Event Recaps

Race Report: Wild Wood Adventure Enduro – CES #3

Race Report: Wild Wood Adventure Enduro – CES #3

By Amber Streiff Taking on a loose, steep section of the Wild Wood Adventure Enduro course. Photo: Called To Creation. The enduro race season is in full swing and this past Saturday, June 17, 2017, the California Enduro Series made a return to Mendocino, CA for what could be coined a second season a racer’s favorite. With a race entry into stop number three, the Wild Wood Adventure Enduro – presented by Mendocino Bike Sprite – got you not only a race number but also a weekend of camping, meals, and an epic mountain bike tour of all that Mendocino has to offer. It was a big day on the bike for all. Racing Beginner category, I took on four stages logging 30 miles total with 4,000 feet of climbing by the day’s end. I dropped into my first stage, Casper Crossing North (CCN) gave me a taste of...
Race Report: Toro Enduro – CES #2

Race Report: Toro Enduro – CES #2

By Julie Kanagy Photo: Scott McClain / Called To Creation This was a really fun day on the bike! The Enduro format is awesome. You do 14-20 minutes of actual racing, and the rest is just cruising and walking and chatting and eating and drinking. Non-alcoholic bev’s at Toro Park, of course. Trails were dry and soft and sandy/dusty which added some challenge, especially around the corners. I wasn’t able to pre-ride, so I practiced Stage 4 early morning before the race started. On the last stage, I forgot to activate my timing chip (whoops). So I rode it again just in case. PSA: Don’t worry if you forget to swipe the chip on a stage! It turned out that they still do the manual timing as a backup. I would have done better on my 1st time down according to Strava. Lesson learned. I hung out with the...
Toro Enduro: CES 2017 Round 2

Toro Enduro: CES 2017 Round 2

Words by Michele Charboneau Photos by Scott McClain Video by Mitch Nuyens and Sebastian Bauer CES 2017 Round 2: Toro Park from VP Components on Vimeo. Round 2 of the 2017 California Enduro Series found racers charging the hills of Toro County Park nestled between the Salinas Valley and Monterey Peninsula on Saturday, May 27. Race director Keith DeFiebre has been running his highly successful CCCX cycling races at Toro for 16 years, and although this is just the second year he’s produced an enduro event, it’s already a racer favorite for all levels and ages. The Toro Enduro’s 20-mile course tested both fitness and handling skills with 3,200 feet of both climbing and descending on dry, loose terrain. Racers were happy for the cool, cloudy morning as they set out on extended climbs to their first timed stages. Pros and experts started their day with the heart-pumping,...
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...
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