Event Recaps

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...
2016 California Enduro Series Round 4 / Golden Tour Round 1: VP EnduroFest at China Peak, Recap

2016 California Enduro Series Round 4 / Golden Tour Round 1: VP EnduroFest at China Peak, Recap

High Sierra race venue continues to shine as crowd favorite Words by Liam Ruff • Photos by Called To Creation • Video by Mitchell Nuyens and Sebastian Bauer For the past several years the China Peak Mountain Resort has been the location for technical riding, good times, and one of the most anticipated races of the California Enduro Series. This year the loose and chunky terrain of China Peak was the perfect way to start off the CES Golden Tour, three races that offer demanding riding and increased payouts to professional riders and greater media coverage. Boasting swimming holes, beautiful high Sierra scenery, and a unique remote atmosphere, the China Peak VP EnduroFest again proved itself as a very special event and one of the best enduro races in the state. The trails of China Peak are some of the most exciting and challenging of the CES lineup and...
Carson City Off-Road Bike Race and Festival

Carson City Off-Road Bike Race and Festival

The inaugural CCOR was epic from beginning to end by Kurt Gensheimer After a 22 mile climb racers were treated to amazing views. Photo: Brian Leddy The inaugural Carson City Off-Road was held on June 17-19, and judging by the sellout crowd and smiles all over Nevada’s Capitol City, the event was a huge success for this historic frontier town only a 20-minute drive from the emerald shores of Lake Tahoe. The city fully embraced the event put on by Epic Rides, an event management organization based out of Tucson, Ariz., known widely for good times on knobby tires like the Whiskey Off-Road and the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. The Carson City Off-Road was the final stop in the three event Off-Road Series, including the Whiskey Off-Road held in April and the Grand Junction Off-Road held in May. The $100,000 cash purse for Pro Men and Women...
Roadshow: 15th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race Recap

Roadshow: 15th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race Recap

2016 iconic event “The Jay Race” celebrates the inspiring life of surfing legend Jay Moriarity By Cathy Claesson The 2016 Jay Race, held in Capitola on June 18, marked 15 years of celebrating the inspiring life of Jay Moriarity. Adventure Sports Journal is proud to be one of the original sponsors of this grassroots event and The Jay Race has been a part of the ASJ Roadshow since the beginning. This year’s event was blessed with great weather and a field of athletes traveling from near and far. Hundreds of athletes and spectators came to enjoy the race in scenic Capitola. New Leaf Community Market was there with food and drinks and Adventure Sports Journal was lucky enough to be set up right next to them. The event featured a challenging 12-mile long course and a two-mile short course for both prone and stand-up paddleboarders. There was also the Waterman...
Mountain Monday: The Inaugural Broken Arrow Skyrace

Mountain Monday: The Inaugural Broken Arrow Skyrace

See that mountain top? Run to it. By Meggan Wenbourne The starting point of the Vertical K. I recently found myself at Squaw Valley Ski Resort outside of Lake Tahoe, California for a good ol’ fashioned footrace up the mountainside. This would mark my first race at elevation and having now completed it, I do not think it is going to be my last. This race series is the type of event you would expect to see in states like Colorado and Wyoming. However, with the increasing popularity of trail running in the Sierra, the Broken Arrow Race Series made an incredible debut in this mountain community and seems to have been very well received. Arriving at the village at Squaw, we were suddenly surrounded by giant mountains with snow still on their summits. With a rainstorm the morning of my race, I felt my confidence level dropping and felt...
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...
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