Oregon Enduro 2 - Bend Race Report

Jun 9, 2013
by Mike Albright  
 
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The 2013 Oregon Enduro Course Map
  The 2013 Oregon Enduro course in Bend featured some of Bend's newest trails Funner and Tiddlywinks along with the well-established trail Storm King. It is the second stop for the Oregon Series and also part of the North American Enduro Tour (NAET) so we were sure to have some great racing action. While the Bend trails are relatively flat, smooth and fast, there are many rock sections along with loads of jumps and berms to keep riders on-guard.

Rosara Joseph Adam Craig
  Rosara Joseph killed it again in Pro Women and local-boy Adam Craig stood atop of the podium in Pro Men. Scroll down to check out some of the other happenings from this event!

Adam Craig bested the rest of the Pro Men field by at least 30 seconds over the 25 minutes of racing.
  Adam Craig beat the rest of the Pro Men field by at least 30 seconds over the 25 minutes of total timed racing.

A Collage of some of the signs arounds the expo.
  A collage of some of the signs arounds the expo.

Rosara Joseph makes it 2 for 2 this year and looking forward to the next race in Ashland Oregon for sure.
  Rosara Joseph made it 2 for 2 this year and looking forward to the next race in Ashland, Oregon for sure.

Naish Ulmer rocking the log ride after his seat exploded just up the trail. 1 for dropper posts.
  Naish Ulmer rocking the log ride after his seat exploded just up the trail. Thankfully it was operational for stage 2.

There are some decision-maker sections along the trail where risk reward comes into play.
  There are some decision-maker sections along the trail where risk/reward comes into play.

Dennis Yuroshek pulls a power-wheelie out of one of stage two s corners.
  Dennis Yuroshek pulls a power-wheelie out of one of stage two's corners.

Matthew Slaven had an off day but looked good here on stage 1.
  Matthew Slaven looking good here on stage #1.

Aaron Bradford rocking the BMC. He wasn t seen in the top 20 of the results not sure what happened.
  Aaron Bradford rocking the BMC. He wasn't seen in the top 20 of the results, not sure what happened.

Bend-local Adam Craig gets some trail time in before tomorrow s Enduro race near Bend Oregon
  Bend-local Adam Craig gets some trail time in the day before the Enduro race

Nathan Riddle hitting backsides in the 4X section of Stage 2.
  Nathan Riddle hitting backsides in the 4X section of Stage #2.

Jess Palacios owns Santiam Bicycles one of the BIke Shop sponsors of the event. Jess is living proof that if you pester the photographer enough you ll get your photo on Pinkbike
  Jess Palacios owns Santiam Bicycles, one of the BIke Shop sponsors of the event. Jess is living proof that if you pester the photographer enough you'll get your photo on Pinkbike

I figured there wouldn t be too many action shots of Carolynn Romaine this week since she got coverage a few weeks ago in Hood. Getting second place in the Pro Women s class changed that.
  I figured there wouldn't be too many action shots of Carolynn Romaine this week since she got coverage a few weeks ago at the Hood River race. Getting second place in the Pro Women's class changed that.

WTB s Jason Moeschler riding the fallen tree that was made into a log ride. There is a go-around but this direction will save some seconds if you make it clean.
  WTB's Jason Moeschler riding the fallen tree that was made into a log ride. There is a go-around, but this direction will save some seconds if you make it clean.

Jason Sigfrid shaking the rust off and racing mountain bikes again. Jason was one of the fastest DHers out of the Northwest around the turn of the century so I wouldn t be surprised to see him moving up the leader board at future events.
  Jason Sigfrid shaking the rust off and racing mountain bikes again. Jason was one of the fastest DHers out of the Northwest around the turn of the century so I wouldn't be surprised to see him moving up the leader board at future events.

A pre-race shot of Clint Claassen s machine
  A pre-race shot of Clint Claassen's machine

Don t let the spandex and sculpted legs fool you Giant s Carl Decker can get a little air with style.
  Don't let the spandex and sculpted legs fool you, Giant's Carl Decker can get a little air with style.

The Nomads being represented well by Chris Johnson 2nd place Pro Men
  The Nomads being represented well by Chris Johnson, 2nd place Pro Men

Being a local Adam Craig knows the trails well and it paid off with a win.
  Being a local, Adam Craig knows the trails well and it paid off with a win.

Bend s trails are known for being relatively smooth with a lot of flow but there are sections lava rocks that can trip racers up.
  Bend's trails are known for being relatively smooth with a lot of flow, but there are sections with lava rocks that can trip racers up.

Entomology porn
  Entomology porn.

