Plans and stages were originally laid out for a spring race at Diamond Hill, then Covid happened. Thankfully, local mountain bike lover & long time ESC supporter Chris Nichols was able to work with Cumberland's new Covid Event Committee on their first large event, bringing racing back to Rhode Island. Turned out the wait was well worth it, as Nichols and Joe Culgin of Pro Equipment Rentals were able to work out a fresh trail which was completed the day before racers arrived for practice.
Despite lacking significant vertical, the smallest state in the union packs a punch when it comes to the variety of riding terrain. You'll find everything from steep rocky chutes on the old ski hill side of the park to flowing singletrack, large rock rollers and classic New England winding trails on the opposite side of Route 114. There are so many trails here that even the other four stages all have new routes from our past races. Maxxis ESC racers were ecstatic to be back racing at one of their favorite venues and the new sections of trail were just the icing on the cake. Shorter than usual stages made for extra tight times and a truly exciting race day, as everyone went flat out to chase the win in the Ocean State.Full ResultsEasternstatescup.com
Words & photos: Andrew Santoro
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