Stevie Smith Foundation rider Magnus Manson made the short trip across the border with his Kona Operator DL this weekend to take on the Port Angeles, WA round of the Pro GRT series at Dry Hill. It turns out though, that in true Pacific Northwest fashion, it was anything but dry, with a massive deluge soaking the course and turning things into one seriously slick affair.


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“I took a little ride on the struggle bus this weekend, right up until the race run it seemed like. Usually I like riding in the mud, but the soft dirt made for slow rolling conditions. I managed to sort it out when it counted and I’m happy to come second, only .05 off the win! On to the US Open!”

Magnus won here just a few weeks ago, but the strong competition and trying conditions made for a real challenge and a second place finish. After a disappointing first World Cup round, this is the just the motivation Magnus needs heading into the US Open and round 2 of the World Cup in Fort William.

“Fort William will be an interesting one! I haven’t ridden there much and it seems experience is a big role in that race. But I’m excited as ever and can’t wait to put the tires in the dirt. I’m learning a lot in the jump to pro and I think in the long run making a few mistakes now will teach me some important lessons for the future.”

Riding like a man possessed, Magnus Mason is on a mission here at [not so] Dry Hill. 11th in Elite Men, 5.65 seconds out of first, he looks capable of finding that time in Finals.