Bend is the type of town where once you think you re the best at something there is always someone around doing it bigger larger better. Enter Corsair s Jamie Goldman who s one of those guys that raises the bar for everyone else. Jamie could t make the Hood River race a few weeks ago because he was having a contest at his home. We hope to see more of Jamie at future races.
  Bend is the type of town where once you think you're the best at something, there is always someone around doing it bigger, larger, faster, better. Enter Corsair's Jamie Goldman, who's one of those guys that raises the bar for everyone else. Jamie couldn't make the Hood River race a few weeks ago because he was having a contest at his home. We hope to see more of Jamie at future races.

Josh Carlson had a decent race placing 3rd behind Adam Craig and Chris Johnson.
  Josh Carlson had a decent race, placing 3rd behind Adam Craig and Chris Johnson.

Kevin Smallman has been making the long journey from Southern California to attend the series. It s nice to see a large number of racers making such long treks.
  Kevin Smallman has been making the long journey from Southern California to attend the series. It's nice to see a large number of racers making such long treks.

Pro Women podium 1st Rosara Joseph 2nd Carolynn Romaine 3rd Shana Sweitzer 4th Katie Jay Melena 5th Rachel Throop
  Pro Women podium: 1st: Rosara Joseph 2nd: Carolynn Romaine 3rd: Shana Sweitzer 4th: Katie Jay Melena 5th: Rachel Throop

Pro Men podium 1st Adam Craig 2nd Chris Johnson 3rd Josh Carlson 4th Carl Decker
  Pro Men podium: 1st: Adam Craig 2nd: Chris Johnson 3rd: Josh Carlson 4th: Carl Decker

Local cycling legend Kirt Voreis was present to show everyone how it s done winning stage 2 and coming only three seconds away from a podium spot for the overall.
  Local cycling legend Kirt Voreis was present to show everyone how it's done, winning stage #2 and coming only three seconds away from a podium spot for the overall.

Full results here.

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30 Comments

  • + 17
 More local and "regular rider" pics plz. Pros are cool and all but the vast majority of the event is made for and supported by regular people.
  • + 6
 Will-do. Timing and logistics were not great for this event so it was mostly coverage of Pros and some 1's. Ashland should better.

I'm open for other suggestions for future coverage. What do you want to see more or less of? Action, expo, artsy, motion blurs, rider's rides, pros, ams, dudes, chicks, humping beetles...
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 Hey thanks for the reply! For me, Enduro is more about the aura of the event and comraderie than "racing." It's a little bit of a bummer to see so much focus on the professionals who largely scoot into the scene, accept their winnings and spotlight, and scoot out to the next win. I understand those wins are earned, but there are so many regular folks at these events pushing themselves, chugging brewskis, good naturedly smack-talking, and making new friends...this, to me, is what Enduro is about! The regular folks make these events what they are, from inception to admin to participation to completion. Again, thanks for the reply. Moar humping beetles plz...
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 Second that!
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 When I said 'timing and logistics' I was referring to my own, and not commenting on the race timing. That wasn't worded correctly.
  • + 4
 Hey ThreadKiller, Nice work! I am the rider on the Bronson heading through the rocks from the side view. Thanks for being out there! Great work on the report, maybe some more shots of around the expo area capturing the vibe and everything going on in the pits. Maybe some junior racers getting rowdy!
  • + 2
 Bike porn shots plz!
  • + 2
 Like Jubilee55 said - more shots of us regular joes and janes. Campgrounds, the DIY bike racks, maybe the bikes and riders of the expert/sport/beginner victors.
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 Chicks, duh. Seriously though, thanks for being open to suggestions!
  • + 2
 Agreed on mixing some of the amateurs into the photo shoots. There's about 3-4 amateurs for every pro at these races and it would really make their day to have a shot on pinkbike!
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  • + 11
 Enduro is the middle point between XC riders who have DH skills, and DH riders who can pedal up as well. The perfect blend....
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  • + 6
 That guy who broke his seat off has got his cheeks clenched tight hoping he wont land on that post
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 Good shots, Mike. Just some extra details for those that don't live in the Bend area: this event was HOT, at elevation, and overwhelmingly attended by locals who were familiar with the trails. My friend and I drove from Seattle (sea-level dwellers) and were surprised at the number of super lean racers on 29ers, tearing up stages without packs or long-travel bikes. We had a lot of fun, but this was definitely an event for locals. (Not just pros - for us regular folk.) I raced the course having never even ridden it before. There's something (good) to be said for the races on the continent that are held on tracks that are (reportedly) unknown to anyone, so practice laps are impossible.

