Eastern States Cup Announces 2018 Schedule

Feb 13, 2018 at 7:28
by Eastern States Cup  
ESC DH Finals

PRESS RELEASE: Maxxis Eastern States Cup presented by CLIF Enduro East

It's cold. The days are short. The ground is covered in some treacherous, icy substance. Your racing juices may feel like a frozen margarita in your veins but here's something that will get your competitive blood flowing again: the Maxxis Eastern States Cup presented by CLIF Enduro East enduro and downhill schedules are ready for prime time! The thought of ripping around the Northeast's finest bike venues on warm summer days should bring even the most light-starved psyche out off winter hibernation. Let's dive into what's new for this coming season.


The folks at the Maxxis Eastern States Cup are always looking to provide the best experience for racers. With that in mind, here are some of this upcoming season's highlights: As you probably noticed Maxxis Tires has stepped up as the new title sponsor for the MAXXIS ESC series. Maxxis has been making some of the most celebrated and successful tires on the planet for years. Racers can expect plenty of their renowned rubber to be passed out on the podium this season. “Maxxis Tires is proud to partner with the Eastern States Cup to bring quality racing to the US and help foster its growth.” - Andrew Bartek, Maxxis Tires

Joining Maxxis, CLIF returns as our presenting title sponsor, which is especially great news for our youngest racers (more on that in a moment). “Clif Bar and Co is extremely proud to continue our partnership and support of the MAXXIS Eastern States Cup DH and Enduro series. These events have proven to provide the best racing experience you can find anywhere and provide a competitive challenge as well as a great time. We can’t wait to kick things off with George and his team in 2018!” - Will Yandell, CLIF Northeast Regional Marketing Manager


The BOX Showdown events will be returning for another six weekends of gorging on a race buffet where both enduro and downhill are on tap the same day. Once again, the iron men and women with the best combined results take home some killer components from BOX. “Over the past few years, George and his entire crew have done an excellent job promoting the Northeast racing scene. As a Southern California based brand, we knew we lacked a presence on the opposite coast. So when the opportunity came along to team up with an East-coast series, we jumped on it. Our involvement has broadened into a comprehensive partnership that now includes the supply of our racing components. We look forward to a fruitful 2018 and many more years to come.” - Toby Henderson, President, BOX Components

BOX Components at Thunder Mountain

At enduro events, the race within a race battles of the Alex Rims Super Stage and Fox Transfer Climbers Challenge events will be back by popular demand with some amazing rims and dropper posts on the line.

"We are excited to continue working with the Eastern States Cup for the eighth straight year. Their tracks are a blast and the events are dialed. It's always a good time at an ESC event." - Mark Jordan, FOX Marketing Manager.

“We are very proud to support the Eastern States Cup as they continue to grow and support the mountain bike racing scene. Knowing that they are trying to produce quality riders and racers really ensures our decision to be a part of their support system." - Evan Kinzey, Alex Rims U.S. Marketing

Motorex, makers of fine bike wash and lubricants, will be providing prizing for fourth and fifth place finishers this year and TJ Blackman from Euroline / Motorex USA had this to say: "Working with George and the rest of the ESC crew has given us the opportunity to put a great deal of Motorex products into racers hands. At some of the events, we are able to offer our support and showcase our product line. The team is very professional, and their social media following has helped us gain exposure. We are really looking forward to another year! “

Vittoria ESC Enduro at Victory Hill

Perhaps the biggest news for this season concerns our youngest racers. Due to changes in UCI rules, the ESC North American Downhill Team was discontinued after two successful seasons sending our Junior Expert racers to World Cup events around the globe. Despite this setback, series owner George Ulmer remains committed to growing the sport and helping youngsters get into racing. To that end, the MAXXIS ESC and CLIF will be paying the entry fees for all downhill and enduro racers in the CLIF Kids U12 classes. Yup, CLIF Kids will be racing for free at all enduro and downhill events this season.

ESC DH Finals at Plattekill

Another big news item is the MAXXIS ESC Downhill Series has split from USA Cycling which means no licenses are needed to race, meaning big savings for everyone. Former Pro and Cat 1 racers no longer must race in lower classes when entering a MAXXIS ESC DH. The series will still have licensed Race Directors and Officials onsite to make the right decisions. To save racers some money all MAXXIS ESC events registrations will be for race day with the option of a discounted lift pass for Saturday practice. This will please racers on a budget and those with season passes at the race venues. The series will offer “season passes” to the hardy racers that want to attend a lot of events and save. Race entry will be quicker and easier with a new streamlined, unified pre-registration process all handled by the MAXXIS ESC Crew.

MAXXIS ESC Season Passes are available HERE

ESC DH Finals

Always investing in a better experience, the ESC crew will roll out a new state of the art timing system for downhill races. This new system will allow for splits times on the course so racers can see where they are gaining and losing time. A taste of the World Cup downhill circuit has arrived.

