Photo Recap: Kamikaze Enduro - California

Sep 24, 2018
by Trevor Lyden  
 

It was the final day of the 2018 Kamikaze Games and time for the enduro race. This stop is part of the California Enduro Series and is also a qualifier for the Enduro World Series. The riders had an early start and had to deal with the brisk and windy conditions. Stage 1 took riders down the trails Brake Through, Flow and Smooth Operator. This first stage was by most accounts a great warm up and started off with a fair amount of pedaling as the trail traversed across the mountain. The trail continued its flowy feel for the remainder of the stage. After riders were feeling warmed they were brought to the top of the mountain to start Stage 2 on Skid Marks trail. The course was loose and there were plenty of deep pumice pockets waiting to grab unsuspecting riders. Once riders were done braving the open, freeride feel of Skid Marks, the course continued down Roma's Road, Bridge the Gap, Lower Skid Marks, Lincoln Express and Follow me. After a gradual climb and quick lift ride racers found themselves at the start of Stage 3. This course took riders down Sunset Strip, Velocity and Twilight Zone. Part of this stage was featured in the downhill race the previous day and it was no surprise that this section had some big time splits between the riders. Moving on to Stage 4, racers started by bombing down the fire roads of Kamikaze. This section is all about high speeds and having the courage to leave your brakes open. Towards the bottom of the mountain, the riders bounced back and forth between more fire roads and the trails White Bark and Richter. This would be the final stage for the beginner and sport categories, as only the experts and pros moved on to the most challenging Stage 5. The last stage of the day would prove to be the most challenging. Racers were tired from the previous four stages and this final stage put riders up against the technical Chain Smoke trail. This stage featured numerous rock gardens, drops and pumice fields. Many of the racers had hang ups, foot dabs or all out falls on this track and staying on your bike was the key to putting down a fast time. The 2018 enduro course was fast, technical and an overall great race. Full results can be accessed via the link at the bottom of the page. Till next year Mammoth!

Stage 1 started out on the most mellow trails of the day. A good warm up for the race to come
Stage 1 started out on the most mellow trails of the day. A good warm up for the race to come

Fast and flowy. David Stringfellow took third in Junior Pro Men
Fast and flowy. David Stringfellow took third in Junior Pro Men

Travis Claypool making shapes
Travis Claypool making shapes

Travis Collins was the fastest man in the Masters 40 category
Travis Collins was the fastest man in the Masters 40+ category

Stage 1
Stage 1

Lots of pedaling on this stage
Lots of pedaling on this stage

Up and over
Up and over

Ryan Gorman looking fast out of the corner
Ryan Gorman looking fast out of the corner

Bjorn Temple digging in to the pumice
Bjorn Temple digging in to the pumice

Stage 2 took riders down the top of the mountain
Stage 2 took riders down the top of the mountain

Skid Marks on bikes are better than skid marks on undies
Skid Marks on bikes are better than skid marks on undies

Lots of rocks up top of the mountain
Lots of rocks up top of the mountain

The views are bad from up here
The views are bad from up here

Michael Lee having some fun on stage 2
Michael Lee having some fun on stage 2

Myles Trainer took fourth in Pro Men
Myles Trainer took fourth in Pro Men

Rachel Strait putting the hammer down to a second place finish in Pro Women
Rachel Strait putting the hammer down to a second place finish in Pro Women

The fasted lady of the day Zephyr Sylvester took the win for Pro Women
The fasted lady of the day, Zephyr Sylvester took the win for Pro Women

Brian Butler on stage 2
Brian Butler on Stage 2

Brian Lopes was the quickest rider on course today and took the W for Pro Men
Brian Lopes was the quickest rider on course today and took the W for Pro Men

Matt Guntert taking the bronze in Pro Men
Matt Guntert taking the bronze in Pro Men

Keeping it loose
Keeping it loose

Nathaniel Lewis keeping traction
Nathaniel Lewis keeping traction

Is this Mammoth or the moon
Is this Mammoth or the moon?

There was no shortage of switchbacks on stage 2
There was no shortage of switchbacks on Stage 2

Tucking to keep the speed up
Tucking to keep the speed up

Dropping in from the very top
Dropping in from the very top

The mountains are calling...
The mountains are calling...

