Sunday we returned bright and early to bear witness to the DH event and more event photography. Weather wise, the morning started off great.
As the pros were departing last, a few chose to forgo the shuttle to Four Corners provided by Ashland Mountain Adventures and pedaled to the start.
Although the day started off dry, partway through the morning it began to rain, dramatically changing up course conditions. It got pretty cold for those of us standing around waiting for riders, and I found myself rotating through two dry spots, and occasionally huddling beneath Cliffy’s umbrella. (everyone knows Cliff, right?)
The traditional Spring Thaw course is down Catwalk, and this year was lengthened with the addition of a second stage down BTI.
The Spring Thaw DH has been a favorite of bay area ripper and fast guy Mark Weir, who made his return to racing after an injury sustained in a trail cleaning accident a few months ago. He was a bit off his form but did well enough to grab 7th.
In years past the event has often come down the Mark and uber fast local Nathan Riddle, who again took the win.
Nathan seemed a bit bummed about his run, as he went down midway. Turns out he was ripping it so hard he still took the win.
In the end, newcomer and emerging pro Marco Osborne took the overall title as KOM.