CLIF Enduro East EWS Qualifier at Mountain Creek, New Jersey - Day 2

Jul 3, 2018 at 11:47
by Eastern States Cup  


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As the calendar rolled over into July for Day 2 of racing here at Mountain Creek, the temperature and humidity climbed even higher than Saturday's scorcher. With forecasts calling for temps nearing 100 degrees, the CLIF Enduro East & MCBP teams decided to start the race an hour earlier than scheduled to help riders cover more ground before the cruel afternoon sun hit the mountain. Four more stages awaited racers with a bit less pedaling than Day 1, we may be at a bike park but the New Jersey terrain remained relentlessly raw and rugged throughout the weekend.


  When there's a thick haze in the air before our 8:30am riders meeting you know you're in for a warm one.


  Our best advice to riders: It's wheelie hot out there, don't forget to stay hydrated.


  A huge thank you to all of our volunteer officials who helped racers chip in and out of stages and cheered them on all weekend.


  Max Beaupre letting the dust fly to kick off Day 2, even with a tweaked wrist and a few crashes he was able to take the top spot for the EWS U20 Men with a time of 30:49, which would have placed him 5th in the EWS Open Men.


  Jason Scheiding putting the power to the pedals on Stage 5, he would win this as well as three other stages to take top spot for the EWS Masters Men by just over a second.


  Drummer Racing's Joshua Nordheim hitting lightspeed through the New Jersey forest on Stage 5, he would go on to finish fifth in a fast, stacked Amateur Men's class.

  Although most of the bike park trails were firm and dusty, riders found sections of loamy goodness and swampy holes on Stage 6. Pivot and RST VeloSports racer Nathan Sterckx skips a mud bath on his way to take fourth place for the EWS U20 Men's class.


  Pro ladies making the climb up to Stage 7 halfway through the day. They rode together throughout the whole race, encouraging each other and keeping it positive in the sweltering heat.


  Stage 7 was full of awkward uphills linked together with fast and flowing downhills. Shirks Racing team member B.J. Treglia squishes a jump in this speedy section on his way to take fourth place for the EWS Masters Men.


  Adrian Hayden full send on his way to finish Stage 8. He was on his A game all weekend, winning four stages and topping the U16 boys by over a minute.


  Light at the end of the tunnel on the final stage for Luke Hursh, who would go on to finish in second place for the Amateur Men.


Bike Check


  This is a big race and he's a big guy, before we get into podium results let's check in with 2017 US National Enduro Champion Seamus Powell as he walks us through his KHS Factory Racing rig.


Rider height: 6'4" , weight: 195 lbs
Frame: KHS 7500, size XL
Fork: FOX Float Factory Team 36 170mm, 85 PSI, 2 spacing tokens
Rebound: 6 clicks from closed
Low Speed Compression: 9 clicks from closed, High Speed Compression: 17 clicks from closed
Rear shock: FOX Float X2, 225 PSI, 4 volume spacers
Low Speed Compression: 13 clicks from closed, High Speed Compression: 12 clicks from closed
Low Speed Rebound: 11 clicks from closed, High Speed Rebound: 16 clicks from closed
Brakes: Shimano Saint
Rotors: 200mm front, 180mm rear
Shifter and Derailleur: Shimano XT
Cassette: Shimano XT 11-42
Cranks: 175 mm
Chain Ring: 34t
Chain Guide: modified Gravity (FSA) Grid Chain Guide
Wheels: Enve M735 & FSA Grid Wheel set. Mixing & matching between aluminum and carbon the remainder of the year. depending on course conditions and race needs
Hubs: Shimano XTR & FSA
Front tire: Kenda HellKat ATC 2.4, front PSI 26: rear PSI: 30-31
Tire inserts: Cush Core at least in the rear when racing
Saddle: WTB Silverado
Seatpost: FSA Flowtron Dropper Post, 150mm
Bars: FSA Gradient, 800mm wide, 25mm rise
Stem: FSA Gradient 60mm
Grips: ODI Elite Motion Lock-on Grips


  Let's find out who took home the big checks, medals and bags of swag from our sponsors.


