2013 Southridge USA Shimano Super D Round 3

Feb 10, 2013 at 8:58
Feb 10, 2013
by Tyler Maine  
 
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The 2 run format, more hero dirt and lots of smiles made for a great day!

Hero dirt and super fun courses are once again the name of the game at round 3 of the 2013 Southridge USA Shimano Winter Series in Fontana, CA. The Super D field of nearly 100 riders showed up to freshly watered trails and again a few new features to keep riders on their toes.




Word has been spreading about the Super D courses and more pros are coming in from out of town to test their skills against the local hot shoes. Turns outs the locals still know the fastest way down the mountain as Waylon Smith dominated both runs today. By scorching the 2 courses with a combined time of 08:23.10 Waylon put an end to Jon Buckell’s 3 race win streak that picked up from last year’s winter series finals. Buckell still finished a solid second place on the day aboard his Team Incycles Shimano equipped Cannondale. 3rd place went to Shimano's own MTB marketing man and course designer Joe Lawwill and former National Champion Team Hyper rider Eric Carter slotted into 4th with Ryan Gardner of Kona Bikes rounding out the podium in 5th.




With Enduro becoming so popular these early season Super D events are great warm-up events for riders to sort out their equipment and gauge where their fitness is before setting out for the big Enduros coming this Spring and Summer. It was great to see more new riders come out and to see many of the new riders from the previous rounds come back for more. Once again a special acknowledgment goes out to “The Path Bike Shop” for once again supplying Jordan Steyer for a full day of course prep. Now that is supporting your local event!




The next race is February 23rd. Shimano is excited to be a part of the Winter Series and is looking forward to seeing these gravity endurance events continue to grow. Winter Series race promoter Donny Jackson continues to offer the Shimano kid’s races so be sure to bring out the little ones to the next event!


Aaron on his new Carbon Specialized Demo 8 at the Fontana DH.

Aaron and his manager Rich Houseman came out to do some riding.


Check out more images from the Super D by Dan Severson here.

Check out additional photos from Cleghorn Photography here.

View full results here. Check back in 2 weeks for the next Shimano Winter Series Super D at Southridge, maybe we'll see you there.

Sunday's DH Results here.

DH images by Cleghorn Photography here.

For more information about the Shimano Winter Series see www.southridgeusa.com for details.



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71 Comments

  • + 59
 Looks fun if this was Northern California the trails would be closed because of the rain, Whytf don't they have this an enduro series in Northern California??? Fox, Specialized, Santa Cruz HHEELLLLOO the birthplace of mountain biking and your headquaters, where's all the killer riding ( Legal)??? Enviromentalist, angry hiker elitists, and horse people can go suck a fat one. There should be a huge year round bike park in the bay area.
  • + 13
 Tamarancho Flow trail is in the process of being built (which I'm going to go work on today), and the Stafford Lake Bike Park is slowly inching closer to construction. It's getting better, albeit slowly
  • + 5
 I'm sick of riding "groomers" around here, and NO, fire roads, multi-use trails, are not good enough. If there is trail side jump, park rangers block it with logs or rip it down, or issue "speeding tickets on multi- use trails.
  • + 31
 I can't imagine why someone isn't rushing to go do all the work you are asking for, while you sit on PB. Should be any day now.
  • + 5
 I am surprized that nor cali isn't sporting a big enduro scene by now. The bike companies need to hire some lobbyists in the cali legislature i guess. That would inspire me to go to law school. Lets get some laws that are pro biking to grow the industry.
  • + 15
 lol ricky , when I read your comment I though ' oh well another 14 year old keyboard warrior ' , only to find out you are 40 years old , shut the fuck up and get involved in building rather than demanding OTHER people do things to benefit you...
  • + 5
 Santa Cruz Super Enduro this fall! Also, there are tons of trails that aren't "groomers". You just have to know were to look!
  • + 12
 Ummm Noob question : WTF is a groomer ? Sounds like slang term for a peadophile
  • + 17
 Somebody is having a tantrum...
  • + 9
 I just came in from snowboarding, but still found this comment rude. He was just asking what a groomer was. It is a bike site, not a ski site.
  • + 5
 ^^bigburd^^ i thought the same exact thing....haha
  • + 5
 erm... don't feed the troll.
  • + 2
 I don't know what you are involved in but what ever it is I hope it brings some happyness to your ' life '
  • + 4
 You know Northstar is about 3-4 hours from the Bay right? Downieville classic? Also Tahoe has some great legal riding. You are a lot closer to great riding than SoCal.
  • + 1
 I like to ride my bike. That is all.
  • + 10
 they dont call him retardo for no reason...
  • + 2
 Oh man, Big Turd! Ha! I see what you did there. Classic... Trollololol
  • + 4
 Ricky, the areas below are all within an hour of SFO and they are all excellent. I have spent many, many hours in each of these and you might get the odd horse or hiker, but some of these ARE race venues where the tracks would be or could be closed to horses and hikers. Pick your time. For example you can PIN Oat Hill Mine Trail if you just go late in the arvo when the hikers are off the hill.

