Jason Moeschler blasting down Third Divide Trail. Photo by Forrest Arakawa
The Downieville Classic once again secured its prominence as the premier All Mountain race in America. Spectators were treated to a dramatic competition with the most talent-stacked field in Downieville history. “We have more world champion racers here than any other race in the States,” said the race organizer, Wayne Hoffman.
The biggest battle of the weekend was between Olympic-rider/Super D National Champ Adam Craig (Giant) and Jason Moeschler (WTB/Santa Cruz). Moeschler has won Downieville’s prestigious All Mountain stage race three times; he grew up in the nearby town of Nevada City, California; he helps maintain and build Downieville’s trails; and he has a full time office job at WTB. Craig came to the small Sierra town without the local knowledge (it was his, in fact, his first time racing in Downieville), but the demanding course perfectly suits Craig’s bike-handling skills and horsepower.
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