The U.S. Downhill Racing Thread

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1/24/2017 9:07 AM



covering American DH racing is how it all started for me. i love downhill racing and we're a U.S.-based site, so let's celebrate gravity racing in America right here.

post your photos, videos and results from U.S. DH events both big and small. feel free to post links to up-coming DH events too!

2017 Nevada State DH Champs - Logan Binggeli takes the win


2017 Fontana #2 - Charlie Harrison (on an Intense) takes the win


2017 Fontana #1 - Bruce Klein takes the Win


KHS 2016 Mixtape because Quinton and the KHS crew support U.S. DH racing through and through


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1/24/2017 9:44 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/24/2017 9:44 AM

2017 Pro GRT Schedule

DATE | EVENT | LOCATION | CLASSIFICATION
March 11-12 | Windrock Pro GRT | Oak Ridge, TN | UCI C2
May 13-14 | NW Cup | Port Angeles, WA | UCI C2
June 15-19 | Beech Mountain Resort Pro GRT | Beech Mountain, NC | UCI C2
June 23-25 | Chile Challenge | Angel Fire, NM | UCI C1
July 27-30 | Beast of the East - Pro GRT | Killington, VT | UCI C2
August 12-13 | Windham Pro GRT | Windham, NY | UCI HC
September 15-16 | Kamikaze Bike Games | Mammoth Lakes, CA | UCI C2
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1/24/2017 11:04 AM

For some reason I always thought this was a euro based site. My bad.

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1/24/2017 11:29 AM

NW cup schedule

April 14-16 Port Angeles WA
May 12-14 Port Angeles WA (ProGRT)
May 26-28 Mt Hood OR
June 16-18 Tamarack ID
July 14-16 Silver Mt. ID
August 4-6 Stevens Pass WA
September 8-10 Stevens Pass WA

www.NWcup.com

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1/24/2017 11:31 AM

Bummer - no races at Mt Creek this summer

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1/24/2017 3:00 PM

Who said VitalMTB Bike Check bikes are just for posing?
Untitled by Orven Zaragoza, on Flickr

They get dirty and win races some times.
My M16c's first win came last Sunday. Yew!
69958587-_T7O3213 by Orven Zaragoza, on Flickr

Thanks for indulging our bike geekiness with your Bike Check section, Spoms.. Yew!!!

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1/24/2017 3:57 PM

ozzer wrote:

Who said VitalMTB Bike Check bikes are just for posing?
Untitled by Orven Zaragoza, on Flickr

They get dirty and win races some times.
My M16c's first win came last Sunday. Yew!
69958587-_T7O3213 by Orven Zaragoza, on Flickr

Thanks for indulging our bike geekiness with your Bike Check section, Spoms.. Yew!!!

haha YES! way to go orven

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1/24/2017 7:36 PM

From Orvan posting boobs on Ridemonkey to posting pics of him (a boob) on here, I'm getting all warmy and fuzzy feeling.

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Trouble Maker. Here to spit truth in the form of sarcasm.

1/25/2017 7:18 AM

rikroach wrote:

Bummer - no races at Mt Creek this summer

Mountain Creek will most definitely have races this summer. Check out the Eastern States Cup....

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1/26/2017 10:12 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/26/2017 10:15 AM

When you race one US race a year to make sure you can still hang with the youngins!


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2/11/2017 7:58 AM
Edited Date/Time: 2/11/2017 8:06 AM

There's DH action at Bootleg this weekend with the 2017 DVO Mob n Mojave! Check the course preview with Jordan Newth & Demetri Triantafillou from Mountain Bike Mania

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2/12/2017 6:44 AM

Mob n Mojave DH practice from Bootleg. Always rowdy!

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2/12/2017 4:02 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/12/2017 4:14 PM

Bruce Klein and Samanta Kingshill win the 2017 DVO Mob n Mojave at Bootleg. Pro Downhill class results below.

