Over 1000 riders, eight rounds, seven months, six venues, four states, two national events, one series. Another season of the Northwest Cup has come to an end. For the final round, racers and families returned to Stevens Pass Bike Park. With thunderstorms in the forecast, the chance of lifts shutting down and the race being stalled was in the back of everyone's minds. However, typical Washington meant that the weather predictions were essentially a big question mark. On Friday and Saturday, the dust was out of control. The tracks were dry and blown out. By the evening, the thick fog rolled in, the lightning and thunder began lighting up the sky, and the heavy showers began. With rain throughout the night, the trails on Sunday morning had perfect dirt and slippery roots. Nearly a riders dream... That is until the showers continued off and on throughout the day making the trail different for the Pros by race time. Nonetheless, the epic racing continued and the Northwest Cup rounded out its season in the best possible way.
Courtesy of Marc Garoutte, "Epic Racing, in conjunction with our charity crushkidscancer.org, held our 3rd annual CKC challenge mountain bike raffle during the 2019 NW Cup Series. Center Cycle in Renton WA along with a private donor provided the 2019 Specialized Stumpjumper PRO (MSRP $6,300) that was awarded to the lucky winner Ray Dotterer (AKA “The Nunn Guy”). A total of 1,530 tickets were purchased during the 8 race series and every one of the 7,650 dollars raised went to Seattle Children’s Hospital to fund pediatric cancer treatment trials, specifically for 2019 the T-Cell Immunotherapy for Brain and Central Nervous System Tumors (BrainChild-01). https://www.seattlechildrens.org/research/research-studies-clinical-trials/current-studies/brainchild01/ "
As another year passes, the memory of Declan Ervin continues and it is stronger than ever. Laughs and a few tears were shared as stories were told about his life and incredible racing career. One of the most memorable in the NW Cup series was when Declan, at only 16, seeded first in the Junior Ex class and his time was only one second back from the fastest pro at the time. He still holds one of the fastest Junior times at Stevens Pass to this day. It was moments like this and so much more that made Declan as special as he was. Declan was spirited, dedicated, strong, inspirational, and incredibly fast. In celebration of his life, the Declan Ervin Memorial Race began with a train of riders down Rock Crusher on Saturday evening, was followed by a Potluck with riders, families, and friends, and finished with the announcement of the 2019 winner of the Hard Charger Award.
Continuing the festivities, the NW Cup family came together for a potluck in celebration of Declan's life. The food laughs, and stories were endless.
> September 6-7, 2019
> Stevens Pass Bike Park, Skykomish, Washington
> 384 riders this weekend
> 1,083 riders this season
> 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
For photos from the season, click here
For full results of the race, click here
This weekend was not only the final round and the memorial race, but it was also the overalls. This meant that Sunday was the determining factor for the overall point rankings, One win could change it all for some riders so every second counted.
For full overall results, click here