Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals: Tiger Mountain - Race Report

Sep 19, 2016 at 21:16
by Eric Ashley  
Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Mark Allison nears the finish of a wet and slippery stage one during Saturday's enduro at Tiger Mountain (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Too much of a good thing has very little application when it comes to biking. But show up to enough races brimming with hero dirt and agreeable weather and you start to wait for the other shoe to drop. Apart from a little deviation during the bonus NAEC race, the Evil Cascadia Dirt Cup presented by Shimano has certainly been blessed by a heavy helping of optimum weekends this season. So Saturday's grim forecast felt a bit overdue.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Check in line. No priority boarding here.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Keeping dry wasn't going to be an option.

Tiger Mountain is where the CDC began and it's been a stop each year ever since. The finals in 2015 saw the opening of Tiger Mountain's burliest trail Predator during a long day of racing, with podiums stretching into the dark. Likely as a result, this year the course for this sold out event was shorter. A change that didn't go unnoticed leading up to the race. Saturday's temperature in the fifties, strong winds, and directional rain did seem to wash away most of these objections as racers coped with cold transitions and slippery stages.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Matt Patterson made his first CDC appearance for the year (Expert Veteran Men 40-49).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Keeping with last year's trend, the good trail builders at Tiger Mountain had a fresh trail all ready to race. The short and flowy "The Legend" is complemented by a climbing trail "Easy Tiger." The duo will form an easily accessible lollipop loop with the Northwest Timber trail. On race day, The Legend served as stage three and EasyTiger the transition out.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Rain comes with an extra set of challenges and the promise of a demanding day ahead.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Down at the staging area, a large gathering of tents provided crowded shelter as racers checked in and waited for call-ups to begin. Riders were overall a bit resigned to the soaking rain, but there were still plenty of smiles and cheer. Navigating the parking areas with so many people is always a challenge during events, and the wet didn't make things any easier. As a result there was a short delay, but things were soon under way as racers made their first ascents. Pros and experts ran stages 1, 2, 3, 4 — with Predator being the rowdy final stage. Sport completed stages 3, 1, 2 and beginners raced 1 and 2.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Joshua Kahn (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Luke Strobel heading into the lineup with high spirits (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Nathan Hoch (Pro Men).

The trails at Tiger Mountain are designed to be ridden year round through sun and rain, but racing in such a maelstrom of conditions isn't easy. Dark woods, smeared vision, and slippery roots all take a toll on speeds through both caution and crashes. Grimaces over slippery roots and gotcha moments were common, and plenty of DNFs cropped up during the day, with at least one racer being extracted off the course due to injuries.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  The mid-climb traffic report wasn't positive.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Nick Hardin getting low over a sneaker line on Off The Grid (Pro Men).

By the time the pros made it to the top of stage four the rain was starting to fade, but a strong wind threatened to carry away the tent from the start gate. The slippery gnar of Predator did little to slow down the first wave of racers who flew down the steeps and roots on the way to the staging area where they were greeted by the welcoming embrace of friends, beer, food, and dry clothes.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Luke Strobel had the fastest times of the day except for stage one where he came in less than two seconds back (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Logan Wetzel and Tyler Littlefield (Pro Men).

When the race results were in, Layton Meyers stood at the top of the Junior Expert podium for the sixth time as he completed an impressive perfect season. Alex Walker took second ahead of Brayden Buchanan, Bryce Kans, and Alex Davis. Kim Hardin edged out Leana Gerrard on the final stage to take her fifth win of season. Emily Sabelhaus rode her rims into the ground to take third ahead of Lynn Hyde and Adrian Hopkins. Luke Strobel ended the day 36 seconds up, for his second win for 2016. Following Strobel was Gian Dalle, Peter Ostroski, Neal Strobel, and Aaron Bradford. Hood River's Nick Hardin placed outside the podium, but considering he had the overalls tied up after the last race he's still stoked with the season. Full results here and overalls here.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Aaron Bradford nabbed his third podium finish of the year (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Ryan Hayles headed for a third place finish (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Peter Ostroski (Pro Men).

As mountain bikers we'll never tire of hero dirt and good conditions. But a day spent battling with nature on your favorite two-wheeled shredding machine earns a grand sense of accomplishment that lasts longer than the memory of perfect days.

