Video and Race Report: POC ESC Enduro and Super D Cups at Attitash

Aug 19, 2014 at 12:19
Aug 19, 2014
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The White Mountain National Forest features some of the oldest mountains on the planet and some of the highest peaks you'll find on the east coast. Sitting squarely in the center of this vast and stunning wilderness lies Attitash Mountain Resort, host of the POC Eastern States Cup Super-D and Enduro Cups for the 2nd time in as many years. The weekend would see the 5th Enduro of the 6-race series in conjunction with the 6th Super-D of the 7-race series go down in true east coast fashion; with unpredictable weather combined with technical trails making for an epic couple of days on the bike. Word of Attitash's loam factory and technical reputation has spread quickly over the past few seasons, drawing a large contingent of some of the fastest gravity riders in the region to Bartlett, New Hampshire to experience the mountain firsthand. With the legendary Mount Washington watching from behind a veil of clouds, the racing kicked off on Saturday with the Super-D.

Mount Washington watches over the race from across the valley.

Mount Washington looms large from across the valley. Even with its summit sitting high above the cloud line, the mountain famous for the world's worst weather has a magnetism that seems to authenticate the alpine experience found in this corner of the country.

The parking lot across the street from the lifts would end up becoming a tent city as racers gathered for the weekend s shred fest.

Across the street from the lifts found parking lots filling up fast with racers camping out for the weekend. Those who weren't interested in jockeying with bears for position chose to rent out condos from Attitash Mountain Village; also located directly across from the lifts.

Robert didn t have time to take in the stunning views of the Presidential range to his right as he had his eyes locked on the dark mouth of the forest directly in front of him.

The Super-D was held on a course that featured a handful of open and loose access roads and a lot of steep and technical singletrack. Robert Westover has been a consistently fast performer throughout the season and this weekend was no exception, with podium finishes in both races.

Brian is hard on the pedals as he nears the end of the Super-D.

You may notice a prevailing theme of full-faced helmets from throughout the weekend. Open and pedally sections like this aren't the reason either...

Ben Smith took the inside line during the Super-D on Saturday. Fortunately he came away cleaner than he would had he gone wide.

...it had more to do with the technical, fast and dark sections of singletrack that had many racers looking for the extra level of protection.

Brad on his way to a 5th place finish during Saturday s Super-D.

Despite the dark wooded sections and occasional slick spots, much of the course was dependable in terms of grip and traction.

Amy would take the top spot for the pro women during Saturday s Super-D.

Pro Super D Women's winner Amy Alton is as easy going and nice as they come; don't let this game face fool you!

Coneski has been lightening fast all season long. He would finish 4th on Saturday but a big crash Sunday would keep him off of the podium for the Enduro.

One Industries and People's Bicycle pro Anthony Coneski was arguably the fastest rider through the top half of the course during Saturday's Super-D. He would finish strong on his way to a 4th place podium spot.

POC ESC Enduro and Super D Cups at Attitash Mountain NH 2014

The woods were lovely, but they were also pretty dark and very deep. Cornelius Rand didn't seem to mind too much.

POC ESC Enduro and Super D Cups at Attitash Mountain NH 2014

2nd place finisher in the Pro Women's Super-D and eventual winner of the Pro Women's Enduro, Lauren Petersen was channeling her inner Jordan all weekend long.

POC ESC Enduro and Super D Cups at Attitash Mountain NH 2014

You gotta love the camaraderie found throughout our sport and community. It's easy to blow through tape or miss key sections of a course in the heat of a race, but thankfully the riders here are always around to help.

Pro men s podium from the Super-D. Isaac Allaire - 1st Jason Scheiding - 2nd Adam Snyder - 3rd Anthony Coneski - 4th and Matt Sebas - 5th

The Super D Pro Men's podium was full of very fast dudes. Isaac Allaire would take the top spot with Jason Scheiding finishing 2nd, Adam Snyder 3rd, Anthony Coneski in 4th and Matt Sebas 5th.

POC ESC Enduro and Super D Cups at Attitash Mountain NH 2014

Heavy rain overnight and early in the morning prior to Sunday's Enduro could not eliminate the high loam factor found throughout many of the stages. Riders were eager to get on the lift and kick things off.

POC ESC Enduro and Super D Cups at Attitash Mountain NH 2014

POC's Adam Morse; case in point. Adam would take 4th overall in the Pro Men's category once the dust...er...loam settled.

