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Category: Event Recaps
Current CES Pro Women leader returns to home turf
Words by Essence Florie • Photos by Kasey Carames
Big Bear, California. The honored location of the first US Open of Mountain Biking to come to the west coast. The fifth round of the California Enduro Series. The final stop of the EWS North American Enduro Series. Plus … Downhill, Dual Slalom, Next Gen Youth Downhill, and Best Whip Competition. My personal stomping grounds, along with Rachel Strait, since I was a little girl. Let the racing begin!
Ever since I was ten years old, most of my weekends were spent racing cross country all around Snow Summit mountain in Big Bear Lake. Although now my focus is …Read More
Current CES Pro Women leader weighs in on her first ever Enduro World Series (EWS) race
Words by Essence Florie • Photos by Kasey Carames / California Enduro Series
What can one expect to experience during their first Enduro World Series (EWS) race? Probably a constant voice in their head saying “I’m not so sure about this … ” But that’s a good thing. It’s healthy to be afraid of dying … I mean gnarly trails. Is there really anything that makes you feel more alive than hurling your body down a mountain as fast as you possibly can through rocks, trees, and dust?
The California Enduro Series (CES) has been my personal home as a racer for the past three years, and I must say, they did a great job preparing me mentally and emotionally for my first EWS race at NorCal’s favorite bike park. Northstar California Resort near …Read More
By Mike Lee
The Mt. Shasta Enduro (California Enduro Series Round 3) gave me my first taste of racing the trails at Mt. Shasta Ski Park. It felt like a hometown race seeing as it was just 2.5 hours away from my home in Chico, and as I headed over to the venue, I was excited to see how things would go.
Race day started with a 30-minute climb up the mountain to Stage 1, a newer trail that threaded along a creek. Some pedaling toward the beginning of the stage got legs burning early, but it was good to be out there with my fellow racers.
Checking in to the CES Live! timing tent after Stage 1, I was in a close 2nd place on the stage, just behind Steven Godman. I knew then that it was going to …Read More
CES Round 2 returns to a special venue
Words by Essence Florie • Photos by Kasey Carames / California Enduro Series
The China Peak Enduro served as Round 2 of the California Enduro Series on Saturday, June 29. A hidden gem just east of Fresno, China Peak Mountain Resort is surrounded by beautiful lakes and towering trees. The lack of cell service at this remote venue is a much-needed gift for some.
The weekend started off with people pulling in on a cool Thursday afternoon to claim their prime camping real estate next to the beautiful river running through the venue. Nothing beats sleeping next to the sound of a rushing river. After setting up camp, a few riders got on their bikes to check out the mountain and stretch their legs a bit after a long day’s drive.
Friday. Practice day. Time to check out the runs.
Friday the …Read More
2019 season kick off takes racers on a new adventure
By Essence Florie
Ever since I was a little girl I had a heart for Mexico and learning Spanish, but never did I think I would get the chance to race there. I was beyond excited when the California Enduro Series announced that they would be having their series kick off in Ensenada at the Horsepower Ranch. I was excited not only because this race was close to my southern California home but because this race was going to be a completely new adventure, in a new country, with trails I’ve never ridden before.
While some of the other pros got the chance to go down to Ensenada to pre-ride the course before race weekend, I unfortunately wasn’t able to. It made me really nervous because from what I heard the trails were long and technical while the climbs were …Read More
From intimate and humble beginnings to one of the best enduro races on the west coast
Words and photos by Mike Oitzman
The 2019 Buddy Newman Memorial TDS Enduro is in the books, and it was an epic event all around. This is the ninth year running and the Sanchez family went bigger and better in every way possible, including a huge expansion of the onsite camping, spectator parking and festival pavilion area. The late, wet winter delayed final course preparation and it took an army of local volunteers working long weekends over the past month to get everything ready to go. The Sanchez’s also added a new shuttle road from the bottom to the top, which made it easier for spectators to get around, and for the shuttles to move the racers back up to the top.
