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2017 Kamikaze Bike Games Concludes with Elite Enduro

Sep 18, 2017
by Philip Beckman  
The final day of the 2017 Kamikaze Bike Games was all about enduro and nothing but enduro. Pros and Experts had free and exclusive reign of Mammoth Mountain during this challenging, dry, dusty five-stage event. Or should we say events (plural)? This Sunday, day three of the Kamikaze Bike Games, also served as an Enduro World Series qualifier, was part of the North American Enduro Tour, was the penultimate stop on the California Enduro Series schedule, and the final round of the CES Golden Tour, a triple crown series-within-a-series made up of races at China Peak, Northstar, and Mammoth—three of the most aggressive enduro events on the West Coast. With this much cache on the line, it was no surprise that the Kamikaze Bike Games drew a large field of elite athletes.

The best of the best on this epic day was Truckee, California's, Marco Osborne (Cannondale/WTB), who stopped the clock with an accumulated time of 37:00.40. This was just five seconds quicker than runner-up Curtis Keene (Specialized). Mountain bike legend Brian Lopes (Ellsworth) nailed down third with a 37:11.00, while Kyle Warner (Marin/Suntour) and Evan Geankoplis (Marin) rounded out the final podium.

On the ladies' side, veteran Kathy Pruitt (Rocky Mountain Bikes, Giro, TLD) had everyone covered with a 42:43.18. Amy Morrison (Marin/WTB) completed a stellar weekend in second place, clocking in at 42:58.20. Oregon native Janea Perry (Marin/E Thirteen) was third with a 43:30.02, fourth was Essence Barton with a 44:46.16, and Zephyr Sylvester (Yeti) completed the podium in 45:18.03.

Complete results from all the racing over the 2017 Kamikaze Bike Games weekend can be found at http://www.kamikazebikegames.com.

Going nuts for the Kamikaze Bike Games. You might want to rethink your viewing position however.
  Going nuts for the Kamikaze Bike Games. You might want to rethink your viewing position, however.

Let s get this party started. Heading to the top for stage one.
  Let's get this party started. Heading to the top for stage one.

Keep an eye on these young guns from the Incycle Race Team. Cole Suetos and Austin Dooley were flying in both the Downhill and Enduro.
  Keep an eye on these young guns from the Incycle Race Team. Cole Suetos and Austin Dooley were flying in both the Downhill and Enduro.

Kathy Pruitt EVIL knows Mammoth well and she put that knowledge to good use. She topped Pro Women with a 42 43.18.
  Kathy Pruitt (Rocky Mountain Bikes, Giro, TLD) knows Mammoth well, and she put that knowledge to good use. She topped Pro Women with a 42:43.18.

Top of the charts at the Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro was Cannondale WTB rider Marco Osborne setting fast time of the day with a 37 00.40.
  Top of the charts at the Kamikaze Bike Games Enduro was Cannondale/WTB rider, Marco Osborne, setting fast time of the day with a 37:00.40.

Forty-six-year-old Brian Lopes Ellsworth hangs it out on the way to third place in Pro Men.
  Forty-six-year-old Brian Lopes (Ellsworth) hangs it out on the way to third place in Pro Men.

Kyle Warner Marin SR Suntour was on the gas all day to take fourth in Pro Men.
  Kyle Warner (Marin/SR Suntour) was on the gas all day to take fourth in Pro Men.

Say hello to Kamikaze Bike Games founder and MTB Hall of Famer Bill Cockroft.
  Say hello to Kamikaze Bike Games founder and MTB Hall of Famer Bill Cockroft.

Amy Morrison Marin WTB had an awesome weekend placing second in the Pro Women s class in the Enduro just one day after winning the Pro GRT Downhill.
  Amy Morrison (Marin/WTB) had an awesome weekend, placing second in the Pro Women's class in the Enduro, just one day after winning the Pro GRT Downhill.

Giant Co-Factory rider Tyler Weyman captured the Open Men s class in the process clinching the CES Golden Tour title as well.
  Giant Co-Factory rider Tyler Weyman captured the Open Men's class, in the process clinching the CES Golden Tour title as well.

