This year's Kamikaze Bike Games, on the high grounds of Mammoth Mountain, kicked off on Friday under clear, pleasant, and very dry conditions. Despite several days of sometimes heavy rain leading up to the event, the infamous volcanic pumice surface of this elevated terrain (8,000 feet, give or take) in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California soaked up the precipitation like a sponge. Mammoth received record-setting snowfall this past winter, allowing for epic skiing and boarding on these slopes well into summer, but you'd never know it in mid-September. Loose and dusty is the name of the game at Kamikaze, just as it has been since this legendary event—inaugurated in 1985—was resurrected five years ago.
It was a busy day in and around Canyon Lodge, the epicenter of the Kamikaze Bike Games. Racing events included the Cat 2/3 Downhill, the Cross Country, qualifying for the Pro and Junior Expert Downhill taking place on Saturday, as well as the event's namesake, the famed Legends of the Kamikaze Downhill (this year by invitation only).Full results here