Video & Race Report: Eastern States Cup DH Finals - Mountain Creek, NJ

Oct 27, 2020
by Eastern States Cup  

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Well here we are, the last hoorah for 2020. It's what we dream about and prepare for all winter, it all comes down to this. The overall series battle is tighter than ever in nearly every class and with 150% points on the line there's no room for error. Whoever tames the notoriously technical terrain of Mountain Creek would take home the championship jersey and bragging rights until next year. After a fairly quiet race season with minimal spectators it was refreshing to hear the Creek locals hooting and hollering in the Slayer rock garden like old times as the East Coast's fastest chased glory. Second year Pro Titus Nicholson was finally able to reach the top step at his home mountain and Mazie Hayden led the Pro ladies field through the rocky chunder.

On the menu this weekend is Slayer. RIP Paul Hanson, your spirit lives on at Creek.

Good morning Mountain Creek, chilly start to race day with temps in the mid 30's.

Race day morning bolt checks for ProBuilds boss man Jorge Gomes.

Wasn't the first, definitely wasn't the last. Most of our racers know to bring extra tires and wheels to Mountain Creek.


It's barely Halloween and they've already got the Thanksgiving decorations out in New Jersey.

Clif Kids class winner Chris Liebig zooming through the corners at the top of the course.

The top three U15 boys were separated by less than a second, when the dust settled it was Colten Hubbard who came out on top with both the race and series wins.

Matt Hempel made the trip up from Virginia and took his first win in the Expert 19-29 men's class.

Soon the trees will be bare, these lifts will be spinning and we'll be sliding on snow. Scott Johnson took his second win in a row to secure the Expert 30-39 champions jersey.

Over one bridge, under another for Amateur women's class race and series winner Katlin Parenteau.

Andy Marek smoked the Expert 40+ Men by nearly four seconds but missed the overall by just four points

Amateur 40+ men's class winner Bob Walker carries speed into the infamous Slayer rock garden.

Zach Gareis somehow managed to escape disaster, riding this out to tenth place for the Pro Men.

Fourth place for the Pro Men and your 2020 DH champion is Matt Driscoll. He should have no problem building up a new bike next year, let the #teamrumors begin.

Local hero George Ryan gets a warm welcome from his Mountain Creek family, he would finish seventh for the Pro Men.

Eyes on the prize for Expert 19-29 rider Geoff Smith, second place in his first race.

Michael Gossow brought some trail bike style to his first DH race and took fourth place in the Expert 19-29 class.

Jack Dichiara sends it into the water park just before the final turn, he would win the Junior Expert class by over two seconds and secure the series title.

Slayer strikes again. Mike Hoffarth's ride exploded beyond repair but he received some of the loudest cheering of the weekend as he hoofed it through the rock garden.

Kristin Lenart let the big bike eat through the rocks, third place for the Pro Women and second place in the series.

Riley Miller may be the youngest competitor in the Pro ladies field but she has no problem keeping up, second place this weekend.

The overall points battle coming into this race was so tight whoever took the win would also win the series. Mazie Hayden was able to put down a heater of a run to take her third win of the season along with the white jersey.

Pro Women: 5th - Ivanna Estrada, 3rd - Kristin Lenart, 1st - Mazie Hayden, 2nd - Riley Miller, 4th - Angelica Pietranton

Danny's Cycles powerhouse Mauricio Estrada was flying all weekend and was able to put together a clean run to take third place for the Pro Men.

Defiant Racing's Titus Nicholson has been chasing his first Pro win all year and was finally able to get it done at his home mountain this weekend by nearly a second.

5th - Cameron Mader, 3rd - Mauricio Estrada, 1st - Titus Nicholson, 4th - Matt Driscoll (Not pictured: 2nd - S. Leslie) In some extremely tight racing, the top five Pro Men were within 2 seconds of each other

Pro Women Series Overall: 5th - Riley Miller, 3rd - Sophie Allen, 1st - Mazie Hayden, 2nd - Kristin Lenart, 4th - Ivanna Estrada

Pro Men Series Overall: 5th - Oliver Levick, 3rd - Cameron Mader, 1st - Matt Driscoll, 2nd - Mauricio Estrada, 4th - Saben Rossi

2020 Maxxis ESC Intense DH series podiums

Your 2020 Maxxis ESC Intense DH Series Champions. That's a wrap on the season that almost didn't happen at all. Thank you to everyone who came out to races this year, it means the world to the Maxxis ESC crew to have the support of such an amazing community of racers, mechanics, parents, spouses, siblings and friends. See you next year!

