2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege

Jun 22, 2015 at 19:19
by Steve Barker  
2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Racers came from Georgia and beyond for round 1 of the Pump Track Challenge.

Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge

Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Racers lined up early for registration, then on to the track for practice. The event designed to be family friendly, having catagories for anyone able to straddle a bike.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Representing Endless Bikes Co.- Shanna Powell, Defeet International-Mandy Loorham, Asheville-Becky Bashton.


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
After the adult practice, the course was opened to the Little Rippers. Usually the first hump (mountain in this case) was the toughest for the little rippers.


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
After a few mountains, depending on your size, it was smiles for miles.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
After a couple rounds of practice and the racer's meeting, it begins.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Each racer is given a qualifying run.


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
After qualifying , the fastest moved up to the first round.
Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Racers were divided into groups. The top three from each group would move up. Down the front, over the rollers.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Turn number 1.

Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Out of the turn and over the rollers on the back of the course.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
The 2nd berm turn must have seemed like miles away.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Jeremy Raney on the rollers heading up the back side.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Justin Mitchell on the backside of the course heading into the berms.


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Mid-day brought about the usuall rain storm. The race was paused momentarily after the Jr. Ripper Class finished up.


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Shelter from the storm.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
As soon as it came on, the rain ended and Industry 9 was out drying the course.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Will Washam, the MC for the day, gets out for a test spin with a little help from Fred Schuldt.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Not only do they turn out some of the best wheels in the world, but why not lunch?


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
After the rain break, the course opens again with a few practice laps and back to the final rounds.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Caroline Westray coming out of turn 1.


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Josie Ritchie on the backside.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
Josh Patton on his way to the finish line.


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Becky Bashton finishing her run.


Blue Ridge Battle Pump Track Challenge
The final event of the day was the longest manual, best combo contest. Alex Dawson's manual down the front and around the first berm would grab him the win.


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Round 1 ProMen. 1. Josh Patton 2. Alex Dawson 3. Trey Cassel.


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Pro/Am Women 1. Josie Ritchie 2. Caroline Westray 3. Allie Aldelson


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Amateur Men 1. Jack Pratt 2. Bryan Curneen 3. Gabriel Hargett


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Amateur Junior 1. Owen Witcher 2. Burgen Khare 3. Christopher Grice


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Rippers(10-12) 1. Christopher Grice 2. Ben Kealy 3. Lucas Schudlt


2015 Blue Ridge Battle Pumptrack Challege
Jr. Rippers (9 and under) 1. Paul Kealy 2. Caz Kimsey 3. Sage Tanner

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2 Comments

  • 2 0
 This is what I like great pic's with few words letting the pictures tell the story. PB needs more stuff like this.
  • 2 0
 Good time as always!

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