Triple Podium and a New U.S. DH Champion

KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton riding at Snowshoe W.V.
The KHS pro MTB team does excellent work at the final Downhill national this year coming out on top with triple podiums the overall Pro men’s Downhill winner, Nik Nestoroff, Kailey Skelton taking 2nd place in the Pro Female Downhill, and the headline news of the season with Steven Walton taking the overall 2020 Downhill U.S. National title to make for his first major title in his career.
KHS Pro MTB team, Men's podium at the Snowshoe DH National finals with Nik Nestoroff in first place and Steven Walton in forth place.
KHS Pro MTB team, Men’s podium at the Snowshoe DH National finals with Nik Nestoroff in first place and Steven Walton in forth place.
It was a grueling season. A season that will never be forgotten with over Coming and adapting with all the current global crisis. This series went all across the United States from east to west and the final race with all the points on the line ended up in Snowshoe West Virginia known to be very slippery wet grueling track.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Kailey Skelton riding around a big rock at the DH finals in Snowshoe W.V.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Kailey Skelton riding around a big rock at the DH finals in Snowshoe W.V.
Friday started off with pro training followed by Saturday’s qualification with the team having a top five qualification spots. They were exactly 6.5 seconds down on the 2019 U.S. National Champion, Neko Mullally, so they definitely have their work cut out for them.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Nik Nestoroff about to head off a jump at Snowshoe for DH national finals.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Nik Nestoroff about to head off a jump at Snowshoe for DH national finals.
Sunday ended up to be a beautiful morning with no rain and track conditions were turning out to be perfect. It was roughly 4 PM when finals went off and Nik Nestoroff was able to lay down the fastest pro male time of the day beating out all the top competition!
KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton set in the starting gate for his final run at the DH national finals at Snowshoe W.V.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton set in the starting gate for his final run at the DH national finals at Snowshoe W.V.
Steven Walton had tremendous pressure on his shoulders and was running a fine line of keeping the rubber side down, he executed his race run coming 4th on the day and taking the overall U.S. National Downhill Championship title.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton with his puppy.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Steven Walton with his puppy.
The team wants to thank all our great sponsors for continuously supporting us throughout these tough times and we are very excited to have a great fall season of training and riding in preparation for 2021.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Kailey Skelton riding around having fun and popping a Wheelie in the parking lot at the DH finals in Snowshoe W.V.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Kailey Skelton riding around having fun and popping a Wheelie in the parking lot at the DH finals in Snowshoe W.V.
Stay tuned for our SnowShoe West Virginia final Downhill video coming out soon!
KHS Pro MTB team rider Nik Nestoroff cleaning his race bike after a day of practice.
KHS Pro MTB team rider Nik Nestoroff cleaning his race bike after a day of practice.

Riding at Home with Seamus Powell

KHS pro mtb rider, Seamus Powell, riding through the woods.

We take a ride with 2 time USA national Enduro champion Seamus Powell to see how he spends his day to day life in an ever changing world.

KHS pro mtb rider, Seamus Powell, unloading his KHS 7500 form his van getting ready to ride.
KHS pro mtb rider, Seamus Powell, unloading his KHS 7500 form his van getting ready to ride.

There is so much more that goes into the life of a pro mountain biker. Life, sometimes, gets crazy and you have to step back and enjoy what is around you.

KHS pro mtb rider, Seamus Powell, flying fishing.
KHS pro mtb rider, Seamus Powell looking up out of a a small canyon at a bridge.

Seamus likes to spend time doing other things beside riding his bike and winning races. He enjoys fly fishing and the nature that surrounds him.

KHS pro mtb rider, Seamus Powell looking up out of a a small canyon at a bridge.
KHS pro mtb rider, Seamus Powell looking up out of a a small canyon at a bridge.

 

 

 

 

Racing at Southeast Windrock, TN

KHS Pro MTB team rider Kailey Skelton standing behind her KHS DH 300 bike.

Downhill and Enduro racing got on its way for the 2020 season out in Windrock, TN. for the KHS Pro MTB team with the first round of the Southeast race series.

Kailey Skelton was red hot starting the season out in the west and she has stayed hot the last few months.

Kailey Skelton was red hot starting the season

She was the second seed going into the downhill final and was able to shave 1 minute off here time. that helped her to keep her 2nd overall.

Seamus Powell was hot and ready to race.

Seamus Powell was hot and ready to race. This marked his first race of the year and he wasted no time on showing what he can do.

seamus podium southeast

All his hard work and training the last few months paid off for him as he was able to take 3rd overall in the Enduro.

Nik Nestoroff was coming off an injury from his last race back in March

Nik Nestoroff was coming off an injury from his last race back in March. He rode solid this past weekend to get him back into the racing swing.

Nik was able to pull off a 5th place finish to cap off the first race back to racing.

Nik was able to pull off a 5th place finish to cap off the first race back to racing. The tam is now on the way back home to rest up and put in some hard work to get ready for the next Southeast race at Beech mountain resort in North Carolina next month.

Let there be RACING

KHS pro MTB team rider Seamus Powell riding and jumping his KHS 7500 bike in upstate New York.

Downhill Southeast Series Releases Updated Schedule for Summer 2020

  • June 6/7 – Windrock Bike Park – Tennessee *
  • July 11/12 – Beech Mountain Resort – North Carolina
  • August 1/2 – Snowshoe Mountain – West Virginia *
  • August 8/9 – Sugar Mountain – North Carolina *

* USAC State Championship

With states in the Southeastern United States opening back up after the COVID-19 pandemic, Downhill Southeast has announced that they will go ahead with 4 races starting in June. Most of the original schedule has been pushed back due to local laws or larger events rescheduling.

Racing will proceed under local guidelines with social distancing techniques in place such as online-only registration, staggered lift lines and modified awards ceremonies. Having a time trial race rather than a mass start event will make it easier for riders to avoid close contact while competing.

The KHS Pro MTB team has been staying fit and are excited to start racing again. Nik Nestoroff and Steven Walton will be racing the downhill crouse, while teammate Seamus Powell will be racing the enduro track. We are stocked to be able to get back to racing and wish the team the very best.

Please visit the Downhill Southeast website for more information

Thanks to Worldwide Cyclery for their support.

info from vitalmtb.com