ESC Enduro at Glen Park

But wait, there's more! New venues! The MAXXIS ESC crew likes keeping things fresh and have added some new networks into the race mix. The third enduro of the year will be at the Aqua-Terra Wilderness Park near Binghamton, New York on a network we've never raced before but have been hearing fantastic things about from some of our pro racers. Another new venue will be on the Barkeater Trails Alliance network in Wilmington, New York near Lake Placid. This network has been growing rapidly and getting a lot of positive reviews. If you've never visited this part of the Adirondack mountains, mark your calendars, the scenery alone will blow you away. And lastly, though not a new venue, the MAXXIS ESC will be returning to Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey for a BOX Components Showdown in late August, and everyone knows "The Creek" rules. Though the bulk of the MAXXIS ESC schedule takes place at the region's best bike parks, four of our enduro events will be held on trail systems with no lift-assisted transfers. Pedaling to each stage should keep the enduro purists happy and those events have a unique vibe with the shared suffering creating a real sense of camaraderie among racers.

ESC DH Finals

The MAXXIS ESC remains firm in its commitment to equal payouts for male and female racers. This year those payouts will increase to $2,000 per race for all enduro and downhill races. The Enduro and DH series will offer $10,000 in combined series purses.

Sugarbush BOX

After seven months of racing, overall championships often are decided by whisker-thin margins at the double-point season finals in October. Overall championships for enduro will be calculated by combining a racer's top 7 finishes out of an 11 race season. For the downhillers, a racer's top 5 results from the 7 race season will be tallied. The downhill series finals will return to Mount Snow in Vermont and the enduro finals will move to Thunder Mountain in Massachusetts. The overall series purse is a whopping $5,000 for each series.

ESC Pat s Peak DH

Though not an official MAXXIS ESC event this year, The Downhill Thrill at the Pats Peak Mountain Bike Festival is still happening on June 10th and will be supported by the MAXXIS ESC crew. The crew wanted to provide an event to qualify racers for the USAC National Championships as the race will be a USAC National Champs qualifier and will feature the same two run race format as previous years.

ESC BOX 2017

Okay, lets get to what you've all been looking for as you scrolled through this report, THE SCHEDULE!

MAXXIS ESC ENDURO
April 22 Glen Park, PA
May 6 Plattekill, NY
May 20 Binghamton, NY
June 3 Thunder Mountain, MA
June 17 Blue Mountain, PA
July 15 Sugarbush, VT
Aug 12 Victory Hill, VT
Aug 26 Mountain Creek
Sept 23 Killington, VT
Sept 30 Wilmington, NY
Oct 21 Thunder Mountain, MA Finals

MAXXIS ESC DOWNHILL
May 6 Plattekill, NY
June 3 Thunder Mountain, MA
June 17 Blue Mountain, PA
July 15 Sugarbush, VT
Aug 25 Mountain Creek
Sept 23 Killington, VT
Oct 14 Mount Snow, VT Finals

BOX SHOWDOWNS
May 6 Plattekill, NY
June 3 Thunder Mountain, MA
June 17 Blue Mountain, PA
July 15 Sugarbush, VT
Aug 26 Mountain Creek
Sept 23 Killington, VT

MAXXIS ESC Season Passes are available HERE

ALSO BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MAXXIS ESC CREW

CLIF ENDURO EAST
June 30 - July 1 Mountain Creek, NJ - EWS Qualifier
July 28 - 29 Thunder Mountain, MA - EWS Qualifier
Sept 15 - 16 Victory Hill / Burke Mountain - EWS North American Championship Series Finals

2018 CLIF ENDURO LITE
July 8 Burke Mountain

ESC Enduro at Glen Park

The first race of the season is just over two months away! Bust out the stationary bike, join a spinning class, go fat biking. Or just show up out of shape with an untuned bike still sporting mud from riding last fall, like half the field will. Either way, mark your calendars, call your friends and we'll see you in no time.



