Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill, Port Angeles

Apr 29, 2015 at 13:32
by Eric Ashley  
Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Jack Isle (Pro Men) charging during practice. The Norco Factory Racing rider finished 45th on Sunday.

The 2015 Underworld Cup Pro GRT # 1 NW Cup # 1. Anyway you slice this weekend of DH racing, it was a huge launch for both series. Just a few minutes from downtown Port Angeles the Dry Hill trail network was host to over 600 riders. All of whom were ready to put their energy and love of mountain biking to good use, including Connor Fearon whose fierce time on Sunday set a new course record.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Jacob Coles (Cat 2 Men 30-39) practicing on White Knuckle.

This is the first year the Pro GRT has received UCI points for elite riders. New prestige that brought changes to formatting, course marshaling, and qualifying. Changes, along with the influx of participants, which were handled in stride — a good omen for the rest of the NW Cup series which is back up to a full seven stops this year.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Rolling clouds on Saturday kept the lighting alternating from overcast to unsurpassed. August Nesloitt (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).

Surprisingly this precipitation-heavy early-season venue greeted riders with unnaturally fair weather on practice Saturday (though Friday was a little more traditional). Even race day held up well, with only the briefest of rain drops during the awards. Despite favorable conditions, crashes were a common sight throughout the weekend.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Bailey Starr (Cat 2 Women Open).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Brendan Boyer (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
West Coast Racing's Mitch Schmidt at the top of the course (Cat 2 Men 40-49).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Ryan McGarrity (Cat 2 Men 0-14).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Headed into the clear cut on the Cat 3 course.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Michael Buckling getting serious during practice (Cat 3 Men 15-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Scenic vistas were in full swing.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Joseph Tweiten (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Damon Iwanaga (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Keara Clark (Cat 1 Women Open) and Tyler Bates (Cat 1 Men 30-39). Clark took home the win on Sunday.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Austin Larson keeping things low and fast off of the step-down (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Kevin Littlefield (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Andrew Frink (Cat 3 Men 30-39).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Magnus Manson followed by Finn Iles (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ). Both riders would earn spots on the podium Sunday. Manson claimed a ProGRT second once again, while Iles saw his first ProGRT podium after taking third.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Emilie Siegenthaler (Pro Women).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Jill Kintner (Pro Women) railing through the woods.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Isale Leivsson and Matt Orlando (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Shane Leslie (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Ben Furbee (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Michelle Weekly (Pro Women).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Charlie Harrison (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ) was riding in fine form all weekend, earning him a space at the top of the podium — though an early flight meant he wouldn't be present for the ceremonies.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Tacky conditions during practice didn't always keep riders on course Saturday. Gabe Stark and Austin Hackett-Klaube (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
2014 NW Cup Overall Champion Jaime Rees (Pro Women). Rees finished 8th over the weekend.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Brakes on! This loose turn continued to deteriorate through the weekend. Mark Wallace and Logan Binggeli (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Harry Armstrong (Pro Men) came in 84th during qualifiers, just missing the cut to race Sunday.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Nikolas Nestoroff (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ) receiving pointed directions during qualifiers.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
This unassuming turn directly after the Waterfall section generated its share of carnage. Damon Sedivy and Collin McBride (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ) were two of three consecutive riders to go down at the berm.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Steven Walton (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Lauren Heitzman seconds away from finishing her qualifying run (Pro Women).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Claire Buchar celebrated her birthday on Sunday with a third place finish (Pro Women).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Vaea Verbeeck (Pro Women).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Local icon Luke Strobel sending it big on the step-down (Pro Men). The 2014 NW Cup Overall Champion held third for both qualifiers and race day.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
The customary fleet of three Uhaul's were replaced this year in favor of six of the smaller wagons.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Anthony Barlow (Cat 2 Men 40-49) practicing before the races start.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
The Illuminati are everywhere.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Halvor Norris (Cat 2 Men 19-29).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Lisa Muggli (Cat 2 Women Open) practicing one of the harder sections of the Cat 2 course.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
All Out Racing's Kody Clark (Cat 1 Men 19-29) was the first rider to race on Sunday. Clark finished third, sharing the podium with teammate Alex Wynakos.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Jake Anstett (Cat 1 Men 19-29) headed toward first.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Steven Simpson (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Nathan Cheyne (Cat 1 Men 19-29).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Charlie Shivel (Cat 1 Men 30-39).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Ryan Rodriguez exiting the clear cut in style (Cat 1 Men 30-39). Rodriguez placed second.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Tony Del Grippo (Cat 1 Men 40+).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Matt Patterson (Cat 1 Men 40+) all in on his way to first.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Heather Baroody (Cat 1 Women Open).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Kristi Pruitt (Cat 1 Women Open).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Bryan Campbell (Cat 2 Men 30-39) starting into Cakewalk.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Dustin Rogers (Cat 2 Men 30-39).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Spectating can be hard work.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Vote Schools, or at least to reuse and recycle. Jackson Morris (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Misha Linehan (Cat 2 Men 15-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Andrew Semanskee (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Cruising through a forest wonderland.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Zach McCracken (Cat 2 Men 0-14) spotting turns and pinning it.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
McKenna Merten (Cat 2 Women 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Jackson Goldstone closing in on Zach Cohen (Cat 3 Men 15-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Gavin Stanton (Cat 3 Men 0-14) throwing down for the camera.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Peter Gould (Cat 3 Men 40-49).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Tidy riding from Bailey Goldstone en route to first (Cat 3 Women 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Austin Lancaster taking advantage of the mid-day practice (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Kristen Courtney (Pro Women) and Roberto Bonometti (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Ready ye hecklers. With pro and junior x practice over, it's time to get serious.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
"Go back to Fontana," and "Take the Canadians with you;" sentiments from the hecklers. Daniel Shaw (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Ian Robinson (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
The most discerning of hecklers prefer air-guitar and carbon. Eli Murphy (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Joshua Rogers (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Kristen Courtney (Pro Women).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Amber Price (Pro Women).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Amanda Cordell (Pro Women) receiving encouragement from an unlikely group.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Britney White (Pro Women).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
The Rasta-Bananna is well pleased.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Vaea Verbeeck and Jill Kintner (Pro Women). Kintner's run just edged out Miranda Miller to take first.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Kole Wetherell (Pro Men) throwing down across the Waterfall.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Honorary ginger Matt Patterson announcing the order of riders.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Spencer Graf (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Tim White (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Matt Moore and Demetri Triantafillou (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Jake Grob (Pro Men)

