GT Bicycles East Coast Junior MTB Championships

Presented by Kates Real Food

DH RESULTS

https://www.rootsandrain.com/event9086/2021-aug-15-eastern-states-cup-east-coast-junior-dh-championships-blue-mountain-pa/results/

DS RESULTS

https://www.rootsandrain.com/event9088/2021-aug-15-eastern-states-cup-east-coast-junior-ds-championships-blue-mountain-pa/results/

XC RESULTS

https://www.rootsandrain.com/event9085/2021-aug-15-eastern-states-cup-east-coast-junior-xc-championships-blue-mountain-pa/results/

ENDURO RESULTS

https://www.rootsandrain.com/event9087/2021-aug-15-eastern-states-cup-east-coast-junior-enduro-championships-blue-mountain-pa/results/

GT Bicycles East Coast Junior MTB Championships
Aug 13 – 15, 2021 Blue Mountain, PA – DH – DS – XC – Enduro

Spreading across the US the first multi-discipline Junior specific Mountain Bike Championships.

Kates Real Food presents the Second
GT Bicycles East Coast Junior MTB Championships August 13-15, 2021
at Blue Mountain Bike Park, Palmerton, PA

The GT Bicycles East Coast Junior MTB Championships will consist of Cross Country, Enduro and new this year Downhill and Dual Slalom will be added at a Blue Mountain Bike Park in Palmerton, PA

The GT Bicycles East Coast Junior MTB Championships is a place for the top young talent from all over the USA to come and test themselves amongst the nation’s best! All junior racers are invited to compete in their prospective age categories, amongst their peers. There will also be an elite category where any junior who feels they can be the fastest in the nation can accept the challenge!

As a well-established promotions company and a reputation for putting forth amazing events the ESC organization will lead the East Coast Champs! The first year of junior competition was a great success with over 200 of the fastest junior racers from the West coast competing in Cross Country, Enduro, and Short Track events at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, CA. Both SoCal Endurance and Team Big Bear MTB teamed up to bring Junior racing to the top level of competition.

It is our goal to establish the highest level of competition and challenge to our junior racers. With a combined experience over 75 years of putting on top level mountain bike events we expect nothing but the best!

The West Coast Junior Championships will follow a similar format and take place TBA The West Coast Championships will be organized by SoCal Endurance, SoCal Enduro and Team Big Bear.

JUNIOR MTB CHAMPIONSHIPS WEBSITE

The GT Bicycles East Coast Junior MTB Championships is a place for the top young talent to come and test themselves amongst the nation’s best! All junior racers are invited to compete in their prospective age categories, amongst their peers. There will also be an elite category where any junior who feels they can be the fastest in the nation can accept the challenge.

Parents and Coaches may practice with the racers providing they use a number plate and submit a waiver. There is no charge for this, except for a Blue Mountain Lift Pass if one is desired. The exception is only racers may practice Sunday morning for the Downhill.

GT Bicycle’s Dylan Conte and Phil Kmetz who most of you know by either “Skills with Phil” and “Thrills with Phil” from his popular YouTube video series will be on hand to lead DH course walks and give tips for Dual Slalom Racing at the East Coast Junior MTB Championships. Phil and Dylan will be joined by other GT Bicycle pro racers to ride with each enduro age group.
https://philkmetz.com/

GT Bicycles will be raffling off a small GT Force Carbon Elite to a registered racer. This weekend at the East Coast Junior MTB Championships at Blue Mountain Resort , Just before the XC awards on Saturday.

The schedule for Saturday now includes:
10:00 am DH Course Walk with “Skills with Phil” aka Phil Kmetz and GT Pro Racer Dylan Conte

1:00 pm Enduro course ride with “Skills with Phil” Kmetz and GT Pro Racer Dylan Conte

All Day: Neutral onsite support from GT Bicycles sponsored Pro Tram, Defiant Racing.

