Preview: Fluidride Cup Invades Mt. Hood

The Northwest’s fastest gravity racers will be pinning it at stop three of the Fluidride Series at Mt. Hood, Oregon, this weekend. The course is a favorite among racers and this year it features a new lower section for Pro/Expert racers that already has riders looking forward to the weekend.

"It should be super fun, yet technically challenging enough to separate the men from the boys," said local rider Phillip Wiering. "Mostly because I’m from Portland and I feel like we are racing in my back yard at Mt. Hood, but I'm pumped. I feel like I need to defend this place and take home the victory, nobody wants to get beat on their home court."

The Fluidride Cup isn’t just for Pro Racers though. Series creator Simon Lawton believes in taking care of beginners and making the events fun for racers who only want to have a good time. "The vibe is low key and riders are supportive of each other," he said.

For racers pursuing money however, each stop on the cup has a guaranteed cash purse: The fastest pro men and women take home $500 and $250, respectively. Registration costs $65 for two days of practice and the race, or $45 for race day. On-site camping is also available.

The Mount Hood race runs June 26-29, with the finals on Sunday. For more information go to