community. And more fun catching up with old friends we haven't seen in a long time.

Photo by Little Barge Photography
Blake Michal of Team Vojekt gets the full heckle treatment off the drop on the Fresh Bikes Stage 2. Blake finished a solid 8th in Expert Men. Photo by: Little Barge Photography

Best of all, the racing was just as hot and fast as we remembered. And the spectators showed out like it was the Snowshoe World Cup Finale just ten hours north of us two weeks before. With our former Expert Men’s winner, Ben Hobbs and former Expert Women’s winner, Emily Cox, both out with injury (heal up soon guys!) and a fresh crop of fast riders, the podium possibilities were wide open.

Photo by Jacky Cheng
Matt Lynn of Blue Mountain Bikes on Prowheelbuilder.com Stage 4. First in Sport Men by just 8 seconds. Photo by: Jacky Cheng
Photo by Jacky Cheng
Hayden Bassett finished the day 4th in Junior 15-17 after boosting the kicker on Stage 4. Photo by: Jacky Cheng

Photo by Little Barge Photography
Cason Smith (Team Free-Flite Bicycles) diving into the Fresh Bikes Stage 2. Cason finished the day 5th in Expert Men, just 24 seconds off the lead. Photo by: Little Barge Photography

The Race:The Quick Six is, well, just that. Fast. Six, short stages. Approachable by varying skill levels, yet challenging for the fastest. Watch and heckle your friends as they come through, then make your way to the next stage. Spectators can easily make their way from stage to stage, so it’s ideal to see so many different parts of the course.

Photo by Jacky Cheng
Pearse McNamara, just 10 years old in her first Enduro, in Women’s Beginner. Smiles all day. Photo by: Jacky Cheng

Fundraising:The Quick Six Enduro is focused on raising funds for multiple trail projects for 2021 and 2022. The team at REI Co-op presented RAMBO (a non-profit chapter of trail organization, SORBA) with a grant for $10,000 to help build a new adaptive MTB trail, a new kids skills area, and a new expert flow line, Hawkeye 2 for the community. All enduro proceeds will go to the Hawkeye 2 project, which is shovel-ready, and expected to be completed in 2022 by local builder, All Out Trail Designs.

Photo by George Aubrey
Brian Powell and team from REI Co-op present RAMBO with a $10,000 grant to build new trails in our community. Photo by: George Aubrey

Expert Men:Fresh off a top-25 finish in the Junior Elite category at the Snowshoe UCI DH World Cup, local young gun, Matt Mitchko (Gravity Racing Academy), was all over the pre-race buzz. Med school student, Eric Yoon (Guerilla Gravity), found time in his busy rotation to put down a scorching run. Mitchko bested Yoon at each stage, and would go on to take the win for the day 14 seconds ahead. Will Ibsen put his moto trials skills to work finishing a strong 3rd place just 6 seconds back from Yoon.

Photo by George Aubrey
Expert Men Podium: 1st Place: Matt Mitchko (Gravity Racing Academy), 2nd Place: Eric Yoon (Guerilla Gravity), 3rd Place: Will Ibsen Photo by: George Aubrey

Expert Women:MTB coach, Carolyn Baldwin (Flownetic MTB Skills), battled throughout the day with AJ’s Bikes, Eva Morrison. Each racer taking multiple stage wins edging out the other. Baldwin took the overall win by just 3.5 seconds. Christine Stratton (Team 706p) was able to best Morrison on Stage 4, but ended the day 10 seconds off her pace.

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Expert Women Podium: 1st Place: Carolyn Baldwin (Flownetic MTB Skills), 2nd Place: Eva Morrison (AJ's Bikes), 3rd Place: Christine Stratton (706p) Photo by: George Aubrey

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Brittany Mixon of Team Sorella Cycling making her way through the tough Stage 4 rock garden on her way to a win in Sport/Beginner Women. Photo by: Jacky Cheng
Photo by Jacky Cheng
Eva Morrison (AJ's Bikes) had a great day fighting for the win in Women Expert. She would finish the day just 3.5 seconds behind the leader, Carolyn Baldwin. Photo by: Jacky Cheng

Team Competition:The Quick Six Enduro Team competition was on the line this year for major bragging rights and an ugly 80’s wood trophy. Teams submit their pick of their fastest five riders in any class, who are then scored based on place in their class. Lowest points total wins. Blue Mountain Bikes made it a three-peat with this year’s win with some of the fastest riders. Team Vojekt Ladies took their first podium in second place, while Hooligans, Inc. made the podium again this year.

Photo by George Aubrey
Team Podium: 1st Place: Blue Mountain Bikes, 2nd Place: Vojekt Ladies, 3rd Place: Hooligans, Inc. Photo by: George Aubrey

Photo by Little Barge Photography
Javier Amador squashes the bridge on Stage 2, which lead him to the win in our first eBike Open class. Photo by: Little Barge Photography
Photo by Digital Alchemy
Got manuals? Charlie Golwyn (Team Local Gnar/Fresh Bikes) showing how it's done on the REI skills course. Photo by: Digital Alchemy

Thank you!We love our community of supporters who invest in our trails, our programs, and our riders. This wouldn’t be possible without them.

Timing and scoring are generously supported by 3rd Coast Productions.

Atlanta Cycling
Blue Mountain Bikes
Dirt Gloves
Factor Components
FOX Suspension
Free-Flite Bicycles
Fresh Bikes
Industry Nine
Kuat Racks
Lake Food Company
Maxxis Tires
Reality Bikes
REI Co-op
Roswell Bicycles
Sixes Pit Bicycle Shop
Twisted Spokes Bicycles

Thanks to our volunteers for investing more than 500 hours to bring this year's event to reality. Without their dedication to mountain biking, this event simply wouldn't be possible.

This year’s awards were made at Roswell Fire Labs, a non-profit community makerspace with advanced machinery and expertise. The style is definitely legit.

See you in October 2022!
-Roswell-Alpharetta MTB Org.

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9 articles

  • 5 0
 Yeah Pearse!!!! You crushed it out there! So stoked for you. Hope to see you in more races (and Pinkbike highlight reels) soon!
  • 5 0
 Awesome event! Had a great time and didn't die, which was great. Future is bright for FRA at Big Creek.
  • 3 0
 Such a fun and well organized event! Thank you RamboMTB. Pearse did AMAZING!!!!
  • 2 0
 Don't forget we sponsored Cason, too! He's wearing our shirt! He had a mega ride and we had a total blast. Thanks for having us down there!
  • 2 0
 Expert Men 3rd Place Bio:
Non-sponsored, day job working husband/father @willibsen360 rides his bike to the event and finishes 3rd place in his first mtb enduro event.
  • 2 1
 The hecklers were going in this year! Such a sick race! btw, That first picture isnt Nick Allen, its me. And I got a solid 8th in Expert haha
  • 1 0
 Fixed! Thanks PB team.
  • 3 1
 Awesome to see Big Creek on PB. Nice job RAMBO!
  • 2 0
 Thank you!!
  • 2 0
 Some decent trails at Big Creek packed into an insanely small area.
  • 1 0
 Lets gooo
  • 1 0
 Atlanta represent !

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