NW Cup Season Finale at Stevens Pass Bike Park

Sep 5, 2016 at 11:03
by Casey & Scott  

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September 9-11 will mark the end of another fantastic season of downhill racing in the PNW. It's with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to the 2016 season. Part relief, partly bummed to see it over. I guess we might have to do it one more year, which would make a full decade of racing.

Stevens Pass Bike Park will be where it all goes down. We are super stoked to shake it up with a couple of new tracks for Cat 3 and for the Pro/Cat 1 tracks, while Cat 2 will get Wookie all to themselves. There are plenty of tight races for the overall trophies this year so who knows what's going to happen? Remember you have to race the finals and everyone's lowest round (even a skipped race) will be dropped making it a best 6 of 7. Here's a LINK to the overalls.

I just want to point out how awesome it is having all the groms at the races. Those categories have doubled and nearly tripled in size this year and having worked a few starts, they definitely make it a hoot up there. Wish I would have started that young, oh wait mountain bikes didn't exist when I was their age???

Before you start studying your tracks, a big thank you to all our sponsors again this year.
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Cat 2 Track (Ignore the title that says Pro/Cat 1 and 2. This will be Cat 2 only.)
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Pro/Cat 1 Track
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See you in a few short days.
-NDub
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18 Comments

  • + 1
 @olympicdirtsociety: I'll be around early on Sunday and can actually kinda walk now. Happy to hold down timing duties again if I haven't been fired for my poor attitude and insolent behavior during Turn n' Berm timing. Smile
  • + 1
 We might just need you.
  • + 2
 Looks like its going to be tight racing for the pros! Excited for a new track to finish the series.
  • + 1
 Rode the new trail this weekend a few times, slingshot is a much much more fun trail. Too bad for anyone above Cat 2.
  • + 2
 I see what your saying I ran it a few times last week. I think they need to add more speed to there builds...to many tight turns with up hill.
  • + 4
 @Rider656: for having chairlift access stevens absolutely lacks pointing quite a handful of trail sections downhill.
  • + 2
 @anchoricex: agree they need to take a page out of port Angeles Dry Hill. Now that's a DH trail network!!!
  • + 4
 There is so much that goes into making a trail, especially in the National Forest. That trail is going to change a ton in the coming weeks and into the future, as will all of them. Port Angeles is pretty unique in a lot of ways and would be hard if not impossible to recreate in other places. For one, we have almost no ginormous rocks. Also, they are all purpose built for racing, which isn't always the best for "riding".

I think we should focus on how lucky we are someone has taken on the commitment to provide us lift access riding so close to home. Plus the crew up there do a great job and are a pleasure to work with.
  • + 3
 @olympicdirtsociety: I am extremely thankful and appreciate ALL the trails at Stevens and hard work that goes in to them, I always have tons of fun there!!! Just trying to offer constructive criticism, I guess this is the wrong place to do so...
  • + 3
 Slingshot was super slow when it was first built too. The new trail will take some time to be ridden in and it will become fast and more fun as people ride it in. The best way to burn in a new trail is have a race down it!
  • + 1
 @thom: Two thumbs up!
  • + 1
 Rode it some more today. It was getting a little better, the new bottom section is the absolute shiznit and Stevens should be proud for that part. Shout outs to all the people who were jumping the lower wooden wall ride into that section.

It just doesnt seem like it'll ever be as "fast" of a run as Slingshot because of how many drops that point you to flat ground that exist. Agreed though, the race this weekend should help give the trail its own character.
  • + 1
 please change at least one of the venues next year
  • + 3
 We would happily add a venue but it super hard to find one that has all the needed elements. Add that to fitting it into the schedule, it's tough.
  • + 1
 @olympicdirtsociety: Whitefish Mtn Resort could potentially handle it. Hope you do Silver Mtn again next year.
  • + 1
 See you in a few short days my friends.
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