Pro Men's Top 10
1. Bruce Klein - 3:39.81
2. Logan Binggeli - 3:42.30
3. Demetri Triantafillou - 3:42.71
4. Shane Leslie - 3:47.65
5. Chris Higgerson - 3:50.03
6. Gaten Carter - 3:58.69
7. Bob Stenson - 3:59.54
8. Scott Gladu - 4:00.41
9. Matt Moore - 4:04.69
10. Jordan Newth - 4:05.36






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2/12/2017 5:04 PM

bootleg Prodiums





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2/13/2017 9:15 AM

Bootleg Race vid from MTB Mania

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2/19/2017 12:01 PM



Press Release: The US Open of Mountain Biking Returns for 2017

The iconic US Open of Mountain Biking will make its long-awaited return to Mountain Creek Bike Park on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 - 28, 2017. The US Open was last held in 2011 and is now being relaunched by one of the original founders, Clay Harper. Keeping with tradition, the US Open will bring one of the largest prize purses in American downhill racing with over $15,000 up for grabs in the Open Class and some of the most coveted amateur prizes available anywhere.


Jill Kintner in the US Open Rock Garden.

“We have been working for a few years to bring the Open back. The mission is to keep and grow the spirit and excitement the USO became famous for - open class racing, cash prizing and a straight up good time. We are going to pick up the party where we left off,” says Clay Harper, US Open of Mountain Biking race director. As a non-USAC race, the US Open is notable for its simple two-category format: Open Class and Amateur Class. Anyone can enter the Open Class and compete amongst the pros for the $15,000 cash purse and a chance to prove where they rank. Amateurs will compete for bragging rights and some of the best prizes in racing.

Aaron Gwin and Neko Mulally of the YT Mob, the KHS Factory Racing Team, and the Defiant Racing Team are among the racers who have confirmed plans to race the US Open this May.

The US Open began in 2003 at what was then called Diablo Freeride Park at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, New Jersey with the inaugural race being won by Bryn Atkinson and Donna Fletcher. From 2003 thru 2011, the event went on to become a favorite among the racers and fans alike, regularly attracting an international field of athletes. Past winners included Sam Hill, Steve Smith, Tracy Mosely, and Miranda Miller among others. The 2011 USO was won by Aaron Gwin and Jill Kintner. Gwin went on to dominate the 2011 World Cup circuit, winning the overall title later that year.



Needles throwing shapes at the 2011 US Open.

"When I started racing downhill, the US Open was the highest profile event in the United States. I had the chance to watch guys like Sam Hill, Steve Smith, and Bryn Atkinson race. Guys who I looked up to so much. In 2007 I won the Amateur category as a 15-year-old. Being exposed to top level racing and experiencing that win were huge steps in my career, and I can't wait to race the US Open again in 2017." - World Cup racer and YT Mob rider, Neko Mulally

The USO downhill track has always delivered excitement, combining traditional east coast rock gardens with machine built dirt features and jumps to create a fast-flowing course. “We will be running a new track that uses some key elements of the original USO course and some sections that have never been used before, as well as building brand-new features for this event. The USO track was always challenging and a lot of fun to ride and we will maintain that approach,” explains George Ryan, Mountain Creek Bike Park Trail Boss and local legend.

The excitement goes well beyond the race course with The US Open of Mountain Biking. It is all about being one of the most fun and fan friendly races; from the DJ blasting tunes in the Rock Garden, to eccentric guests like the New Jersey Devil and former WWF star The Iron Sheik, the US Open is always full of energy and excitement on either side of the tape.


A podium full of legends. #LongLiveChainsaw

New for 2017 is the addition of an adaptive racer class, a best whip contest, and the U.S. Kids Open. The Grom-Bomb downhill race will feature a separate course that caters specifically to young rippers. “We are stoked to add the U.S. Kids Open and look forward to having fun with it and building it up. The development of youth mountain bikes and gear has exploded in recent years, and so has the number of kids on the mountain. It’s time to provide a real racing experience that is designed specifically for young riders,” explains Harper.

For further details, visit the US Open of Mountain Biking on Facebook and Instagram or visit www.usopen.bike for continued updates and registration information over the coming months.

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2/21/2017 1:41 AM

Awesome - fricken awesome!

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2/21/2017 7:15 AM

American Flags. Boom Boxes. Middle Fingers!
Let's dent some rims!

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Trouble Maker. Here to spit truth in the form of sarcasm.

2/22/2017 12:41 PM

Bruce Klein ripping up Fontucky!

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2/22/2017 2:24 PM

sspomer wrote:

Bruce Klein ripping up Fontucky!

No matter how fast you may be riding, that kind of music makes you look slow as shit. And yes, that goes for chris kovarik, too.

At least he fits right in with the other KHS riders, though.


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They call 'em fingers, but I've never seen 'em fing.

2/22/2017 8:20 PM

...great riding...but seriously...static x?

