Race Recap: Oregon Enduro / NAET Finals - Mt Hood

Sep 30, 2014
by mike albright  
OREGON ENDURO

FINALS - Mt. HOOD

NORTH AMERICAN ENDURO TOUR (NAET)



Oregon Enduro NAET Finals - Mt Hood

The trails of Mt Hood and nearby Sandy Ridge were the host of the 2014 Oregon Enduro / North American Enduro Tour (NAET) Finals. A lot was at stake as riders were competing for the weekend's race along with OR Enduro series overall and NAET overall standings.

Kyle Warner summed up the stages for us this way; "The first day we raced out at Sandy Ridge. There are 3 stages out there. The first one is super awkward but real fun. The top is pretty hard but there's some good flow to the bottom. Stage #2 is more like a jump trail, it's super sick and then stage #3 was about 11 minutes long, real physical but it is fun for sure and has some good jumps here and there."

"For Sunday we are out at Mt Hood. The first trail is over at Timberline, probably about 8 minutes up super sick switchbacks everywhere and then you're on the Glade for like 4 minutes just wide open and its' real sketchy, people were getting broke off but it was real fun. Then we climbed up over to Skibowl and got to do a top to bottom run on the Downhill course, that was pretty wild so I think that was a fitting and to the season." - KW

The race morning ritual of the riders meeting was held Saturday at Sandy Ridge.
  The race morning ritual of the riders meeting was held Saturday at Sandy Ridge.

Oregon Enduro NAET Finals - Mt Hood
  Awards are ready and waiting.

After the meeting riders started off on the first transition stage.
  After the meeting riders started off on the first transition stage.

Oregon Enduro
  Professional whitewater paddler Kim Becker

Neal Strobel took the Expert win. Will he turn pro for 2015 Everyone in his class hopes so.
  Neal Strobel took the Expert win. Will he turn pro for 2015? Everyone in his class hopes so.

Incycle rider Kevin Smallman
  Incycle rider Kevin Smallman.

Just 2 months ago I walked Tim Thuren and his bike out of the last stage of the Cold Creek race because he had just separated his shoulder.
  Just 2 months ago I walked Tim Thuren and his bike out of the last stage of the Cold Creek race because he had just separated his shoulder.

Marco Osborne suffered a flat on the uper part of stage 3 and there was still plenty of trail to go from here to the finish of the stage.
  Marco Osborne suffered a flat on the upper part of stage #3 and there was still plenty of trail to go from here to the finish of the stage.

Tristan Jones crossing it up.
  Tristan Jones crossing it up.

The big NAET battle for points was a race mostly between Nate Hills pictured and Kyle Warner.
  The big NAET battle for points was a race mostly between Nate Hills (pictured) and Kyle Warner.

Kyle Warner knew he had Nate Hills at his heels all weekend but he held it together.
  Kyle Warner knew he had Nate Hills at his heels all weekend but he held it together.

The Oregon Enduro brings out some big names in cycling.
  The Oregon Enduro brings out some big names in cycling.

Peter Ostroski finished 4th in the NAET standings.
  Peter Ostroski finished 4th in the NAET standings.

Kathy Pruitt continued her strong results racing in the Northwest.
  Kathy Pruitt continued her strong results racing in the Northwest.

Incycle rider Jon Buckell hits the light just right on the opening stage of the weekend.
  Incycle rider Jon Buckell hits the light just right on the opening stage of the weekend.

Rebekah Rottenberg on the paver s-turn section of stage 3.
  Rebekah Rottenberg on the paver s-turn section of stage #3.

Kelend Hawks
  Kelend Hawks testing out the new Bell Enduro helmet

David Carr stage 3
  David Carr, stage #3.

Maybe it s the air but I swear there s a bear smiling at me.
  Maybe it's the air, but I swear there's a bear smiling at me.

Alex McGuinnis testing for Transition.
  Alex McGuinnis testing for Transition and getting 2nd.

Kyle Warner flying down stage 1
  Kyle Warner flying down stage #1.

Conrad Murdoch on the last few rollers before the finish of day 1
  Conrad Murdoch on the last few rollers before the finish of day #1.

Neal Strobel on stage 3
  Neal Strobel on stage #3.