Full Results
Series Overall Results

Words & Race Photos: Andrew Santoro
Video: Jason Scheiding

2020 Maxxis ESC Specialized Enduro Schedule
July 18 - Blue Mountain, PA
July 26 - Glen Park, PA
Sept 6 - Diamond Hill, RI
Oct 4 - Powder Ridge, CT
October 18 - Mountain Creek, NJ FINALS 150% Maxxis ESC Series Points

2020 Maxxis ESC Intense Downhill Schedule
July 19 - Blue Mountain, PA
August 29 - Blue Mountain, PA
August 30 - Blue Mountain, PA
September 13 - Powder Ridge, CT
September 27 - Powder Ridge, CT
October 25 - Mountain Creek, NJ FINALS 150% Maxxis ESC Series Points


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 So good to be back racing an ESC event ! So many came out of the woodwork to see how they stacked up against the best on the East Coast.... definately a US open sort of vibe . The 50 plus class is so alive and well and only gonna get bigger as the series enters its 11th year. Great to see everyone.....long live DH racing !
  • 3 0
 I’m slowly creeping up into the 50 plus category in a year or to. I’m excited to race with my peers. I have no illusions for doing well, but simply participating out of the enjoyment for something I once loved. Hopefully the extra free time and resources I’ll have will further lend to the experience. I might even bring along a fast junior to help them out.
  • 6 0
 The final race of the season is always so bittersweet but this year felt even more special than years past. The rowdy fans in the rock garden, the slippery conditions during practice, and most importantly Mike Hoffarth setting the new standard of no DNF’s due to a mechanical. It was wild, crazy and one of the most emotional weekends of my time racing on the ESC circuit. After all that happened in the world this year the ESC was the one constant that made 2020 feel anything close to normal. I can’t wait to see wha you guys have planned for next year.
  • 5 1
 #teamrumors runing wild thank you for all the love and support this year guys. Finnals at home was the cherry on top no one can mess with Mountain Creeks fans absolutely mad house in thst rock garden ...thank you for a killer season from all of us at PROBUILDS RACING
  • 5 0
 ECS bring more races like this. Dh is supposed to be gnarly like this. Keep it comming!
  • 3 0
  • 2 0
 2020 was the first season we really competed in. Thanks to George and Chris and everyone at ESC. Got to know some great guys and girls over the season. Party laps with the big dogs were awesome ???? #boost-it racing. Mountain Creek really delivered. My absolute favorite track.
  • 5 0
 Matty Driscoll about to turn next year's season up to 11.
  • 3 0
 Do you know how the points settled so Matt beat Mauricio?
  • 1 0
 Damn hopfully he can stay with the v10.
  • 2 0
 @mtbmaniatv: Incredibly close racing this season.
Youth vs experience.
  • 4 0
 such a great time! gonna miss setting all you kids off over the winter..... till next year!
  • 2 0
 So grateful George, Chris and the team made it possible to race in 2020. Thank you! Bummed I missed the finals at Mountain Creek, but it only translates into more motivation to go ride and get pumped for the 2021 season!
  • 3 0
 Hard to believe it’s over for another year. Many thanks to Mountain Creek for hosting us this year and to all of you who showed up in force last weekend.
  • 2 0
 Best username here. Hey Chris @whattimeareawards ?
  • 1 0
 @Mattysville: maybe this is chris.....
  • 3 0
 @Whattimeareawards: more likely it’s Santoro between Weekend at Ulmers posts.
  • 3 0
 Nice work to all! ESC crew for making it happen in a crazy year and all the racers for supporting!
  • 3 0
 Bummed I missed this at my home mountain, but stoked to see the energy! I plan on getting back into racing next year!
  • 3 1
 Yay Kristen! If you can ride or in her case, machine build, Blue Mt Pa, you can win anywhere
  • 1 0
 I talked with Mazie in the lift line. She was in second overall and needed to win this to get the Overall. Absolutely clutch performance. Well done!
  • 2 0
 Scott Johnson winning expert class his second year racing, incredible.
  • 2 1
 Jorge and ProBuilds 610 getting some deserved Pinkbike photo love.
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