Race Report: Enduro Lite - Burke Mountain, VT

Aug 27, 2019
by Eastern States Cup  



Taking the leap from casual riding to competing in the local race series can be a bit intimidating at first. What if you crash, have to walk a section or finish dead last? We've all been there and the truth is even the most successful racers once asked themselves these same questions. Two years ago the Maxxis Eastern States Cup teamed up with Burke Mountain to create a race geared toward introducing first timers to Enduro racing in a low pressure, judgment-free environment and the Clif Enduro Lite was born. Over 250 race entries later, some of those beginners are now coaching their peers at the annual event and regularly achieving Maxxis ESC podium results. As it turns out this community is anything but intimidating, smiling is contagious at these events and everyone is willing to lend a helping hand when you or your bike need it. As the saying goes, we all have to start somewhere, and the Clif Enduro Lite is a pretty darn good place to do so.


Burke is a fairly large mountain with just over 2000' vertical, so most racers appreciate that they'll only need to pedal up the lower half this weekend.


Temperatures dropped into the 40's overnight but the morning dew burned off quickly as the sun rose and hit the 70's by mid-afternoon.


Maxxis ESC official Chris Gilbert explains the race rules and regulations at Sunday morning's riders meeting.


You've surely seen these guys and girls in our past race reports. Dave Richard, Brooks Nablo, Day Ide, Adrian Hayden, Adam Morse, Steve Estabrook, Riley Miller, Lilias Ide, Sarah Howerter, Christsonthy Drellos and Ella McAndrew were all on hand to show newcomers the ropes and make sure everyone had a positive experience on the trails.


Racers loaded up their pockets with fuel from our friends at CLIF, got their timing chips activated then heading up the mountain.


Camryn Reimert and coach Lilias Ide start the nearly two-mile transfer snaking up Shire and Camp Town to the top of Dead Moose Alley for the first stage of the day.


Jeremy Smith hangs a foot out on the flat corners of New Blacksmith toward the bottom of Stage 1, he would slide into 8th place for the Amateur Men.


NVU Enduro racer Jordan Zach chooses to keep both feet on the pedals, clocking the fastest time of the day on Stage 1 and finishing runner up in the Amateur men's class just 10.2 seconds off the win.


Although mostly packed dirt, New Blacksmith does feature a few rooty sections. Alex Reynolds flies over the rough stuff on his way to a third place Amateur men's finish.


After another pedal transfer up Camp Town and part of the CCC Road, racers hit the loamy corners of Little Chief. Second place 15-17 year old boys class finisher George Isbester stays on line and plows through the soft stuff.


Ide Ride and Burke Mountain rider Yofta Larocque stays off the brakes and lets it fly on Stage 2, he would take fourth place in the 12-14 boys class.


Oliver Huntington cuts across a fern filled ski trail on his way toward a second place 12-14 boys finish.


Travis Vicay hops a log near the bottom of Little Chief, he would win three stages and take the top step in the Beginner men's class.


After completing Stage 2 riders made their way up the slope and to the CCC Road where they would take on Lower J Bar. Cody Eagle keeps his speed through the quickly alternating downhill and pedal sections of Stage 3, he would go on to take sixth place for the 9-11 year olds.


Second place finisher in the 12-14 year old girls class, Lydia Reimert, gets back on the pedals after crossing the babbling brook on Lower J Bar.


The climb isn't so bad the first time, it's the third and fourth that will get you. Riders were thankful to take the lift up most of the way before dropping in to Wayne's World for their fourth and final stage.


Local rider Keelan Mader gets low in one of the final corners of the race, she would make it a clean sweep, winning all four stages and topping the 12-14 year old girls class with a time that would have place her third in the Amateur women's class.


Ide Ride shredder Simon Miller doubles up the rollers at the bottom of Black Forest on his way into the base area on the last stage. He would top the 12-14 boys by 46 seconds with the fourth fastest overall time of the day.


