Video and Race Report: Eastern States Cup Enduro EWS Qualifier - Burke Mountain, VT

Jul 10, 2019
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The traveling circus known as the Maxxis Eastern States Cup rolled into Vermont's Northeast Kingdom this weekend for the second EWS Qualifier of the season. East Burke is home to some of the best riding in North America with both Kingdom Trails and Burke Mountain just a short pedal from the center of town. Those who had ridden here before know it gets harder to leave every time, those who hadn't were raving about the trails all weekend and will surely be back for more. This weekend the Maxxis ESC crew have put together a fun yet challenging set of five stages ranging from a seven-minute chunky burner off the top to a minute sprint through loamy corners. It's no secret that Vermont is home to some very fast bike riders if you ever enter a race here just know they're going to come out of the woodwork and land on the podium even if it's the only race they enter all year.

Thunder storms hindered Saturday afternoon lift operations as well as visibility, which was good practice for Sunday because we're only using the lift for one transfer this weekend.

Danny Cycles' David Kahn sends it through the dark Vermont woods just before the skies opened up.

Thankfully the moody skies cleared out Saturday night with race day bringing beautiful, blue skies and temperatures reaching the 70's.

Morning riders meeting with 275 racers ready to log a whole bunch of vertical.

This week we check in with the winner of our last round at Blue Mountain, Vermont's own Adam Morse, as he gives us a run down of his Yeti SB150.

Rider info: 6'0", 180 pounds
Frame: Yeti SB150 29, Large, Turq Series Carbon
Fork: Fox Factory 36 GRIP2, 1 orange volume spacer, 75 PSI
High Speed Rebound: 2 clicks from closed, Low Speed: 2 clicks from closed
High Speed Compression: 18 clicks , Low Speed: 15 clicks
Rear shock: Fox Float X2, stock spacers, 205 PSI
High Speed Rebound: 15 clicks, Low Speed: 14 clicks
High Speed Compression: 14 clicks, Low Speed: 15 clicks
Shifter: Box Components Box One 11-speed Twin Shifter
Derailleur: Box Components Box One 11-speed
Cassette: Box Components Box Two 11-46t
Chain: Box Components Box Two 11-speed
Bars: Box Components Box One DH Carbon cut to 760mm wide, 30mm rise
Stem: Box Components Cusp Stem 45mm length, 20mm spacer under stem
Grips: Box Components Box One
Brakes: Shimano XT, 203mm rotors front and rear
Cranks: Raceface Turbine 175mm, 34t Raceface Cinch chainring
Chain Guide: MRP AMG v2
Seat post: Fox Transfer
Saddle: WTB Yeti Edition


The Clif Kids class was first out of the blocks Sunday morning and would hit Stages 5, 1 and 2 in that order. Local ripper Simon Miller was up to the challenge from the start, sweeping all three stages and taking the race win by 30 seconds.


All other racers started off their day with a two mile pedal transfer up Shire to Lower J-Bar for Stage 1. Nathan Sterckx took full advantage of the many small yet time saving gap opportunities, earning his third Pro men's top 10 in as many races.


Marie Vaine enjoying the more scenic side of Lower J-Bar on her way to fourth place in the Amateur women's class, her third top five of the season.


With so many talented Vermonters throwing their hats in the ring this weekend it was only fitting that Mazie Hayden would show up and take fourth place in her first Pro Enduro race. Not surprising considering she won the first two Maxxis ESC Intense Downhill Series races of the season.


Flat Tire Defender Super Stage winners from each class with their rewards for starting strong on the first stage of the day. Ryan Leech and Kale Cushman were the fastest amateurs through Stage 1 and took home some superior rim protection from FTD.


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Stage 2 was by far the shortest of the day, with some riders completing it in under a minute. Bikeworks rider Eric Perry enjoys harvesting some fresh loam on his way to a 13th place finish in the massive 50 racer deep U21 men's class.


After completing two stages, racers hit the toll road and began a marathon 2,000' climb to the summit for Stage 3.


The climb up Burke is brutal but the view and ride down are absolutely worth it. The mountain also offers shuttles for those not looking to qualify for the Enduro World Series.


The Fox Seatpost Climbers Challenge was awarded for the best pedal pushing performance from the end of Stage 2 to the start of Stage 3. Ben Ogden was the fastest amateur to reach the top of Burke and start his run, winning a Fox Transfer dropper post.


U21 winner Daymien Ide channeling his inner Richie Rude on Stage 3's Rude Awakening, just one of the many trails that his father, Knight, helped build.


Sailworld Cape Cod's Caleb Griffin still styling after a 2,000' pedal, kids these days...


Daniel West experiencing the proper East Coast gnar of DH Trail, he would secure fourth place in the U21 men's class.


Your wheels may need some love after bashing down Rude Awakening & DH Trail, here are the Alex Rims Super Stage winners from each class including fastest amateurs, Eric Miller and Megan O'Brien.


After a huge descent off the top, racers enjoyed a rare downhill transfer to Blacksmith where they would chip in for Stage 4 before careening down the remainder of the mountain. Team Granite's Christopher Fitzgerald powers through the flat turns on his way to win this and one other stage, topping the 30-39 men's class by 10 seconds.


After one last pedal halfway up the mountain, racers took on Black Forest before spilling onto the ski trail for some single track flow into the base area. A1 Cycles rider Tom Lafitte airs it out on his way to the finish, he had a solid weekend with a top 15 in the 21-29 men's class.


Juliana Cycles rider Megan O'Brien flying through the final few turns on her way to a second place finish in the Amateur women's class, just 10 seconds off the win.


Marilyne Proulx, racing for Pittstop Velo Cafe, made the trip down from Bromont and gave the Americans a run for their money, just 15 seconds off the win to take third place and her second Maxxis ESC Specialized Enduro Series Pro women's podium of 2019.


