The Sturdy Dirty Enduro made its first return to Tiger Mountain since 2019, and the people were ready to get fierce. Selling out in just three hours to 250 racers, the Sturdy Dirty increased capacity to 300 so that more people could come out to enjoy some epic racing and rad fun. the Sturdy Dirty Enduro, presented by evo, has helped create a strong community that rallies around getting more people on bikes, building and maintaining trails, and spreading the stoke near and far. Three totally new trails were featured in this year's event, including the spicy blue Atlas trail, which boasts some exciting tight, steep, & janky roots and turns to keep even the most seasoned racer on their toes. Two Olympic medalists came out to put their skills to the test on the 19 mile, 4,600'+ ascent in the Open Cat course amongst a record breaking roster of 21 pro racers.
Leading up to the race, the Train 2B Sturdy Facebook group which launch in early 2021 and now has nearly 600 members, offers a race-ready fitness and training program, group rides, and bike maintenance clinics. With the goals of preparing riders for events like the Sturdy Dirty Enduro and increasing bike knowledge by creating welcoming and inclusive spaces, the community continues to grow in all the best ways. Additionally, the Sturdy B's, organizers of the Sturdy Dirty Enduro, partnered with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Georgetown Brewing to organize monthly trail building and trail maintenance days with the support of volunteer builders and sawyers.
This year the Sturdy Dirty Enduro launched several new programs, including:
• BIPoC Scholarship that was sponsored by evo. Racers could apply for a sponsored entry and support to make their experience at the Sturdy Dirty was a successful and welcoming one.
• SRAM facilitated a three part virtual suspension clinic.
• Norco and Red Bull athlete, Jill Kintner, and Angi Weston of Radical Roots, hosted Race Prep and Riding Clinics for racers leading up to the main event.
The course crew getting the low-down on their missions for the day. We couldn't do this without our wonderful volunteers! Photos: Heather Carter
Racer Xuan Mai reminding us to take a deep breath, and that getting chased down the trail by a lady bug is actually quite fun! Photo: Brandon Clarke
The aid stations came well equipped to keep racers hydrated and their energy going with Jello shots, cotton candy, & smoked salmon appetizers. Photo: Brandon Clarke
Team Dad Bod did not disappoint at the top of the final pull to the summit where racers were treated to bacon grilled cheese sandwiches, ribs, and of course heaps of good jokes and happiness. Photos: Riley Seebeck
Team Norco hosted a pinkies-up Canadian menu complete with Beaver Tails, Vanhattan's, smoked salmon appetizers, and jorts, but of course.
Back in the lot, Radical Roots coach Angi Weston hosted the annual Sturdy Dirty Huck-to-Flat! Photos: Riley Seebeck & Brandon Clarke
Race results and more information about the annual event are available at www.sturdydirty.com