Video & Race Report: Eastern States Cup Enduro - Powder Ridge, CT

Oct 6, 2020
by Eastern States Cup  

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After two Downhill races at Powder Ridge over the past few weeks nearly everyone had the same thought, this place would make a great Enduro venue. Take those two DH tracks, add three more equally challenging stages, nearly perfect fall weather and you've got yourself one heck of an Enduro race. The trails here are somewhat short at around two to three minutes in length, so smooth riders are rewarded and a single mistake could knock you off the podium. In the Pro classes Steve Estabrook is back on form with a dominating performance after a season plagued by injuries and Sophie Allen notched her first win in a ladies field that remained extremely close through the final chip out. After five stages some classes were decided by single digits or even a fraction of a second, making for exciting racing heading into Finals in a couple weeks.

Both lifts were spinning for Saturday practice, allowing riders to get plenty of practice laps with some fun runs mixed in.

Temperatures dipped into the high 30's overnight, making for a dewy start to Sunday morning which helped keep the dust at bay.

Caffeine boost by any means necessary when you forget the coffee filters.

With no lift service on race day, riders would access the top of the mountain via the scenic route up the old alpine slide.

Airline Cycles racer Anthony Vecca flew up the pedal transfer to earn himself a Transfer dropper seatpost from our friends at Fox. Photo: Evan Gilbert

After the pedal transfer, riders would descend Wild Turkey back to the base area. Shea Maclean has got to be happy with third place in the Clif Kids class in his first Enduro race.

No gloves for Aidan Woloszyn, no brakes either apparently as he took third in the speedy and stacked U20 class.

Liam Walsh pinned through the Connecticut forest.

Adrian Hayden all business at the top of Stage 2, he took the U20 win with a time that would have landed him second in the Pro men's class.

Fifth place U15 finisher Trevor Poulin enjoys the twists & turns on Drainpipe.

Amateur ladies winner Hannah Sulas flies through a sea of transitioning leaves toward the bottom of Stage 2.

Jump for show, corner for dough. If Zachary Siegel keeps up these corners techniques he get a giant cardboard check one day, second place for the U20 Men.

Straight into the good stuff at the top of Stage 3, Collin Bourque scrubs his way to a five stage sweep and the U15 win.

Stage 3 ran the length of Flowdawg, Aftershock Racing's Allan Bishop found his flow and slotted sixth for the Pro Men.

Who doesn't love a little style in their race run? Sean Murphy rounded out the top ten for the U15 boys.

Third place 21-29 men's class finisher Sam Sillay somewhere over the rainbow on Stage 4.

Stage 5 used nearly the same course as our first DH race here, running Bigfoot to Sasquatch before finishing up on Foxhole. Five pedals up the hill completed and Sam Poirier still has energy in the tank, earning third place for the 21-29 Men.

Valley Ski & Bike Works racer Cooper Daniels barely touches the rock slab on Stage 5, he would finish runner up in the U15 boys class.

Mark Schnepel let's it fly with the finish line nearly in sight, notching his first 40-49 men's class win of the season.

Colby Benoit was flying when he took a spill at our last DH race, but was able to redeem himself this weekend by taking the 21-29 men's class win.

Alisha Darin rounded out the Pro women's top three with a stage win.

Karlin McKeith was just 2.2 seconds off the win in an extremely close field of Pro ladies, the top four were only separated by 10 seconds.

Sophie Allen has been a regular on the Pro women's podium all year and was finally able to reach the top step this weekend, winning two stages with a total race time of 12:42.30. "I had a great day of racing at Powder Ridge. After racing two downhills there I felt pretty confident. I tried to be consistent and not make any big mistakes during the five stages, as I knew it would be a tight race. Overall I had tons of fun racing this weekend and I'm looking forward to the last enduro race of the series in NJ!"

Pro Women: 4th - Kale Cushman, 2nd - Karlin McKeith, 1st - Sophie Allen, 3rd - Alisha Darin, 5th - Alecia Faustini Photo: Evan Gilbert

Jason Scheiding getting a good look at the developing New England foliage as he slots into third place for the Pro Men.

