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Race Recap and Video: Oregon Enduro Series Round 4 - Ashland

Aug 28, 2014
by mike albright  
Oregon Enduro Series Round 4 - Ashland
  Oregon Enduro Series race hit Ashland, Oregon near the California border for race #4. This race featured classic the 12-mile Super-D course, starting at Mt Ashland (pictured upper-left) and finishing in Lithia Park near the heart of Ashland. The race was a Super-D format (top to bottom) with the course broken up into four sections with split times. The sustained climb on the upper portion of the course was worth half the points as the other three sections. The fastest time from top to bottom minus the climb was the winner of the day. There were multiple podiums separated by mere seconds and we saw local hero Nathan Riddle defend his turf by just 6 seconds overall.

Race director Devon Lyons
  Race director Devon Lyons.

The early mornig rider s meeting
  Getting ready at the early morning rider's meeting.

Kyle Fitzgerald airs out some doubles.
  Kyle Fitzgerald airs out some doubles.

Austin Davis took the win in the junior men 13-18 category
  Austin Davis took the win in the junior men 13-18 category.

Trevor Pratt 4th place
  Trevor Pratt jammin' to 4th place.

Jonas Bahler 8th place
  Jonas Bahler, 8th place.

Neal Strobel 4th place in expert men 19-39 just 40 seconds off of the pace.
  Neal Strobel, 4th place in expert men (19-39), just 40 seconds off of the pace.

Alex McGuinnis 6th place
  Alex McGuinnis 6th place.

Ryan Gorman skies it through the rock section of catwalk.
  Ryan Gorman skies it through the rock section of catwalk.

Andrea Napoli took first place for the Pro Women
  Andrea Napoli took first place for the Pro Women.

Ross McDonald from Mountain Bike Mania.net
  Ross McDonald from Mountain Bike Mania.net.

Elli Freibrun 2nd place sport women 34-under
  Elli Freibrun 2nd place sport women 34-under.

Sam Markling
  Sam Markling is a fun rider to watch, always on the edge.

Carolynn Romaine
  Carolynn Romaine looks fully-healed from an earlier injury. 3rd place pro women.

Myles Lucas 3rd place expert men 19-39
  Myles Lucas, 3rd place expert men 19-39.

Scott Chapin 2nd place
  This photo doesn't do Scott Chapin's ride through this section any justice as he cleared the whole thing. 2nd place.

Jake Lee 3rd place Junior men 13-18
  Jake Lee (3rd place Junior men 13-18.)

Aaron Bradford
  Aaron Bradford, homeward bound for the first time after a long, fun season.

Luke Mason out of Bend Oregon. 1st place expert men 40 .
  Luke Mason out of Bend, Oregon. 1st place expert men 40+.

Amanda Kohlwey 330 and Nicole Dolney 327 finished just 30 seconds apart
  Amanda Kohlwey (330) and Nicole Dolney (327) finished just 30 seconds apart.

Nikki Hollatz 3rd place expert women
  Nikki Hollatz, 3rd place expert women.

Kyle Fitzgerald at the 2014 Oregon Enduro race 4 in Ashland Oregon
  Kyle Fitzgerald at the 2014 Oregon Enduro race #4 in Ashland, Oregon.

Sam Schwartz
  Sam Schwartz.

The Unicorn Bailey Smith with teh win in the Sport Women 34-under class
  The Unicorn, Bailey Smith with the win in the Sport Women 34-under class.

Oregon Enduro Series Round 4 - Ashland
  Landon Burgess.

Tim Thuran down the start of catwalk
  Tim Thuran down the start of catwalk.

Ross McDonald and mountainbikemania.com
  Ross McDonald from mountainbikemania.com was in town to cover the race...see video below.

Pro Men winner Nathan Riddle with his Santa Cruz Tallboy LT
  Pro Men winner Nathan Riddle with his Santa Cruz Tallboy LT.

Oregon Enduro Series Round 4 - Ashland
  Pro men on podium.

Aaron Bradford
  Aaron Bradford.

Oregon Enduro Series Round 4 - Ashland
  Pro Women on podium.

Carolynn Romaine
  Carolynn Romaine.

Sport men 40 winner TIm Bergemann with the move of the day.
  Sport men 40+ winner TIm Bergemann with the move of the day.

1 Andrea Napoli 2 Rebekah Rottenberg 3 Carolynn Romaine 4 Kim Becker 5 Adele Mery
  Pro Women Podium: 1- Andrea Napoli, 2- Rebekah Rottenberg, 3- Carolynn Romaine, 4- Kim Becker, 5- Adele Mery.

