“6000 Steps” is the name of a trail at Snowshoe Mountain Bike Park. It was also the first stage of the inaugural eight-stage, two-day Snowshoe Epic Enduro at Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. It quickly became known as “6000 puddles.”
The Snowshoe Epic Enduro is the fourth stop in the West Virginia Enduro series and set riders out across eight stages in two days traversing some of the most technical terrain in Appalachia.
As rain began to fall from a thunderstorm late Friday night, dropping inches of rain on the course, the start of stage one was more a downhill creek than single-track.
“We almost had to do a swift water rescue,” said Snowshoe Bike Park Supervisor Austin Barga in jest. Though despite the conditions, the nearly 100 riders washed their bikes, dried their shoe soles and kept going as high winds, dense fog and fall-like conditions in June rose with the riders on day two.
Susan Haywood, who finished first in the Pro/Ex Women’s said the race was a blast. “It was fun!” she said. “Nice mix of downhill and technical xc trails. Great volunteers, good prizes and friendly vibes and of course the weather made it epic!”
Levi Rose, who finished 13th in Pro/Ex Men said this was just another typical Snowshoe race. “The race started with 6000 Steps, but greeted racers with 6000 puddles,” Rose said “Snowshoe has the recipe for a good race course, just need to sprinkle in a little sunshine next year."
Duan Swanson, who finished first in the hard-tail series said despite the conditions he would do it again. “Two-days of the worst conditions I’ve ever ridden in, on some of the most technical trails around,” Swanson said. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I can’t wait to do it again.”
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