Smaller scale races begin again
Windrock, Tennessee, hosted the first round of the Downhill Southeast series, a race that attracted a strong field of pros, including Dakotah Norton, Neko Mullaly, Luca Shaw, Frida Rønning, and Kailey Skelton.
The first round of the NW Cup took place in Tamarack, Idaho, where World Cup regular Charlie Harrison took the win for the men, and Camila Nogueira stood on top of the women’s podium.
Outside of the US, Thomas Slavik became the Czech national champion for Urban DH racing, his first race in four months.
Even though they’re smaller scale events, it’s still great to see results and race reports starting to trickle in.
From downcountry to DH, June had no shortage of new bike announcements.
There was a bumper crop of XC / downcountry bikes, including the Specialized Epic EVO, Revel Ranger, Transition Spur, and Yeti SB115. All of those bikes have 120 millimeters of rear travel or less, and are designed to bring a little extra party to the normally serious world of cross-country bikes without making them too heavy or slack.
June also saw Commencal unveil their new Meta TR and AM, Santa Cruz launched the latest version of the 5010, and Ibis’ Mojo also underwent the longer and slacker treatment. Specialized also launched a mixed-wheel version of the Demo, allowing racers and park rats to have the same wheel size setup as Loic Bruni and Finn Iles.
The chairlifts are spinning once again.
All the same, some bike park laps are better than none, and the optimistic way to look at things is to take this as an opportunity to explore an unfamiliar area. It’s a perfect time to try out that little bike park that you’ve been overlooking in favor of the bigger, flashier resorts.
Aluminum 2018 – 2020 Instinct & Pipeline frames recalled.
Rocky is taking care of the affected riders with a new front triangle, but needing to live without your bike during peak riding season is never an easy pill to swallow.
Racing may be resuming in some places, but cancellations keep on rolling in.
Other cancellations included the Megavalanche, the Canadian MTB championships, and the North American Handmade bike show.