U8 class: 1st - Hudson Nablo, 2nd - Mylow Lachappelle, 3rd - Declan Macauley, 4th - Cole Schmitz, 5th - Soren Smith


9-11 year olds: 1st - Colin Randall, 2nd - Jaxson Schmitz, 3rd - Lucas Sourbeer, 4th - Sylvan Balcom, 5th - Liam Zebrowski


12-14 Girls: 1st - Keelan Mader, 2nd - Lydia Reimert, 3rd - Camryn Reimert


12-14 Boys: 1st - Simon Miller, 2nd - Oliver Huntington, 3rd - Finn Emery, 4th - Yofta Larocque, 5th - Jay Eagle


15-17 Girls: 1st - Kalei Foley-Rutherfurd, 2nd - Leah Herridge, 3rd - Alsacia Timmerman


15-17 Boys: 1st - Tucker Volansky, 2nd - George Isbester, 3rd - Trent Natyniak


Beginner Women: 1st - Heather Sargent, 2nd - Felisha Pulley, 3rd - Shannon Archibald, 4th - Miranda Holson, 5th - Lauren Fanti


Beginner Men: 1st - Travis Vicary, 2nd - Javier Matos, 3rd - Caleb Gale, 4th - Garrett Pulley, 5th - Kyle Hansen


Amateur Women: 1st - Brenna Herridge, 2nd - Annan Rutherford, 3rd - Kate Powell


Amateur Men: 1st - John Foody, 2nd - Jordan Zach, 3rd - Alex Reynolds, 4th - Trevor Gaylord


Post ride stories, food and beverages with friends are as important as the ride itself and there's no better place to end a big day on the bike than Mike's Tiki Bar.


Dewy mornings and changing leaves are a cruel reminder that colder days are just around the corner, get those laps in while you still can! Had fun this weekend and can't wait to get back out there with the Maxxis ESC racing community? Register for the next Enduro stop at Glen Park in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania September 8th!


Words and photos: Andrew Santoro


Full Results
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2019 MAXXIS ESC SCHEDULE

MAXXIS ESC SPECIALIZED ENDURO SERIES
May 5 Diamond Hill, RI
May 19 Glen Park, PA – EWS Qualifier
June 2 Thunder Mountain, MA
June 23 Blue Mountain, PA
July 7 Burke Mountain, VT PA – EWS Qualifier
July 14 Plattekill, NY
July 21 Sugarbush, VT
Aug 4 Killington, VT
Aug 18 Plattekill, NY
Sept 8 Glen Park, PA
Sept 29 Mountain Creek, NJ
Oct 6 Thunder, MA Finals PA – EWS Qualifier

MAXXIS ESC INTENSE DOWNHILL SERIES
June 2 Thunder Mountain, MA
June 23 Blue Mountain, PA
July 14 Plattekill, NY
July 21 Sugarbush, VT
Aug 4 Killington, VT
Aug 18 Plattekill, NY
Sept 29 Mountain Creek, NJ
Oct 20 Plattekill, NY Finals

MAXXIS ESC BOX SHOWDOWNS - DH and Enduro on the same day
June 2 Thunder Mountain, MA
June 23 Blue Mountain, PA
July 14 Plattekill, NY
July 21 Sugarbush, VT
Aug 4 Killington, VT
Aug 18 Plattekill, NY
Sept 29 Mountain Creek, NJ

MAXXIS ESC EWS QUALIFIERS
May 19 Glen Park, PA
July 7 Burke Mountain, VT
Oct 6 Thunder Mountain, MA Enduro Finals

CLIF ENDURO LITE presented by Maxxis ESC
Aug 25 Burke Mountain - Beginner Enduro Racers - Families - Kids - Fun!




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4 Comments

  • 10 0
 I hope everyone who participated knows what a great accomplishment this was. Racers from age 6-70, some new to the Enduro format, some new to mountain biking, but all had a great time. Thank you to all the pros who donated their time to guide the next generation of riders all weekend. Already looking forward to next years event.
  • 2 0
 Awesome pictures as always Andrew! looks like everyone had a great time. Maybe next year I'll have to do some pedaling so I don't miss it.
  • 2 0
 Yeah Tucker!
  • 1 0
 Pizza and beer look good.

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