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Idaho Enduro Series 2016: Round 3, Jug Mountain - Photo Recap

Jul 25, 2016
by David Meadows  
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!

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Amber Warren carving through the racer favored Berm "N" Ernie.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Miguel Sandoval and his stash were out on course at 9am.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
The always frantic timing chip placement.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Rounding a corner before a rock drop on Stage 2.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Ian Fitzpatrick launching off one of many wall rides.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain

Style points for the day went to Christian McKenna.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Lots of transitioning as riders pedaled over twenty miles.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Josh Mott posing for a pan shot.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Eventual, Pro Women's podium topper, Megan Carley, getting some air time.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Mike Wieser hitting the log jump.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Full Face Mania! Sarah Whipple getting serious.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Lots and lots of climbing allowed for riders to come together and have some social time.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Jake Johnson coming in hot!

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Montana Hughes took the top spot in the Expert Junior class.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Expert Female - Nicole Jorgenson

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Josh Mott doing his best Hide and Seek impression.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Bad luck as Heather Thiry succumbed to a flat during the final stage.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Taylor Reed and his last sprint to the finish for a victory on the day.

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Pro Women Podium: 3rd - Heather Thiry, 1st - Megan Carley, 2nd - Amber Warren

Photo Recap - Idaho Enduro Series - Jug Mountain
Pro Men Podium: 3rd - Daniel Reed, 1st - Taylor Reed, 2nd - Jason Boeckmann


Words: Amber Warren // Photos: David Meadows

Full Results can be found here: facebook.com/IdahoEnduroSeries




9 Comments

  • + 3
 Thanks to all the racers and to Jug Mountain - they are such a great host! We look forward to this stop every year.
  • + 2
 I've been wanting to ride at this place for a while now. Still debating on whether they have enough trails to make it worth a weekend trip.
  • + 2
 the answer is YES.
  • + 1
 Tamarack and Brundage are within minutes of Jug Mtn also.
  • + 3
 Really nice pictures and detailed descriptions! Great coverage.
  • + 3
 Great write up!
  • + 2
 That picture of mad Mike coming off the boner log is sick!
  • + 1
 Great race! Weather was really good, and it's such a great place to ride, even with 3K+ climbing!
  • + 1
 Its good to be the King

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