Northstar brings big jump lines to California enduro
By Michele Lamelin
Over 230 racers returned to the Sierra mountains for the California Enduro Series. The series’ third stop—the Northstar Livewire Classic Enduro in Truckee—capped off Northstar’s 2014 Enduro Bike Race Series, running the day before the bike park’s popular Livewire Classic, their downhill race series’ finale.
The 19 mile course gave competitors a varied taste of high Sierra terrain. Transfer stages were a mix of lift access and arduous pedaling. The three timed stages featured a combined 2900′ of descending and an extra helping of pedaling that required riders to dig deep in order to stay ahead. Racers were excited to kick off the timed portion of the event on Northstar’s premier jump trail, Livewire, which features huge berms and jumps at every turn. In stark contrast to Stage 1, Stage 2 was a 5 mile grinder that finished off with a grueling fire road climb to the stage finish. Stage 3 was a welcome relief, showcasing fast and flowy trail, with jumps, big berms and two long, low senders to the finish.
The next stop for the California Enduro Series will take place at Mammoth Mountain as part of the Kamikaze Bike Games (September 18-21), marking the third straight stop in the high Sierra. The series will round out with Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz’s Santa Cruz Super Enduro at Soquel Demonstration State Forest (October 10-12). Both the Mammoth Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro and the Santa Cruz Super Enduro are sold out.
Pro Women Podium
1 – Jackie Swider (Art’s Cyclery / Dirty Jane)
2 – Lauren Gregg (FOX)
3 – Christine Hirst (CycleWorld)
Pro Men Podium
1 – Marco Osborne (Cannondale)
2 – Doug Thayer (Cyclepaths)
3 – Tom Doran (Santa Cruz, Royal Racing)
Marin Bikes Mount Vision C-XM8 raffle
Proceeds benefit California Enduro Series
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