Cory Sullivan Marin Fox Deity gets stylish near the end of stage three.
  Cory Sullivan (Marin/Fox/Deity) gets stylish near the end of stage three.

Travis Claypool Trek Test Team flew to the Expert Men Under 18 victory.
  Travis Claypool (Trek Test Team) flew to the Expert Men Under 18 victory.

Family fun in the Kamikaze Bike Games expo eMTB demo area.
  Family fun in the Kamikaze Bike Games expo/eMTB demo area.

The Expert Men 40-49 division fell to San Luis Obispo California s Taylor Congdon.
  The Expert Men 40–49 division fell to San Luis Obispo, California's, Taylor Congdon.

Marin s Evan Geankoplis nailed down fifth place in Pro Men.
  Marin's Evan Geankoplis nailed down fifth place in Pro Men.

Seventeen-year-old Isabella Naughton Pivot riding out of Flagstaff Arizona smoked the Expert Women class.
  Seventeen-year-old Isabella Naughton (Pivot), riding out of Flagstaff, Arizona, smoked the Expert Women class.

Michael Lee Dynaplug charges toward the finish of stage four.
  Michael Lee (Dynaplug) charges toward the finish of stage four.

Mike Thomas Team Thomas grabbed gold in the Expert Men 30-39 division.
  Mike Thomas (Team Thomas) grabbed gold in the Expert Men 30–39 division.

As usual Essence Barton was all smiles all weekend at the Kamikaze Bike Games.
  As usual, Essence Barton was all smiles all weekend at the Kamikaze Bike Games.

Traffic jam on the Elevator Shaft which served as a fitting final obstacle for the 2017 Kamikaze Bike Games.
  Traffic jam on the Elevator Shaft, which served as a fitting final obstacle for the 2017 Kamikaze Bike Games.

Janea Perry Marin E Thirteen grabbed third place in Pro Women.
  Janea Perry (Marin/E Thirteen) grabbed third place in Pro Women.

Clovis California s Jack Achey Dayka Hackett aced the Expert Men 18-29 class by a minute.
  Clovis, California's, Jack Achey (Dayka Hackett) aced the Expert Men 18–29 class by a minute.

Your Pro Women s podium topped by Kathy Pruitt. Flanking Pruitt are l-r Zephyr Sylvester Amy Morrison Janea Perry and Essence Barton.
  Your Pro Women's podium, topped by Kathy Pruitt. Flanking Pruitt are (l-r): Zephyr Sylvester, Amy Morrison, Janea Perry and Essence Barton.

The Pro Men s podium with Marco Osborne on the top step. He s joined by l-r Evan Geankoplis Curtis Keene Brian Lopes and Kyle Warner.
  The Pro Men's podium, with Marco Osborne on the top step. He's joined by (l-r) Evan Geankoplis, Curtis Keene, Brian Lopes and Kyle Warner.



12 Comments

  • + 12
 Jesus, could LOPES sell himself out to funnier looking gear to go with his funny looking bike. The old adage is if you are going to wear that you better be fast enough to back it up, he's fast, but now fast enough to avoid that hideous photo.
  • + 1
 That pic is burned into my brain! Still fast though.
  • + 6
 Is he not looking enduro enough for you?
  • + 3
 Needed goggles
  • + 7
 Are we going to see any coverage of beginner/sport classes?
  • + 1
 Hey PB...
DId Marin just sign a huge contract for banner ads on here or something?
You made sure you posted photos of every rider sponsored by them, but didn't even post one pic of EWS regular/Specialized factory rider Curtis Keene on course.
Usually a world-class rider participating in a local event generates multiple pics
  • + 1
 picture number 2...
  • + 2
 I bought the new Jekyll on a whim and was a little skeptical of its competitive quality, I am really enjoying it but my own vanity loves seeing it do well on the race scene.
  • + 3
 YA! Great job Brian Lopes. OG
  • + 2
 went to high school with sullie! great dude, doing ashland proud.
  • + 2
 Lopes bringing the ManSpread to Mtn Biking where it belongs.
  • + 1
 Nice podium steez! Lopes with a lil superman tho

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