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2/22/2017 8:48 PM

sspomer wrote:

Bruce Klein ripping up Fontucky!

0:35 - 1:03 is the best perspective of Fontana I've seen. He's getting bucked by big ass rocks a couple times but carries speed through those sections so well. On the edge and smooth as shit in the same shot, great stuff. (Watched on mute, but hey, I like reggae so WTF do I know)

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2/25/2017 7:29 AM

That song is awful. Had to stop the video bad.

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2/26/2017 9:46 AM

alex.prieto.5454 wrote:

...great riding...but seriously...static x?

Negative rep for even knowing who the band was.

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They call 'em fingers, but I've never seen 'em fing.

3/3/2017 11:00 AM

Just to let everyone know, this was not my choice of music. Nor will it ever be, haha!

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3/5/2017 1:03 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/5/2017 1:19 PM

#USDH

Fontana #5 Results
Pro Men

1. Cole Picchiotino 2:00.66
2. Sean Bell 2:01.40
3. Cody Johnson 204.01
4. Bruce Klein (LOL his above reply) 2:05.02
5. Steve Wentz 2:09.36

Pro Women
1. Anneke Beerten 2:20.13
2. Rachel Strait 2:37.68
3. Dani Johnson 2:44.95
4. Amanda Wentz 2:45.45
5. Emily Gacad 2:47.29

Fastest time of the day by Steven Walton in Jr X with 1:59.02 (pictured below w/ his Commencal)





Thanks Amanda and Steve Wentz for the pics and updates (and congrats on your podiums!)

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3/5/2017 1:13 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/6/2017 6:46 AM

Results from Neko Mulally's Downhill Southeast race at Bailey Mountain is all locked up. We'll have a full feature from the event dropping on Monday. #USDH



Pro Men
1. GREG WILLIAMSON, 00:01:59.639
2. ISAK LEIVSSON, 00:01:59.877
3. CHARLIE HARRISON, 00:02:00.628
4. NEKO MULALLY, 00:02:02.665
5. KIRAN MACKINNON, 00:02:05.358
6. JOSHUA ROGERS, 00:02:08.900
7. KYLE GRAU, 00:02:09.592
8. JIMMY LESLIE, 00:02:10.273
9. TOMMY ZULE, 00:02:10.668
10. NATHAN ST. CLAIR, 00:02:11.925
11. STEVE ESTABROOK, 00:02:16.054
12. JACOB SMITH, 00:02:16.394
13. BERGEN KHARE, 00:02:17.148
14. OWEN WITCHER, 00:02:17.309
15. CALLUM MCEWEN, 00:02:17.650
16. ALEX MCANDREW, 00:02:18.525
17. DAVID KAHN, 00:02:19.733
18. ANDREW SLOWEY, 00:02:20.395
19. MICHAEL ROGAN, 00:02:20.848
20. AIDEN CASNER, 00:02:21.367
21. ALEX DAWSON, 00:02:22.479
22. KYLE GOMOLKA, 00:02:22.608
23. JAKE KAHN, 00:02:24.386
24. DEREK MAIDEN, 00:02:26.202
25. ANDREW PUCKETT, 00:02:28.393
26. BURKE SAUNDERS, 00:02:29.021
27. ADAM DELONAIS, 00:02:31.420
28. CECIL LINDER, 00:02:32.426
29. JACK WILLIAMS, 00:02:37.442
30. ROBERTO BOROMETTI, 00:02:40.982
31. MATTHEW SHIRK, 00:02:44.439
32. BRENDAN LOOBY, 00:06:26.247

