2013 Oregon Enduro Finals - Photo Epic

Sep 10, 2013
by mike albright  
2013 Oregon Enduro Finals

The final races of the 2013 Oregon Enduro Series were held last weekend at the Sandy Ridge Trail Complex on Saturday, along with stages at the Timberline Lodge on Mt Hood and at Ski Bowl on Sunday. Some furious storms rolled through the area just days before the event bringing a lot of moisture making 'brown pow' the most common phrase being heard around the expo. For racing, conditions were perfect with moisture in the ground and sun in the sky, making for a very enjoyable weekend.

Pro points leaders Curtis Keene and Rosara Joseph didn't disappoint as both came away with the overall titles. Giant's Adam Craig put his stamp on the weekend by winning the pro class for the weekend with Chris Johnston in 2nd and Curtis Keene taking 3rd.

Curtis Keene hits the slopes of Mt. Hood with the 1 plate and rode it to the overall tittle.
  Curtis Keene hit the slopes of Mt. Hood with the #1 plate and rode it to the overall title.
bigquotesIt was a fun series, five different venues, I honestly enjoyed all of them. It's growing, we're all learning but it is headed in the right direction. If I had to pick one format it would be something like Whistler - some lifts, some pedaling. I like a big day. I like to get out there and have an adventure hanging out with buddies, I kinda like that style. - Curtis Keene

2013 Oregon Enduro Finals banner for blog
  2013 Oregon Enduro Finals maps. Stage 1,2 and 3 at Sandy on the left and stages 4 & 5 at Timberline and Ski Bowl on the right

Rosara Joseph
  Rosara Joseph with another commanding performance

bigquotesI think it's a good atmosphere, a good bunch of races with good courses, for sure...Our last race track from Ski Bowl was part of an old DH track, from what I understand, it was sweet! It was definitely by far the most challenging courses we've done in the Oregon series. - Rosara Joseph

Aaron Bradford starts stage 1 on Sandy s Ridge s newer trails Follow The Leader. The upper section here was like a trials course with slick mud-covered rocks and tight technical sections that frustrated riders of all skill levels.
  Aaron Bradford starts stage #1 on Sandy's Ridge's newer trails Follow The Leader. The upper section here was like a trials course, with slick mud-covered rocks and tight, technical sections that frustrated riders of all skill levels.

Nate Hills stage 5 top section.
  Adding Ski Bowl was a popular decision with racers. Nate Hills, stage #5 top section.

Craig Parker enjoying the final stage of the 2013 Oregon Enduro Series race. This section has been used for DH races from 20 years at Ski Bowl. It s not super technical as it winds back and forth between tree lines but it is possible to wash out in a corner and lose time.
  Craig Parker enjoying the final stage of the 2013 Oregon Enduro Series race. This section has been used for DH races from 20 years at Ski Bowl. It's not super technical as it winds back and forth between tree lines but it is possible to wash out in a corner and lose time.

With 30-second intervals it was tough to get from mountain to mountain to cover the racers. When I arrived near the top of stage 5 ten pros had already come through this steep chute. Thankfully i was able to get set up to get this shot of Jesse Melamed from Whistler slaying it.
  With 30-second intervals it was tough to get from mountain to mountain to cover the racers. When I arrived near the top of stage #5 ten pros had already come through this steep chute. Thankfully, I was able to get set up to get this shot of Jesse Melamed from Whistler slaying it.

Sport Men racer Matt Cappozi turning like a pro and showing us how the brown pow was sticking. You can see the moisture in the dirt where it is darker and also where it is drying up. Conditions were perfect with heavy rain storms 2 days prior to the race.
  Sport Men racer Matt Cappozi turning like a pro and showing us how the brown pow was sticking. You can see the moisture in the dirt where it is darker and also where it is drying up. Conditions were perfect with heavy rain storms two days prior to the race.


After the starting rock drop on Follow The Leader riders negotiated two 180-degree turns then rode over a pile of rocket that were slick and killed your momentum. Here a rider slams his shoulder into a tree after he clipped a rock with his rear wheel.
  After the starting rock drop on Follow The Leader riders negotiated two 180-degree turns, then negotiated a pile of rocks that were slick and killed your momentum. Here a rider slams his shoulder into a tree after he clipped a rock with his rear wheel.

