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.Whitefish Mountain Resort mountain biking trails
>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 Men Podium (Left to Right): Blake Rausch, Spencer Ervin, Chayce Williams.
Pro Women Podium: Claire Buchar.
Pro Men Podium (Left to Right): Kody Clark, Andrew Flaschenriem, Chris Kovarik, Frank Culhno, Forrest Taylor.