Race Report: Northwest Cup Round 7 - Whitefish, Montana

Sep 3, 2019
by Casey & Scott  



Whitefish, Montana, known for flowy, long trails, and the gorgeous views from the top of Whitefish Lake, Flathead Lake, and Glacier National Park. And now, to the Northwest Cup, it is infamous for extreme race day weather. Last year brought snow, while this year, the racers were greeted by heavy wind, thunderstorms, and temperatures in the 40s. With the heavy rain that hit the mountain throughout the week, one would expect prime dirt and trail conditions. However, the only evidence of rain was on the rock features during the storm itself. As soon as the rain stopped, the trails were dry again.

One thing that made this round at Whitefish unique from the rest was seeding. Rather than the typical Saturday seed, Sunday race, both were done on Sunday. This meant that there was open practice all day on Friday and Saturday, a short practice and a lot of racing on Sunday. From Cat 3 racing to Junior Ex and Pro Seeding the back to Cat 2 racing followed by Cat 1 and then finally the juniors and pros. With that much racing and the sight of dark rain clouds and thunderstorms approaching, the NW Cup staff had to work fast to avoid any possible delays.


Ross Self finished his first ever race in the top ten with a time of 04 09.80. This season was the first in NW Cup history that race plates over 1000 were printed meaning there have been over 1000 different racers in the NW Cup this season Cat 2 Men 15-18.
Ross Self, finished his first-ever race in the top ten with a time of 04:09.80. This season was the first in NW Cup history that race plates over 1000 were printed, meaning, there have been over 1000 different racers in the NW Cup this season! (Cat 2 Men 15-18.)

Ella Erickson found herself on top of the podium with a time of 04 17.19. Erickson was the only one in her category this weekend but after coming off a national win and three NW Cup wins in a row it is easy to believe that nothing can stop her. Cat 1 Women 0-18.
Ella Erickson found herself on top of the podium with a time of 04:17.19. Erickson was the only one in her category this weekend but after coming off a national win and three NW Cup wins in a row, it is easy to believe that nothing can stop her. (Cat 1 Women 0-18.)

Racing fir GHY Bikes Jessi Anderson did what she could to stay warm in the start gate. Her race time was 05 00.90. She was only .one second behind the next rider. Cat 2 Women 0-18.
Racing fir GHY Bikes, Jessi Anderson did what she could to stay warm in the start gate. Her race time was 05:00.90. She was only .one second behind the next rider. (Cat 2 Women 0-18.)

Out of Kallispell Montana Sawyer Goulet put down a 03 34.45. This was only Goulet s second race ever. Cat 3 Men 11-14
Out of Kalispell, Montana, Sawyer Goulet put down a 03:34.45. This was only Goulet's second race ever. (Cat 3 Men 11-14)


Taking her second podium Ashley Billingsley raced a 04 58.93 after only having two previous races under her belt. Her first race was Mt. Hood Skibowl last season. Cat 2 Women 19-39
Taking her second podium, Ashley Billingsley raced a 04:58.93 after only having two previous races under her belt. Her first race was Mt. Hood, Skibowl, last season. (Cat 2 Women 19-39)

Sometimes getting your lines right means hiking up the trail multiple times.
Sometimes, getting your lines right means hiking up the trail multiple times.

After taking the win at Whitefish last year Nikolas Clarke was gunning for the win again. Unfortunately after a crash in his seeding run that resulted in a large cut on his hand he was unable to race. Pro Men
After taking the win at Whitefish last year, Nikolas Clarke was gunning for the win again. Unfortunately, after a crash in his seeding run that resulted in a large cut on his hand, he was unable to race. (Pro Men)

Whitefish local Conner Arendt finished in the top ten with a time of 04 18.81. This was only Arendts s third race. Cat 2 Men 0-14
Whitefish local, Conner Arendt finished in the top ten with a time of 04:18.81. This was only Arendts's third race. (Cat 2 Men 0-14)

One of two riders with a time of 4 20 Terjai Decker finished just .09 seconds faster than the next rider. Cat 2 Men 15-18.
One of two riders with a time of 4:20, Terjai Decker finished just .09 seconds faster than the next rider. (Cat 2 Men 15-18.)

Cat 2 and 1 got quite the view of the town.
Cat 2 and 1 got quite the view of the town.

Discussing lines is an important part of racing.
Discussing lines is an important part of racing.

With a view like that how could you not want to ride the Cat 3 course
With a view like that, how could you not want to ride the Cat 3 course?

Dry dirt and no berm meant sliding into the corners.
Dry dirt and no berm meant sliding into the corners.

In her first season of racing Ivan Jones has found himself in the middle of the pack with a time of 00 04 32.88. He was 12 23. Cat 2 Men 0-14
In his first season of racing, Ivan Jones has found himself in the middle of the pack with a time of 00:04:32.88. He was 12/23. (Cat 2 Men 0-14)

Taking after her sister Mica Erickson put down a 03 32.07 and found herself in the two spot. Her time was 13 seconds faster than the next. Cat 3 Women 11-18.
Taking after her sister, Mica Erickson put down a 03:32.07 and found herself in the two spot. Her time was 13 seconds faster than the next. (Cat 3 Women 11-18.)

