Event Recaps

Six Days and Six Nights in the Saddle Riding the Stagecoach 400

Six Days and Six Nights in the Saddle Riding the Stagecoach 400

Renowned self-supported endurance ride through SoCal mountains, desert, and ocean is true test of grit By Cedar Kyes Photo: Cedar Kyes The Stagecoach 400 start in Idyllwild on March 17, 2017 was as informal as I had hoped it would be. But, I soon realized this was the beginning of something way bigger than I had ever imagined. While many people treat this event as a race or ITT (Individual Time Trial), I was treating it more like a long bike ride with some good friends. So, I was content to watch the crowd gather and then cheer them on as they departed in a kind of bikepacking critical mass that rolled out of town and down the highway towards the first long climb of the route. Having embarked on this journey with literally zero training, I was in no hurry to get the suffering started. I instinctively knew...
Beer and Taco Mountain Bike Festival Turns Spotlight on Beatty

Beer and Taco Mountain Bike Festival Turns Spotlight on Beatty

Western Nevada mountain bike festival hosts legend Tinker Juarez for cross-county race By Stan Lattin Tinker Juarez at the start of the Tinker Classic. The “Beer And Taco Mountain Bike Festival” is a mouthful in more ways than one. Besides the long and quite specific name of the event, the food, beer and friends keep even the most excitable chatterbox occupied. Located in Beatty, Nevada the festival – which took place at Spicer Ranch May 5-7 – grew to three days in its third year. The second day was the Tinker Classic cross country race with 100k and 60k race distance options. Conditions were less than ideal with gusting winds averaging 18 mph, but the racing went off without a hitch, and Tinker Juarez won the race held in his honor. His hospitality and genuine love of life made the prior night’s celebratory race dinner an event to remember....
Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic Raises Funds for Trails

Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic Raises Funds for Trails

Second annual cross country race and festival hits all the right notes above the Monterey Bay By Emma Ussat Photo: Jeff Vander Stucken Blue skies and mild temps set the scene for the second annual Santa Cruz Old Cabin Classic, presented by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) at Wilder Ranch State Park on Saturday, May 13, 2017. The day kicked off bright and early with the first racers hitting the course starting at 8am. The course was harder this year, as relentless rains took their toll on our local trails. Brave souls who raced the vintage class were rattled and bounced about on their pre-1993 bikes. Despite the added challenge on the course the overall vibe remained positive and the feelings of camaraderie pervaded. Photo: Hans Van Housen Photo: Christine West The neutral feed zone was lit, thanks to the efforts of Cycledelicats and Spokesman Bicycles who...
Mammoth Bar Enduro Kicks Off California Enduro Series 2017 Season

Mammoth Bar Enduro Kicks Off California Enduro Series 2017 Season

Popular mountain bike race series strikes it rich in Gold Country with brand new event Words by Liam Ruff Photos by Scott McClain Spring is upon us and the enduro race season has officially begun with the first round of the California Enduro Series taking place in Auburn on May 6. An impressive 420 racers from near and far competed on four stages in the steep American River canyon with over 3,100 feet of climbing in just 16 miles. The Mammoth Bar Enduro clearly showed who had been putting in the training over the winter months as the course included soul-crushing steep transfer stages and a good deal of pedaling within timed stages. Strong handling skills were a necessity, too, in order to navigate especially loose corners and sharp rocks. For many racers, this event was an ideal way to work out the kinks of a new season and...
Top Watermen Compete in Inaugural Red Bull Heavy Water

Top Watermen Compete in Inaugural Red Bull Heavy Water

Connor Baxter surges through San Francisco Bay to victory in challenging SUP race The first ever Red Bull Heavy Water stand up paddle board race saw optimal weather conditions with sunny skies and challenging conditions of 6-8ft waves in San Francisco on October 19, 2016. Fifteen of the world’s best watermen were tasked to a grueling 12km (7.5 miles) battle of athleticism, with the ultimate victor Connor Baxter, 22, of Maui, HI, crowned Champion of Red Bull Heavy Water. A specialty event on the SUP World Championship Series, Red Bull Heavy Water required the perfect mix of paddling skills, ocean knowledge, supreme fitness and the courage to take on one of the most intimidating stretches of coastline in the world. The event truly lived up to its namesake, of the fifteen starters, 10 watermen achieved the lofty goal of completing the entire course. The heavy conditions manifested in overhead-plus...
California Enduro Series: That’s a Wrap

