Race Recap: Oregon Enduro Series Round 1 - Hood River

Jun 10, 2014
by mike albright  
Hood River Oregon has a lot to offer a great trail network world-class windsurfing and sailboarding close to ski resorts wineries and the home of Full Sail Brewing and DaKine. And as Rachel Throop put it Hood River has the same vibe at Santa Cruz .
  Hood River, Oregon has a lot to offer; a great trail network, world-class windsurfing and kiteboarding, close to ski resorts, wineries and the home of Full Sail Brewing and DaKine. As Rachel Throop put it, Hood River "has the same vibe at Santa Cruz." Last weekend the first race of the NAET and Oregon Enduro series took place in the hills above Beautiful Hood River in the Post Canyon Trail Network, bringing in some of the top riders. Unfortunately, just days ago the president of the local trail building club the Hood River Area Trail Stewards (HRATS), Matt Klee, died in a tragic accident up at Whistler, so hearts were heavy. Matt's friends were ready to celebrate his life by charging on with the festivities and showing off the trails that Matt had worked so long and hard on for everyone's enjoyment. And aside from a few delays and timing issues the event rolled on and Matt's trails shined.

Josh Carlson is all thumb s up and feeling better after crashing hard in April.
  Josh Carlson is all thumbs up and feeling better after crashing hard in April.

Neal Strobel 1st place expert men 19-39.
  Neal Strobel, 1st place expert men 19-39.

Joe Lawwill with just a few more corners to go before the end of the final stage 8
  Joe Lawwill with just a few more corners to go before the end of the final stage #8

Brian Lopes was putting the hurt on some big names in cycling but that s nothing new. 3rd place this weekend behind Keene and Carlson.
  Brian Lopes was giving the big names in cycling a run for their money, but that's nothing new. 3rd place this weekend behind Keene and Carlson.

Kathy Pruitt Pro Women Winner is more known for her downhill prowess but the Santa Cruz Demo Event Coordinator decided to race at the last minute. She was sitting in second going into day 2 but ended up victorious. I really liked the stages today because I feel they play to my talents which are looking forward and recognizing the conditions and altering my riding style based of of that I mean all the years of downhilling I ve seen a lot of different terrain and being on a little bike you really have to make sure you know what you are doing because everything you do wrong is just maximized and you have less room for error so I thought well it s like a mud race I ll just look forward and not pull front brake and kind of use my hips to slide around like snowboarding or skiing.
  Kathy Pruitt, Pro Women winner is more known for her downhill prowess but the Santa Cruz Demo Event Coordinator decided to race at the last minute. She was sitting in second going into day #2 but ended up victorious. "I really liked the stages today because I feel they play to my talent, which is looking forward and recognizing the conditions and altering my riding style based of of that, I mean all the years of downhilling I've seen a lot of different terrain and being on a little bike you really have to make sure you know what you are doing because everything you do wrong is just maximized and you have less room for error so I thought 'well it's like a mud race, I'll just look forward and not pull front brake and kind of use my hips to slide around like snowboarding or skiing."

Stage 3 start has some pretty epic view of Mt. Adams in Washington State.
  Stage #3 start has some pretty epic view of Mt. Adams in Washington State.

Curtis Keene took the victory in the first NAET and Oregon Enduro of 2014. It was a good weekend. I rode solid yesterday and today I rode another good 4 stages...I m feeling good I m healthy again...things are back on track and I m having fun riding bikes.
  Curtis Keene took the victory in the first NAET and Oregon Enduro of 2014. "It was a good weekend. I rode solid yesterday and today I rode another good 4 stages...I'm feeling good, I'm healthy again...things are back on track and I'm having fun riding bikes."

Joe Lawwill in heckler s row where riders had to run a gauntlet of costumed revelers in a series of s-turns.
  Joe Lawwill in heckler's row, where riders had to run a gauntlet of costumed revelers in a series of nicely-bermed s-turns.

Mike Yartzoff on stage 4 - Bad Motor Scooter.
  Mike Yartzoff on stage #4 - Bad Motor Scooter.

Marco Osborne placed 11th.
  Marco Osborne placed 11th

Josh Carlson jumping into the rock garden on the way to a strong 2nd place for the weekend.
  Josh Carlson jumping into the rock garden on the way to a strong 2nd place for the weekend.

Peter Ostroski glides down the lush forest on stage 1.
  Peter Ostroski glides down the lush forest on stage #1.


