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Report and Video: POC ESC DH Series at Mount Snow

Aug 5, 2014
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ESC DH at Mount Snow

The POC Eastern States Cup New England DH Cup returned to action this past weekend at Mount Snow in southern Vermont. The fourth stop in in the USAC Regional Championship Series continued the streak of fine weather for the New England DH Cup events this year with no rain on race day and generally excellent track conditions. The series has taken a retro turn this season as the Killington race in July resurrected a classic track from the history books, and Mount Snow followed suit this weekend with a return to portions of the old NORBA course from the mountain's race roots.

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ESC DH at Mount Snow
Mount Snow appears to offer a relatively moderate and consistent pitch, but hidden beneath that benign exterior are numerous step downs, off camber steeps and short drops that keep racers on their toes.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
On race day, the pits came alive early as the lifts began to spin an hour early to allow additional practice time.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The clock tower at the base provided a scenic backdrop for racers on the high-speed Canyon Express quad

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Racers, including Jake Hurwitz, right, wait their turn in the dark, cavernous structure.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Junior X racer Cole Michie blasts out of the start house, a Vermont-sized version of the Mont Saint Anne World Cup start house

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Stephen Solt rolls out of the gate

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The steep start helped pros like Oliver Racing's Steve Avery get up to speed in no time.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Pro rider Jordan Newth looks for doubles in the top section of the course which featured some high-speed turns and tricky little steps.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Pros Matt Callahan and Mary Elges scope out the track's first technical feature, a steep drop that could be launched to a short transition or rolled to sharp G-out.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Callahan opts for the airborne option.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The course then dropped into a series of wide-open GS turns down the steep open slope as Rod Lampe, winner of the amateur 40+ division, tries to stay off the brakes

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Jonathan Yelin hits the gas on his Scott Gambler

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Ian Scaglione machs through a sweeping right-hander

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Perennial Cat 1 40+ contender Judson Umberger rips down the open track

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Pro rider Alex McAndrew swallows a high-speed hip that sent many riders to flat. McAndrew would crash in his race run but go on to win the POC speed trap prize for the pros, a feat he also accomplished at the Killington race. He must really like those POC water bottles.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Will Rouse sucks up the hip

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The open slope section concluded with a road gap. Steve Kahn, leader of the Danny's Cycles team, styles it out on his way to a Cat 1 victory for the 40+ class.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The course then dropped under the Bluebird Express bubble chair. Cody Roy had a blazing run to easily win the 14 and under class.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Pro rider Brian Scolforo's Giant kit nicely matches the Bluebird Express chair as he drops over a blind roller into one of the steepest sections of the track.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Mount Snow had a crack squad of course marshals lining the track for practice and race day. Fortunately there was no major carnage for them to deal with.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The steep slab with its hard right-hand exit took its toll on more than one rider

ESC DH at Mount Snow
After navigating the steep slab, racers were faced with a couple line options

ESC DH at Mount Snow
I doubt many chose the middle line, which was a goopy mess, one of the few muddy spots on the whole course

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Justice Kahn stays clear of the quagmire.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
A few high-speed rollers led to a long woods section. Most racers opted to keep their tires on the ground through this section but MadKats team member Ben Bodycoat decided to air it out on his way to a second place finish in the Cat 1 juniors.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Racers then entered a dark and rooty stretch. Jonathan Yelin pins it into the woods.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Jim Salatino opts for a more sinuous line

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Matthew Horton steps on the gas through the roots

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Sloan Forstom rockets through the woods before setting up for a tight left-hand exit.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The next section was perhaps the most entertaining, involving a high-speed charge to a sharp left-hander into a steep drop. There were two options through the drop, a tight corner into a rock drop or a wider corner into a more gentle rooty drop. The field seemed evenly divided on which was the faster option. Aidan Casner, a new addition to the Oliver Racing team, takes the rock drop line to a 4th place finish in the Cat 1 juniors.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Mary Elges, pro women's winner, dances through the outside line, nicely avoiding some of the rougher roots.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Pro privateer Jordan Newth hits the drop on his way to a fourth place finish, his best result of 2014.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Giant Pro Team rider Brian Scolforo one-ups the field by gapping the entire section on his way to a second-place finish, his best of the year.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Yeti pro rider Jason Memmlaar proves there is no wrong answer in this section as he takes the rooty option to a victory, his first downhill win of the season to go with an ESC enduro win at Plattekill in June.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The rest of the course was an all-out charge. Jake Kahn, with the Danny's Cycles team, launches into a drop and finishes in 3rd place in the Cat 1 juniors, despite nursing an injured wrist.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
With perhaps the most famous hair on the circuit, Drummer Racing's dread-locked Eric Clark sped to a second place in the Cat 1 30-38, his top finish this season.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Sebastian Halpern-Reiss drops the final feature on the course. Halpern-Reiss laid down a scorching time for his second win of the season in the amateur 15-18 category.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The POC speed trap was on the final steep straight away into the finish area and saw riders pinning it for MPH glory.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Even the more "seasoned" riders, like Robert Walker, let it rip through the trap.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Brian Kibbee flashes across one of the nicer finish lines on the circuit. Kibbee took 5th place in the 15-18 amateur category.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Riders relive their races and wait for results following the race.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Oliver Racing's Scott Bureau, the master of maple, right, awards a bag of much-coveted maple popcorn to teammate Steve Avery for his 5th place finish in the pro field.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
The men's pro podium, from left: Alex McAndrew (POC speed trap), Steve Avery, Brian Scolforo, Jason Memmelaar, Dan O'Connor, Jordan Newth.