California Enduro Series: That’s a Wrap

A look back at the series’ 4th season By Patrick D. Rosso Amy Morrison pinned on the Ashland Mountain Challenge course. She took 3rd place in the race presented by Ashland Mountain Adventures, and went on to secure the top spot for Pro Women in the series overall, as well as 2nd in CES’ inaugural Golden Tour. Photo: Called to Creation. Domination is the only word that can describe Amy Morrison’s and Evan Geankoplis’ 2016 California Enduro Series season, as they clinched the overall title in Pro Women and Pro Men. The Marin/Rabobank teammates crushed the courses. The seven race series wasn’t easy for the athletes, nor was the competition, but with style and consistency the two made quick work of the field and pedaled to victory. “It was an amazing feeling and something I’ve worked hard on for a couple years,” commented Morrison. “My first enduro race was...
2016 California Enduro Series Round 6 (Golden Tour 2): Northstar Recap

2016 California Enduro Series Round 6 (Golden Tour 2): Northstar Recap

Racers take on loose moon dust and burly rocks over two days of action packed racing at Northstar California Resort Words by Liam Ruff • Photos by Called To Creation • Video by Mitchell Nuyens and Sebastian Bauer The sixth race of the California Enduro Series (CES) and second stop of the CES Golden Tour took place at Northstar California and challenged all competitors with loose moon dust and burly rocks over two days of action packed racing. For the past two seasons the Northstar CES race has been one of the most anticipated and technically challenging events of the series and this year was no different. Riders enjoyed two days of racing on some of California’s most demanding trails with a mix of pedaled and lift assisted transfer stages – a proper test of a rider’s technical skills as well as physical strength. The weekend started off with...
Downieville Classic 2016 Recap

Downieville Classic 2016 Recap

Another classic Classic goes down in MTB history By Liam Ruff Summiting the climb (Mike Oitzman). The Downieville Classic is a mountain bike race unlike any other event on the planet. It combines rugged mountain singletrack, serious racing, and absolute anarchy in four wild days in the Lost Sierra. The event is comprised of two separate days of racing and challenges riders’ mental and physical strength. Day 1 consists of a 29-mile point to point cross-country race with over 4,000 feet of climbing. The race starts with a climb known as the “Trail of Tears” and is extremely challenging, leaving all competitors deep in the pain cave. After the Trail of Tears racers descend Sunrise Trail and then traverse a fire road to the top of the “Baby Heads” section – a high speed jeep road littered with loose rocks the size of baby heads. After a few miles...
2016 California Enduro Series – Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge, Recap

2016 California Enduro Series – Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge, Recap

Fifth round of popular enduro series takes riders just over the California border into Ashland, Oregon Words and photos by Called To Creation; video by Sebastian Bauer and Mitch Nuyens Beautiful temps and perfect trail conditions greeted racers on July 16 at the fifth round of the California Enduro Series – the Hope Technology Ltd Ashland Mountain Challenge put on by the dedicated crew with Ashland Mountain Adventures. Just over the California border in Oregon, Ashland provided pine trails for miles and solid elevation gain/descend for four stages of amazing enduro action. Kathy Pruitt splits through the trees on stage 3 during practice. Riders weave through the moss-covered trees during practice Friday. A rider rails through the green switchbacks on stage 3 during practice. Cory Sullivan relaxes after his first stage race run at the top of stage 4. Nathan Riddle in the start gate on stage 4....
2016 California Enduro Series – Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge, Pro Podium

2016 California Enduro Series – Round 5: Ashland Mountain Challenge, Pro Podium

Fifth round of popular enduro series takes riders just over the California border into Ashland, Oregon Words and photos by Called To Creation A sell-out event, the Ashland Mountain Challenge boasted an amazing vibe with hundreds of enthusiastic riders ready to shred. Beautiful temps and perfect trail conditions greeted racers at the fifth round of the California Enduro Series – the Hope Technology Ltd Ashland Mountain Challenge put on by the dedicated crew with Ashland Mountain Adventures. Just over the California border in Oregon, Ashland provided pine trails for miles and solid elevation gain/descend for four stages of amazing enduro action. The Rabobank KOM / QOM was on the longest stage of the day – stage 3 – and paid both the fastest man and fastest woman in each category $100 for their quickest efforts. Pro Women’s podium. It was a long hard fought day in Ashland but local...
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