Beginner racer James Boyer gets through pinball alley a steep tight section right before the ladder drop that is pretty much a controlled skid.
  Beginner racer James Boyer gets through pinball alley, a steep, tight section right before the ladder drop that is pretty much a controlled skid.

Kirt Voreis crashed hard during practice on Friday apparently trying to do some crazy speed manual through the forest. He was questionable on Saturday and amazingly was sitting 10th Saturday night. After Sunday s stages he was 7th just 40 seconds back over 35 minutes of racing. Here he is captured near the end of the final stage 8 looking fresh as ever.
  Kirt Voreis crashed hard during practice on Friday, apparently trying to do some crazy speed manual through the forest. He was questionable on Saturday and amazingly was sitting 10th Saturday night. After Sunday's stages he was 7th, just 40 seconds back over 35 minutes of racing. Here he is captured near the end of the final stage #8 looking fresh as ever.

Massimo Larsen halls out of Bend Oregon. He rides for Crow s Feet Commons and is the son of MTB XC legend Steve Larsen. He s got some skills too.
  Massimo Larsen halls out of Bend, Oregon. He rides for Crow's Feet Commons and is the son of MTB XC legend Steve Larsen. He's got some skills, too.

Austin Larsen cruises down stage 6 on Sunday.
  Austin Larsen cruises down stage #6 on Sunday.

John Frey through heckler s row.
  John Frey through heckler's row.

Jess Palacios on stage 7 with its fast loose swoopy berms and transitions.
  Jess Palacios on stage #7, with its fast, loose, swoopy berms and transitions.

Carolynn Romaine had to leave Saturday night to get back to her home in Bend Oregon. A wildfire broke out near town Friday and was threatening homes. Thankfully no homes have burned yet and the fire is being contained.
  Carolynn Romaine had to leave Saturday night to get back to her home in Bend, Oregon. A wildfire broke out near town Friday and was threatening homes. Thankfully no homes have burned yet and the fire is being contained.

Adam Craig near the end of stage 8. At first you look at the results and see Adam in 14th and wonder what happened. Then you see that he was only 1 minute back after 2 days and 8 stages of racing and you realize that the competition was tight at the Hood River enduro.
  Adam Craig near the end of stage #8. At first you look at the results and see Adam in 14th and wonder what happened. Then you see that he was only 1 minute back after 2 days and 8 stages of racing and you realize that the competition was tight at the Hood River enduro.

Shane McKenzie stylin inches from the fisheye on Bad Motor Scooter
  Shane McKenzie stylin' inches from the fisheye on Bad Motor Scooter

Vital Photographer caught riding on the job Dennis Yuroshek busted.
  Vital Photographer caught riding on the job! Dennis Yuroshek, busted.

Curtis Keene throwing signs. I love the look on Cody Kelley s face.
  Curtis Keene throwing signs. I love the look on Cody Kelley's face.

David Carr grunts through a small traversing uphill section of stage 6. Sometimes when you think your near the end and can rest these little section sneak up on you and can make the difference between podium or no podium.
  David Carr grunts through a small, traversing uphill section of stage #6. Sometimes when you think your near the end and can rest these little section sneak up on you and can make the difference between a podium, or no podium.

Darrin Seeds drops into the waterfall rock garden section of stage 2.
  Darrin Seeds drops into the waterfall / rock garden section of stage #2.

Cody Kelley Rachel Throop and Kyle Strait post-race and all smiles.
  Cody Kelley, Rachel Throop and Kyle Strait, post-race and all smiles.

An Incycle ODI rider hitting the ladder drop.
  Jon Buckell hitting the ladder drop.

BMC racer Aaron Bradford showed up to Hood River with an unnamed prototype BMC 29er trail bike featuring unreleased BMC carbon rims. This is the happy balance between the 6 long-travel and the 4 XC bike said Bradford. It s still incredibly lightweight still fast and nimble. It has really tight chainstays like the Trailfox and then they do a longer top tube that is designed around running a really short stem so you still have the fast handling steering and it doesn t feel cramped. It s incredibly balanced that s what is really cool about it.
  BMC racer Aaron Bradford showed up to Hood River with an unnamed prototype BMC 29er trail bike featuring unreleased BMC carbon rims. '"This is the happy balance between the 6" long-travel and the 4" XC bike", said Bradford. "It's still incredibly lightweight, still fast and nimble. It has really tight chainstays like the Trailfox and then they do a longer top tube that is designed around running a really short stem, so you still have the fast handling/steering and it doesn't feel cramped. It's incredibly balanced, that's what is really cool about it."