POC ESC Enduro and Super D Cups at Attitash Mountain NH 2014

Jason Scheiding is closing in on the top spot in the overall series' rankings for the season.

POC ESC Enduro and Super D Cups at Attitash Mountain NH 2014

3rd place finisher for the Enduro Cup Pro Women, Corrine Prevot battled through several mechanicals and still managed to post some blazing times!

Mike exits the woods on Stage 3 before an open piste section en route to the finish.

It's all about exit speed and Michael Sampson had plenty of that, on his way to 10th overall for the Pro Men.

Tom and his brother Mike would both finish in the top 10 pro men on Sunday

In fact, Tom Sampson knows that too; as he would finish 1 second faster than his brother on the day!

Nelson was in the thick of some great dirt during stage 5 of the enduro.

One of the nicest guys and father to one of the nicest kids you'll ever meet, Nelson Maldonado has been a regular on the scene for some time and would end up 4th in his category by the day's end on Sunday.

Wall ride to bridge gap during the Super-D and on Stage 5 of the enduro.

The racing at Attitash was held largely on natural terrain, but what's a bike park without some wood to jump off of? Wall ride to bridge gap, Stage 5.

Brice Shirbach lost time on stage 1 as he went a good ways off course. But with trails like this getting lost ain t half bad.

Of course, the real talk of the weekend were the loam factories located throughout the mountain. Bikes and loam go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Delicious.

A rare glimpse of blue sky

Racing in the mountains means dealing with whatever the mountains give you. Most of the weekend was spent in flat or low light, rainy skies and occasional encounters with the local wildlife. But every now and then we were given a glimpse into the stunning beauty of this place.

The FOX DOSS seat post winner

For amateurs, the POC ESC provides an extra incentive to bring your climbing legs to the enduro. The fastest one up the transfer from the end of stage 3 to the start of stage 4 gets themselves a Fox DOS dropper post! Colin Reuter took home the post this weekend and still had enough energy to finish third in the 30-39 class.

Pro women s podium for the enduro.

The Pro Women's podium for Sunday with Lauren Petersen finishing on the top step followed by Kathy Golebiowski and Corrine Prevot in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Pro men s podium for the enduro.

POC ESC Enduro Cup newcomer Kirscher Franck came across the border from Canada to take the win for the Pro Men on Sunday. Madkats Racing rider Isaac Allaire would finish 2nd behind the Xprezo pro followed by Jason Scheiding in 3rd, Adam Morse in 4th and Adam Snyder finishing 5th despite flats on stages 1 and 5!

The dirt is ancient but the roost never gets old.

With summer winding down, we are left with one more race in each of the POC ESC Enduro and Super-D cups and after an amazing weekend at Attitash Mountain Resort, the overall series titles are left hanging in the balance. The final races of the season for these series will both utilize double points and with such a small margin between the top men and women in virtually every category, anything can happen. In the meantime, we will sadly bid Attitash adieu for now. The White Mountains are no longer a secret paradise for riders and it was obvious to everyone who raced there this weekend as to why: riding your bikes up and down these amazing mountains is something that everyone should put on their to-do list; racing here is just a bonus. The trails are steep and deep and they're expanding. The future is looking bright for this bike park located within one of the last true wildernesses on the east coast and we can't wait to get back here!

For a full list of Pro and Amateur Super-D results, please click here.

For a full list of Pro and Amateur Enduro results, please click here.

For more information on Attitash Mountain Resort, please click here.

For more information on Attitash Mountain Village, please click here.

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13 Comments

  • + 13
 Came for super D-cups, was disappointed.
  • + 3
 haha...good one !
  • + 2
 What do you mean? There's a picture of Scheiding in there somewhere...
  • + 9
 damn that music rocked....like in 1987
  • + 2
 So what the heck is the difference between Super-D and Enduro, especially in a local race series such as this one?
  • + 2
 super D- 1 downhill stage. Enduro- 5 downhill stages. not sure what the difference in the Super D and downhill is though
  • + 2
 Super D is usually 1 stage with some tough xc, some good dh, and about 30 or more minutes of it. Enduro is multiple stages mostly dh, and untimed liaison stages with a lot of climbing.
  • + 2
 So is a Super D cup somewhere between a D and a DD cup?
  • + 2
 That one little kid was killing it!
  • + 1
 What bike is Kirscher Franck on (podium picture)?
  • + 1
 Xprezzo.
  • + 1
 Now that is mountain biking!

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