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Race Report: Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015

Jul 1, 2015
by Eric Ashley  
 
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Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Kristian Duft riding blind into stage one (Expert Senior Men 18-29). Despite not pre-riding Duft managed a third place at the end of the race.

Round two of the Shimano Cascadia Dirt Cup presented by Cannonade descended on Port Angeles for the inaugural Cascadia National Enduro Championship. This two day event massed 180 riders to the Dry Hill trail network for some mighty fine racing. The recipe for the course called for a dollop of downhill trails, stirred with classic singeltrack, and flavored with a hearty handful of road climb transitions. All served hot and dusty. With seven stages over two days, racers received a rigorous sampler of the awesome trails at this Cascadian gem — as well as an up close view of each patch of shade on the transitions.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Lee Peterso battling dust, sun, and heat on stage two (Expert Veteran Men 40-49).

The Cascadia Dirt Cup (CDC) has quickly earned a reputation for fun days of riding, impressive courses, and a habitually smooth operation. The idea for the Cascadia National Enduro Championship began, like many dreams of adventure do, around a fire surrounded by friends drinking beer. With so many great trails, bikes, riders —and yes beer— the illustrious land of Cascadia was in need of its own enduro championship to match, explains Series Director Trey Wilson. Which brings us to last weekend on trails that are more often associated to double-crown rigs and the rumble of hecklers during the NW Cup.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Top - A view along the first of many hot transitions. Bottom - Exactly the response organizers are hoping to see at the end of the practice ride. Andrew Knott and Naish Ulmer (Pro Men).

Day one of racing arrived bright and warm and as the hours progressed the heat dialed up. With Pro Men leaving the staging area at 11:00 a.m., the sun had plenty of time to get into full swing before the racing started. As the bigger day of racing, Saturday's course involved four stages and a lot of climbing (somewhere in the range of 3,500-4,000 ft). Pros and Experts ran the course in consecutive stages, while Juniors and Sport completed the order in 3, 4, 1, 2. Racers were in for a grueling day with fast rough trails, road climbs, and heat that only slightly dissipated in the shade. The libations and burgers offered a welcome respite at the end of the day, and riders were perking up in time for the raffles.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Burning donuts in the parking lot.

Day two was fortunately more forgiving with reasonable temperatures, less climbing (2,000+ feet) and only three stages. Mother nature decided to be a little manic and the latter half of the day was darkly overcast punctuated by a few rain drops. The conditions were certainly more forgiving but stages later in the day got pretty dim in the trees. All categories completed stages 5, 6, and 7 in consecutive order. As an added bonus, an impromptu huck-to-flat competition sprung up between stages.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Sign now, or sign tomorrow. Racers pick up their packets on Friday evening.

With the miles earned and the verticals conquered the podiums were calling. The mood was teeming with camaraderie and congratulations, and with a large turnout of both Pro Men and Pro Women racers, the purses for the top three pro riders were looking good. Throw in Lars Sternberg's bid as the official bird of Cascadia and everyone is a winner. The next stop of the CDC is heading to Yacolt to wrangle the trails at Cold Creek on July 25. Until then, check out the Cascadia National Enduro Championship results here.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Becca Parish (Expert Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Carolynn Romaine (Pro Women) and Kelend Hawks (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Shades on and ready to roll. A late morning start Saturday gave the sun plenty of time to show.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  A $20 deposit gets you your own piece of wrist candy to wear for the weekend.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Series Director Trey Wilson.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Jason Eiswald (Junior Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Left - Grutzmacher (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Tall Tree Racing got creative with their branding for the weekend.

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  Expert, Sport, Pro, Master, Senior, Master, or Veteran? Racers gather round to clarify their staging times.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Lazar Dresevic (Sport Senior Men 18-29) doing morning stretches in the staging area.

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  Justin Fernandes and Naish Ulmer leading the pack during the first transition.(Pro Men).

Stage One was a high speed bomb down Hot & Steamy to Money Shots. A thick carpet of roots and chunk gave way to a rutted toboggan run. Pre-riding was a wise decision as this stage had several 'gotcha' turns that either hooked uphill or made shallow detours at the end of straightaways — sending riders blowing off course.

