Social Round Up: US DH and Enduro Season Opener in Windrock, Tennessee

Mar 15, 2021
by Aidan Oliver  
First win of the year for Charlie Harrison

The USDH series kicked off last weekend, as well as the the Tennessee National Enduro, with some wild racing in Windrock. In the DH Elite Men's racing, Charlie Harrison came out on top and Frida Helena Ronning improved upon her second place in qualifying to take the win in the Women's field. In the enduro, Richie Rude and Kate Lawrence both took convincing elite top spots by winning every stage. Check out a social round up from all the goings on at Windrock.



Luca Shaw
Luca Shaw was a favourite to take the win but a snapped chain caused his bike to lock up in a set of whoops within sight of the finish line.


Frida Helena Rønning
Norwegian ex-pat Frida Helena Rønning took another comfortable win at her local after shoulder surgery in January.



Charlie Harrison
Charlie Harrison took the men's top spot piloting a prototype high idler Trek Session and RockShox Blackbox shock.



Vlad Sherryuble
Pinkbike Academy star Vlad rode to 7th place in finals.



Yeti Cycles Enduro
It was a good day at the office for the Yeti Enduro team with Richie Rude, Warren Kniss and Shawn Neer taking the top 3 spots.



Kate Larence
Kate Lawrence also won all of the day's stages and finished with a gap of over two minutes to second-placed Isabella Naughton.



Windrock
Live event t-shirt printing? Pretty cool.



Aaron Gwin
Not a great day in the office for Aaron Gwin as a small crash took him out of the running.



Neko Mulally
Neko Mulally took 6th place riding the new prototype Intense DH bike.



Christopher Grice
Young gun Christopher Grice won juniors with a time that would have placed him 6th in elite, 4 seconds off the win.



Dakotah Norton
Dakotah Norton took an impressive 2nd place with his new team.



David Lieb
David Lieb front flipping his DH bike in the whip offs.



Chelsea Kimball
Chelsea Kimball took home 'best trick' on the women's side of things.




52 Comments

  • 60 0
 Luca's crash was brutal, glad he's okay.
  • 10 2
 It could have been a lot worse. Fortunately he landed on a relatively smooth section on his back. If that was an impact onto his neck he could have been in bad shape. Bummer all around. No one likes to see something like that happen.
  • 11 0
 I took that first video in his post. It was one of the gnarliest crashes I’ve ever seen and I was 5 feet away. I’m surprised he was able to walk away never mind get on his bike and roll to the finish.
  • 2 0
 @Mattysville: That's good to know. It's hard to judge a crash by video. My only point was that he did get lucky that didn't happen into a rock garden or something.
  • 4 0
 @Mattysville: i was right by the guy who took the second video. it was nasty man he slid so far
  • 1 0
 The clobbering he gets from the bike is the worst part!
  • 2 0
 Chain growth gone terrible? How do you clean a jump perfect and bing! SC have to work this out for my man Luca who is constantly winning quali. Heal up that was about the worst chain reaction I've seen.
  • 1 0
 @Milesalley66: I bet who ever that was planning to blow their horn felt pretty shitty for a moment
  • 27 2
 Jesus what is with the 70's porno stache on Richie
  • 14 1
 Neer's stache is more 70s porno. Richie's is more "redneck frat kid."
  • 40 2
 Hmm...what would be the perfect porn name to go with that stache...?

DICK POUND
  • 2 0
 I was just thinking what is with the one guy ruining the whole 70's porn stash theme of that team... like c'mon guy!
  • 7 8
 Richie has a stache because he can, because he's Richie god damn Rude.
  • 4 4
 He's attempting to use it to filter banned substances from his water bottle.
  • 16 0
 gwin is back
  • 8 0
 yeeee!! with a crash and was only back 2 seconds
  • 5 32
flag makripper (Mar 15, 2021 at 16:49) (Below Threshold)
 @CSdirt: still crashed. At his level shouldn't be crashing in a final. He's losing it.
  • 9 0
 @makripper: Oh man, it's almost like pinning it against the best riders in the world results in crashes. He podiumed dude.
  • 2 12
flag makripper (Mar 15, 2021 at 19:18) (Below Threshold)
 @HB208: I know. That's still bad ass but having that edge and not crashing is how you win. Even worse that it was at just a national race. He's not gwin from 2011/2012. That twin would have won by 10 seconds.
  • 1 1
 Gwin. Lol autocorrect
  • 2 1
 @HB208: When did 4th become a podium finish?
In all seriousness, podiums were for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, at what point did we start handing out podiums for top 5 finishes?
  • 1 0
 @onawalk: IDK, but I have heard 4th and 5th referred to as podium finishes. It probably has to do with prize money? Not sure. Good question.
  • 4 1
 @makripper: thanks for telling Aaron Gwin how to win! It's nice when someone like you who understands how to win helps a guy with as little experience winning as Gwin has.
  • 1 0
 @BetterRide: I honestly wish he would read some of the comments here, would find them very useful Smile
  • 1 0
 @BetterRide: in all fairness he just needs to get back on YT, the intense bike doesn't suit him, he looks so tight and restricted when he rides it
  • 1 2
 @BetterRide: what? Good drugs or something? He's not "back" he's older and just doesn't have his edge anymore. Thats how it works. That's life.
  • 1 0
 @makripper: Dude, leave it alone.
  • 1 2
 @HB208: leave what alone? Common sense? Never.
  • 11 3
 Hang on, you US guys are going to races, hanging out, having a good time while in the UK despite having vaccinated a shit tonne of people I can’t even go for a ride with 2 mates in the woods?

