The 2014 POC Eastern States Cup Schedule

Feb 26, 2014 at 18:41
by Eastern States Cup  

The 2014 POC Eastern States Cup: If you love Gravity MTB racing the East Coast is the place to be!


The POC Eastern States Cup is offering a full plate of Gravity Racing in 2014. In its fifth season the POC ESC has opened its doors to some brand new ideas. With the growth of the POC ESC, it has become apparent that East Coast mountain bike racers want more racing. The POC ESC is stepping up to supply the demand with two Downhill Series, an Enduro Series and a new SuperD Series. All totaled the 2014 POC Eastern States Cup will offer 16 Downhill, 6 Enduro and 8 SuperD mountain bike races.


The Atlantic DH Cup and the New England DH Cup
Now, I know what you downhill racers are thinking, how am I supposed to get to all 16 DH races? Well, we said we had some brand new ideas for 2014! We are really excited to announce the POC Eastern States Cup will offer two USAC Regional Championship Downhill Race Series in 2014: the New England DH Cup and the Atlantic DH Cup. New England will remain a key region for the POC ESC, while the new Atlantic DH Cup will bring more racing options for those in that region.

The Atlantic DH Cup and the New England DH Cup are both inscribed as USAC Regional Championships. Together the two DH series will offer six USAC State Championships with season ending amateur awards and over $6,000 cash for the Pros. Both DH race series will be open to all, but if your race season budget is tight you can focus on one series to keep that budget in check.

To top off the 2014 POC ESC DH Season, there will be a very special one day, winner take all “POC Eastern States Cup East Coast DH Championship" at Mountain Creek Bike Park, NJ. To qualify for this event, racers must finish near the top of their racer class in either the Atlantic DH Cup or the New England DH Cup. This one day USAC Coastal Championship Race will recognize the winners with the USA Cycling Plaques, medals and cash. The purse includes a $5000 cash purse for pro’s and amateurs. The Pro Men’s winner will take home $1000 while the Women’s Pro, Cat1 <18 and Cat1 19-29 race classes will each have $1000 cash purses. If downhill racers want to be the 2014 ESC DH Champion, then they will have to win this race!

Featured in the Downhill schedule are two ProGRT National DH races at Mountain Creek Bike Park, NJ and Plattekill Bike Park, NY. The DH Series will visit Windham Mountain, NY two weeks before the UCI World Cup and get a unique opportunity to race the actual World Cup Course. The Series will then return to Windham on World Cup weekend for the POC ESC Citizen’s Race to be held concurrently with the UCI World Cup.

The POC ESC DH season kicks off on May 4th at the Duryea Downhill in Reading PA. It’s the most unique downhill race in the country. The Duryea Downhill takes place in an urban setting and ends at Reading City Park.


ENDURO CUP
The talk this year is all about enduro racing, it’s quickly becoming the discipline of choice for many racers. The POC ESC Enduro Cup returns after a very successful inaugural season of combining the thrill of DH racing with the fun of trail riding. The enduro series offers 6 events and features the most technical tracks at the best resorts in the east. The POC ESC Enduro chip timing system gives perfect results and allows friends to ride and race together, making for a fun, competitive day in the mountains.

FOX Racing will once again award a DOSS Seat post at every enduro race for the fastest climb of the day. The climb is not part of the race, just an extra chance to win a great prize. Wicked Wash has stepped up and will be awarding product to all the 4th and 5th place finishers also known as the “Wicked Wash Winners”.

On the 4th of July holiday weekend, riders from all over are encouraged to join the POC ESC at Killington Resort, VT, for the Second Annual East Coast Showdown. The showdown is the one event of the year where racers can compete in DH, Enduro and Super D all in the same weekend.

SUPER D CUP
New is the POC ESC SuperD Series, it’s being offered due to the great response at last year’s POC ESC SuperD test races. The SuperD Series consists of 8 races, 5 State Championships and is the USAC Eastern Regional SuperD Championship Series. The series will have a mix of mass starts by class and timed race runs. Super D starts at the top of the resorts and finishes at the bottom, just like DH with some peddling mixed in.


Summary
Willie Ford, North American Marketing Director at POC says: “POC Sports is once again very excited to be partnering with the Eastern States Cup. This is a very exciting year for the series, it’s positioned for some serious growth. We are excited to help the Eastern States Cup build a program that’s the best for the athletes, resorts and fellow sponsors. This is going to be a great year, trust me.”