Anguin/Los Posados (never seen a horse or hiker)
Camp Tamarancho (most of it is riders only)
China Camp (don't do more than 15mph near the ranger station and you are fine)
Rockville Regional Park (Fairfield)
Oat Hill Mine Trail
Annadel
Soquel Demo Forest (never seen a horse or hiker)
Montara Mountain (never seen a horse or hiker)
Henry Coe (never seen a horse or hiker once you are in deep)
Boggs is more than an hour, but not much

Having a place 'Riding only' is a double-edged sword - I spent FAR more time braking and waiting for gumbies at N* and D'Ville than I ever did giving way to hikers and horses at the trails above.
  • + 1
 Thanks iamamodel!
  • + 1
 ill take Ricky any day over Waki and Protour at least Ricky was funny.
  • + 2
 Still no response to the question of what a "groomer" is. I'd make an assumption that it is a non-technical trail, like a converted rail-trail that is groomed smooth and boring to ride... but that's only a guess. Never heard the term before.
  • + 1
 Yes you are correct it's a skier/snowboard term for a boring run with NO features groomed by snow cats, I never use that term mtn biking but it seems to fit, at least in my mind. For the record I never attack people's comments unless they attack first. Yes I had a bad day, beautiful weather and I couldn't ride because of other responsibilities
  • + 3
 Groomer us a good way to describe them. I'm going to use that!
  • + 1
 @iamamodel i am familiar with china camp and tamarrancho, but the rest of the places what kind of riding are they, are they XC, enduro, or DH. thank for the info by the way i am board of riding the same places
  • + 2
 Yeah actually Groomer describes flat boring trails pretty well !
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  • + 7
 Looks like a fun course and the pictures are great. And for the dude who says it's not a "proper enduro" course well derrr it's a super D course, not enduro. And this isn't at a resort in the mountains, it's semi-ghetto southern california. There's graffiti on the course and you can hear roosters in peoples' backyards crowing. They do the best they can with what they have.
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  • + 5
 Couldnt agree more on the desire for a Nor Cal series. Ive been wondering why the F it hasnt happened to date. Hopefully the new as of this year California Enduro Series will grow in the coming years to expand state wide and bring some legit events NORTH of friggin santa cruz
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  • + 7
 Goggles with non-full face helmets is the worst looking thing in all of mountain biking. A close second, 29ers.....
  • + 1
 Ah shit! Well that's two strikes for me every time I've thrown a leg over my 29er this winter. I've got to wear the goggles in the winter because the safety glasses fog up way too easily when wearing the braclava and just the cold temps in general. As for the 29er well that's a different discussion....
  • + 1
 LOL I thought the same thing - minus the 29r thing
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  • + 2
 Must be interesting riding on trails that have such a wide open view... you can actually see a horizon. Here on the BC coast, riding any trail most of the time means riding a tunnel inside a forest. Trees are what you see. It is spectacular of course, but it would be neat to experience riding wide open trails as well. Maybe I'll check out the Whistler alpine trail they have been building.
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  • + 6
 Goggles and half shells are the way to go! Enduro woop
  • + 15
 Just like rattails and mullets... you might think you're the sh*t, but secretly everyone else is laughing at you Wink
  • + 1
 ... so apish and ridiculous.
  • + 4
 Sadly, there are many people in Georgia who are still rockin' the mullet...
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  • + 6
 Whats with all the clean bikes and kit surely this cannot be!
  • + 1
 yeah ikr my bike got way dirty when i went yesterday
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  • + 4
 Loving all the war faces!
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  • + 1
 Thanks to all who came out and made it a great race! Conditions where fantastic after Fridays rain. Second race in a row we had Hero Dirt. next one is two weeks! Come on out, it's a great time if your in Socal!
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  • + 1
 Fontana is awesome right after a rain and so bad when it's hot, dry and windy (most of the time). Two entirely different places for sure!
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  • + 1
 unusual build on gwin's demo there its not often you find top level professionals mixing and matching with sram's components, its usually all of them or none of them
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  • + 1
 We have so much potential up here in Far-Nor-Cal, I still don't understand why we don't have something like this up here. Thinking this would be fun as all get out.
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  • + 2
 That kid looks like he was having a blast! Glad to see events like this are doing a great job at getting the youth into it.
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  • + 2
 You guys ride such smooth trails with rear sus?!?!?

Over here we would all be riding hardtails on that same trail.
  • + 0
 I agree, here is a link to the actual course... my afterwork ride trails are ALOT more demanding than this.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=m35xuEDgH7Q
  • + 7
 ^^whats your point...did you even read the article? I don't recall reading any clams that this is a technicaly demanding course? Its just a fun day for people to get out on their bikes and rip it up it bit....and be a little competitive along the way.
  • + 0
 I just watched the vid. The trail does look like sweet fun. The trail smoothness should make for some fast times.
  • + 1
 I must apologize for being so firm on my stand regarding the course... I went back through the article myself and found the part saying that it is a warmup for the upcoming enduro season.... and super cool that the locals bested the pros... being a regular has benefit.
  • + 2
 I was out there yesterday and today, pics don't do justice. You're constantly in immediate danger of hitting rocks, losing your line, and eating it. Hard. I wish all if you guys had actually seen the trail.
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  • + 1
 People look like hosers with a half lid and goggle. Good looking event though
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  • + 2
 Wouldnt rest my bike on rocks that rough.
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  • + 1
 Hater s. be hate. Be happy there are people organized this super d event s on north cali ...
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  • + 1
 There is gwinnys line up SRAM components with FOX SHOX the way bikes should be lol
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  • + 1
 Hmmmm. Aaron Gwynn and carbon Demo with Kasima'd forks, X0 derailleur, Avid brakes, DHX-5 shock (?).
Quite a mix.
  • + 1
 the shock is a fox dhx rc4, from memory the only team to have really done this kind of parts muddling in the last few years is crc when they ran zocchi forks, sram gears and formula brakes last year, i guess thats all changed now though!!
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  • + 1
 DG. The best dirt for traction when wet.
  • + 3
 The worst traction when it's dry...it's like riding on ball bearings!
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  • + 1
 The dirt there just looks awesome.
  • + 3
 it had rained the day before!
  • + 2
 Yeah, gotta love the dirt and how green everything is after the rain. Normally the scenary there would be brown shrubs hahaha.
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  • + 0
 Looks pretty fun... theres a little shredder in our mists...Beer
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  • + 1
 More awesome photos Dan!
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