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Race Recap: POC ESC DH Test Event

Jul 30, 2014
by Eastern States Cup  
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How often does a mountain allow the general public to race the same track as the World Cup? Not very often if you ask me. Especially when the World cup is just two weeks out. There is always the possibility for the track to get messed up, leaving the trail crew with a ton of work. But not in our case. We were able to help the trail crew determine what was working and what was not, we helped break the track in, leaving it in World Cup ready conditions.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
The Catskills are pretty spectacular. Hard To believe NYC is just a few hours away.

For weeks now the talk has been about how big the jumps were going to be. Back in 2012 the World Cup was shocked to see such massive hits. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the they were still big but the layout was changed a bit.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Jordan Newth and Tim White check out the bottom of the track from the lift.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
POC ESC Athletes trying to figure out which way is the fastest way down. The line on the left is the old WC line, it was open for this race but for the World Cup only the line on the right will be for racing.

As we made our way down the track it was awesome to know that we were going to be able to be on it. This is the second time the Eastern States Cup has hosted a race on this track. Last time it was a couple weeks after the big event. From our beginner riders all the way to the top level guys. Everyone made it down the track some way some how.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Riders push up and challenge themselves before entering the first section of steeps.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Onlookers watch as riders attempt to drop the first rock.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Neko Mulally takes his trail bike up to study his lines.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Alex Mcandrew and Ben Bodycoat stand onto of the huge jump just before Peaty's Plunge. Remember where it got that name from?

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Michael Maldonado showing the pros hows its done. This kid kills it.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Double crash in the bottom of the first steeps. Going to be interested area to watch from.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Dylan Conte leads Jordan Newth into the ski slope.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
David Kahn leads the Dany's Cycles crew into the steeps

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Jordan Newth looking fresh, for now.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Alex McAndrew elbows out buddy.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Team Xprezo Fly Racing, Dylan Conte and Tim White, blending into the scenery.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Neko taking a Go Pro cruiser run for review.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Big thanks goes to Justin Brigandi. Justin took time away from riding and racing to devote every weekend to helping Windham Mountain prepare the World Cup course. We thank you Justin for an incredible job and the world will see your hard work soon enough.

Lets get to race day. Waking up to the sound of heavy rain beating on the trailers and cars was a concern. With a gnarly track to begin with, in the wet could become really challenging. The thunder came down hard and furious for about an hour. But to our surprise the cloud cleared and the rain settled. If the track was a slip and slide or not it was soon to be determined.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Rain rolling of the MadKats Racing tent.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Camila Nogueira from Argentina absolutely killed it all weekend. Sending it off every jump, road gap and steep.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
First ride up. lets see what we got.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
First aid was ready to go, no matter if it rained or not.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
And it begins, Some of the first riders made it down like champs.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Camila Nogueira fully pinned and on her way to taking the gold.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Max Morgan is something to watch. The kid is on a hot streak and couldn't be more stoked for him.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Maurcio Estrada Pulgarin is always in control.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
The sun is starting to appear.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Alex McAndrew, tucked and ready.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Jason Memmelaar looked fast all weekend. But due to a flat he would come up short handed.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Matt Branney coming in hot.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Max Morgan on his way to a third place finish

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Matt Cummings rounding the rocky corner

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Nate Furbee looking pinned all weekend. Got to heat up the tires first buddy.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Jimmy Leslie flying over the road gap

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Dylan Conte, Style is his middle name.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
John Nicholson sending it.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Max Morgan, eyes on the prize

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Pawel Jasnikowski, Slipping his way thought the most difficult part of the track. Shocked he made it without crashing.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Cole Mitchy plowing through the rocks.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Brandon Cassell impressing the EMT

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Matt Cummings taking flight

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Ben Bodycoat booooosting to the moon. track dried out giving him more speed then he needed.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
This wedge is going to get people some serious style points.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Max Morgan making his way to the finish line.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Greg Williams knows what he has to do.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Alex McAndrew with style points.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Cam Cole sitting in the hot seat watching some local riders try and beat his time.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Dylan conte, Always messing around

