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Faubert and White Win NW Cup #4 at the Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl

Faubert and White Win NW Cup #4 at the Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl

By Mike Estes
 

Men's Pro finished with an exciting weather element of a solid downpour. But it didn't seem to bother the top 10 finishers too much, Dunbar Cycles Kent Faubert crushed his race run to take the win just as the cloud unleashed some wet fury. PerformX/Commencal's Luke Steven's magically reappeared like the leprechaun in Lucky Charms to claim 2nd and let everyone know- he likes this track! Freehub Mag/Transition rider Victor Smith finally tapped into his full potential and just barely ousted Diamondback DF5 Pro Charlie Sponsel for 3rd, while Victor's teammate Trevor Parson held onto fifth for his first pro podium.
 

2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com

NW Cup #4 Pro Men's Podium

Making her way down through the rocks to the roots.

Freehub Mag/ Transition Rider Britney White navigates the boulder zone at Skibowl


The women's pro field is super small, so small both entrants earned podiums. Deity's Michelle Benson was the bridesmaid in this situation taking 2nd and Freehub Mag/Transition ripper Britney White get's her first NW Cup Pro Womens' win.

2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com

NW Cup #4 Pro Womens Podium


2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com

Dirtcorp/Trek ripper Nick Clarke taking the Jr Expert win! Also his dad Andrew Clarke also won his category in 40+ Cat2- I think they are still hi fiving each other!


Now in Jr Expert we had some race drama. Qualifying first was Transition rider Kole Wetherell who was a 'shoe in' for the 'easy win' at this venue. He is local. Well in the finals- he never made down to the finish on his bike. Instead he was escorted to the finish line where he showed us a one inch deep hole in his hand from a wicked crash. 10 stitches deep. Therefore - Dirtcorp's Rider- Nick Clark earns his first JR Expert win with his sub 4 min time at Skibowl. Very hard to do. Singletrack Minds racer Corey Craig muscled his way into 2nd and Port Townsend youngin Kasper Dean earned his way onto the podium for third.

2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com

NW Cup #4 Jr Expert Podium


2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com

Kole Wetherell has the crash on his Instagram (kdubsteezy) and it's brutal!


2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com

This track hasn't changed much in a decade, no reason to fix something that challenges the best riders in the area. Diamondback DF5 Pro Charlie Sponsel has a long history of racing here, enroute to a solid 4th place in pro men's.


2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com

GoHuckYourself dot com rider Lucas Chalcraft negoitiates one tough zone of roots before descending to the log drop at Skibowl


2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com

Freehub Mag/Transition TM Matt Orlando kept himself upright and earned a top 10 check!


2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com

When you write the articles, you can edit yourself into them- I grew up at this resort, my mom ran the ticket office just so I could ski as a child. Skibowl is a very special place to race- its unchanged, its raw and it scares every racer that signs up. This was taken during our practice on Sat, but its the best photo I've ever seen of myself so I'm using it. Thank you Greg Tubbs for always attending races and for always getting the good shots.


2013 NWCUP 4 - photo by Greg Tubbs Grubworks Media. More NWCUP photos at http grubworks.smugmug.com
Dunbar Cycles rolled the whole crew down and Kent Faubert sails to victory on the legendary Mt. Hood Skibowl DH track!


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Next NW Cup is July 12-14th at Mt Hood Skibowl, it's also a MTB Grand Prix Tour stop as well, so lots of good racers are expected to attend. Stay tuned for more course previews uploading next week.

The M.t Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl is a family adventure destination with Zip Lines, Malibu Raceway Virage  Karts, Bungee Tower, Alpine Slide, Horseback riding, Mini Golf, Batting Cages and scenic hikes for all abilities. Over 20 attractions where you are in control.  Check out Mt Hood Skibowl's website HERE!

Photos by Greg Tubbs of Grubworks Media and Ruandy Albisurez

 

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