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

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 …