Race Report: NW Cup 2 Dry Hill, Port Angeles

May 19, 2015 at 23:17
by Eric Ashley  
NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Charlie Sponsel and Weston Potter (Pro Men) getting practice laps on Camptown.

Just three weeks after it kicked off the ProGRT season with the Underworld Cup, the NW Cup returns to Dry Hill for the second installment of the series. The ProGRT has moved on to its next stop, taking with it a handful of participants, some big names, and a throng of hecklers — but what remains is the core of the Northwest racing scene. A close group of racers, local heroes, awesome courses, and fortunately less crowded parking.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Trevor Thew (Pro Men).

Racing the same venue two times in a month might seem like a rerun at first glance, but Dry Hill offers a warren of connecting trails ready and waiting to assemble into a new course. As an added bonus, the recently completed Queen Diamond trail received its maiden voyage as part of the Cat 2 course. Paralleling King Diamond, the newest member of royalty dished up steeps, loamy turns, and a few chunks of sandstone for a rowdy ride. A dedicated trail crew was even on-site Saturday to administer last minute refinements after practice.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  A cool misty morning on Saturday made for subdued shuttles to the top.

Weekends at Dry Hill always feels like a gamble with the weather gods. But luckily, once again, the deluge stayed at bay. A misty start at the top of the mountain on Saturday was the closest mother nature got to showing her displeasure. Otherwise, cool gray mornings giving way to sun in the afternoon.

The awards ceremony saw familiar faces back on top of the podiums — Jill Kintner, Magnus Manson, and Luke Strobel placed first in their categories. The Sponsel Sombrero also made it out of hibernation to brighten the podium.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Jeremy Chandler (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Alex Wynakos (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Lucas Chalcraft (Pro Men) trying a different approach on King Diamond.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  (Right) Scott Kemp narrowly claimed first over the weekend with a .02 second lead (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Hannah Johnson (Cat 1 Women Open).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Finishing touches on the Cat 2 course. Queen Diamond was cut in a few months ago and the weekend served as its racing debut.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Eric Evans followed by Brian Davison (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Linnea Rooke (Cat 1 Women Open) lead a fast pack of ladies over the weekend. Her run Sunday claimed her a spot at the top of the podium for the first time.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Dawson Young (Cat 3 Men 0-14).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Laura DeLong (Cat 3 Women Open).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Practice run on Double Bypass

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Jake Grob (Pro Men).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Takoda Crawford (Pro Men) and Sylas Linnemann (Cat 1 Men 0-1Cool .

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Charlie Sponsel (Pro Men) taking a tumble during Saturday's practice.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Henry Fitzgerald (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Bryce Stirling and Luke Strobel (Pro Men). Stirling put in the second fastest seeding time but wasn't able to hold onto his lead and came in third on Sunday.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Last minute corridor expansion on Braeburn before seeding runs Saturday.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Eli Murphy (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Jill Kintner (Pro Women).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Lucas Chalcraft (Pro Men) placed 9th for seeding runs.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Dale Russell (Pro Men).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Scott Tucker basking in the, mostly, melodious delivery of Happy Birthday.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Practice runs on race day - beginning with the traditional push to the start gate.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Rocking the retro look and trying to keep warm.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Lannette Fidrych (Cat 2 Women Open).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Practice run road gappin'.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Alex Eley drops in on Braeburn during his race run (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Nathan Cheyne (Cat 1 Men 19-29) puts his recent move to Port Angeles to good use with a first place win.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Steve Simpson (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Kody Clark on-site to boost moral (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Carlisle Daniel (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Mike Vaughan (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Becca Parish (Cat 1 Women Open) headed toward a third place finish.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Paul Gannon (Cat 2 Men 30-39) and Carson Eiswald (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Things get a little Jurassic out in these woods.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Zach Fraser ripping up Queen Diamond (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Brian Gisle (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Jason McFarland (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Darren Larson (Cat 2 Men 40-49) putting in clean lines on his way to first.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Andrea Johnson (Cat 2 Women Open).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Rutted turns on Upper Pro.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Stephen Matthes (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Doug Russell powering through to third (Cat 3 Men 40-49).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Peter Szenasi (Cat 3 Men 40-49).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Talon Northern (Cat 3 Men 0-14) smashing through one of the rougher sections on the Cat 3 course.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Out of the chunk and into the flow.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Braden Delzer making up time through the straight away (Cat 3 Men 0-14).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Cherish Tauscheck pedalling strong to first (Cat 3 Women Open).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Nyla Stephens and Samantha Seufert (Cat 3 Women 0-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Colin Grant (Pro Men) throwing in some style during pre-race practice.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Much Race. Such Fast.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Practice run, Nikolas Clarke (Pro Men).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Jill Kintner (Pro Women) laying down a final practice run.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Dale Russell (Pro Men) and Magnus Manson (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Dylan Brown race run on King Diamond (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Austin Lancaster (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Ian Robinson (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Bailey Villalovos (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Daniel Shaw's (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ) clean race run earned him the third spot on the podium.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Kjersti Christensen (Pro Women).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Jill Kintner (Pro Women) all focus on her winning run. Kintner was able to shave off just over a second from her seeding run time.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Trevor Altizer (Pro Men).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Geoff Ayr (Pro Men).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Hayden Genoud (Pro Men) adding a little flair to this hipped corner.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Kasper Dean (Pro Men) didn't have the run he was looking for after a crash down course forced him into last.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Matt Orlando (Pro Men).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Luke Strobel putting the finishing touches on his winning run (Pro Men).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Nyla Stephens (Cat 3 Women 0-18 ) pulling raffle tickets. Luke Strobel chatting with Charlie Sponsel post race (Pro Men).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  A clean Canadian sweep of the podium. Magnus Manson, Henry Ftizgerald, Daniel Shaw, Simon Tellier, and Nic Rodgers (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Jill Kintner, Kjersti Christensen, Karen Oconnell, and Christy Graves (Pro Women).

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  The sombrero returneth.

NW Cup 2015 Stop Two at Dry Hill Port Angeles.
  Luke Strobel, Charlie Sponsel, Bryce Stirling, Jake Grob, and Weston Potter (Pro Men).

Full Results Here.


MENTIONS: @ericashley / @Specialized




13 Comments

  • + 5
 Great coverage, wish I could have been there. Feel Kintner deserves as much as Strobel and that they both deserve more for top podium.
  • + 14
 I don't disagree with you. But I can see the argument that there were only 4 pro women racers.
  • + 10
 been to races where there was 15+ pro men and only 1 pro woman who basically cruised down the trails to a paycheck, and races where pro women who DNFed still got cash prizes because there weren't enough competitors to fill the podium. most of the time everyone else is chill about it but you can see how that situation would ruffle some feathers; the few times I've seen people get pissed its actually been women in lower CATs who faced a lot more competition for some merch. ideally pay should be equal, but a lot of the times the competition just isn't equal in the pro classes, especially in DH. equal purses are starting to show up but thats more dependent on the size and makeup of the local riding community than how the promoters do business....
  • - 2
 Without $$$ Kintner won't show up. And you need to see that level (world class) if you want riders to improve. Just look at the juniors, BC has the fastest one right now and we are glad they came down.
  • + 3
 The bills get paid by the names on their shirts not the first place checks.
  • + 3
 look at that brown pow
  • + 1
 That Cat 2 track was so fun! That whole venue is rad.
  • + 1
 Wonderful coverage, as always.
  • + 1
 Great photos and write-up of an awesome event!
  • + 1
 Not even sure I'd know how to ride on that dirt. :O
  • + 1
 Nice pics!
  • + 1
 Nice coverage Eric!

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