Cross Country XC Classes Saturday August 14, 2021
10 and Under
11-13 Boys
11-13 Girls
14-15 Boys
14-15 Girls
16-18 Boys
16-18 Girls

Dual Slalom DS Classes Saturday August 14, 2021
10 and Under
11-13 Boys
11-13 Girls
14-15 Boys
14-15 Girls
16-18 Boys
16-18 Girls

Enduro Classes Sunday August 15, 2021
10 and Under
11-13 Boys
11-13 Girls
14-15 Boys
14-15 Girls
16-18 Boys
16-18 Girls

Downhill  DH Classes Sunday August 15, 2021
10 and Under
11-13 Boys
11-13 Girls
14-15 Boys
14-15 Girls
16-18 Boys
16-18 Girls

A rider’s racing age is their age on December 31, 2021

Onsite Registration is available for all diciplines and classes 

Your PayPal receipt is your registration confirmation, we do not email registration confirmations. You can print out the PayPal receipt if you wish, it has the event name, date and class entered.

Refund Policy: Refunds are available two up to weeks prior to the event, less $ 20 Handling fee via Paypal, contact us at easternstatescup@hotmail.com. Race entries cannot be transferred to a different event

Tentative Schedule

Please Note: We do expect to have some changes in the schedule as we get closer to the event. Those changes will be posted on this webpage.

Friday

Registration 10:00am – 4:00 pm
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Courses Open

Friday lift passes available from Blue Mountain (Friday Lift Pass is not included with race registration)

 

Saturday

7:30am – 8:30am Late XC Registration
9:00 am – 2:00 pm DS, DH and Enduro Registration

Saturday and Sunday Lift Passes Included with DH and Enduro Race Registration

10:00 am DH Course Walk with “Skills with Phil” Kmetz and GT Pro Racer Dylan Conte

1:00 pm Enduro course ride with “Skills with Phil” Kmetz and GT Pro Racer Dylan Conte

All Day: Neutral onsite support from GT Bicycles sponsored Pro Tram, Defiant Racing

 

XC RACE

13 and under classes
Start time 9:30 am: Boys 11-13 – 6 laps (estimated completion time 10:30 am)
Start time 9:35 am: Girls 11-13 – 6 laps (estimated completion time 10:40 am)

10 and under class
9:40 pm: 10 & under: Boys and Girls Combined – 3 laps (estimated completion time 10:15 am)

14 – 15 classes
11:00 am: Boys 14 – 15 – 8 laps (estimated completion time 11:50 am)
11:05 am: Girls 14 – 15 – 8 laps (estimated completion time 12:00 pm)

16 – 18 classes
12:30 pm: Boys 16 – 18 – 10 laps (estimated completion time 1:15 pm)
12:35 pm: Girls 16 – 18 – 10 laps (estimated completion time 1:25 pm)

 DUAL SLALOM RACE

11:00 am – 1:50 pm Open Practice all ages

2:00 Qualifying
3:00 pm Race Start

 

DOWNHILL – ENDURO PRACTICE

10:00 am – 6:00 pm Open Practice all ages 

 

Sunday 

7:30 am – 8:30 am Late Onsite enduro and DH registration and packet pickup open
 

ENDURO RACE
No Enduro Practice Allowed
8:30 am Mandatory Enduro racer meeting at registration tents
9:00 am All racer staging (Elite – 12U)

 

DOWNHILL RACE

Practice 9:00 am-11:30 am
12:00 noon Race (12U- Elite)

 

ENDURO ONLY: $100 TIMING CHIPS – We will be using our SIAC Fly By timing system for this event. We will be issuing the Enduro timing chip and holder at registration Check-in. Please note if you do not return the SIAC Timing Chip you will owe us $100. Yes, they cost that much. Other enduro series require the racers to use their own or rent them plus a deposit. We trust our racers until proven otherwise so please make sure to return the chip if you decide to leave early.

Please Note: GPS units on bars or stem may interfere with the SIAC Timing Chip so it’s best not to use one

Enduro Racers must be present at the racers’ meeting where we will activate their chips.

We will be onsite Thursday afternoon but please understand we cannot do any registration on Thursday. We have a lot of courses set up and we really want to ride our bikes too !

We will be offering our 2020 Maxxis ESC Socks, Pint Glasses, and T-Shirts at our registration tents, please remember its cash only.

WAIVERS / REGISTRATION FORMS – All racers must check-in at registration and fill out the registration and waiver forms before riding the trails after 9 am Saturday.

• NUMBER PLATES –Number Plate must be affixed correctly to your bike always while on the tracks this weekend. You will not be allowed to ride without one. No cuts or trimming allowed on the plate, please.
• CASH ONLY – Yup, ATMs on site.
• BUG SPRAY – You will want it and please don’t ask for ours…lol
• COLD – Temps expected in the 30’s overnights
• RAIN – Don’t even go there !!

