Race Report: Mayhem Enduro, Pro GRT, and more.
Pro Gravity Tour: Plattekill Mountain. Roxbury, NY.
Giant Northeast riders Seamus, Brian, and Collin got to enjoy all kinds of weather during two days of racing at Plattekill Mountain.
Pro downhill rider Brian Scolforo describes the racing conditions on both days:
“Saturday was filled with rain showers and muddy trails. Rain suits and tear offs were essential. A gnarly track with one of the steepest chutes on the mountain provided a great Plattekill experience. Sunday brought us a gorgeous day, clear skies and warm temperatures dried the track up by the end of practice. The run was a completely different pace while dry. Came down the hill with a good run and held together for a 33rd spot in another stacked event.”
Grassroots rider Collin McBride grabbed a fifth-place podium spot in his downhill class:
“Plattekill Pro GRT Round #2 was so far my best finish in a Pro GRT… I missed a small berm up top and lost a few seconds but still pulled out a very solid race run and couldn’t be more happy about it. The course was super steep, rocky, and you really had to pedal to get a good run. I loved the track but I’m sure it would have of been even more fun if it was dry!” (Collin)
Seamus Powell enjoyed another weekend on the top step with wins in both Pro Super-D and amateur downhill events.
Root 66: Coyote Hill MTB Classic. West Fairlee, VT
Junior Grassroots rider Ryan Beliner’s racing plans were foiled by a lingering cold combined with allergies. Unsure of his racing form after a week of nose-blowing, he decided skip the long haul north to the second Canada Cup and to race locally instead. Racing at Coyote Hill meant a different race format; instead of the one-hour races Ryan was most used to, he’d be racing for over two hours. Ryan’s strategy going into the race was to keep his pace as controlled as possible, try to rest on the climbs, and gain as much ground as possible on the descents.
From Ryan, on his race:
“Every time I went out for another lap, I was almost at 46 minutes on the dot every time. It was awesome… I was definitely pleased with how I had executed the race, and got in some good skills practice on the greasy single track. Can’t wait for some high speed races in the future, and am looking forward to preparing for them in the following weeks!”
Appalachia Outdoors Adventures: Mayhem Enduro. Cumberland, OH.
Grassroots rider Amy Alton enjoyed the “BEST Enduro ever” last weekend in Ohio:
“Now thoughts of Southern Ohio don’t automatically bring to mind killer mountainous downhill typical to the Enduro scene. However, Mayhem has taken Southern Ohio’s rolling hills and abrupt ravines and maximized all its potential… Mayhem had five timed stages each offering a few serious features including a road gap jump; the ‘death’ drop; a wall ride into a rocky gap jump; and at the end of it all a creek jump starting with a ramp that abruptly ended above a creek 8 feet below and 16 feet across. With some luck and lots of speed, you launch to the other side in between cow-bell ringing spectators and on to the finish.”
I was stoked to be ‘Enduro-ing’ among the best as the Solo Female division was stacked with the likes of a mountain biking legend and two rockstar professional downhillers. The format at Mayhem had the four of us riding together throughout the 13 mile loop and gave us ample time to do what we love – ride bikes and connect with other cool chicks. Through to the end, I was pleased that my performance gave me a Top 5 finish among such a strong field.”
Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic (TSE): Seven Mountains, PA
For those of us who admire the Absa Cape Epic but prefer to race in higher humidity, there’s the Trans-Sylvania Epic, right plop in the middle of Giant Northeast territory. Seven stages; seven days; an average of thirty-two miles of berooted PA trails per day.
Who better to represent Giant Northeast at a seven-day endurance-fest than Jess and Joël? That’s right. Competing as a coed duo, Jess and Joël are just three stages away from the race’s culminating stage on Saturday.
But don’t feel too sorry for them: after every stage, Jess and Joël return to their cozy cabin at base camp where they have access to two warm showers and two flushing toilets… which they share with twenty cabin-mates.
Back on the bright side, there is no reason to go hungry at the TSE. As Jess describes:
“Food is supplied by the camp cooks. We get breakfast and dinner daily. And what the spread of food it is. Every meal is buffet style, which is great for hungry racers who need to take in a lot of calories. Breakfast includes things such as oatmeal, pancakes, sausage, and eggs. Dinner is meals such as pulled pork, BBQ chicken, lasagna, beef roast; along with an array of side dishes, veggies and salads.”
Now that we know about the food, expect to see more Giant kits on course next year.
Visit Jess and Joël’s blog for their full report on prepping for the Epic.