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  Kevin Burrell lines up for his first run (Expert Veteran Men 40-49).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Darrin Seeds (Pro Men) riding strong through the opening root section on Hot and Steamy.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Lars Sternberg jumping in early for the morning (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Naish Ulmer (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Matt Patterson had a rough day after a crash on stage one tore his knee to the bone. Brave Facebook friends can serve as witness to the carnage after the injury-photo surfaced there (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Charlie Sponsel, the sombrero czar, railing through stage one (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Kelend Hawks (Pro Men).

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  Kevin Foss (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Brian Flynn getting a last few pedals on this steep rise before jumping off to push (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Everan Chaffee (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

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  Don't skimp on the pre-ride - this climb threw a lot of riders for a loop. Steven Simpson (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Scott McClave (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Keith Rollins fights to reclaim his pedal after exiting a root cluster up course (Expert Veteran Men 40-49).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Tobin Foulke (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Tony De Cordoba (Expert Veteran Men 40-49).

Stage Two took off from the summit along Upper Scott's Mom, Brazilian, Muffin Top and ended on One Liner. Dishing up tight challenging singletrack paired with open stretches through the clear cut. Lighting ranged from dark forest to brilliant full sun.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Nick Tuttle spotting turns on stage two (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Nathan Hoch (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Richard Handschin (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  The top section of stage two was littered with awkward sections like this turn. David Hutton (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Road jump to the Brazilian trail.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Jacob Flinn and Miguel Pacheco bombing into the clear cut of stage two (Expert Senior Men 18-29). Fast riding like this put Pacheco at the top of the podium this weekend.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Blake Rollins (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Matthew Seeman (Expert Senior Men 18-29). The Transition's rider nabbed fifth place in his category.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  The clear cut on stage two served up some of the best views of the course.

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  This spectating pooch was also feeling Saturday's relentless heat.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Jeffrey Schmaus (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

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  Erik Hatch comes to terms with this 'xc' portion of stage two (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Left - Steven Cloherty (Expert Veteran Men 40-49).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Andy Rigel (Expert Veteran Men 40-49).

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  Starting into Muffin Top - also recognizable as the top of the Cat 3 course during the NW Cup.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Boe McGee pedaling down on Muffin Top (Expert Master Men 30-39). McGee placed third in his category.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Dave Pfaffenberger (Expert Veteran Men 40-49).

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  The transition to One Liner required an uphill sprint to reach the old-school goods below.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Adrian Hopkins (Pro Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Kim Russell ended the first day in third, but was able to push up to second by day two (Pro Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Adele Mery (Pro Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  The bottom half of stage two was characterized by loose and narrow singletrack.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Lynn Fredenburg (Expert Women). Fredenburg managed to maintain her lead during both days of racing.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Keith Pool (Super Veteran Men 50+).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Annie Craig (Expert Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Haden Mills barreling to the finish of stage two (Junior). The heat sent Mills to the ER for a visit, but he was still able to reign in an eighth place finish.

Stage Three was a blessedly downhill charge on the newly opened Queen Diamond with a finish on Double Bypass. The top was loose and steep while the bottom was steep and chunky.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Tobin Foulke riding the bottom of stage three (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Carolynn Romaine ended day one in second place (Pro Women).

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  Mical Dyck on Double Bypass (Pro Women).

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  Nikki Hollatz (Expert Women) and Abby Hippely (Pro Women). Hollatz finished third in her category and Hippely topped the pro podium on day two.

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  An unexpected glimpse through the trees.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Aaron Grutzmacher (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Becca Parish finished the first day in third, but slipped to fifth by day two (Expert Women).

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  Emmye Cahn (Expert Women).

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  Rachel Jones goes down in one of several loose turns on Queen Diamond (Expert Women).

Stage Four delivered another downhill route, this time on the steep turns of Wayne's World and ending on the high speed rough chunder on lower Braeburn.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Abby Hippely charging into stage four. Hippely finished the stage with a 10 second lead on the next fastest female rider (Pro Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Boe McGee (Expert Master Men 30-39).

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  Kevin Foss putting in a little hang time (Expert Master Men 30-39).

