Monster Energy’s Charlie Harrison (USA) has taken the win at the first US national GRT race of the season against a stacked field.
The young Californian took home the win on a track that was about as far as he could get from the conditions he is used to riding at home. Port Angeles, Washington is known most famously for being the set of the Twilight movie series, but with action sports fans it's home to some of the best MTB gravity race tracks in the nation. Steep, slippery and covered in roots and rocks, the tracks here always make for some exciting racing.
"I had a lot of fun this weekend. I’ve always enjoyed going to Port Angeles, it was actually the first place I ever raced a US National at, so I’ve always really liked going back up there. It’s a super cool spot, real beautiful, and I dig how different it is compared to home in California. The track changed a lot during the weekend, it was quite loose the first day being pretty dry, and then it rained all day for seeding, and by the time race day came around, it was starting to dry up which actually made it greasier in some spots."
"I was really happy to deed fastest, I had a crash my last lap of practice which made my shoulder quite sore, so I wasn’t really sure how it’d feel riding. After seeding, I just tried to focus and enjoy the time leading up to finals. I’m real happy that I was able to go 1-1 in seeding and finals. The teams been awesome, and I’m feeling ready to go for World Cup 1 here in two weeks!"
Joining Charlie at the race this weekend was Monster’s Mitch Ropelato (USA) who ended up stopping the clock in 6th place, just under 3 seconds back from Harrison.
Both riders now prepare to head to Europe for the first World Cup of the season in Maribor, Slovenia at the end of April.