Video: The Dirty Sanchez Enduro

May 6, 2015
by Rachelle Frazer Boobar  
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The Dirty Sanchez Enduro is a bucket list, once-in-your-lifetime type of event. Held on private property in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the race encapsulates everything a mountain biker could want out of a weekend of racing. Trails that mix natural, steep terrain together with groomed berms and screaming fast rhythm sections, a select crew of really, really good people, barbeques, beer, bonfires, RC cars, hecklers, and one helluva time in the woods. The twist to this event is that's it's private, and with limited spots available getting an invite is a pretty special affair that pits fast-as-heck pros alongside local California rippers.


Shuttle anyone
  Shuttle anyone? Practice day was picture perfect; the dirt here is the kind you dream of, that makes that velcro sound when laying into a corner. Shuttle vehicles run us up and down the mountain all day.

Practice was limited on some tracks to very specific times--sometimes a particular track was only open for an hour so racers had to check in constantly before selecting a training run.
  Practice was carefully scheduled, and sometimes a particular track was only open for an hour, so racers had to check in constantly before selecting a training run.

Teal Stetson Lee getting far far away from her XC roots.
  Teal Stetson Lee during practice, getting far, far away from her XC roots.

Ron Sanchez
  Ron Sanchez

Ron Sanchez is perhaps a godfather to the local mountain bikers of his area and quite possibly one of the best dads out there. In 2009, with the permission of the local land owner, Ron took it upon himself to start building trails for his son Casey, who was racing for the Northstar Giant DH team at the time and needed somewhere more local to ride.

bigquotesThe year was 2009 ish. When I started building I didn't even own it, I had "permission" from the developer. I bought it when the developer went under. If that had gone through, there would be 70 houses up on top. - Ron Sanchez

Instead of cookie cutter homes lies 370 hectars of Ron and Casey's creations.

Pre race party at the old Republic Brewery in Nevada City.
We head to town for a pre-race party at the Ol' Republic Brewery in Nevada City.
Jerome and Marco Osborne mixing it up with Mallory Burda at the pre race party.
Jerome and Marco Osborne mix it up with Mallory Burda at the pre-race party.

A steady overnight rain storm changed the tacky dirt of the track into sticky clay promising to make racing a challenge. Enough so that one track was eliminated from the race and shuttles were suspended--the roads were too steep and too slick for the shuttle vehicles meaning riders were going to be doing things the old fashioned way--pedal power from the bottom up.
  A steady overnight rain storm changed the previous day's tacky dirt into sticky clay, promising to make racing a challenge. Enough so that one track was eliminated from the race and shuttles were suspended - the roads were too steep and too slick for the shuttle vehicles, meaning riders were going to be doing things the old fashioned way, using pedal power from the bottom up.

Jerome Clementz race bike at the Dirty Sanchez
  Jerome Clementz's race bike at the Dirty Sanchez. He'd been preparing for the Sanchez in the lead-up with a custom designed beard and moustache combo for the race

Bacon anyone The Cannondale Pits were serving up the good stuff.
  Bacon anyone? The Cannondale pits were serving up the good stuff.

Marco Osborne adjusting the angle of the dangle. The lefty is an amazing fork but it can make lining up the stem angle a bit tricky.
Marco Osborne adjusting the angle of the dangle.
Not a tire that WTB is well known for but the conditions on day 1 saw Jason Moeschler busting out the WTB Warden a spike tire to compete with the best of them.
Conditions on day 1 saw Jason Moeschler busting out the mud spikes.

Anthony Medaglia getting low on run one.
  Anthony Medaglia getting low on run one.

Mark Weir sudsing up on the portable beer garden that accompanied the action.
  Mark Weir sudsing up on the portable beer garden that accompanied the action. Weir finds it more fun to assist at the race so he can relax and enjoy himself...

Joanna Petterson tackling Axe Grinder a track that the racers ran blind.
  Joanna Petterson tackling "Axe Grinder," a track that the racers ran blind.

Bullwinkle taking a toll on Dane Petersen.
  Bullwinkle taking a toll on Dane Petersen.

Jason First from Sedona s Over the Edge bike shop getting his Sanchez going on the Godfather trail.
  Jason First from Sedona's Over the Edge bike shop getting his Sanchez going on "the Godfather" trail.

Sticky does not even begin to describe the clay out at the Sanchez. Mason Bond resorted to beating his tire with a stick to clear the tread blocks. Other racers just scraped off as much soil as they could.
  Sticky does not even begin to describe the clay out at the Sanchez. Mason Bond resorted to beating his tire with a stick to clear the tread blocks. Other racers just scraped off as much soil as they could.

The Sanchez wasn t just serving up muddy bikes. Oh no there was also a healthy diet of fast flowy trails to be had as well.
  The Sanchez wasn't just serving up muddy bikes. Oh no; there was also a healthy diet of fast, flowy trails to be had as well.

