Wed Night Worlds – the local watering hole for Seattle area MTB racers
Born in the late 80’s at the Black Diamond Trails, “Wick” and his brother “Stiff” created the series under “Stiff Wick Productions”. A few years later, WNWC moved to South SeaTac/Des Monies Creek Park where it remained for about 20 years. Sometime around 2010, a Detention Center was put on the property and the races were forced to move to North SeaTac Park. There were a few gap years until Russell Stevenson picked up the event name brand and resurrected the series in 2014.
Today, Wed Night Worlds MTB Races are some of the most popular and attended races around. For so many, Wed Nights are a regular place to unwind, sweat hard, socialize with friends and enjoy their community. The fun, relaxed, party atmosphere is as much the draw for racers as the races themselves.
Russell Stevenson – Director
Russ is a life-long PNW cyclist who grew into one of the region’s best. He spent most of his teenage days poaching Seattle City Parks on his Mt. Bike and racing the Seward Park Criteriums. He went on to race professionally in Road, MTB and Cyclocross, winning various age group national titles in three disciplines including a Master’s World Championship.
Ask Russ what his greatest achievement is and you’ll likely hear; “That I still love the sport after all these years”. That love for the sport is how this chapter of Wed Night Worlds began. His introduction to the local MTB race scene was at Wed Night Worlds S SeaTac back in the day. Fast forward to 2013. It was WNWC’s absence that fueled him to pick the ball back up and roll. Russ’s fuel to keep Wed Nights alive comes not only from his personal history within this community but more to fill a need by providing a regular and easily accessible weekday MTB competition for all ages and ability levels. Wed Nights at N SeaTac have grown to be one of the largest race series in the PNW region.
Mike and Lori Brazel - Registration
These two wonderful people hold down our Registration tent. Both have been racing WNWC since it was held at South Seatac in the early 90’s. Quote from the Brazel’s “Best night of the week!”
All around volunteer and helper
Affectionately known at the Wednesday Night World’s as “Red Santa” or the “man with the big beard,” Vince Partridge is one of the nicest people you’ll meet at the Wednesday Night Worlds. A father of twin daughters who also compete, a triathlon athlete and a US Air Force veteran, Vince is no stranger to all facets of challenges. Whether Vince is cutting new trails with tools he built himself or using his former firefighter experience to providing first aid to anyone in need, “Red Santa” is the gift that keeps on giving!
Ryan Stucky – Registration, Course and Park support
Jason Dougherty – Registration and Park support
Herman Meyer – Timing and Course
Sam "McCray"- Timing and Course
Rick “Rico” Laycock – First Aid
Dayne Kinder - Course and Park Support
Steve Wyand – Course and general Park support
Ian Mackie - Web dude
Yuri Rabena – Course and general Park support
A breast cancer researcher, GT Bicycles ambassador, YouTuber, and kung fumartial arts actor in the local independent film, “The Paper Tigers” movie, Yuri Rabena will probably be one of the most interesting people you’ll meet. Whether Yuri is showing kids how to do trials tricks or hanging out in the back of the start of a race, his easy going attitude will make you feel at home here at the Wednesday Night Worlds
David Larson aka “Dental Dave” – Course and Park support
born and raised Burien native who graduated with a doctorate in dentistry from the University of Washington School of Dentistry. “Dental Dave” is all about giving back to the local community whether it is helping out with park trail duties or providing free dental care to families underprivileged. Dental Dave’s commitment to giving back whether it’s taking care of his patients or promoting living a healthy fitness lifestyle by creating multi use trails at North Seatac Park, he’s all our “smiles per hour” specialist. Dave believes in a fitness filled lifestyle, especially if he can get a workout outdoors