Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Oct 3, 2017 at 13:25
by Sean Leader  


Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Windrock Enduro, stop two of Southeast Triple Crown went off this past weekend. Riders were challenged by five stages throughout the Coal Creek OHV park in Oliver Springs, Tennessee. The course featured three shuttles assisted stages inside of Windrock Bike Park, and a pedal transfer to two stages at the cross country trail system. With a dry week leading into the race and so many tires on the dirt throughout the weekend, riders were challenged with loose, dusty conditions on trails with a steep average gradient.

Neko and Sean of Windrock Bike Park gave the trails a lot of love leading into the race and built some new sections of trail designed with the enduro race in mind. Racers found Windrock's gnarly reputation to be revamped in many ways to accommodate modern bikes and participants while keeping the core aspects that make these trails unique. The Windrock Enduro proved to be a true test for man and machine.

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Riders began the day with a shuttle to the top of the Windmill Trail, where they would descend 2200 vertical feet to the base of the mountain. Windmill was the stage that received the most love leading into the race. Finding routes around some of the gnarliest downhill features on the mountain to make a stage that suited an enduro bike brought a lot of fresh dirt and added length to a trail that is so well known at Windrock.

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Cory Rimmer finished the day 2nd

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Logan Mullaly making a casual appearance

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

As they dropped in on Windmill, Stages 2 and 3 at the Windrock Camp Ground could be seen off in the distance from the mountain range where the bike park is located. Mix Tape and South Side are two trails that posed more of a physical than a technical challenge to the race. Riders would pedal a short transfer between the Bike Park and Campground along an ATV trail, then climb up singletrack to stages two and three.

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Kyle Grau 4th by 0.1

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
A.J. Brown had a better day after this

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Vance Nonno

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Chris Grice pinned to win the junior category and finish 6th overall

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Robert Monjure rode his DH rig to 10th

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Ben Richter out to tear tires off

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

Back to the bike park for the final stages of the day, both Drop Out and Reach Around are blue level downhill trails that are a pleasure to ride on a trail bike. At the bottom of Drop Out, riders merged onto the bike park's main flow trail; Talladega. This section was completely rerouted over the past month to lengthen the trail and avoid the merge with the black diamond trails before the base of the mountain. Fresh berms, jumps, and a new trail crossing bridge were finished just in time for riders to practice on Saturday morning, and burned in to ride awesome by race time.

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Adam Newsom

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Glory hole of light on the Reach Around trail

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Burke Saunders charging through fresh trails

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Dan Ennis finished the day in 3rd by 0.1 seconds

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Alex Ohman enjoying someone else hosting an event here

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown
Seamus Powell made it down and pushed hard to take the win

Windrock Enduro - Southeast Triple Crown

The full course made for a long day out on the bike and represented the spirit of enduro very well. With over 100 participants and no timing issues, the first shot at an enduro by Windrock Bike Park was a successful event.

All of the trail work that was driven by this event brings the park into the fall season with some well-running trails. Work continues for the bike park crew with a full schedule of trail building over the next few months. As many parks close for the season, Windrock Bike Park enters its busiest season running shuttles year round.

A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event possible.



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40 Comments

  • + 6
 My wife and I both are doing this series. We were absolutely amazed at the hospitality of the people in Tennessee. Everyone we bumped into was always pleasurable and nice. Everyone is always smiling and happy to help you out. It's a shame the rest of the country doesn't function like this. If you've never been to Windrock bike park I highly recommend it. Camping at the campgrounds is only 16 bucks a night and a lot of fun.
  • + 3
 comebackyallyahear!!!!
  • + 2
 @GunnyBailey: I've already pulled up real estate listings in Oliver Springs LOL
  • + 5
 One destroyed carbon fiber hoop. One broken derailleur hanger. To skin up knees, one scuffed-up chin, two skinned up wrist, and a bruised hip. One broken I9 spoke. One dented Taco I nine rim. And loads and loads of extreme fun. This is what it took me to get a 5th place in the masters class at Windrock Enduro. Absolutely hands down the gnarliest trails on the East Coast that I haveever ridden.
  • + 4
 this is truth, just GNAR!!!
  • + 3
 Welcome to Windrock!
  • + 4
 @preach: don't forget Steep n Deep
  • + 1
 The Windrock Downhill Gods demand their sacrifices!! I Drip Blood on every trail I build at Windrock to appease them!!!
  • + 7
 How does this event get coverage but nearly nothing for the 3rd Coast Enduro series that's been happening for several years now???
  • + 8
 One guess...Neko.
  • + 24
 Two individuals on a mission to produce world class events, who have seen first hand what it takes, and are willing to make sacrifices to see a sport grow in a region that deserves nothing less.
  • + 5
 I imagine if someone took professional pictures and did a quick write up of the 3rd Coast races, then they would get coverage as well. In this case, the co-owner and co-promoter of the race took care of the photos and race report himself. I'm just bummed I didn't make it into one of the photos. Where are the podium pics? I managed to make it into that photo... Smile
  • + 8
 Because this is a series run by people who invest the right resources and knowledge into making an event safe, fair, and enjoyable.
  • + 4
 Maybe no one has offered up coverage of the event? Or its just a big PB conspiracy. *dons tinfoil hat*
  • + 10
 Because the Enduro Southeast Series is not canceling races due to low pre-reg, they are not taking down the course before racers are done, they are not stiffing women out of their payout, they are not saying "oh well" or "this is not my race man" to racers are having issues,they are not rudely messaging races to take their series in post, they are not making multiple changes throughout the season and they are not blaming others for their mistakes.