 Ass Slap Alley was a short uphill along a barb wire fence line that didn t give the racers much room to escape the hearty ass slaps being dealt out by a gauntlet of heckers. Casey Sanchez giving Mason Bond a cheeck full of cheer.
  "Ass Slap Alley" was a short uphill along a barb wire fence line that didn't give the racers much room to escape the hearty ass slaps being dealt out by a gauntlet of heckers. Casey Sanchez giving Mason Bond a cheeck full of cheer.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California
  Casey was in the spirit track side the whole time.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California Jason Moeschler 9th place
  WTB's Jason Moeschler had Jerome dropping in behind him each run. The heat must have worked though as JC didn't catch Moeschler once and he landed 9th overall.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California Mark Weir
  Mark Weir was in prime heckling position on the rock garden in the Godfather trail.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California
  No hander, sure, why not.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California Ariel Lindsley 14th place
  Fox Racing's original soul racer Ariel Lindsley took a very respectable 14th place.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California Mason Bond 6th place
  Devinci's Mason Bond coming in hot for 6th place.

Once the bon fire was lit it was time for a late night RC car rally session.
  Once the bonfire was lit it was time for an RC car rally session.

Late night post day one camp fire shennanigans.
  Late night campfire shenanigans.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California
  The rider meeting on day two was decidedly drier, but the red slop had now turned to a thick clay. The side-by-sides were able to make it up the hill today, so riders were shuttled through the final six stages.

Day two started with a harsh wake up call Cupcake.
  Day two started with a harsh wake up call: Cupcake.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California
The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California

Ben Cruz dropping into the top of Vigilante. Lower down was nothing but pure unadulterated chaos but the top portion had some rim wrecking potential as well.
  Ben Cruz dropping into the top of Vigilante. Lower down was nothing but pure, unadulterated chaos, but the top portion had some rim wrecking potential as well.

Jerome Clementz pinning it through the lower section of Vigilante.
  Jerome Clementz pinning it through the lower section of Vigilante. Vigilante is a vicious pit bull of trail--it's every bit as nasty as the hardest trails to be found on the EWS.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California Marco Osborne 2nd place
  How, we will never know, but Marco Osborne rode this nightmare out and took 2nd place overall, with everything still intact.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California Mallory Burda 9th place
  Smith Optic's Mallory Burda was ripping both days, but being a good Samaritan she stopped to check on fallen fellow racer Becky Gardiner during one of the stages. Mal lost her rank in the race, but her stock went up in the good karma fund.

Rachel Throop slamming into the wall rides.
  Rachel Throop slamming into the wall rides.

It may not be the PA Pro GRT but the Dirty Sanchez brings out its own brand of hecklers.
  It may not be the PA Pro GRT, but the Dirty Sanchez brings out its own brand of hecklers.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California Duncan Mason 15th place
  Duncan Mason, 15th place for the 15-year-old local.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California Jon Buckell 4th place
  Jon Buckell, 4th place.

Mason Bond charging hard on the entrance to Red Beard.
  Mason Bond charging hard on the entrance to Red Beard.

Post champagne dousche the men s podium--a Cannondale WTB sweep with Ben Cruz in 3rd Jerome Clementz in first and Marco Osborne in second. Cruz had proved he can contend with the big dogs on the EWS but Marco Osborne was only 16 seconds back from Clementz Sure he knows the tracks but that kind of result shows the promise this kid has.
  Post champagne dousing, the men's podium--a Cannondale/WTB sweep with Ben Cruz in 3rd, Jerome Clementz in first, and Marco Osborne in second. Cruz had proved he can contend with the big dogs on the EWS, but Marco Osborne was only 16 seconds back from Clementz, Sure, he knows the tracks, but that kind of result shows the promise this kid has.

The Women s podium Teal Stetson-Lee 3 . Joanna Petterson 1 and Rachel Throop 2 .
  The women's podium: Teal Stetson-Lee (3). Joanna Petterson (1), and Rachel Throop (2).

Jerome was so stoked on the trails he donated his stage win Primes back to the Ranch for trail building.
  Jerome was so stoked on the trails he donated his stage win "Primes" back to the Ranch for trail building.

At the end of it all food and beer were provided--hot dogs and some of the Old Republic Brewery s finest.
  At the end of it all, food and beer were provided--hot dogs and some of the Old Republic Brewery's finest.

The Dirty Sanchez Enduro Race 2015 Grass Valley California Ron Sanchez organizer of The Dirty Sanchez
  So what does Ron decree you have to do to get an entry into the Dirty Sanchez Enduro?

bigquotesYou'd either better be fast, or you'd better be entertaining. - Ron Sanchez.