Eric Meza gets bonus points for making something out of nothing
  Eric Meza gets bonus points for making something out of nothing.

Mason Bond finished 3rd for the weekend.
  Mason Bond finished 3rd for the weekend.

Nathan Riddle was noticeably bummed out when he suffered a flat tire 2 stages after this shot was taken but he had a positive attitude going into Sunday s stages.
  Nathan Riddle was noticeably bummed out when he suffered a flat tire 2 stages after this shot was taken but he had a positive attitude going into Sunday's stages.

Noah Van der Watt near the finish of stage 3.
  Noah Van der Watt near the finish of stage #3.

Laura Odgen recently turned pro and placed 4th overall
  Laura Odgen recently turned pro and placed 4th overall.

Matt Erbentraut
  Matt Erbentraut Marin Bikes/ SR Suntour / WTB.

New Santa Cruz Bicycle employee Sam Markling.
  New Santa Cruz Bicycles employee, Sam Markling.

Chris King fed everyone lunch on Saturday. It was yummy.
  Chris King fed everyone lunch on Saturday. It was tasty, just like their products.

Bell was handing out cold ones at teh finish of Saturday s race.
  Bell was handing out cold ones at the finish of Saturday's race.

There was some time after Saturday s race to get some bikes dialed in for the rough and rocky stages 4 and 5.
  There was some time after Saturday's race to get some bikes dialed in for the rough and rocky stages #4 and #5.

After practice Saturday afternoon a thick low layer of clouds moved into the valley making for an errie ride down.
  After practice Saturday afternoon a thick, low layer of clouds moved into the valley making for an errie ride down.

Krunk was excited to share a prototype Transistion frame using a 4-bar linkage.
  Krunk was excited to share a prototype Transition frame using a 4-bar linkage.

Rebekah Rottenberg Kim Russell and Sarah Rawley stop for a pose before the start of stage 4 Sunday Morning.
  Rebekah Rottenberg, Kim Russell and Sarah Rawley stop for a pose before the start of stage #4 Sunday Morning.

Kathy Pruitt wasted little time at the top of each stage often leaving first and finishing fastest
  Kathy Pruitt wasted little time at the top of each stage often leaving first and finishing fastest.

Michael Smeiser pedals in front of Mt Hood on the scenic stage 4.
  Michael Smeiser pedals in front of Mt Hood on the scenic stage #4.

Sam Markling on the first skills test of stage 4. This sandy off-camber corner is easy to blow through.
  Sam Markling on the first skills test of stage #4. This sandy off-camber corner is easy to blow through.

Jason Boeckmann
  Jason Boeckmann placed 2nd, just 16 seconds behind Strobel.

The Incycle team has been a great supporter of the Oregon Enduro Series.
  The Incycle team has been a great supporter of the Oregon Enduro Series.

Heather Irmiger winner of the women s NAET title for 2014
  Heather Irmiger, winner of the women's NAET title for 2014.

Miguel Pacheco 3rd Expert Men
  Miguel Pacheco 3rd Expert Men.

Cedar Kyes Marin Bikes rep bike racer.
  Cedar Kyes, Marin rep, bike racer.

Neal Strobel enters the lower rock garden of the final stage.
  Neal Strobel enters the lower rock garden of the final stage.

Kyle Fitzgerald through the double-diamond zone normally reserved for DH racing.
  Kyle Fitzgerald through the double-diamond zone, normally reserved for DH racing.

This rock garden was just used for expert and pro racers and required picking a good line and keeping off of the front brake.
  This rock garden was just used for expert and pro racers and required picking a good line and keeping off of the front brake.

Joe Weede in the pro expert section.
  Joe Weede in the pro/expert section.

Miguel Pacheco 3rd Expert Men
  Miguel Pacheco 3rd Expert Men

John Frey near the top of Skibowl s DH race course.
  John Frey near the top of Skibowl's DH race course.

Kneecaps are best left in one piece
  Kneecaps are best left in one piece.

Austin Davis busted out a killer brake-check to line him up this rock section.
  Austin Davis busted out a killer brake-check to line him up for this rock section.

