Kali Road Warrior at CES Round Five, Ashland Mountain Challenge

Aug 16, 2016
by Kali Protectives  
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For round five, the California Enduro Series made a stop off just over the border for the Ashland Mountain Challenge, hosted by Ashland Mountain Adventures. All 300 race plates were put to use for yet another sold out event, as CES regulars and local Ashland shredders made the trek to the most distant stop of the series.

Kali Road Warrior - CES 5 Ashland Mountain Challenge

A sell-out event the 5th round of the California Enduro Series stopped in beautiful Ashland Oregon.

Friday's practice meant the day was a constant cycle of loading and unloading of shuttles until the setting of the sun forced them to stop. The crew at Ashland Mountain Adventures kept everything running smooth with their dialed shuttle vans and full-service bike shop. With so many eager racers trying to dial in their lines and bikes, Ride To The Hills volunteered an additional and much-needed​ shuttle rig while Santiam Bicycle provided neutral race support all weekend long.

Riders transferring to stage 3 from the shuttle drop of point on race day.

Kali Road Warrior - CES 5 Ashland Mountain Challenge

​Race day was full of excitement and anticipation! After the initial morning rush, it was a beautiful and relaxing day in Lithia Park as everyone waited for the first round of riders to finish and ride back through the venue on their way up to the top for the final two stages.

Adele Mery showing clean form in the switchbacks on BTI the final stage of the day.

Kali Road Warrior - CES 5 Ashland Mountain Challenge

Quickly becoming a mainstay of the series, the Kali Road Warrior was on hand once again to exchange busted helmets as part of the Racer Support Program. 11 racers who had less than clean runs were able to exchange their busted helmets for brand new replacements from Kali, and safely complete the epic weekend of racing and riding. The busted helmet breakdown consisted of eight Enduro half shells, two Full Face, and one youth helmet for a shredding grom.

Cedar from Kali was on hand to once again do the exchange program for anyone who broke their lid during the event. He said they had over a dozen exchanges at the China Peak event and nearly a half dozen after the first two stages at the Ashland Enduro.

"We were so glad to have Kali here supporting all of the racers and representing the brand." - Sue from Ashland Mountain Adventures

"We really appreciate all of our sponsors and the product that they contribute to the raffle as well as the volunteer staff. Kali went above and beyond to deliver a ton of great product for the Ashland Mountain Challenge." - Bill from Ashland Mountain Adventures

Men s Pro Podium
Photo by Called To Creation

​It was no surprise that local legend Nathan Riddle took the win again. He's hard to beat on his home turf! Another Ashland local, Adele Mery, took the win in the Women's Pro Category. Full race results are listed at this link.

You can find the full race recap and video here on Pinkbike >>

Kali Road Warrior - CES 5 Ashland Mountain Challenge

After the dust settled, we finished off the weekend with some great riding, relaxation, and a recap with event organizers and support crew. Ashland is an amazing place and the crew at AMA put on a world-class event! Thanks for hosting us and the rest of the California Enduro Series participants!

Kali Road Warrior Footer.
Photos by Called To Creation

What is the Kali Race Support Program and who is the Road Warrior?

In an effort to support events and racers of all levels, Kali Protectives has launched a new Race Support helmet exchange program in conjunction with the Kali Road Warrior.


We all ride and unfortunately, crashes do happen. Sometimes that happens at an event or race weekend, resulting in your helmet being damaged and unsafe to continue to use. But you have more racing to do. What now? When the Road Warrior attends a scheduled event, registered racers/attendees have the opportunity to submit their crash damaged helmet for inspection, and exchange it for a brand new Kali helmet at no charge. Kali is on hand to ensure riders can continue to compete without worrying about their helmet. Currently, the program is limited to the West Coast, however, we are preparing to launch another Road Warrior and Race Support Program in Canada. Providing this initiative continues to be successful, we may establish Road Warriors in other territories.

If you would like to learn more about the Kali Road Warrior or possibly schedule him to attend your next event, shoot an email to kaliroadwarrior@kaliprotectives.com.

Kali Road Warrior - Saving Your Race! / @KaliProtectives


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