The Eastern States Cup visited Maine for the first time this past weekend for their Enduro Series Race number 4 at Sunday River. Sunday River is a massive venue with trails that could be best described as “old school”. Rocks, roots and mud were in evidence along with some tight corners. This enduro featured the longest race times this year with stage times in the 30-40 minute range.
Every ESC Enduro Race starts with a mandatory racers meeting, being there is a must for racers to learn race rules for the weekend and to prep their timing chips.
Pro racer Paul Dotsenko starts out on Section 1. The first section started out on a fast open ski trail that had plenty of rock formations to keep racers alert.
Several racers showed up on Sunday morning tackling the course without any practice or course preview. Racing “blind” is a hot topic in enduro circles presently.
FOX sponsors the FOX DOSS Seatpost Challenge. The climb result does not count in the racers race time but the fastest up the hill wins the seatpost. This feature is popular with the ESC racers.
Lining up at the start of Section 3 is JP DaSilva form Canada. JP took the win in the Men’s 30-39 class. Stage 3 was a grueling descent that at times felt like it was an uphill section. The section was slick, rocky, tight and off camber. Well-rounded bike racers did the best on this section. Some racers complained about the difficulty. It was hard but everyone had the same course. Enduro practice is limited by having to learn 5 courses in a day or less. Racers that used their time wisely, practiced this section heavily and were rewarded.
There were a lot of wood bridges on the Sections. Thankfully the weather was perfect and putting the power down on them was not an issue.
In the end 2014 XC Single Speed and Super D National Champion, Seamus Powell took the Pro Men’s win and his share of the $1200 pro purse. Matt Sebas came in second for his best finish of the year. Matt has been working his way to the top with a 7th and 4th in the past two races. Third place was DH specialist Jason Schieding. Jason is second in points and locked in a battle with Seamus for the ESC Enduro Championship. Jason took the win at the ESC Attitash Enduro a couple weeks back. Paul Dotsenko just back from the Enduro World Series, ended up in fourth and won some Bureau’s Maple Kettle Korn for the long drive home.
The ESC’s inaugural 5 race enduro series will come to a close with the POC ESC Enduro Finals at Killington August 25th. Put that on your schedule or you’ll have to wait until 2014 to race the ESC Enduro Series!
Full Results: http://www.rootsandrain.com/race1847/2013-aug-4-eastern-states-cup-enduro-4-sunday-river-me/categories/