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History

The MAXXIS Eastern States Cup (ESC) was established in 2010 as a USA Cycling Eastern Regional Downhill MTB Championship Series, featuring two USA Cycling State Championships. This formula proved to be popular among racers and venues alike.

In 2011, the series was expanded to include three USAC State Championships held at six premier East Coast venues. The following year, 2012, saw further expansion with an increase to 14 races and five USAC State Championships.

In 2013, the MAXXIS ESC added a popular Enduro Series to its offerings. The following year, 2014, the MAXXIS ESC SuperD Series was introduced.

2015 marked a significant year for the DH series, with racer attendance breaking records. The following year, 2016, the enduro season began with multiple sellouts, an unexpected but welcome outcome. The MAXXIS ESC also introduced the ESC North American Downhill Team for Juniors, with the goal of helping junior racers compete in UCI World Cup events. This initiative was met with great success, with two of the team’s racers qualifying for the UCI World Championships in Australia in 2017.

In 2017, the ESC began the Enduro East series, with the intention of having all of the races be EWS Qualifiers. The following year, 2018, saw the ESC host two EWS Qualifiers and the finals for the new EWS North American Continental Championships. This year also marked the end of the DH series’ affiliation with USAC, allowing the series to simplify and reduce the cost of racing for racers.

The East Coast Junior MTB Championships and e-bike racing were added to the ESC in 2019. In 2020, the “season of Covid” included 11 virus-free events in a challenging season that saw the ESC cancel the whole schedule and then add 5 Enduros and 6 DH events to rescue the season and keep our community together during the pandemic.

In 2021, the Maxxis ESC sold out most events, added Night Enduro Racing and reintroduced the East Coast Junior MTB Championships after a one-year hiatus due to covid.

Mission

The MAXXIS Eastern States Cup (ESC) was established to secure the future of gravity mountain biking on the East Coast. Racers, venues, and sponsors are integral partners in the sport, and the MAXXIS ESC aims to bring them together, address their concerns, and take appropriate action. With a format that caters to all three groups, the ESC is committed to promoting the growth of gravity mountain biking on the East Coast.

The MAXXIS ESC offers racers a variety of venues, challenging courses, and competitive race prices, while also hosting high level mountain biking competitions. To minimize travel costs, the MAXXIS ESC focuses on keeping venues within a manageable geographical area.

For venues, the MAXXIS ESC provides an easy and manageable event, introducing them to a dedicated group of riders and racers and ensuring a positive return for years to come.

Sponsors are offered cost-effective and professional opportunities for media and on-site visibility through the MAXXIS ESC. The ESC promotes sponsors’ products to its dedicated racers and community and partners with sponsors to optimize their investment.

Most importantly, the MAXXIS ESC prioritizes creating a fun and comfortable environment for everyone involved in the sport.