Tyler Horton Dirty Fingers Bike Shop Hood River OR .
  Tyler Horton (Dirty Fingers Bike Shop)

Jon Buckell on stage 6. Jon ended up in 6th place 40 seconds back.
  Jon Buckell on stage #6. Jon ended up in 6th place, 40 seconds back.

Marco Osborne near the end of stage 1.
  Marco Osborne near the end of stage #1.

Josh Carlson is putting the hammer down to try to catch Curtis Keene and ended up just 19 seconds back after 8 stages.
  Josh Carlson is putting the hammer down to try to catch Curtis Keene and ended up just 19 seconds back after 8 stages.

Bell brand manager and guy with too many BMX titles to mention Allan Cooke was out testing the new Bell fullface enduro helmet.
  Bell brand manager and 'guy with too many BMX titles to mention', Allan Cooke, was out testing the new Bell fullface enduro helmet.

Kyle Strait was in The Hood looking as stylish as ever..even if the jumps were a little smaller than he is used to.
  Kyle Strait was in 'The Hood" looking as stylish as ever..even if the jumps are a little smaller than he is used to.

Lars Sternberg dgets warped coming into the waterfall section of stage 2.
  Lars Sternberg gets warped coming into the 'waterfall' section of stage #2.

Dylan Wolsky enters the rack garden section of stage 2. This section is steep and rocky plus you come into it going as fast as you want. The motto in Hood River sometimes is slow is fast .
  Dylan Wolsky enters the rack garden section of stage #2. This section is steep and rocky, plus you come into it going as fast as you want. The motto in Hood River sometimes is, 'slow is fast'.

Another view of the steep section on stage 2 and also again on stage 5.. Aaron Bradford showing the way.
  Another view of the steep section on stage #2 and also again on stage #5.. Aaron Bradford showing the way.

Brian Lopes missed 2nd place by only .6 seconds. He didn t make the podium to receive his 3rd place accolades which may have been a message to the promoters that having awards 2-3 hours after the scheduled time is not right.
  Brian Lopes missed 2nd place by only .6 seconds. He didn't make the podium to receive his 3rd place accolades, which may have been a message to the promoters that having awards 2-3 hours after the scheduled time is not right.

Rachel Throop Laguna Beach CA
  Rachel Throop, Laguna Beach, CA

Sean Estes 4th place 19-39 expert
  Sean Estes 4th place 19-39 expert

The wind was howling on the stage 3 start but once riders passed this nice view of Mt Adams and dropped in the trees there was some protection from the elements.
  The wind was howling on the stage #3 start, but once riders passed this nice view of Mt Adams and dropped in the trees there was some protection from the elements.

Joanna Petterson gets tucked near the start of Stage 4 on a jumpy trail trail called Bad Motor Scooter.
  Joanna Petterson gets tucked near the start of Stage #4 on a jumpy trail trail called Bad Motor Scooter.

Nate Hills 4th Place and just 20 seconds back from Keene
  Nate Hills, 4th Place and just 20 seconds back from Keene

Alex Pavon with one of the best rider reactions through heckle alley. 9th place pro women.
  Alex Pavon with one of the best rider reactions through heckle alley. 9th place pro women.

2014 Oregon Enduro 1 - Hood River - Pro Women s Podium
  2014 Oregon Enduro #1 - Hood River - Pro Women's Podium
Hood River Enduro 2014 results

2014 Oregon Enduro 1 - Hood River - Pro Men s Podium
  2014 Oregon Enduro #1 - Hood River - Pro Men's Podium
Hood River Enduro 2014 results

