This past weekend Tamarack Ski resort hosted the first round of the NW Cup, and second round of the US National DH Series. With all the craziness in the world right now, Tamarack stepped up to host over 400 racers for a great weekend of socially distanced racing. Implementing many safety measures, the riders of the NW and around the US were able to have a safe and awesome race, that resulted in tight times and great racing.
Dry conditions on Friday and Saturday led to great practice, and the threat of rain on Sunday gave racers plenty to think about. The sun held out for Sunday, and tight racing abounded throughout all the classes. Charlie Harrison taking the win in Pro Men by 6.59s, but the gap from 2nd to 3rd was .01s with 2nd through 6th all within 1.06s. Camila Noguiera took the win in Pro Women. With Cat 2 sharing most of the course with Cat 1 and Pro, the Cat 2 riders were introduced to a multitude of line choices throughout their race run, keeping them on their toes, and all racers talking line choice throughout the weekend. Racers were happy to get back out and battle the clock as well as each other. Hopefully in this crazy time we can keep racing through the season!
Riders checking and discussing the numerous line choices.
Bryce Dunn and Cash Coleman throwing down the style in their race runs. Mick Hannah in the making?
One of the traditions of the NW Cup is the trashed helmet competition. This rider is stoked on his new Fox full face helmet!
Two different realms of swag/prizes. Pint glasses for the podium, and TP thrown out as a giveaway.
The family atmosphere and bringing up the young riders is a key component of what makes the NW Cup a special race series.
Casey Northern one of the organizers getting in a "sighting" lap during practice, and Wood Skinner social distancing on the lifts.
Pro Men's and Women's Podium.
Thanks again to Tamarack Bike Park and Resort for making this race and the rest of the NW Cup series possible!