So did everyone at that event die or is my government incompetent I wonder?
  • 8 0
 They used to say "the ocean wasn't big enough".
People came to America to begin with to get away from totalitarian rule.
Common over anytime. Doors open.
  • 1 0
 You can I Scotland if you are in the same local authority
  • 4 3
 We also have the highest rate of deaths in the world.
  • 9 5
 Please don't include the 35 states that weren't stupid enough to join the other 15 states like Tennessee (Texas, etc) in dropping the mask and social distancing mandates against Government recommendation. The majority of us are doing the right thing in ridding this country of the virus.

With that in mind, I was a little surprised to see some top U.S. pro's at the race this year who are planning to head to Europe so I hope they at least had their vaccination already...
  • 2 4
 @harmar: We are not close to the highest death rates in the world. In observed cases/fatality were are in the top 25%(the good top) and in deaths per 100,000 population were are 5th from the top(not the good side). Most likely due to more testing in the US affecting the numbers.
  • 1 0
 @onegear29: they won’t be able to travel to Europe without a negative test. Doesn’t matter if they catch covid 5 times before they go to Europe
  • 3 0
 Americans don't like to be told what to do. People would flip if a year out we had the government enforcing that we cannot go into the woods with our friends.
  • 1 3
 @HB208: not the most intelligent of creatures though
  • 4 0
 @mtb-scotland: We have quiet smart people and very vocal dumb people.
  • 4 0
 The amount of excitement with which I looked through these photo epics and searched Instagram for more updates (and repeatedly refreshed the results) indicates that I’m really looking forward to World Cup racing!

Thankfully Supercross is making the wait a bit easier though!
  • 6 0
 Kate killed it!!! ATTA girl!!!
  • 2 0
 She had been crushing QOMs left and right around here. Stoked to see her have success on a national stage!
  • 6 0
 Kudos to ESC legend Mazie Hayden!
  • 5 0
 Fair play to Vlad. 7th place!
  • 1 0
 PINK BIKE, It is very cool that all the pros come to the race and you get to see how truly fast they are. There is a lot more going on at this event that I feel should be covered. I think one of the biggest highlights for us mortals is that all of the AM's race the same DH track and enduro stages as all of the pros. For example the DH race has a single crown class that consists of AM's that just want to be apart of the fun along with some insanely fast pros (Walker Shaw). I do not want to take anything away from the pros but it would be cool if there were more highlights noting the AM racers that toughed it out in complete SH** conditions and finished both races. That is just my 2 cents, I tried to type this so that it did not come off as a Bi*** session and just some food for thought.
  • 5 1
 Red Bull’s 4×4 Party Van Is Insane
  • 1 0
 They had that same van in Gastonia for the Red Bull Pump Track qualifier in 2019. Red Bull must have a killer deal on Pioneer sound systems - all of the Red Bull busses and vans seem to spec Pioneer sound and DJ gear (the ones with installed DJ gear, that is).
  • 3 0
 new kenda tire on Gwin's bike, looks like an assegai
  • 2 0
 Damn you're right, I didn't notice at first, thought it was the Pinner. It's not especially close to the Assegai though, looks more like an Hellkat successor.
  • 2 0
 You forgot about me almost dying on the rollers
  • 1 0
 Roundup is bad for planet !
  • 1 0
 One of the sickest enduro races I have been to!!
  • 2 2
 “Ex-pat” is out.

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