The POC ESC has a very exciting schedule planned up and down the East Coast and we encourage you to come join the fun, competitive and family oriented race series that we have we all love. With a total of 15 State Championships, 5 Regional Championships and over $100,000 in cash and prizes you won't want to miss this year’s POC Eastern States Cup.

“Between the downhill, enduro and super d events, the Eastern States Cup Series has something for just about everyone. The races have a reputation of being well run and at great venues, so everyone will have a great time. We are happy to partner with the ESC again in 2014 to offer the DOSS seat post challenge and the $1000 FOX Enduro Challenge.” according to Mark Jordan at FOX.

DP Brakes is very active in the motorcycle-racing world and have chosen the ESC to introduce their premier level mountain bike disc brake pad and rotor products. DP Brakes is sponsoring the $1000 DP Brakes Women’s Challenge in 2014. DP Brakes is also partnering with the ESC and CarbSport Energy Drinks to sponsor the “ESC Ladies Lounge”. The Ladies Lounge will be the headquarters for women racers of all ages and abilities at ESC events.

To learn more about the Eastern States Cup visit our website. Feel free to reach out to the ESC via email, Facebook, or twitter. We love hearing from racers and are excited to see you all at the races this year.

www.easternstatescup.com
easternstatescup@hotmail.com
www.facebook.com/easternstatescup
www.twitter.com/EastrnStatesCup

2014 POC ESC Atlantic DH Cup USAC Regional Championship Series
May 4 Duryea PA – Urban Downhill
May 18 Mountain Creek NJ - Pro GRT – NJ State Championship
June 29 Swain NY - Western New York Championship
July 27 Windham NY - World Cup Test Event
August 9 Windham NY - World Cup Citizen’s Race
Sept 14 Blue Mtn PA - PA State Championship
Oct 12 Plattekill NY - New England and Atlantic Regional DH Championship Series Finals

2014 POC ESC New England DH Cup USAC Regional Championship Series
May 25 Plattekill NY - Pro GRT
June 8 Pat’s Peak NH - NH Bike Festival
June 15 Sugarbush VT - VT Brewfest Festival
July 6 Killington VT - East Coast Showdown – VT State Championship
July 13 Attitash NH - NH State Championship
August 3 Plattekill NY - NY State Championship
Sept 21 Attitash NH
Oct 5 Jiminy Peak MA - MA State Championship
Oct 12 Plattekill NY - New England and Atlantic Regional DH Championship Series Finals

2014 POC Eastern States Cup USAC Coastal DH Championship
Oct 19 Mountain Creek NJ * Must be Qualified

2014 POC ESC Enduro Cup USAC Regional Championship Series
June 1 Plattekill NY - NY State Championship
June 22 Blue Mtn PA - PA State Championship
July 5 Killington VT - East Coast Showdown – VT State Championship
July 20 Plattekill NY - Plattepalooza
August 17 Attitash NH - NH State Championship
Sept 7 Killington VT - Eastern USA Regional ENDURO Championship Series Finals

2014 POC ESC SuperD Cup USAC Regional Championship Series
May 18 Mountain Creek NJ - NJ State Championship – ProGRT Weekend
May 25 Plattekill NY - ProGRT Weekend
June 14 Sugarbush VT - VT Brewfest Festival
June 21 Blue Mtn PA -PA State Championship
July 6 Killington VT - East Coast Showdown – VT State Championship
July 19 Plattekill NY - NY State Championship
August 16Attitash NH - NH State Championship
Sept 6 Killington VT - Eastern USA Regional SUPER D Championship Series Finals



www.easternstatescup.com


81 Comments

  • + 15
 Most dependable race series in the country...large turnout every event and great variety of tracks! Including racing on the Windham World Cup track!
  • + 13
 anddd the west coast just got a whole lot lamer
  • + 3
 Hello Racers, We'll be live on this thread and will try to answer all questions....fire away !