Chris Miller earned his third podium result of the year with second place in the Pro men's field, he currently leads the series by 48 points heading into Finals.

Steve Estabrook won all five stages and bested the Pro men by nearly 13 seconds. After a broken femur and a wrist injury, he's ready to turn it up heading into the final races of the season. "It was a great weekend of racing and I also got to ride with some moto friends that live in the area. I was consistent throughout the day on Sunday and squeaked out a win! Thanks to Defiant Racing and everyone that helps me keep racing bikes!"

Pro Men: 4th - Nicholas Videen, 2nd - Chris Miller, 1st - Steve Estabrook, 3rd - Jason Scheiding, 5th - Kaylen Ballantyne

The season is nearing its end with just one race left in both DH and Enduro. With 150% points on the line it's anyone's ballgame at Mountain Creek, just be sure not to forget your Maxxis Double Down tires and Flat Tire Defender rim inserts. Check out the series standings as we head into Finals and we'll see you there in a couple weeks!

Full Results

Podium Photos: Evan Gilbert
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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 Great race!!!! Great venue too. Powder Ridge is a small little Gem in CT. Being able to race this year has been huge, I'm super grateful to the ESC team for making these events happen, particularly because the planning must have been twice as hard with Covid affecting venues in different ways. Also great to see these race reports on Pinkbike!
  • 6 0
 Excellent event, fantastic venue!! Hope to see it again next year!!
  • 2 0
  • 4 0
 Another great event by the ESC crew!!!! Great job by Powder Ridge, they really are making the best with what they have for elevation. Courses were challenging at speed.
  • 4 0
 A surprisingly fun and challenging course. Thanks ESC for another great event!
  • 4 0
 Another super fun well organized race by ESC! Powder Ridge was a blast. Thanks to ESC and Power Ridge for a great weekend.
  • 6 0
 dusty lilac to you *
  • 4 0
 Another great race weekend in the books. Thanks ESC and Powder Ridge for hosting.
  • 4 0
 Man that was a fun race! Those trails are just stupidly fun. Can’t wait to go back. Thank you, ESC!
  • 5 0
 Good times for sure!
  • 3 1
 Powder Ridge is a must for everyone on the east coast, worth the trip for sure. Great people, trails, atmosphere, and food. Still better is an ESC weekend at Powder!
  • 1 4
 Lmao worth a trip? Have you ever gone anywhere else? It’s literally the worst bike park in the north east. Worth it if you love close. Yes of course. Worth it if you love more than an hour no. Because you most likely live closer to one of the much much better places.
  • 4 0
 @freeridejerk888: Ya bud, I've ridden and raced all over the east and west coasts at most of the big names. Not the most vert at Powder but fun is fun and they are trying to improve by having these events. I didn't speak to a single racer this weekend that wasn't having a great time.
  • 2 3
 @mgs781HD: I bet it was fun. Not doubting that. Just not a “must go” for the north east at all. Highland and creek are a must. Not a mole hill with poorly marked trails. Just call it like I see it
  • 1 0
 @freefridejerk888 Highland is great, but it has no elevation. It is tiny...about the height of PR actually. PR could spice up some of their stuff to make it Highland-esque but its still a really cool spot.
  • 2 1
 Highland is one of the best places to ride in the world. If powder ridge could get a good trail crew and some balls they could really kill it. Hope they do! @gally-nh:
  • 2 0
 @freeridejerk888: I think powder ridge paid employees to thumbs down you
  • 4 0
 That Sam sillay guy on the goofy pink bike actually got 2nd in his cat.
  • 1 0
 Yeah what a weird bike.
  • 3 0
 Why can’t every weekend be that awesome?! Thank you to everyone came to ride, see you all at creek.
  • 4 0
 Great event! Thanks to ESC and Powder Ridge for making it happen!
  • 2 0
 Awesome event as always! This uear more than ever, THANK YOU for making it all happen.
  • 3 0
 @Eastern-States-Cup put on a great weekend. Thank you!

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