Adam Craig on Follow The Leader. Adam s confidence level has definitely benefitted from his travels overseas. 1st for the day and 4th overall for the series.
  Adam Craig on Follow The Leader. Adam's confidence level has definitely benefited from his travels overseas. 1st for the day and 4th overall for the series.

The pros are fun to watch and photograph but this makes it something special seeing relatives young and old hiking up the hill to cheer their favorite rider on to victory.
  The pros are fun to watch and photograph but this makes it something special; seeing relatives young and old hiking up the hill to cheer their favorite rider on to victory.

Motion Blur
  Motion Blur

Starting gate at the top of Ski Bowl.
  Starting gate at the top of Ski Bowl.

A nice view near the top of Ski Bowl looking East. The racer is just about to enter the rock section with the chute soon after that.
  A nice view near the top of Ski Bowl looking East. The racer is just about to enter the rock section with 'the chute' soon after that.

John Frey
  John Frey, professional enduro racer. That has a nice ring to it.

Carl Decker
  Carl Decker getting that 'brown pow' traction.

Tony de Cordoba - 3rd overall Expert men 19-39
  Tony de Cordoba - 3rd overall Expert men 19-39

This is Michael Lillienthal. He s not only the graphics guy that made the course maps for the OR Enduro series but he s pretty fast on the bike 5th place overall in Expert 19-39.
  This is Michael Lillienthal. He's not only the graphics guy that made the course maps for the OR Enduro series but he's pretty fast on the bike! 5th place overall in Expert 19-39.

Adam Craig is more focused than ever on getting to the finish line first.
  Adam Craig is more focused than ever on getting to the finish line first.

Anyone who has ridden Two Turntables and a Microwave at Sandy Ridge will remember this bridge section. Fun to ride but more difficult to race when you are trying to hit these tight corners at full speed. Joe Buckley showing how it s done.
  Anyone who has ridden Two Turntables and a Microwave at Sandy Ridge will remember this bridge section. Fun to ride, but more difficult to race when you are trying to hit these tight corners at full speed. Joe Buckley showing how it's done.


  Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski in the rock drop

Incycle team members with a little last-chair course recon before Sundays final stage. Ski Bowl used for many years as a DH venue is a new venue for the series and this is a nice steep rock chute that greets the riders soon after the start. Many photos have a hard time relaying how steep a slope is but this one helps convey that message with the help of the riders walking back up the slope.
  Incycle team members with a little last-chair course recon before Sundays final stage. Ski Bowl, used for many years as a DH venue, is a new venue for the series and this is a nice, steep rock chute that greets the riders soon after the start. Many photos have a hard time relaying how steep a slope is but this one helps convey that message with the help of the riders walking back up the slope. Mt. Hood in the background.

Heather Irmiger 3rd for the day in Pro Women.
  Heather Irmiger, 3rd for the day in Pro Women.

Kendall Smith with a pre-whip wind-up. Timing is everything.
  Kendall Smith with a pre-whip wind-up. Timing is everything.

  Walking the course/track after last lift has its advantages

Kelli Emmett was 5th overall in Pro Women and missed a race or two.
  Kelli Emmett was 4th overall in Pro Women and missed a race or two.

Aaron Bradford is going to do his best to hit more endure races around the globe next year. Finishing 3rd overall behind Keene and Johnston isn t a bad way to finish up the enduro season. Up next cyclocross
  Aaron Bradford is going to do his best to hit more enduro races around the globe next year. Finishing 3rd overall behind Keene and Johnston isn't a bad way to finish up the enduro season. Up next, cyclocross!

The Nomads Dylan Wolsky
  The Nomads' Dylan Wolsky

Jeremy Horgen-Kobelski starts stage 4 near Timberline Lodge.
  Jeremy Horgen-Kobelski starts stage #4 near Timberline Lodge.

Carolynn Romaine
  Carolynn Romaine, Pivot Cycles.

Nate Hills stage 5 top section.
  Nate Hills, stage #5 top section.

Rosara Joseph was enjoying the brown pow Sunday on Timberline s Glade Trail.
  Rosara Joseph was enjoying the 'brown pow' Sunday on Timberline's Glade Trail.

