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California Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Recap: Toro Enduro

California Enduro Series 2016 Round 3 Recap: Toro Enduro

Mixing it up on the central coast Words and photos by Called To Creation Video by Mitch Nuyens and Sebastian Bauer It was another sell out crowd of participants for the third round of the California Enduro Series, run by Keith DeFiebre/CCCX and held at Toro Park near Monterey. The venue sits just a few miles east of the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway, home of the Sea Otter Classic. The trails were challenging and the weather warm. One unique aspect of this round was the mixed start; racers were allowed to choose which stage they wanted to start, with pros and experts choosing between stages 1 and 2 and sport and beginner choosing between stages 3 and 4. Check out these images shot by CES official photographer Called To Creation throughout this fun event. The event began with open practice on Friday at 12pm. Many riders chose to...
Reigning Champions Defend Wildflower Titles

Reigning Champions Defend Wildflower Titles

Jesse Thomas and Liz Lyles emerge victorious from 34th edition of iconic triathlon By Luke Yates Jesse Thomas takes the win. Photo: Alex Felker Jesse Thomas and Liz Lyles won the elite long course races at the Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio this weekend. For Thomas, this was a remarkable sixth consecutive victory, whilst, Lyles also became a multiple winner of this prestigious event, retaining the title she won in 2015. “Surreal would be the first word,” said Thomas after the race. “Amazing. Exciting. It’s been a blast. This race means a whole bunch to me. History made In the men’s event, most people were predicting the race to come down to a battle between Thomas, 36, from Bend, OR, and Terenzo Bozzone, 31, from New Zealand. Bozzone is the course record holder, set in 2006, and was returning to Lake San Antonio for the first time since...
Sea Otter Classic 2016 – It’s a Wrap

Sea Otter Classic 2016 – It’s a Wrap

Reflections on an inspiring weekend of all things cycling Words by Luke Yates • Photos by Joe Spota Another gorgeous few days at the Sea Otter Classic. Photo: Joe Spota With professional and amateur racing, and a huge expo, the Sea Otter Classic was a celebration of everything to do with cycling. The Adventure Sports Journal (ASJ) family headed to Laguna Seca to kick of its 2016 Roadshow and share what the magazine is all about. ASJ raffle The main focus of the show for us was the ASJ booth. Consumers were constantly stopping by the tent, grabbing a copy of the magazine and entering the raffle. We had some unbelievable prizes, kindly donated by our advertising partners. These included: Set of carbon road bike wheels from Atom Composites Hammock from Eagles Nest Outfitters Mountain bike guided tour from The Ride Guides Mountain bike skills clinic from a Single...
Getting Ready for Wildflower

Getting Ready for Wildflower

Training with the Golden Gate Triathlon Club in Lake San Antonio By Luke Yates Wildflower, the “Woodstock” of triathlon, is known as an unique event, as much for its music festival atmosphere as its steep and challenging course. Party reputation aside, it is a serious race, attracting a lot of top professionals. The elite event is a half distance race and the course is unusual, steep and challenging. This makes Wildflower a difficult event to train for. Some triathlons have undulating courses, but very few feature genuine climbing, on both the bike and the run. Two weeks ago I headed down to Lake San Antonio for a training weekend with the Golden Gate Triathlon Club, to see the course for myself and prepare for the April 30-May 1, 2016 event. I’d been training hard in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I was based for school, but the weather and terrain...
Sea Otter Classic 2016 Update: Day 2 Recap

Sea Otter Classic 2016 Update: Day 2 Recap

Experiencing Sea Otter By Luke Yates Author Luke Yates and fellow ASJ intern Natalie Smith show off the Atom Composites carbon road wheels being raffled off among other prizes from the ASJ booth #760. Sea Otter Classic is a whirlwind of cool products and new brands, alongside some incredible racing. For ASJ this has meant some awesome opportunities for new partnerships and getting the magazine name out there. Consumers are constantly stopping by the tent, grabbing a copy of the magazine and entering the raffle. We have some unbelievable prizes, including a set of $1800 carbon road bike wheels from Atom Composites. Lots of people regularly read the magazine, with REI and Sports Basement emerging as popular spots to pick it up. The real satisfaction for me though, has been talking about the journal to people that haven’t come across it before. One guy from Tahoe was so...
Collaborating on New Trails in Pismo Beach