First in seeding and second in race Blake Rausch received his third podium of the season. This is Rauch s first year in the Junior Ex Category and he is currently in second place in the overalls. His time was 03 53.63. Cat 1Men 0-18.
First in seeding and second in the race, Blake Rausch received his third podium of the season. This is Rauch's first year in the Junior Ex Category and he is currently in second place in the overalls. His time was :03:53.63. (Cat 1Men 0-18.)


Ouch Apparently E-thirteen couldn t handle the rocks.
Ouch! Apparently E-thirteen couldn't handle the rocks.

Walking away with another win, Chirs Kovarick made up time after his seeding and put down 03:41.71. (Pro Men)

West Coast Racer Carter Crum put down a 04 02.00. He was 11 seconds faster than the next rider. Cat 3 Men 11-14
West Coast Racer, Carter Crum put down a 04:02.00. He was 11 seconds faster than the next rider. (Cat 3 Men 11-14)

Sponsored by Grandmas Spaghetti Ray Dotterer found himself in the two spot by less than a second. His time was a 04 36.21. Cat 2 Men 40 49
Sponsored by Grandmas Spaghetti, Ray Dotterer found himself in the two spot by less than a second. His time was a 04:36.21. (Cat 2 Men 40‐49)

When a hailstorm rolls through unexpectedly you take cover under whatever you can.
When a hailstorm rolls through unexpectedly, you take cover under whatever you can.

After practice laps all weekend Zaine Darrington in his fourth race ever put down a 04 10.76 putting him in tenth place. Cat 2 Men 15-18.
After practice laps all weekend, Zaine Darrington in his fourth race ever, put down a 04:10.76, putting him in tenth place. (Cat 2 Men 15-18.)

Getting his sixth podium of the season Jobe Androckitis finished his race run with a 03 13.65. HIs time put him in second place. Cat 3 Men 15-18.
Getting his sixth podium of the season, Jobe Androckitis finished his race run with a 03:13.65. HIs time put him in second place. (Cat 3 Men 15-18.)

Clinching her 6th win of the season Claire Buchar put down a 04 04.20. Buchar has been on the podium at 19 20 of her last races. Pro Women
Clinching her 6th win of the season, Claire Buchar put down a 04:04.20. Buchar has been on the podium at 19/20 of her last races. (Pro Women)

When the rain and cold takes over bikes get dropped and people run under cover.
With thunderstorms approaching, bikes get dropped and people run under cover.

In his first season racing Ethan Whittaker is finding his groove on the mountain. His time was a 04 23.42 nearly 6 seconds faster than the rider behind him. Cat 2 Men 15-18.
With only seven races under his belt, Ethan Whittaker is finding his groove on the mountain. His time was a 04:23.42, nearly 6 seconds faster than the rider behind him. (Cat 2 Men 15-18.)

Dominating his category by 10 seconds Travis Bear found himself on top of the podium. He has been on the podium at every race this season and won twice. Cat 3 Men 40-59
Dominating his category by 10 seconds, Travis Bear found himself on top of the podium. He has been on the podium at every race this season and won twice. (Cat 3 Men 40-59)

From second to first Spencer Ervin made up time between seeding and his race run and found himself on top with a 03 45.87 nearly 8 seconds faster than the next. Cat 1 Men 0-18.
From second to first, Spencer Ervin made up time between seeding and his race run and found himself on top with a 03:45.87, nearly 8 seconds faster than the next. (Cat 1 Men 0-18.)

With a 04 10.63 Ryan Stern found himself on the podium by over 10 seconds. Cat 1 Men 40
With a 04:10.63, Ryan Stern found himself on the podium by over 10 seconds. (Cat 1 Men 40+)

Getting his first podium ever Jake Webber finished with a time 04 00.67. He was only 0.9 seconds off of first place. Cat 2 Men 15-18.
Getting his first podium ever, Jake Webber finished with a time 04:00.67. He was only 0.9 seconds off of first place. (Cat 2 Men 15-18.)



The next winner of the brand new Fox Pro Frame Helmet from the ugly helmet contest.
The next winner of the brand new Fox Pro Frame Helmet from the ugly helmet contest.


Whitefish Mountain Resort mountain biking trails


Quick Facts:

>August 23-25, 2019
>Whitefish Mountain Resort, Whitefish, Montana
>Cat 3 rode Kashmir to GNR to Kashmir to Classic Rock, over the Summit Trail then back to Kashmir and finished at the Notch.
>All other Cats rode the Summit Trail to Runaway Train to the bottom of Chair 5.


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Junior Ex Women Podium Ella Erickson.
Junior Ex Women Podium: Ella Erickson.
Junior Ex Men Podium Left to Right Blake Rausch Spencer Ervin Chayce Williams.
Junior Ex Men Podium (Left to Right): Blake Rausch, Spencer Ervin, Chayce Williams.

Pro Women Podium Claire Buchar.
Pro Women Podium: Claire Buchar.
Pro Men Podium Left to Right Kody Clark Andrew Flaschenriem Chris Kovarik Frank Culhno Forrest Taylor.
Pro Men Podium (Left to Right): Kody Clark, Andrew Flaschenriem, Chris Kovarik, Frank Culhno, Forrest Taylor.



2 Comments

  • 5 0
 Man, harsh call out for e13
  • 1 0
 "Bikes get dropped"... that made me sad, no way I'd throw my bike down and leave it in the storm! Big Grin

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