All in all a lot of fun though the event had its snafus like very sparsely-marked transitions, uninformed course staff between stages 3 and 4, a lack of radios at stage starts, no course maps for riders, a lack of water at stage finishes, and a lunch caterer that was a no-show.
  • + 1
 sngltrkmnd, there was something like 85 gallons of water and Clif Shot Electrolyte drink served at 3 locations on course. The two finishes that didn't have water were very remote. Maybe wearing a hydration pack isn't a bad idea. Transitions sparsely marked?...8''x11'' arrows were at every intersection, questionable section, and road crossing. Trails that had a marked Y leading back to the same trail 50 yards down the trail, were not marked. Every start and finish timing crew had radios they may not have been using them at the time you rolled up....maybe you are referring to the start times being text to the finish for instant results on a monitor at the finish of stages, so you saw timers texting for communication instead of using the 5 watt vhf radios rented from Day Wireless that all timers, 4 first aid, road crossing guards and event officials had. Race course map was on the website, Bend event page. The caterer canceled morning of due to a family emergency, so an awesome pizzeria whip up 40 giant pizzas and there was pizza and 4 kegs of Ninkasl beer for all! Awesome!
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 sngltrkmnd, I was looking over the results, and was surprised how many people were from WAY out of the area. There was not an overwhelming "Bend" presence in the least bit. Far from it. When you race, you should see the water stations as a perk, not something to count on. Bring your own hydration. If you saw racers with no pack, they most likely had a water bottle and a tube and Co2 strapped to their bike. Racing Enduro is not easy. Lots of pre-planning, and riding your bike ALL day does take it's toll. My brother drove to Bend from Medford, and placed mid pack Sport class, in his second Enduro race ever. Never pre-rode a single trail the race was on, and had an absolute blast. You sound kind sour. Racing should be fun most of all, so if you need to come a day early to get some practice runs to have a good time, maybe you should do so.
  • + 2
 Hey Devon and thuren - I'm not sour at all. I had a good time, and I will do it again. If I could have arrived sooner, I sure would have. I knew my experience would be tougher without a proper prerun. I've had a bit of experience riding in other off-road formats from 4X, DH, XC and endurance races. I showed up expecting to be completely self-sufficient, and I was. I had a Drafter pack with an afternoon's worth of bars, shots, water, tubes, goggles, knee pads, and a first aid kit. I am just pointing out some of the issues that I observed. It would be unfair to the readers of Pinkbike to be given a rosy picture of every new component, event, and mountain bike video that came out, so I am using this platform to share my experience. I know that event promotion is **hard as shit** - I applaud all of you that do it - and I will be back for at least two more stops on the OES tour. I heard an event volunteer tell a race promoter of the common issue of lack of water, and I personally encountered four volunteers after stage 3 who didn't know where to send us for Stage 4. We'd been told at the end of 3 to head towards the highway. Our bad. When we returned to the end of 3, there indeed was a 8" x 11" sign pointing riders down to Stage 4 start. I made a mistake, and I own that.
  • + 2
 Sorry if I came off sounding rude I did not mean to! Another thing to note.... In other forms of racing, it seems it's every man for them self. In Enduro, there is more of a helping hand out there from fellow racers. If you need to know where to go, are unsure of a stage you have not ridden, or need a pump to top off your tire because you did not plan ahead, just ask a fellow racer. I have NEVER experienced a type of racing, where competitors are so willing to help. I have watched fellow racers give up tube's and Co2, food, water etc, when people need it. If a volunteer is unsure of something, just wait for some more racers to show up, as they will be more than willing to help! I raced Ashland 100% blind last year, and while tough, I had fellow racers helping me "watch out' for certain things on the unfamiliar course. Super cool.
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  • + 2
 More pics of women shredding please - we need media coverage for sponsorship ammo too! Thanks!! Appreciating the ones you already did post Smile
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  • + 2
 I so wish I lived close and could compete in this series. Nice report.
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  • + 2
 Nice report. Great pics.
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  • + 1
 that fallen tree log ride is sweet! Nice job. Nice coverage of this event.
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  • + 2
 Jamie Goldman is looking Yoked
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 "Don't let the spandex and sculpted legs fool you, Giant's Carl Decker can get a little air with style" - Too late..Come on Mike, style??? Seriously
  • + 3
 Style or not, Carl Decker is a shredder and would school you on just about any discipline of the cycling (or rally car driving) world! This guy can wear whatever he wants in my book.
  • + 3
 Yeah, that's a pretty whack comment. It's good to see someone looking like a legit cyclist rather than a big hatted xtryyyme toddler.
  • - 2
 The lack of style I was refering to, was his lil mini air and slight turn of the wheel. I'm commenting on the fact its not worth the journalist to call that style..I was doing whips like that on the bmx track when I was 7 seriously. & I'm sure he can beat me in an edurance competition, but that's not what I ride for. I'm confident I'd hit djs and go just as big or bigger. But what's whack is that's your idea of a legit cyclist, and you used the word cyclist lmafo..Bro you and your spandex buddy would get laughed off the trail where I ride.
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 Please click on AmericanTemplar's profile and take a look at this dude.
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 11th pic, instabike trend?
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 surprising amount of skittle smuggling going on.
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