Seeding Results: Mountain Creek Spring National ProGRT 2019

May 19, 2019
by Mountain Creek Bike Park  
Dakota Norton flew into the top seeding spot at today's Mountain Creek Spring National ProGRT

Racing officially got underway today here at the 2019 Mountain Creek Spring National, stop #3 of the USA Cycling ProGRT calendar. The big story remains to be the weather... After a mixed weather bag yesterday followed by overnight showers, racers awoke on Saturday to sunny skies and greasy track conditions greeting them for the start of the second day of practice here in New Jersey. As the day progressed things took a turn for the drier though. With sun dominating the day grease quickly changed to dust and the racers began to push the pace. By the time the Elite/Pro racers took to the course for their seeding run things were looking more like California than New Jersey and the track was running very fast.

The first racers in the gate were the Next Gen kids racers. The Next Gen race gave the youngest racers their chance to compete with the big boys

Paying it forward. Neko Mulally took time out of his race prep to help mentor the next generation of US Downhillers

Crowd favorite and reigning Spring National champion Aaron Gwin raced to a second place seeding after breaking a crank arm on the landing of finish jump

Dakotah Norton was finding some of the more creative lines of the day earning himself the top seed by nearly a second over Gwin

Littleton Colorado's Samantha Soriano has her eyes set on repeating her winning performance from last year, qualifying first for the Elite Women today

Quebec's Rachel Pageau has had quite the whirlwind travel schedule as of late jumping from the EWS in Mediera to university finals back home and Mountain Creek this weekend. She's showing no signs of fatigue though seeding to a 4th place finish today.


Today's conditions had Cat 1 Junior Dante Silva feeling right at home as he cruised into the number 1 junior seeding position by more than a second

To accommodate for the local domestic pro racers Mountain Creek added a new Domestic Pro/Open category to this year's event. Defiant Racing's Jordan Daigle is no stranger to Mountain Creek's tracks and put down a commanding run besting his nearest competitor by nearly 7 seconds

Elite/Pro Seeding Results:


The Spring National continues tomorrow with finals day. With a threat of thunderstorms moving in for the afternoon all eyes will be on the weather and how much of an impact it will play on track conditions. Follow the results live at http://www.liveracetiming.com

Eat up kids... For tomorrow we race

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Words: Hugh Reynolds
Photos: Christoper Vanderyajt


42 Comments

  • + 13
 Scrolled to comments to read about the crank arm....
  • + 30
 its breaking news...
  • + 15
 I was hoping that one of the photographers might have got a snap of the incident
  • + 22
 Carbon cranks aren't what their cracked up to be.
  • + 10
 So it did its job. Light and last till the finish line.
  • + 22
 0019 A man walks on water 1319 Scotts win against Brits in Myton 2019 A man podiums on Kenda tyres
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: no mortal man
  • + 3
 *They're
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: except that he was riding on Minions or Onza.
  • + 0
 @flash5000: the history teaches us that Aarons every tyre starts as a Minion with sharpie... then they slowly transform into something a bit worse but much better than the original. Unfortunately only Arons first design worked. The Bontrager G4. Bonty was the only one who had balls to plagiate Minion almost exactly. They only put sideknobs backwards. Specialized hasn’t managed to improve the Butcher while Aaron was riding it, they did it two years later. Onza did it within a year. Let’s see how fast Kenda is. At becoming a quasi Minion off course.
  • + 3
 @dobermon: so you assume that E13 will now go and improve their cranks? Like make them from alloy?
  • + 4
 Dont break the pun train. Take your normal comments elsewhere.
  • + 6
 @dobermon you want a be troll superstar? Live large, 5 bikes, you’re in charge, commentin up on the board, don’t trust nobody, gotta look over yo shoulder constantly
  • - 1
 Bet Ratty would have preferred his crank arm to have smashed into a million pieces in Norway.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: i like the way you work it
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: I ripped a knob off the Kenda this weekend at Creek.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Aaron broke a Rotor crank as well, last year. I think these are cases of companies that sell very little of certain product lines so the ongoing development based on feedback isn't there. This has nothing to do with cranks being carbon and everything to do with the development cycle.
  • + 3
 @thesharkman: but nonetheless: crank x carbon = troubles
  • + 0
 @vhdh666: yes but kool-aid + susceptible market = $$$
  • + 1
 @BenPea: $$$ don't always make happy
  • + 1
 @thesharkman: Neither E13 nor Rotor have good reliability record, so yeah, doesn’t matter what they are made of.
  • + 1
 @vhdh666: $$$ don't always make worthwhile product
  • + 1
 @dobermon: side knobs... like for cornering
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Shit happens. RF and SRAM carbon break a good amount too. Ask Aggy from a few Rampages ago. Gwin has been on these for 3 years so just bad luck this weekend.
  • + 11
 He’s building up for the crankless win
  • + 4
 The question is, would Gwinner have gwon if the crank arm didn't break?
  • + 6
 He'll win today that was just a seeding run
  • + 5
 @Nfd538: holding you to that.
  • + 3
 @Nfd538: he didn’t race
  • + 0
 @kleinblake: is he injured?
  • + 3
 @blast-off: maybe he didn’t bring any spare cranks
  • + 2
 @blast-off: Apparently an ankle injury which, I think, we can assume occurred during the moment the crank broke.
  • + 1
 @thesharkman: crap. And he has been silent on social media
  • + 1
 @dobermon: money, perhaps?
  • + 2
 See, cranks breaks. I'll stick with my 3 piece bmx cranks thank you very much
  • + 4
 Saints don't break.
  • + 3
 The arm broke on the finish line jump 50 meters from the line
  • + 3
 Did he clear the hole in the landing?
  • + 1
 Nope
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