Collaborating on New Trails in Pismo Beach

Santa Cruz mountain bikers head south to pitch in on the Pismo Preserve Trail Project Words and photos by Bruce Dorman There is something so magical and mesmerizing about grand ocean vistas – they have always inspired me and soothed my soul, and gazing out across a vast sparkling ocean from way up high on a bluff is the best medicine. To be invited to help with the creation of a trail system with such a grand ocean vista as Pismo Beach was a unique opportunity that I, as a trail builder and mountain biking enthusiast, could not miss. On the weekend of February 20-21, 2016, several fellow Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC) volunteer trail crew leaders and I dragged ourselves out of bed in the wee hours of Saturday morning and appropriately caffeinated ourselves for the three hour journey south to Pismo Beach to help our friends...
California Enduro Series 2016 Round 1 Recap: Fontana Enduro

California Enduro Series 2016 Round 1 Recap: Fontana Enduro

Popular enduro series kicks off season at Southridge Park The California Enduro Series (CES) kicked off their 2016 season at Southridge Park in Fontana with over 300 racers participating in the event. Competitors took on a loose, pedally course that featured exposed, scrubby terrain under a blazing hot sun. The Fontana Enduro is a brand new addition to the CES line-up and Southridge Racing put on an impressive race, which was part of their weekend-long Fontana City National event. Riders across the board had a great time at this challenging and fun venue, crushing a 12 mile, 4-stage course with 1,800 feet of elevation change. Ibis Cycles is one of the many teams on board to race the 2016 season. Photo: Called To Creation. Racers faced a good deal of pedaling on the Fontana tracks. Photo: Called To Creation. Fuji pro rider (and ASJ contributing editor) Lauren Gregg will...
Patagonia Presents: A Night with Ultra-Marathoner Krissy Moehl

Patagonia Presents: A Night with Ultra-Marathoner Krissy Moehl

Patagonia Santa Cruz hosts evening soiree for running enthusiasts By Avery Robins Good friends and the world’s best wizard beard (Avery Robins). At 6pm on a cool January night, I joined about 30 runners of all ages, shapes and sizes on the famous wooden deck in front of the Santa Cruz Patagonia Outlet store. We gathered to go on a group run and listen to a book release talk with elite ultra-marathoner Krissy Moehl. The store is known for bringing the community together with their free Sunday morning yoga sessions, and trail stewardship events – and this time it was no different. Smiling faces bustled around on the deck, munching down mini Clif bars, Clif Shot Bloks, and other goodies provided by Moehl’s sponsors. Once everyone had their laces tied and Clif bars down, Moehl simply announced “Let’s run!” Our group of 30 scrambled off the deck and down...
100 miles of mountain bike racing in Mendocino

100 miles of mountain bike racing in Mendocino

Reflections on last year’s Mendocino 100 as the 2015 event approaches (July 11) Words by Julie Kanagy; photos by Bruce Dorman Last July, against my better judgment, I eagerly signed up for a 100 mile mountain bike race that included 11,000 feet of climbing. The Mendocino 100, organized by SuperPro Racing with volunteer support from the local Mendocino Coast Cyclists club, offers the choice between a 100 mile or 100 km (about 60 miles) race, as well as the option of a 40 mile guided fun ride for those not inclined to race. The event took place among the redwoods situated slightly inland between Mendocino and Ft. Bragg, which is one of the rare places in California where you can ride 100 miles of non-repeating and legally bike-able dirt. The legacy of logging and tireless work of gritty locals has gifted us with a vast network of gravel and dirt...
Race Report: 10th Annual Boggs 8-Hour

Race Report: 10th Annual Boggs 8-Hour

Raise the pines, BOOM! Giant – Bike & Bean Elite Cycling Team reports on über-popular race weekend in Lake County By Ryan Gibson Team Race Recap: Boggs 8 Hour in Cobb, CA / May 1-3, 2015 After twelve long months of nagging from our kids (“Is it Boggs yet???”), and the memories of pain slowly but surely fading as the nostalgic good times take primary presence in our grey matter, the 10th annual Bike Monkey Boggs weekend finally arrived! As usual, it did not disappoint. Carlos, Greg, Angel, Coco, Cheryl and the rest of the rad Bike Monkey crew put on an epic weekend of racing and camaraderie that sticks with you like a cool scar … some pain, but like most things in life, the more it hurts the more fun it is. As in years past, there was the beautiful pine forest camping at Boggs Demonstration State...
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