Yacolt Burn Enduro – Cascadia Dirt Cup

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.

1st - Matt Slaven (Kona Factory Rider), 2nd- Charlie Sponsel (Diamondback DF5), 3rd- Stan Jorgensen (Freehub) all celebrating their victories in style!
1st – Matt Slaven (Kona Factory Rider), 2nd- Charlie Sponsel (Diamondback DF5), 3rd- Stan Jorgensen (Freehub) all celebrating their victories in style!
Local team Singletrack Minds Cyclery dominated the kids class!
Local team Singletrack Minds Cyclery dominated the kids class!
I heard one racer say that this was the quickest race registration he's ever dealt with! That's a good way to start the day.
I heard one racer say that this was the quickest race registration he’s ever dealt with! That’s a good way to start the day.
Racers loading up in the back of the shuttle truck at the start of the race.
Racers loading up in the back of the shuttle truck at the start of the race.
At the bottom of the first climb/top of the second climb my buddy Max held down the Banshee Bikes/Northwest Max rider support tent with electrolyte filled drinks and Clif everything for participants and photographers alike!
At the bottom of the first climb/top of the second climb my buddy Max held down the Banshee Bikes/Northwest Max rider support tent with electrolyte filled drinks and Clif everything for participants and photographers alike!
This is how the racers started off their race day, with a climb up to the radio towers.
This is how the racers started off their race day, with a climb up to the radio towers.
Racers started off the race the hard way, trying to stay upright through what we locals call Flintstones.
Racers started off the race the hard way, trying to stay upright through what we locals call Flintstones.
perfect loamy dirt along with an amazing and flowy trail... I'd be smiling too
perfect loamy dirt along with an amazing and flowy trail… I’d be smiling too
Riders were putting the hammer down upon exiting the wooded section at the bottom of stage 1.
Riders were putting the hammer down upon exiting the wooded section at the bottom of stage 1.
Not a lot of people know this but Natalia was lucky to get away with her life after being dive bombed by the infamous Northwest Mountain Humminghawk!
Not a lot of people know this but Natalia was lucky to get away with her life after being dive bombed by the infamous Northwest Mountain Humminghawk!
Clearing at the end of the first stage was littered with sweet clouds making for an amazing view.
Clearing at the end of the first stage was littered with sweet clouds making for an amazing view.
Despite having to climb in the blazing heat these guys were in good spirits! Hanging out with friends and racing/suffering together...sounds like a good time to me.
Despite having to climb in the blazing heat these guys were in good spirits! Hanging out with friends and racing/suffering together…sounds like a good time to me.
Alex McGuinness from Team Krunk Shox dropping the log drop.
Alex McGuinness from Team Krunk Shox dropping the log drop.
As soon as this guy saw me standing by with my camera up to my face he figured it was as good a time as any to manual mid race run. Luckily it didn't mess him up, a few others thru out the day got taken out by the jolt of adrenalin they get when they see a photographer haha!
As soon as this guy saw me standing by with my camera up to my face he figured it was as good a time as any to manual mid race run. Luckily it didn’t mess him up, a few others thru out the day got taken out by the jolt of adrenalin they get when they see a photographer haha!
Nothing to put a smile on a kids face faster than hitting some sweet and fast jumps!
Nothing to put a smile on a kids face faster than hitting some sweet and fast jumps!
Clearing Godzilla (the stepdown jump) like a boss!!!
Clearing Godzilla (the stepdown jump) like a boss!!!
All in all a great time hanging out with my son and our buddy's!
All in all a great time hanging out with my son and our buddy’s!
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