The Stevie Smith Memorial Down Hill Race is always a fun weekend full of extra events, spectators, and good times. The aptly named Monster Mile race track is a beast that puts up a fight with anyone who tries to tame her. Notorious for breaking bikes and inflicting debilitating hand pump, every rider remembers their first downhill race at Mount Washington. The loose rock and dusty trail conditions proved to be a new challenge this year. The conditions made it difficult to stay on the race line. The track changed every lap as riders dislodge more rocks and made deeper dust ruts.
presented by Forbidden Bikes
After Saturday’s practice, Forbidden Bikes put on an unofficial dual slalom race. Two identical tracks, side by side, one rider in each lane, racing to cross the finish line first. With no timing equipment, the bracket contest format allowed only the fastest rider in each heat to progress to the next round. Every lap counts and one small mistake is the end of your race.
Ross and Jimi (above) raced hard but were pushed out in the semi-finals. The racing was tight! Only fractions of a second separated each rider.
Pushed limits, broken derailers, setting sun, and lots of cheering and comradery. The slalom race is often the highlight of the weekend for the riders and spectators.
The Monster Mile race course is the roughest and toughest track on the BC Cup circuit. There aren’t many downhill tracks that serve up a strict diet of sharp rock and big holes. This track pushes both riders and their bikes to the limit. To add insult to injury, the track ends with a 10-20 second fire road sprint to the finish. If your legs and forearms weren’t cooked from the rough track, the finish line sprint will finish you off.
With our usual DH racers taking a break, some of our Enduro riders decided to try DH racing for the first time. Danny, Charlie, and Ava rode their enduro bikes to their first DH race. With a goal to experience their first race and learn what downhill racing is all about and gather information to use in preparation for next season.
The Stevie Smith Memorial DH Race was a great opportunity for the Nolan Riding races to experience downhill racing and learn more about their individual race process. We are very fortunate to have such a challenging track and well-organized race on the Island.
Junior Sport Men (17 – 18)
9th – Danny Millam
U17 Sport Men (15 – 16)
9th – Jack Looker
20th – Charlie Bell
DNS – Noah Riedel
U17 Women (15 – 16)
3rd – Ava Kitching
UCI Jr. Expert Men
7th – Jimi Voss
See full results HERE
It’s time to head back to the training cave. Our riders will take what they learned this weekend and start preparing and building for the next season. We will see you next year Mount Washington! Hopefully with less arm pump than this year.