Race Report: Ramping Things Up - Downhill Southeast Finals at Snowshoe Mountain

Jul 2, 2019 at 15:37
by Burke Saunders  


There's a lot of talk, and excitement, around there being a UCI World Cup race held at none other than Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia for the World Cup Finals on September 7-8th later this year. The last time we saw a World Cup race on US soil back in 2015, the bar has been raised not only by the level of riding but the demands laid out by the tracks being raced. In just a few short years the jumps are bigger, the speeds are faster, and the competition is tighter than ever being separated by hundredths and thousandths of seconds. Snowshoe has a long standing history with mountain biking dating back to the late 90's and early 2000's hosting NORBA National Races which drew riders of all kinds for every event ranging from XC to downhill and slalom/4x. Since, Snowshoe has continued to support and host gravity events in their bike park. The Western Territory of the Snowshoe Bike Park has undergone some serious renovations to get ready for the event later this year. Trail builder Sean Leader, of Windrock Bike Park, has been on site for the past six weeks making those changes moving massive amounts of earth to build the World Cup downhill track which will consist of some of the familiar trails on the mountain with some radical modifications to step things up for the event.(Images in race recap...)

Snowshoe hosted the Downhill Southeast Finals this past weekend where riders were treated to some rare dry and dusty conditions for practice on Saturday which became perfect race conditions by Sunday. Due to construction, the track used to race was not the freshly built race track that will be used for the World Cup as it still has some changes to be made before being fully ready to ride. Nonetheless, Snowshoe is a classic no matter what you ride - and the massive starting jump was put to good use.

No more than a few pedals out the gate and you're dropping in

Straight into some fresh cut

And into the cupcake drop.




The junior class is always stacked at DHSE races. Running laps on laps.

Dropping down into Turkey Rock

Easy to see what lines work when you can see three different versions at once

The alt line was nearly as fast if you committed

Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge - Chuck Pitts in the spotlight
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Fastest junior on the day on a wild ride during his race run

River Key - Always pinned

SRAM's Micah Van Horn making a DH appearance


Mmmm, that good good - fast rollin' and tacky


8.4/10

Fade to black back into the dark woods from Shea's Flat

Phil Steele - watch the hands
Neko feeling, and looking, pretty at home


Rachel Pageau making it down from Quebec

Step down out of the woods, before the step down into the woods, before the step down out of the woods


Headed up after practice for Whip-Off's on the massive start jump

Left: River Key - Suicide Right: Seth Hanson throwing a huge nac-nac

So stoked every time they hit it

Neko can still throw that there race bike sideways piiiirty good

Seth taking the win

Not from whip off's - Friday night sessioning with Dakota Norton - Yes, it was that dark...

Sunday morning brought some fog and moisture to the track making perfect conditions come race time
Freshly stitched up, Tommy Zula hitting the cupcake drop in the morning

Junior Keegan Rowley coming through the dark, foggy woods

Remember that step down out of the woods? This was the next one back into the woods

The man behind the WC Finals track in September - Sean Leader, turning heads


SRAM/Liv rider, Caroline Washam, pinned on her way to a win freshly back from racing in Europe
Neko Mulally coming by me at an outrageous rate of speed, in rapid succession behind the rider in front him, taking a commanding 9 second lead in pro men.

All smiles after a good weekend, relatively unscathed...
Left: Pro Women's podium - Rachel Pageau & Caroline Washam Right: Pro Women's Podium - Seth Hanson, Neko Mulally, Tommy Zula
Since we all wanna see what changes have been made... (Left: 50' ski slope step down. Middle/Right: Wild Zone looking down/up)
For those of you that know what it is, this is the old Wild Zone - It's gonn' be rowdy!

Huge thanks to this guy and everyone involved in bringing elite level racing to the South East!!

Click here for full race results & the series overall

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6 Comments

  • + 6
 Thanks everyone who came out racing this season! A bigger thanks to all those who have put in the hours behind the scene to keep DHSE running. Hope to see you all next season.
  • + 2
 thanks for building the course ! #USADH is back !!
  • + 1
 I stood on that new road gap and its massive.Course is going to be sweet!!!Keep up the good work guys!
  • + 1
 Thats the results and overall ? Lmao repost please
  • - 2
 to whoever is shooting those shots . i get the dark errieness of the woods . but turn the iso up or use a flash sometimes . i had to adjust my monitor just so i can see the shots
  • + 1
 Where's the AM love??

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