ESC DH at Mount Snow
Thanks to Mount Snow and the ESC for another fun weekend of racing.

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The POC Eastern States Cup returns to action this weekend at the Windham World Cup in NY with the POC ESC Atlantic DH Cup Race the World DH.

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38 Comments

  • 9 0
 Dang i wish we could get some good series like this back west. We have the mountains, just no one willing to put on the races Frown
  • 2 5
 The west has some of the biggest DH series... sadly everything out here is a bit more spaced out than back in NE.
  • 1 5
flag scott-townes (Aug 5, 2014 at 13:14) (Below Threshold)
 Apparently the edit button doesn't work... shoulda clarified, some of the biggest for the U.S.
  • 4 0
 Like what? NW cup doesn't count, too far north :p
  • 2 3
 Winter Gravity Series (gnarly trails, some of the top U.S. rippers), the NW cup that apparently doesn't count even though it's on the west coast and a lot of the ESC races require a TON of travel for many racers, the Pro GRT has a couple stops out here and there are a lot of state-level series (No. and So. Cali each have their own, Trestle series, to name a few). There are plenty of them and if there aren't in your area (which seems to be what you're really have an issue with), start holding impromptu races with your buddies. Most race series start out as unofficial, really fun gatherings. If not, start asking around and contacting the right people, be proactive. Race series don't come around by people complaining there isn't one and wishing someone else would start one up. Wink
  • 4 0
 Lol nope. Traveling is not my issue. There still isn't really big race series in the west. Colorado has so many lift access mountains that used to hold WC's. I guess what I'm saying is that there is so much untapped potential in the west. Although there are many minor races (which is fine) they are still too spread out to make it worth people's time. If there is a series like the POC series in colorado, then more people would be attracted from all over the west (and even big riders and teams from the east).
  • 1 2
 I'm not denying there is untapped potential, there's a lot of that for sure. I'm just denying the claim that there aren't race series like this in the west. There are plenty that run on trails just as good as the ones back east... albeit a lot of the west has completely different style trails. This series gets a lot of coverage on here and it's really sick but from what I've seen on here and a few times in person, the race series out here are just as fun and on the same level of participation. The ESC isn't a massive event, they feel like local races while attracting insane talent, like the ones out west. Both coasts have a crap ton of untapped potential but what is there shouldn't be dismissed or underrated.
  • 4 0
 Mt. Snow was the first ski area I rode DH back in 2002, needless to say I was hooked. Mt. Snow is one of the O.G. DH spots in the country.
  • 5 0
 Bureau's kettle corn, represent Old Lyme! Thats the best kettle corn in the world!
  • 2 0
 Does anyone have a video of this course? I rode the XC and DH courses back in the mid 90s, would love to see what it looks like currently.
  • 5 0
 Sorry for the facebook link, but here you go:

www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10204673139007373
  • 1 0
 Probi--I was there as well with Kovachi Wheels back in the 90's. Love racing DH, Slalom and even a little XC there.
  • 3 0
 Aww man, thanks for the attempt. Maybe I'll just have to check that out @ home, can't see it from the work computer. Your other clips (with the guy stopped on the table top) loaded, but this one won't even register a clip duration. Frown

So many memories of the Grundig WC series back then; first time seeing trials, naked crits, getting to meet overend, tomac, herbold, tinker, missy, etc. So rad.
  • 2 0
 Ahhhh, the Naked Crit! Ha! Awesome!
  • 2 0
 Camping at Haystack !
  • 2 0
 Dots (is that place still there?) French toast!!! Mmmmmm
  • 2 0
 There are now two Dots, the original one that was rebuilt a couple years back after a flood and now one really close to Mount Snow in Dover
  • 2 0
 Thanks Phil and Eastern States Cup for coming up to shred some dirt! Let's do it again soon!
  • 1 0
 So, what was Alex's speed through the speedtrap?
  • 4 0
 I WANT THAT CHAIR!
  • 3 0
 Here is footage from my race run

www.pinkbike.com/video/374064
  • 1 0
 can you access that trail from the regular chair that runs on the weekends?
  • 2 0
 well, yes but they were only granted a 24 hour permit to use this trail from the forest service so the trail will not be open.
  • 1 0
 ^^yea, it's already been seeded and covered in hay as per Forest Service agreement to use the track.
  • 3 0
 Props to Jeb, some stellar images!
  • 2 0
 Can't wait to have Eastern States Cup at Mount Snow again next year!
  • 1 0
 Yeah I saw that after it was uploaded already, my mistake , everyone knows its in VT anyhow.
  • 1 0
 In the beginning of the video, it says Mount Snow, NY...
  • 2 3
 Mount Snow, NY LOL!
  • 1 0
 Wat.
  • 1 1
 Did they relocate mount snow to new York??
  • 1 0
 Nah
  • 1 0
 Please let us in on the joke? I've reread this a few times and I still cannot find that error?
  • 2 1
 I really don't know. I just felt like replying to this comment theirs has nothing to do with me.
  • 1 1
 In the winter New York moves to mount snow. Thumbs down
  • 2 0
 In the opening credits it says that the race is at Mount Snow, NY. Mount Snow is for sure in VT!
  • 1 0
 ahhh, in the video.... shucks, haha

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