Downieville Photo Gallery, Race Report and Results

Race Coverage

We have a ton of photos from the Downieville Classic courtesy of Mtbr’s very own Forrest Arakawa. We also have a first person race report from third place finisher in the Pro XC, Menso de Jong as well as results from the Pro XC and Pro DH races. This year was also the first time a Tour de France ProTour racer entered and challenged the usual suspects…Levi Leipheimer destroyed the field on the climbs but had a bit of bad luck on the descents.

Carl Decker crushing it on the climb!

The Downieville Classic is a special race and can be considered one of the original “enduro” races. The cross country race is a 29 mile course held on Saturday that departs from Sierra City (elevation 4,100′), then climbs to the crest of the Sierra Nevada (elevation 7,100′), and then plunges 5,200 vertical feet into downtown Downieville. Besides the challenge of the elevation, the course itself contains nice, Norcal dirt singletrack as well as loose, exposed, shaly doubletrack to rocky descents and creek crossings and bridge crossings.

The Downieville Classic downhill race is run on Sunday and runs from Packer Saddle to Downieville and drops 5,333 vertical feet in 15 miles. It has the distinction of being the longest downhill mountain bike race in the nation and the course includes Sunrise Trail, Butcher Ranch Trail, Third Divide Trail and First Divide Trail.

The results of the XC and DH races are combined to create an overall All Mountain Champion.

The highlight for many spectators is the River Jump! Be sure to check out all of the photos in the gallery below.

McLovin going HUGE as always!

Continue Reading for Menso de Jong’s First Person Race Report on page 2.

Downieville Photo Gallery, Race Report and Results Gallery
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Riders strung out for miles.

Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Overall Winner Carl Decker always has a smile on his face! Congrats dude!

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Joe Lawill ripping the DH!

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I'm not sure if they were supposed to be casting while the guys were jumping

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Carl crushing it on the climb!

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Larissa Fitchett

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Karin Edwards happy to be climbing 4K in the sun!!! SAWEEEET!!!!

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Larry Sussman was all smiles!

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Watching the droves coming toward us!

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Gettin some!!!

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McLovin going HUGE as always!

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Shimano casting comp!

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Downieville Godfather Greg Williams having a blast!

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Levi Leipheimer was at least 3 minutes ahead of the next rider at this point.

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Adam was just trying to stay ahead of Carl at this point!!! Painful!!!

Adam Craig is always a favorite to win here at Downieville. It's awesome that this race is attracting such talent. Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Menso DeJong wasn't even winded at this point in the climb.

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Jason Moeschler is always a threat to win this event!!!

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5th Place AM finisher and Santa Cruz Fox Team Rider Ryan Chandler!!!

Watch out for this kid! Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Cling Classen killing it on the climb!!! He has a full time job;)

Clint races and rides every weekend. He gets better and better each race!!! Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Cody Kaiser!

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Riley Howard with a big ass pack!!!

Riley is going to be a threat at this race very soon. Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Uknown French GT rider!! He was super stoked when he flew by us!

He was RAD for sure! Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Overall Winner of the 2013 Downieville Classic Katerina Hanusova!!!

Katerina is so awesome! She is beating many of the top men!!! Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Scott Chapin chasing down the Katerina and Kelli!!! Motivation!!!

Scott would have bonked has he not been staring at Katerina the whole climb:) Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Kelli Emmet raging up the climb as always!

Kelli, was going for it this weekend! She has won here a few times! Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Glenn Fant

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Shane Bresnyan having a blast chasing down his homies!!!!

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Dejay Birch!!!! Legend!!!

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Yuri Hauswald is always in contention to win the SS class!!!

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Tsering Alleyne from Marin Bikes going for it on the climb!!!

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The Angry Single Speeder AKA Kurt Gensheimer!!! SS madness!!!

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John KOS Koslovslky from CVC is needing a drink at this point!

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Chris Scierholtz is always smiling! Such a rad dude!

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Santa Cruz Marketing Honch Will Ockelton making it look easy!

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Haley Cutter having a blast as always!

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Katie DeClerq leading the charge for team Juliana!!!

Katie didn't even know she was racing until Friday afternoon!!!! Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Christina Probert Turner stoked to be out there!

Christina has been doing this race for as long as I can remember, she is amazing!!!! Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Even the hikers were stoked!!!

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Team Juliana getting by on the outside!

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Curtis Inglis

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Crashing was common at this spot! It's a HUGE climb!

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Charging past!!!

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Young Rider. Unknown

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Cyclefest!!!!

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Garry Mcleod making sure he got the shot:)

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Unknown rider!!!

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Sean Holifield got cut off and had to walk!!!

Bummer for him, but he was still stoked!!! Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Adam Craig

Adam was looking super fast this year. Many people thought he was going to take it but Carl was the man!
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Levi killing it in the DH!!!

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Shimano's own Joe Lawill

Joe has a full time job at Shimano and still manages to stay super fit and fast!!!!
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Young Yeti Rider

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Santa Cruz/Fox Super Star Marshall Eames!!!

Marshall did really well and had a blast this year! Congrats!!! Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Duncan Meyers crushing! Duncan rules!!!!

Photo: Forrest Arakawa
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Truckee Ride

Fun ride with Jaclyn (my patient girlfriend) in Truckee on Sunday to reward her for sitting in town all morning Saturday waiting for me.
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Podium

The podium was backlit by the setting sun...
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Donner Lake

Relaxing at Donner Lake after a good weekend.
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About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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