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Race Report: NW Cup Round 6 - Silver Mountain

Aug 26, 2015
by Eric Ashley  
2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Weston Potter practicing on Hot Beans (Pro Men). Potter was on point all weekend, securing his second NW Pro Win.

Round six of the NW Cup made the trek to Idaho to explore the goods at Silver Mountain Bike Park for the first time. With only a finite number of Northwest venues equipped to host the NW Cup, the promise of a new destination on the horizon has been one of the highlights to an already great year of racing. While a greater traveling distance meant a smaller turnout, Kellogg didn’t disappoint.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Corey Craig finds a land mine hiding in the moon dust during Saturday's practice (Pro Men).

The mining town turned ski-destination has had a modest biking scene over the last few years. Very recently, the hard work of a few passionate individuals has brought a surge at Silver Mountain Bike Park with new investments, trails, and races earning them the vote for the Northwest’s Best Bike Park in 2014. With all the forward movement, it was time to bring the Northwest's largest race series to Idaho.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Above - Austin Lancaster racing to fourth on Sunday (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ). Kole Wetherell checks out the sights on North America's longest gondola (Pro Men).

The racers that made the long drive were pleasantly surprised by an inviting village with a waterpark, restaurants, and the option to take beer onboard North America’s longest gondola ride. They also arrived during one of the driest and dustiest summers — leaving trails engulfed in moon dust. And several fires in the state added to the unsavory air quality on Friday and Sunday.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Peter Buckley (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).

Silver Mountain separates into two zones — the top is 800’ of vertical serviced by a double chair, and the bottom delivers the remaining 2600’ for a no-turning-back ride to the village below. The race took place in the top zone, and controversially saw Cat 2 racers on the flowy Jackass trail with Cat 3. Pro and Cat 1 racers followed Hot Beans into Frankenbeans.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Luke Strobel making easy work of the rocks chunks on Hot Beans (Pro Men).

Hot Beans is a short connector trail leading to the rest of the course. Short or not, Hot Beans brought the heat right off the gate with a wide rocky swath of trail that appeared to have been shelled by artillery fire. A couple of drops, stump pit, and pedaling section brought riders to the main attraction, Frankenbeans.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  The Cat2/Cat3 course also came fully stocked with moon dust. Talon Northern (Cat 3 Men 0-14).

At its inception Frankebeans was off-camber, steep, and dusty. Now, a couple years later it’s still all those things, but it’s also gotten mean. Massive break bumps, deep ruts, and rivulets of dust battle riders for control. A simple brush along course left jerseys smeared with dust. Crashing resulted in complete baptism. On race day, a run with no crashes was its own meter of success, independent of time.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Jake Grob (Pro Men).

The substantially mellower Jackass trail was the source of some grumbling among the Cat 2 crowd who is accustomed to a little more tech in their racing diet. Some racers even switched out their downhill rigs for trail bikes. In the end, the dust on course was enough of a wild card to shake things up.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Left- Blair Louie (Cat 2 Men 0-14) triumphantly recovers his bike after it was stuck on the lift for over an hour. Right - Rylan Herdt (Cat 2 Men 19-29) was a bit less lucky and was onboard for the duration. Silver Mountain was quick to soften the blow by handing out complimentary tickets.

Seeding times on Saturday evening saw Damon Sedivy put in the fastest run for Junior Men with Jason Eiswald a bit over a second back. Local Pro Women racer, Jaime Rees, had an ample seven second lead, and looked set to repeat on Sunday. Kent Billingsley, Luke Strobel, and Weston Potter took the top three places for Pro Men. Their times all fell within one second, and Strobel was only .11 seconds back. Billingsley actually helped cut in the trail back in 2013 so a home game win was on his agenda.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Dylan Brown (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Overnight, Saturday’s clear skies gave way to smoke on Sunday. Riders would already be dropping every minute instead of the customary 30 seconds because of the dust. Fortunately the extra haze didn’t do too much more to obscure the trails, and probably even softened the shadows, if not the lungs. Race runs flew fast and aggressive, with clear wins in most categories. Except for (Cat 1 Men 30-39), when Noah Bodman and Matt Chynoweth tied for second down to the 1/1000th of a second. The two later shared a podium — reportedly the first time this has happened for the NW Cup.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  After several second place finishes this season, Jason Eiswald took home his first win over the weekend (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Race results: Damon Sedivy put in a clean run but was overtaken by Jason Eiswald who scored his first win of the year. Jaime Rees’ expectations for a clean win dissolved when a flat tire sent her into last and Kersti Christensen into first. Luke Strobel fell short of the podium, coming in 14th. Charlie Sponsel moved up to second place leading Kent Billingsley by .02 of a second. Weston Potter delivered another fast run that earned him his second NW Cup Pro win of his rookie year. Check out the full results here.