In the meantime for all you Downhillers here's the Atlantic DH Cup and the New England DH Cup in order by date:

ESC DH #1, May 4, Duryea PA, Urban Downhill, Atlantic Cup
ESC DH #2, May 18, Mountain Creek NJ, Pro GRT – NJ State Championship, Atlantic Cup
ESC DH #3, May 25, Plattekill NY, Pro GRT, New England Cup
ESC DH #4, June 8, Pat’s Peak NH, NH Bike Festival, New England Cup
ESC DH #5, June 15, Sugarbush VT, VT Brewgrass Music Festival, New England Cup
ESC DH #6, June 29, Swain NY, Western New York Championship, Atlantic Cup
ESC DH #7, July 6, Killington VT, East Coast Showdown – VT State Championship, New England Cup
ESC DH #8, July 13, Attitash NH, NH State Championship, New England Cup
ESC DH #9, July 27, Windham NY, World Cup Test Event, Atlantic Cup
ESC DH #10, August 3, Plattekill NY, NY State Championship, New England Cup
ESC DH #11, August 9, Windham NY, World Cup Citizen’s Race, Atlantic Cup
ESC DH #12, Sept 14, Blue Mountain PA, PA State Championship, Atlantic Cup
ESC DH #13, Sept 21 , Attitash NH, , New England Cup
ESC DH #14, Oct 5, Jiminy Peak MA, MA State Championship, New England Cup
ESC DH #15, Oct 12, Plattekill NY, NE Cup and Atlantic Cup Regional DH Championship Series Finals
ESC DH #16, Oct 19, Mountain Creek, NJ, USAC Coastal DH Championships
  • + 11
 As a Californian, I am jealous of how many DH races you guys have over on the east coast!
  • + 4
 seriously. i was expecting maybe three of four more than here in cali, but 16 races?! thats dope.
  • + 3
 They got it better than I do in fontana. I can't wait to get back to the east coast. Gonna be a good hike from ohio to NY for a race though.
  • + 3
 Great news!

I assume the two downhill series will have separate points and they're not transferable. In other words, if one's primary focus is the New England series, racing a Atlantic race will not get them points for the N.E.?
  • + 2
 The points earned are for the individual series. However racers may participate in both series. If a racer qualifies for the Coastal Champs in both series, we'll open up another spot.
  • + 2
 I have wanted for years to have a mid-Atlantic cup, something close with venues such as Seven Springs, PA, Wisp, MD Snowshoe WV, Massanutten VA, Timberline, WV. It would help us "Southerns" with traveling as NY is still an 8 hour haul. ESC > GES as far as organization and doing things legit.
  • + 1
 Stay tuned. Would 2014 work for you?
  • + 1
 That would be sweet. Highly anticipating.
  • + 4
 Now I know why the schedule took so long... cause you guys were busy stacking it full of races!! Looks awesome, can't wait to start racing!!
  • + 3
 lol I almost broke my pelvis and was left with permanent swelling and nerve damage last year doing this maybe its worth another go
  • + 1
 Yes Ben, We're gonna make you work for the FOX DOSS Seat Post ! We also added the CarbSport Fast Challenge. The fastest racers in each class for complete the entire course will win some great CarbSport product. Now that will be a tough haul !
  • + 4
 Finally!! I waited so long for this. So excited for this coming race season!
  • + 1
 Windham could not have had an enduro or super d???? What about mt snow?? Need some more enduro events on the schedule. I know overmountain enduro is in fall but thats only a 3 race series. Any chance to get some races in late fall say october for enduro?
  • + 1
 Thanks, we want more enduro racing too. In 2015 our Enduro season will stretch later in the year for sure !
  • + 0
 I don't understand why they are listed as "State Championship", why not just have a few races and then the final? The wording makes it sound like there are other POC ESC Cup races that are being held in those states prior to the Championship race.
  • + 1
 I think it is supposed to be similar to how motocross is here, we have the AMA D34 or D6 series but there is a race in each state that is considered the State Championship. like Englishtown is the NJ state championship, Hurricane Hills is for PA, and Broome Tioga is for NY
  • + 1
 I wonder if the Championship Races are supposed to be in conjunction with the East Coast Enduro races held in each state? www.eastcoastenduro.com as mentioned by "theranch" in a comment below.
  • + 1
 These ESC Enduro & Super D dates, and more, can be found on www.eastcoastenduro.com
If you are on the east coast, we have 37 dates so far but more should be coming in soon. Plenty of opportunities to participate.

