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So what do you get when you take 260 acres of owned land (with liberties on an additional few hundred), stir in some world-class mountain bikers, shake well with amazing trails, good times, a beer sponsor, and add a dash of damn good times? You get the TDS Enduro, an invitational Enduro format that Marco Osborne calls the "best mountain bike event ever
Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far, away (an amazing place that is known as Grass Valley, California), the Sanchez family purchased a 260-acre parcel of land right when their son was getting deeply involved in XC racing at the local high school. Being supportive parents, the Sanchez clan made this land grab in order to give their son a place to ride and train for his new found passion. Soon the entire family was sucked in. The 260-acre parcel became their outlet for all things fun: RC cars, motorcycles, and mountain biking. Lots and lots of mountain biking. Trails were built. Local kids, like Mason Bond, could earn time on the trails by digging. Word got out, and soon the Sanchez compound developed a name for having some damn fine trails. Short, because there's not much vertical drop, but damn fine. Mason's father, Mike and Ron got together and decided to put on the first ever TDS Enduro and it's always remained an invitational. At the day's end, with all riders covered in mud, and a healthy amount of beer down the hatch so was born TDS.
Mark Weir and Casey Sanchez, co-conspirators in all things festive. Mark is an ideas man, and Casey gets stuff done, from building up the expo area, RC track, and mini moto track for this year's version of the mini moto championships.
2016 saw a return of the 2015 winner-Jerome Clementz, as well as multiple time women's winner, Joanne Petterson, and many other TDS vets; but it also marks a moment when TDS went legit. Well, semi-legit. It's still an invitational, it's not sanctioned by the UCI, and it's got the soul of Enduro in it, but as Ron Sanchez put it, "My wife told me we needed to not lose our ass financially putting this thing on." And so 2016 saw sponsorship take a front seat to making this event happen. But even with that infusion of cash, the sponsors all recognize that there's something of genuine value to the local community and to bicycle racing, and have pretty much left the Sanchez family to run this event the way it's alway been run--after all, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" fits this event like a glove.
Big thanks to WTB, Cannondale, Camelbak, Ol' Republic Brewing, Smith Optics, Modus Group, Rabobank, Sockguy, Redbull, Clifbar, Tour of Nevada City, Bell Helmets, Real Wheels Bicycle Studio, Violoch Farms, Fox Racing Shox, Auburn Bike Company and Soul ID.
|Bikes saved my life! - Ron Sanchez|