Race Report: The 2023 Big Creek Quick Six Enduro

Oct 22, 2023 at 15:19
by Roswell-Alpharetta MTB Org  

Photo Credit George Aubrey
Roswell, GA
During the national anthem, Falcon RV Squadron from Peachtree City, GA flew overhead to kick off the 2023 Big Creek Quick Six Enduro

Words: Roswell-Alpharetta MTB Org

October 21, 2023 – Roswell, GA USA - The Big Creek Quick Six Enduro’s Fall timeframe meshed perfectly with clear skies, cooler temps and the changing of the leaves in the suburban city of Roswell, Georgia just 30 minutes north of Atlanta, GA. While changing weather may signal the colder riding months of the off-season are just ahead, racers and spectators (many fresh off attending the always-rowdy Snowshoe UCI DH World Cup), were ready for this event’s approachable format and spectator-friendly stages just steps from the parking lot and Visit Roswell Race HQ.

The Quick Six is the largest fundraising event of the year for non-profit volunteer organization, Roswell-Alpharetta MTB Organization (RAMBO), which is a chapter of Southern Off-road Biking Association (SORBA) and an IMBA Local chapter that manages more than 20 miles of trails across four trail systems. This year’s 200 enduro race spots sold out in less than two hours!

Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
Dane White, Southeastern Fox Racing rep, sends the Flight Deck Road Gap on his way to 14th in Expert Men
Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
At 69 years young, Boyd Combs (Boyd's Bikes) had the respect of racers and spectators alike, finishing 18th in eBikes Open

In its 9th year, the Quick Six pairs a mixture of one-time trail lines with sections of existing trails within the Big Creek Park. All six stages are live throughout the day, and riders are sent off in 50-person waves to reduce queue times and increase heckling opportunities for racers waiting for their wave to start.
This year’s categories brought many new faces, with our largest Beginner category (47), plus even more riders sending the new Hollywood trail’s Flight Deck road gap as part of the Fresh Bikes Stage 6. As usual, the spectators brought the raucous noise across all stages, which is one of the favorite traits of riders at the Quick Six.

Expert Women
In 2021, 11-year-old local Pearse McNamara (Vojekt/Podium Multisport/Dragon Wheels), first showed up on the Quick Six Enduro scene finishing a respectable 8th in Women’s Sport/Beginner among competitors twice her age. She continued to ride and train, which earned Pearse a solid 2nd in Women Sport in 2022. This year, Pearse stepped into the Women’s Expert category and was among the favorites to make the podium. Halle Rentz bested Pearse on the Sixes Pit Bike Shop Stage 4, but Pearse was stronger in each of the other five stages taking the overall race win by 22.83 seconds. Amanda Deen rounded out the Women’s Expert Podium after being just off the pace of Pearse and Halle.
Photo Credit George Aubrey
Expert Women's podium featuring: 1st Pearse McNamara - Vojekt/Podium Multisport/Dragon Wheels, 2nd Halle Rentz, 3rd Amanda Deen

Expert Men
The 2023 Class of Experts featured a stacked field of ever-faster young and young-at-heart locals ready for a fun day on the trails competing for bragging rights. The 706P Direct Devo’s purple and gold jerseys were only blurs, as 2022 Expert Men bronze medalist, Peyton McGee and former Junior Men winner, Lucas Caldas, would finally meet to compete for top spot on the Expert Men podium this year. The battle was real, as Lucas took the wins on Gate City Brewing Stage 1 and Jarrod’s Place Stage 2. Peyton came back strong on Atlanta Cycling’s Stage 3, Sixes Pit Stage 4, Free-Flight Bikes Stage 5 and the Fresh Bikes Stage 6. However, Peyton’s 3rd place finish would ultimately earn him a second place sport by the slimmest of margins: 0.32 seconds. Race course creator, Nick Watkins (Vojekt Racing/Chattahooligans) finished the day in 3rd with solid 2nd place finishes on Stages 4 and 5. Dylan Muller and Austin Mason (Team Meow Meow) rounded out the Expert Men’s fourth and fifth spots.
Photo Credit George Aubrey
Expert Men's podium featuring: 1st Lucas Caldas – 706P Dirt Devo, 2nd Peyton McGee – 706p Dirt Devo, 3rd Nick Watkins – Vojekt Racing/Chattahooligans

Junior Men 15-17
It’s hard to believe that at only age 7, Aiden Carder (Blue Mountain Bikes) raced his first Quick Six. Finishing second in Junior Men in 2022, Aiden was ready to compete for the top spot this year, but Derek Tilli, Matthew Allen, Brevan Hennessee (Blue Mountain Bikes) and Alex Onate (NITRO) had something to say about that. Aiden’s minor slip on the Gate City Brewing Stage 1 meant he was under pressure from Breven and crew from the start. Derek Tilli couldn’t quite overtake him on Stages 2 through 6 finishing the day in second. Brevan’s top 3 finishes on Stages 1-3 weren’t enough after an off on the Sixes Pit Bikes Stage 4 putting him out of contention and into 4th place. Matthew Allen had top 5 finishes on nearly all six stages, finishing on the podium in third place. Aiden’s perseverance nailed him the elusive top spot.
Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
Junior Men 15-17 podium featuring: 1st Aiden Carder – Blue Mountain Bikes, 2nd Derek Tilli, 3rd Matthew Allen

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Local rider, Rowan Ahmed-Vogt, ripping the Sixes Pit Stage 4. Rowan scored a respectable 7th in Junior Men 14 and under.
Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
Coming in 4th in Junior Men 14 and under, Xavier McNamara (Appalachian Overstock) put in the work for a solid day on the trails

Each year at the Quick Six, it’s a gathering of our riding community from across the Southeast. More than 30 sponsors, including local bike shops, local businesses, and global brands all seeking to just come have fun on the trails while raising funds for continued expansion of local trails, new jumps and features, and more riding programs for kids and adults. We want to stress how important bike shops are to our riding communities and encourage you to Shop Local.

