Downhill Southeast #4: Snowshoe, West Virginia

Rising above the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia lies the site of the final World Cup of 2019. Snowshoe Mountain is very much off the grid and you can feel that as you get further down those winding, twisting roads into the mountains. After driving the 3rd hour without cell service (unless you have T-mobile or AT&T, shame on you Verizon), you will arrive to scenery and accommodations that will take your breath away. The accommodations and village is at the top of the mountain with no services at the bottom, only a lift ride or long walk back up. Unfortunately the race was to be held on the classic race course as the World Cup track was not completely ready. Even if the course was ready, it might have been a little too demanding on the less-experienced riders who have competed in the previous DHSE events this year. This was the 4th and final DHSE of the season and racers battled it out on the long and physical track to be the overall champions of the South. Scroll on down to see how the weekend played out.

Saturday Night Whip Off

Spectators gathered around the first moto-style booter of the World Cup track to watch the racers with the most guts and style throw down and see who's whip would prevail against the judges.

A great excuse for everyone to meet up before the big day.
Junior rider Keegan Rowley.
Best to pre-hop for maximum send.
Seth Hanson hanging it all out.

1st place went to DHSE series overall winner, Seth Hanson, with Tyler Troisi taking 2nd and Corey Zell in 3rd.

Sunday: Race Day

While Friday and Saturday provided sunshine and loose, dry conditions, on the first half of Sunday, the mountain was engulfed in a rain cloud that made visibility impossible at times; rocks and roots that were a piece of cake turned into hazards. Some racers changed up lines while some stuck to their guns causing some broken bones and dislocations before the cloud could break giving way to the familiar sunny dry conditions for the race.

Into the abyss...  Nathan Smith

After making a line change, Simona Watt, went OTB and dislocated her shoulder cutting her race weekend short. #healingvibes
Logan Mulally also fell victim of the morning practice crashing in this exact spot on his next run. Although not seriously injured he knew he wouldn't be firing on all cylinders and opted to help with the new timing system instead.

SINGLECROWN CRUSHERS

A common misconception among young and new riders is that they need some fancy downhill rig before they can show up to downhill race, but that just isn't the case. The most popular and growing category up and down the East Coast is the single crown class. These bikes usually double as singletrack rippers and bike park shredders because not everyone can afford two bikes. Just show up to the DHSE and "run what ya brung."

BMX Olympian, Tommy Zula, with his Airborne Toxin 29er.

Lilly Driver with her LIV Hail.
Jarrod Ray with his Commencal META.
Joseph Napier and his Transition Patrol.
Savannah Rogers with her YT Capra.
Chandler Conoley with his Knolly Warden.
Anthony Bowman with his Santa Cruz Nomad.
Piper Walk with her Diamondback Release 1.
Alfie Carbonell with his Zerode Taniwha.
Josh Styron with his Intense Tracer.

Pro Builds team rider Jason Beckley waving to his parents and his boys Ronan and Colin (future USDH shredders) before pedaling out of the start gate.

Highest of stoke levels... and Steve Estabrook.

River Key.

Lilly Driver.

Hugh Mulgrew.

Nathan St.Clair.

Ethan Zimmerman.

Caroline Washam.

Angelica Pietranton.
Rachel Pageau.

Cooper Rodrigues. Squids beware - it's dark in them West Virginian woods.

Seth Hanson.
Jack Bound.

Jake Kahn.

Eric Willetts.

Future #USDH ripper Ethan Chryst.

Steve Estabrook.

Dak Norton had to catch a flight to Europe and couldn't stay for the race but was able to get some scrubs off on Friday and Saturday.
Neko and Dak testing out the World Cup track before the course preview.

Sean Leader is the man with the master plan. He is responsible for sculpting Windrock and is now the course designer and lead builder for the World Cup track at Snowshoe. It's comforting to know that the track is in good hands and is actually being built by an all-around shredder on a DH bike. Thank you for all you do Sean.

Cody Rebok.

Podiums

Pro Men: 1st Neko Mulally. 2nd Seth Hanson. 3rd Tommy Zula.

Pro Women: 1st Caroline Washam. 2nd Rachel Pageau. 3rd Emily Parker.

Junior Men 15: 1st Zane Mack. 2nd Jack Dichiara. 3rd River Key.

Amateur Women: 1st Angelica Pietranton. 2nd Lynn Childers. 3rd Mallory Wolanski.

Men 40 plus: 1st Will Murray. 2nd Chuck Pitts. 3rd Kevin Liebig.

Amateur Men: 1st Cody Rebok. 2nd Jesse Borror. 3rd Cameron Reagan.

Single Crown: 1st Zach Mehuron. 2nd Anthony Bowman. 3rd Jared Russel.

Junior Men 14: 1st Eli Ludwig. 2nd Owen Klimas. 3rd Ethan Zimmerman.

Neko Mulally #USDH

That's a wrap folks! For all results and series overall winners check out the Downhill Southeast website. We will be back here for the World Cup September 7-8, see you then! -Jack Rice

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