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  Tyler Bates (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Emily Thompson maintained second place both days, finishing with a time just four seconds off first (Expert Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Karen O'Connell (Pro Women).

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  Day one done, time to relax and recoup. Left -Emily Sabelhaus and Adele Mery (Pro Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  A great weekend made possible by Shimano, Cannondale, and many other sponsor.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  On site grilling primed to replenish the days burned calories.

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  Saturday's raffle saw a lot of sweet prizes finding new homes.

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  Victorious raffle winners.

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  Lars Sternberg and Toby Swanson (Pro Men).

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  The Pro Men pack grinding up transition one.

Stage Five closely resembled stage two. Sunday it featured Upper Scott's Mom, Brazilian, White Knuckle and One Liner. Many riders saw faster times on this pass whether to the difference in course or to more hospitable weather.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Logan Wetzel (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Lars Sternberg racing down stage one (Pro Men). Sternberg took third over the weekend.

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  Riding fast through Brazilian.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Luke Strobel (Pro Men). Strobel was one of two riders to finish stage five in under eight minutes.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Justin Fernandes (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Andrew Knott (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Carson Eiwsald was able to move up a spot on day two to finish in eighth (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  John Pitton (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Ricardo Broberg riding fast and smooth through Brazilian (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Colin McElroy opting for the high-line jump on White Knuckle (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Harrison Gill (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Ryan Hayles (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

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  Paul Lymberis wrapped up day two with a third place finish. Bonus points if you spot the trapped spectator (Sport Veteran Men 40-49).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  James Jacobson (Sport Veteran Men 40-49).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Broken Spoke Racing throwing down some good turns on stage one.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Craig Folsom almost out of the pedaling section (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  A few suspect wood features decorated the trail along One Liner.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Jeremy Dirk (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Dustin Kingman (Expert Master Men 30-39).

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  Squirrel Army racing strong.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Jeff Womeldorf (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Tobin Foulke (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Stage Six lead from King Diamond to Upper Pro. Another high speed, high chuck course. This was the only stage where Luke Strobel didn't finish fastest — due to a crash and broken rear brake. It was also about this time in the day when things got really dark.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Logan Wetzel scrambles to finish his run after overshooting the stop line (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Luke Strobel putting the finishing touches on stage six after a crash broke his rear brake (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Neal Strobel on Cakewalk, Neal held fourth place both days (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  John Pitton taking a moment to admire the flowers (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Colin McElroy riding fast and poised into the chunk (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Nick Tuttle (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Craig Folsom (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Tyler Littlefield cleaning up on this dark and rough section (Expert Master Men 30-39). Littlefield claimed first at the end of the day.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Erik Dukes tied Littlefield's stage six time (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Tobin Foulke braking hard as he exits the straightaway (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Devon Bumstead (Junior). Burnstead suffered a crash a few hundred feet down course that took him out of the race.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Jason Queen giving-it on the step-down exit of King Diamond (Expert Veteran Men 40-49). Queen finished second.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Lazar Dresevic (Sport Senior Men 18-29).

Daniel Lichtenstein Sport Master Men 30-39 and Brandon Porter Sport Senior Men 18-29 .
  Dusty turns. Daniel Lichtenstein (Sport Master Men 30-39) and Brandon Porter (Sport Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Chris Bentley putting in an aggressive line on his way to first (Super Veteran Men 50+).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Joseph Tweiten taking first and still finding time to deliver some steeze (Sport Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Peter Kreishman goes down in a crash that could have ended much worse (Sport Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Dark conditions failed to slow Shanon Smith (Sport Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Mark Gray (Sport Veteran Men 40-49).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Erin Roe making the first turn onto stage six (Sport Women 18-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Annie Craig (Expert Women) and Michelle Macartney (Sport Veteran Women 40+) channeling energy at the stage six start gate.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Meanwhile back at camp; Lars Sternberg takes the win in an impromptu huck-to-flat competition (Pro Men). Photo by Cam Sloan

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Charlie Sponsel's victory was snatched away by a blow out (Pro Men). Photo by Cam Sloan

Stage Seven shared the same start as stage four, but took an unexpected turn and climb up Braeburn to a fern engulfed connector trail that ended on Lower Pro. This last run, and added climb, began to show on racers.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Racers cue up for stage seven.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Daniel Rodriguez slipped a pedal but managed to keep things kosher and on trail (Sport Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Andrews Ruiz (Sport Master Men 30-39).

