Underworld Cup - Finals - With Paris Gore

Apr 29, 2013 at 0:20
by Paris Gore  
Welcome to the Underworld Cup 2013 Finals. The official World Cup season is coming up quickly, and the riders are getting their last few races and test sessions in. One of the bigger races before the first World Cup at Fort William, Scotland, the Underworld Cup gives some idea of who is where and what the season could be looking like. Of course, it's still too early in the season to know who will take the overall this year, but it's always fun to start the guessing early.

At the foot of the Olympic National Park lays Dry Hill a venue well loved by many and after this weekend many more riders anxious to come back to the ripping track.
  At the foot of the Olympic National Park lays Dry Hill, a venue well loved by many and after this weekend even more riders will be anxious to come back to the ripping track.



Jill Kintner warms up for the big day.
  Jill Kintner warms up for the big day.

Local boy otter man Lars Sternberg Lars is the identical twin to Sea Otter s Otter logo
  Local boy "otter man" Lars Sternberg (Lars is the identical twin to Sea Otter's Otter logo)

Josh Bryceland
  Josh Bryceland

Adam Ransausage
  Adam Ransausage

Mitch Ropelato
  Mitch Ropelato

Connor Fearon took names this weekend. Kona s prodigy landed the 3rd spot against a fairly heavy field.
  Connor Fearon took names this weekend. Kona's prodigy landed the 3rd spot against a fairly heavy field.

Bob Stenson
  Bob Stenson

Monk Dog staying warm from the NW chill in style.
  Monk Dog staying warm from the NW chill in style.

  Robots and NASCAR

Shimano tech rep and official race support Tommy Magrath.
  Shimano tech rep and official race support Tommy Magrath. Be sure to bring these guys a beer next time you see them for bleeding your brakes that you "forgot" to check before you left for a race 4+ hours away...

7 years old... The sport is catching on quick to many a whole new generation and level of riding is soon to come..
  7 years old... The sport is catching on with the kids, and a whole new generation and level of riding is soon to come.

  Little side note, Jackson Goldstone showed up on his mega road trip to take the win against the 12 and under class. Kid has an insane amount of skill, and is clearly prepping for his long career of photo shoots.

Jill Kintner on her way to triple domination. She s on fire and seems be on a consistant winning streak.
  Jill Kintner on her way to triple domination. She's on fire and seems be on a consistent winning streak.

Aaron Gwin looking extremely fast but not enough to take Stevie out of the pack.
  Aaron Gwin looking extremely fast but not enough to take Stevie out of the pack.

Charlie Sponsel Robot
  Charlie Sponsel / Robot

Brad Benedict putting in some hours in the office job as product tester for Specialized. The boys were testing a few things and plan to make the trip back for the next race here in May as it will be the last chance to get things dialed in before the first World Cup at Fort William in early June.
  Brad Benedict putting in some hours in the "office" job as product tester for Specialized. The boys were testing a few things and plan to make the trip back for the next race here in May as it will be the last chance to get things dialed in before the first World Cup at Fort William in early June.

Mitch Delfs got taken out with a crash on the upper part of the course. Not his day this weekend here..
  Mitch Delfs got taken out with a crash on the upper part of the course. Not his day this weekend here..

Cedric Gracia said this won t be the last time he s back in Washington. The flying Frenchman rips through the hecklers.
  Cedric Gracia said this won't be the last time he's back in Washington. The flying Frenchman rips through the hecklers.

Troy Brosnan
  Troy Brosnan

Stevie leaning into the last turn to taking his first big win of the season. Stevie won by a solid two seconds ahead of the back. Familiar with the terrain here this is defiantly a course suited for the young gun.
  Stevie leaning into the last turn to taking his first big win of the season. Stevie won by a solid two seconds ahead of the pack. Familiar with the terrain here, this is definitely a course suited for the young gun.

  Jill Kintner takes her third win in a week. With two wins at Sea Otter, could she be on the path to World Cup domination?