Silver Mountain Bike Park shook things up with a formidable but fun new course. Let’s hope to see more stops here in the future.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Luke Strobel (Pro Men) and Nate Cheyne (Cat 1 Men 19-29). Cheyne finished on the bottom step of the podium on Sunday.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kris Melton (Cat 1 Men 40+).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kevin Littlefield charges at full speed through the stump pit on Hot Beans (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Only for the bold. Jake Grob launching deep into the pit (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Matt Chynoweth (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  No sepia toning here. This little guy, like most of the course, was consumed with dust.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Cameron Hoefer making this demanding turn look easy (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Damon Sedivy was in fine form Saturday and put in the fastest seeding time for his class (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  The inside rut in the "World Cup" section of Frankenbeans offered the least resistance. Charlie Sponsel (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Tires sliding, dust flying.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  This hard-to-reach upper line was well worth the effort. Bob Stenson (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kent Billingsley putting in one last practice lap before seeding (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Bailey Villalovos had a respectable run, landing him in fifth for seeding times (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  A seven second lead during seeding had Jaime Rees on track for an easy win Sunday, but a flat tire during her race run sent her into last (Pro Women).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kole Wetherell (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Weston Potter's fast seeding run put him in third behind Billngsley and Strobel (Pro Men). All three top times were within one second.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Corey Craig kept things upright and kosher during his seeding, run putting him in sixth (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kent Billingsley, who originally helped build the course, put in the fastest seeding time at 2:22.10 edging out Strobel by .11 seconds (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Charlie Sponsel (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Saturday's clear skies gave way to hazy smoke come Sunday morning.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Stark air quality comparison between Saturday and Sunday.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Morning practice. Kjersti Christensen (Pro Women).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  How every morning routine should start. Luke Strobel (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Josh Gibb (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Andrew Frink railing and kicking up rocks. (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Woodruff Skinner (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Right - Scott Tucker, series director, in his mobile office.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Mathew Gilberston pedaling hard to the finish line (Cat 3 Men 40-49).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Michael Young (Cat 3 Men 40-49). Young won his category.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Carter Russell spots his corners into a more pedally section of Jackass (Cat 3 Men 0-14).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kyle Strom (Cat 3 Men 0-14).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Melissa Bogert riding to fourth (Cat 3 Women Open).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  A butterfly-winged Shannon Sutherland took fifth (Cat 3 Women Open).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Laura Delong finished third (Cat 3 Women Open).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Seven years old and racing strong. Molly Blair (Cat 3 Women 0-18 ).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Tyler Booth (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Zach Fraser goes in for the dusty drift on his way to third (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Brent Parker (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Still in the tape. Rye Livingston cuts the inside for one of the fastest lines through this corner (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Todd Huhman laying down some fancy dust trails on Jackass (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  The dust did little to slow down Chris Shalbot who finished in first (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Aaron Buck (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Zeb Burke had his best finish this season, coming in fourth (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Marc Garoutte (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Sebastian Belkin's time of 2:12.60 was the second fastest course time for the day (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Dawson Young jumping off the first road crossing on Jackass (Cat 2 Men 0-14).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Blair Louie (Cat 2 Men 0-14).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Ezra Northern adjusts his foot placement heading into the woods. Northern had his best finish of the season, coming in second (Cat 2 Men 0-14).

NW Cup
  Cherish Tauscheck and Lisa Muggli (Cat 2 Women Open). Tauscheck raced to fourth and Muggli third.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  "Sorry for slaying it."

