This winter has been a rough one in the Pacific Northwest. With the majority of the NW Cup’s competitors hailing from the doorstep of the Cascades, they aren’t strangers to wet rides and plenty of rain. But this year was just more! More rain, more snow, and more days off the bike. So the outlook for a dry stretch of riding days combined with the launch of the racing season had riders in high spirits and the dirt didn’t stop flying all weekend long.
In many ways, the trails at Port Angels are like old friends ready to pick up where things left off last season. There’s a reason these trails have become familiar to so many riders and it’s all thanks to the NW Cup which is celebrating its ten year anniversary this season. “Ten years ago I wouldn’t have expected just how strong the mountain biking community really is.” Says Casey Northern, one of the event's organizers, “I get compliments all over town about how friendly and well behaved everyone is when they come to the races. It makes me proud that these are the people we get to bring to the area. I just hope people continue to have as much fun racing as we do putting them on!”
Keeping with the warm wishes for the start of a milestone season, the weather was on point and the sun shone on a fast and mucky course that hosted over 450 racers over the weekend. To see how things played out, keep reading and then check the full results here
@Mtbmaniatv was on site to bring viewers a fresh recap. Check out their video to see some of the runs.