Enduro Southeast Series gives timely results, they offer very well stocked aid stations, zero timing issues, shuttles included in your entry fee at the same price, no late reg fees, real water proof number plates, and free quality photos for racers.

No one is stopping 3rd Coast from being successful besides 3rd Coast.

I don't care who puts on the races, you can tell who is in it to make money and who is in it to provide top quality races.
  • + 2
 @R-C-R: 3rd Coast aren't perfect, but they do put forth a ton of effort. They don't just try to hold their races at bike parks, where stage set-up and organization are a lot simpler (nothing against such events). They find some of the greatest little riding destinations in the Southeast, and then get people on amazing singletrack they would probably never ride otherwise. Things may get complicated when the trails are normally multi-use, but they make it work, and the races are a blast. Even the venues that have held multiple races have a different line-up of amazing trails every year.

No, their social media activity isn't perfect, but they aren't a bunch of PR professionals. They are just a family as in love with bikes as we are.

Yes, they women's podium confusion could have been handled better, but they have since tried to right their wrongs.

Overall, they aren't some star-studded group of race organizers, but they are some very nice people who always know my name and where I'm from, and who give me the opportunity to hang out with my buddies and race down some of the best-kept secrets in the Southeast.
  • + 1
 @seanleader: what you two are doing is great, but it would be awesome to see you combine your talents and knowledge with the 3rd Coast group. 3rd Coast have shown a ton of willingness to put in work to add cool venues and send us down gnarly downhills most of us didn't even know existed. I'd love to see you and Neko showing 3rd Coast the ropes and working with them to produce a series that catches the attention of people all over the US and that doesn't just stick to the main Southeast venues we've all ridden before (keep in mind that I still think Windrock is amazing).
  • + 1
 @jcc0042: All you're points are true, but they are true for almost every mountain bike race out there.

I want 3rd Coast to be successful because I love having races to go to and I enjoy going to successful races.
The devil is in the details and that's what separates one series from another. No race is perfect, but 3rd Coast seems to have issues that other don't.

For anyone to say " it's only popular because Neko" is just a slap in the face to not only Neko, but the crew who make these races flawless as well. If Neko attached his name to crappy races, no one would return.
It would have been much easier for them to use someone else's trails instead of logging in hundreds of hours of trail work to make these stages perfect for enduro racing, but that's the easy way out and was not what they have envisioned. And guess who will be fixing the damage to the trails?

Like I said I hope the best for 3rd Coast, but racers are consumers and will spend their hard earn money were they feel like they are getting the best value.
  • + 3
 @R-C-R: Very well stated. In addition, I really hated paying over $100 and then never being able to find the results. Although, 3rd Coast isn’t the only promoter that has a hard time getting results posted (Pisgah Productions). At this point I no longer race their races, which isn’t the most ideal situation to the problem.
  • + 2
 @R-C-R: I agree, it is a slap in the face to everyone that busted their ass to make this race successful to say that events at Windrock are only popular because of Neko's name. Also you are correct, our trail crew did put hundreds of hours building trail for this race. then put in a hundred more hours clearing trees that fell on our trails after the storms blew thru! Not to mention all the work that was done by so many people to prepare for and run the race. Neko, Sean, and everyone else on the Windrock crew (to many to list here) put their hearts and souls into everything we do at Windrock! that's what really makes it successful.
  • + 1
 @chickenfriedbrice: Way more to it than just that!
  • + 1
 @jcc0042: maybe there are too many races...maybe the courses are not quite as badass. maybe the end result is lower/less prestigious turnout...maybe it just is what it is. there is 3rd Coast running excellent regional, full year series, and there is a short, focused, prestigious Series on bigger, purpose built courses with connections and commitments to Pro cash to bring in legit Pro riders.... Its no big deal. regional and super regional...both be well
  • + 4
 First enduro in the books for me! I had an absolute blast. As an avid weekend trail rider it pushed me to my limit. What an experience. I will be goIng back here for sure. There is nothing quite like sitting in the back of a grey ripped out school bus with Neko at the wheel to get you stoked to ride some gnarly stages. Can't say enough great things about all of the volunteers and trail builders who put this together.
  • + 1
 We are building more trails as we speak!!! Windrock keeps growing and getting better and better! Come back and bring your friends too!
  • + 2
 @GunnyBailey: I'm a builder at our local trails. I look at your trails and I can't imagine what you all go through building there. Hats off I bow to you Trail builders in Tennessee. The only thing that may be harder than your downhill runs I think would be building them.
  • + 4
 "Glory hole of light on the reach around trail"? That had to be intentional ???????????? looks rad!! Great photos
  • + 1
 Next we will build the "Happy Ending" alternate finish to the Reach Around trail!!!
  • + 3
 Beautiful photos, but where are the women racers? I know there were women racing since they are listed in the results.
  • + 3
 Track was amazing. Pushed me out of my comfort zone for sure!
  • + 5
 This course is tougher than the state-of-the-art carbon bicycle industry crap.
  • + 3
 @properp: I think that bike companies should test products at Windrock before they release them....
  • + 2
 @MrDiamondDave: × 1 billion
  • + 3
 props to mr. monjure, aka rajun. killin it bro!
  • + 1
 Ayyye, that 64 plate is sitting in my room rn ready to go to a special friend.thanks Neko and Seamus
  • + 3
 It was a great weekend
  • + 2
 ×1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
  • + 2
 I want one of those number plates!
  • + 3
 Register for the Paris Mountain race in South Carolina. You can get you one for a measly 70 bucks
  • + 1
 or just call me at World Cup Supply in VT and I will sell you one Wink

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