ESC Atlantic and New England DH Finals; Charlottesville Off-Road Omnium; and Tacchino CX.
Eastern States Cup at Plattekill Mountain, New York.
Wowee! After a long, exciting season of relentless mountain shredding, last weekend finally saw the Eastern States Cup New England and Atlantic Downhill Finals at Plattekill Mountain in New York. While the Plattekill event was the culmination of both the New England DH Cup and the Atlantic DH Cup, one Eastern States Cup race remains… the Eastern States Cup Super Championship takes place this weekend (October 18th-19th) at Mountain Creek in New Jersey. At the Super Champs, riders from all Eastern States regions compete on Saturday to qualify to race on Sunday in the “Championship of Championships.”
GNE’s Pro downhiller Brian Scolforo has been climbing up on the podiums all season, so it was no surprise to see him finish third at Plattekill, placing him in first place overall in the ESC New England DH Cup and second place overall in the ESC Atlantic DH Cup. Congratulations to Brian on a consistent season of top-notch performances.
Brian’s report from Plattekill:
“This weekend brought us the eastern states cup finals at plattekill mountain. We were provided with an epic track, fast and fun. Practice laps brought smiles and high fives. Sunday brought us blue skies and amazing temps. Pinned a run down and ended up third place, stoked for teammate Seamus on a great run just off the box in 6th. The series ended with a 2nd place overall in the Atlantic series and a 1st in the New England. Can’t thank all my racing friends and sponsors enough, without their support this wouldn’t be possible.”
Collin McBride put the pedal to the metal and pulled out a 7th place finish in the amateur juniors class, despite a near collision with a tree (yikes!):
“The mountain usually puts on a scary course that is steep and rocky but this year it was very jumpy and fast. I loved the course and couldn’t stop riding it on Saturday. During my race run I went too fast into a steep section and couldn’t stop, putting me into a dead stop in front of a tree. Hopefully next weekend at Super Champs at Mountain Creek is good and can’t wait for it.” (Collin)
- 3rd Brian Scolforo (Pro Men)
- 6th Seamus Powell (Pro Men)
- 7th Collin McBride (Amateur Junior Men)
For Pinkbike’s ever-awesome ESC coverage, click ici — the photos are gorgeous, and there’s even a shot of Brian riding in his stylie flannels!
Virginia Mountain Bike Series: Charlottesville Off-Road Omnium. Earlysville, VA.
Lester might have been hitting up some cyclocross races, but that doesn’t mean he’s put his hardtail away for the season! Check out Lester’s report on an awesome MTB omnium weekend:
“This weekend was the penultimate event of the Virginia Mountain Bike Series with the Charlottesville Off-road Omnium (CORO). The event was run as a collaboration between Blue Ridge Cyclery, Charlottesville Racing Club and the University of Virginia Cycling Club. Offering both open and collegiate categories, riders were presented with three races – short track XC, time trial, cross country.
“I headed up to the area Saturday afternoon and swung by the local Giant dealer, Bike Factory, to see some new stock and grab supplies. Once I got to the venue it was good times catching up with the collegiate racers and seeing how the MTB season was going for the Conference (Both myself and Ryan Hilaman raced collegiate mtb). After pedaling around a bit, I was called on to help officiate the time trial. I took the opportunity to sweep the course after the last junior went off. It was a lot of fun getting to ride behind them and give encouragement, topped off by watching one drift a downhill switchback!
“I stayed with some friends in the area and grabbed a late dinner. Sunday was early rising for the 10am start. On the start line we rolled with the Collegiate A Men riders. The first lap had a restrained pace as riders figured out the course along with several dismounts for traffic. The conditions proved to be good practice with wet, slick roots and punchy climbs. Rain started during the third lap and I charged through the last half of the lap. I took third place overall in the omnium and had a great time complete with post-race donuts.”
Lester’s Soundtrack this week: Childish Gambino – 3005
Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) Super 8 Series: Tacchino Cyclocross. Rosaryville, MD.
Report from Grassroots rider April Nabholz:
“Twelve women were signed up for the Elite race, and my goal was to finish inside the pay (top seven). Tacchino is probably one of my favorite courses: the location is way out in a big park, and the area is quite lovely. The course includes some technical wooded sections, half-circle turns around gnarled trees, pretty little turns through hedgerows, and a few fun, muddy descents and steep climbs.
I felt like I had an uncharacteristically sluggish start, but found my way into third spot on the first climb. I knew the women riding in front of me would soon detach me, but I stuck with them for as long as I could (not long). Once the leaders opened up a gap, I rode solo in third for most of the race. I was just beginning to believe I was really going to go top-three when I dropped my chain during a muddy descent and lost too many seconds and two places while trying to get my chain back on in a blind panic.
A fifth-place finish was still fine by me; I was mostly pleased just to know I was in good form. The more I ride my Brava, the more I love it and the more excited I get about the rest of CX season. Several people at races have asked me how I like the hydraulic disc brakes. How do I like them? They rock my world.