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Recap: POC ESC East Coast Super Championships at Mountain Creek Bike Park

Oct 21, 2014
by Eastern States Cup  
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Well Ladies and Gents, that is a wrap for the 2014 POC Eastern States Cup race season. It's absolutely amazing how fast the season can come and go. The ESC series stretched from May to October, featured 30 events and over 3100 racer starts. I guess time fly's when your having fun, right? This weekend the series headed down to Mountain Creek Bike Park in Vernon, New Jersey for the POC ESC East Coast Super Championships. This race was a new concept by the ESC to bring together the best racers from it's 2 DH series and other eastern series. The top racers from the ESC were "protected", while others had to race their way into the finals through qualifying.

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We weren't sure what to expect other then the fact that the end of the track takes you through the infamous Action Park (Mountain Creeks Water Park) before hitting the finish line. We heard rumours that the gnarly track known as Slayer was going to be involved and those rumours were true. The Mountain Creek Bike Park trail crew did an outstanding job building and cleaning up the race track. They spent countless days building wooden bridges, moving thousands of pound of rocks and shaping corners so the season would end with a bang. We are thankful to Mountain Creek and we look forward to coming back for years to come.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Got to the Bike Park pretty late Friday night. Looks like they are gearing up for Halloween .

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
This might be the only time that the water park is open to Bikers, and I don't mean for a swim. The race track was unique and finished in the water park.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Pro Rider Jason Memmlar in his race rig deciding which goggles he wants to wear.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Looks like Yeti, Fox factory racer Richie Rude is contemplating how he is going to win. Richie had to get through qualifying to make it into the finals.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Pro Riders stoked to get back up to the track.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Danny's Cycles rider Andrew Wegiel heading up for his practice run.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Athletes begin to make their way up to the top for practice.. Heads are down with the worry of how gnarly Slayer is going to be.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
MadKats Athlete Isaac Allair and Specialized,100% athlete Jordan Newth wait at the start gate and talk about who is going to lead the first lap.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
The start gate before qualifying gets pretty exciting. Who's going to push out who? Only the top ten make the finals in the ESC East Coast Super Championships

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
MadKats rider Isaac Allaire following Pro Rider Jordan Newth through the first section of the track.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Fly Racing Pro Rider Dylan Conte taking the high line with style.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Titus Nicholson has shown that he will be a major contender in the near future. Taking the lead and showing his friends the fastest way down.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Americas favourite Platty native Ernie Reale flying the stars and strips during his practice runs.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Pro Rider Steve Avery showing that he can find the smoothest line down the track.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Yeti Fox Factory rider Richie Rude Jr. proving why he is the fastest man on the mountain. When your the size of a linebacker, rocks move out of the way for you.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Giant Pro Rider and 2014 POC ESC New England Cup DH Pro Champion Brian Scolforo smiling as always as he takes flight over this small double.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
POC athlete Zack Clayton tucked out of the woods to make it into the frame of my camera.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Pro Fly Racing, Cycle Xprezo Athletes Dillon Conte and Tim White having fun as always following each other down the track helping figure out what the best lines are.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Michael Maldonado taking some advice from his dad is one of the happiest kids ever.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Michael Maldonado proving that his dads advice works. Kid is 11 years old and taking the pro lines.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Brendon Looby Practices on his own. Time to push it to the limit.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Transitions bikes, TLD 100% athlete and the 2014 POC ESC Atlantic DH Cup Pro Champion Mauricio Estrada Pulgarin knows this track like no one's business. Mauricio was the 2013 POC ESC DH Champion and was determined to repeat.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Corners can be tough, hope it doesn't rain.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
MadKats Pro Rider Isaac Allaire loves the camera, makes his way around corners with the rear end still going sideways.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Its a long way down to a really small turn..

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
JrX Athlete Josh Ribeiro taking the bridge like a champ.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Josh Tidman rails this corner like he owns it.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Jersey Home Grown rider Jason Fedo taking to the rocks like a champ on this Airborne.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
MadKats Rider Isaac Allaire, figuring his lines out before seating run.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Cole Horn, talent beyond belief is on a borrowed bike as he had broken his frame in practice. I think thats number 4 this year.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Danny's Cycles Rider Andrew Wegiel just had a massive crash but still was able to make it down the gnarly rock garden and home in time for supper.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Danny's Cycles Pro Rider Stephanie Sowles shows why she is awesome and takes to the rocks like a vet. This girl has shocked us time and time again with her courage and her desire to push herself.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Pro Rider from Canada Kristen Courtney made her way down the mountain the fastest and her line choice shows why.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Time to make our way into the Water Park.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Views from the top showcase how wild this place is.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Jared Boothroyd using his moto style to make his way around this tree and into the water park.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Pro Yeti Rider Jason Memmelaar Making his way down for a third place finish.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
MadKats Pro Rider Alex McAndrew wishing he could ride the slides but chooses to send it off this cheese wedge.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Leland O'connor smoking turns as he pushes to finishing in the top ten.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Pro Giant Rider Brian Scolforo pushing it to the finish, took a few crashes on course but still able to make it to the finish with style.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Jason Memmelaar sitting pretty waiting for two athletes to come down. Will they take him out of the hot seat?