Oregon Enduro NAET Finals - Mt Hood
  Nathan Riddle heads down Skibowl's DH course

Nate Hills had a little too much time to make up on Kyle Warner for the NAET top award but he wasn t holding back.
  Nate Hills had a little too much time to make up on Kyle Warner for the NAET top award but he wasn't holding back.

Trevor Pratt from Ashland OR.
  Trevor Pratt from Ashland, OR.

Charlie Sponsel was tearing up the trails this weekend and came away with the Pro Men victory.
  Charlie Sponsel was tearing up the trails this weekend and came away with the Pro Men victory.

Brian Merritt finishing in style
  Brian Merritt finishing in style.

Peter Ostroski with an impressive rides for the weekend and overall series.
  Peter Ostroski with an impressive ride for the weekend and overall series.

Marco Osborne made the best of the weekend after losong a lot of time with a front flat on stage 3
  Marco Osborne made the best of the weekend after losing a lot of time with a front flat on stage #3.

Mason Bond
  Mason Bond.

Margaret Gregory 2nd place Women s NAET title for 2014
  Margaret Gregory, 2nd place: Women's NAET title for 2014.

Jon Buckell
  Jon Buckell.

Tyler Horton lines up for the more favorable righthand line of this rock section.
  Tyler Horton lines up for the more favorable righthand line of this rock section.


Craig Harvey from Big Bear country was looking comfortable on the upper section of stage 5
  Craig Harvey from Big Bear country was looking comfortable on the upper section of stage #5.

Eric Highlander
  Eric Highlander.

Alec McGuinnis rocking his prototype Transistion frame on the trails of Skibowl.
  Alex McGuinnis rocking his prototype Transition frame on the trails of Skibowl.

Kyle Warner sits atop of stage 4 on Skibowl knowing that the NAET overall victory is his if he doesn t make any big mistakes.
  Kyle Warner sits atop of stage #4 on Skibowl, knowing that the NAET overall victory is his if he doesn't make any big mistakes.

Kyle Warner
  Kyle Warner in the zone.

Kyle Warner with just a few more minutes until victory.
  and just a few more minutes until victory.

With the anxiousness of racing finally behind him new NAET champion Kyle Warner can soon relax a little. First he must do his media duties for the new Rise of Enduro movie coming out this Winter.
  With the anxiousness of racing finally behind him, new NAET champion Kyle Warner can soon relax a little. First he must do his media duties for the new 'Rise of Enduro' movie coming out this Winter.


Podium Shots
  NAET Pro Men Podium.

Oregon Enduro NAET Finals - Mt. Hood

Podium Shots

NAET Women
  NAET Women Podium.

Oregon Enduro NAET Finals - Mt. Hood

Podium Shots
  OR Enduro Weekend Pro Women Podium.

Oregon Enduro NAET Finals - Mt. Hood

Podium Shots
  OR Enduro Weekend Pro Men Podium.

Oregon Enduro NAET Finals - Mt. Hood

Podium Shots
  Overall OR Enduro Final Pro Men Podium - Krunk & Riddle.

Oregon Enduro NAET Finals - Mt. Hood

Podium Shots

Podium Shots
  Overall OR Enduro Final Women Podium.

Oregon Enduro NAET Finals - Mt. Hood

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23 Comments

  • + 11
 I love Oregon
  • + 3
 Me too
  • + 8
 great win at the end Charlie!
  • + 4
 Excellent coverage thanx!!!!
  • + 3
 Agreed. First rate!
  • + 2
 after watching a BMX PARK contest yesterday ev , watching this pics now, make me feel like I'm part of a rich men sport......
  • + 2
 Dang, hoped with all those pic my boy Keyland Hawks would have gotten in...
  • + 3
 They should have...they were uploaded way earlier..thanks for the heads-up!
  • + 2
 Thanks my bro! *pics
  • + 2
 I thought it was sorta funny how nobody was riding a specialized enduro, i only saw one guy riding one.
  • + 17
 Make up your mind then.
  • + 2
 thanx man for the epic shot of me looking epic your then MAN
  • + 2
 Yaa go Charlie!
  • + 1
 Anyone notice some weird lines in the sky in those photos?
  • + 2
 Warner!!!!!!
  • + 2
 epic pictures!
  • + 2
 BUckELL!!
  • + 2
 WARNER!!!!
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