Photo Credit Vojekt Chis Cooley
Luke Miles sends the Flight Deck on the Fresh Bikes Stage 6 on his way to a 4th in eBikes Open 18+

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BMX racer-turned-mountain biker, local Brad Jimison (Team Dad), is all smiles on his way to the top podium spot in Senior Masters Men 50+ and Matthew Blaskowski finished in 29th in Beginner Men

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Brandon Volz (Team Wild Boyz) was on pace all day and scored a second place finish in Sport Men for his efforts

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Junior Men 15-17 winner, Aiden Carder scored a sweet new Fox 38 with his raffle ticket thanks to a generous gift from our friends at Fox Suspension in Georgia

Jarrod’s Place Kids Bike Shenanigans Race
As racers completed the Quick Six and while results were tallied, the Jarrod’s Place Kids Bike Shenanigans Race took over and was an instant classic. Racers had to use 18” wheeled kids bikes or smaller, buckle on their lids, and send it on the Slalom trail. Photo Gallery below, and look for this to be back and expanded for 2024’s Quick Six! Our cheeks still hurt from laughing.
Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
Vojekt, Fresh Bikes, Crank Monkeys and Jarrod's Place get ready for the ridiculousness about to go down

Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
Austin Mason on the SE Quadangle 16"

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Mike Meyers laughing it up on the way to find his next victim

Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
Expert Men Winner, Lucas Caldas, taking flight

Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
Taco time is about to begin with this dirt sample

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Brandon Volz makes sure the bunny stays put through the whoops

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The streamers on Rickett's bike definitely helped his pace

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Not sure if this is new prototype fork testing, but Nick's triple clamp could be a new trend on smaller wheels on the UCI circuit. You saw it here first.

Thank You!

Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
Happy Trails to our good friend, RAMBO volunteer, and 2023 Enduro course builder, Nick Watkins. Is someone cutting onions in here?

Photo Credit Vojekt Chris Cooley
Big Creek Freeride OGs: Ethan Quehl, trail designer and builder with Innovative Dirt Solutions, and former RAMBO Board Member, Ross Monckton, congratulating RAMBO Freeride Director, Ryan Kramer on retiring after 10 years of volunteer service.

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2023 RAMBO Volunteer of the Year: Nik Oesterle earns a new Rogue Hoe and our adoration for his dedication to improving our trails
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City of Roswell Councilmembers: Lee Hills and Will Morthland helped us kick off the day's festivities at Big Creek Park

We are beyond thankful and grateful to have amazing support from our riding community to make this event possible. Special THANK YOU to Dave and Melissa with Go Nuts Events for a stellar job on timing and scoring. With more than 50 volunteers working countless hours before, during and after the event, plus 30 local businesses, local bike shops, and global brands, and more than 500 RAMBO members, we continue to be excited about the future of mountain biking in the Southeast and beyond.

2023 Race Sponsors
Alpharetta Wellness Center
Atlanta Cycling
Bike Roswell
Blue Mountain Bikes
BuckyStar Hats
Cane Creek Components
Fox Racing
Fox Suspension
Fresh Bikes
Freeflite Bikes
Gate City Brewery
Gnar Gnomies
Innovative Dirt Solutions
HT Components
Jarrod’s Place Bike Park
Kanuga Bike Park
Maxxis Tires
Mulberry Gap
Northstar Bike Shop
Novatec Components
Reality Bikes
REI Co-op
Reevie Wonder Coaching
Roswell Bicycles
Santa Cruz Bicycles
Semi-Amateur Racing
Sixes Pit Bikes
Technicare Home Services
Torq Nutrition
Visit Roswell

2024 Big Creek Quick Six Enduro is: SEPTEMBER 28, 2024

Big Creek Park mountain biking trails

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  • 11 0
 Look at all these people outdoor recreating on what could have been a beautiful paved barely used tennis center… shame.
  • 2 0
 I haven't lived in Atl area since 2010. I even flew back a few times for the race (my Pinkbike profile pic is from the Quick Six 2016ish). That said, I signed every petition I could against that d*mned tennis course and the shady POS behind it (auto dealership guy if I remember). I am sure his daughter (RIP) would NOT have been happy with the outcome of losing trails for yet another tennis facility
  • 6 0
 It’s an impressive trail network packed into a small space. If miles per square foot was a measurement, Big Creek would be top of the list.
  • 4 0
 Quick Six - The Biggest Little Race in the Country!
  • 1 0
 That's Buckeystarbreaker Custom Hats...but I will take it. Bummed I missed out on being there and racing. Looks like it was a hoot and was proud to be a sponsor.
  • 2 0
 awesome event, and great photos
  • 2 0
 Nick WATTkins
  • 1 0
 That kid bike race was the most fun I've ever had spectating sober.

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