Non-profit race series raises $14,000 with Specialized mountain bike raffles over 2019 season; donates $3,500 to each Truckee Bike Park and Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association

Words by Michele Charboneau • Photos by Kasey Carames

California Enduro Series (CES) raised $14,000 with two Specialized mountain bike raffles held over the 2019 season.

The popular enduro race series donated $3,500 of this to the Truckee Bike Park in Truckee, CA — home of the Northstar Enduro presented by Northstar California Resort — and another $3,500 to Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association (RVMBA) based in southern Oregon — home of the Ashland Mountain Challenge presented by Ashland Mountain Adventures. The remainder benefits the series which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Truckee Bike Park founders Cortney Knudson and Brooks McMullin said in a joint statement, “We would like to thank the California Enduro Series for their $3,500 donation and support of Truckee Bike Park. This donation will help us get steps closer to breaking ground on a black Slopestyle line, targeted for late spring 2020. Making ‘Magic with Dirt!’”

RVMBA president Martin Stadtmueller says, “RVMBA is extremely grateful to receive $3,500 from the California Enduro Series from the Specialized bike raffle. Trail maintenance, advocacy, and trail building takes time and money. We are excited to put these funds towards our ever-growing trail maintenance responsibilities, as well as an exciting new project on the Bull Gap fire road. Hopefully at next year’s race, riders will have a new trail to ride in the watershed, and it will be partly in thanks to CES and everyone who bought a raffle ticket!”

Specialized donated two mountain bikes to the effort: the all-new Enduro Expert — raffled off at EWS Northstar, won by Noah Morrison — and a 2019 Stumpjumper EVO — raffled off at the Ashland Mountain Challenge, won by Marc Brown.

CES director Steve Gemelos says, “Community is the heart of the California Enduro Series. We’re happy to give back to these communities that have hosted CES events. Everyone wins! Huge thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets, and of course to Specialized for making this fundraiser such a success.”

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California Enduro Series donated $3,500 to Rogue Valley Mountain Bike Association (RVMBA) which builds and maintains trails in southern Oregon, including those that make up the Ashland Mountain Challenge course. Photo: Kasey Carames