California Enduro Series Golden Tour - Northstar Gnar Day 1

Aug 28, 2016
by Michele Charboneau / Cali Enduro  
Sunset Thursday as we arrived in Tahoe really set the stage for what would turn out to be a great start to the event.

Sunset Thursday as we arrived in Tahoe really set the stage for what would turn out to be a great start to the event.

We were stoked to see several riders up Friday for practice.

We were stoked to see several riders up Friday for practice.

Mini Pinner - Blake Wray looking smooth on stage 2 during practice.

Mini Pinner - Blake Wray looking smooth on stage 2 during practice.

Marco Osborne sends a pallet drop at the bottom of stage 2 during practice Friday. Saturday s Day 1 of racing would leave him sitting in 3rd place.

Marco Osborne sends a pallet drop at the bottom of stage 2 during practice Friday. Saturday's Day 1 of racing would leave him sitting in 3rd place.

Big Trees served as part of stage 2 and it lived up to its name.

Big Trees served as part of stage 2 and it lived up to its name.

Kathy Pruitt negotiating the rocks on stage 2.

Kathy Pruitt negotiating the rocks on stage 2.

Great Form through the rollers on stage 2

Great Form through the rollers on stage 2

Essence Barton and Brianne Spiersch take a moment together at the end of Practice Friday. Fast company hangs out together.

Essence Barton and Brianne Spiersch take a moment together at the end of Practice Friday. Fast company hangs out together.

Thomas and Amy Rambacher check in to registration Friday. They made the 10 hour trip up from Southern California.

Thomas and Amy Rambacher check in at registration on Friday. They made the 10-hour trip up from Southern California.

Derek Teel of the NorCal Cooperative Kona Team picked up his registration and custom Northstar CES shirt. He looked smooth during Practice and at the end of day one is sitting in the 5th place spot.

Derek Teel of the NorCal Cooperative Kona Team picked up his registration and custom Northstar CES shirt. He looked smooth during Practice and at the end of day one is sitting in the 5th place spot.

At the end of Practice it was clear that loose trails and technical rock sections would challenge riders throughout the weekend.

Saturday morning greeted riders with mild temps and an info-filled racer meeting. Pro and Expert riders would climb up to the top of stage 1 while Sport and Beginner riders would climb up to stage 3.

Local Rider Tim Krentz proves that with age comes wisdom. He sits in 2nd place after day one just twelve seconds behind Curtis Keene.

Local Rider Tim Krentz proves that with age comes wisdom. He sits in 2nd place after day one, just twelve seconds behind Curtis Keene.

Rabobank had the KOM QOM on stage two the longest stage of the weekend. They put up 100 for every category for the fastest Man and Woman on the day.

Rabobank had the KOM QOM on stage two, the longest stage of the weekend. They put up $100 for every category for the fastest Man and Woman on the day.

Keene new Redbull lid looks mint and he proved he had wings which propelled him in to 1st place at the end of day one.


Keene new Redbull lid looks mint and he proved he had wings, which propelled him into 1st place at the end of day one.

Kathy Pruitt hucks the rock drop on Boondocks which served as stage 3 of the race.

Kathy Pruitt hucks the rock drop on Boondocks, which served as stage 3 of the race.

Evan Geankoplis took the high line which was clearly a quick route. He would finish in 4th on the day just over 20 seconds off first place.

Evan Geankoplis, took the high line, which was clearly a quick route. He would finish in 4th on the day, just over 20 seconds off first place.

Need a shot block They re tasty and they provide a boost to push you threw the day.

Need a shot block? They're tasty and they provide a boost to push you through the day.

SRAM tech support checks out a racers bike at the end of day 1. SRAM not only does racer support for the series they also donated a set of Guide Brakes for giveaway at each race round.

SRAM tech support checks out a racers bike at the end of day 1. SRAM not only does racer support for the series they also donated a set of Guide Brakes to giveaway at each race round.

Fox Tech Rep Chris Zegers keeping racers suspension dialed.

Fox Tech Rep, Chris Zegers, keeping racers' suspension dialed.

Clif Bar a sponsor of the series saw a lot of traffic today during the race as they had plenty of products on hand to nourish riders to the finish.

Clif Bar, a sponsor of the series saw a lot of traffic today during the race as they had plenty of products on hand to nourish riders to the finish.

All of day one's results can be found on Bike Monkey's Website: www.rhes.us/live

Tomorrow brings day two. It will be exciting to watch how things pan out. Stay Tuned!


35 Comments

  • 20 1
 I need to get myself to do an Enduro race. They look like a ton of fun and doing a bike race is a bucket list item.
  • 9 0
 Kamikaze Games next month! Fun course, good times!
  • 1 0
 I second the motion to do the kamikaze games. I have stopped doing the small ones and save my money to drive to mammoth. It's worth it. The drive from Arizona sucks but what ever. Lol
  • 5 9
flag fmogan77 (Aug 28, 2016 at 16:16) (Below Threshold)
 @valhallascott: Shit dirt. Oh wait I meant kitty litter
  • 1 0
 Hmm...I am committed to doing atleast a few next season, but now i need to see if I can work doing the Kamikaze in a few weeks. I have never raced before, so it is a bit of a hurdle haha
  • 1 0
 @valhallascott: I am looking at all the kamikaze info and might register. There is only room in the sport category but I think that is ok, I don't mind coming in dead last!
  • 7 0
 @fmogan77: not sure why you got negged. the breaking bumps are absolute bomb holes right meow
  • 2 0
 @SeaJay: People are just butthurt
  • 1 0
 @cgdibble: All categories still have openings - the Sport/Beginner and Pro/Expert are in different groups on the registration page.

Before you reg, make sure to get a CES RiderID at race.californiaenduro.com - it's free - you'll need it to register for the enduro.
  • 1 0
 @calienduro: I didn't know that and put in a number "999" what should I do?
  • 2 0
 @Thedude928: Sign up for a RiderID at race.californiaenduro.com - and shoot me (info@californiaenduro.com) and the KGB organizers an email with your name and RiderID, we'll update your registration.
  • 1 0
 @cgdibble: Don't worry, I did when I entered sport & still had a ton of fun.
@fmogan77: can't argue with that, just show up a couple days early to get used to it! Trails are awesome up there.
  • 2 0
 @calienduro: Where's the day 2 coverage?
  • 1 0
 @SeaJay: We're working on the video to go out with the full event recap
  • 2 0
 @fmogan77: Nobody likes a dirt critic. Every racer rides the same dirt. Ride or don't.
  • 1 0
 Well, I signed up for beginner! Because -user error obviously- there were more spots open. i am super stoked. It is going to be an insane experience. I am driving up solo from San Diego(a bit too last minute for my wife to come) so it is going to be one hell of a weekend.
  • 1 0
 @cgdibble: your going to be surprised at how fast the beginner dudes are.... Don't be fooled.
  • 9 0
 Clif blocks are awesome.
  • 5 0
 But maybe you shouldn't take candy from a stranger with a van and a moustache
  • 4 0
 Badass event! Lots of fast riders.
  • 5 1
 Outstanding photos.
  • 1 0
 Nothing constructive to add, but thought it was hilarious when I got off the lift yesterday to see a Mammoth booth set up at Northstar.
  • 2 0
 The Clif Bloks contain carnauba wax....enjoy!!
  • 1 0
 So are they actually gonna run the gnarly trails? Or is it just the intermediate ones?
  • 7 0
 We ran some of both including more gnarly trails such as boondocks, sticks and stones, and karpiel.
  • 1 2
 I like how the dude with the Spesh Enduro is running a bike yoke.
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