"I couldn't stop smiling." "Smashing rocks." "So legit." "That was chunky. Non-stop CHUNKY." "I didn't want to get off my bike." "Best practice day of the series." "7!!!!" "You guys have a lot of rocks."
And so practice day went for the Northstar Enduro – Round 5 of the California Enduro Series (CES), Round 2 of the CES Golden Tour, AND Round 2 of the EWS North American Enduro Series. Riders across all categories expressed their stoke for this two-day event that is sure to deliver the most intense, physical and rowdy racing of the season yet.
EWS North American Enduro Series top contenders Richie Rude, Marco Osborne, and Duncan Nason — standing at first, second, and fifth pro men respectively — and Amy Morrison and Zephyr Sylvester — currently at third and fourth pro women — are here to battle things out on Sierra Nevada gnar. Northstar is Osborne's home turf, so it'll be interesting to see how things play out between him and Rude. Other notable EWS riders include Curtis Keene, Mark Scott, Mitch Ropelato, Iago Garay, Anneke Beerten, and Andréane Lanthier Nadeau
Four of the five top pro men CES point leaders (Matt Guntert, Evan Geankoplis, Todd Renwick, and James Eves) have checked in to race. (Cory Sullivan, currently in fourth, is out due to injury). All CES top five pro women point leaders (Heidi Kanayan, Essence Barton, Lili Heim, Brianne Spiersch and Janea Perry) are here as well. All top five Golden Tour female contenders (Perry, Sylvester, Kanayan, Amanda Propst, and Heim) are registered, as are three of the top five male competitors (Guntert, Renwick, and Evan Turpen). All eyes are on these talented CES riders to see how they stack up against the world's best.
Northstar California Resort is renowned for its burly, technical trails ... hence the nickname #gnarstar. Racers can expect long transfer climbs at altitude and steep, loose, and rocky timed stages consisting of blue, black and double-black terrain. Beginner, Sport and Expert riders will be racing a total of six stages over two days (three stages each day), covering over 34.5 miles total with 12.5 miles of timed racing including 6,400 feet of descent, and nearly 20 miles of transfer including about 4,000 feet of pedal powered climbing. Pros take on a seventh stage, adding another .75 miles of timed racing, about two miles of transfer, and over 600 feet of especially technical, gnarly descent.
The Northstar Enduro is spectator-friendly, so come cheer on the racers. While you’re out at the event, be sure to stop by the CES booth to check out the FOX fork raffle and Voler CES jerseys; proceeds benefit the 501(c)3 non-profit series.
Get more information and check out the course map here
Learn more about the California Enduro Series at californiaenduroseries.com