When it comes to race venues, it doesn’t get much better than Jug Mountain Ranch. Nestled just below Jughandle Mountain, outside the serene mountain town of McCall, Idaho, Jug Mountain offers just about everything a mountain biker’s heart desires. From buffed-out, flowy singletrack to hand-built technical features and table tops to berms that leave you aching for more.
Jug Mountain graciously hosted the third stop of the Idaho Enduro Series last weekend. The weather was perfect, the spectators were lively, and the beer at the finish line never tasted so good. The Sport, Expert, and Pro classes climbed over 3,200 feet in elevation and pedaled twenty-one miles to complete the six stages of enduro bliss. A rider favorite seemed to be the 5th stage, “Berm N’ Ernie,” which many have dubbed the best flow trail in Idaho. Descending from the ranch’s highest post, the trail travels through the Ponderosa Forest with what seems like the perfect mix of rock gardens, large berms, and jumps that always seem to put you right where you need to be. It’s a mile of fast, flowy perfection that leaves you hootin' and hollerin' the whole way down.
About 120 riders competed for a podium spot on Saturday but, between an epic day of racing and lots of sweet swag in the post race raffle (even a "Best Beard Award"), very few went home disappointed. Pro Male Taylor Reed and Pro Female Megan Carley stood on the highest point of the podium to round out the nearly perfect day at Jug Mountain Ranch. See y’all in September for the next stop at Tamarack Resort!
Amber Warren carving through the racer favored Berm "N" Ernie.
Miguel Sandoval and his stash were out on course at 9am.
The always frantic timing chip placement.
Rounding a corner before a rock drop on Stage 2.
Ian Fitzpatrick launching off one of many wall rides.
Style points for the day went to Christian McKenna.
Lots of transitioning as riders pedaled over twenty miles.
Josh Mott posing for a pan shot.
Eventual, Pro Women's podium topper, Megan Carley, getting some air time.
Mike Wieser hitting the log jump.
Full Face Mania! Sarah Whipple getting serious.
Lots and lots of climbing allowed for riders to come together and have some social time.
Jake Johnson coming in hot!
Montana Hughes took the top spot in the Expert Junior class.
Expert Female - Nicole Jorgenson
Josh Mott doing his best Hide and Seek impression.
Bad luck as Heather Thiry succumbed to a flat during the final stage.
Taylor Reed and his last sprint to the finish for a victory on the day.Pro Women Podium:
3rd - Heather Thiry, 1st - Megan Carley, 2nd - Amber WarrenPro Men Podium:
3rd - Daniel Reed, 1st - Taylor Reed, 2nd - Jason Boeckmann
Amber Warren // Photos:
Full Results can be found here: facebook.com/IdahoEnduroSeries