High elevation race puts the “endure” into enduro
Words by Michele Lamelin, Photos by Called To Creation
Running at high elevation, the event featured a course that put the “endure” into enduro, with arduous transfer climbs (no lift access!) and technically demanding timed downhill stages on chunky, dusty and loose terrain. The 7 mile course for beginners and juniors included 1500’ of climbing and 2 downhill stages, while all other categories took on 14 miles, with 3000’ of climbing and 3 challenging descents.
The three day event featured camping, meals, live music, an outdoor movie screening of Arrival, sponsor expo area, and the infamous bonus stage 4—a refreshing plunge into a nearby swimming hole.
A $5000 purse went to the pros and all winners received spectacular prizes courtesy event and series sponsors. All racers received free lift access for their next visit courtesy China Peak Mountain Resort.
Pro Women Podium
1 Amy Morrison (Mike’s Bikes)
2 Rachel Throop (GT/SRAM/Kenda/Troy Lee Designs)
3 Jackie Swider
4 Christine Hirst (Cycleworld)
5 Lauren Gregg (FOX)
Pro Men Podium
1 Jeremiah Newman (Felt/WTB)
2 Jeff Kendall-Weed (Team Ibis-Retro Cellars)
3 Jon Buckell (Incycle ODI)
4 Scott Chapin (Santa Cruz)
5 Casey Coffman (Felt/VP/Kenda/SR Suntour/Smith)
Marin Bikes Mount Vision C-XM8 raffle
Proceeds benefit California Enduro Series
FOX 2015 36 fork raffle
Proceed benefit Stafford Lake Bike Park and Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz flow trail project at Soquel Demonstration State Forest