CAMPING – Parking lot camping is available for Maxxis ESC Racers, Friday and Saturday nights in the Valley parking lots, $20 per person for the weekend, under 18 free,  restrooms and showers are included. The showers will be available for all campers. They will be closed between 1 pm-4 pm for cleaning. As always, racers are asked to be clean and respectful when utilizing these facilities as they are used for our summer camp kids the following Monday.

Racers may also opt to use the regular campsites for $40 a night for up to 6 persons – subject to availability. These sites can be booked through Blue Mountain, they will sell out. Go to https://www.skibluemt.com/outdoor/camping/ for info.

Any fires in the parking lot must be in a raised fire pit or grill. We will not be providing fire rings. A complete list of rules will be provided to campers.

For our regular camping site or a glamping site, sites can be reserved in advance at https://www.skibluemt.com/outdoor/camping/ These sites include picnic tables and showers (by appt only).

CROSS COUNTRY: Saturday, August 14, 2021
Cross Country is an endurance-based event where racers compete on a 1.5 mile lap for a certain number of laps. Lap counts will be determined by category. Laps consist of uphills and downhills on varied terrain. Usual laps times will be 10-15 minutes per lap.

DUAL SLALOM:  Saturday, August 14, 2021
Consists of two racers racing two almost identical tracks next to each other down a slope. The courses are usually short; one run lasting about 30 seconds. It is filled with tabletop jumps, doubles, and bermed turns. Both riders’ times are taken and then they switch tracks for another round, whereafter the combined times are counted and the slower rider is eliminated. The winner moves on to the next round until they have 2 riders left racing in the final.

ENDURO: Sunday, August 15, 2021
Enduro is a gravity-based event with multiple timed stages. The timed stages are the downhill portions. The uphill portions are not timed.  The podium results will be based on an accumulation of time for all timed stages.

DOWNHILL:  Sunday, August 15, 2021
Downhill riders have a single attempt to reach the finish line as fast as possible while remaining between the two tapes designating the course. Riders must choose their line by compromising between the shortest possible line and the line that can be traveled at the highest speed. Riders start at intervals, often seeded from slowest to fastest, and courses typically take two to five minutes to complete with winning margins being often less than a second.


After a successful second event in California and the inaugural East Coast Event in Pennsylvania last year, the U.S. Cup Junior Mountain Bike Championships are bringing back a second weekend of top-level youth competition to the East Coast. The well-known and respected Maxxis Eastern States Cup series will be organizing the new Eastern Championships and their years of experience promise a flawless event. The championships offer a place for top young talent from all over the country to test themselves against their peers. The U.S. Cup is no stranger to organizing top-level mountain bike races. 2020 marks the 11th year the U.S. Cup has produced UCI Olympic cross-country events for athletes. These events represent the highest level of professional cross-country in the U.S., and offer athletes valuable points for World Cup and Olympic racing for their countries.


The East Coast Junior Mountain Bike Championships will crown champions in cross-country, Downhill, Dual Slalom, and Enduro disciplines. The races will be divided by gender and offer racing age classes in two-year increments starting with a 10-and-under class. There will also be an elite category where any junior who feels they can be the fastest in the nation can step up to the plate. Registration is open to anyone from anywhere and we extend a special invitation to our friends from north of the border to come to join the fun. No licenses of any kind are needed so there is no red tape for parents to worry about.


The venue for the U.S. Cup West Coast Junior Mountain Bike Championships will be TBA. The trails check all the boxes with flow, tech, steeps, rocky features, and speed but are still approachable for any level of rider.


XC racers will compete on a 3-4 mile lap for a certain number of laps. Lap counts will be determined by category. Laps consist of uphills and downhills on varied terrain. Usual laps times will be 10-15 minutes per lap.


This promises to be a great family event with fun youth racing for every age level and will showcase their talents. We look forward to seeing the fastest young rippers challenging for the Championship Jerseys.


The Junior Mountain Bike Championships will crown champions in both cross-country and enduro disciplines. The races will be divided by gender and offer racing age classes in two-year increments starting with a 10-and-under class. There will also be an elite category where any junior who feels they can be the fastest in the nation can step up to the plate. Registration is open to anyone from anywhere and we extend a special invitation to our friends from north of the border to come to join the fun. No licenses of any kind are needed so there is no red tape for parents to worry about.