Stevie Smith taking his second win here at Port Angeles. Stevie has a solid season ahead of him on fire from his first win at a World Cup last year. Both Stevie and Jill Kintner are two champions on the road to domination.
  Stevie Smith taking his second win here at Port Angeles. Stevie has a solid season ahead of him, on fire from his first win at a World Cup last year. Both Stevie and Jill Kintner are two champions potentially on the road to domination.


Pro Men's Results
1. Steve Smith 2:22.44
2. Josh Bryceland 2:24.69
3. Connor Fearon 2:25.15
4. Aaron Gwin 2:25.17
5. Brook MacDonald 2:26.32
6. Andrew Neethling 2:26.49
7. Cam Cole 2:26.83
8. Nick Beer 2:27.00
9. Neko Mullaly 2:27.06
10. Luke Strobel 2:27.09
More results


Pro Women's Results
1. Jill Kintner 2:41.32
2. Miranda Miller 2:43.84
3. Casey Brown 2:48.52
4. Vaea Verbeek 2:57.05
5. Jaime Rees 2:58.91
More results

Cat 1 Men 0-18
1. Matt Hardwick 2:34.00
2. Alexander Geddes 2:35.60
3. Chase Nelson 2:35.66
4. Jay Fesperman 2:36.09
5. Galen Carter 2:36.74
More results


42 Comments

  • 45 1
 Got to hand it to Paris Gore, some of these snaps are the best I have seen on ye olde Pinkbike.
  • 1 0
 Agree, great pics!
  • 1 0
 Heckling for the win!!!
  • 1 0
 These pictures are definitely more stylistic! Love them
  • 18 0
 I would like to see some photos/videos of the Claw. It would be interesting to see how a freerider takes the DH lines
  • 10 2
 Shut up, Meg.
  • 12 4
 Finally a real dh track and you see no more 29 errrrz or single crownz up there right? Common Gwin get it together for fort willie.
  • 21 2
 Monk Dog is a legend.
  • 6 0
 is he still wrenching for trek?
  • 12 0
 Fearon lookin' fierce on the new Kona!
  • 5 0
 I was the asshole that forgot to bring beer to the shimano tent. I am the lowest...........no wonder I sucked in my race run, karma got me.
  • 1 0
 Oh well, good on ya for owning up to it. Was there an understanding that beer would be supplied? It'd be funny if they volunteered to help you, and then you found out afterward (through a photo caption) they expected beer.
  • 1 0
 No, I offered him beer for the help to get my brakes working and for a fresh derailure cable. I apologized to him on Instagram today, I was forgiven but still feel guilty for not paying up.
  • 4 0
 like how you put some shots of local pros, not just the same top worldcup riders.
  • 4 0
 Fantastic photos. Thanks Paris.
  • 4 0
 Josh on top !
  • 2 0
 Gutted not to see Brosnan on the top step
  • 2 0
 Stevie for US prez in 2016! B-)
  • 1 0
 Where is he now then? Bet you he does not get a podium place this year. Put your money where ya mouth is.
  • 1 0
 You're on.
  • 3 0
 Berrecloth came 29th
  • 2 0
 Stevie's got that look in his eye - thousand yard stare!
  • 2 0
 danny wasnt racing
  • 2 1
 I want to bear stevies children!!!
  • 1 0
 Those green stantions are like, bam!
  • 2 1
 Danny hart anyone ??
  • 4 3
 板凳不留。
  • 8 0
 yeahh right...google translator´s not good. so don´t know what y mean ;-)
  • 1 0
 I get: without leaving the bench. A euphemism for without even trying?
  • 4 0
 @emu-er haha you guys. Actually, in China's internet world, people call the first reply a "sofa", cuz it's the closest place to the post, just like watching TV, you've get a good position and a cozy seat. and the second reply is called a "bench" or a "stool", for it's not as good a position as the first one.

What I commented should be translated as "I take the bench and won't leave it to others." Just want to know if there is any Chinese guys also focusing on this post.

Sorry if you feel it boring, but at least you've learnt something new (and boring).

Wink
  • 1 0
 Bobby!
  • 1 0
 Great pics!
  • 1 2
 Wheres your 29er Gwin?
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