Pro GRT #3 | Mountain Creek, NJ

Author: Ross McDonald

The Monster Army crew headed to the Mountain Creek Bike Park in Vernon, New Jersey for the 3rd round of the Downhill National series. The rockiest course we’ve seen this year became even more rowdy when the rain began to come down. Titus Nicholson smashes through some rocks on a practice run.

Nik Nestoroff went off 9th fastest in qualifying, showing some great speed for the 1st year pro.

Zach Gareis has been having a breakout year, staying on pace in qualifying, only 6 seconds back.

California boys, Dante SilvaSteve Walton, & Nik Nestoroff take some time to chat about the course before finals.

It’s been a muddy season for Dante Silva, who rarely sees mud or even rain in Southern California. It didn’t slow him down as he would better his qualifying time to take 3rd in the Junior Expert Category

East coasters, David Kahn, Zach Gareis, and Titus Nicholson get their game faces ready as the fog rolled in.

David Kahn sitting in the starting gate visualizing how it’s all about to go down.

David generating speed on track, he would pull off a 6th place in Junior Experts.

Zach Gareis gets a little sideways on the first jump of the course. Zach rode hard but came up just shy of the podium in 4th place for the Junior Experts.

Matt Driscoll was smooth all weekend, cruising through the rocks to a 5th place finish in Juniors.

Titus Nicholson rallied his home mountain into 2nd place, just .22 seconds off the win.

In the pro category, Steve Walton would impress the crowd but found himself a little off the pace with a 27th place finish for the 1st year pro.

Nik Nestoroff skims over the whoops to hold down his 9th place qualifying position with a 9th place finish in finals!

The Junior Expert podium with Zach Gareis, Titus Nicholson, Dante Silva, and Matt Driscoll.