MENTIONS: @Eastern-States-Cup @Maxxis @CLIF



56 Comments

  • + 13
 Still waiting for the first “change the name to northeast cup” comment...
Thanks to the ESC crew for all the work with the schedule and the investment into the series. Can’t wait for more racing and parking lot camping!
  • + 2
 well..... it is in the northeast, soooo why not?
  • - 1
 @GunnyBailey: yep. Evidently the east coast ends at Maryland
  • + 6
 @preach: yea, anything south of the mason dixon line and you are in the deep south boys and girls, not the east Smile
  • + 5
 More race dates, more locations, this season's gonna be epic! Gotta hit the gym, fast :-)
I was secretly hoping there might be an ESC in Diamond Hill again, but I know that getting a race in that park has become more challenging last year.
  • + 3
 those are my main trails and its stupid even going to build trails or anything they dont let you
  • + 7
 And it starts. . . . . "MAXXIS ESC Downhill Series has split from USA Cycling which means no licenses"
  • + 5
 The most anticipated bike announcement of 2018! Can not wait for another season of fun with this crew. New friends, old friends, dark crud, wet mud....come get Enduro’d.
  • + 3
 Wow.....one hell of a race schedule, i am already trying to figure out how many hours on the gas this equates to. Thanks George, you and your efforts have made my last 8 summers of racing the best years of my life !
  • + 3
 Sooooo stoked to have Maxxis on board for 2018! Couple that with the awesome stuff CLIF does for the series too, man this is going to be one hell of a great year! See you all in April
  • + 2
 Aweome schedule ! Now to figure out what ones i will attend and how many hours of on the gas time it equates to. Thanks George for what i know will be a summer of gravity inspired adrenaline. Once again " no other series has ever offered so many opportunities to rgo downhill for so long. "
  • + 5
 These and more east coast enduro dates here: eastcoastenduro.com/2018events.php
  • + 3
 -gotta give George another thumbs up for all the time it takes to get this off the ground every year & then run it for 5 months!
  • + 4
 Also very pumped about all the racing, thats for all the hard work George and ESC Crew! See you guys at the races, yewwwww!
  • + 5
 Cheers to the ESC crew for another great schedule! Can't wait!
  • + 2
 Is that glen park in stroudsburg PA? I started riding there when i went to school at east stroudsburg. Good memories, have fun out there guys and gals
  • + 3
 Yessir and they have great trails for us to race on there !
  • + 4
 ESC at Mountain Creek! Yay!
  • + 2
 We're stoked to be going back to MCBP, it's always fun and the trails test the best
  • + 5
 THIS IS AWESOME!
  • + 3
 Cool to see all the new venues! Anyone know why there's no Attitash event this year?
  • + 2
 Cause that place sucks...
  • + 1
 @KNOT: yeah seriously. Very happy to not see it on the schedule.
  • + 5
 We tried so hard but in the end the dates didn't mesh. Attitash Ski Resort submitted a race date early but it couldn't work on our end, then we submitted a date but one of the key folks is getting married on that date. Then we came up with a third date only to find out there was a wedding scheduled on that weekend. We hope we can work towards a 2019 return. We absolutely love Attitash and the riding at the park.
  • + 3
 @Eastern-States-Cup: Haters gonna hate, but i'm sad to see attitash (a real technical challenge) not on the schedule.
  • + 3
 @Eastern-States-Cup: Nothing wrong with some racing and some wedding crashing!!!!!
  • + 2
 @Eastern-States-Cup: Thanks for the reply! It was my first ever ESC race two years ago and I've been meaning to go back since.
  • + 1
 so this might be a dumb question but im new to the race scene.. do you need a season pass or can you register/pay for the races the day of?
  • + 3
 Anyone in Northern VT wanna carpool?? St. J area?
  • + 1
 I may be in the area then. Hit me up with a pm.
  • + 1
 Is pinkbike going to release a 2018 East Coast Race Schedule that shows all races from different series like has been done in previous years?
  • + 3
 Ahhhh so many good news!!! Can’t wait already!
  • + 1
 Yaaaasssssss!
  • + 2
 Awww mannn I miss living in New England sometimes & blasting through all that greenery! Series looks rad!
  • + 3
 Wilmington Enduro! Beyond stoked for that.
  • + 0
 Cool. Looks like there will be a couple of Enduro races in Wilmington, NY this year.
  • + 1
 Anyone know which wilmington trail network? Hardy road or flume?
  • + 2
 @build-n-ride: Go ride them all. Worth it!
  • + 1
 yeah they are both real fun. Always throught you could run a good race on some of those trails. Especially all in and good luck.
  • + 1
 Craigwood's got some legit trails too. Will be interesting to see where the stages are held.
  • + 1
 This is going to be an awesome year. Snow race May 6th? Snowed on Memorial Day weekend at platty a few years ago.
  • + 10
 Shut up please...LOL
  • + 1
 Wish there were more DH events but I can't wait for the ones that are happening!!
  • + 1
 Excited for the first race this weekend! Hope this cold weather goes away, it’s snowing this morning in Syracuse NY.
  • + 1
 Looking forward to another fantastic race season! Nice work ESC! Nothing beats the East!
  • + 0
 Once again ESC made the savage blush. He wants to say that KX for the picture but next time pick one that is a little more hard core! : )
  • + 3
 Great news! Can’t wait
  • + 2
 Mari! look at that focus
  • + 2
 Shelly getting carried hahahahha!
  • + 2
 Sweeeeet!
  • + 1
 Lots of great racing this season. The northeast scene is legit.
  • + 2
 Awesome
  • + 0
 I will always know Mountain creek as Diablo Freeride Park. Love that place can't wait to go back
  • + 1
 Going to be weird with no Windahm but a nice solid line up for sure.
  • + 1
 No highland again?

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