So I spent my Saturday at my local trail system shooting an enduro race. And for those of you that don’t know what enduro mountain bike races are allow me to explain. It’s basically what most mountain bikers are usually up to, feel the burn and ride our bikes up to the top of the trail…take a break/rest/eat a snack/drink a beer or two, put our pads on and drop our seat posts down to the attack position and race to the bottom as fast as we can go. The racers had to complete the race in a total of 4 hours. They were shuttled for about 75% of the way at the start, booked it down the first couple of legs of the race and then began the long and hot climb up to the top of the final stage and then bombed down that.
Enduro races are becoming increasingly popular because most riders already have trail bikes that are capable of handling the trails used for these events. Aside from that I feel it gives people more of a fair chance. It’s neither all about the descending skills nor all about the climbing legs…it’s a little of both. As far as this Saturday the weather started off cool and a tad cloudy which quickly turned to some good heat. The riders were hurting on their way up to the final stage but being as they had plenty of time to complete the race and they weren’t timed on the climb no one suffered from heat exhaustion. I think the Laurelwood Brewery refreshments down at the bottom were a bit of a motivating factor as well. All in all everyone had a good time and got a ton of riding in.
And for any racers out there reading this post if you are interested in getting your hands on pictures from the event you can go to my webstore at http://www.ralbisurezphotography.com
Also thanks to Cascadia Dirt Cup http://www.cascadiadirtcup.org for putting on the event, Cold Creek Mountain Bikers http://www.coldcreekmountainbikers.org for the amazing trail system here in southwestern Washington and Max http://www.northwestmax.com along with Joe from Banshee Bikes http://www.bansheebikes.com for the rider support. Also a big thank you to all the sponsors Diamondback Bikes, Freehub Magazine, and Kore products.