There has been an itch developing over the past few year. The kind of itch that you get on your back and have your significant other or best friend scratch the hell out of it only to find its moved places… “a little to the left…!!! Yeah yeah yeah… that’s the spot!!”
Well that has been XC racing for me. Not only local or national level XC but World Cup Level XC!! This year marks 6 years since I last lined up at a World Cup XC race. I was nothing to write home about when I left the XC circuit but I could hold my own at times.
Enduro and Downhill have scratched the competitive itch for many years but I had it in the back of my head I would race at the highest level XC again. Over the winter my coach recommended that I try out a XC Eliminator race. Eliminators are high intensity technical sprint races, based in city centers and raced in heats of 4 riders over a 2 minute track with the top 2 riders of each heat advancing to the next round…. SOLD ! Better yet the UCI World Cup XCE series opener was ONLY a short 18 hour drive in Columbus, Georgia.
After the Sea Otter Classic in April I went into a 5 week training block before the race on June 3. Two workouts a day and riding my KHS Team 29er Hard Tail, my weapon of choice for the race while also reacquainting myself with a bike that has no suspension per say of other than a mere 3 inches in the front. I didn’t take long…
Seamus Powell found himself on the podium in second place at that second stop of the Eastern State Cup Enduro series at Plattekill Mountain Bike Park.
“Plattekill Mountain offered up the raw and untamed trails,” Seamus recalls, “Its infamously noted to have for the second stop of the Eastern States Cup Enduro series. This was my first east coast enduro of the year. After a full day of practice Saturday in bone dry loose conditions, multiple broken bike parts and one gashed shin, I called it a day knowing Sunday would provide a completely different riding experience with rain in the forecast.”
Seamus continues, “I welcomed Sundays rain with open arm. The skies opened up and the Mountains ski lift broke down leaving the racers no choice but to climb the ski hill 4 times to complete the race. I had consistent, smooth and fast stages but was just nipped for the win after 13 minutes of racing. My Kenda Hellkat tires were incredible in the wet and sloppy conditions and I managed to keep my bike together for the race! That’s a feat in itself racing on that mountain.”
Great job Seamus, onward to ESC Enduro round 3 next week in Binghamton, NY
Powell on the Podium at Plattekill was last modified: May 9th, 2018 by Flick
This years Sea Otter was pretty epic. This is the first time this year that all of the KHS athletes have been at one event. Enjoy this short edit of the KHS Factory racing team, Rebecca Gross, and the Elevate KHS pro Cycling team as they leave their mark on the 2018 Sea Otter Classic.
KHS Factory Racing riders, Nik Nestoroff, Seamus Powell, Rebecca Gross, Logan Binggeli, and team Manager Quinton Spaulding.
Elevate KHS Pro Cycling team members, Cory Williams, Gavin Hoover, Scott Law, Nick Torraca, and Brian McCulloch.
Rebecca Gross had her weekend cut a little short as she was involved in a crash during the Cyclocross race, but she toughed it out and finished the race.
Seamus Powell took 12th in the Enduro race and placed 18th in the Down Hill race.
Nik Nestoroff had a good week, just off his 6th place finish up in Port Angeles, he placed 23rd in the Down Hill and took 7th in the Dual Slalom.
Fresh off his 5th at Port Angeles, Logan Binggeli finished off the week with a 15th place finish in the Dual Slalom and 7th in the Down Hill race.
The Elevate KHS pro cycling team had a great week and Sea Otter as Gavin finished 2nd in the opening road Crit and teammate Nick Torraca took 4th. Nick then went on to take 2nd on the road race, and Cory Williams and Scott Law finished the weekend off by… (more…)
Sea Otter 2018 was last modified: April 27th, 2018 by Flick
A few weeks ago, Nik Nestoroff headed out to Bootleg Canyon in Bolder City NV. for the first time on his KHS DH Team. Check out his practice runs which paid off as he took second place, behind teammate Logan Binggeli this past weekend.
Nik Nestoroff’s first ride at Bootleg was last modified: April 4th, 2018 by Flick