While there were a record number of participants, sponsors and hecklers on …Read More
Santa Cruz climbing gym and professional climber David Allfrey partner in support of climbing community
Words by Julia Townsend • Photos by Michael Bolte
Gazing at the movie poster for Free Solo the other day, it occurred to me that from the outside looking in climbing can seem like a solitary sport. But in reality, it is much more of a community endeavor. Partners provide belays, beta, and boost morale as needed. Venturing out of your comfort zone with friends can generate powerful bonds. So it makes sense that the community would rally around their own. On Saturday, September 15, 2018, Pacific Edge Climbing Gym in Santa Cruz, California did just that by hosting a benefit with professional climber, adventurer, and alumnus David Allfrey. Approximately 75 community members were in attendance, helping to raise $3,000 for the American Alpine Club’s (AAC) recently launched Climbing Grief Fund.
In his presentation …Read More
Salinas locals dominate second and third place podiums
Press Release / Gonzales, CA • August 9, 2018
OVER 1,000 PARTICIPANTS WERE TREATED TO CLEAR CONDITIONS AND EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS during the 9th presentation of the Salinas Valley Half Marathon and the inaugural 5K fun run Saturday morning. Diego Leon, 23, of Hollister, CA took top honors in the men’s overall division in 1:11:24, while Jen Bayliss, 47, of San Ramon, CA beat out her competition in 1:26:17.
“I felt pretty strong throughout the race and tried to focus my strength on the hills, especially the Beast of Eden,” recalled Leon. “My plan was to run with the guys for the six miles and start cutting my pace down at the hill.”
Both races were won with comfortable margins as the winners broke away from their competition with several miles to go. The second and third place podiums were occupied …Read More
Recharging and connecting at this popular yoga festival
Words by Leonie Sherman
Photos by Rebecca Smith
I lost my flip flops at Wanderlust.
When I entered the darkened room that held the first of over a dozen classes I attended during the four-day yoga festival that takes over Squaw Valley Ski Resort on Lake Tahoe’s north shore every August, fifty pairs of shoes were jumbled by the door. When I emerged after an hour and a half of stretching and dancing to trance-inducing music, they were gone. In their place was an almost identical pair. Someone had mistaken mine for theirs and strolled off in my shoes. Despite my best efforts I was unable to correct this mistake. Now I’m walking around in a pair of slightly newer and cuter flip flops. They feel fresher, lighter and somehow more vibrant. I think the same thing happens to each of the …Read More
ASJ co-founder / Editor-in-Chief earns his spike
By Matt Niswonger
I WAS EXCITED TO SPEND FATHER’S DAY at the third annual Epic Rides Carson City Off-Road mountain bike festival. In past years, I worked the event to represent Adventure Sports Journal and cheer on all the racers, but this year was different. This year I chose to step up and attempt to complete the burly race myself and earn a coveted silver railroad spike — a personalized Nevada themed trophy that goes to all finishers.
The weather was perfect as we left downtown Carson City to begin our initial climb. I put my bike into granny gear and settled in for the long haul. Personally there were no illusions of grandeur. Even though some pretty impressive athletes surrounded me, my goal was simply to finish the race, and to do that I would need to beat the cutoff time of …Read More
CES ambassador and Toro Park-area local pro Brianne Spiersch reports on the series’ 2018 season kick off
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND was a blast at the first CES of the year! Not only was it race weekend, but it was my birthday weekend so my parents, sister, brother-in-law and nephew were all in town which added to the fun.
Leading up to the race the dirt was super dry and loose every time we would practice, but day of … it was so good! We woke up and realized it had rained the night before and it was still super foggy and doing the fog rain thing it does here so the dirt was on point. We got to the venue nice and early so we could get a good parking spot on the grass, we were third in line at the gate, right behind the CES crew, so we got …Read More