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!
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 .
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.
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!
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!