The Oregon Enduro Series has put four great races in the books for 2013 with the series finals at Mt. Hood and Sandy Ridge coming up September 7th and 8th. The Oregon Series has been providing some of the best race venues in the world for years. The Oregon Enduro Series led the charge in mountain biking by creating the first premier enduro series in North America in 2012 and again in 2013 by investing and developing a state of the art RFID chip timing system with Innovative Timing Systems. The 2013 Oregon Enduro Series has been an exciting battle between the best enduro athletes in North America. The enduro format is here to stay as proven by the growth of Amateur and Pro participation this year. Here at the Oregon Enduro Series, we love to give our fellow mountain bikers a reason to come together and enjoy the sport we are so passionate about. The events are meant to be a balance of fun and competition and we are proud to be at the forefront of enduro in North America. Thanks to the support of our participants and sponsors we have been able to provide a series of world-class events in the Pacific Northwest and a platform for some of the best mountain bikers in the world to display their talents.
The Series finals will be held September 7th & 8th at Sandy Ridge on Day 1, followed by Mt Hood on Day 2. It will be an all-out battle to the end with 250 points up for grabs over five stages of racing. It will also be the sixth race in the North American Enduro Tour. With only two races left on the NAET series, the Mt Hood/Sandy Ridge race will be an important opportunity to move up the National rankings. The competition is very tight in the eleven different Pro and Amateur categories. With the competition so close and facing some of the most exciting terrain of the season, the Oregon Enduro Finals are guaranteed to be a nail biter.
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Current rankings after four races:Top 5 Pro Men
1st: Curtis Keene 672 pts.
2nd: Chris Johnston 602 pts.
3rd: Aaron Bradford 546 pts.
4th: Josh Carlson 502 pts.
5th: Mason Bond 494 pts.Top 5 Pro Women
1st: Rosara Joseph 744 pts.
2nd: Jennifer Johnson 572 pts.
3rd: Carolynn Romaine 510 pts.
4th: Katie Jay Melena 382 pts.
5th: Zoe Taylor 332 pts. Click here for complete series results
This year’s Pro Men’s category has been a who’s who of the fastest mountain bikers on this side of the planet. The current top three in the series all have a chance at the Championship when the lowest three stage results are dropped out of the twenty-five stages in the 2013 Oregon Enduro Series. The current top three, Curtis Keene, Chris Johnston and Aaron Bradford, have a buffer with three of the other top ten competitors on the injured reserve list….we look forward to seeing Josh Carlson, Tyler Horton and Mathew Slaven up to speed again soon.
The young guns Mason Bond and Marco Osborne have been strong all year and will look to step up in the overall rankings through the technical fast rocky sections of Sandy Ridge and Mt. Hood. Veterans Adam Craig and Nathan Riddle know these trails well and the results should show it. Adam Craig has been consistently moving up the EWS and NAET series and will look to jump up from his current 7th overall OES ranking.
Rosara Joseph has a commanding lead over the competition in the Pro Women’s category. The race for second overall will be close as Jennifer Johnson and Carolynn Romaine are neck and neck.
The Amateur categories are sure to be exciting to watch, as there are many close overall points standings. Jeremiah Newman has a big lead in the Expert Men 19-39 category over a tight race between Tony De Cordoba and Dennis Yuroshek for second. The Expert Men 40+ overall will be anyone’s race as Doug Riipinen, Ian Fitzpatrick, Rich Maile and Erik Schulz are all within striking distance of first place. The top spot for the Sport Men 19-39 category looks to be locked down by Colin Longmuir, but second could go to Aiden Jones or Sean Connaghan. Only two points separate Sport Men 40+ first and second, Robert Christensen and Steven Finlayson, followed by Santiam’s Thom Weeks in third.
The Expert Women's race is close to being wrapped up by Sarah Tingey, but Liz Miller and Jamie Sage will be battling for second overall. Sport Women 34 & Under is being dominated by Adele Mery, but second through fourth places are separated by only 60 points. In Sport Women 35+ Stephanie Armesto has an impressive lead in the overall, but all the ladies in the Sport Women category are winners in our book. Tracy Fitzpatrick, Heather Pola, Amy Esnard and Patrica Lenz round out the top five.
The Nason brothers seem to be a force to recon with in the Juniors category with Winter Nason in first and his younger brother Duncan in fourth. Winter has a solid 100+ point lead in the series, but he will have to keep it up at the Finals as Louis Mollett, Matt Erbentraut, John Curtis and brother Ducan will all be pushing to move up on the podium.
The enduro format is about finding the best all around mountain biker and a five-race series offers an opportunity for consistent well-rounded athletes to rise to the top. Stay tuned to see how the 2013 season will pan out for these great athletes and everyone who has made it out to the Oregon Enduro Series for fun and camaraderie at these great events.Muscle Milk Challenge
The Oregon Enduro Series is the first series to encourage and reward its competitors for giving back to their communities through outreach programs, trail advocacy and charitable causes. With the Support of Muscle Milk and the participation of several teams we have donated over $2000 in cash and product to the winning teams and their charitable organizations. We still have the finals to award one more $250 donation and then the overall winners of the Muscle Milk Challenge will receive four free entries to the 2014 Oregon Enduro Series. 2013 Media Coverage
The Oregon Enduro Series media coverage has been second to none and with our international media partners (pinkbike.com
and Enduro Mountain Bike Magazine
) we have a global reach. In partnership with Teller Digital, the Oregon Enduro Series has created several amazing videos supporting the series and our sponsors.
The Oregon Enduro Series is proud to be a part of a new chapter in mountain biking history. Enduro in North America is thriving and will continue to grow with support from great sponsors like Santa Cruz, Shimano, Roval, FOX, ONE Industries, Bell, Tioga, Muscle Milk, E13 and The Hive, Dakine, Chainbrew, Ninkasi, Gravity Dropper, Clif Bar, SR Suntour, Yakima, Silverado Jewelry, Oakley, ODI, GoPro, Chris King, Genuine Innovations, Continental Tires, Stumptown, Troy Lee Designs, and Kore. You can find great products from these Enduro supporting companies at shops like Santiam Bicycles in Salem, OR and Washington Square, Hutch’s Bicycles, Discover Bicycles and Dirty Fingers Bicycles. We will continue to produce great Enduro events in the Pacific Northwest and increase our reach of introducing more people to mountain biking and great experiences outdoors. We strive to be part of trail stewardship throughout the region and dedicate our time and resources to make the trails we race and ride on better and more sustainable every year.
Go to www.OregonEnduro.com
for more details.