Andrew Engles (Cat 3 Men 19-29).
North America’s longest gondola ride brings more than just enjoyable alpine views, it also grants access to a 3,300 vertical foot descent of prime mountain biking in Kellogg, Idaho. Silver Mountain
has been hard at work expanding their mountain biking operations this year, with trail crews working around the clock to bring new trails to life. The latest addition is Frankenbeans
, a steep and off camber track that leads through a labyrinth of trees with a massive bermed finish. Having only officially been open a few weeks, Frankenbeans
lacks the polite polish of a more established trail. Instead it delivers dirt-surfing fun in loads as you hang on as best you can.Trailforks.com
Michael Finney (Cat 3 Men 14 & Under), determinedly catching air out of the start.
Silver Race Series # 4 provided the perfect opportunity to put Frankenbeans through its paces. Allowing riders from Cat 2 through Pro to test their braking and drifting prowess through the loose dust while Cat 3 riders road the more conventional Jackass trail. The course favored local Pro rider (and trail builder) Kent Billingsley. While Eben Kiehl (Cat 1 Men 19-29) put in a surprisingly quick run, trailing Billingsley’s time by just more than a second. Despite the abundance of moon dust, falls and spills kept to a surprising minimum. Results for SRS # 4 can be found here
To see what the riding is all about at Silver Mountain, you can enter Silver Race Series # 5
on September 7th.
Troy Peery (Cat 3 Men 30-39).
Trisha Scott (Cat 2 Women 15+) lays down first tracks on the racecourse through the moon dust of Frankenbeans.
(Bottom Right) Mariah Matthew negotiates through the trees, ruts, and dust (Cat 2 Women 15+).
Brent Parker (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).
Joseph Deschamps (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ) riding towards first place in his category.
Scott Knapp narrowly avoids a dab as he steadies himself over the rough (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).
Pete Kinsey (Cat 2 Men 30-39).
Danny Zickler (Cat 2 Men 19-29) powers through one of the rare open sections along the course.
Moon dust for days. Alex Randles (Cat 2 Men 30-39).
Anthony Williams (Cat 1 Men 19-29).
Eben Kiehl (Cat 1 Men 19-29) flying by. Kiehl delivered an impressive time of 2:30.52 making him the second fastest racer of the day.
Andrew Frink (Cat 1 Men 30-39).
David Hanner (Cat 1 Men 30-39) kicking up dust onto the spectators.
Jamie Rees (Pro Women).
Screaming through the turns. Kent Billingsley (Pro Men).
Bryan Crum (Pro Men), winner of the day's unofficial whip contests, rides the final berm on the trail.
Matt Lazarus (Pro Men).
Chris Andreasen rounds the first massive berm at the end of Frankenbeans (Pro Men).
(1st-3rd) Kent Billingsley, Bryan Crum, Chris Andreasen (Pro Men).
(1st-3rd) Jamie Rees, Chelsey Henry, Sandy Densmore (Pro Women).Silver Mountain ResortTrailforks.com