The Attitash POC Eastern States Cup Enduro Series Race #2 was contested this past weekend in the beautiful White Mountains of NH. Weather was cooperating with the sun was shining all weekend. The Attitash course consisted of five timed segments, three transfers and two lift rides. The course was typical New England terrain with plenty of loose rocks, tight technical woods and wide-open ski trails.
Twenty-Two pro men were in attendance with the top twelve finishing within a minute of each other. With times so tight, one mechanical in a timed section pretty much eliminated racers from a podium finish. The correct setup was imperative. The first section started down a fast, steep and rocky downhill right out of the gate. This section claimed three flat tires before those racers could get their flow going. A number of racers learned that xc tires and tubes were a big issue on the rocky Attitash terrain.
Eye on the prize, there was plenty of incentives at the race. A FOX DOSS Seatpost was won by Greg DiSanto for the fastest climb between Stages 3 and 4. The ESC is paying big cash prizes to the Pro Men and Women. The purse for this race was $1200. The Amateurs are racing for the $1000 Fox Racing Shox Enduro Challenge for the most points accumulated during the season. While all Men, Women and all Juniors are eligible for the following three $1000 Challenges that total all ESC Downhill and Enduro points.
$1000 Intense Cycles King of The Cup
$1000 Loeka Women’s Queen of the Cup
$1000 E-13 Junior Cup Champion
$1000 FOX Enduro Challenge
When all the dust settled Jason Scheiding stood on the top of the men’s pro podium with junior young gun Issac Allaire in second and Adam Snyder rounding out the top three. Jordon Newth settled for fourth by less than a second. Luckly he won some Bureau’s Maple kettle Korn to enjoy on the ride home.
Allie Zimmer continued her 2013 Eastern States Cup domination in the Women’s Pro Enduro class with her second straight victory. Allie won by over a minute with Eva Wilson second, Kelly Dolan third and Kate Parhiala in fourth. This marked a return for Kate to MTB racing and we were sure glad to see her at the races again. Eva brought her dad, Steve Wilson and he easily won the 50+ men’s class.
The event went well and the timing system once again produced 100% results. That is something that has been a problem at other enduro races. No disappointments here except from the racers that had flats. Just ask Ernie Reale about flat tires, He battled thru 5 flats on the day but soldiered on to complete all 5 sections while running with his bike. Surely Ernie will be looking into some new DH type tires in the next week.
The ESC will take a break from racing this weekend and return to Enduro Racing the following weekend, July 28 at Killington. The Beast of the East promises to be one of the best enduro events in the east with the most racing.
Full Results: http://www.fattirefests.com/enduro-ing-at-attitash/
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