Vulture’s Knob Oktoberfest Downhill Report

After the race Vance, Harry, and Gus were mucking about jumping the creek gap and the double before it…backwards. Now you might say that any downhill course where you can jump the doubles backwards is not a downhill course at all. Call our tracks at the Knob what you want, but all I know is everyone was smiles ear to ear this weekend! How can you not have fun when you mix bikes, dirt, gravity, and a stopwatch – regardless of gradient!

World Cup hopeful Rae Gandolf powers out of the start on her carbon Nomad. Trail bikes and hardtails were the weapon of choice. credit: Jennifer Colonna

331 and Teva really put on a nice show, the course was immaculately taped, EZ-ups abounded, doughnuts, Monster, t-shirts, podium plaques, tunes thumpin, and some great prizes too – like those hot new Teva Links shoes!  Big thanks to Logan Robertson who snapped the action and had it on a flat screen at the top for everyone to see on the day. Check out his gallery .

The Youth class pounded the steep stuff just like everyone else: Zach Johnson (1st), Zak Desmarais (2nd), and Palmer Metcalf (3rd) credit: Jennifer Colonna

A bit disappointing that we only had 25 riders, but on other hand it’s starting to feel a whole lot like family down there, a tight knit community of riders who talk a bit of smack for fun but deep down know we’ve got each other’s backs. It’s never a burden to push up when you’re with friends.

Pro class podium filled with National Champs contenders: Gus Michaels left, Harrison Reynolds center, and Vance Nonno right. No need to tell you who won, just look at their expressions! credit: Jennifer Colonna

The course used the jumpy Intermediate line but branched on to the steepish Advanced line in the woods. A little shower made things slick but not slow, but that dried up in about 30 minutes. It was running fast, even dusty in the woods. The S-turns on the steep section had riders hunting for the right line and trying not to get pushed wide while navigating the rocky graveyard corner. More than a few blew up here, and if that didn’t get you the new finish section was even more dodgy!

We all made a new friend in Angi Weston, our regional Kona rep who came out and shocked the boys with some insanely smooth aggressive riding (which we learned has been honed on the Pacific Northwests finest Super D courses). She was loving our little track! And thanks for the Tanuki stickers - the little guy has got all his bits on display and couldn't care less!

Vance Nonno - no berm, use rocks instead. credit: Shawn Metcalf

Harry goes inside on the graveyard corner. credit: Shawn Metcalf

Gus floats. credit: Jeff Cochran

331 workhorse Mike C enjoys fruits of labor. credit: Jeff Cochran

I'm down with the hip hop. credit: Shawn Metcalf

We even had our own drunken cheering section of lads no one had ever met before!

Cheers to Nigel who kept the start hut chilled. A broken fibula kept him on the sidelines today. credit: Jennifer Colonna

Click here for results, in case you missed them.

See you at the Knob next year for more great grassroots action – maybe even with dual slalom!


3 responses

  1. This looks fantastic Aaron, looks like you’ve outdone yourself, again!

    Best of luck growing the sport we love in Ohio, you’ve certainly grown it here,

    Alex @

    October 19, 2011 at 6:40 am

  2. Mike Colonna

    Nice race report Aaron! Thanks again for all of your help, I’d probably be lost without you.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:33 pm

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