1 Nathan Riddle 2 Scott Chapin 3 Aaron Bradford 4 Trevor Pratt 5 Jordan Lopez
  Pro Men Top 5: 1- Nathan Riddle, 2- Scott Chapin, 3- Aaron Bradford, 4- Trevor Pratt, 5- Jordan Lopez.

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Results: Men with time in seconds
1 Nathan Riddle 1944.4
2 Scott Chapin 1950.3
3 Aaron Bradford 1990.0
4 Trevor Pratt 2026.3
5 Jordan Lopez 2061.4
6 Alex McGuinnis 2071.3
7 Jon Fogarty 2101.4
8 Jonas Bahler 2125.5
9 John Frey 2127.4
10 Justin Fernandes 2158.1
11 Brian Merritt 2200.3
12 Ryan Gorman 2262.8
13 Naish Ulmer 2487.4
14 Jeremiah Newman 2788.2
15 Eric Highlander 3870.0


Results: Women
1 Andrea Napoli 2379.1
2 Rebekah Rottenberg 2436.2
3 Carolynn Romaine 2460.8
4 Kimberly Becker 2833.9

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Oregon Enduro Web Site
Oregon Enduro Ashland Complete Results
Mike Albright Photography Web Site
Mountain Bike Mania Page


27 Comments

  • 15 2
 Ashland, home of Shakespeare festivals, and irrational suspicion of vaccinating newborn humans. And nice trails.
  • 7 0
 Irrational?? There is NOTHING irrational about having the government secretly installing tracking chips into babies and making them immune to dozens of curable, treatable diseases!! *I guess I should point out that's sarcasm, as this IS Pinkbike*
  • 1 0
 I want to BELIEVE
  • 2 0
 lets bake a potato...
  • 11 0
 Tim, about to Fall. Into. The Gap.
  • 1 0
 haha! Yeah, he's going over the bars. Can ya blame him??
  • 4 0
 Well, because that's a proper gnarly mountains indeed from distance.
  • 1 0
 That photo made my morning.
  • 2 0
 And will make your night? jajaj Razz
  • 9 0
 Needs more shots of those pink shorts.
  • 4 0
 And more 00:48 - 00:52.
  • 5 0
 Everybody seems to be riding quite light. Open face helmets, no knee guards.
Are the trails less technical than in the european enduro?

I hardly imagine racing here without my usual protections.
  • 4 0
 I'm guessing a whole lot faster and less tech
  • 4 0
 Nah, US riders just have bigger balls Wink

but really though, Euro events from what I've read are proper DH trails. Ashland does have some tech stuff but it's nothing bad enough to require extra protection while racing... or I should say wearing extra protection isn't worth the time it'll cost you since most racers are more than capable to handle the trails confidently.
  • 2 0
 "Are the trails less technical than in the european enduro?"
For this specific race, yes. From discussions with a lot of folks who've raced the European events US races are less technical "in general". However, not every US enduro is of the fast flowy sort. Even the earlier Oregon enduro events were different. Some of the US based series should be reviewed as a whole. For example in the Big Mountain Enduro series (2014) the Snowmass race had very little tech and a lot of XC-ish trails. The Keystone race on the other hand has been criticized as a downhill stage race. Take the BME as a whole and it's a nice series with plenty of variety.
  • 1 0
 Keystone was an xc race with small pieces of tech mixed in.
  • 1 0
 This race was 60% on Fireroads and 40% on super flowy singeltrails. A Bike with 160mm ov travel was definitley not needed.
  • 5 0
 I want to see more of TROPHY GIRL with the UU if u know what i Mean?
  • 4 0
 Sam Markling looks either really exhausted or really high. Probably a little of both, I suppose. Smile
  • 7 3
 Will be there in 22 days. Bill and Sue = host-es with the most-es!
  • 3 0
 So nice to see even coverage of both the men and the women's participation Smile
  • 2 0
 GO MYLES!!!!!! sick buddy!!
  • 1 0
 Myles has been ripping lately, big things to come!
  • 1 0
 I crashed about ten seconds after I went through at 2:07. Bti claimed my arm.
  • 2 0
 Sweet photography.
  • 2 4
 Enduro or Gay Pride demo? Hot pants and knee guards - cool :-)
  • 1 4
 19-39 is a pretty big spread in age. Would it be that hard to break it up a bit more so dads don't have to race their kids?

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