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Chris Kovarik drifting a little sideways (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Remi Gauvin (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Connor Fearon's run of 02:19.34 smashed the previous course record set by Steve Smith (Pro Men).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Gathering at the bottom.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Charlie Harrison - not pictured, Magnus Manson, Finn Iles, Warren Kniss, and Nikolas Nestoroff (Cat 1 Men 0-18 ).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Claire Buchar accepting birthday wishes from the crowd.

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Jill Kintner, Miranda Miller, Claire Buchar, Vaea Verbeeck, and Emilie Siegenthaler (Pro Women).

Underworld Cup 2015 Dry Hill Port Angeles
Connor Fearon, Mark Wallace, Luke Strobel, Bryn Atkinson, and Remi Gauvin (Pro Men).

Full Results Here.


MENTIONS: @olympicdirtsociety / @ericashley




24 Comments

  • + 22
 Right on for posting pics from ALL the classes!! Thats awesome! Although,i really could use more Stenson footage . I never get tired of some sweet Bobby Stenson pics.
  • + 9
 Eric, I have loved your content for a long time, and this is yet another over the top Library of photos. Keep up the good work! You coming to Silver Mountain again this year at all?!?!?!
  • + 2
 Thanks, your comment made my day. I should be at Silver for the NW Cup stop. Not sure if I'll make it back any additional times. But we'll see.
  • + 5
 This is awesome! Great photos across all of the categories is really nice to see, so thanks for that (especially of the ladies)! Smile
  • + 6
 "go back to Fontana , take the canadiens with you". That is funny sh*t right there.Awesome report and pics PB !
  • + 5
 Now this is a real full race report!! Eric thanks for covering all of us cat 1, 2 and 3 folks
  • + 1
 Any racers have suggestions on which cat to choose. Thinking about joining the 30+ crowd,cat 2 or 3. I think i'm pretty fast but honestly have no idea and would be first time racing. Was told to try cat 2 unless you are a total beginner then cat 3. Suggestions?
  • + 2
 You can usually change your cat as long as registration's still open, so you could show up and do a few laps on the cat 2 track and see how you feel and then downgrade to cat 3 if you need to.
  • + 1
 so is there anyone out there that is ready for the unwritten rule or gentleman rule of( if you make up the start gap time to get the f out of the way) it is very frustrating to spend the time money and energy to do an event and have someone blow your run because think they can still win even though the guy behind them made up 15 sec or even 30 seconds its time for a hard standing rule when you hear the guy behind coming to get the HELL out of the way !!! it needs to be a hard rule, anyone else on board
  • + 2
 The guy with the enduro helmet was coaching. The key to the most laps is race Cat2 and coach your kid in cat3. You just shuttle all damn day.
  • + 4
 Thanks for showing SoCal some love in those pics!!
  • + 1
 Attaboy Ryan!!!!
  • + 2
 The othe rider that went down in the Waterfall was David Kahn not Collin McBride.
  • + 3
 All around great article. Eric for president.
  • + 2
 Anyone notice that dude with the enduro helmet on? Race poach? Ha, who cares, I love PA!
  • + 3
 Thanks Eric, that was sweeeeet!
  • + 3
 Good job, Eric! Amazing pics as always.
  • + 2
 Very well written and shot Eric.
  • + 1
 Damon Iwanaga 344 Towards the top looks like the tree to the right was chopped and is floating over the bottom stump
  • + 2
 Real talk though, where did Stevie Smith go?
  • + 1
 "Spectating can be hard..."

No, hungover can be hard. He definitely didn't want to adult that day. Ha
  • + 1
 Also, the picture labeled Ethan Thompson is Joshua Rogers (CAT 1 18u) placed 15th
  • + 1
 No matter how you slice it "Plattekill" should be on the ProGRT schedule

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