The Dirty Sanchez runs on the support of WTB, Cannondale, Camelback, Royal Racing, Smith Optics, the Ol' Republic Brewery, Gu, Fox, Modus Sports Group and the Sanchez family.

Additional photography: kingmanphotography.com

Words by Rachelle Frazer and Colin Meagher.


MENTIONS: @wilderness-trail-bikes, @Cannondale, @SmithOptics, @meagerdude


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59 Comments

  • 46 1
 I would have worn my tuxedo t-shirt. It tells everyone that I'm taking the race seriously but I also like to party.
  • 3 0
 That movie is all time
  • 29 2
 Anyone else here cause they Googled something else?
  • 26 0
 No....*deletes browser history"
  • 4 0
 I thought this was the new look of Urban Dictionary when I landed here.
  • 7 0
 the video still served it's purpose
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the laughs, these comments are hilarious!
  • 19 1
 Looks like an awesome race, and super classy move by Jerome to donate back!

P.S. that trail builder deserves "dad of the year" award by the looks of those trails he built
  • 7 1
 Agreed. Such a cool move to donate back to the trails! I had high regard for him as a rider but this shoots him up there for me as a cool person overall.
  • 12 1
 Life Goals: Get invited to the Dirty Sanchez.
  • 23 0
 ...Enduro. Definitely should specify that.
  • 6 0
 Spectator or participant? Should specify that too...for both scenarios haha.
  • 11 0
 who still hates enduro? anyone? looks like fun to me...
  • 9 0
 respect for Jerome, he is one of the best on and off the bike .
  • 8 1
 This whole event just looks like a ton of fun to either partake in or be a spectator.
  • 7 0
 Osborne's Superman No Air.
  • 3 0
 Impressive he held on!
  • 7 0
 Any body enjoy Jerome calling Ben a creepy Mexican?
  • 1 0
 I did!!!
  • 1 0
 funny Accent he's got
  • 6 0
 This Video Is killer! Soul id did an awesome job!
  • 5 1
 That would be so fun to attend this. Hell, I'd settle to just go ride it for a day, not far from home either. Kudos to all who put this together.
  • 7 1
 Ben Cruz. Marco Osborne. Can I get a hell yeah?!?
  • 5 0
 HELL YEAH!
  • 4 0
 "Don't mind me, just checking out some pretty green moss on this rock." -Dane Petersen
  • 5 0
 "Don't mind me, I thought this green moss on the rock was copenhagen wintergreen, and I was just trying to take a dip mid ride." Pane Detersen
  • 5 1
 Too bad my invite got lost in the mail
  • 2 0
 Holy crap! You guys know how to throw a good party ride! This one is going on my bucket list for next year if it's going down, and I get the nod Wink
  • 3 0
 That was great. Wish I could ride my bike right now.
  • 3 0
 AT 1:46 I literally held my breath for a couple seconds
  • 1 0
 Ha! Yeah, I'm sure that riders hear skipped some beats there...
  • 4 1
 looks like a badass trail system
  • 3 0
 Osborne should take that Superman to the X-GAMES!!
  • 3 0
 Goal was to watch race highlights....nice legs Teal
  • 1 0
 Stoked to teal do well!
  • 2 0
 "Its a real style of racing, more like in Europe".......or was I the only one to hear that...
  • 1 0
 I heard it too.
  • 1 0
 I heard it too and found it a bit strange
my first mtb race (30 yrs ago) doesn't even come Close to this one
  • 3 0
 lol, JIM'S OIL DRILLING, THE DEEPER WE GO THE WETTER IT GETS! HAHAHAH
  • 2 0
 yeah read that too great heckler
  • 3 0
 Best video this year!!! Makes me wanna get out and ride!!
  • 3 0
 YEAH, Buckell!
  • 2 1
 Flat bil comment was a lil condescending...but i wlda xcluded flouro and ankle sock too
  • 1 0
 Is Mark Weir acting as Daniel Day Lewis acting in There Will Be Blood... Those two are identical.
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah! Awesome coverage of an awesome event.
  • 2 0
 Go JoJo!!!
  • 2 0
 "Ass Slap Alley", damn
  • 1 0
 that guy's heart at 1:47 must have been exploading!
  • 2 1
 1:47 crazy front manual.....
  • 1 0
 3:19 YEAH, liz !
  • 1 0
 Well jealous
  • 1 1
 Wish he'd build me some trails!
  • 1 0
 Awesome edit Soul id!
  • 1 0
 Well, that was wild.
  • 3 6
 im confused, it took the pros about 35 minutes? didnt realize it was such a long trail.
  • 7 0
 Multiple stages over two days added up to 35 mins.
  • 1 1
 Ah I see. Thanks
  • 3 1
 that is how enduro works...
  • 2 3
 im new to this "endero" thing...

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