When one thinks of the Northwest Cup, they think of a great downhill racing series and the family that comes with it. From the youngest racer at 4 years old in Cat 3 men, 0-10, to the oldest racer at 64 in the new category, Cat 3 men 60+, the NW Cup has a place for everyone. With over 300 riders this past race, Stevens Pass was taken over the NW Cup family. Fortunately, the weather remained in favor of the racers with warm temperatures and sunshine all weekend. Riders couldn't help but talk about the perfect dirt. With the perfect amount of rain and sun, the dirt was tacky and, as some would say, on the verge of hero dirt.
With the new ownership, one would expect a great number of changes to the park. While they are making major changes to the lifts, that are only run in the winter, the bike park remains the same. Rough, beat up, but still outrageously fun. With mentions of minimal maintenance, it is difficult to believe that the riders felt the trails were perfect. I guess the weather put in the work with constant rain during the week leading up to the race. It is no surprise that amazing trails means amazing riding which in return means very happy riders. The only complaint that was heard around the bike park was not being able to ride enough!
Michael Buckley took a gnarly digger on the infamous blown out berm on Berserker during practice on Friday. His race time was 00:02:39.07. (Cat 1 Men 0-18.)
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> Round 5 of the Northwest Cup
> Stevens Pass Bike Park, Leavenworth, WA
> July 12-14, 2019
> 349 riders
> Cat 3 rode Rock Crusher to Piranha Bird to the finish
> Cat 2 rode Slingshot Wookie to PBR to the finish
> Cat 1/Pro rode Berserker to the finishStevens Pass Bike Park mountain biking trails
Junior Ex Women Podium (Left to Right): Taylor Ostgaard, Ella Erickson, Sydney Haberman.
Junior Ex Men Podium (Left to Right): Matt Mangano, Riley Plummer, Ethan Lieb, Blake Rausch, Brandon Daly.
Pro Women Podium (Left to Right): Elle Runyan, Claire Buchar, Camila Nogueria, Jamie Rees. (Not Pictured: Autumn Parham)
Pro Men Podium (Left to Right): Frank Culhno, Rhys Ewing, Weston Potter, Chris Kovarik, Matt Orlando.
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