Matt Klee Memorial
  A memorial was held for Matt Klee, president of the local trail building club the Hood River Area Trail Stewards (HRATS), Matt died in a tragic accident up at Whistler and his family asks that close friends and those in the cycling community honor Matt by donating to the HRATS or the Live Like Matt Scholarship Fund

http://hrats.org/joindonate/
www.livelikematt.org

Race Results


39 Comments

  • + 16
 Sick images Mike!
  • + 2
 Thanks!
  • + 1
 Gigantic Huge Tits at 5th pic.
  • + 11
 Sweet photos and thanks so much for mentioning Matt Klee/photo...
  • + 6
 Rest in Peace Matt. The Post Canyon trails will live on. They were some of my first and I am forever in your debt.
  • + 5
 Huge thanks to Devon and the crew @ OES! Stellar job! Looking forward to Bend!
  • + 1
 You're welcome! Thank you for your continued support. Look forward to seeing you at Bend!!
  • + 4
 The live timing was ON POINT! Made the racing just that much more fun, and sure made you feel like you got more money's worth, out of the race fee's.
  • + 4
 Great coverage Mike! Thanks for the Matt Klee/HRATS plug. Very much appreciated.
  • + 3
 Great looking race, shame i dont live on the west side of the U.S, or even the continent for that matter! Suprised theres been no rachel throop comments yet guys! Wink
  • + 5
 So much super sweet shredding. Thanks for putting me on the race recap.
  • + 1
 I tell each and every participant when they pick up their number plate, but let me reiterate...DO NOT CUT your number plate to fit around your GoPro mount, DO NOT MODIFY IT for your cable housing or your Strava doo-hicky thing. DO NOT BEND, FOLD, or WRAP your number plate around your head tube. There is a chip in your number plate, you mess it up and it messes up the timing equipment and the timing officials ability to collect your finish times...and then it makes everyone's day longer and delays awards/podium. Just don't do it...PLEASEEEEE!!!!!
  • + 2
 Holy awesome photography! I actually freaked out on the image of Joe Lawwill, thought the Yeti was photoshopped for a second there! Great photos!
  • + 3
 Maybe next year - Thank you Matt Klee and the HRATS as well. I didn't know you, but ride these trails in your honor....
  • + 2
 As the internet goes bonkers for 27.5 enduro bikes, a 29er just crushed 'em all.
  • + 2
 Why does Nate Hills get so little coverage? One of America's best Enduro racers and no one knows who he is.
  • + 2
 Refresh ;-)
  • + 3
 Massimo Larsen!!!!!!!!! Fuck yeah!!!
  • + 1
 New Fox 36's with blue and white logo's instead of yellow and orange. Can mere mortals buy those or are they too RAD?
  • + 1
 Why is 3rd place podium step occupied by someone other than lopes? Or is that joe his mechanic?
  • + 3
 That's because Lopes is trying to fix the world instead of his attitude...
  • + 2
 Burrrrn
  • + 1
 What happened to Adam Craig's time on the results sheet? haha Anyone have an idea why it was blurred out?
  • + 2
 Those guys got lucky I was out of town for the race...
  • + 3
 nice picts, so alive Smile
  • + 1
 Nice event...!!! love the place!
  • + 1
 In a nut shell, what kind of flash setup do you run?
  • + 1
 For this shoot I was using an off-camera Canon 580EX II strobe with radio remote triggers. I was hoping to use 2 strobes but we are constantly moving from one spot to another to get different shots so I'm glad I just went with one. I was also using a 7D backup body at times and I was amazed at the captures I got with it in the woods.
  • + 2
 Thanks for the info, daylight photos look so much better/natural with a good fill flash!
  • + 1
 that BMC maybe the revamped speedfox
  • + 1
 radddd
  • + 1
 GREAT PICS!!
  • - 3
 they really do need to get their shit together on the timing. Its not that hard...
  • + 13
 Totally. I cant see see why it so hard to run 8 races for 300 people over two days out in the woods. I mean all they need is some people with walkie talkies and stop watches right?
  • + 3
 It was miles and miles better than last year, but they were still pretty delayed on official results/podium by the end. Seemed like they were just chasing down a few rogue times that weren't recorded correctly.
  • + 4
 Timing races is hard. Timing stage races is harder. I've only worked on an endure timing crew once and it was an exercise in (somewhat) organized chaos.
  • + 11
 We acknowledge the delay in awards but feel our timing system improvements were noticed by most riders. The live timing included instant results for 2,000+ individual times with less than a 1% error rate. There were flexible start times and monitors with live results at each stage finish as well as a big screen in the Expo with live overall times. A short technical delay with one of the thirteen timing computers resulted in use of our hand timing back up for results for a handful of racers. A few other participants had modified their plates resulting in RFID chip misreads. Because we wanted results perfect for the awards the less than 14 times out of 2,000+ were the reason for a delay. As we strive for accuracy we are continuing to improve our back up methods and will start races earlier in the day to stay on schedule.

Next time the awards will be over early and will include 67% more Ninkasi beer.
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