High elevation race puts the “endure” into enduro
Words by Michele Lamelin, Photos by Called To Creation

200 racers converged in the Sierra mountains near Huntington Lake for the series’ second stop—the VP EnduroFest at China Peak Mountain Resort in Lakeshore.

Running at high elevation, the event featured a course that put the “endure” into enduro, with arduous transfer climbs (no lift access!) and technically demanding timed downhill stages on chunky, dusty and loose terrain. The 7 mile course for beginners and juniors included 1500’ of climbing and 2 downhill stages, while all other categories took on 14 miles, with 3000’ of climbing and 3 challenging descents.

The three day event featured camping, meals, live music, an outdoor movie screening of Arrival, sponsor expo area, and the infamous bonus stage 4—a refreshing plunge into a nearby swimming hole.

A $5000 purse went to the pros and all winners received …