Words: Jameson Florence
The first race of this year's Sturdy Dirty series brings us to Westfir Oregon. Where's that? you might ask. It's a quaint town in the foothills of the Central Cascades just outside of Oakridge. The endless miles of rippin' singletrack have certainly pinned this area on many riders' maps. On Saturday, June 16, hundreds of racers, volunteers, friends and family rolled into town to double the population of this tiny community. They all came to be part of Sturdy Dirty's classic "fun zone" Enduro style racing. Camping and pre-riding Friday through Sunday brought everyone together, making the weekend feel more like a mountain bike ride with 100+ friends rather than a race. Racers and volunteers were giddy with excitement to shred with their friends. But once riders passed those start gates, make no mistake, it was go time!
Photography: Jameson Florence, Patrik Zuest & Jacob Pace
In true Sturdy Dirty form, there were costumes galore. These two start timers took it real serious.
The Pro/Expert only course diverted racers off the sunny & dry Alpine trail, taking them way out on Tire Mountain and Cloverpatch trails on and adjacent ridge. The weather over here was quite the contrast to the warm sunny and dry trails they had just been on.
Every once in a while the trails pop out of the woods, showing off amazing views of the Oregon backcountry.
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