IdeRide racer Riley Miller is no stranger to these trails, but winning two stages and earning second place in her first Pro race says a lot about his young local. You can tell she is having fun out there and that's when the best results come, she's got quite a bright future ahead of her for someone who's not even in high school yet.


Ella Skalwold has had a lot going on since last season, including surgery to repair her shoulder and getting married to fellow Vermont ripper Alex McAndrew earlier this summer. She was right back on form in her first race back, winning the incredibly grueling Stage 3 and landing on the Pro women's top step with a final race time of 21:45. "I am overwhelmed with joy! It's hard to describe this race other than saying it was the best day ever! I'm not sure if I should be more happy over sharing the number one spot with my new husband, standing on the podium next to Riley, who I've been coaching the past few seasons and rode the whole day with or the fact that everyone on the IdeRide team (including the dads) did so well! I am so blessed to be part of this community of racers and share our home with people who come to race with us! The weather was amazing and the party laps were ALL TIME!"


Pro Women: 4th - Mazie Hayden, 2nd - Riley Miller, 1st - Ella Skalwold, 3rd - Marilyne Proulx, 5th - Corinne Prevot


Adam Robbins kept it cool and consistent through all five stages to take third place and make his way onto a podium filled with Vermonters to represent for Canada and earn his post race Ben & Jerry's.


Adam Morse hasn't finished worse than second so far this season and he was on point again this weekend, winning three stages and finishing runner up in the Pro men's class, just 12 seconds off the win. He currently sits second in the overall as we head into an action packed portion of the race schedule.


Alex McAndrew lives just up the street from Burke and knows these trails well, but it takes something special to win when the talented Pro men's field is stacked 35 deep. He was able to put it all together on race day, winning two stages and clocking the fastest overall time of the day at 17:40. "Ella and I have had quite the hectic summer (getting married and opening our Fox service business!) I've tried quite a few times to take the top spot at this race and have been just short until today, I really didn't expect the result after smashing my knee up in practice and my lack of time to train. Our practices with the IdeRide junior team are no longer excluded from my training log as these kids are riding well and improving so much. Their performance on home turf this weekend left me grinning ear to ear. So proud of these kids! The real icing on the cake was having Ella take the Pro women's win as well, as our first race as a married couple taking both wins is something we will never forget. That was quite the weekend."


Pro Men: 4th - Max Beaupre, 2nd - Adam Morse, 1st - Alex McAndrew, 3rd - Adam Robbins, 5th - Isaac Allaire


Vermont's mountain bike power couple back at it again.


Get those party laps in while you can because we're right back at it next weekend with another Box Components Showdown at Plattekill. Get registered and bring your best shale surfing tires.


Words and photos: Andrew Santoro
Video: Jason Scheiding


Full Results
Easternstatescup.com


2019 MAXXIS ESC SCHEDULE

MAXXIS ESC SPECIALIZED ENDURO SERIES
May 5 Diamond Hill, RI
May 19 Glen Park, PA – EWS Qualifier
June 2 Thunder Mountain, MA
June 23 Blue Mountain, PA
July 7 Burke Mountain, VT – EWS Qualifier
July 14 Plattekill, NY
July 21 Sugarbush, VT
Aug 4 Killington, VT
Aug 18 Plattekill, NY
Sept 8 Glen Park, PA
Sept 29 Mountain Creek, NJ
Oct 6 Thunder, MA Finals – EWS Qualifier

MAXXIS ESC INTENSE DOWNHILL SERIES
June 2 Thunder Mountain, MA
June 23 Blue Mountain, PA
July 14 Plattekill, NY
July 21 Sugarbush, VT
Aug 4 Killington, VT
Aug 18 Plattekill, NY
Sept 29 Mountain Creek, NJ
Oct 20 Plattekill, NY Finals

MAXXIS ESC BOX SHOWDOWNS - DH and Enduro on the same day
June 2 Thunder Mountain, MA
June 23 Blue Mountain, PA
July 14 Plattekill, NY
July 21 Sugarbush, VT
Aug 4 Killington, VT
Aug 18 Plattekill, NY
Sept 29 Mountain Creek, NJ

MAXXIS ESC EWS QUALIFIERS
May 19 Glen Park, PA
July 7 Burke Mountain, VT
Oct 6 Thunder Mountain, MA Enduro Finals

CLIF ENDURO LITE presented by Maxxis ESC
Aug 25 Burke Mountain - Beginner Enduro Racers - Families - Kids - Fun!





11 Comments

  • + 3
 No mention of almost a podium sweep for Team Granite MTB in the men's 30-39? Wink
  • + 1
 The only reason that happened is because the best rider in that class got DQed but good job for real. impressive either way.
  • + 2
 @Robbyc1979: DQ'ed? you mean DNF? Sometimes you put it together sometimes ya don't... I know a few that had a rough day. With enduro there's always a reason of things happening. But you get up and try it again. I was just stoked to share the podium with 3 teammates! Are there other teams that have that type of podiums?
  • + 2
 Amazing event. Its a shame Burke dosnt have a lift all the way to the summit. Would be a blast of a weekend to do laps there and KT
  • + 3
 They run shuttles to the summit
  • + 1
 A perfect day, fantastic people, & a stellar venue made for the best race of the season so far! Can’t wait for next year!!
  • + 2
 What a great race, sorry I missed it!
  • + 3
 Vermont rules.
  • + 2
 I miss my state! Burke and KT rock!
  • + 1
 Brilliant race, I'll definitely be back for next year. (After a couple of practice days on Rude Awakening :-P )
  • + 1
 Bummed I am not able to make it up there this year!

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