Wrap-up: 2011 Central MA Downhill & Freeride Competition Pictures and Video

UPDATES: I added the results of the Women’s Downhill Finals and corrected some of the results that I had confused. It was the end of a long day and misread the results list, my apologies — they’re correct and double checked now. I’ve also added a video taken by Robert Briggs of the Northern Skate Alliance just after the results video. 

What started out as a very wet, rainy New England day ended up being a mega success as 131 riders and even more fans from all over New England (and some from even further) descended upon the quaint town of Harvard, MA to compete in this year’s Central MA Downhill & Freeride Competition. According to Mike Girard, there were actually 84 different towns or cities being represented in 12 states and 3 different countries — talk about a turnout! The biggest event was Downhill, pulling in 90 riders, followed closely by Freeride which boasted 75 participants while the Flatland portion had 26 people participating.

The day was a TON of fun even with the crap weather at the beginning of the day. After the second round of downhill the rain stopped and clouds began to break, allowing the sun to start drying the course off. Unfortunately it made for some patchy pavement at first, but as the day progressed the hills dried out and by the time the Freeride competition took place the hill was almost back to normal.

There’s going to be a lot of video from this event, I should have an edit out sometime tomorrow and expect to see others starting to surface around the same time. Of course, as I find them or have them sent to me I’ll be sure to post them right here so stay tuned.

Below are the results for the Men’s Downhill and Freeride events. 

Men’s Downhill

  1. Will Royce
  2. Will Miranda
  3. Jeff Vyain & Brian Bishop (sharing due to tape sticking, and melting, to Bish’s trucks and wheels).

Women’s Downhill

  1. Sara Paulshock
  2. Laura Nocka
  3. Cordelia Welch

Men’s Freeride

  1. Eric Roth
  2. Norman Plante & Steve Kong (tied)
  3. Bruce Clark (of our friends from the Northern Skate Alliance)
  4. Josh Wright
  5. Will Royce
  • Longest hard wheel slide: Steve Kong
  • Longest soft wheel slide: Trevor Granville
  • Best Trick: Alex Newton (one foot nose blunt)
  • Biggest bail: Nick Sharek

Women’s Freeride

  1. Jess Carchia
  2. Laura Nocka (longest women’s standup)
  3. Sara Paulshock

If you want to actually see the winners take their prizes and the podium check out the awards ceremony video below:

Robert Briggs of the Northern Skate Alliance had his GoPro on hand and got some great footage from the event, including some helmet cam action, definitely worth a watch!

Central Massachusetts DH from some dude on Vimeo.

Also check out some of the photos I snapped from the event. I spent most of the day taking video (which will be edited and posted soon) but paused to take a few shots of the crowd both before and after the contest as well as the winners.