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  The steeps and dust seemed to agree with Alex Wynakos who had his first win of the season (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kris Christensen (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Noah Bodman and Chris Canfield (Cat 1 Men 30-39). Canfield took first while Bodman tied with Matt Chynoweth for second place.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Landing gear out. Patrick Funk runs things out after he stalled on this shabby corner (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Brad Delzer (Cat 1 Men 40+).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Brad Watt sticking the outside line (Cat 1 Men 40+).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Hannah Johnson (Cat 1 Women Open).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Clean riding by Kerstin Holster earned her a third first-place finish this season (Cat 1 Women Open).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  It was pretty easy to find deep pockets and ruts of moon dust. Ian Robinson (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Dylan Brown (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
   Benjamin Van Veen (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Jason Eiswald and Damon Sedivy (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ). While both riders put in clean runs, Eiswald picked up the pace to deny Sedivy the win.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kjersti Christensen plowing through the landing of the Baby Swiss drop (Pro Women). Christensen finished at the top for the second time this year.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  The rutted and pocked landing to the Baby Swiss drop upped the ante for this already formidable feature. Shelby Reilly (Pro Women).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  A fast run early on left Jake Grob in the hot seat for the majority of the race (Pro Men). Grob ended up in fifth.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Luke Carrol raced to tenth for his best Pro finish.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kole Wetherell (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Evan Gilsdorf hugs the rut on lower Frankenbeans (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kasper Dean was having a good race run and finished in eighth (Pro Men). His best Pro finish to date.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Weston Potter throwing in the cranks to win (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Charlie Sponsel cheers Luke Strobel to the finish line (Pro Men). Strobel came up short landing in 14th.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Kent Billingsley held his own, but didn't have the home court win he was hoping for. Coming in third instead (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Weston Potter's rookie year is going great so far, Potter earned his second NW Cup Pro win on Sunday.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Racers gather for an out-of-bounds community ride to the bottom of the mountain.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Noah Bodman and Matt Chynoweth share second after tying down to the 1/1000th of a second, a first for the NW Cup (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  More raffle than one kid can handle.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Junior Men Podium: Jason Eiswald, Damon Sedivy, Josh Gibb, Austin Lancaster, and Benjamin Van Veen.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Pro Women Podium: Kjersti Christensen, Shelby Reilly, and Jaime Rees.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  The Sombrero Czar says participation in the high-five line is mandatory. Charlie Sponsel (Pro Men).

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.
  Pro Men Podium: Weston Potter, Charlie Sponsel, Kent Billingsley, Andrew Flaschenriem, and Jake Grob.

2015 NW Cup Round 6 at Silver Mountain Kellogg ID.



18 Comments

  • + 5
 Nice work using the dust and light Eric! Wish I could have been there to shoot with you. How much does your camera hate you now?
  • + 5
 So very much, haven't even had a chance to clean them and I'll be back on the road in an hour.
  • + 2
 nice coverage Eric, don't forget your rain coat for this weekend. Good times
  • + 2
 Thank you for sacrificing your gear to get us cool photos. At least the weather was nice at Capitol Forest... :/
  • + 5
 Thanks to all the riders for braving the dust and carnage for a fun weekend.
  • + 6
 Scott Tucker for President!
  • + 3
 Correction: Louie Blair was incorrectly identified as Blair Louie (Cat 2 Men 0-14).
  • + 1
 Wow, Silver MTN really changed since when I last rode it back in 1998 hahahaha. Rigid Raleigh Technium with a broken shifter and v brakes. need to get back there and check out the trails. Great pics btw...
  • + 1
 Been looking forward to this all week. As far as the shots go...at least your mama's proud! -your friendly neighborhood heckler
  • + 3
 Thanks. I enjoyed your heckling commentary through the dust.
  • + 2
 Nice coverage!!! I finally made it in one of these! Highlight of the day Big Grin The course was brutal!!!
  • + 3
 Thanks for the great race coverage. Great job.
  • + 1
 Sick shots! Loving the full coverage not just pros
  • + 1
 Nice frames, Eric! Some real gems in there.
  • + 1
 That was great coverage of everyone. Love the shots of the up and comers.
  • + 1
 great to see the cat 3 coverage.
  • + 0
 *Triple chair covers 800 vertical, double was just for the event.
  • + 1
 You are of course correct. I was thinking two bikes at a time, but the chair is capable of three people. Smile

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