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Nate Furbee, making up time.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Alehaudro Ortiz making the top ten.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Oliver Levick attacking the last section.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
And your winner, Cam Cole. So awesome to have some of the best in the world race against our boys. Congrats Cam.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
As I made my way down the track i recognized this guy, Tom "Pro" Prochazka. Tom Pro, Managed Whistler bike park for years and help make it was is today. Can't helpbut wonder what he was doing at Windham?

Congratulations to all the athletes that participated in this weekends race. You are all winners and did an incredible job. Thanks to Windham Mountain for letting us race the World Cup Track. The ESC will be back at Windham hosting a race the same time on the same mountain as the World Cup!

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Congratulations to all the Jr's, First place, Luciano Joes De Neufville Pascal, in Second Joshua Rogers, in Third Place Ben Bodycoat, in fourth place Matt Branny, in fifth place, Cole Michie.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
Congratulation to all the pro athletes. In first place Cam Cole, In second place Neko Mulally, in Third place, Max Morgan, in 4th place, Mauricio Estrada, in fifth place Dylan Conte,

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
When you see a bottle of Wicked Wash empty on the cleaning line, you know it was a muddy day. But so much fun and another ESC in the bag.

Windham World Cup Preview POC ESC DH Test Event
The POC Eastern States Cup next DH race is next weekend at Mount Snow on the just resurrected 1990's World Cup Course. The DH series will return to Windham for a DH race to be run along side the Windham World Cup in two weeks.

FULL RESULTS HERE


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Photos and story by: Jarad Kleinberg of MadKats Productions
Video by: Jason Scheiding

Eastern States Cup Round 1 2014.



15 Comments

  • 6 0
 Tom Pro owns Gravity Logic and they have been working with Windham recently about developing that mountain. Gravity Logic is also leading the Killington MTB expansion
  • 2 1
 Any chance windham will have bike park or was he just there developing world cup track?
  • 1 1
 Bike park.
  • 1 1
 I'm torn on weather or not I'd want a park there. Obviously it would be sweet to ride because it has some world class terrain, but at the same time, I feel like Plattekill's fate would be questionable. It's less than 25 miles away to Windham, and I feel Platty is struggling to get by as it is. Don't get me wrong, Platty has a very special place in my heart. Super steep, shale, and feeling like a sketch ball all day, leave me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. BUT, with a good chunk of business potentially going to Whindam, I don't know how they'd do financially. I feel Windham has very similar terrain, and by the looks of the base lodge and who's in charge of the project, a lot of money to thrown at the park, so it would definitely draw a crowd. I'd be real bummed seeing Platty die.
  • 2 1
 I would also hate to loose plattekill but if windham were to open i would be very happy. Plattekill would have to step up their game for sure but that is good. In my opinion let the riders choose whats best. I love platty for sure but it may be time for them to up their game and build more "park" features
  • 4 0
 That was a lot of pictures... I accept.
  • 1 0
 i like how in the info about the track it says
Climb : 0 meters
  • 1 0
 I'm but one of a few. Hats off to Justin and Mike. Track looks awesome!
  • 3 3
 The riders left line will be the line used for the world cup
  • 2 1
 downprop me all you want, I am the guy responsible for building and taping the track. We chose to add a steeper more technical line.
  • 3 1
 Who "built" that track?
  • 1 0
 Not sure about years past. I was in charge of it this year. Started in april and finished it the day before the esc race. Also got help from a volunteer trail crew for alot of the raking and clearing as well as a different group of volunteers who helped stake the course.
  • 2 0
 rtnyrider, that's who. haha
  • 1 0
 I'm one of a few… Hats off to Justin and Mike Henry. Track looks great!
  • 1 1
 When is windham going to open bike park?

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