  Amateur U17 from left: 4th - Michael Maldonado, 2nd - Ethan Zysman, 1st - Adrian Hayden, 3rd - Danick Guilbault, 5th - Sam Kahn


  Amateur Men from left: 4th - Rich O'Neil, 2nd - Luke Hursh, 1st - Evan Gilardi, 3rd - Joshua Poirier, 5th - Joshua Nordheim


  EWS U20 Men from left: 4th - Nathan Sterckx, 2nd - David Kahn, 1st - Max Beaupre, 3rd - Jason Becker, 5th - Cole Smith


  EWS Masters Men from left: 4th - B.J. Treglia, 2nd - Ryan Leech, 1st - Jason Scheiding, 3rd - Kevin Simard, 5th - Jeremy Fahey


  Sarah Howerter styling out this fun roller on a fast and firm section of Stage 7, taking third place for the EWS Open Women.


  Rosy Metcalfe, racing for Bicycle Express, sends it toward the bottom of the final stage of the weekend. She would clock the second fastest time in her class on this stage as well as the race itself.


  The rest of our EWS Open Women just couldn't keep up with Outdoor Gear Exchange and Julbo rider Kimberley Quinlan this weekend, she won all eight stages and finished the race nearly a minute and a half ahead of the pack. "Practice and racing in the intense heat was definitely taxing, but the Mountain Creek crew put together an awesome course with a bit of everything to challenge us, including a good amount of pedally sections! I’m psyched that it all came together over the 2 days with clean stages, and no mechanicals or overheating. Best of all, I got to race with a group of rad women representing Vermont!"


  EWS Open Women from left: 4th - Brooke Kasman, 2nd - Rosy Metcalfe, 1st - Kimberley Quinlan, 3rd - Sarah Howerter, 5th - Clair Sick


  KHS Factory team rider Seamus Powell was on a heater, winning the first two stages before crashing hard twice on Stage 3. Despite being shaken up and sore, he powered through the rest of the weekend and found himself on the EWS Open Men's podium.


  Saben Rossi did not win any of the eight stages but instead remained incredibly consistent throughout the weekend to land himself in second place come Sunday afternoon.


  Devinci Cycles racer Adam Robbins sat less than a second off the lead after Day 1 and was able to pull it back by winning all four stages on Sunday to take the EWS Open Men's win by over 30 seconds with a final time of 29:32. "The tracks at Creek were as raw and as rocky as usual. After a tough Saturday with a flat halfway through Stage 1 and getting off track a couple times, still somehow finishing second I felt confident going into Sunday. Just had to keep it smooth and consistent, it all worked out and I'm stoked to take the win!"


  EWS Open Men from left: 4th - Kory Nagy, 2nd - Saben Rossi, 1st - Adam Robbins, 3rd - Seamus Powell, 5th - Derek Bissett


  The party's over for now but we have more good times planned for next weekend with our CLIF Enduro Lite at Vermont's Burke Mountain. If you or anyone you know would like to get into enduro racing this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try at one of the most fun bike parks on the East Coast. You can find all the info here and register for the race here. Tell a friend or bring your kids!


  Thank you to all the racers who joined us to sweat it out at Mountain Creek, have a great fourth and we'll see you next weekend or for our second stop July 29-30th at Thunder Mountain in Massachusetts.


Full Results
Enduroeast.com


Words and photos: Andrew Santoro
Video: Jason Scheiding





1 Comment

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 The Clif Enduro East crew and their sponsors deserve huge props for putting on such well run event. These 2 day events may be tough but you get the red carpet treatment throughout the weekend. Riders got a true EWS experience. Its hard to beat rad stages, great swag/prizes, awesome trail support and even a post ride BBQ with free beer and water park tickets. Holy crap, it was like dying and going to MTB heaven!

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