Valet Service for Northwest Cup

The Silver Mountain Mountain bike trail complex contains some of the most challenging mountain bike trails in the Northwest. While Silver Mountain has run its own home-grown "Silver Race" series, it has never hosted a circuit race. On the weekend of August 21st, 22nd, and 23rd that all changed, and Silver Mountain hosted its first-ever stop of the Northwest Cup (N-Dub), the premier Mountain Bike Downhill series of the Pacific Northwest. Other venues for N-Dub include Port Angeles, Mt Hood, and Stevens Pass.

Just a couple days before the start of the event a representative of Silver Mountain called to see if Silver Valley Christian Academy was interested in providing personnel to staff a "valet bike parking service" to help get some very expensive bikes locked up for the nights of Aug 21-22 and 22-23. The following morning, the 20th of August, we were able to confirm that, yes, we would provide personnel, as an SVCA fund-raising event.

For the racers, the first day of the weekend was for "test and tune," and getting acquainted with the trails. Day two was filled with qualifying runs. The third day, Sunday the 23rd, was the day of the race for Junior, Expert, and Pro categories.

Cindy Denny

Cindy and Denny Carlson check in bike number 734 for the night.

Academy people who staffed the "valet" table were Cindy and Denny Carlson, Jacob Dorsett, Brenda Erickson, Shelby Snyder, and Robin Lake. Others who volunteered, but, due to timing, were not called to help were Lyndia and Vanessa Evans, and Ed Warren.

A trip to the top on Silver Mountain's gondola provides 3,400 vertical feet of adrenalin-fueled excitement on bike trails winding back down the mountain. Many of the racers took advantage of that to return to the Gondola Village at the end of the day, rather than riding the gondola back down.


Some of the bikes that were taken in and stored overnight

The consensus of those who were there at the valet table was that "we're ready to do it again next year." Maybe the event will grow for both the Academy and Silver Mountain.