-Gerry
  • + 3
 East coast? You mean northeast. Because I live on the easy coast and you're still states away.
  • + 1
 Easy solution for that....MOVE !
  • + 1
 Haha, I would love to. I guess the trails aren't nearly as good down here. Good luck with the season!
  • + 3
 Amazing series ! Well worth the traveling from Canada! Keep up the good work guys!
  • + 1
 Will the timed climbs in the enduro series still be timed from the finish of one segment to the start of the next, making it one continuous ride through a segment, transfer, and the next segment?
  • + 3
 Why is there no race at mount snow this season?
  • + 1
 It just wasn't in their planning. Believe me, we all wanted to return to the birth place of the ESC. We will try again in 2015 for DH ,Enduro and SuperD .
  • + 3
 Seriously jealous of the east coast right now
  • + 1
 there's an easy solution Trey !
  • + 2
 How much does it cost per race for enduro for amateur and how many stages per race?
  • + 2
 5 Stages in all our Enduro Series. Fess this year are $55am/$60pro. It's a ton of work but we're keeping enduro reasonable.
  • + 3
 Awesome line up this summer, great job ESC!
  • + 3
 Wowww holyyy races!! West Coast is lackinnggg
  • + 2
 Looking forward to racing some Enduros and maybe a Super D this year. Great venues!!!!
  • + 1
 Eastern States Cup more alive than ever. Mountain States Cup completely dead. So sad
  • - 1
 so i guess east coast means the north east. what about snow shoe WV and other places on the east coast i can't drive 12-15 hours every time i want to participate in a big race. the east coast sucks
  • + 2
 We are coming your way, that I promise you. We tried really hard this year !
  • + 2
 I can't wait for the Downhill!!!
  • + 1
 Nice work ESC! Something for everyone. See you at Plattekill in a few months!
  • + 1
 What's the registration limit for the Plattekill and Blue Mountain Enduros?
  • + 2
 Should make the races more difficult. Race TTC or Windrock
  • + 1
 You should try an ESC DH race if you are looking for a challenge. I bet that would make you happy !
  • + 1
 Any chance for a Super D or Enduro at Windham during the World Cup weekend?
  • + 1
 No Sorry Matt. Am Dh and XC with WC DH, XC and XC Elimator will all be going on during Sat and Sun.. Not much room left on the schedule or on the property.
  • + 1
 Great series! Any reason why Seven Springs, PA didn't make the list though?
  • + 1
 They didn't answer our email's. We tried reallly hard to get a race there though. Good news though, I hear you guys are getting a GES race. We'll try hard in 2015. ( or if they are listening, we do have one open weekend this year ;-) )
  • + 1
 Nope, GES schedule is out and no 7S race on that schedule either - bummer!
  • + 1
 ahhh, well hopefully they are listening then.
  • + 2
 Great series. Draws top notch riders and venues.
  • + 2
 hell yea, cant wait to have some fun
  • + 2
 WoW! Nice work ECS and crew
  • + 1
 schedule is up.....But can you do pre-reg for the enduro series yet ?
  • + 1
 Not just yet. Hopefully in a day or two
  • + 1
 Enduro Registration is now open on our website !
  • + 1
 No Launch Bike Park unfortunately.
  • + 1
 GES Just announced a race there !
  • + 1
 Oh cool!
  • + 1
 Sooo many Beacon Bombers in the photos!!!
  • + 1
 don't call it the eastern states when it is clearly only the north east.
  • + 1
 Clearly....for now
  • + 1
 nothing at Beech mountain?
  • + 2
 YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
  • + 2
 time to get in shape!
  • + 2
 Seriously, time to put the cannoli down and pick the kettle bell up!
  • + 1
 there's an easy solution Eric !
  • + 2
 oops..ESC
  • + 1
 The west coast's race schedule went out the door this year.
  • + 1
 Sooo many races....
  • + 0
 Sad Beech Mtn NC didn't make the list...maybe next year.
  • + 3
 Theres a PRO GRT stop coming to Beech this year…
  • + 2
 Actually the ESC Southern DH Cup was holding us up. Sorry but we had to pull the plug. We want to come south but we're going to do it right !
  • - 14
flag bizutch (Feb 27, 2014 at 14:28) (Below Threshold)
 "Do it right"...smells like greed and arrogance. Wink
  • + 7
 Do it right means one wasn't ready, and two does not make a series. I also resent your remark. You clearly have NO idea about me or the ESC.
  • - 2
 You clearly missed my sarcasm. Perhaps my sarcasm was too agressively toned.

"...but we're going to do it right" implies a measure of incompetence on the part of the southern venue(s).

On another note : "Eastern-States-Cup" is a we, not an I.

See what I did there...just busting your balls. Keep putting on DH races. We do love you for it. Big Grin
  • + 1
 oh my fatness...

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