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California Enduro Series Round Two, Battleborn Enduro

May 18, 2016
by Michele Charboneau / CA Enduro  
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The second round of the 2016 California Enduro Series took place at the Battle Born Enduro in Reno, Nevada. With 350 riders registered and nearly everyone showing up, the battle was bound to be intense through every age class and category from the beginner to pro categories. We hope this gives you a great recap of the action we hope you will be a part of next year.

We began the weekend, arriving Thursday night.

The host hotel Whitney Peak sits adjacent to the famous downtown Reno sign and yes that is a 16 story rock wall up the side of the hotel.

The host hotel, Whitney Peak, sits adjacent to the famous downtown Reno sign. And yes, that is a 16-story rock wall up the side of the hotel.

Stan Jorgensen walking his two Scott bikes up to the room at Whitney Peak. The hotel was totally on board with bikes allowing riders to unload them at the front door and take them up to the rooms. They were great hosts for the 2016 Battleborn Enduro.

Stan Jorgensen walking his two Scott bikes up to the room at Whitney Peak. The hotel was totally on board with bikes, allowing riders to unload them at the front door and take them up to the rooms. They were great hosts for the 2016 Battleborn Enduro. After a great night's sleep, due in large part to the hotel being the only one in Reno that does not allow smoking and has no casino, we headed up to Peavine Mountain to see who was up for Friday practice.

Many groups were found early Friday during practice trying to beat the heat. Saturday s race day would see a 12 degree temp drop making conditions ideal for those that prefer cooler race runs.

Many groups were found early Friday during practice, trying to beat the heat. Saturday's race day would see a 12-degree temp drop, making conditions ideal for those who prefer cooler race runs.

The berms on Stage 1 were a little loose but fun nevertheless.

We dropped in on stage one and found the berms were a little loose, but the stage was great overall, with a mix of some tight turns, a couple of rocks and a lot of green landscapes.

The man himself Erik Saunders of VP Components shredding during practice on stage 2 Friday.

The man himself, Erik Saunders of VP Components, shredding during practice on stage two. We are proud to have VP supporting the California Enduro Series again in 2016. Friday morning was an early day. We were up at 5:45 am to get breakfast and head to the venue to greet racers as they arrived.

A couple of riders signing waivers the morning of the race. Package pick up was busy Saturday morning.
A couple of riders signing waivers the morning of the race. Package pick up was busy Saturday morning.

A few riders fueling up on Clif Bar products. Clif is a big supporter of the California Enduro Series in 2016.
A few riders fueling up on Clif Bar products. Clif is a big supporter of the California Enduro Series.

There were 350 riders registered for the 3rd Annual Battleborn Enduro Round 2 of the California Enduro Series. Pictured here are just the Sport and Beginner Racers as they left first for their start at the top of Peavine Mountain.

CES Director Steve Gemelos, front left, and Battle Born Enduro Race Director Kevin Joell, front right, pose with the Sport/Beginner group. Sport/Beginner would run a 21-mile course with 3700' of elevation gain over four stages while the Pro and Expert participants would do six additional miles over two additional stages with an added 900' of elevation.

Shortly after the start of the Sport/Beginner group the Pro/Expert riders headed up to their start at stage five. A sort of shotgun start was used this year in an attempt to alleviate the bunching up of riders at the start of stage one, which is what many riders encountered last year. The shotgun start was much more efficient. We got to Pro/Expert start just in time to watch a few of the pros hit the famous rocks and waterfall drops that are all over stage five.

Ryan Gardner Norcal Cooperative team rider hitting the rocks on stage 5. He would finish on the top step in the Pro Men Category.
Ryan Gardner, Norcal Cooperative team rider, shredding on stage five. He would finish on the top step in the Pro Men Category, by a gap of just 0.39 seconds.

Amy Morrison riding for Marin Rabobank shredding the Waterfall on Stage 5 with Downtown Reno in the backdrop.
The winner of the Pro Women category, Amy Morrison, riding for Marin Rabobank, navigating the waterfall on stage five with downtown Reno in the backdrop.

After spectating a bit on stage five, I jumped on the bike and rode up to stage two where some of the Sport/Beginners were still coming through the finish.

Even the Groms got their shred on.
This Grom was ripping down the bottom section of two.

It didn't take long for the pro riders to catch up to us on stage two.

Derek Teel of the Norcal Cooperative team pedals through the green landscapes of Battleborn. He would finish in 5th place for the Pro Men category.
Derek Teel of the Norcal Cooperative team pedals through the green landscapes of Battle Born. He would finish in 5th place in the Pro Men category.

Stage Three would be next for everyone.