The Incycle MTB team at the top of Ski Bowl.
  The Incycle MTB team at the top of Ski Bowl.

Tony Armichardy
  Tony Armichardy

If Tom Teller isn t shooting video at the event he s editing.
  If Tom Teller isn't shooting video at the event, he's editing.

The clouds covering Mt Hood would be there one minute and gone the next literally Alexander McGuinnis makes the best of covered mountain by starting a power manual for me and making something out of nothing.
  The clouds covering Mt Hood would be there one minute, and gone the next (literally) Alexander McGuinnis makes the best of covered mountain by starting a power manual for me and making something out of nothing.

Kevin Smallman floats over a small rock section on Two Turntables and a Microwave.
  Kevin Smallman floats over a small rock section on Two Turntables and a Microwave.

The start from stage 4 next to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Could be a worse...
  The start from stage #4 next to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Could be a worse...

Adam Craig
  Adam Craig gave PB and nice post-awards interview where we discussed his surging success in the world enduro community. Unfortunately the phone battery died before we finished so all was lost! More to come...

Craig Harvey shows the direct line over the first major obstacle on stage 1. There was some risk reward decision-making going on here as many racers opted to go around this and not risk going over the bars.
  Craig Harvey shows the direct line over the first major obstacle on stage #1. There was some risk/reward decision-making going on here as many racers opted to go around this and not risk going over the bars.

Jon Buckell with Mt Hood in the background.
  Jon Buckell with Mt Hood in the background.

Many riders were choosing to go around the first rock drop but it wasn t always successful. When racing enduro it is probably best to keep as many contact points attached to the bike as possible.
  Many riders were choosing to go around the first rock drop but it wasn't always successful. When racing enduro it is probably best to keep as many contact points attached to the bike as possible.

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  Tobin Foulke

Mason Bond was one of the more consistent riders at this year s races finishing 5th overall.
  Mason Bond was one of the more consistent riders at this year's races, finishing 5th overall.

John Frey moved up from expert to pro during the season says he feels confident for next year.
  John Frey moved up from expert to pro during the season and says he feels confident for next year.

Craig Harvey on the Two Turntables and a Microwave trail during Day 1 at Sandy Ridge.
  Craig Harvey on the Two Turntables and a Microwave trail during Day #1 at Sandy Ridge.

Rosara Joseph. A New Zealand lawyer now with a place in Bend Oregon and tons of cycling skills. 1st place coming into the final races and a commanding lead in the Pro Women points after all of the dust settled.
  Rosara Joseph. A New Zealand lawyer now with a place in Bend, Oregon and tons of cycling skills. 1st place coming into the final races and a healthy lead in the Pro Women points after all of the dust settled.

It was impressive to see the dedication many out-of-town racers had for the series. The Incycle team shown here logged 20 000 miles on a Sprinter van traveling from Southern California to all of the OR Enduro races. Props to Jon Buckell Liz Miller Kevin Smallman and Mike Yartzoff
  It was impressive to see the dedication many out-of-town racers had for the series. The Incycle team shown here logged 20,000 miles on a Sprinter van traveling from Southern California to all of the OR Enduro races. Props to Jon Buckell, Liz Miller, Kevin Smallman and Mike Yartzoff!

Many-a-Podium
  Many-a-Podium

Pro Men Overall Podium KEENE CURTIS 814 JOHNSTON CHRIS 790 BRADFORD AARON 684 CRAIG ADAM 680 BOND MASON 544
  Pro Men Overall Podium: 1.Curtis Keene, 2.Chris Johnston, 3.Aaron Bradford, 4.Adam Craig, 5.Mason Bond

Pro Women Overall podium. Funny thing about the women this year they do not like to wait for your classic stand on the podium and raise your arms before they blast each other with Champagne. JOSEPH ROSARA 982 JOHNSON JENNIFER 688 ROMAINE CAROLYNN 650 EMMETT KELLI 496 TAYLOR ZOE 470
  Pro Women Overall podium. Funny thing about the women this year - they do not like to wait for your classic 'stand on the podium and raise your arms' before they blast each other with champagne.
1) Rosara Joseph 982 2) Jennifer Johnson 688 3) Carolynn Romaine 650 4) Kelli Emmett 496 5) Zoë Taylor 470