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Oh man could he do it? Richie Rude makes his way past the finish line.

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
Like true professionals, Mauricio Estrada Shakes hand with the East Coast Super Champ Richie Rude Jr, as he takes the win by 4 seconds... What is this kid eating?

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
The POC ESC East Coast Super Champs brought out a stacked pro field and a very deserving podium. Congrats boys!
1) Richie Rude Jr. 2) Mauricio Estrada Pulgarin 3) Jason Memmelaar 4) Dylan Conte 5) George Ryan

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
These girls pushed it to the limit and took the top three spots in the pro class. Congratulations ladies.
1) Kristen Courtney 2) Amy Temarantz 3) Stephanie Sowles

Eastern States Cup Super Champs at Mountain Creek Bike Park.
A massive thanks goes out to Mountain Creek Bike Park for hosting us this weekend, Thanks for putting on a great race and we look forward to being back with the Spring Classic ProGRT in May and the Super Championships in October 2015.

Till Next year have a great winter and hope to see you all soon.

Full Results.

George
George Ulmer Cat1 40+ racer and the main contact for the ESC wanted to say, "I would like to thank everyone for a very successful season of MTB racing, the ESC had over 3000 race starts in 2014. Our mission is to bring together racers, venues and sponsors to foster and ensure the future of gravity racing in the east. I feel we accomplished that and much more.

The most fulfilling portion of my job at the ESC is being part of this great community of racers and their families. I want to thank all of them for coming to our events. I want to thank the venues for supporting the ESC mission and opening up their doors to us. Our sponsors this season were great and gave us some cool prizing and support for trophies and plaques. The media guys that helped the ESC to gain worldwide exposure did a terrific job with the Pinkbike reports and videos.

The most important group of all is the ESC volunteers. So many in the racing community reached out and asked if there was anything they could do to help. That was encouraging and fulfilling. I would name each one individually but they are like me and would rather work behind the scenes knowing they were helping a common cause.

Without all theses factors the ESC would not exist. So in closing I’ll speak for the entire ESC community and say THANK YOU EVERYONE for everything that you do.

www.easternstatescup.com

Eastern States Cup Round 1 2014.


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31 Comments

  • + 8
 Thank You George! And thanks to everyone behind the scenes at ESC. Was a great race, Great series. Mountain Creek and the POC ESC renewed my desire to race downhill again after 14 years off. Can't wait till next season.
  • + 2
 Thank you George and thank you @pappas717
  • + 2
 Glad to see you racing again Pappas!
  • + 2
 Oh snap! Welcome back, Sir! Maybe I'll venture back to the races someday!
  • + 7
 Whatever Cole Horne is riding, I don't want one.
  • + 4
 He's rode a lot umm let's see a morewood, kona operator carbon, demo 8, gt fury, kavalerie and a nukeproof from what I recall. All brand new...
  • + 3
 he'll break it for you though lol. kid goes through bikes like a boss
  • + 4
 Yeah Cole!!! I think he should be a quality engineer, and thoroughly test bike frames and components for a living.
  • + 4
 How does he do it?
  • + 4
 Your guess is as good as any of ours. I've known him forever and I'm not sure how pulls it off
  • + 4
 @taletotell this current model of broken, was a 2014 gt fury, its a shame, i liked that bike. give me a bike and i will be sure to find a way to break it some how.
  • + 5
 If only the race included a waterslide...
  • + 4
 I love mountain creek. It ranks up with highland for east coast riding.
  • + 3
 what kind of bike was richie rude riding?
  • + 2
 a yeti
  • + 2
 proto?
  • + 2
 yep with switch infinity
  • + 2
 I wanna know too man! I remember seeing something about a sb DH proto he was riding at one point
  • + 1
 the answer lies at 1:11 of the video.
  • + 0
 On Saturday he was riding a proto 303 with the switch infinity. A friend of mine which is also a friend of his told me it was over 9 months old meaning yeti has something newer. On Sunday in finals I noticed he was riding a regular 303 with rails instead of the switch infinity. Why? I do not know.
  • - 1
 Bigdropp44 is correct. Both were raw aluminum
  • + 2
 It would be really cool if there was a series like this for the west coast.
  • + 3
 Had a great time!
  • + 1
 Nice write up, Jarad. Sorry to have missed this one again. Those boys of yours are looking fast!
  • + 1
 well done jarad, great write up and stellar shots!
  • + 1
 Great Job George! Looking forward to 15'
  • + 0
 2:51 that scared the crap out of me.
  • - 1
 Was Rude wearing socks and sandals on the podium... smh
  • + 2
 Yes, Richie was wearing teal thong sandals with socks. You gonna tell him he can't?
  • + 2
 Lol easy there.. Just a joke
  • + 1
 Us too. Our point is when you're as big as Richie you can wear whatever you damn well please.

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