Video: Rowdy Good Times with the Bell Helmets Team at the 2019 TDS Enduro

May 9, 2019
by Bell Bike Helmets  

The TDS Enduro is an event unlike any other; principled on good times, going fast, and getting rowdy. TDS is as grassroots as it gets, hosted by the Sanchez family on their ranch in the hills of Grass Valley, CA. Racing bikes on trails burnt by dirt bikes is right up our alley, so we loaded up our van and headed north to see what good times we would get into

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Our buddies at Fasthouse rolled up from SoCal to meet us at the ranch with our crew of riders like Ryan Howard, Tyler McCaul, The Trek Enduro Team – Shane Leslie, Cole Picchiottino, Travis Claypool, Trail Peek boys (Zach and Dane Petersen) along with many more. The team was dialed!

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

The race format at TDS is unlike any other and keeps things fun to say the least. The weekend starts with practice on Friday, followed by Dual Slalom at night to get seeded for race order. Saturday and Sunday each have 6 stages with 2 completely blind sections (riders were only allowed to walk them). The best part, one of the blind stages included a newly built road gap — who wouldn’t want to hit that for the first time during a race run surrounded by a 200-person crowd getting rowdy…But that’s the nature of this event, you have to send it or get heckled!

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

The racing is rad, but what makes this event so special are the spectators. Shout out to all the fans — from following the stages throughout the day and finding the best spot to post up, to cheering the riders on with endless cow bell rings, blowhorns and cheers. It’s because of you that we keep coming back. No matter the stage — Vigilante Rock Waterfall, Bloody Knuckle, Red Beard Rock Garden, Bell Speed Trap, Ass Slap Alley and the infamous TDS Wall Rides — you kept the energy alive! A special shout out to all the riders who successfully whipped their bikes into full beers for cheers. How else would you exit a table top?

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro
Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

Bell Helmets at TDS Enduro

What happens at the ranch, stays at the ranch. All we know is that many trails were ripped and even more beers were cracked…another reason we love coming out! This event is really one of a kind. TDS make the rules, build the trails, invite the riders and light the fires. They also throw pallets and couches on those fires too. Did we mention we love coming here? Huge thanks to Ron & Casey Sanchez and the TDS Crew for putting on another amazing race, we can’t wait till next year!

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9 Comments

  • + 11
 Best race of the year. Others are not even comparable. Fresh cut loam tracks that are genuinely difficult, blind road gaps, hundreds of spectators being led around by Mark Weir, Dual Slalom seeding, watching Semper Fi athletes rip down the same tracks on hand cycles.... the list goes on. Thank you so much Sanchez family.... a week to never forget.
  • + 7
 Best youtube channel = Trail Peek
  • + 6
 i want all bike races to be like this
  • + 3
 Racing this ruined every other bike race I will every do
  • + 1
 aww
  • + 2
 Really need to go watch this next year! Great vid!
  • + 2
 Did the guy with the moto win? Looks like so much fun!
  • + 2
 Rowdy
  • + 2
 Best race of the year

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