That's a wrap for the 2016 season. If you missed out, make sure to join the series next year to see why the best trails, generous volunteers, and a dedicated team make the Cascadia Dirt Cup so awesome. You also have one more chance to get your PNW racing fix during the Cascadia MTB Championships on September 30 – October 2nd in Port Angeles, WA. This stand alone event is presented by the CDC and NW Cup and will feature an enduro Saturday and a downhill race on Sunday. We can't promise it won't rain, but it's guaranteed to be fun.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Russell Stevenson (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  The bottom of stage one offered a small patch of tent shelter before heading back into the fray.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Bekah Rottenberg (Pro Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Mark Allison (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Lynn Hyde (Pro Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Scott McClave (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Emily Sabelhaus (Pro Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Leana Gerrad (Pro Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Kim Hardin (Pro Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Neal Strobel carried good speed to secure his second podium of the season (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Gian Dalle heading into stage two (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Jacob Flinn (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Fully Rigid starts out very mellow, but quickly becomes an awkward pedal. Joshua Kahn (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Pros and experts raced an additional stage on Tiger Mountain's burliest trail, Predator.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Nick Hardin placed ninth on Saturday, but already had the overalls locked up coming into the weekend (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Luke Strobel's flight through Predator was 20 seconds quicker than the next racer (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Peter Ostroski finished just over four seconds behind Gian Dalle to take third (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Aaron Bradford turned in his best time on stage four to end the day in fifth at Tiger and fourth in the overalls.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Branham Snyder (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Logan Roy and Erik Nilson (Pro Men) Nilson took seventh and Roy eleventh.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Russell Stevenson (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Tyler Claar (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Neal Strobel spent plenty of time in the air on the final stage on his way to fourth (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Kim Hardin closed the gap on Leana Gerrard during stage four to take her fifth win of the season (Pro Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Parley Ford (Expert Senior Men 18-29).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  A good start to Jameson Florence's day just kept getting better as he linked together his first win (Expert Master Men 30-39).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Bekah Rottenberg saw a rough day of riding, but her current standings carried her into second for the overalls (Pro Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Joel Morse (Expert Senior Men 18-29) and Gian Dalle (Pro Men).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Adrian Hopkins secured a spot on the podium for the third time this season (Pro Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Jamison Unger hangs on tight from a front wheel slip over the greasy roots at the bottom of Predator (Expert Veteran Men 40-49).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Andi Zolton catching air at the end of a long day (Pro Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Josh Gibb (Expert Senior Men 18-29) and Brayden Buchanan (Junior Expert). Gibb took fourth on Saturday and second in the overalls while Buchanan took third at Tiger and fourth in the overalls for Juniors.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Amy Josefczyk (Expert Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  David Stiles put in a show-stopping finish line crash (Expert Super Veteran 50+).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Layton Meyers feeling every one of his four stages of top times that earned him a perfect season (Junior Expert).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Time for well-earned post-race libations courtesy of Iron Horse Brewing.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Some riders brought their own beer to supplement.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Amy Josefczyk (Expert Women).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Haden Mills (Junior Expert).

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  It's all in the printout. In exchange for turning in their timing chip, racers receive a slip with their times from each stage.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Hot burgers and fries from Stacks food truck did much to speed along the recovery.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Kali Protectives wants you to keep your head safe, which is why Jason Gainey and almost forty other racers received crash replacement helmets as part of the Kali Road Warrior Program. Plus Kali threw in a slew of helmets as prizes throughout the season.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Giving back to the trails. The CDC proudly gave $5,000 to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to keep funding the fervor of new trails being developed around Seattle.

Layton Meyers Alex Walker Brayden Buchanan Bryce Kans and Alex Davis Junior Expert .
  Junior Expert Podium: Layton Meyers, Alex Walker, Brayden Buchanan, Bryce Kans, and Alex Davis.

Kim Hardin Leana Gerrad Emily Sabelhaus Lynn Hyde and Adrian Hopkins Pro Women .
  Pro Women Podium: Kim Hardin, Leana Gerrad, Emily Sabelhaus, Lynn Hyde, and Adrian Hopkins.

Luke Strobel Gian Dalle Peter Ostroski Neal Strobel and Aaron Bradford Pro Men .
  Pro Men Podium: Luke Strobel, Gian Dalle, Peter Ostroski, Neal Strobel, and Aaron Bradford.

Jameson Florence Expert Master Men 30-39 .
  "This thing will change your life. So win it," Jameson Florence gets down to the important details about the top raffle from Evil Bikes.

Susan Walsh.
  An ecstatic Susan Walsh holds the winning raffle ticket.

Susan Walsh.
  When the frame matches your kit, it was meant to be.

Trey Wilson and James Whitesides.
  A series this good doesn't put itself on. Series director Trey Wilson calls out some of the pivotal people making the CDC awesome.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Series overall podiums for Junior Expert, Pro Women, and Pro Men.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  The Hardin household doesn't mess around when it comes to racing.

Cascadia Dirt Cup Finals Tiger Mountain
  Captain Cascadia will be back in 2017, don't miss out.

16 Comments

  • + 5
 Perfect podium steezeez from the pro men!...take note boys n girls, 1 hand up, 1 on ur fellow competitor.
  • + 7
 More importantly... minimum 1 hand holding a beer.
  • + 3
 Thanks for another great year CDC!
  • + 3
 Good job Nick! Keep cooking delicious food too!
  • + 3
 Great Pics in Torrid Conditions. Nice work Eric!
  • + 3
 Super cool race. Thanks CDC for putting on such a great event.
  • + 3
 Thanks to all the volunteers, especially the sweepers!
  • + 1
 Awesome pics and write up! Series was a blast, thank you to all who make it happen!
  • + 2
 Another kick-ass season from the CDC. Thanks for all the great work!
  • + 1
 Nice to see they did series overall podiums. Something they didn't do last year.
  • + 2
 They did but it was extremely quick and after most everyone had left.
  • + 1
 Awesome shots.
  • + 0
 Which evil model was strobel on?
  • + 2
 Following
  • + 0
 Captain Cascadia - he's a Canadian right?
  • + 1
 Possibly?

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