The wildlife of Mammoth Mountain
The wildlife of Mammoth Mountain

Stage 3 took riders through some tight sections with lots of wooden features
Stage 3 took riders through some tight sections with lots of wooden features

First place in your quadruped category Billy Buck
First place in your quadruped category, Billy Buck

Pro Men racer Todd Renwick on his way to fifth place
Pro Men racer Todd Renwick on his way to fifth place

Cole Kersey was on a hardtail all day that can t be easy on the bike or the body
Cole Kersey was on a hardtail all day, that can't be easy on the bike or the body

Taking the line around the stairs seemed to be the quickest way through this section
Taking the line around the stairs seemed to be the quickest way through this section

Delete
Delete

John Achey on stage 3
John Achey on Stage 3

It s nice to see some different bikes out there here is Trevor Boldi on his Pyga
It's nice to see some different bikes out there, here is Trevor Boldi on his Pyga

Fourth place finisher in Pro Women Cicily Kessmann
Fourth place finisher in Pro Women, Cicily Kessmann

Xylena Hoppen on stage 5
Xylena Hoppen on Stage 5

Calvin Giannini riding one of the rock gardens on Chain Smoke
Calvin Giannini riding one of the rock gardens on Chain Smoke

Pick your line
Pick your line

Todd Renwick on stage 5
Todd Renwick on Stage 5

Ryan Gorman on stage 5
Ryan Gorman on Stage 5

Leon Hanson taking the highline
Leon Hanson taking the highline

Taking second for Pro Men was Evan Geankoplis
Taking second for Pro Men was Evan Geankoplis

Brian Lopes on his way to the win
Brian Lopes on his way to the win

Putting the Santa Cruz Chameleon through the ringer
Putting the Santa Cruz Chameleon through the ringer

Third place in Master Pro 40 Jeff Evans
Third place in Master Pro 40+ Jeff Evans

Joshua Kahn on stage 5
Joshua Kahn on Stage 5

Some end of course shenanigans
Some end of course shenanigans

Pro Women podium
Pro Women podium

Pro Men podium
Pro Men podium

Results
 
 
Women 
 
1st. ZEPHYR SYLVESTER
2nd. RACHEL STRAIT
3rd. HEIDI KANAYAN
4th. CICILY KESSMANN
5th. AMANDA PROPST
 
Men 
 
1st. BRIAN LOPES
2nd. EVAN GEANKOPLIS
3rd. MATT GUNTERT
4th. MYLES TRAINER
5th. TODD RENWICK
 


Click Here for Full Results 


41 Comments

  • 34 3
 The write-up and photos really downplay--practically ignore--all the challenges and hardships I surmounted on my way to a triumphant 11th place in Beginner Men. Cheers to the zillions of course workers and timing staff standing around in the wind and dust all day!
  • 10 4
 And as usual, CES also didn't disappoint by _not_ showing any of the Expert/Sport/Beginner riders and podiums. I know that to the CES we're just a bunch of randos. But also randos like to see themselves on Pinkbike.
@phile99 - awesome job! Mammoth is a tough one!
  • 10 2
 @rjp1: Thanks! Not complaining--just noting for posterity my heroic 11th place in Beginner Men. The deer took the A-line and I did not; I acknowledge the deer's mad skills.
  • 6 3
 @rjp1: Been making this comment all season, only one race they actually did it. Not sure why they can't put this together. As I've said before, it's the amateurs that make all of these CES races possible, show them the love!
  • 7 1
 Schitz was gnarly. Just finishing is hard. So was partying at the Oktoberfest in town both nights. Never heard "Here I Am.......Rock You Like A Hurricane!!" played by a German tuba and accordion band!!!
  • 5 1
 @phile99: No shame in taking the B-line. Better to lose a few seconds than not being able to show up to work on Monday. That's at least my motto.
Didn't want to hijack your comment just pointing out what @Brahma is also mentioning in comment above.
  • 8 2
 @rjp1: And randos pay to race. Respect the bill payers.
  • 4 1
 @duro1: yeah pros just roll around all week in piles of money, drive their fancy cars to the race with a free gas card and get free entrys. You totally got it figured out bud.
  • 6 1
 Yes cancel all world cup coverage those races are difficult for me to relate to. As a sport rider I only want to see fellow sport riders in the single speed 30-32 age group. Get real pink bike
  • 8 1
 @rjp1: I’m getting really sick of these negative experts of economics posting nonsense after every recap. You really have no idea how this stuff works or who pays the bills. But you have no problem coming on here talking down on the people who put on these events and give you a place to race and have FUN. Why don’t you play rec soccer and complain to espn about not getting coverage. Or better yet start your own race recap of all 350 racers and podiums, according to your logic you guys will be rolling in the dough. Quit hating on your own kind and get a clue please.
  • 1 0
 @rjp1: need some attention huh..?
  • 1 0
 Second the shout out to Mammoth Mtn, the volunteers, CES, Pinkbike for covering this (!) and the racers.

