Like the famous saying in the movie The Field of Dreams, "if you build it they will come", the 2011 motto for the Downieville Classic was, "if we remove the snow they will come." That is exactly what happened thanks to the massive effort led by the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and the help of hundreds of volunteers.
Kenny Burt on his way to taking third place in the Downhill. Photo: D.Zaffke
Kenny Burt WTB/IBIS led the charge to the podium taking 3rd in the Downhill and fourth in the All Mountain category. WTB/Cannondale's Ben Cruz took 5th in the Downhill, Max Houtzager WTB/ Whole Athlete / Specialized won second place in the Jr. Men All Mountain category, and WTB/Giant/Northstars Lizzy English took 1st place in the Women's All Mountain category.
Max Houtzager pushing through the infamous “Waterfall”- Photo:D.Zaffke
We are also happy to report that all of the WTB Racers were riding the new WTB TCS system with no flats! Weirwolfs / Wolverines and Strykers were the top tire and wheel combinations for this years Downieville Classic.
WTB athlete “Blind “Bobby congratulates Ben Cruz on his all out effort in the XC race.- Photo L.Moeschler
Marketing Manager Chris Schierholtz and WTB Logistics Manager Fast Freddy “Trailboss” Falk moments before their Downhill run.- Photo L.Moeschler
Friendly reminder, if you are not a member of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship you should. Click here, it’s just that easy. We also have race reports coming in from Mark and Jason's BC Epic Race and the race scene in Europe, stay tunned…