Men s podium for weekend 1.Adam Craig 2.Chris Johnston 3.Curtis Keene 4.Nathan Riddle 5.Kyle Warner
  Men's podium for weekend: 1.Adam Craig, 2.Chris Johnston, 3.Curtis Keene, 4.Nathan Riddle, 5.Kyle Warner

Women s podium for the weekend 1.Rosara Joseph 2.Kelli Emmett 3.Heather Irmiger 4.Jenny Konway
  Women's podium for the weekend: 1.Rosara Joseph, 2.Kelli Emmett, 3.Heather Irmiger, 4.Jenny Konway

Pro Men Overall Podium KEENE CURTIS 814 JOHNSTON CHRIS 790 BRADFORD AARON 684 CRAIG ADAM 680 BOND MASON 544
  Pro Men Overall Podium

We caught up with race director, Devon Lyons to get his final words for this series:
bigquotesFive races, 25 stages, so much work but its all been worth it. Enduro is something I've been passionate for for a while...To really see it blossom and grow from last year being the first enduro series in the country to this year everyone kind of taking off after our lead it feels amazing to have year two in the books and look forward to 2014...it is going to be even better!


See you next year!

For more race information and results go to http://oregonenduro.com

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32 Comments

  • 6 0
 Great pics from a good looking season finale!
  • 3 2
 "When i>racing/i> it is probably best to keep as many contact points attached to the bike as possible."

Fixed ^^^ that for you.

But seriously, awesome pics! I wish I was able to enter last weekend but plans changed last minute.
  • 1 0
 Dude is just hollering at his boy on the other side of the tape. "Yo what's up?!"
  • 2 0
 Great work! Man you were all OVER the place for all these pictures. I was trying to figure out how to do this all logistically. Unfortunately I couldn't go to this weekend. But with this I feel like I was there.
  • 1 0
 Great photos, really captured the spirit of the event. Bummed I couldn't make it but these pictures are outstanding.

That rock drop on Sandy that some riders chose to go around? Tough call. The drop is faster, but the landing for that drop is a little sketchy (it's a little hard building speed up to it). I've had days where it's been fine...and a few days where, well, I've got scars.
  • 4 0
 Kelli got 4th overall, Zoë Taylor got 5th. both missed a couple of races.
  • 1 0
 Nice job..I added the results.
  • 1 0
 all pro women who competed in the series missed at least 1 race.
  • 3 0
 Nice work Mike! That house shot is really cool also
  • 2 0
 Not one picture of Nate Riddle. The dude killed this. 7th over all and 4th for the weekend.
  • 1 0
 Funny thing is at almost every other race this year I had too many shots of Nate. while this weekend I just didn't get a good action shot of him. The first stage at Sandy Ridge was so dark I had many shots that were decent but not crisp enough to publish. And since Nate was running #7, I missed getting a good Ski Bowl shot of him by 2 minutes. :-(
  • 2 0
 Awesome man. Thanks for the knowledge/back story. I'm sure it must be hard to get a shot of each rider.
  • 2 0
 Slow shutter speed through the trees with blue tape on the right is a sick shot! Great write up and photos!
  • 2 0
 Um 1, 2, 3, 4 well a lot of podsSmile
  • 2 0
 Great pictures and story Mike! I see PODs in the future..
  • 2 0
 Great series of photo's! Wow!
  • 2 0
 Now THESE are my kind of women!!!
  • 1 0
 this shows the depth on the World Enduro cups when Craig can barely break into the top 20, but can take the win here
  • 3 0
 4th in Whistler and 16th at Val d'Isere, not too shabby.
  • 2 0
 And 8th at Winter Park.
  • 2 0
 and he lives 2 hours from these trails. and is good
  • 2 0
 There's some of the best picture I've seen for awhile here!
  • 1 0
 Thanks!
  • 1 0
 Wow! Great photos and write-up Mike. So many different styles of photos... nice.
  • 2 0
 Articles like this make me hate Wisconsin even more......
  • 1 0
 these photos are 'so choice'!
  • 1 0
 What type of sunglasses are those on Adam Craig? V kool!
  • 1 0
 Oh I wanna ride there! It looked great!
  • 1 0
 CRAIG HARVEY!

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