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  Mikey O'Neill was able to keep ahold of his first place lead through the weekend (Sport Master Men 30-39).

Adam Obst Sport Master Men 30-39 .
  Adam Obst on Wayne's World (Sport Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Conditions at this point were getting very dim. James Eidson (Sport Veteran Men 40-49).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Strong racing by Lily Hickenbottom allowed her to move to first on day two of racing (Sport Women 18-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Jackson Dove (Sport Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Janine Satterfield exiting through the ferns (Sport Veteran Women 40+). Satterfield held onto a strong lead through the race.

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  This moment would have been tranquil if it hadn't been preceded by an uphill slog.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Jessica Hatch smashing a berm at the bottom of stage seven (Sport Women 18-39).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Most racers returned their chips to earn their $20 back... some did not.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Bikes, beer, food, and good company. Enough said.

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  Right - Rachel Jones (Expert Women).

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  Right - the generous volunteers receiving some well deserved thanks.

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  Cascadia pride, wave it strong.

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Scott Funston, Jason Eiswald, Layton Meyers, Jimmy Cloherty, and Bryce Kans (Junior).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Mining nugs. Karen O'Connell (Pro Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Abby Hippely, Kim Russell, Carolynn Romaine, Adele Mery, and Emily Sabelhaus (Pro Women).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Abby Hippely, Kim Russell, and Carolynn Romaine (Pro Women).

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  Lars Sternberg making a bid for the official bird of Cascadia (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Naish Ulmer listing off his sponsors (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Luke Strobel, Charlie Sponsel, Lars Sternberg, Neal Strobel, and Naish Ulmer (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Luke Strobel, Charlie Sponsel, and Lars Sternberg (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
  Luke Strobel and Lars Sternberg (Pro Men).

Cascadia National Enduro Championship 2015
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18 Comments

  • + 5
 I missed this race (hopefully the only one I miss this year) but I love the picture output. Some pros, but mostly people just out to ride and I bet everyone who appears is thrilled to be able to do so. Great post Pinkbike.
  • + 8
 That huck to flat by Lars.
  • + 4
 overall results were honestly a solid representation of who's the best in the North West, in my opinion at least!

...practically out of breath from scrolling tho, photo output is approaching TL;DR status
  • + 2
 Finally stepped up to start enduroing this season and couldn't have picked a better race to do it. Everything ran smoothly, trails were awesome but the best part was when I was struggling to finish on day 2, I was getting a ton of encouragement from everyone including the pros. The CDC and Olympic Dirt Society are the best.
  • + 2
 so much fun looking through this. shout out to all the homies who brought it! esp trey wilson, erin roe, cam sloan, mathew seeman, eric dukes, tyler littlefield, and all of the oly peeps. & the announcer for the cascadia dirt cup (which is not lee peterso, it's lee peterson). much props, looks like a super fun weekend!!
  • + 1
 Killer race. Big thanks to Trey and James for running a kick-ass race series. Even when my chip failed to register a stage, you guys got the manual back-up time recorded like 5 minutes later, that's some seriously awesome logistics. Keep it up/
  • + 4
 Very strong photography Eric. PA really is a nice place to shoot WHEN the light gods are feeling kind.
  • + 3
 Thanks to all the locals and volunteers for running a fun race!
  • + 3
 Damn. All they got was my crash. Smile
  • + 1
 Does anyone know what bike luke is riding? the hardware links look different then the following and the uprising
  • + 2
 I like the fanny pack trend..........did I really just say that?
  • + 2
 Whoa, that's a lot of pictures. Strong work Eric Ashley, whoever you are.
  • + 1
 Eric killing it again. You were all over that hill, you should have borrowed my minibike.
  • + 2
 I probably would have done something like Emmye did in the parking lot. Except into a tree. Smile
  • + 1
 Eric, Once again you out did yourself. Fun weekend.
  • + 2
 Best podium shot ever.
  • + 1
 Great event and awesome write up. Stoked for the next round at Yacolt!
  • + 1
 awesome race

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