Kyle Warner Factory Marin leans it over on Stage 3 with the Snow Capped mountains of Tahoe in the background.

Kyle Warner, Factory Marin, leans it over on stage three with the snow capped mountains of Tahoe in the background. After racing in the first two EWS rounds, Kyle returned home and will participate in more events here in the states versus abroad.

The final run, stage four was challenging with some rocks, jumps, ruts, and berms. It had a good mix of everything to test the racers, who had already seen plenty of hard effort earlier in the day.

Doug Thayer squashing a little jump at the top of stage 4. Doug would finish 3rd on the day.
Doug Thayer squashing a little jump at the top of stage four. Doug would finish 3rd on the day.

When the racing action was done for the day, riders had a nice venue to relax at.

Pouring two at a time participants received a drink ticket and a meal ticket with their entry.
Pouring two at a time, participants received a drink and meal ticket with their entry.

Enjoying some recovery food after a long day in the saddle.
Enjoying some recovery food after a long day in the saddle.

Men s Pro Podium - 1st Place Ryan Gardner 23 55.48 2nd Place Evan Geankoplis 23 55.87 3rd Place Doug Thayer 24 03.39 4th Place Kyle Warner 24 11.22 5th Place Derek Teel 24 29.54

Men's Pro Podium - 1st Place: Ryan Gardner 23:55.48, 2nd Place: Evan Geankopolis 23:55.87, 3rd Place: Doug Thayer 24:03.39, 4th Place: Kyle Warner 24:11.22, 5th Place: Derek Teel 24:29.54

Woman s Pro Podium - 1st Place Amy Morrison 28 09.89 2nd Place Allie Donavan 28 52.95 3rd Place Essence Barton 28 53.27 4th Place Cicily Kessman 29 05.36 5th Place Allie Osgood 29 14.74

Women's Pro Podium - 1st Place: Amy Morrison 28:09.89, 2nd Place: Allie Donovan 28:52.95, 3rd Place: Essence Barton 28:53.27, 4th Place: Cicily Kessman 29:05.36, 5th Place: Allie Osgood 29:14.74

California Enduro Series Round Two 2016

Pro KOM: Ryan Gardner 4:40.63 - Pro QOM: Jackie Swider 5:24.20 - Expert KOM: Duncan Nason 4:44.05 - Expert QOM: Sarah Miller 5:41.97 - Sport KOM: Nye Yackle 5:07.60 - Sport QOM: Paige Galeoto 5:46.28 - Beginner KOM: Tyler Roberts 5:05.85 - Beginner QOM: Rachel Seymour 6:33.18

California Enduro Series Round Two 2016
Julie Kanagy was amped to take the FOX fork home with her. FOX is a sponsor and is giving away one fork per event of the winner's choice. Which one would you choose?

California Enduro Series Round Two 2016
SRAM is also giving away a set of guide brakes to one lucky winner per event. Thanks, SRAM.

Join us in just two weeks for round three at Toro Park near the Sea Otter Venue in Monterey CA.

View full results and learn more about CES at californiaenduroseries.com.

Join us in just two weeks for round three at Toro Park near the Sea Otter Venue in Monterey, CA.

Words and photos by Called To Creation.


MENTIONS: @SramMedia / @foxracingshox / @calienduro




17 Comments

  • + 11
 Super Cool Event to Start my first race in Enduro~ Great people & trails with flawless weather! Minus-a few technicals, this was the best event I've seen thus far! #enduroistherealdeal #getpitted
  • + 7
 Super Cool Event to Start my first race in Enduro~ Great people & trails with flawless weather! Minus-a few technicals, this was the best event I've seen thus far! #enduroistherealdeal #getpitted
  • + 2
 Bummed I couldn't make it up to Peavine this year, looks like it was a super fun event again.
Kind of off topic, but I just got an update email about Toro enduro that said it had plenty of fire road and was "mostly fun". Whadya say we drop that fire road and turn the fun level up to 11?
  • + 1
 It's a steep fire road..
  • + 1
 Yeah, it will be high speed fire road. Just to connect single track sections.
  • + 3
 Damn fireroads
  • + 3
 It was a great race, I didn`t race unfortunately(registration closed within 20 hours of opening).
  • + 2
 I was late to the party as well and missed out on registration
  • + 5
 Awesome! Event!
  • + 1
 The Video Should be up by now.. just saw it on Vimeo@( vimeo.com/167074768 ) Such a Rad Day!!!! Stoked to make it in the vid @ 103 sec. to 1:06
  • + 1
 So am I alone in the fact that I do not feel that there should be "PRACTICE" for endure racing?

The event looked epic!
  • + 1
 A few folks doing "the lawwill" on that last podium shot...about to take off like superman/woman.
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