Kick off for series raised funds for trail stewardship in the high desert
Words by Michele Lamelin, Photos by Called To Creation

Racers took on a classic high desert course featuring exposed, scrubby terrain and loose drifty dirt. Photo: Called To Creation

Racers took on a classic high desert course featuring exposed, scrubby terrain and loose drifty dirt.

The California Enduro Series kicked off its 2014 season just outside Reno on Saturday June 7 with the sold-out Battle Born Enduro presented by the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The Poedunks, a non-profit trail stewardship organization, constructed new trails on Peavine Mountain for the race which raised funds for the local trail network.

275 racers took on a classic high desert course featuring exposed, scrubby terrain and loose drifty dirt. After gathering at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park for an early morning riders meeting, racers of all categories tackled the long pedal to the start of stage 1. Junior and Sport racers took on a 22.5 mile course that included four special stages and 3800’ of climbing. A rocky, technical fifth stage was added to Expert and Pro categories, equating to 25.5 miles and 4500′ of climbing. Racing under full sun in mid-90’s heat, riders rehydrated and refueled at each stage, and motivated one another with the camaraderie inherent in enduro racing.

Upon completing all stages, riders were treated to lunch and a beer, and cooled off in the shade trading race stories as they waited for results to be posted. Spot-on chip timing provided by Bike Monkey allowed for a prompt podium ceremony. Over $4,000 in cash and prizes were distributed to category winners, with pro purses to the five fastest men and women. Awards went three deep in all other categories.

Pro Women Podium
1 Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna)
2 Amy Morrison (Mike’s Bikes)
3 Megan Melack
4 Lauren Gregg (FOX)
5 Allie Donovan

Pro Men Podium
1 Doug Thayer (Cyclepaths, Rocky Mountain)
2 Gregg Stone (Mighty Mobile Bike Repair)
3 Casey Coffman (Felt, SR Suntour)
4 Jason Moeschler (WTB)
5 Ryan Thym (Black Rock Bicycles)


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Clouds offered little respite from the blistering heat during Friday practice on Peavine Mountain.


Ryan Gardner (Kona) got a feel for the loose, twisty course during practice.

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Doug Thayer (Cyclepaths, Rocky Mountain) came out on top of a stacked pro men’s field.

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Teal Stetson-Lee (Luna) sped her way to the top step on the pro women’s podium.


Liam Ruff showed off some style on the course. An impressive number of Juniors—33 young men and 1 young woman—took on the Battle Born Enduro.


Lauren Gregg (FOX) charged the stage 5 rock garden on the brand new 2015 FOX 36 fork.


Riders enjoyed post-race brew and lunch courtesy The Poedunks, the Reno-based trail stewardship organization that put on the event as a fundraiser for the local trail system.


Racers stopped by the series’ booth to learn more about the season’s events and fundraisers.


Bike Monkey delivered accurate timing and prompt results.


Pro women podium. 1st Teal Stetson-Lee, 2nd Amy Morrison, 3rd Megan Melack, 4th Lauren Gregg, 5th Allie Donovan.


Pro men podium. 1st Doug Thayer, 2nd Gregg Stone, 3rd Casey Coffman, 4th Jason Moeschler, 5th Ryan Thym.