Kingdom Enduro, Guayasamin XCO, and Bryce All-Mountain Festival.
Triple Crown Enduro Series: Kingdom Enduro at Burke Mountain, Vermont.
The last weekend in September brought the 2014 Triple Crown Enduro Series to a close. Two races earlier in the series were held at Highland Mountain and Mountain Creek Bike Park. Giant Northeast Pro riders riders Seamus Powell and Amy Alton competed at Burke Mountain (both also competed at Highland but skipped Mountain Creek).
The report from Amy:
The peak of fall foliage in northern Vermont, nearly 80 degrees and sunny, plus hero dirt on the mountain made this girl a happy camper for her final race of the 2014 season. The final stop for the Triple Crown Enduro series, Kingdom Enduro was a 13 mile course with 3 timed stages, which for the Pros included a 2800′ climb from base to the top of Burke Mountain. Once at the top, we dropped in on Upper J-Bar a double black diamond singletrack that taxed you both mentally and physically with its steep descents, seemingly endless off camber rock gardens, and sharp switchbacks and then down onto Lower J-Bar a rooty cross-country trail that begged your legs to keep pedaling.
After 2 spectacular crashes on the final stage, including an almost save when I came in too hot for the final tabletop and over shot the landing into the top of the berm where I forced my rear wheel down hoping to manual out which I held for a few seconds then…to no avail. I jumped up, rotated my handlebars back around, and cruised over the finish one second out of 5th place. In only my 3rd Enduro as a Pro and competing in 2 of the 3 Triple Crown, I was stoked to close out my season with a 4th overall in the series.
The report from Seamus:
What a weekend. The final Enduro of the year… 3 awesome stages… sneaky ninja lines all over the place… a deep field of 50 pro men… fall foliage… A Irish rock band post race and ultimately a WIN at the end of the weekend. One of the best races I’ve done in a while… oh and I didn’t get hurt and my knee stayed in one piece!
Congrats to both riders on some great racing. As usual, Pinkbike has some great coverage and gorgeous photos.
Guayasamin XCO. Quito, Ecuador.
Pro racer Abbey Alexiades is wintering in Ecuador, and you can bet she’s riding and racing her mountain bike. Last weekend, she hopped into Guayasamin XCO, the fourth of seven races in the the Valida Copa Provincial, a XC Cup series in Ecuador. Abbey’s report:
I have been living in Quito, Ecuador for a month now and I had my first race last Sunday. For many reasons, I was very nervous about this race. It was my first race in a new country, racing women who I had never raced before and my first race at altitude (aprox. 9200ft above sea level). Fortunately, I live only a mile from the start line so I was able to practice the course all week and I had ever line dialed before hand. This was a new experience for me because back in the US I had to drive 3 to 6 hours to every race!
I raced in Elite women and there was only three of us, so no matter what I was guaranteed a spot on the podium. The first lap of the course was hectic with people falling and messing up on the trail. I tried to stay calm but it was hard because I was trying to keep up with the other girls. I fell at the bottom of one of the technical decents and lost touch with them. After the first lap, I was able to settle into a rhythm and each lap I was able to ride faster. It wasn’t my best race but it was so much fun!
See a map of the course and find out more about Guyasamin XCO (if you speak Spanish).
Bryce All-Mountain Festival Enduro at Bryce Resort. Basye, VA.
Team boss and Pro racer Jordan Kahlenberg decided to venture south for some mountain bike fun at the Bryce All-Mountain Festival. From Jordan:
Stopped down at the Bryce All-Mountain Festival in VA this past weekend. Signed up for Sunday’s Enduro just for fun. Trails at the park were fantastic. Buffed out roller-coasters with wooden features and jumps thrown in to keep things interesting. 5 stages of this never got old, and the day went by so fast I couldn’t believe it. I’m not the best at jumps, so this was a great place to work on that skill, as they were perfect for beginners. The group of racers were awesome and the weather was perfect to top it off. Highly recommend this one to anyone looking to end their mtb season with a fun laid-back event!
Find photos and more info at the Fast Forward Racing facebook page.