- Bike Checks
There's a passion for downhill racing in the Southeast United States that is unparalleled. Neko Mulally and a crew of committed locals kick off the Downhill Southeast season with the first race at Bailey Mountain, North Carolina and Vital's Zach Faulkner was there to catch the virus of #USDH and spread it to the rest of us!
It’s time to go racing! The first race of the season on the East Coast kicked off at the Bailey Mountain Bike Park with the Downhill Southeast series started and run by Neko Mulally. In its second year now, the early season events attract a sizeable amateur crowd, and a large Open class in both men and women. The basic premise of the events is to just get out and have fun with your friends on bikes while racing against the clock. Downhill Southeast races also provide a good warm-up to the regular season for both the weekend warriors and World Cup racers alike.
By Zach Faulkner
With just word of mouth, Downhill Southeast has fast become one of the premier series to attend, as the tracks are all fun and exciting, and the atmosphere is second to none - smiles everywhere, as laughter and cheeky shenanigans abound.
"I did this so we had a chance at some early season training and it's about to start, so I'm stoked," said Neko Mulally. His crew of friends and family put in a top effort to deliver a flawless event, replete with amazing tacos. It really doesn’t get better than that!
Bailey Mountain is a privately operated spot with a few re-purposed military vehicles as shuttle trucks. Neko brought over one of his buses from Windrock as a parking shuttle, and the Windrock crew brought their shuttle vehicle to aid in getting all of the riders up the hill and on course.
The leaves weren't out yet but the sun and the riders were. Day 1 practice was a celebration of shred.
Thanks to Zach Faulkner (who you may know as sideshow here on Vital) for capturing the spirit of American DH racing in the Southeast!