It is the racers that make this series go. Not sure how long the CES has been around (it is my sons 2nd year competing), but send them your comments/suggestions/constructive criticism (phile99, rjp1 and others).

It is the best enduro series in CA/NV we have at the moment. How can we make it better?
  • 19 0
 Billy Buck was rippping!
  • 14 1
 They heard that Lopes was wearing his last t-shirt, so they canceled the champagne on the podium.
  • 1 0
 I literally L-ed O L! Well done, sir.
  • 14 1
 Lopes...making us old guys feel like anything is possible.
  • 14 1
 anything is possible only if you are Brian Lopes or Tiger Woods. Everything else is just weed talking.
  • 6 1
 No, he's from another planet!
  • 8 1
 Say what you want about him, but he is one of the most focused and goal oriented people in racing today. Still winning national level events, multi time world champion, World Cup XC Eliminator winner, etc, etc.
  • 4 2
 He is one of the greatest cyclists of our time
  • 1 0
 @jdeuce: include Kelly Slater on the list pf phenomenal 40-something athletes. One of the greatest athletes ever. And yes, Lopes is a phenomenally gifted rider.
  • 10 0
 Looks like a banging course, I'd love to ride it. Mad props to Cole Kersey on the HT!!
  • 3 0
 For real. AND no kneepads. -110% enduro and killing it!
  • 3 1
 @BroBomb: no kneepads isn't something to be admired.
  • 1 1
 @stikmanglaspell: Agreed. I've seen the whites of too many kneecaps!
  • 1 1
 @slabba53: Cole must be a young buck with a high pain tolerance and/or work a desk job...
  • 6 1
 Great names: Xylena Hoppen & Zephyr Sylvester

Pretty good: Billy Buck

Favorite photo caption: Delete.

Random announcer sounds: "Christian Husband in Second!" This guy is getting famous.
  • 1 0
 Yeah, "Delete" is stoked.
Hey, check it out I'm on Pinkbike! Wait, why does it say Delete?
  • 8 1
 Delete
  • 4 1
 Lopez on top...well at least he didn’t feel like he had to punch someone.
  • 3 0
 Mike Lee with the steeeeze
  • 2 0
 Props to the one dude #618 on the full DH rig. Must have been hard to ride that beast up hill...
  • 1 1
 Literally 150 feet of climbing on this one. They took the one planned climb out the day before. All lift access.
  • 1 0
 @scvkurt03: only for the lower classes. Pro/Expert got to ride uphill.
  • 1 0
 @phile99: Ah, that’s right. For Chainsmoke or for Brake Through? I’m not complaining, but I wouldn’t have minded some climbing.
  • 1 0
 It's crazy how there are so many freaking events that Lopes, Strait and Gwin are the only three "big" names to show up to Kamikaze.
  • 1 0
 Do you have any pictures of the riders that race the Nduro? Looking for rider #645 that won the race. Thanks!
  • 2 0
 A selfie stick and a superman on the podium..gross.
  • 2 1
 Easy, Pyga, easy.
  • 2 1
 Courses look legit
  • 2 1
 Kept er loose butt tight

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2021. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.013083
Mobile Version of Website