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Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap

Jun 28, 2015
by Ryan Dobbins  
The 4th round of the West Virginia Enduro series hosted by Snowshoe Bike Park took place June 27 - 28, 2015. After 38 miles of riding and 8 stages of racing, Kevin Deal of Athens Bicycle and Susan Haywood of Stan's Notubes Elite Women's Team, came out victorious in the Pro fields.

The Snowshoe Bike Park is nationally recognized as one of the best in the U.S. and offers one of the largest trail systems in the East. With nearly 40 trails and 1,500 vertical feet of descent, the park has something to offer everyone. Most however have not explored the XC trail system surrounding the bike park. Pre dating the bike park by a number of years, it used to play host to the legendary 24 hours of Snowshoe and numerous NORBA XC races. Due to recent trail work over the last few years, it has seen a resurrection of many of the old XC trails which were showcased during the Epic Enduro.

The Snowshoe Epic Enduro lived up to its name. With 3 inches of rain falling on the eve of the race, course conditions were challenging to say the least. The forecast for day 2 looked promising with partly sunny sky's, but that never materialized. Leaving riders to battle it out with mother nature, it tested man and machine to make it to the finish.

Clouds encased the upper portion of the mountain for both days of racing.
Clouds encased the upper portion of the mountain for both days of racing.

Rider checking in to activate their Sport iDent timing chip.
Riders checking in to activate their Sport iDent timing chip.

Mud guards were a necessity after 3 inches of rain the night before.
Mud guards were a necessity after 3 inches of rain the night before.

The rain stopped just long enough to get to 10am rider meeting under way.
The rain stopped just long enough to get to 10am rider meeting under way.

Heading out through the village to start transfer 1
Heading out through the village to start transfer #1

After 3 inches of rain overnight what was a gentle creek crossing is now over 2 feet deep.
After 3 inches of rain overnight what was a gentle creek crossing is now over 2 feet deep.

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Pro Ex Women s winner Susan Haywood on the recent rock work of Stage 1.
Pro / Ex Women's winner Susan Haywood on the recent rock work of Stage 1.

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Phillip Steele winner of the Junior category smashing through puddles on Stage 1.
Phillip Steele winner of the Junior category smashing through puddles on Stage 1.

[PI=12393240 width=window]Scout Clark of Grom Racing on Stage 2. After losing over a minute to the leaders on Stage 1, she made up time over the next 7 stages to place 4th in the
Pro / Ex women's field.[/PI]

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Amy Leishear making easy work of the rocks on Stage 2
Amy Leishear making easy work of the rocks on Stage 2

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Jonathan Martin is a regular in Pro Ex field consistently placing top 5. A snapped chain on the opening stage took him out of contention for the weekend.
Jonathan Martin is a regular in Pro field consistently placing top 5. A snapped chain on the opening stage took him out of contention for the weekend.

Lucas Reilly was looking good both days but an unfortunate puncture on Stage 2 cost him over 10 minutes taking him out of contention.
Lucas Reilly was looking good both days, but an unfortunate puncture on Stage 2 cost him over 10 minutes taking him out of contention.

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Matthew Browne 10 place Pro men overall having fun on stage 4.
Matthew Browne 10 place Pro men overall having fun on stage 4.

Angelica Pietranton on stage 4 to finish up day 1.
Angelica Pietranton on stage 4 to finish up day 1.

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Angelina Palermo was consistent all weekend with two stage wins and 2nd place in Pro Ex women s overall.
Angelina Palermo was consistent all weekend with two stage wins and 2nd place in Pro / Ex women's overall.

Leslie Litton with a win on stage 4 and 3rd place Pro Ex women overall.
Leslie Litton with a win on stage 4 and 3rd place Pro women overall.

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Susan Haywood won 5 of 8 stages to take the win in Pro Ex women for the weekend.
Susan Haywood won 5 of 8 stages to take the win in Pro women for the weekend.

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Timothy Carson in route to 2nd place on stage 4 and 4th pace Pro Ex men overall.
Timothy Carson in route to 2nd place on stage 4 and 4th pace Pro men overall.

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Scout Clark Pro Ex 4th place overall on the opening stage of day 2.
Scout Clark Pro women 4th place overall on the opening stage of day 2.

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Adam Ward just missing a top ten with 12th in Sport Men.
Adam Ward just missing a top ten with 12th in Sport Men.

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Duane Swanson III on stage 7 in route to taking the overall in the hardtail class.
Duane Swanson III on stage 7 in route to taking the overall in the hardtail class.

Snowshoe Epic Enduro - Recap Images

Finish on stage 8 time for a bike wash shower and a hydration beer.
Finish on stage 8, time for a bike wash shower and a hydration beer.

2015 Snowshoe Epic Enduro Combined Resluts






Snowshoe Bike Park
WV Enduro Series


18 Comments

  • + 9
 looks like the average dry weekend at Snowshoe.
  • + 3
 it was a little above average!!!!!
  • + 4
 Just goes to show that no weather can get in the way of having a great weekend at Snowshoe! Thanks so much to everyone at Snowshoe and to Ben and John and WVMBA for making this happen. Hope to be back again next year.
  • + 3
 Great job to Susan and Scout. Current ass kicker and up and coming NC ass kicker. Really wish I planned this summer better. Being there would've been nice in spite of the weather.
  • + 3
 Leslie ridin Ninja Bob, nice! congrats on your stage win and 3rd overall! Respect for all you crazy's that went out saturday am!!!!
  • + 2
 Thanks! Smile It was such a great event!
  • + 3
 wet roots... thoroughly washed and edible mmhhmm
  • + 1
 What they call enduro these days we called cross country back in the day. I used to race these same trails at NORBA Nationals. Looks like a good time!!
  • + 1
 "Enduro" "now a days"="XC/AM rider" who hates climbing timed sections??
  • + 3
 Haywood is a legend. Race conditions look pretty epic. Nice job!
  • + 4
 Sooooo much fun!
  • + 4
 Ha, boosting higher off that tabletop on stage 4 than anyone else as well.
  • + 1
 Those conditions are for real! Congrats to everyone who raced. Race speed on those soaked root gardens is not for the timid.
  • + 2
 And I'll bet O line was fun in the wet.
  • + 1
 Skidmore smoking the pro-hoes. Literally, figuratively, actually.
  • + 1
 Top pics, those conditions look familiar
  • + 2
 I had a great time

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