Amateur Men
1. CHRISTOPHER GRICE, 00:02:21.407
2. BEN RICHTER, 00:02:24.679
3. RAFAEL FERREIRA, 00:02:24.871
4. CHUCK PITTS, 00:02:28.163
5. BLAKE STEPHENSON, 00:02:28.719
6. PATRICK ALCISTO, 00:02:29.987
7. ADAM SMITH, 00:02:33.037
8. RIVER KEY, 00:02:33.863
9. DAVID MORGAN, 00:02:34.379
10. ANDY RICHTER, 00:02:34.531
11. DENNIS THROCKMORTON, 00:02:36.313
12. JACK BREEN, 00:02:36.682
13. SEAN DUFFY, 00:02:37.086
14. ROSS MONCKTON, 00:02:37.617
15. DAVE HUFFSTETLER, 00:02:38.412
16. JACK MAJOR, 00:02:38.925
17. CASEY COVEL, 00:02:39.237
18. NICHOLAS WILDRICK, 00:02:40.297
19. GEORGE SCHLEY, 00:02:40.357
20. JUSTIN RUSH, 00:02:41.612
21. HIRAM STELZIG, 00:02:41.626
22. CLANCY LOORHAM, 00:02:42.255
23. GALLOWAY NICHOLS, 00:02:42.594
24. KEEGAN ROWLEY, 00:02:43.210
25. HUGH MULGREW, 00:02:43.697
26. HARLEY ADDAIR, 00:02:43.793
27. JOEY JACKSON, 00:02:43.989
28. BEN KEALY, 00:02:44.151
29. CLEALAN WATTS, 00:02:44.514
30. CHASE KEY, 00:02:45.719
31. CHAZ CRAYS, 00:02:49.208
32. AIDEN LOORHAM, 00:02:49.707
33. JOSHUA TIPTON, 00:02:49.892
34. STEVE KAHN, 00:02:50.064
35. BLAKE PAIR, 00:02:50.429
36. HATTON WENDELL, 00:02:50.878
37. ETHAN HECK, 00:02:51.637
38. JASON PERES, 00:02:54.685
39. JASON WATT, 00:02:54.746
40. HAYDEN FLIMER, 00:02:55.635
41. CADEN HILL, 00:02:56.033
42. PATRICK CULPEPPER, 00:02:56.641
43. STEVE SPONG, 00:02:57.905
44. ADAM BATTY, 00:02:57.996
45. KEVIN ROBERTS, 00:02:58.510
46. PHIL ROONEY, 00:02:58.588
47. ZACHARY PRICE, 00:02:59.217
48. EVAN FETTY, 00:02:59.855
49. ANGELO WASHINGTON, 00:03:00.703
50. JAMES BISSEY, 00:03:02.166
51. JOHN FENNELL, 00:03:04.118
52. RYAN WATT, 00:03:04.147
53. TIM KEY, 00:03:04.163
54. JOSH SMITH, 00:03:07.238
55. JARROD RAY, 00:03:07.598
56. ALEX MAGLIONE, 00:03:08.566
57. CHARLES DUCKETT, 00:03:11.580
58. TREY BEST, 00:03:12.183
59. JOSH GREENE, 00:03:15.367
60. KENT STUBBLEFIELD, 00:03:15.393
61. BRENT OBST, 00:03:17.323
62. CHANDLER WATTS, 00:03:18.181
63. BRAD NEWBY, 00:03:23.987
64. RON GREER, 00:03:32.080
65. JACOB HUTCHESON, 00:03:56.924

Intro Men
1. GAGE COLLINS, 00:02:42.191
2. MITCHELL ODENDAHL, 00:02:48.025
3. CHRIS FREY, 00:02:51.414
4. ZEB PENLEY, 00:02:52.647
5. SAM KAHN, 00:02:58.009
6. MATTHEW SPONG, 00:02:59.435
7. GAVIN SPARKS, 00:03:05.188
8. JACOB SPONG, 00:03:11.675
9. BLAKE HANNON, 00:03:11.870
10. SAM RIX, 00:03:15.750
11. BRUTON PEACOCK, 00:03:17.115
12. MICHAEL DAVIS, 00:03:22.244
13. TREY MASON, 00:03:32.681
14. BRANDON GULLETT, 00:03:45.286

Women
1. FRIDA RONNING, 00:02:31.172
2. CAROLINE WASHAM, 00:02:31.335
3. VERA LEIVSDOTTIR, 00:02:44.598
4. ANGELINA PALERMO, 00:02:50.588
5. BERNADETTE MERRIMAN, 00:02:51.730
6. MEGAN HUTTON, 00:02:58.474
7. RILEY WEIDMAN, 00:03:08.937
8. SARAH WOOD, 00:03:48.689
9. SOPHIE KINKLE, 00:04:04.551
10. JENNIFER HENSLEY, 00:04:27.121

Take a rip down the course with Neko


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3/6/2017 6:32 AM

It was a big weekend at the #DHSE Downhill Southeast race! Looking forward to Vital coverage of east coat racing and all the #USDH action this year.

Time to get hyped for the Windrock Pro GRT!

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3/6/2017 7:21 AM

The tacos were a-maz-ing.

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3/6/2017 12:26 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/6/2017 12:27 PM

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